Waipawa School

Term 4, Week 6, 23rd November 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

We're really just looking ahead to Friday this week and crossing our fingers the weather behaves for our Twilight Gala and Top Schools event. It's been a team effort right across the board. Whanau and Friends have done an amazing job organising the Twilight Gala and the classes have been busy producing all manner of products to sell. The Year 5-8 children had a run through of the Top School activities on Monday. It went down pretty well and has enabled us to make a few changes to each event. A huge thanks to everyone who is helping and we do hope to see as many people as possible on Friday

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


This week we welcome Blake, Paige, Keira and Mason R and their families to our school.


Waipawa School Swimming

Swimming at the CHB Memorial Pool, Waipawa begins on Monday 28th November until Wednesday 14th December. Each class has a daily 30 minute slot to develop their swimming ability and water safety skills. This year we are lucky to have the support of a team of people from NZ Water Safety to work alongside teachers for 4 sessions per class.

It would be much appreciated if all clothing is clearly named as this makes returning clothes to the correct owner easy. Please could your child have suitable shoes for walking to the pools and a bag to carry their togs and towel. Goggles are optional. Swimming is part of the New Zealand Curriculum and we encourage your child to take part daily.

Kakano parents, please could you let either Jess or Karena know if your child is not confident in the water by Friday. We also need to know if your child is unable to undress/dress themselves independently.

LOOK What we have been up to ...

Room 1's Twilight Gala

Room 1 tamāriki mā me ngā kaiako have been busy over the past few weeks making beautiful candles with Miranda, as well as Xmas cards and bath bombs with Neesa, Kelsey, Mora and Chelsea. We have even made some gutter boards which Mr Robertshaw kindly helped us with. Busy bees!


Congratulations to Manaia Manihera Lockame who has won the St John's College, Waipawa Trust Scholarship of $1000. Awesome news.

Waipawa M&D Production of Aladdin

Congratulations to Piper and Emily Harrison along with Thomas Griffin who all have parts in this years M&D Production. What a great achievement for them after a lot of hard work!

There are 4 shows left- Thursday and Friday evening, and a matinee and evening show on Saturday. Bookings at https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/aladdin/waipawa

Senior Athletics Results

We were so impressed with our Rm 4-12 athletics participants. They all participated well and supported those in their groups as they moved through the tabloids, field and track events.

Congratulations to the following students who placed first, second and third in their age groups.

Yr 3/4

Boys - 1st = Dylan Smith, 2nd = Carter Wynn, 3rd = Heath Wemyss

Girls - 1st = Anna Reade, 2nd = Leah Thomas-Jeffrey, 3rd = Sarah Elworthy

Yr 5/6

Boys - 1st = Charlie Smith, 2nd = Harry Kittow, 3rd = Donavan Lelenoa

Girls - 1st = Sam Mooney, 2nd = Esther Neemia, 3rd = Brooklyn Waihua

Yr 7/8

Boys - 1st = Nation Walker, 2nd = Ritchie Neemia, 3rd = Dallas Ross and Nathan Chhour

Girls - 1st = Ashla Holt, 2nd = Ruby Finch, 3rd = Payton Tautau

We will announce the House Winner in next week's newsletter


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students:-

Lachlan C, Wyatt, Alex & James and Daylah

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


No Miniball this week due to our Twilight Gala

Waipawa Touch Teams

The final games for our Waipawa Touch teams is on Monday 28th November. We have been so proud of the feedback coming to us from coaches, parents and even people from other schools, you have all represented us so well. Thank you so much for the effort you have all put in. Could you please get uniforms washed and returned next week, if you are using your Miniball uniform then please disregard this info, the end of the year is drawing close so let's wrap up the end of the sports year nice and easy. Again thank you to Mr J and the Whanau and Friends for subsidising our Sports Fees this year without you it makes some children unable to play sports as the cost can be horrendous, as a school we are very active and have some amazing talent which needs to be encouraged and supported. Yvette
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We have plenty of polo shirts and shorts in stock along with Bucket Hats. Baseball Caps are currently sold out but more will be arriving soon and Snap-Back Hats we have only a few left. Our supply of size 4 shorts hasn't arrived yet.

The prices are $15.00 for Hats, $25.00 for Polo shirts and $20 for Shorts. Please note prices continue to increase but we are not passing these on and do not intend to.

New students to our school will be given a free bucket hat.

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Whanau & Friends Twilight Gala Bakers

To all our wonderful bakers, please feel free to either drop off your goods to school on Thursday afternoon or during the day on Friday. If you can pre package (glad wrap is fine) that would be very helpful. Thank you again for your support without our helpers, volunteers and the Whanau and Friends Committee we wouldn't be able to hold this event.

Twilight Gala Helpers

If you are able to help Whanau and Friends for 20 minutes or so at the Twilight Gala, please complete the form sent home on Monday with the eldest child and return to the school office.

Whanau & Friends Christmas Raffle

Coming home with the eldest in each family will be a sheet of Raffle Tickets for families to sell. More tickets are available from the school office. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.00. There will be 10 draws. Tickets and money will need to be returned to the school office by Thursday 8th December. Raffle will be drawn on Monday 12th December.

Calendar Events

  • TERM 4
  • Week 6 25th Nov Night Gala
  • Week 7 30th Nov Road Patroller Splash Planet treat
  • Week 7 1st Dec Y8 to Sports Park Hastings
  • Week 7 2nd Dec Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7
  • Week 8 9th Dec Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to Room 12
  • Week 8 9th Dec Waipawa V Waipukurau Softball (Yr 5-8)
  • Week 9 12th Dec Y9 Fun Day at Ranui Farm
  • Week 9 15th Dec Last day of School - Finish at 1:00pm


  • 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 2022

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Thursday 15th December at 1pm

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.

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


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