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Waipahihi School Newsletter

11 February 2016

Please click the image above to access the booking site for our Learning Mapping Meeting. The access code is wakxs
Term 1 Learning Mapping Meetings
Please NOTE that school will finish at 1pm on WEDNESDAY FEB 17
An important part of our beginning of the year is to give you the option to book an initial Learning Mapping interview with your child's teacher. This is a chance to bring last years end of year report along and for you to set some learning and social goals for the new school year.

We have again tried to put some optional flexibility into the system for families (and teachers) to choose if this is needed. Both you and the teachers have the right to request a time if one has not been booked and you (or they) think it is needed. The following dates available in Week 3 are:

Tuesday February 16 : 3.30 - 6pm
Wednesday February 17 : 1.45 - 5.45pm; 6.30 - 8pm
Thursday February 18 : 3.30 - 6pm

To access the goal setting booking site ( please click on the link below and enter the booking code WAKXS

(This is for all classrooms except New Entrants. They will be holding a transition to school meeting in week 5 and will also be in touch with each family throughout the term.)
Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou

The second week is flying by and school life is already busy!

It was great to see a good group of parents around the school this morning at the first session of our 'Meet the teacher' sessions. The name really doesn't do it justice as this is a real chance for you to informally touch base with your child's teacher (or teachers) and to hear some of the thinking behind how your child's classroom learning programme operates and the teaching beliefs and philosophy that support it! Whether your child is in a class that is beginning to develop a more collaborative teaching journey or starting just with the 'one teacher' this is an opportunity for our staff to share a bit of why we do what we do and how we do it! 

There are two more meeting times available today. They are: 3.30pm; and 5.45pm

A strong Partnership between Home and School is essential to every child's learning success.

I'm repeating this again as it is a very firm belief. A very important component of a strong learning culture in a school is the strong partnership between the learner, their parents and their teachers. Much of the research into successful learning, points to the critical role of these relationships. We see the need for open communication, respect and trust as crucial to our school being the best it can be and to seeing our children grow and thrive as learners. At Waipahihi we provide a variety of opportunities for this to occur:
  • 'Meet the Team' Evenings
  • Goal Setting Interviews
  • Newsletters and Facebook
  • School Assemblies
  • After school meetings
Please take the time to take note of the initial opportunities that are detailed below and to make them a priority for your connection with your child's learning journey.

Next week are our Learning Mapping sessions. These are detailed above. Please take the time to book a time. If you can't access this site then please pop into the office to book a time.

Nga mihi
Tim Lovelock
Welcome to Team Tauhara Jenny and Jo!
Hi I'm Jenny, I  have been teaching for 13 years including 5 in England and 2 in Egypt. I am really excited to be a part of the Waipahihi School community and looking forward to a productive year in Team Tauhara. I've been in Taupo for just over a year and still enjoy exploring new areas and spending as much time as possible swimming in that beautiful lake.  

Kia ora, ko Jo Dundas toku ingoa.  I have recently graduated from the University of Canterbury and have just completed my first year of teaching at Wairakei Primary School in 2015.  I was born and bred here in Taupo  and have raised my small family here.  I have three children aged 18, 16 and 8 years of age.  I am looking forward to a great year here at Waipahihi Primary School.    
Wairakei Estate IronKidz 28th February 2016 Registrations are open.
Click on image below to visit website and enter.

IronKidz update...
Ironkidz is our main school fundraiser.  We rely heavily on sponsorship, and are looking for cash contributions or spot prizes.  If you have a business and are able to donate, we'd love to hear from you.  You can email for more information, or drop any prizes or donations into the school office.  Thanks!

I am the volunteer coordinator for Ironkidz. We are still very short on volunteers. Are you able to help on the day? They can contact me on or ring/text 0211215399.
Thanks, Rebecca Forrest
Special thanks to 'Hellers' who supply the sausages that we use for the IronKidz BBQ!

Lost Property

Last year the Lost Property got completely out of hand and unmanageable.  About 30 large rubbish bags of clothes, shoes and towels were left at school to be donated to a Secondhand Store.
This year we are going to deal with the Lost Property more frequently  -  every fortnight.  Every 2nd Friday the Lost Property will be displayed and anything left will go to the Salvation Army Secondhand Store on Spa Road.  However, if a piece of clothing is clearly named, it will remain at school.
Please encourage your child to return home each day with the clothes, shoes, togs & towel that they took to school.
School hats can remain at school in your child's class.
Reminder: Biking to School every Wednesday - rain, hail or shine! Meet at the Silver Fish in town with the 'convoy' leaving at 8am! This is for all children (but if you are 5 years old you must have an adult biking with you).
Some of our children with Mayor David Trewavas and Mr Rob Williams CEO of Taupo District Council taking part in Biking to School and Breakfast this Wednesday morning.
Have your personal details changed?

If your phone number or address has changed recently please email the office to update your details by clicking on the button below.
Personal Detail update - email here
Date  :  Tuesday 1 March
Place  :  Waipahihi School Library
Time  :  8am - 4pm
Club representatives will be there to take registrations all day
Click on the image above to access our shared calendar online.
We have some children at our School who we regularly provide food for.  If you would like to donate any non-perishable items to stock up our cupboard we would really appreciate it.  Thankyou.
  • Do you enjoy Dancing, Singing  and/or Acting?  ACT 2 PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL could be for you.  Contact Toni of 021-257-0767 or
  • Dr Tony Attwood M.Sc, Ph.D., A.F.B.P's, M.C.C.Ps - a world renowned expert on autism and aspergers syndrome is running seminars around "Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders".  Go to to find more information or see our flyer on the Administration Block door.
  • Guitar Tuition - Jo Paul is again offering this opportunity. Starting in Week 3 - every Friday.
    *must be at least 8yrs old
    *must have own guitar and be able to bring it to school on Fridays

    Mt Tauhara Gymnastics Club has spaces available now.  For more information contact them on their facebook page or email 
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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