Newsletter 16, Week 1 Term 4

Waiau School ⎪ 20th October 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Term 4. We have an exciting term ahead. This week we have had a visit from Kristen. She manages the Salmon Hatchery between Waiau and Rotherham. Kristen was able to share her expertise and share her knowledge about the life cycle of Salmon. Our students asked some interesting questions and were very keen to learn about these fascinating fish. Some of us are partial to eating salmon and after the presentation we now have a whole new appreciation for the King Salmon breed. It was great for us to learn about a facility that is literally on our doorstep.

Over the past 9 months our tamariki have writiten many Thank You cards/letters and recently some pupils wrote to Peter Hills the’ Me and Dad’ books author. Peter was thrilled to receive his cards and he posted on his facebook page that he is keen to pop in and meet us when he is next up in our neck of the woods. Jenny Cooper, the Illustrator that visited us during Book Week also gave us positive feedback on her thank cards. For the students to randomly receive feedback to show that their efforts are appreciated validates their work.

Our trip to Kaikōura at the end of last term was a great day. Our tamariki enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their Kapa Haka repertoire to an appreciative audience at Hapuku Kura. We look forward to hosting Hapuku School and repaying their kind hospitality in 2023. We seemed to time the day right, as far as the weather was concerned and we didn’t have any rain, even though it was forecast.

Thank you to the parents and Mrs Brett that came along with us on our visit. We could not have made this day trip without your assistance.

This term is the last term at Waiau for our seven Year 6 students. Over the past 3 terms they have taken onboard leadership roles and initiated ‘Wacky Wednesday’ activities for our students. This term sees them train up our 2023 leaders and I’m sure they will have a few fun surprises up their sleeves for the Waiau students before the end of the year.

Enjoy your Labour Weekend, safe travels if you are exploring another part of Aotearoa New Zealand and productive ‘pig hunting’ for those competing in the Waiau Pig Hunt.

Noho ora mai,


Kaikōura School Trip

We had a fantastic time on our whole school trip to Kaikoura on our last day of term 3. A big thank you to Hapuku School for hosting us and making us feel so welcome at their school. This was a wonderful opportunity to present our Kapa Haka to a new audience. We visited a local Pa site on the Peninsula and we finished the afternoon by exploring the South Bay rock pools and discovering some very interesting sea creatures. This was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about life cycles in a marine setting. Thank you to all our amazing parents who provided transport.

Garden Club

We are attempting to grow our 96 ‘Little Garden’ kits we planted on Monday. A big thank you to Ravenswood New World supermarket who very generously donated a carton of ‘Little Garden’ kits to us. We are hoping for a high strike rate, especially as we have the luxury of growing them in our new hot houses.

The Working Bees gardening crew will have a busy term as they prepare and plant out our Mara Kai (garden).

Athletics Day - Save the date!

Tuesday, 1st November (pp Thursday 3rd November)

We have started preparing for Athletics Day 2022!

The children will be involved in events throughout the day. Lunchtime will be at 12.30pm, so bring a picnic along. We encourage parents to participate in our parents relay and the preschoolers race will be at approximately 2pm. Please invite your family and friends along to support.

Please bring along a plate to share for morning tea.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Community Consultation Survey feedback

We would like to sincerely thank parents and caregivers for their participation in this survey. The feedback will be used to help shape our Strategic Planning and our direction for 2023. Please see the summary of the feedback received. Link here
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ShakeOut NZ - October 27, 9.30am

ShakeOut NZ- we will take part in this important drill in the next week. Pupils from Year 3 up have been given a Shake Out challenge sheet to take home. It is a great opportunity to discuss and check your family’s readiness for any natural emergency. All completed sheets handed back by next Wednesday will be eligible for a national competition that has pretty exciting prizes to be one. You will need to spend a few minutes working alongside your child to complete the form, think of it as a similar job to checking the smoke alarm batteries- to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Here is the link to the Shake Out challenge sheet if our younger students would like to complete at home click here


The Pōhutukawa reading group have been busy setting and monitoring an ink track in our ‘Skinkery’ to see if we have any little skinks living in the habitat.
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Safety wise Magazine

Check out the cover! Henry, Miah, George and Noah are our gorgeous models for the Waimakariri/Hurunui publication. This magazine was distributed to each of our families.
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Foil blankets initiative

Chips are a staple snack or lunchbox filler for New Zealanders. But their foil packaging can take 80 years to decompose. A new organisation, Chip Packet Project NZ, is taking the trash and turning it into treasure creating blankets, sleeping bag covers and even pillows for the homeless. We are collecting empty, clean and opened foil food bags that will be sent to a charity that is constructing foil blankets for people in need. This is a great initiative that Hayley has told us about and furthermore it supports the value of kaitiakitanga (being guardians of our environment). Please send your clean foil wrappings to school. We will collect them until the end of week 6 (25 November).
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Here’s a joke for the holiday weekend.

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Waiau Fireworks Night – Saturday 5 November

The Waiau Fireworks event is back, bigger and better than ever!

Held in the Waiau Rugby Club Grounds, there will be loads of family-friendly entertainment – bouncy castle, rides, zorbs, and more. A variety of tasty food options will be on offer. Live music provided by Mezzanine and then the evening is topped off with the fireworks display!

Entry $10 per person (cash only). Pre-schoolers free. Gates open at 5pm.

Postponement date is Sunday 6 November. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates –

Family Times Magazine

Current Issue – Read it now Click here

Weet-Bix KIDS TRYathlon - Sunday, 26 February 2023

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is designed for Kiwi kids aged 6-15 years to help them stay active and healthy through a programme of participation. The series has been running since 1992 and is a rite of passage for Kiwi kids. To date, over 450,000 Kiwi kids have given it a TRY. Open to Kiwi kids of all sporting abilities the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a fun day out for kids, parents and families. Participants get to swim, cycle, and run their way around age appropriate courses. You can enter either as an individual or as part of a team of two.

This is not a school run event.

Enter Here

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