Wairoa College

Newsletter Wednesday 7 December

Message from the Principal

Tēnā Koutou Katoa


We certainly have had plenty happening over the last couple of weeks. Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a fabulous day at Splash Planet and this week all students took part in our Fun Day.


This week we have our Major Prize Giving on Thursday starting at 1pm, with the Minor Prize Giving the day before. This is a celebration of all the hard work put in by our students in their academics, sport and cultural activities.


It has been good to see the enrolment forms coming in for 2023. If you have not completed your enrolment form please go to our school website and complete it online or come into our school office and collect a hardcopy.


I would like to thank students, caregivers, the community and staff for another successful year. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.


Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

End of year progress reports

End of year progress reports for Year 7 – 10 students will be distributed to students on Wednesday. A digital copy will be emailed to you if we have an email address on record for you, as well as being available on the KAMAR app.

Kimberley Mahy

Wairoa College

YEAR 7 AND 8 DEPARTMENT - 2022 has been an exciting and amazing year. Our students have some fond memories from:

Term 1

  • Ko wai au
  • Class study of the First World War and in particular the conflict in ANZAC Cove Gallipoli
  • Pepeha Pōhewa.
  • Sports challenges – Kotahitanga

Term 2

  • How to Bee
  • Life cycle of the bee
  • Manufacturing, marketing and advertising of bee products.
  • Each class created different products like deodorants, lip balms, spices, candles, bee wraps, honey cupcakes, honey chicken nibbles and honey waffles.

Term 3


  • Wairoa Aurora Young Leaders
  • Hauora – Health
  • Wairoa Aspiring Young Leaders
  • Kapa Haka
  • Telling stories - Myths & Legends – international, national and local stories
  • Year 6 – Transitions / Sports day.
  • End of Year assessments – PAT Reading & Mathematics, STAR


  • Extension of Telling stories – Myths & Legends / Navigation
  • End of year assessments – Narrative writing & e-asTTle Number
  • Splash Planet
  • Wairoa Aurora Digital Programme
  • Wairoa Aspiring Leaders

Splash Planet Trip

The bus ride was long and the worse part of the trip to Hastings. Lots of sick but also very excited students. Splash planet a place full of fun. The Double Dipper, Sky Castle Screamer, Super Cruiser and Master Blaster are just some of the activities our students were able to enjoy. This was the first time we had visited Splash Planet since 2020 because of COVID. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the day away from Wairoa. It was a time to have fun and to get their hair wet. They laughed, ate heaps, enjoyed their friends company, made new friendships and slept all the way home. This was a great way to end our year and celebrate our student’s successes.

2022 has been a great year even with the interruptions and challenges we have had.

We would like to take this opportunity to farewell our Year 8 students. Thank you for your wonderful contributions throughout your two valuable years here at Wairoa College. We sincerely wish you all the very best as you move to Year 9.

Last, but certainly not least, we would also like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Hardie for relieving throughout the year. We wish her all the very best, and would like to thank her for caring so deeply for our students.

We wish all our students a safe and happy holiday. We are looking forward to having lots of fun and great adventures in 2023. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Technology Project

At Year 13 I made a wooden truck for my nephew. This was a great experience for me because I got to learn new skills and got to use new equipment. I also had to know how to work safely together with others as this is very important in this work place. It's ok to ask for help and by doing so I was able to finish my truck on time successfully. I felt great when I finished my truck and I look forward to my next project.

By Henare Tawhai

Fun Day


The junior school enjoyed its Fun Day on Monday. The day started off with the whole school ( including the teachers) having a go at Zumba which was kindly run by Kahungunu Executive. After that there was a series of activities which ranged from getting soaked by the Fire Engine to having a go on the schools new Virtual Reality system. It was an awesome day that was enjoyed by all.



A big thank you to the members of the local volunteer fire brigade who gave up their lunchtime to add a bit of water fun to our Wairoa College Fun day on Monday 5th December.

Pictured are Station Officer Terry Thomas and Senior Fire Fighter John Salu with the water monitor. Firefighter Chrissie Rofe is helping out on the slippery slide while some interested Year 8 boys are learning about how the pump works, with Operational Support Station Officer Roger Gordon.

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Gateway

What a fantastic year at Wairoa College. I have enjoyed supporting our very talented students and I am very proud of each and everyone of their achievements. If you believe in tomorrow and what it will bring and if you trust and believe there's no limit to what you can do, you can be whatever you aspire to be. On behalf of the Careers Team we would like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday. Live your life and make it the best story in the world. Don't waste it.

Ada Clark Gateway coordinator

Upcoming Events

Junior Prizegiving - Thursday 8 December - 1:00pm

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