Newsletter 15, Week 9 Term 3

Waiau School ⎪ 22nd September 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Over the past fortnight we have had many exciting events at Waiau School and beyond! Our trip to Scargill Domain for the Kiwi Sports day was brilliant. There were lots of activities and opportunities for our tamariki to mix and mingle with many other children from the greater Hurunui area. It was lovely to see all of the Waiau tamariki actively take part in the 4 challenges set out for both juniors and seniors. Participation in new experiences is an important part of being an active learner.

Many thanks to the parents who transported us to the day’s events and a big shout out to Durham and Mrs Macfarlane who ably assisted Hayley in running the exciting Snag Golf sessions. I was hoping that the adults might be able to try their prowess at Snag Golf, alas not, however, we did get to use our muscles in the Tug of War activity and that certainly produced much laughter & a high level of competitiveness.

As our 2022 Book Week draws to a close it has been great to reflect on the support our tamariki have received this week, as we have promoted the excitement of reading through a variety of experiences and activities.

Our week began with some very special visitors coming in from our local community to share their favourite picture books with groups of our children.

On Wednesday we all dressed up as our favourite book characters and paraded in front of an enthusiastic audience in our school hall. It was lovely to host our young friends from Waiau Playcentre and their parents on the day.

The day was made even more memorable with our visit from Jenny Cooper, a very accomplished illustrator from Amberley. Jenny had us all mesmerised with her art and the stories of how she creates her beautiful illustrations. We also got to see her draw a picture of our very own Becca.

Our week finished off with a zoom call to Peter Hills, author of the Me and Dad books. These books are very popular at Waiau School because they tell stories about rural events that our students are familiar with. We got to hear and converse with Peter, but due to a technical hitch we couldn't see him on the big screen. Some great dialogue occurred and Peter now has a few suggestions for his next book!

Last week I was fortunate to be able to attend the New Zealand Principals Federation Conference in Christchurch. This 3 day event was held at Te Pae, the new convention centre. Over the 3 days I was able to experience some very informative presentations from a variety of Keynote Speakers. Topics covered included Literacy, which is a very hot topic within education circles currently. Kaila Colbin spoke of ‘the future we are living in’, which definitely gave us food for thought. The future is more and more reliant on ever changing technologies.The conference closed with an inspiring presentation on Leadership from Scott Robertson. I now know some of the Crusaders' success tactics, so watch this space!

Thank you to the Waiau Team for the extra effort you put in over the time I was away.

Now we are out of the Covid traffic light system we warmly welcome you back onto the school grounds. One positive of the traffic light system was that we have a school of very independent students who can get themselves and their school gear organised before school, demonstrating great self managing skills.

A belated farewell to Sadie and the Simpson Family. They have returned to Kaikōura. We look forward to having Sadie and her brother Archer with us at Waiau School next Winter.

Enjoy the Holiday break from next Friday and don’t forget to put your clocks forward an hour this weekend for daylight saving.

Ngā mihi,



Waiau School Book Week

Book Donations

Thank you to our very generous benefactors for donating 6 new books for our Library. These books were purchased at our Book Fair. This event proved very popular and we have a large number of students who have new books to read over the holidays. We have sold over $1600 worth of books and our School Library will benefit from an additional $400 of new books. Thank you for supporting our school.

Public Holiday - Monday School Closed

New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday on Monday 26 September

Assembly Awards

Our Values Whetū (Star) Student of the Fortnight was awarded to: Gus Galletly for always having a great attitude to learning and showing responsibility by being ready to learn.

Our Class Super Whetū Awards:

Room 1 - Harper Pemberton for showing kindness and care towards others. A very friendly Room 1 class member.

Room 2 - Anikalee Leggett for her awesome attitude towards her work and always striving to do her best!

Special Awards were awarded from our 7 Aside Tournament:

Quinn Anderson for amazing sportsmanship.

Noah Pemberton for being a fabulous leader.

Working Bee

Our recent Working Bee was very well supported by a number of families and our grounds are looking great. Thank you to those who were on the power tools, pruning, weeding, raking the bark, putting up shade sails, hedge trimming to name a few. We certainly got a lot achieved!

Māori Language Week

As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Room 2 students made some paraoa koroua (old man’s bread). The damper was devoured as soon as we had spread the jam on it.
Big picture

End of term assembly

End of term assembly will be next Friday 30th September at 2:30. We would like to invite you along to enjoy our term 3 recap and then stay and have a cuppa with us. (Week 8 was our practice one! ; )

Photo Life - 2022 School Photos

You should have received an email with your child/ren’s unique key code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos. If you did not receive this please check your email junk folder or see Liv for your unique code. Free delivery expires 2nd October.

Agri kids (8-13 years old)

We are looking into the possibility of running an Agri Kids club for 2023. If this comes to fruition we will need some ‘rural input’ from parents to run sessions. I will let you know what this could possibly look like when the information is sent through to us.


It is that time of the year when pencils are shorter and need replacing. Please check with your child to see if they need new stationery items (pencils/pens). You can source these yourself or purchase from School.

Painting shirts

Please send along a named T shirt or shirt that your child can throw on top of their uniform when we are doing art. It will be stored on their bag hook.

Lunch Heatups

Next week will be the last ‘heatups’ for this year. It will run during the colder months, terms 2 & 3 only.

Upcoming Events

  • Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day (School Closed) - Monday, September 26

  • Trip to Kaikōura- Thursday 29th September

  • Fish and Chip Friday will take place on the last day of term Friday 30th September.

  • Term 3 Ends - Friday, September 30

  • Term 4 Begins - Monday, October 17

  • Board Meeting - Wednesday, October 26

  • GET Wise ASB - Thursday, October 27

  • Athletics Day - Tuesday, November 1 (pp 3rd Oct)

  • Canterbury Anniversary Day (School Closed) - Friday, November 11

  • Cricket Coaching- Monday 14th November

  • WaiSwim - December 5 – 9, 2022

  • Top Team with Rotherham School - Wednesday, December 14

  • Last Day of Term 4 - Friday, December 16

Community Dental Service - Clinics open in October School Holidays

Big picture

Tots to Teens digi-magazine