Waipawa School

Term 1, Week 2, 8th February 2023

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou

A huge thanks to everyone who managed to make it to the Beginning of the Year meetings with the teacher last Thursday and Friday. We really appreciate so many making the effort to come in and help set the year up. We are all here to work together in a positive and respectful way so hopefully this meeting was the start of that relationship. Just remember that you are free to contact teachers throughout the year. While they are not available 24 /7 they will always get back to you and make plans to meet.

FInally summer has arrived, our field is drying out, the town pool is getting a good work over and it's beginning to feel like a normal February. What is also normal these days is COVID. We've had children away along with a couple of staff members already this term. The rules still apply - 7 day isolation but as long as we don't have too many staff members go down at once all should be okay and disruption should be kept to a minimum.

Ngā mihi nui


2023 CAMPS

Camp organisation is well underway and teachers will be notifying parents this week if they are coming on camp as parent help.

Please keep a close eye on HERO or Seesaw regarding messages for camp. If you have any questions please get in touch with your child's teacher.

Yr 7/8 Camp

Camp Tutira is from Tuesday 21 February to Friday 24 February.

The cost per child for this 4 day, 3 night camp is $80. This can paid online with CAMP as a reference, or via the Office with cash.

Yr 5/6 Camp

The Yr 5/6 Camps are at Camp Wakarara. The cost per child for this 3 day, 2 night camp is $40. This can paid online with CAMP as a reference, or via the Office with cash.

Room 7 Camp: Wednesday 1 March to Friday 3 March

Room 9 Camp: Monday 6 March to Wednesday 8 March

Room 8 Camp: Wednesday 8 March to Friday 10 March

If you are having any issues obtaining gear required, please get in contact with your child's teacher.

Can you help out with camping gear?

The year 7 and 8 classes are off to camp very soon (21-24 February).

We are hoping members of our school community can help us by lending gear that we still require.

If you are able to lend us tents or airbeds we would be very grateful.

We are also looking for donations of thermals, polar fleeces, and old sneakers which you or your children no longer require to add to our supplies.

Please get in touch if you can help us out.


Sharee Waite, Lucy Thompson, Justine Foster and Chelsea Andrews

Roadies Coffee Van

From tomorrow morning Rick will park his Roadies Coffee Van on the grass outside the old dental clinic from between 7:00am - 9:00am.

This is for adults only - no children will be served.


This week we wish Happy Birthday to:- Ben M, Robert, Brooklyn W, Waiwhenua, Lilly K and Mason P. Please come to the school office on Friday at lunchtime to collect your Birthday Juicy.

Info for new families: Every student when they celebrate their Birthday is welcome to come to the school office on a Friday at lunchtime to receive a free juicy as a Birthday gift from The Board. If they are away sick or perhaps don't feel like their juicy they can still come when they return to school.


2023 Term Dates

Term 1: Monday 30 January - Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June

Please note there is a Ministry of Education directed Teacher Only Day on Monday 24 April

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Wednesday 13 December

Please note there will be a Ministry of Education directed Teacher Only Day sometime during the second half of the year

Hungry students

A reminder to parents to please pack extra food into lunch boxes during Swimming Season.

Calendar Events



  • Week 3: Friday 17 February - Yr 7/8 Swimming Sports
  • Week 4: 21-24 February - Yr 7/8 CAMP
  • Week 4: Friday 24 February - Yr 5/6 Swimming Sports
  • Week 5: 1-3 March - Room 7 CAMP
  • Week 6: 6-8 March - Room 9 CAMP
  • Week 6: 8-10 March - Room 8 CAMP
  • Week 7: 16 March - CHB Swimming Sports
  • Week 9: 28 March - Yr 8's to Sports Park


Issue One of the Scholastic Bookclub will close on February 24th. Please see your classroom teacher to get the latest brochure.

Information about 4 Year Old Mornings - Starting Fri 10th Feb

  • These take place in Kākano Class - the hall 8.40am until 12 noon 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 the Whanau.

  • 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. This can be purchased from the school office.

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

Karena Finch

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.


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Martial Arts Class.

What days and time?

Wednesday and Friday

Kids class is 6-6.45pm for 6-12 year olds.

13 year olds and up including adults is 6.45pm - 7.30pm

Where is it held?

Waipawa Senior Citizens Centre (Blue building by Nelly Jull Park) Waverley Street Waipawa.

What does it cost?

This week will be a free trial and whoever is interested can sign up when they come for the second week.

One term is $45.00 per child or $90 for adults.

Or $5 per class per child and $10 for 13 years - Adults (No contract so you can pay as you go)

What should I bring?

Comfortable exercise clothes and bring a water bottle and small towel.

Who do I contact for more information?

Vilads contact phone 02040895202. Email viladmir@outlook.com

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