Waipawa School

Term 3, Week 2, 3 August 2022

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou,

Today is a big sporting day on the CHB Primary Schools Sports calendar with the Onga 7's. We have almost 80 children participating today which is wonderful. We thank Ongaonga School for requesting our help with a number of their teams. It's a win-win for everyone - it has enabled us to send more children to participate and enabled Ongaonga to enter a team in each sport.

Last week the Ministry of Education finally made a decision around our roll growth and our current lack of classroom space to cater for this roll growth.

They have decided that from 2024 the Tech Centre will no longer be based at our school. This means in 2024 we will need to convert the Tech Centre rooms into classrooms. The Ministry has yet to make any decisions if a tech centre will be at another school or if individual schools will go it alone. There is so much detail to work through and many more decisions to be made.

While 2024 seems a long way off the planning starts now, as well as the negotiating with the Ministry around who pays for what. Lots to do!!

I am rapt that we will have 3 additional classrooms from 2024. This will easily cater for our current roll growth and also give us an additional classroom for future growth. We will also get our hall back, though I think we'll need to be very creative with this valuable space in the future and use it better. We also have a wonderful opportunity to develop a 'new' technology curriculum for our students.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson

Some snaps from today's Onga 7's


A big Waipawa welcome to our new students ..... Jayde & Athena Rose

Waipawa Primary School 2022 Board of Trustees Election

When the nominations closed at 12 noon today I had received 6 nominations for the Board of Trustees Elections. This means that we will be holding a voting election. All eligible voters will receive voting papers in the post over the next week. These will be posted to the current postal address that we hold. You can vote for up to 5 people. Voting papers will need to be returned to the Ballot Box held in the school office by Wednesday 7th September 2022. If you are returning your voting papers by post - please ensure that they reach the school by 12 September 2022.

At the close of nominations today for a Staff Rep I had only received one nomination, therefore I declare Justine Foster as the Board Staff Rep.


Sue England

Returning Officer

If you are late, you are going to an appointment, you have been to an appointment or a student is away from school.

Please sign in or out on the Vistab in the school office if you are late or are leaving school for any reason during the school day. Parents please remind your children that they need to do this as if we have an evacuation or lockdown we need to know where everyone is.

If your child is not attending school for any reason please make contact with either the school office or the classroom teacher by phone, using the Hero App or Seesaw. Relying on siblings to inform us often doesn't work.

Whānau & Friends (PTA)

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Doughboys Fresh Family Pies

Whanau & Friends Fundraiser for Family Pies. 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.


We are hoping that these will be distributed next week.


This week we wish the following students Happy Birthday:-
Athena-Rose, Charlotte G, Kaedi, Hudson and Connor.

Please come to the school office on Friday at lunchtime to receive your free juicy.

Calendar Events

  • Week 3 12 August Scholastic Bookclub closes
  • Week 5: 26 August - TEACHER ONLY DAY
  • Week 6: 31 August - Rippa Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 1 September - Yr 8's to Sports Park
  • Week 6: 1 September - Barefoot Sevens Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 2 September - Kākano, Rms 1-3 Cross country
  • Week 7: 6 September - Rms 4-12 Cross country
  • Week 7: 9 September Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7
  • Week 8: 15 September - CHB Cross Country
  • Week 8: 16 September Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to 12
  • Week 9: 20 September - School Photos
  • Week 9: 23 September - Switch Gala Day Netball
  • Week 10: 28 September - Ngati Whai Festival
  • Week 10: 30 September - Yr 7 Inspiration Day
  • 30th September: LAST DAY OF TERM 3


Do you have any old pairs of Jeans that you could donate to the Tech Centre for a recycling unit ? They can be in any condition, any size and the more the merrier as they will need 350 odd pairs. If you can help these can either be dropped off to the Tech Centre the School Office or just put them in the school letter box. Thank you.

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 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Teacher Only Day: Friday 26 August

Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16th December

Teacher Only Day: Friday 18 November

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

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



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

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.

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 5 closes 12th August 2022

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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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possumsmasher@windowslive.com T: 021 280 2988

Rural Pest Services Ltd is going to carry out possum control in the following areas starting from
1 July 2022 through to the 30 May 2023 on the following Rivers from the boundary fence or stop banks to near the river edges. This has been an ongoing operation in conjunction with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council since 2006.


All toxic material will be dyed green/blue.
Warning signs will be displayed at all access points into the operational area when work is in progress and will remain in place until toxin caution periods have expired.

The following baits and poisons will be put in bait stations on trees and fence posts:

  • Pestoff (Brodifacoum) in cereal pellet

  • Double Tap (Cholecalciferol and Diphacinone) in cereal pellet (to be used in and around DOC areas)

  • Feratox (Potassium Cyanide) in pellets will be added to some of these bait stations in areas where permission has been granted by MOH.

    This will be an ongoing process with the bait stations being refilled every 12 months with the above products.

All baits are poison and are harmful to humans, especially young children. Do not allow children to wander unsupervised into the areas that have baits laid in them. Be vigilant especially if accompanied by young children.

Because of risk of poisoning from baits and carcasses please keep dogs and other animals under control and do not allow them to wander into or near these areas.

Maps of the area can be viewed via this link:


If you require any further information please contact
Operations Manager: Jake Bowcock - 021 280 2988

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