Newsletter 1 Week 2 Term 1

Waiau School ⎪ 11th February 2022


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Welcome to the first ‘official’ newsletter for 2022 from Waiau School.

We would like to start by thanking you all for supporting your child/ren in making a positive start to their school year. It has been impressive how well our students have settled back into school life, especially in circumstances that require some of our students to wear masks when on buses or in class.

We are so fortunate at Waiau School to have Wai Swim lessons and additional swimming /water safety lessons taken by Caroline Eastmond. Our students definitely benefit physically and we see their self confidence develop as they take on new challenges in the pool. Please ensure that your child's uniform is named, as un-named tops can cause a bit of confusion in the changing sheds!

On a personal note, although the current traffic light setting has prevented us from having a formal get together, I have enjoyed meeting up with families at the school gate and on the Inland Road bus route. Over the next few weeks I plan to travel on the other bus routes in order to meet more families and to see the outlying districts. I now know that the Waiau area, with its amazing countryside and friendly locals, is the hidden gem in Hurunui!

This year we welcome Sophie and Phoenix Lawton and their family to our school community. Sophie and Phoenix have joined us from Southland and have made a great start at Waiau School. We also welcome Gus Galletly. He has started his school life in Room 1 and he gets to travel to school on the bus with his big sister Sophie.

Last Friday we had Constable Ken Terry come and work with our bus wardens and then he spoke with all of our pupils about bus travel and bus safety. We hope to have Constable Ken back later in the year to run through Cycle Safety with our students.

I would like to acknowledge the support and patience of the Waiau School staff and BoT for making me feel welcome and for answering my many questions as I become familiar with systems and procedures at school!

Today we are sending home 'hard packs' with each student. We have put in maths and literacy tasks at suitable levels for each child. There are also some 'non- computer' activities and challenges. Please store these packs and use them if/when your child has to isolate. When we get back to 'green/orange' please return the packs to school as we have included school readers & maths books in the packs.

To finish off I’d like to share a quote from Dame Whina Cooper. It is a timely reminder in the current situation that we find ourselves in, that for all of us, the most important thing that we can do is Take care of our children, take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.

Noho ora mai

Stay well, look after yourself


Swimming Sports

Traditionally the Waiau School Swimming Championships is a very well supported event on the school calendar. Unfortunately, this year while we are in the ‘Red’ phase of the traffic light system we will not be able to open the event up to our families and supporters. The sports will still go ahead on the 24th February and we are planning to have photos and results for you out on the day. The finer details are being worked through and we will share the details with you in due course.

Upcoming Events

  • Wai Swim Begins - February 8
  • Swimming lessons with Caroline Eastmond begin February 8
  • School Dental van onsite from 10 February
  • Ko Wai Au - run by Mana Ake, begins at Rotheram School for 8 weeks Tuesday 15th February
  • Life Education Trust Visit - Wednesday, February 16
  • Swimming Sports - Thursday 24 February
  • Hurunui Swimming sports 4th March
  • Softball Yr 5/6 and Teeball Yr3/4 is on the 11 April.
  • Term 1 Ends - Thursday, April 14

Drinking fountain

With the current safety procedures in place we will be turning off the drinking fountain from Monday. Please ensure your child has a named water bottle at school. The bottles are able to be refilled in the classrooms.