Newsletter 1, Week 1 Term 1

Waiau School ⎪ 2nd February 2023


Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back to Term 1.

We hope you have all had a great summer break and are looking forward to a busy Term 1!

The staff have been busy preparing our learning spaces ready for 2023 and the feedback from the students has been positive.

We have a new staff member in Room 1 for Term 1.

We are very fortunate to have Mrs Rhonda Faulks teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays and Megan will teach Wednesday - Friday. Make sure you give her a warm welcome to Waiau School when you see her at school.

Cath will be the Room 2 teacher for the first term and she will head off to Wainui camp with our senior students and a group of keen camp parents in next week.

We are currently advertising for our permanent Room 1 Teacher and all going to plan this position will start Term 2.

This weekend sees the local Waiau Fire Brigade celebrate 75 years of volunteering in our community. I hope you are able to take part in the festivities on Saturday as there are lots of exciting events happening on our school grounds.

We are very grateful to our community for getting things actioned. A recent example of this 'can do' approach was Billy sourcing the new sand and Hamish along with his team, putting in the people power to sort out and prepare the sandpit ready for day one. It is a very popular play area and now we have loads of sand our students can dig far more intricate tunnels and open cast mines.

He waka eke noa- we are all in this together.

Ngā mihi nui,


Waitangi Day

Just a reminder that school is closed on Monday for Waitangi Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

Swimming Term 1

We have started swimming lessons with Caroline this week- please ensure swimming gear is sent along rain, hail or shine.

Our Swimming Sports Date has been set for Tuesday, 28 February, 1pm. Please lock this date in your calendar. Family and friends are welcome to come along and support the progress of our swimmers.

Parents Relay- If you wish to swim 1 length of freestyle in the parents’ relay teams, please let Liv know. (4 parents per team.) If weather is unsuitable we will contact you via email, app and Facebook.

Sun screen- please make sure your child has a good covering of sunscreen applied before they come to school each day. February weather is always tropical up here in Waiau and we want our tamariki to be protected. We have lotion available so they can reapply it at lunchtime.

Room 2 Camp

Our Room 2 camp is back at Wainui on Banks Peninsula, leaving Tuesday 7th February and returning Friday 10th February. Our camp parents are Clint, Dan, Biddy, Anna and Henry. It is fantastic to have so many parents keen to come and thank you for giving up your time to come with us.

This is an amazing experience for our tamariki to experience. Activities on this camp include Kayaking, Coasteering, Snorkelling, Search & Rescue and more! We will be posting updates and sharing photos on facebook.

Final camp information will come home on Friday. Invoices for parent contribution to camp have been emailed out.

School Docs

To review our school policies please go to:

Username: waiau

Password: together

We will regularly share ‘policies for review’ in our newsletter. Please take the time to have a look. Your feedback is always welcome.

School App/ Absences

The best way to let us know if your child is sick or going to be absent is by using our school app. Please state the reason they are away so we can code the absence accordingly. If you require any help installing please see Liv.

2023 School Times

It is really important to have students on time and ready to start their learning.

8:05 Buses arrive

8.30am School Grounds open for Waiau Village students

9.00am Classes start

10.30am Morning tea

10.50am Classes

12.35pm Lunch

1.30pm Classes

3.00pm School day ends (Waiau Village students depart) Bus pupils supervised

3.45pm Buses departs

School Buses

If your child uses the school bus service please make sure that school is aware of days that your child will not be on the bus eg attending sports practice, picked up on set days by a family member.

If plans change on a daily basis please call the school office by 2.30pm to make sure staff are aware of your child's travel plans.

These details can be updated regularly by contacting Liv on or phone 03 315 6027.

Important Dates

Waiau School Trailride 29 – 30th April.

Please keep this date free, all parents are expected to help with this awesome event!

Takahanga Marae Overnight Visit - March 8 – 9

Whole school trip

Teachers Only Day - Friday, March 10

School Closed, Tipu Māia Hui

Goal setting

We are in the process of organising what our Goal Setting meetings will look like and these will take place after Week 5. Goal Setting will be an opportunity for you and your child to see how they are tracking and to learn of the goals your child has set in conjunction with their teacher/s.

Upcoming Events

  • Assembly - Friday, February 3⋅12:20- 12:35pm

  • Room 2 Camp at Wainui - February 7- 10, 2023

  • Waitangi Day (School Closed) - Monday, February 6, 2023

  • Board Meeting - Wednesday, February 22, 7.30pm

  • Assembly - Friday, February 242:30 – 3:00pm

  • Waiau Swimming Sports - Tuesday, February 28

  • Hurunui Swimming Sports - Hanmer Monday, March 6 (pp March 7)

  • Takahanga Marae Visit - March 8 – 9, 2023

  • Teachers Only Day - School closed Tipu Māia Hui

    Friday, March 10

  • Hurunui Duathlon Hanmer - Tuesday, March 21(pp March 22)

  • Assembly - Friday, March 242:30 – 3:00pm

  • Teeball/Softball Tournaments - Monday, April 3 (pp April 5)

  • Term 1 Ends - Thursday, April 6, 2023

  • Term 2 Begins - Monday, April 24, 2023

  • ANZAC Day (School Closed) - Tuesday, April 25, 2023

  • Trailride Weekend - April 29 – 30, 2023