Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 4, 25 May 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

We always have a few things in the school that we are quietly working on. The Better Start Literacy Approach has been one of those.

Last year our early year teachers (Year 0,1,2) started to work with Canterbury University and learn about their Better Start Literacy Approach. This year in Term 1 the teachers (Mrs Finch, Miss Stewart, Mrs Waru and Miss Wynn) have piloted the approach with their children in their classes. We are absolutely rapt with the first 10 weeks. The majority of the children have exceeded expectations and all teachers have very clear understandings around future next steps with all their children. The approach is called "Better Start' and it's exactly what has happened in terms of their literacy development. Well done to all our teachers, tamariki and whānau for all your hard work with this approach.

All About the Better Start Literacy Approach

The Better Start Literacy Approach, is an integrated classroom literacy approach for Year 0/1 classrooms to support children’s early reading, writing and oral language success. It incorporates vocabulary development using quality children’s story books, structured teaching of critical phonological awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge through fun, game-based activities, activities making explicit links to the reading and spelling context, and structured small group reading sessions using the new Ready to Read – Phonics Plus early readers series. The Better Start Literacy Approach follows a phonics scope and sequence that is used in the class and small group reading teaching.

Ngā mihi nui

Paul Jamieson

Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day has been celebrated in NZ since 2009, and the movement gets stronger and larger every year at WPS. This year we held our annual Pink Day Parade and celebrated those who display our values of Kotahitanga and Aroha. Congratulations to Rueben, Tivatto, Jakob, Teah, Sally and Sarah for winning the prizes for being the most pink, and grooving during the parade.
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PALs Session

We were lucky to have our first Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) session on Friday. Some of our Yr 7/8 students led games for the Yrs 1-4 classes. They all had so much fun, learning and playing together.



HB Netball draw: https://www.hawkesbaynetball.co.nz/centralmeff

HB Miniball draw https://websites.mygameday.app/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3990-0-0-0&a=COMPS

Please make sure you check regularly as the draws can change at short notice.

I will put Sports draws up on the noticeboard at the school gate by lunchtime each Thursday.

Ki o rahi

On Monday afternoon we had Hogan and Mahinaarangi from He Taonga Tamata visit to teach students in Room 9 about the game Ki o rahi. The students had a great session and all displayed the values kotahitanga and hakinakina by participating, being fit and active and working together to succeed in the game. Room 9 really enjoyed their time and can’t wait to continue to improve their skills as the term progresses.

HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Girls Only Rugby Skills Sessions with Xavier Hill - HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Venue: CHB College Rugby Field

When: Monday's 30th May and 13th June

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Who: These sessions are available to any current female players as well as those interested in learning new skills and keen to give rugby a go. Ages 7 and over, including secondary school.

No registration and no fees, just turn up.

Email geoffandfionastrong@gmail.com with any queries or PM the CHB Girls Rugby Facebook page.

Interschool Tennis Competition

Earlier this year Lachie, Harry and Ruby competed in the Interschool Tennis competition. Congratulations to the team for winning the B Grade competition. It was wonderful to watch the standard of Tennis improve as the season progressed. Special thanks to Bel Kittow for managing the team

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To Megan Buckeridge for the kind donation of fruit and vege boxes. These were passed on to four lucky families.

To Wairere for showing Kotahitanga and Aroha to another student whilst helping Mr Pearse on bus duty last week.

Sports fees subsidised

Sports fees accounts will be emailed to families for Term 2 sports. Thank you to Whanau & Friends who have subsidised sports fees this year.

Money owed to school

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

If you would like to setup a weekly/fortnightly payment scheme to school please make contact with Sue in the office.

Calendar Events

  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Monday 6th June (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- Kakano to Room 7 (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- 8 to 12 (Week 7)
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June (Week 8)
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students: Malachy, Oliver McD, Lacey, Hazel and Frankie.

Please come and get your Birthday Juicy on Friday at lunchtime.

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 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 3: Friday 26 August
Term 4: Friday 18 November

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

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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.

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