Waipawa School

Term 1, Week 10 -6th April 2022

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Kia ora koutou

Though we still have over a week left I am looking forward to this term ending and the next one starting. I'm really proud of the staff who have worked hard for each other and the children who have coped with having a different teacher and being split around the classrooms. I know this is likely to continue next term but we now have a good idea of how this works and how we can improve it. In a lot of ways spreading children out is a lot better than having an unfamiliar reliever in the room!

One of the most important things we need to do next term is meet with you. We really missed not having conferences earlier this term so we have scheduled them for next term during week 2 (Wednesday 11 May) and week 3 (Thursday 19 May). It will be really important for teachers to connect with you and set the term up as well as we can.

COVID news

We still have a number of children testing positive or at home as a household contact. However this week we have seen our absences dip under the 70 mark. This sounds like a lot but it's a huge decrease down from our peak of 127 absent! This week we have 3 staff at home isolating. Just a reminder parents entering the school do not need to wear a mask outside, only when entering classrooms or the office area.

Ngā mihi nui,

Mr J

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.


This week we welcome Maddie to Kakano.

School Uniform

As our supplier can no longer supply our polo shirts so we have been forced to change. We have gone with the one as pictured. The price remains the same at $25.00. A reminder that we do not supply the bottoms, you can purchase these from any clothing store as long as they are Navy Blue and no labels please.

Whanau & Friends Easter Raffle

We have 21 buckets of Easter Eggs and 2 childrens bikes to draw next week. We also have 2 large Kinder Surprise eggs for which every students name will go into a draw to win one of these.

Tickets and money need to be returned to school by Monday 11th April please. Raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 13th April.

Year 7 & 8 Technology Fees

Parents and Caregivers of Year 7 & 8 students have received an account for $15.00 for Term 1 Technology Fees. These fees are to cover the cost of the materials that your children use at the Centre. These fees need to be paid by the end of Term please.



ALL winter sports teams are being registered this week. If you have not yet registered your child/children for Hockey, Miniball, Netball or Football then please send an email to Yvette - sportscoordinator@waipawa.school.nz

Teams will be finalised over the next week, or in the first week back of Term 2. Sports uniforms will be issued tomorrow morning.

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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

  • Easter Raffle and Bike drawn today 13th April
  • 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


This week we wish Happy Birthday to: Tayla Hales, Leah B, Haeley, Meja, Titan and Indea. As there is no school next Friday please come to the office this Friday at lunchtime to receive your Birthday Juicy. If you are away from school you can claim your Juicy when you return.

We will celebrate those that have their Birthday in the holidays 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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