Waipawa School

Term 4, Week 9, 14th December 2022

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou

We've nearly made it to the end of the year and what a year it has been. It certainly has been a mixed bag particularly in terms of the COVID impact, however there have been lots of awesome highlights throughout the year.

On Monday the staff had a thank you morning tea for Whanau and Friends. We felt it was really important to acknowledge and thank them for all the work they do to make our school a better place. They have been amazing this year with breakfast club and other fundraisers. The success of the Twilight Gala says it all really.

We have an extremely dedicated and capable Board at Waipawa. Superbly led by Chrissy Malcolm, The Board is an integral part of the success of the school. They certainly don't shout this from the rooftops and prefer to work away behind the scenes, asking the questions, making suggestions, being supportive. They make a considerable contribution to the school.

I would like to give enormous thanks to our staff who have again navigated another year. Covid's ever-present impact was significant, especially during the first half of the year and the way the team pulled together to find a way to keep the ship running was huge. It has also been the year where significant changes to all schools across the nation have started, particularly in terms of what the curriculum looks like. We've got a great team with a number of staff 'drivers' that are extremely committed, passionate and skilled, who work hard to ensure our students are provided with great learning opportunities.

I also want to thank whanau for your support of the school. Those people that have helped with trips, sports teams, and in class we really appreciate your time and effort with this. We cannot do these things without you. It's been lovely to see people come in for their child's end-of-year class celebration and just have whanau back onsite and able to be part of things more.

Finally, I want to thank our students - they are the reason why we are all here! We are proud of all the children - all in different ways and we are pleased that our student culture continues to improve and we see daily examples of how they look after each other. Many have really thrived with our renewed focus on our values this year and so many put a huge effort into all things. We've had some incredibly successful achievements this year - despite the challenges and interruptions. Tonight we farewell our Yr 8 students. We will wish them the very best for their High School years and hope they embrace every opportunity provided and contribute to their new schools as positively as they have here. I also want to acknowledge whanau who have their last or only child leaving Waipawa this year. There are quite a few so thank you for your contribution to our school over the years.

I hope you all manage to have some time off from your day-to-day and enjoy the holiday period. Take care and thank you.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


The school community send it's condolences to Claudia Mason's family and friends. Unfortunately Claudia was accidently killed in a car accident last night. Claudia had an impact on many many lives and will be sorely missed by not only by her family but many people who reside in Central Hawkes Bay.


Thumbs up to Ella Malcolm (ex student) who came to our rescue and helped manage a team and also umpire at our Softball tournament with Waipukurau Primary last week. Thanks Ella!


What an amazing sporting year we have had, the amount of tamariki that have signed up for sports has been mind blowing. You have all done our school super proud! WPS really has been a force to be reckoned with, you have all looked amazing, you have all played amazing and excellent sportsmanship as well.

We are now at the end of the year so can you all please go through your drawers and get ALL sports uniforms handed in so I can do a stocktake and I can mark your names off on my computer ready for next year.

Summer hockey for Year 5/8 is starting Term 1 2023 Mrs Ok will be putting something up on Hero so if you are interested please make sure you sign up.

Hope you all have an amazing Christmas and holiday break and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.


Thank You Fulton Hogan

Last month Shane Kingston dropped off a selection of balls which were donated from Fulton Hogan.

Thank you very much for this kind donation. It is really appreciated.

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CHB Cricket Club

Well done to William Foster who won a Cricket Trophy for Best All Rounder and to Sonny-Bill Barakat who won a cup for Best Contribution to the Club.

Sports Academy

Congratulations to Lachie Butler who was awarded one of three scholarships at the final Sports Academy session for the year. Lachie received $200 to put towards his future sporting endeavours.

2023 CAMPS

Yr 7/8 Camp

The 2023 Year 7/8 Camp to Tutira is from Tuesday 21 February to Friday 24 February
(Week 4 of Term 1).

While most of the organisation will be completed during January we need to organise our camp parents as soon as possible. The first step for this is to have interested parents police vetted. If we leave this to next February we will run out of time. We will need between 12-15 parents!

We need parents on camp who:

  • Are able to attend the camp for the full 4 days

  • Are prepared to muck in, get stuck in and take direction from teachers and camp staff

  • Will attend a camp meeting prior to the camp

  • Have a good level of fitness to handle the demands of being on camp with 80+ children

  • Are able to provide transport for themselves and at least 4 children

  • Are positive and active with the children and there to help out

  • Will have fun

There is also a strict no smoking, vaping or drinking alcohol policy on camp.

If interested (thank you) please see Sue in the office and she will provide you with a form and instructions.

Yr 5/6 Camp

The three Year 5/6 classes will also be attending camp in 2023. These classes attend individually and are 3 day camps. The three camps will take place from March 1 to March 10. As soon as the 2023 classes are finalised we will be requesting parent help for these camps as well.


Happy Birthday to all our December and January babies - we will catch up with you next year for your juicies.

Tennis Sessions over the School Holidays

Tennis sessions are available for those students interested in having a go, running over 4 weeks during the School Holidays. These sessions will then take place after school during Term One of 2023. The first session will take place on Monday 19 December - 9.00am-10.30am

For more information please call or text Anna Oosterkamp 027 3376531

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Thank you everyone for your support - 12 lucky winners have collected their hampers.
Please note there will be no Breakfast Club on Thursday. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have given up their early mornings to provide a yummy breakfast to our Tamariki. We will be looking for some new volunteers next year, so if you would like to put your hand up and help out at breakfast club once a week or once a fortnight or more please let me know. With the school growing it would be great to increase our volunteers. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season."

Calendar Events


  • Week 1 30th January - First Day of School
  • Week 1 3rd February - Teacher / Whanau Meetings throughout the day - No school today

Waipawa School Term Dates 2023

2023 Dates

Term 1 - 30 January - 6th April

Term 2 - 24th April - 30th June

Term 3 - 17th July - 22nd September

Term 4 - 9th October - 13th December

Teacher Only Day

24th April (Unfortunately the Ministry of Education has directed us to take this day between 24th April and 5th May).

Contact Details

Have we got the correct details for your Whanau?
Have you moved house?

Changed your phone number?

Changed your email address?

Want to delete or add a new contact?

Is there a new medical condition we need to know about?

Please email Sue at office@waipawa.school.nz to update your details or to check and see what details we have.


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