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Waipahihi School Newsletter

26 November 2015

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou

Welcome to our Newsletter for Week 7!

As part of our 'shaping the future' for our school and its strategic direction we have begun the process of reviewing what our vision is, what initiatives are alive throughout the school and how these all connect. Discussion with some of our groups about their ideas on this has been ongoing. So far the staff (including both teaching and support staff), the board, the whanau hui group have talked through this. There will be an opportunity at the next Friends of the School Group to be part of this discussion at their last meeting of the year on Monday December 7 (this is before their social event on the Thursday December 10). If you would like to be part of this discussion then please put this date onto your calendar!

End of year reports are in full flow at the moment. These will be coming home on Friday 11 December. Attached to these will be your childs class placement for 2016. This is a process that is taken very seriously by our staff team. A lot of time, effort, thought and careful consideration goes into it as we look hard at the make up of our different learning groups and how the social, academic and personal needs of our children can best be catered for. I want to acknowledge the professionalism of all our staff and the leadership of our management team as we work together to get this as balanced as possible for all our children and their individual needs.

Some breaking staff news is that Kristin Mason is breeding a giant and therefore is finishing day to day contact with us this Friday. On a serious note she has been advised by her birthing support team that she needs to rest as they manage the impending process.
You are invited to this screening of the educational movie “Most Likely to Succeed”. Great for staff and families interested in Futures Education. "Most Likely To Succeed" is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing.  After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.

Nga mihi
Tim Lovelock
Lena-Marie, Josh, Hennessy, Kayne & Trent cooking up a storm!
They've been making pizza & lasagne.

Te Ohanga News

Last week the children from the Keas, Fantails & Korimakos class performed at our school assembly.  The children selected the 'ghostbusters' theme song to dance and sing along to.  We had fun making ghostbusters backpacks and dressing up like slime monsters and ghosts.
Fun .... Fun .... Fun ....

Team Ruapehu News Snippet (Year 1 & 2)

Like the rest of the school Team Ruapehu have been busy making things to sell at the Twilight Gala.  Here are a few of our products.

Team Tauhara News Snippet (Year 3&4)

Room 17 wanted to update you all on our Gala Christmas Tree decorations that we have been making with Kaegan's Mum.  We have successfully created lots & lots!  We have laid them out in an array to help you count just how man!  We will be selling them for $4 each at the Twilight Gala next Thursday evening  -  come and see us to purchase one of your own.  We think they are really cute.
Room 19 children are learning the ukele.
Room 16 always enjoys morning fitness games & activities.  This is how we get energised for the day and get our active brains into gear!  Here are some pictures of us doing our fitness circuit and then playing our favourite game 'Captains Coming'.

Team Pihanga News Snippet (Year 5&6)

This year the Year 6 Graduation Assembly is being held on
Monday 14 December at 1.30pm in the School Hall
Please note the change of time.
35 children from Waipahihi School  competed at the Interschool Swimming sports at the AC Baths yesterday.  There were lots of placings from our keen swimmers, even in the newly introduced 'Bombing' event!  Our relay team came second!  Congratulations to all swimmers who competed.  You did us proud.
If you would like a stall please email Tracey or see the Office for an application form  -
Thankyou to all those who have handed in their application forms.  You should have received an email regarding payment.
23 Nov - 4 Dec  Senior Swimming everyday at the AC Baths
3 December      Twilight Gala - 5pm - 7.30pm
7-11 December  Team Ruapehu's Activities Week
7 December      Friends of School Meeting (includes Tim's vision exercise)
7 December      Room 1's Rotorua trip
8 December      Room 9 & 14's Bush Walk to Whakamoenga
8 December      Rooms 21 & 22 are  having a "Teddy, Tabloids & Tent Day'
9 December      Board of Trustees meeting
9 December      Room 7 & 8's Bush Walk to Whakamoenga
9 December      Room 13's Tramp & Picnic at Waitahanui 
10 December    Rooms 6 & 17 trip to Rotorua
10 December    Rooms 3 & 5 visit to Action World
10 December    Junior School Picnic at 2 Mile Bay
10 December    Rooms 10, 11 & 12 Tramp to the Botanical Gardens
11 December    Tabloid Sports
14 December    Year 6 Graduation @ 1.30pm
15 December    Rooms 2 & 4 visit to Action World
15 December    Senior School Disco
16 December    School closes for 2015 at 12 noon


*  White Ribbon Gala Day this Saturday, 21 November, from 1pm at Tauhara Primary School.

Young Peoples Holiday Art Day, Friday 18 December, 9am - 1pm.  This is for children 8-15 years of age.  Go along & create some funky Christmas Art!  For details phone Sue on 377-0469 or email 
Term 4 2015  -  School closes 16 December at 12 noon

Term 1      Tuesday 2 February to Friday 15 April
Easter       Good Friday 25 March, Easter Monday 28 March, Tuesday 29 March
Term 2      Monday 2  May to Friday 8 July
Term 3      Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4      Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 December
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