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Waipahihi School Newsletter
15 December 2016

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
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2016 over and out...

With the last week rolling on I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community, our board, and our staff team for a great 2016. An example of the culture and atmosphere of our school was demonstrated at our Year 6 graduation evening on Monday night. The senior team did an outstanding job of giving respect to each individual student who leaves us this year by the way they honoured them on stage with their thoughtful comments and reflections. The respect between the students themselves and their teachers showed how we work together to help each individual know 'how' to learn and 'how' to help themselves in their learning.
You have seen the evidence of this learning process over the last few weeks through the series of Seesaw posts. A lot of the depth in the learning comment made refer to those characteristics that, in the image above, lie 'below the waterline'. They give respect to the fact that as parents, as family, and as a wider community, we all contribute to the success of our children. The values and principles that are exampled to them at home every day are what we continue to work with and develop at school. The 90% of that character formation is what enables their learning to happen. Your support to their individual success is invaluable. Your acknowledgement of them as an individual and their unique talents lays the foundation for them to be happy in who they are, both as a person and as a learner. We are all different and that is a good thing. It is these individual characteristics that build our character and set us up for continued success in life! 

On that note, good luck to our Year 6's as they move onto the next stage in their learning journey. We're excited for them and for all that the future holds for them.

To our students who are returning here next year - have a great break, a merry christmas and welcome in that new year in with a smile!


Last day tomorrow - 12 o'clock finish!

Last day finishes at 12pm Friday 16 December. All children are to be collected by 12.30pm. No buses are running.
Youthtown will be running a half day programme from Waipahihi School tomorrow and the staff will be there at 12pm to meet with any of the children who have enrolled.

They also kick off our holiday programme next week from the 19-23rd December, returning from the 9th Jan through to the 3rd Feb. For more information click the button below to access their website.
Youthtown Taupo website link

The Seesaw reporting process

At the beginning of Term 4 we shared with you some information about why we made the shift from reporting on a piece of paper at the end of the year to sharing the celebration of your child's learning progress and achievement as part of their Seesaw digital learning journey. The post that talked about this is linked below:
Seesaw end of year reporting process

Your child's Seesaw Journal

All 2016 students portfolios are 'archived' as we upload the new class groupings for 2017. Because we use the full 'Seesaw for Schools' programme all parents continue to have access to your child/rens journals inside the Seesaw app or website. This includes our Year 6 leavers who will also be archived but not removed from the system.

We are in communication with Seesaw around the improved options for downloading the full journal of your child's activity. This information will be posted on the school website under the Seesaw Reporting page which is linked under the 'Learning' menu as soon as we have it.

2017 Dates - Office & School

The School Office will be open from Wednesday February 1

The first school day for students will be Tuesday February 7

The term dates for 2017 are linked below:
2017 Term Dates

2017 Year 6 Camp Information

The senior team for 2017 are excited to be organising their outdoor educational trips to the Pureora Forest Park Lodge and surrounding area next year. The brief letter attached below is to give you an idea of our plans and estimated costs so far. They will provide more details early in the new year as the new class groupings come together!
Pureora Forest Park Lodge Senior Camp 2017

Participating Businesses:

Aspiring Health
Carters Tyres
Grill @ 42 Restaurant
Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge
Indian Affair
Liquorland Taupo
Maxprint Screen Printing
Quality Print
Parkview Apartments
National Park Village
Ploughmans Restaurant
Taupo deBretts
The Merchant
Top Gear Cycles
Vine Eatery
Wairakei 9 Hole public Golf Course
Wairakei Resort
Waterside Restaurant
Ironkidz 2017 - Volunteers Required
If you are able to volunteer please contact Rebecca:
Phone/text: 021 121 5399
Lake Taupo Yacht Club Learn To Sail Holiday programs
Well done to all the children in years 5 and 6 who tried sailing this week.  There are still spaces available in the holiday programs for 8-12 year olds, no previous experience needed. 

Please refer to our website:  (under the Sailing tab at the top) or phone Dean Roe on 07 378  7150  for more information.

After the holiday 
program the club runs learn to sail evenings for the children on Monday nights in Term one and four. 

If children are interested, we have race night is on Wednesday and several Waipahihi children compete in this regularly.  It is a fun sport that the whole family can be involved in and a great way to enjoy the lake.
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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