Panui Week 7 Term 1

Waikawa Bay School Thursday 25th March 2021

Principal's Message



Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Tēnā koutou

Many great things have been happening at Waikawa Bay school recently!

The electives programme, which has been running for the last 4 weeks of this term has been a great success, with our students experiencing opportunities suited to our school community and environment.

Over the last four weeks we have had children fishing at Ngakuta bay, sailing in Picton Harbour, building huts in the forest behind QCC, bowling at the Picton Bowling Club, cycling the Snout track and Victoria Domain, practicing and competing in a triathlon event, learning the ukulele and playing inside board games. As well as this our Year 1 and 2 students continued their outdoor program at Shakespeare Bay and Waikawa Bay.

It was fantastic to see nearly all of our students out and about in our community and environment. A huge thank you to staff for organising and running these activities and especially the parents who gave up their time to share their expertise with our children.

Thank you also to all those members of the community who supported our Year 5 & 6 students Car Wash fundraiser earlier this week. With over 70 cars being washed, it not only kept the children extremely busy, but also helped raise a considerable amount towards their Camp to Lake Rotoiti in Term 3.

We are very excited about our Marae Noho next Wednesday night. It will be a great opportunity for the children to experience learning and living together in our Marae. Thank you to those who replied to first notice indicating if your child will be attending. Shortly we will be sending out another notice with full information including times, what to bring, etc.

Just a reminder that all schools in New Zealand will be closed on Tuesday the 6th of April, the Tuesday after Easter Monday. Although this date is not an official New Zealand holiday, it is classed as one by the Ministry of Education.

Just some of the activities our student's have been involved with over the last 2 weeks....

Award Winners

Tino pai - Congratulations to:

Hunter Giles who received the Waikawa Way Cup at last week's assembly.

Skyla Jones who received the Ka Hikitia Cup for Literacy.

Jesse Storey and Sara Bowler who received the Picton Pizza and Kebab manners award.

Maramataka - Dates for your Diary

  • 31st March - Rugby 7's Tournament
  • 31st March - 1st April - Noho Marae
  • 2nd April - Good Friday
  • 5th April - Easter Monday
  • 6th April - Easter Holiday - School closed
  • 14th April - Board of Trustees meeting
  • 16th April - End of Term 1

Waikawa Bay School Easter Raffle - Deadline for Tickets on Friday

THANK YOU all for the donations toward our Easter Raffle - we have a huge pile ready to be made up into several prize hampers.

Please return the stubs and money to the school office by Friday 26th March 2021.

The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday 30th March.

Thank you for your support.

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Outdoor learning fun with the Juniors....

Student Profile

  • Name - Reggie Ettema
  • Age - 6
  • Family - Mum Jess, Dad Jono and sister Sophie (3)
  • Interests - Scootering
  • Hero - Spiderman
  • Fav Subject - Maths
  • Fav Sport - Soccer
  • Fav Food - Feijoas
  • Fav Holiday - Party Boat
  • I like Waikawa Bay School Because: I like the playground

Feijoa Security Alert

It's nearly Feijoa season - we are so lucky to have lots of fruit ripening on our school trees. Unfortunately we have already seen fruit being stripped off the trees and dumped/thrown around before it is ready. Please keep an eye out on our trees if you are passing school and let us know if you spot any suspicious Feijoa activity.

Electives fun at Lawn Bowls...

School Pool

The School Pool is now closed until Term 4 - we hope keyholders have enjoyed their time in the pool over the summer. Remember to return your keys to the office.

Lost Property

We have a ever growing mountain of lost property - please come and take a look through next time you are at School just in case.

Unclaimed items will be taken to a Charity shop at the end of term.

Stationery fees

2021 stationery fees ($20) are now due, this can be paid online or by cash at the office. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Have you moved or changed contact details recently?

If you have moved or changed phone numbers/email address please contact the office so we can update your details.

Scholastic Book Club - Orders due Thursday 1st April

Remember to get your online or cash orders in by 1st April for this edition of Book Club.
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Introduction to specific learning disabilities course in Blenheim

If you are interested in attended a 2 day Level 3 NZQA approved introductory course on 20th and 21st May 2021, please contact Sally Neary on 02825548204. The course fee is $300 for early bird registrations before 30th April. The course is aimed at parents, employers and educators and gives an insight on what it's like to have a specific learning disability.
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