Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 8, 22nd June 2022

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou,

A traditional winter week this week, however the shortest day was yesterday so always good to know we've past that winter milestone! Our school is wet, muddy, mucky, however our student attendance continues to buck the trend and be at odds with what is happening elsewhere. I think it's because the staff are absorbing most of the bugs flying around at the moment!

Our Matariki week of learning and celebrations continue. Our staff have come up with a range of learning activities and despite the odd disruption the team continue to find ways to make things happen. Yesterday we had classes buddy up across the school and today we have our houses coming together. What the children already know about Matariki is really impressive and it is a great example of adults learning alongside the children.

I managed to get around a few sports last week and in the weekend. A huge thanks to the wonderful parents who put their hands up to help out with teams through coaching, managing and supporting. Now I've been here a few years it's wonderful to see the children play year after year and improve their skill and understanding of the sport. I'm always so proud to see our kids participating, improving and doing their best!

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


This week we welcome Ted and his family to our school.


To Dylan and Fiona from the CHB District Council for coming down to the school and spending time with some staff around the Waipawa Streets For People project. Awesome they took the time to listen to our concerns and ideas for a safer Waipawa.

To Whanau and Friends for their regular EOTC contribution. We've had many classes get back into education outside the classroom this term. The costs of everything has increased greatly and we are so pleased we don't need to pass these costs on to Whanau. Thanks for making a real difference Whanau and Friends!

To past students Aaliyah Grace, Juliette Griffin, Rae Rae Small and Linc Taylor who all received Golden Crowns at CHB College recently.

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Cell Phones At School

A reminder that students who bring a cell phone to school must put them into the locked drawer in the school office. They need to go into a named plastic bag and put through the drawer slot on arrival to school and collected at 3pm. We would appreciate it if parents and caregivers could reinforce this please.

Heating and Cooking Food

Please do not send your children to school with food that requires heating or cooking. We have 314 children on our roll and as parents and caregivers you can appreciate that heating and cooking for even half of the roll is impossible.

Extra Food

Could parents and caregivers please check that their children have enough food. With the cooler weather we all need some extra fuel.

We make sandwiches each day for quite a few regular "customers" although we don't mind making these sandwiches, we do ask that if students require a sandwich or top up of extra food that they come to the office during the lunch eating time 1.10pm to 1.20pm.


If you are collecting your children during the school day for Dental, Doctor appointments etc please come to the school office and sign them out on the Vistab. The reason is, in the event of an evacuation or lockdown, we need to know where everyone is, please.


Action shots from last Friday's Miniball

CHB Football

A message in from CHB Junior Football Club Inc. - Just a reminder that because of the long weekend junior football has been moved to Friday the 24th June @ 9am instead of Saturday.


The final competition night for Term 2 basketball will now take place on Friday 8th July.

This Friday there are no games due Matariki Public Holiday and next Friday 1st July there are also no games due to the Matariki festivities taking place at the complex. The draw will be updated to reflect this.


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

HB Miniball draw https://websites.mygameday.app/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3990-0-0-0&a=COMPS

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.

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Whānau & Friends (PTA)

Doughboys Bakery Limited Fresh Family Pies

Each family will receive an order today for the latest Whanau & Friends Fundraiser for Family Pies. These yummy pies are $9.00 each or $25.00 for 3. Orders will need to be returned by 8th August and pickup will be from the Tech Centre at Waipawa School on Friday 19th August. More order forms are available from the school office.

Money owed to school

Thanks you to all the parents and caregivers that have paid their sports fees, uniform and technology fees accounts.
Accounts for Uniform purchases are due at the time of purchase.

Technology Fees are charged per Term. These fees are $15.00 per student per Term. Term 1 fees are now overdue. Term 2 Technology fees accounts have now been sent out.

If you would like to setup a weekly/fortnightly payment scheme to school please make contact with Sue in the office.

Calendar Events

  • Room 11 trip to MTG - Thursday 23 June (Week 8)
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June (Week 8)
  • Ki-o-rahi Tournament Yr 5-8 - Wednesday 28 June (Week 9)
  • Room 4, 5, 6 Cycle Ride to Waipukurau - Wednesday 29 June (Week 9)
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


This week we wish Happy Birthday to Madison H.

Please come and get your Birthday Juicy on Thursday at lunchtime as Friday if Matariki.

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 2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

Public Holidays: Queen's Birthday 6th June, Matariki 24th June

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

Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16th December

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

Teacher Only Days:
Term 3: Friday 26 August
Term 4: Friday 18 November

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

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Matariki Games Night at the Faraday Museum

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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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