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Waipahihi School Newsletter
24 November 2016

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
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  • Learning Story and Logo Proposal

    Thank you to everyone for reading through the information that supports this development. We're currently doing some further research about the how the carving of Tia was donated to our school and the story that came with that. We're also consulting with some local Maori designers to make sure that whatever elements are used in our finalised logo are not going to cause offence to our hapu / community. Once we've completed that process the board will consider the feedback from the different groups and make a final decision in Term 1 2017.

    If you haven't read the background information around this proposal, or the thoughts posted online, the link is still live below.
Click here to read about the Logo Proposal
  • Board of Trustees update

    Our Board of Trustees meets next Wednesday night @ 7pm. Agenda items of note include:
    • Team Ruapehu teaching and learning presentation
    • School Strategic Aim review for 2017
    • 1st draft - 2017 School budget
    • Property Update - Electrical, Roofing, Special Needs projects
  • The Board have also co-opted three extra parent reps to be part of the Board for the rest of the triennium (3 year period). One of those members is Janet Jackson. Janet has been chosen to give specific representation to our Maori whanau whose tamariki make up 30% of our school roll. Janet's personal statement is below:
Tena Koutou nga whanau o te kura o Waipahihi.  I have been selected as the Maori Representative for the Board of Trustees and I would like to thank all those who put their trust in me to step into such an important role on behalf of our people. I will do the best I can to fulfill this role, and with the support of our whanau I hope to strengthen Values, Beliefs and Communication.  Please whanau if you have any suggestions or queries you’d like to be heard feel free to forward me an email on the following address  As we have in the past had regular Whanau Hui, any whanau are welcome to attend Maori or Non-Maori. We have these on a monthly basis. As Maori I know how communication is a breakdown for our culture, which is why I am in this position today, to represent you, our whanau.  I am very approachable and willing to listen to anyone, so please whanau I encourage you to communicate with me. As well as myself, our tamariki too need your support, so please let us be heard. As I said previously I am our Maori Representative, I am ready to stand strong, and move us forward, and to do this I need your feedback. Once again whanau, He mihi ano mo to tautoko ano, ano, ano.

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou Katoa.
Please click here to view the full Board membership page
Today Mahi Tahi sold cupcakes to raise money for a school in Kaikoura.  They raised $854.60.  Thankyou to everyone who helped make the cupcakes and to everyone who bought one.  They were delicious!
Waipahihi School was well represented at the Interschool Swimming held yesterday at the AC Baths
On Tuesday a group of children from Te Ohanga were able to complete a project that has spanned three terms.  Their final science experiment was a success!  They made a boat out of milk bottles!  Some thought it would sink, some thought it would flip ... but all it did was float and keep its passengers aboard.
The project was inspired by children making model boats.  It included all subjects and key competencies from the curriculum.  The children researched, conducted science experiments, planned, sourced materials, engineered (using real power tools!) and finally tested the results of all their hard work and determination.  With the weather and the lake playing their part nicely, it was the best day ever!!
Central Station was the first team to use our swimming pool this season
Ben is practicing his kicking with Kasper for support
Orders for Issue 8 close on FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER.  Return your orders to the Office or order Online.
We still need a new Book Club volunteer.  If no replacement is found this will be the last Lucky Book Club.  If you have vouchers, please use them.
Our school earns 20% in Scholastic Rewards on every order.  These are used to buy new books for the Library.
Contact Karen on 021-264-8902 if you would like to find out more.
Next week's Touch Draw can't be finalised until after today's games.  
Check with your coach for the time of your game next week.
Schools Out  
After School care and holiday programmes
for school aged children
We now have a school app! We're aiming to make connection between home and school as easy and seamless as possible. 
To download and get into it the App Store Direct Links - 

APPLE Appstore

ANDROID Playstore 
Click on the image above to access our shared calendar online.
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