Panui Week 1 Term 2

Waikawa Bay School Thursday 6th May 2021

Principal's Message



Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back to a new Term at Waikawa Bay School.

It is great to see all the children excited to be back to their classes and friends. We offer a special welcome to the students and whanau who have just started with us or have returned from other schools.

As usual, there are many activities happening over the next few weeks, including the Marlborough Gymnastic Festival and our School Book Fair.

We will be entering 7 teams from our Year 5 and 6 classes into the Gymnastic Festival held in Blenheim next Friday which will involve about a 1000 students from throughout Marlborough. The children have started practicing their routines and I am sure they will be excellent representatives of our school.

The Book Fair runs all next week, with many fun activities. Please see the itinerary in this week's Newsletter or on facebook.

It is with great sadness that we mourn the untimely death of Steve Graham, the father of student’s Sienna and Levi Graham. This will be a very difficult time for them and their whanau, and all our love and support are with them.

We also like to offer our condolences to the Russell family for the recent loss of their Father/ Grandad Ian McNabb. Over the years Ian has been a wonderful behind the scenes supporter of Waikawa Bay School.

Maramataka - Dates for your Diary

  • 10th -14th May - Scholastic Book Fair week
  • 13th - Thursday, Book Character dress up day.
  • 14th May - Marlborough Gym Festival - Years 5 + 6
  • 7th June - Public Holiday for Queen's Birthday
  • 16th June - Mixed Ripper Rugby Tournament - Year 3 and up
  • 28th June - Teacher only day
  • 7th & 8th July - Student Led Conferences

Scholastic Book Fair Week 10th to 14th May

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.

  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection regularly.

  • Support our school’s Book Fair, Allow your children to choose their own books.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: 10th of May - 14th of May

Shopping hours: 8.30-9 am, 3-3.30pm

Special activities: Dress up as your favourite book character (Thursday 13th May)

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Book week activities:

Monday: Guess the teacher's favourite picture book.

Tuesday: Design a bookmark.

Wednesday: Guessing game- how many stars are in the jar and Readers theatre .

Thursday: Dress up as a your favourite book character.

Friday: Top ‘Hat’ Story: Create a hat reflecting on the theme or books at the book fair

Student Profile

  • Names - Iharaira
  • Age - 6
  • Family - Mum Ngahuia, brother Jaxon
  • Interests - Playgrounds
  • Hero - Black Panther
  • Fav Subject - Maths
  • Fav Sport - Rugby
  • Fav Food - Vegetables
  • Fav Holiday - Australia
  • I like Waikawa Bay School Because: There are a lot of things you can do and I like the slide.

Waikawa Bay School and the mountains of mulch.....

This week several mountains of mulch have appeared on the back field. This is due to a very generous donation from the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust who carry out wilding pine and pest control in the Sounds. We will make good use of the mulch for our native trees and gardens, and sell a quantity of it as a fundraiser later in the year. Thanks also to Nautilus Pacific Ltd and Russ Contracting Ltd for cartage - we appreciate their support of our School.
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School Uniform - Online Purchasing available via The Warehouse

After a few problems with stock levels last year, Schooltex uniform stock levels should be back to normal for online purchasing. Now that we are heading into the winter term, it's a good time to order your child's School Fleece, see link below.

Have you moved or changed contact details recently?

If you have moved or changed phone numbers/email address please contact the office so we can update your details.

Cawthron Institute Environment Awards Dinner 23rd April 2021

Mrs Burgess and Ms Faulkner attended the Cawthron Institute Environment Awards over the holidays. Our school was one of the entries in the community innovation category. While we did not win the award we were humbled to be up against other wonderful organisations who are also passionate about the environment. To be recognised for our commitment to caring for our environment, and our outdoor learning endeavours was fantastic. Thanks for all the hard work that Ms McLaren and the Kaitiaki group put into our environmental program, congratulations on a great effort.

Would you like to get your child's name embroidered on their school fleece?

Pretty Things Embroidery & Design

As we are experiencing cooler mornings school fleeces are often misplaced when children are out on the playground or when it gets warmer throughout the day. Fleeces are often lost and in many cases have to be replaced.

Pretty Things Embroidery & Design are offering a great service: school sweatshirts/ polar fleeces professionally embroidered with children's initials, names and/or last names on the back (bottom). This will be very helpful in ensuring your child's fleece is always easily identifiable.

The cost of embroidery per fleece is $5 regardless of the number of letters and is much more cost effective than purchasing a new fleece when lost.

For more information please give Karen a call on 0211001228 or search @prettythingsembroidery on Facebook or Google.

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