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Waipahihi School Newsletter

16 September 2016

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
Thank you to all staff, parents and children for making Thursday such a wonderful day for Waipahihi School. The children looked beautiful, their waiata and haka were confident and the tautoko from the supporters was amazing.  Great parent support, wonderful school mahi!
The Tuesday after Labour weekend is a Teacher Only Day. This is for staff in-service training with an outside provider who will be working with the team in furthering developing our working culture as we look ahead.
Term 4 Teacher Only Day: Tuesday 25 October
Term 3      Finishes next Friday 23 September
Term 4      Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December

2017 Term Dates
Term 1: Tuesday 7 February to Thursday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Wednesday 20 December
Please help support Waipahihi School Team Tauhara's Amazing Sandpit venture and get along to Central Motor Group for a Sausage Sizzle on Saturday between 10 and 3pm. All money raised goes to our school.
Touch Rugby is starting next term.
If your Mum or Dad can be a coach then they will be able to choose their own players so long as the players are the correct age.  Teams can have up to 10 players.  So, find yourself a coach and form a team!
Get a Team Registration Form from the Office for your parent to fill in and return it to Mrs Griffin (Room 3/Te Tumu) as soon as possible.

Under 7's
 -  all players must be 7 years old or under.  They can't turn 8 years old between now and the end of the year.
Under 9's  -  all players must be 9 years old or under.  They can't turn 10 years old between now and the end of the year.
Under 11's  -  all players must be 11 years old or under.  They can't turn 12 years old between now and the end of the year.

PLAYER FEE  -  $15 per player  (due Friday 14 October)

Games are played at Hickling Park  (fields next to the Hockey turf)
Under 7's & Under 9's  -  Wednesdays    (12 October to14 December)
Under 11's                    -  Thursdays       (13 October to 15 December)

Fiona Griffin
Email :          Mobile : 027-342-7274         School : 378-6455
MISSING after the Kapa Haka Dress Rehearsal last Friday, from the Library desk.
Little light blue diamante flower stud earrings with a central stone which is yellow.
If these have made their way to your house by accident, PLEASE bring them back to School and deliver to Mrs Colebrook in Room 19.
Te Wiki tiaki Taiao
This week is Conservation Week and the theme is ‘Healthy Nature Healthy People’.  There are many great ideas  how families can Join the Team, get out into nature and be part of protecting our environment for future generations.  Go to for further information about events and competitions that are happening.  
Here are some of our Waipahihi children getting involved in constructing a mini greenhouse,  planting seeds with the propagation team, gardening, planting vegetables, working on a litter programme, hunting for insects, discussing conservation ideas and creating some origami native birds for a mural.
What could you do to Join the Team this Conservation Week?
Click on the image above to access all the information.
The children in Team Ruapehu really liked the idea of the chess tournament.  We would like to play our own games, but we need your help.  If you have a chess set you would like to donate to us, we would be able to have our own tournament.  Please give your kind donation to your class teacher.  
Thank you.
Next Thursday, 22 September, Mahi Tahi (Rooms 19 & 20) will be selling cupcakes for $2 each.  
They are raising money for the sandpit in the Middle School area.  The cupcakes are DELICIOUS,
so make sure you remember your $2.00.
A number of our students played in the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival was held in Taupo last weekend.  Our amazing results were  -  
*  the U11 team  took out their grade  (Lleyton Harris (C), Zach Harrison, Dougal Mackintosh)
*  the U10 grade won their grade  (MJ Harris)
*  the U9's were runners up in their grade  (Shakur Cook, Blake Flavell-Painter)
CONGRATULATIONS to all our Waipahihi boys
On Monday Central Station students took part in a Mini Olympics.  There were four team sports  -  Volleyball, Basetball, Dodgeball & Netball.  Points were scored and added up to establish the overall winner.  As there were two teams who emerged with equal points, a final of 'Kings & Queens' was played to establish the overall winner.  Certificates were given out to those demonstrating the Olympic Spirit of Fair Play, Joy of Effort and Participation and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were given to the team captains.
We all had a great day!
To make a booking contact Taupo Museum or Taupo Library on 376-0414 or 376-0070 or email or
Hilltop School is holding their Bi-Annual Gala on Friday 11 November, from 5pm - 7pm.  This Gala will have lots of food, a variety of stalls,
rodeo bull rides & china smash. 
Save the day!
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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