Waipawa School

Term 1, Week 11 13th April 2022

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Kia ora koutou

Yesterday, for the first time in many weeks we had our full team of teachers and teacher aides in class. It was the start of Week 5 when COVID first started to make an impact. Six weeks later and we've finally got the full team on deck. I wonder if we can get through to Thursday with everyone still here?

Thursday is the last day of Term. A huge thanks to our school community for your wonderful support over what has been interesting and at times testing second half of the term. There have been challenges to overcome and it has been inspiring to see how people have stepped up and supported one another. Bring on Term 2!

Tomorrow we farewell John (Mr D). John and I started here at the same time - 4 years and 1 term ago. John has added so much value to Waipawa Primary and we are going to miss having him around. He is a fantastic teacher who is kind, caring, fair, a hard worker and a top man. He takes his job seriously but not himself and he is a lot of fun. Thank you John for all you have done for Waipawa Primary and we wish you, Monique, Lachlan and Georgia all the best for your next adventure.

Ngā mihi nui,

Mr J

Learning Conferences Term 2

Learning Conferences will be held in Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 2 - Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 19th May. We will keep the same booking times as in March. If you are new to the school, would like to change your time or can't remember your time please make contact with Sue in the Office.

Values Post

On your child's profile through the HERO app, you will be receiving a post informing you of your child's strengths and work-ons in relation to our school values - so far this year.

If you don't have access to the HERO app you can request a hard copy from your child's teacher.

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Congratulations to past students Emma Johnson and Tyla Martel who have been successful in being named in the Hawkes Bay U18 Women's Hockey team to play their tournament in Nelson in July.

Whanau & Friends Easter Raffle Draw

Congratulations to the following:

Student draw: Noah Waite and Alex Karaitiana.

Buckets: Dayna Chase, J Harris, Christine Greaves, Hayden Kingston, Pania, Finch, Casey Lancaster, Ella Kittow, Koro, Nersa, Ian Elson, Graeme Chapman, Tabitha, Betty Russell, Sienna Jones, Sam R, Melissa Muller, Willie Butler, Colleen, Carlyell Barrett, Genesis Guylott.

Bikes: Hayden Kingston and Zania Barrett

Thank you everyone for your support

Money owed to school

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


Sports News

Sports teams are being finalised and announced this week. A big thank you to all parents/caregivers and Whanau that have put their name forward to coach/manage our tamariki, without you these teams could not go ahead. We rely heavily on parents to help so from myself and our students it's a big thumbs up.

156 registrations to play winter sports through the school. This number is awesome, well done WPS you guys rock!!!

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Kia Ora all,

These school holidays Hawkes Bay Netball are hosting the awesome team from NETFIT NZ which will include some special guests for two whole days.

The NETFIT Programme is a fun, holistic community approach to netball focusses fitness, skills, coaching and nutrition which aims to help players of all ages find their best self on and off the court. This Programme is often led by Former Silver Ferns Laura Langman and Courtney Tairi.

NETFIT Clinic – Hawke’s Bay

Thursday 28th April
Year 1 - 4
9am – 12pm
$40.00 per participant

Year 5 – 8

1pm – 4pm

$40.00 per participant

Register here - http://netfitnetball.co.nz/event/hawkes-bay/

All players will receive a NETFIT t-shirt as well as quality coaching, nutritional education, netfit fitness and recovery information. This is an awesome opportunity for players to stay active and involved in netball during the school holidays, we look forward to seeing you all there.

This information can all be found on our Website - Hawke's Bay Netball - NETFIT Holiday Programme (hawkesbaynetball.co.nz)


The purpose of REPLAY is to recycle used sports gear to reduce our environmental footprint and increase opportunities for children to be more physically active and enable participation in sport. REPLAY works by collecting donations of new & used sports gear and redistributes this gear within the community primarily to local tamariki and rangatahi, enabling more children to be active and participate in play, physical activity, and sport by providing sports gear they would otherwise not have e.g. rugby boots, shin pads, a hockey stick, or a ball. Sports gear is received via collection bins located at various nominated sites across the district, checked, sorted, cleaned then the equipment is redistributed within the community. Distribution is prioritised to support primary schools, early childhood centres, community organisations, and groups (assisting children and families). Please get in contact with Nicola Heremaia directly should you identify a need for equipment for any upcoming active projects or initiatives, team or school activities.

Launching this week Central Hawke’s Bay now has three collection sites where community can donate equipment they no longer need or want:

Centralines Sports Complex (permanent)

Waipawa Library (Term 2)

CHB College (Term 2)

‘POP-UP’ recycling station at the Central Rugby & Sports Club – Jnr Rugby Weigh in on Thursday (future ‘pop-up’ stations TBC in the coming weeks)

Please direct any community enquiries to the Sport Hawke’s Bay – Central HB Facebook page

To learn more about the Central Hawke’s Bay Launch of REPLAY click here


Launching this Saturday at Russell Park - A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event where you can walk, jog or run. Take part for our own enjoyment, with your friends or whānau and join in whatever your pace! Parkrun is for all the family – prams and fur babies included!

It is free, however you do need to register before you first come along. You only ever register with parkrun once, download and print your barcode and then bring it with you to each event. Register online at www.parkrun.co.nz/russellpark


Not new but just a reminder when planning ahead for Term 2 – Waka Tākaro is a free community PLAY resource that is able to be booked out.

For more information visit https://www.chbdc.govt.nz

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

Calendar Events

  • LAST DAY OF TERM - Thursday 14th April
  • First Day Term 2 Monday 2nd May
  • Whanau & Teacher Learning Conferences - Wednesday 11 May (Week 2)
  • Whanau & Teacher Learning Conferences - Thursday 19 May (Week 3)
  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Monday 6th June
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


Happy Birthday to those that will be celebrating their Birthday in the Holidays. We will catch-up with Juicies for you next Term.

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 1: Wednesday 2nd February to Thursday 14th April

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 7th February, Good Friday 15th April

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 1: Friday 11 March
Term 3: Friday 26 August
Term 4: Friday 18 November


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Photography Workshop

Foto iwi are hitting Hastings on Thursday April 28th for 2 hours from 10:30am to hone our young creatives street photography skills and capture the city space, people and places around Hastings CBD.
Pick up top tips such as composition , best camera settings, and finding the best shot on the day.
For ages 12-18 years. Cost is $25. Details and register at www.fotoiwi.nz

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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.

Happy Easter and Happy Holidays

Have a happy and safe Easter and holiday everyone. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 2nd May. We hope the Easter Bunny is kind to you.