Newsletter 17, Week 3 Term 4

Waiau School ⎪ 3rd November 2022


Kia ora Koutou,

This past fortnight has presented opportunities for us to come together with our community. On Tuesday we held the Waiau 2022 Athletics Day and what a day it was… sports, spectators, sunshine, sunscreen and sausage rolls.

It was a super day, a wonderful chance to see our students shine in a variety of events. There were great displays of sporting excellence and most importantly we saw our students strive for their personal best and yet still manage to support and encourage others. Our Waiau students really know how to show our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We are so proud of you all.

Of course, in the tradition of Athletics events setting a new record is the ultimate goal and this year Quinn Anderson broke our High Jump record. He jumped 1metre 25cm. An amazing effort Quinn, congratulations from us all.

We have the following students representing us at the Amuri Inter schools championships next Monday: Quinn, Tori, Issy, Beth, Frank, Benji, Anikalee, Ella & Evie. Mrs Ferguson will attend with the group. Best of luck to all of our competitors.

Thank you to our supporters and the adults who challenged our students in the relay race. Thanks also to Olivia for helping out with our Year2/3 & 4 group.

Our other opportunity to connect within our local community was planned for last Monday, but as we know plans can change quickly due to illness. So we are heading out to Johnson’s farm and Lyndon Homestead next Thursday 10th November.

(providing we have enough transport- please check the email sent out today).

Labour Weekend saw a local tradition take place up at the Domain. Yes, you know what I’m talking about, the Waiau Pig Hunt. What an experience, sun, water slides, ‘carry the carcass’ competitions and a multitude of dead animals on display. I thought the dressed rabbit was brilliant. To see young and old coming together to share their ‘treasure’ (not sure if this is the right term to describe dead pests!) in the hope of winning a prize or two and helping our local community organisations with their fundraising, was just awesome.

This weekend sees the Waiau Fireworks up at the Domain, another local tradition back in action after an enforced hiatus.

Back to what’s going on at school, this week our Board of Trustees have had a strategic planning session with a facilitator. We used the information gathered from our recent community consultation as a starting point in the process of developing our new Annual Plan.

A big shout out to our resident cheerleader Kenzie. She is off to Auckland this weekend to compete in the NZ Cheerleading Championships. We wish you all the best Kenzie.

Noho ora mai,


Gumboot Friday - Mufti Day tomorrow

Apologies for the late notice but we would like to take the opportunity to support the Gumboot Friday Appeal. The children can come to school in mufti and we would love to see them wearing their gumboots. We will do a wellbeing walk around the village inplace of the bake sale this year due to the late notice. A gold coin donation would be appreciated if you would like to support.

If you wold like to donate $3 online you can text BOOTS to 469.

Johnson’s Farm Visit

Our visit to Johnson’s farm and Lyndon Homestead will now take place next Thursday 10th November. As we have permission slips from you all, we just need to double check the transport.

If you volunteered to take a vehicle for this trip and are still able to help us next Thursday could you please email/message the school by Monday. We can then confirm the final arrangements and send out information to everyone.

The same times apply as per the original trip. Leave at 9am and return around 11:30.

Room 2 Camp 2023

Next year our camp to Wainui will take place 7-10 February (week 2). All of our year 4-6 students will attend. This is an important part of school life and a fabulous opportunity to make connections, face challenges and learn new skills.

The price for this camp is $389 per student. Our Board has agreed to subsidise the cost for each student by $239 from our Trail Ride Fundraiser, so that means the cost per student is now $150.

This is a 4 day/3 night fully catered camp with some instructor led activities such as kayaking and coasteering. In order to access the water activities we need to utilise the instructors and equipment, hence the overall cost.

We realise that $150 is a large outlay at the beginning of the year, so if you would like to make arrangements with the office for payments to be made starting this year please contact us. We are here to help. Further camp information will be coming home next week.

ASB Moneywise Programme

Last Thursday Nikki from ASB came and took our classes for lessons on Money. Generating money, saving, sharing and spending- with the emphasis on saving. Lots of discussions were had and I’m sure your child/ren had some wise advice to share at home. Parent resources


Thank you to those who helped their child/ren complete the entry form for the ShakeOut competition. They have been entered and we will have to wait with fingers crossed! We will hold our ShakeOut drill sometime during next week.

New Enrolments

If you know of any families new to the area with preschool aged children. Please get in contact with Liv in the office and we will add them to our preschool roll. This ensures they will be invited along to preschool visits and receive info packs before starting school.

Diwali Art

Diwali, Festival of Lights. This Indian festival was held in the month of October. This year’s date was 24 October. Our students worked collaboratively last Friday and used chalk to create Rongoli in our driveway. Rangoli patterns are bright, colourful and beautiful designs that are associated with Diwali.They are thought to bring good luck.

Looking at our photos, you can see some symmetrical patterns and our Rongoli patterns definitely brought good luck to our Athletes this week.

Room 1 Writing Examples

Room 2 - Pentagon Salmon Facts

Upcoming Events

  • Hurunui Athletics - Yr 4-6 - Monday, November 7
  • Johnson's Farm Visit - Thursday, November 10
  • Canterbury Anniversary Day (School Closed) - Friday, November 11

  • Cricket Coaching- Monday 14th November

  • Padder tennis to start - Monday, November 14

  • Board Meeting - Monday, November 21⋅7:30

  • Assembly - Friday, November 25⋅2:30 – 3:00pm

  • Canterbury Primary Athletics - Wednesday, November 30

  • Year 6 Visit to Amuri Area School - Monday, December 5

  • WaiSwim - December 5 – 9, 2022

  • Top Team with Rotherham School - Wednesday, December 14

  • End of year celebration - Thursday, December 15

  • Last Day of Term 4 - Friday, December 16

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Marc Kelly Golf Coaching - Term 4 Programme

Kids Term 4 program starts week 3, Thursday 3rd November. This is a 6 week program with lessons at 330pm to 430pm each Thursday.
After the great success of the holiday clinics we are hoping to get more young people into the game. Ages from 6 to 18 welcome. Price is $190 per student. Message on 02041421244 to book.

Mainpower Waiau Community Pool

What an fabulous turn out for the working bee on Sunday! Thank you to everyone who came to help.

The pool looks amazing and we are almost ready for opening on Wednesday November 9th.

Keys will be on sale, starting from Nov 9th, at the following locations:

At the pool-Wednesday November 9th 3-4 pm

Waiau Hardware-Monday to Friday

Waiau On the Spot Supermarket -Weekends & Public Holidays

2022-23 Season Key Prices:

Household season key for residents $100 Single season key $60 Single seniors key $30

Casual swim key same day return -single $5 up to 4 people $15

Casual swim with local resident key holder (honesty box) $3

Waiau Pool Bank Account for payments 03 1582 0102537 00 -please include ‘key sales’ & your name as reference

Note: We know that sometimes the budget can get a little tight, so there may be options for payment by instalment for local resident season keys. If you would like to request this option, please contact either the President: Cath Ferguson or Treasurer: Brenda Smith to arrange before purchase of a key.

Waiau Fireworks Night – Saturday 5 November

The Waiau Fireworks event is back, bigger and better than ever!

Held in the Waiau Rugby Club Grounds, there will be loads of family-friendly entertainment – bouncy castle, rides, zorbs, and more. A variety of tasty food options will be on offer. Live music provided by Mezzanine and then the evening is topped off with the fireworks display!

Entry $10 per person (cash only). Pre-schoolers free. Gates open at 5pm.

Postponement date is Sunday 6 November. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates –

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