Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 10, 6th July 2022

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou,

I can't quite believe it but today we have the full lineup of teachers, teacher aides and support staff all at school. Not one staff member is away with illness. Not many are firing on 100% but close enough is good enough this term! Thanks team. I would also like to extend a genuine thank you to our Whānau community for your support and understanding this term. It's been wonderful to be able to see you in the school, helping out with trips and activities. We all really appreciate and value your support and understanding this term.

2023 Enrolments:

If you have a child who is turning 5 next year and you intend to send them to Waipawa Primary please let us know so we can be as planned as possible. Please tell us, even if your child is turning 5 in Oct / Nov next year. Knowing our in-zone enrolments helps us determine how many out-of-zone student placements we can make available in 2023

The Board

Our current school Board is a highly capable and supportive Board. Currently, we have 5 parent reps: Chrissy Malcolm, Shane Kingston, Pip McCaslin, Hayden Martin and Annabel Kittow. This is a Board that works hard behind the scenes, it's not one that puts itself front and centre. They are big advocates for all our children, teachers and support staff. This current Board has one more meeting before the elections. One of the many things The Board has been working on is the lack of space (classrooms) in the school because of our consistent roll growth over the years. We've been trying to engage and work with the Ministry of Education for two years now. The local council have been incredibly supportive in supplying data around actual and predicted growth in our area. We are expecting the Ministry to finally come back to us with a solution to this roll growth.

Literacy and Numeracy Reporting

These are trickling through and some families would have received these via HERO while other families haven't yet. Don't panic, they will come through when the teacher has completed them. Some of these will be this week, some during the holidays and others will be early next term. We've just had to relax deadlines due to everything that is going on.

Take care over the school holiday period. I hope you all manage to stay healthy and avoid bugs, Covid, flu and whatever else is floating around. We look forward to Term 3 and all that will bring.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


We have just heard from Go Buses that the Otane Bus will not run tomorrow or Friday. The Omakere Bus will continue to run as normal.

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Thumbs Up to Diana Neemia. Diana who is new to our school has competed in Taekwondo Competitions recently winning a hoard of medals and a trophy. Diana is off to Argentina in October to compete at an International level.

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Thumbs Up to Laughlin. Laughlin and 2 friends from other schools attended the Brains of Waiapu challenge representing Waipukurau Cub Scout Group against other local Cub Packs from Hawkes Bay last Saturday afternoon. They got 4th overall but their general knowledge was awesome. They were the only team to get 9/9 and 9/10 for some questions. A great day by all.



Rooms 4,5 and 6 Epic Bike Ride

You may have seen a large number of students, and adults, biking along the shared pathway last Wednesday 29 June. Three Year 3-5 classes (7-9 year olds) had been cycling every day, throughout the Term, in preparation for their big ride from Waipawa to Waipukurau.

After a visit to Pukekaihau Pā, we decided it would be a great addition to our classroom programme, based upon Kaitiakitanga (guardianship). We didn’t want to just drive there, so we decided we would challenge the children and all bike there.

At the beginning of the term, we had some students who had never been on a bike, or were very hesitant. With guidance and encouragement, all children have greatly improved their biking skills. For some, it was the realisation that having your seat at the right height was all it took to make cycling easier. Learning how to balance, how to ride in a group, and to keep an eye on what was happening in front and behind you, were all skills that the students have learned.

Our students absolutely outdid themselves, pushing through the worries and fear. Some children thought that they weren’t going to make it there, and they were so surprised and proud of themselves when they realised that they had made it. To hear Leo at the end, “I’m so happy!” makes it all worthwhile. Meila rode her balance bike all the way to Waipukurau, which is massive. We didn’t let any barriers get in our way, and we ensured that all students tasted success. Of course, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without the full support of our whānau, who have ensured that children brought their bikes to school everyday. Our tamariki were outside riding most days, even in the rain!

Arriving at the Waipukurau Bridge was a huge achievement, but that was only half of it. We then walked to Pukekaihau Pā. We were greeted warmly by the amazing volunteers at the Food Rescue, and most children graciously accepted a banana, which were delicious. The children then had time to explore the Pā. Colton Kittow, aged 9, said, “I had a lot of fun learning about all the things that happened hundreds of years ago in Waipukurau. I am very grateful for all the hard work that the teachers put into this trip.”

A huge thank you to the parents who cycled with us, or helped out, on the day. Having such great support meant that the day ran smoothly. We can’t wait to do it all again next year! Thumbs up to the Truck drivers who slowed down as we walked across the Waipawa Bridge, that was very much appreciated.

All the children, and the parents, were encouraging everyone to keep going and don’t give up! Some parents were so kind, they even gave a few a helping hand as they went up the hills. The children have learned that they are strong and it is because they put the hard work into their training. We are so proud of all of our students as they just shone brightly on the day!

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Room 8

Kia ora! Room 8 have been busy making 'paper mache' planets as part of our study -Te Whānau o Tama-nui-Te Rā'.

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We are also investigating the volume of traffic on our main road. We are collecting raw data and will then 'cook it' and present our findings using graphs to display our results. This investigation will continue into next term.

Rooms 3 & 10

Rooms 3 &10 have been working collaboratively over the last couple of weeks and have created an amazing piece of art work together. We were really impressed with the way they worked together, supported and helped one another. They are all really proud of their Piwakawakas.
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Kākano & Room 3

On Monday 4th July Kākano and Room 3 travelled to the Redwoods at Te Mata Peak. We walked the Big Redwoods Track which was 2.7km up and down, over and under… We were so proud of all of the tamariki and their efforts!

On the walk the children spotted fossils, native trees, bushes and birds, fungi, secret caves and created fantastic Bug Hotels and Lizard Lounges. We finished our trip by having lunch and a play at the Havelock North Domain.

A huge thank you to the parents and caregivers who supported us on the trip. Your knowledge, kindness and creative skills were second to none.

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Waipawa Primary School 2022 Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are open for the election of five parent representatives to the Board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations either by email or by post if we do not have an email address – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. If you need more nomination forms, these will be available from the school office or email office@waipawa.school.nz

Nominations close at noon on Wednesday 3rd August 2022 (Week 2 Term 3). You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll will be on display from 13th July 2022 at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view. Voting closes at 4pm on 7th Sept 2022.


Sue England

Returning Officer

Whānau & Friends (PTA)

Doughboys Fresh Family Pies

Each family has received an order for the Whanau & Friends Fundraiser for Family Pies. These yummy pies are $9.00 each or $25.00 for 3. Orders will need to be returned by 8th August and pickup will be from the Tech Centre at Waipawa School on Friday 19th August. More order forms are available from the school office.


Update on delivery of First Aid Kits

The small compact kits will be delivered in the next week or so and will be available for collection. There is a bit of a delay on the Large Kits due to shipping but these should be here by the end of July - will keep you updated on this.


We wish the following students Happy Birthday for this week and those that have their Birthday in the Holidays:- Orla, Troy, Aiyana, Thorn, Wairere, Ruby Malcolm, Parker, Hayden, Bryn, Violet, Emma W, Donavan, Linkin and Lucian.

You can choose if you want to have your juicy this Friday or after the holidays.

Calendar Events

  • Last Day Term 2 Friday 8th July
  • 25th July Term 3 begins
  • 26th August Teacher Only Day (week 5)
  • 1st Sept Y8's to Sports Park Hastings (week 6)
  • 20th Sept School Photos taken (week 9)
  • 23rd Sept Switch Gala Day Netball (week 9)
  • 30th Sept Term 3 Ends

Guitar Lessons

Every Friday Sam Oosterkamp will be taking guitar lessons at Waipawa Primary School. Sam's lessons will focus on teaching students the skills they need to either start playing guitar or to further enhance their ability to play guitar.

Sessions start at $25 per half hour for 1 : 1 coaching.

Or group coaching up to 3 children per half hour session at $15 per half hour.

To book a session please email samthedesigner71@gmail.com

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



The final competition night for Term 2 basketball will be Friday 8th July.

When the draw is finalised it will be published on their website, on Hero and on display in the notice board at the front gate of the school.


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.


Year 0-4 Netball has now finished please bring uniforms back to school and hand them in to the office or Mrs Waite in Room 10, thank you so much to Coaches and parents for helping with these teams so they are able to play.


Fun Sticks hockey Year1/2 please note the last skills session is this Saturday.

Holiday Netball Programmes

Tēnā koe,

If you are looking for something to enrol your child/children in over the school holidays look no further. We have a range of programmes on offer that will create a quality experience. Check out the flyers below or click on the link to register, get in quick as sports are limited!

Register here - Hawke's Bay Netball - HOLIDAY PROGRAMME (hawkesbaynetball.co.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.

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To whom it may concern,

My name is Alanna Barkle and I run performing arts classes in Waipukurau for 7-12 year olds. I am back from maternity leave and starting back classes for Term 3 in Drama and Music Theatre on a Tuesday afternoon in town.

If any children are interested then I can be reached on this email address or they can fill in this registration form via the link:


All other information is below in the poster. Thank you very much!

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