Waipawa School

Term 1, Week 8 -23rd March 2022


Kia ora koutou

On Thursday morning a mountain of playground chip arrived. By Friday lunch this mountain had disappeared and the kids were on the new 'fitness trail' giving it a good working over. A huge thanks to Willie Finch for bringing his tractor down and making the job so much easier. A massive thanks to our children who got stuck in and just kept going. They all did a fabulous job and it was awesome they could contribute.

I have sent a few messages out this week already regarding staff affected by Covid. We've managed so far this week and we are hopeful that we will continue to do so, however this just depends on how many staff go down to Covid at the same time. At the moment we have 3 classroom teachers, a release teacher and a teacher aide out as either household contacts or they have tested positive.

Over the last few weeks we have noticed some disturbing behaviour around our school in the weekends. We have been so fortunate for so long that we haven't had issues, however it appears the tide is turning on this. Over the last weekend we had a break in to our school toilets and an attempt to set fire to rolls of toilet paper etc. This is so disappointing and the consequences of such actions would be devastating for us and our community.

Our school is a busy place in the weekends and 99% of the people that come down and use our playgrounds, courts, field etc do so in a respectful and caring way. If you are ever down here please keep an eye out and let us know if you see anything untoward. We are also making arrangements to up our security around the school.

Ngā mihi nui

Mr J

COVID - Update

We were hopeful this week that Covid positive numbers will soon start to taper off. Unfortunately it just appears to be making its way around the school. We welcome a few students back from isolation and farewell a few different ones as they disappear for a week or longer.

Just a reminder for students isolating as household contacts. Day 0 is the first day of isolation and students can return to school on Day 8 following a negative Day 7 test.

For students that have tested positive there is no need to return a negative test on Day 7. These students can return to school if they are symptom free. There seems to be a trend with a number of isolating students testing positive on their last day of isolation.

Cabinet are likely to release some changes to the rules this afternoon, so a number of the current requirements may be obsolete shortly. We will certainly keep you posted as new information comes to hand.

Staff Changes for Term 2

With Mr Davidson leaving at the end of the term we have been on the search for another teacher to replace him. At this time of the school year, it has not been easy so we have decided to move a teacher within our school.

Ranier Davie (Miss Davie) will be the new teacher in Room 11 from the beginning of Term 2. Miss Davie was employed last year as a classroom teacher in the school but we moved her to the CHB Tech Centre when Mr Groenveld decided to retire last year. We are now moving Miss Davie back to the classroom.

Miss Davie is an experienced classroom teacher, particularly in the Year 7/8 area of a school. Most of the children in Room 11 have already connected with her during their Tech time. She will be spending more and more time in Room 11 as this Term progresses.

We have been fortunate to secure Deirdre Malcolm for the Tech Centre to replace Miss Davie. Deirdre has been relieving at the Tech Centre this Term so is familiar with the children and how things work over there.

All hands to the pump to spread the wood chip

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School Uniform

Our uniform order has arrived so we have plenty of stock available. However, 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.

Cycle Champion

Sport Hawke’s Bay is invested in supporting the development of a local workforce and a sustainable delivery model for cycle skills and on-road training for CHB schools. To enable this we have been asked to put a call out to our communities to identify interested members (teachers, support staff, parents, or friends or family of the school) to become ‘Cycle Champions’ to participate in a ’Train the trainer’ workshop, with the intent to oversee and deliver in-school sessions for our tamariki. Check out this video of Irongate School - Ka Tipu Ngā Kahikatea Project that shows the impact and value of having Cycle Champions in their school.

The Sport Hawke’s Bay I-Way team is able to deliver a ‘Train the Trainer’ development workshop for local Cycle Champions - LEVEL 1 Basic Cycle Skills during the April School holidays (specific dates to be confirmed, but it will be a 2-day course with lunch provided).

Please let Sue in the office know if you are interested in being 'Waipawa's Cycle Champion'

Whanau & Friends Easter Raffle

Tickets are now on sale for our annual Easter Raffle. Tickets have been distributed to the eldest child in each family. If you haven't received your sheet of tickets there is some available in the school office.

We have 21 buckets of eggs, 2 bikes and 2 large Kinder Surprise eggs. One for a junior student and one for a senior student.

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.


Term 2 Sports

Term 2 sports notices were distributed on Monday to those tamariki whose parents completed the survey on Hero. If your child is away and you have completed the survey, then your notice is with their classroom teacher. Thank you to those who printed off their notices and I have received them already you guys rock!

Waipawa Primary uses Hero a lot for communication between school and Whanau. It is an awesome way for us to make sure we are receiving the right information and of course up to date. If you have not seen the survey, please scroll through Hero and get that completed or get your child to collect a sports notice from the office. It would be great if we can get all children that would like to participate in these sports signed up.

Again, if you can coach/manage one of our school teams please let me know. Unfortunately, no coach means no team, you do not have to be a professional just passionate about children being able to take part.

Please could all outstanding sports uniforms be brought back to school so they are ready for our next lot of sports superstars to look the part representing WPS!!

Please note - All children and young people enrolled in a registered school are now able to participate in all school-organised teams and groups regardless of their vaccination status. This change took effect from 11.59pm Saturday 12 March.

This change will also apply to any individuals representing their school at an event or competition – for example, an individual representing their school at a debating competition (think of them as a team/group of one).

Thank you

Yvette Spindler
Sports coordinator

CHB Junior Rugby

CHB Junior Rugby Inc runs the Junior Rugby for all of CHB on Saturday mornings. Junior Registrations are now. Look out for the Clubs registration date for the 2022 Winter Rugby season. If you have any queries please contact the clubs delegate for Waipawa, Pete Burne on 0273039081.

Rugby 11th & 12th Grade Muster

All players who want to play 11th or 12th Grade Rugby in 2022 are required to attend this muster today please. Bring your boots and a mouth guard. Any questions or it you can't make it please ring or text Kurt Mackie on 0275423232.

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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

  • Yr 7/8 Immunisations - Friday 25th March
  • FISH & CHIP FRIDAY 25th March - Rms: 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
  • Easter Raffle and Bike drawn today 14th April
  • LAST DAY OF TERM - Thursday 14th April

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


Māori Academic Success Celebration

Recently CHB College students and staff celebrated Māori Academic Success. Congratulations to past students: Charlie Adam, Libby Burne, Tom Burne, Micheal Combs-Calcutt, Kerrin Harrison, Sabrina Horrocks, Aaron Ludlow and Jadyn McAulay for their Māori academic success.

Thumbs Up

Thumbs up to Scarlett and Skye for doing a massive job of cleaning up at Breakfast Club last week. Your help was certainly appreciated girls.

Thumbs Up to Bindz for the yummy apples we have all enjoyed.

Thumbs Up to Bridgestone Tyre Centre who came to our rescue with a quick repair to the tractor tyre last Friday while shifting the wood chip into the new playground.

Thumbs Up to Mr Finch for the tractor work, the parents that dropped off wheel barrows and to the many students that worked hard getting the wood chip into the playground. An awesome effort.


This week we wish Happy Birthday to: Bella Q, Ariana H and Flynn. Please come to the office on Friday at lunchtime to receive your Birthday Juicy. If you are away from school you can claim your Juicy when you return.


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