Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 5, 1st June 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

It has been a tough week on the health front again with 80 students and a few staff away every day this week. Covid seems to be the lesser of the many nasties floating around at the moment.

Surely we will come out the other side of this soon and be stronger than ever. Well done to everyone who is battling illness or has a household full of it. Hang in there!

Last week I spoke about the success of our Better Start Literacy Approach in the early years. We are traditional in the aspect that our number 1 focus is still on literacy and numeracy. We are also keeping an eye on what is happening in the secondary schooling space and we notice that new literacy and numeracy standards are being trialled at the moment. Basically it means, in a year or two, children in Year 9 and 10 will need to 'pass' these standards to be able to sit NCEA level 1 subjects. You can be sure we will be very familiar with these standards by the time they are in action!

Though literacy and numeracy is our bread and butter there are so many other things that make up a school curriculum! However it's been awesome to see Room 4, 5, 6 really focus on cycling and riding a bike. They're getting prepared for their big ride at the end of the term. Thanks to all you wonderful parents who drop bikes off day after day! Our bike shed actually cannot keep up and we are in desperate need of a bicycle maintenance / mechanic to help keep our school bikes in condition! Last week we also had Room 1 and 2 venture up to Napier. It's fantastic to have classes getting out and about and making connections with what they are learning back at school. Once again thanks to whanau for helping out.

Next week teachers begin writing about children's literacy progress so far this year. These will once again be posted on HERO with a hard copy put in the child's folder. These posts do not all come on HERO at the same time. As they are written and then checked, they will be posted. This means they are as up to date as possible but it does mean everyone receives their child's post at different times. Teachers have to the end of term to complete these.

Enjoy the long weekend - Monday is a holiday. Perfect timing really and hopefully everyone comes back fit and firing for the second half of the term.

Ngā mihi nui

Paul Jamieson

ROOMS 1 & 2 visit THe Napier Aquarium & Ātea a Rangi Star Compass

On Friday Rooms 1 and 2 were lucky enough to go and check out The Napier Aquarium and
the Ātea a Rangi star compass in Clive. This complemented our learning around Kaitiakitanga and Matariki. We learnt about how we can be kaitiaki to ensure we keep the creatures in the sea safe! We also discussed how we can dispose of our rubbish sensibly to take care of our environment. We had such a fun day exploring and want to say a huge thank you to the Whanau that came along and helped us out on the day!

Room 12's Pā sites

Room 12 has been learning about early Māori settlement in New Zealand. Last Friday they created pā sites in class. It was great to see them working well, showing kōtahitanga, and having fun together.



HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Girls Only Rugby Skills Sessions with Xavier Hill - HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Venue: CHB College Rugby Field

When: Monday's 30th May and 13th June

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Who: These sessions are available to any current female players as well as those interested in learning new skills and keen to give rugby a go. Ages 7 and over, including secondary school.

No registration and no fees, just turn up.

Email geoffandfionastrong@gmail.com with any queries or PM the CHB Girls Rugby Facebook page.

Year 1/2 Netball

Our junior netballers have been learning some great skills each Saturday including how to land, pass and shoot. It is great to see them running around having lots of fun together.

Waipawa Pythons

Our Yr3/4 footballers are having a great season. It's awesome seeing them out there having fun and playing their best each week.

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Congratulations to past students Kerrin Harrison who gained 2nd and 8th placings at the Midland Trampoline Champs held recently.

Congratulations to past students Bongi Ncomanzi, Emma Johnson and Sienna Kittow who competed in the East Coast North Island Track & Field Championships. Bongi and Emma gained placings in the top 3.

Whanau & Friends Fundraiser

Whanau & Friends would like your support by selling these First Aid Kits as their latest Fundraiser. Coming home with the eldest child in families today is an order form. W&F are requesting that one internet banking deposit be made for one page of orders. Please use your family name as a reference to make matching orders and payments easier. Please ensure that you use the correct bank account number which is 03-0779-0009817-000. Please return your competed orders to the school office by 20th June 2022.
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CHB College 2023 Enrolments

CHB College are currently taking enrolment appointments for next year's Year 9 Students. It is important that enrolments are completed prior to students sitting the Entrance exam which is due to take place on Friday 11th November. (Further information on the entrance exam will be sent out to you nearer the time.)

Our website has the ability for Parents/Caregivers to complete an online enrolment. Once they have completed their online enrolment, they will be contacted by the College to book their enrolment appointment and complete their enrolment.

Please find link to our website below:


Money owed to school

A reminder to parents and caregivers accounts for Uniform purchases are due at the time of taking them.

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

Calendar Events

  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Monday 6th June (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- Kakano to Room 7 (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- 8 to 12 (Week 7)
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June (Week 8)
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students: Jack, Arlo H and Ella.

Please come and get your Birthday Juicy on Friday at lunchtime.

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

To celebrate our first Matariki public holiday, we are opening the museum up at night for a “Matariki Games Night”.

· Have a blast at the museum with your friends and family

· Beat your opponents while playing games from the past

· Hunt for clues while exploring our museum doing our Matariki scavenger Hunt

· Sign up to our newsletter on the night and go into the draw to win a cool prize

· Buy snacks and treats in our cool Museum store

Date: Friday, 24 June, 2022 (Matariki public holiday) from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Venue: Faraday Museum of Technology, 2b Faraday Street, Napier

Admission: $10 per adult / $5 per child

View on map https://goo.gl/maps/HRKssMSKQzhUy6tq5

Enquiry: 06 835 2338 / info@faradaycentre.org.nz

We look forward to you spending a night at the 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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It is still a bit of a wobbly time out there isn't it? Quite possibly this might be having a huge impact on the dynamics and relationships INSIDE but also OUTSIDE of your home.

If I could take a screenshot of your life right now, would you say you are living and parenting in a way that makes you truly excited and gives you a sense of freedom? Are you parenting with joy?

In other words... Are you Parenting from what I like to call ‘Greatness’?

I wouldn't be surprised after the last two years if your answer was a 'no'. Or a 'not quite'. Or a 'well things are okayyyyy'. Do you feel totally swamped by the responsibilities, just trying to make it through another day and getting to the end of it feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, depleted, and just over it?

I get you. I was once there and it wasn't that long ago. I have two boys aged 9 and 13 and I am in a completely different place to where I thought I would be when I first went into this journey!

In my early years, I found being a parent hard....I wasn't happy, my kids weren't happy and neither was their Dad! We just didn't know how to relate to ourselves or each other very well. We were just doing the old parenting stuff, the old way or reacting to that old way which wasn’t helpful either! I had a car crash entry into becoming a parent which I have no problem sharing because it birthed in me the desire to support others in their journey. I had to dig deep to change the way I parented and the beginning of that change was when I finally put up my hand and asked for help! I began working with my own parent mentor and arrived at a very different place in my parenting journey. One where I learned how to Parent from ‘Greatness’ which truly is an evolution in the way we raise our children.

My boys are getting older now and I tell you things are totally different in my world as a Parent. To be able to navigate the last couple of years with a sense of ease and grace is no mean feat and I know without a doubt that it is because I invested in the way I parent.

When I say, change your parenting - Change your life, I’m not joking!

So what do I mean when I say Parenting From Greatness?

In short - It is an evolution in the way we raise our kids where all parents and children see themselves and each other as powerful.

But to fill you in a bit more... It is the truth and genius that lies in all of us. The gifts, talents, and abilities that are unique to each individual on this planet which make up our unique purpose for being here. Another way of saying that is....it's our heart!

Greatness is being able to see that everyone is powerful and has a heart. Every single person on this planet. You, your partner, your children, your co-parent, your neighbour, your friends. Everyone.

Isn't that what we truly want? So we can deepen our relationships, Parent from a place of compassion for ourselves and others, and no longer be controlled by the negative emotions and 'old stuff' that doesn't serve us or our families.

In June a brand new program is launching to help you do just that!

This program is born from a vision I have, one that lifts parents out of the control and fear that dominated the way most of us were parented. One that is outside of the cycles of the past where so often we as parents find ourselves unconsciously repeating the way our parents parented us or reacting strongly to it.

I'm talking about a new way of parenting where you learn how to connect with your intuition, with your own inner knowing which tells you exactly what to do because only you know what is right for you and your family. Learning the ability to move past what you don't want once you know what is getting in your way. Uncovering what you do want, learning how to focus on it and how to actually create it!


From the 8th until the 12th of June I will be hosting the Parenting From Greatness program for the very first time, LIVE online via Zoom. You don't even have to leave your house to access this incredible Program. It will be a jam-packed 5 days of learning, embodying, applying, and experiencing the shizzle out of a new way of parenting! Are you ready?

You can find more information about the program and reserve your spot, RIGHT HERE >>> https://ypjprograms.com/parenting-from-greatness

I am offering a once-off, absolutely crazy, ridiculous, discount as a celebration of this work going live, so don't miss out as I definitely won't ever offer it for this price again. Find out more here.

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