Panui Week 5 Term 1

Waikawa Bay School Thursday 11th March 2021

Principal's Message



Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Tēnā koutou


It’s been a busy week here at Waikawa bay school. Tsunami warnings, swim week and a Covid alert level drop have meant there’s been a lot of change in our Kura. Over the next week we will also be saying farewell to two valued members of our team.

Today will be Belinda Mataele’s last day at Waikawa Bay School. Belinda has been an integral member of our staff since the beginning of last year. She has worked tirelessly with students and her expertise will be missed. Belinda is also in her third year of teacher training and will be concentrating fully on her studies for the rest of the year.

Next Friday will be Lydia Huntley’s last day on staff. Lydia has been a teacher aide at the school for over five years and during that time has assisted many students in various roles. She has played a major role in the development of the Senior Kapa haka group working with Kirsty Burgess and has led the Junior Kapa haka group. Like Belinda, she is also training to be a teacher and will spend more time concentrating on her studies. It is always a sad time when we farewell members of our staff but

luckily for us, both Lydia and Belinda will still be part of our school community for a while, as both have children who attend Waikawa Bay school. I have placed an advertisement in the Marlborough Express, and also in this newsletter for a Teacher Aide. If you wish to apply, please send your C.V. and covering letter to by Friday the 19th of March.

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Award Winners

Tino pai - Congratulations to:

Ashton Ivamy who received the Waikawa Way Cup at last week's assembly.

James Faulkner who received the Ka Hikitia Cup for Literacy.

Leah Spence and Jaxon Watty who received the Picton Pizza and Kebab manners award.

Maramataka - Dates for your Diary

  • 16th March - Swimming Sports - Year 3 - 6 at Queen Charlotte College, all welcome
  • 19th March - Whole School Assembly, Whānau and friends welcome at Level 1
  • 24th March - Whānau Hui 6pm
  • 25th March - Marlborough Swimming Sports
  • 31st March - Rugby 7's Tournament
  • 31st March - 1st April - Noho Marae
  • 2nd April - Good Friday
  • 5th April - Easter Monday
  • 6th April - Easter Holiday - School closed
  • 14th April - Board of Trustees meeting
  • 16th April - End of Term 1

Garden security

Thanks to Freshchoice Picton for donating a security camera for our vege garden area. Here's a photo of Mr Knowles (technician) and Beau Watson (project manager) installing the camera.

We're sure this will help keep everyone's hard work in the garden safe.

Waikawa Bay School Easter Raffle

Your child will have been issued with five $5 tickets to sell for our Easter raffle fundraiser. Please give the person who buys the ticket a copy of the ticket and keep the stub with their name and phone number to return to school.

Please return the stubs and money to the school office by Monday 29th March 2021.

The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday 30th March.

Thank you for your support.

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Student Profile

  • Name - Daniel Saasan
  • Age - 5
  • Family - Mum Ann, Dad Amar and Sister Ally
  • Interests - Cars
  • Hero - Superman
  • Fav Subject - Maths
  • Fav Sport - Gymnastics
  • Fav Food - Pizza
  • Fav Holiday - Kaikoura
  • When I am older I want to be a - Builder
  • I like Waikawa Bay School Because: I like the flying fox

Fabulous Fundraisers

This week an enterprising group of enterprising students set up an ice-block stand after school in Waikawa. They made $66 and decided to donate the money to School. Thank you so much for your hard mahi!

School Pool

The School Pool will remain open until Friday 19th March - we hope keyholders have enjoyed their time in the pool over the summer. Remember to return your keys to the office

Lost Property

We have a ever growing mountain of lost property - please come and take a look through next time you are at School just in case.

What Now is coming to Picton - Sunday 14th March

The show will be recording LIVE from the Picton Foreshore this Sunday from 8am to 10am, head along, join in the fun and watch Mr Sullivan from Picton School being gunged.
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Sensational Seaweek Writing

By Nina Askin age 7, Kereru class
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Sensational Seaweek Scenes

Kea class at Waikawa Bay with Tash Luxton from Project Jonah.

Stationery fees

You should have received an email last week with the 2021 stationery fee ($20), this can be paid online or by cash at the office. Please don't hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.

Contact details

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

Scholastic Book Club - Orders due Thursday 1st April

Keep an eye out for the Scholastic Book Club flyer that went home school bags earlier this week. We are really grateful for the support of Amy Healey who helps to administer this initiative. Last year we raised over $400 via Scholastic - so thank you to everyone who makes an order.
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