Waipawa School

Term 3, Week 3, 10 August 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

After such a wonderful week of weather last week, we have returned to that very wet, muddy, soggy school we had in the first week of term.

Last Wednesday was the annual Onga Sevens tournament. As mentioned last week we had around 80 children participate in this year's tournament. 2022 was a great year at Onga Sevens for Waipawa Primary. We managed to make it to 4 finals and were fortunate enough to win 3 of those. All up our seven teams played 39 games and won 35 of them. We also managed to win the Fair Play award as well. Our children were amazing on and off the field. They gave it their all and 'emptied their tanks' as well as played in the positive spirit we expect to see on any sports field. We won't always have such a successful year in terms of cups won but we can always be well prepared, competitive and have the right attitude and spirit. Also a special mention to the children who played in the combined Waipawa / Onga teams. You were awesome and your attitude was spot on as well. A huge thanks to the parents who managed a team: Blair, Roger, and Stephen as well as the many supporters that turned up to cheer the crew on. Thank you.

Normally term 3 is the term we focus on Sexuality Education. We've been doing this for the last 3 years and it is something we value highly and see the importance of. Because of staff and student illness and what this term was supposed to start like we decided we would hold off. We have now made the decision that we will do parts of the programme. Mrs Finch and Mrs Foster are working on what topics the different year levels will focus on. This will not start for another week or two and your child's teacher will inform you prior to each lesson.

Last week we had such a healthy staff we managed to send 4 teachers; Anna, Cheree, Gabe and Tania off to a two-day course focussing on Structured Literacy. Earlier in the year, I mentioned the literacy work our early years' teachers were doing and the success they were having with this. This course was the next step in our middle-year teachers gaining more knowledge and skills to benefit your children. We know attending a course is the easy part, the hard part and the real learning is coming back and implementing with children and making positive changes to one's teaching practice. I know these 4 teachers will work together to push themselves along.

At this time of the year, I spend a bit of time on 2023 and the make-up of the school in terms of numbers in each year level. What is really helpful is pre-enrolments for children who are turning 5 in 2023. It's critical we have as close to accurate numbers as possible. So if you have a child at home who is turning 5 in 2023 or you know of a child turning 5 next year please let Sue in the office know.

Finally, put this date in your calendar - Friday 25 November. On this afternoon and evening, Waipawa Primary will be running a Night Gala and Top Schools event. Whanau and Friends are in charge of the Night Gala part and staff/children are in charge of the Top Schools event and Classroom stalls. There is much information to come so in a few weeks we'll send a separate Night Gala/Top Schools newsletter out.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


A big Waipawa welcome to this week's new student ..... Freya


Thumbs Up to past student Taryn Hartstone who received a Dean's Award at CHB College recently.

Thumbs Up to past students Cove Lambert and Michaela Waite for taking on the Maraenui Golf Club Awatoto Course and representing CHB College in the social division.


Room 4 have become very interested in the Waipawa Clock Tower. Lots of the children attended the recent 100 year celebrations and were keen to talk about it's special meaning. Our class visited the clocktower memorial to take a close look at what is there and this provoked some fascinating discussion about the two World Wars and the effects we still feel today. The following week, we went to the Clocktower Centenary exhibit at the CHB Museum. This helped us answer lots of the questions we had come up with and gave lots of information about the history of our local area. Well worth a look if you have some free time! This week we are making collage pictures inspired by Waipawa and CHB.

Room 5 have been practising their Fundamental Skills

Waipawa Primary School 2022 Board of Trustees Election

All eligible voters will receive voting papers in the post this week. Voting papers will need to be returned to the Ballot Box held in the school office by Wednesday 7th September 2022. If you are returning your voting papers by post - please ensure that they reach the school by 12 September 2022. Emailed or faxed voting paper WILL NOT be accepted.

Sue England

Returning Officer

If you are late, you are going to an appointment, you have been to an appointment or a student is away from school.

Please sign in or out on the Vistab in the school office if you are late or are leaving school for any reason during the school day. Parents please remind your children that they need to do this as if we have an evacuation or lockdown we need to know where everyone is.

If your child is not attending school for any reason please make contact with either the school office or the classroom teacher by phone, using the Hero App or Seesaw. Relying on siblings to inform us often doesn't work.

Whānau & Friends (PTA)


Coming home with the eldest child in each family is a book of 10 raffle tickets for families to sell.
This wonderful raffle will be drawn on 21st September 2022.
More tickets are available from Wendy Sheehan, please contact Wendy on 021 631039.

Please return any unsold tickets to the school office so these can be distributed. You can pay by cash to the school office or by depositing the money into the Whanau & Friends bank account number:
03-0779-0009817-000. Please make one deposit for each book sold not every ticket and use your child's surname as a reference please. All proceeds will go to Education Outside the Classroom - Bus hire.

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Whanau & Friends Meeting tonight!!

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Doughboys Fresh Family Pies

Whanau & Friends Fundraiser for Family Pies. Orders will need to be pickup from 1pm from the Tech Centre at Waipawa School on Friday 19th August.


We are hoping that these will be distributed next week.


This week we wish the following students Happy Birthday:-
Freya, Jayde, Willow, Jack-Tama, Aria, Christian and Catherine T.

Please come to the school office on Friday at lunchtime to receive your free juicy.

Calendar Events

  • Week 3 12 August Scholastic Bookclub closes
  • Week 5: 26 August - TEACHER ONLY DAY
  • Week 6: 31 August - Rippa Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 1 September - Yr 8's to Sports Park
  • Week 6: 1 September - Barefoot Sevens Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 2 September - Kākano, Rms 1-3 Cross country
  • Week 7: 6 September - Rms 4-12 Cross country
  • Week 7: 9 September Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7
  • Week 8: 15 September - CHB Cross Country
  • Week 8: 16 September Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to 12
  • Week 9: 20 September - School Photos
  • Week 9: 23 September - Switch Gala Day Netball
  • Week 10: 28 September - Ngati Whai Festival
  • Week 10: 30 September - Yr 7 Inspiration Day
  • 30th September: LAST DAY OF TERM 3


Do you have any old pairs of Jeans that you could donate to the Tech Centre for a recycling unit ? They can be in any condition, any size and the more the merrier as they will need 350 odd pairs. If you can help these can either be dropped off to the Tech Centre the School Office or just put them in the school letter box. Thank you.

Guitar Lessons

Every Friday Sam Oosterkamp will be taking guitar lessons at Waipawa Primary School. Sam's lessons will focus on teaching students the skills they need to either start playing guitar or to further enhance their ability to play guitar.

Sessions start at $25 per half hour for 1 : 1 coaching.

Or group coaching up to 3 children per half hour session at $15 per half hour.

To book a session please email samthedesigner71@gmail.com

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.

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Teacher Only Day: Friday 26 August

Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16th December

Teacher Only Day: Friday 18 November

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

STARTING SCHOOL : 4 Year Old Mornings

- These take place in Kākano Class - the Hall from 8:40am until 12:00pm every Friday morning unless there has been prior notification. Please come to the office first and meet Sue England.

- We find 4 visits before starting school is usually sufficient. However, if your child requires more we would be in close communication with you.

- Whanau are welcome to stay for the first visit and leave when the child / parent feels comfortable. Subsequent visits we ask that parents be brave and leave so that the child experiences what school is like.

- Please pack a snack for brainfood (fruit, sandwich, muesli bar) and something for morning tea.

- Children can wear mufti clothing or school uniform if they have it available.

Please don't hesitate to pop in and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

Jess Stewart and Karena Finch


Rippa Rugby Tournament, Barefoot Sevens Tackle Rugby and Cross Country

Now we have ticked off Onga 7's we move on to three other sporting events that are happening in week 6 and 7 of this term.

Rippa Tournament: We've asked children in Years 3-8 to sign up for this tournament. It is a CHB Rippa tournament and is held in Waipukurau. It is a tournament that runs pretty much all day. We will sort the children into teams over the next week and then put a call out for some parent managers. This tournament day is on Wednesday 31 August.

Barefoot Sevens Tackle Rugby: This is for Year 4-8 children and is a weight graded tournament. It is taking place on Thursday 1 September. It is a half day event in Hastings. Once again we are sorting teams and if we need parent mangers we will put a call out next week.

Cross Country: We had a year off in 2021 due to COVID but we should be good to go this year. We are hoping to start out school / house training challenge this week but ground conditions may not be suitable. We'll give it a good 3 week training burst and we should all be ready to go on Friday 2 September (Kākano to Rm 3) or Tuesday 6 September (Rm 4 - Rm 12).


HB Netball draw: https://www.hawkesbaynetball.co.nz/centralmeff

Please make sure you check regularly as the draws can change at short notice.

I will put Sports draws up on the noticeboard at the school gate by lunchtime each Thursday.

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 5 closes 12th August 2022

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CHB College Year 8 Open evening

CHB College wishes to invite all Year 8 students and their parents/caregivers to attend an Open Evening on Tuesday 16th August. From 5.15pm to 7.30pm

5.15pm - The Hall will be open with displays to view.

5.30pm to 6.00pm Visitors and school tours commence

7.30pm – Finish – Visitors are welcome to return to the Hall to talk to staff if they have any questions.


Pure Sports & Leisure

Pure Sports & Leisure, Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau will provide all Waipawa Students with a 10% discount off sports equipment & items. All you need to do is to inform them that you are from Waipawa School. This as an incentive to get more kids outdoors & into sports.

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possumsmasher@windowslive.com T: 021 280 2988

Rural Pest Services Ltd is going to carry out possum control in the following areas starting from
1 July 2022 through to the 30 May 2023 on the following Rivers from the boundary fence or stop banks to near the river edges. This has been an ongoing operation in conjunction with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council since 2006.


All toxic material will be dyed green/blue.
Warning signs will be displayed at all access points into the operational area when work is in progress and will remain in place until toxin caution periods have expired.

The following baits and poisons will be put in bait stations on trees and fence posts:

  • Pestoff (Brodifacoum) in cereal pellet

  • Double Tap (Cholecalciferol and Diphacinone) in cereal pellet (to be used in and around DOC areas)

  • Feratox (Potassium Cyanide) in pellets will be added to some of these bait stations in areas where permission has been granted by MOH.

    This will be an ongoing process with the bait stations being refilled every 12 months with the above products.

All baits are poison and are harmful to humans, especially young children. Do not allow children to wander unsupervised into the areas that have baits laid in them. Be vigilant especially if accompanied by young children.

Because of risk of poisoning from baits and carcasses please keep dogs and other animals under control and do not allow them to wander into or near these areas.

Maps of the area can be viewed via this link:


If you require any further information please contact
Operations Manager: Jake Bowcock - 021 280 2988

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