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Waipahihi School Newsletter

12 November 2015

Last Friday we had some special guests come to our Assembly and present us with a certificate of appreciation acknowledging the work we have done around He Manu Whenua. Pictured are: (Back Row) Amanda Jones, Amelia Willis, Colin Patton & Dylan Tahu  (Front Row) Alana French, Andrew Bullock, Jazmine Frewen & Emma Billington
Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou

Welcome to our Newsletter for Week 5!

There have been some special events happening around our school lately across a multitude of levels. We've had special visitors attend our assembly to acknowledge the amazing work that has gone into our He Mana Whenua work - which has also been highlighted with a segment on TV3 with Lachlan Forsyth calling in! This again highlights what can be accomplished with the drive and passion of our core group headed by Beth, Sarah and Judy with the amazing effort and support of all staff, students and our Friends of the School and wider parent community. Then we've got the enthusiasm of Room 4 organising their own equestrian event which is on today. Holly and her class have put in a big effort to make this happen and the students have been highly engaged in bringing it alive. Included below is a snippet from our Middle team and their work on thinking about clever ways to recycle and turning old pieces of wood into 3D art for the twilight gala. We also can't forget the excitement radiating out of Te Ohanga as they try and contain the Eggcitement going on around growing their very own chickens! They also had an amazing day yesterday ...

This is just a snippet of what is happening each and every day around the life of our school. It is a great indication of our vibrant and passionate learning community. Enjoy the following pieces and keep reading to the bottom where some details around 2016 are outlined for you!
Here is a gorgeous photo of the children with Lachlan Forsyth. It was taken today while the TV3 film crew were here.
Room 19 have been thinking about clever ways to recycle. We've used our huge pile of scrap paper to make our own green paper and we are turning old pieces of wood into 3D art for the Twilight Gala. Here we are making our paper and sanding our pieces of wood.

Te Ohanga Eggcitement!

Team Te Ohanga are totally excited about the prospect of growing our very own chickens, that we hope will free range underneath our He Manu Whenua garden. 
We began by finding out about eggs and the incubation process. We found a supplier of fertilised eggs...and they arrived in the post! So exciting! We managed to source an incubator (thank you Tuki and Roxy Clarke) and now we are waiting. Please feel free to come and have a little peep...
Our other major project this term is our Te Ohanga mural, lead by the fantastic Jodie Appleton. The children are developing the artistic ideas ( alongside a local Taupo artist, and some enthusiastic parents thank you Blair Matherson and Lan ) We will need support with this project so if you are available to help paint the background (no artistic flair required just the ability to hold a paintbrush) we would love to see you.

News from Room 14 - part of our Junior Team!

As part of our Term 4 Inquiry, Room 14 are adapting recipes and working on making the perfect play dough for you and your family to buy at next months gala. We have also discussed the number of things that we can make and do with play dough...the ideas are endless! We think it is going to be a great seller. More donations of flour, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring would be greatly appreciated :-)
12 November   Rm 4 to the Equestrian Centre
12 November   Senior Ripper Rugby Tournament  -  9am - 11.30am
12 November  Last day for second round of Calendar Orders
13 November    Rm 2 to Rangitaikei
14 November    Rms 1 & 6 Working Bee
16 November    Jumping Jack Performance  -  2pm
16 November    'Enviro Warriors' Community Clean Up  -  12pm - 1pm
16 November  Friends of the School Meeting - 7.15 (staffroom)
17 November    Rms 5 & 1 Biking at Craters of the Moon
18 November    Kiwisport Cricket Day
18 November  Board of Trustees Meeting - 7pm (staffroom)
20 November    School Swimming Sports at the AC Baths
21 November    Car Boot Sale
23 Nov - 4 Dec  Senior Swimming everyday at the AC Baths
24 November    School Traffic Safety Training
25 November    Interschool Swimming
3 December      Twilight Gala - 5pm - 7.30pm
All children will be attending the performance of 'JACK FLASH & THE JUMPING BEANSTALK' ON MONDAY AT 2PM. The subsidised cost of this is $2.00 per child, to be paid to their classroom teacher, with the remainder of the cost being paid by school.
Thursday 3 December, 5pm - 7.30pm
Lots of stalls & entertainment
Crafty Kids, get your applications in now

email or drop off to Room 20
This year the Year 6 Graduation Assembly is being held on 
Monday 14 December at 2pm in the School Hall
 Lake Taupo Yacht Club Learn to Sail Programme for 9-12 year olds.  To enrol or for more information either go to or phone Dean on 027-479-5231 or 377-2997.

*  Cath from Bike Taupo is at the BMX track on Mondays from 3.30pm until 5.00pm and the Pump Track on Tuesdays 3.30pm - 5.00pm for children who would like to do more riding or learn to ride.

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 
LOST - Bright Green Nike Soccer Ball with the name 'Fabian' on it.  If you know where this ball is, please return to Room 16.

FREE TO GOOD HOME  -  Two beautiful girl cats looking for a new home together.  2 years old, immunised. desexed & chipped.   If you're interested please text/phone 027-324-4823.
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

2016 School and Class structure

As always a new year brings some change as people and the school roll 'do their thing!' The staff have begun the process of looking across our school at our numbers, names and needs and drafting the structure, the teachers and our children into their new learning groups. It is something that a lot of time, effort, thought and careful consideration goes into. 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 within the confines of a workable structure. With some staffing changes and 470 odd student names in the mix this is no simple task. Please trust and respect 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 things I can confirm are:

- Megan Fraser has 12 months leave for 2016
- Kristin Mason is on maternity leave for 2016
- Tracey Burley will be leaving us as she is off to have her baby
- Monique Page finishes at the end of the year as she moves away to a new venture and Lavinia Llodra takes over in R 14 with a Y1/2 class
- Sarah Sherriff steps up as acting Assistant Principal for 2016
- Beth Wills steps up as acting Team Leader Y3/4 for 2016
- Two new fixed term teachers are being appointed for the Y3/4 team in 2016 (these will be announced in next weeks newsletter)
- Kim Stevens has a permanent teaching role in R6 with a Y4-6 class and will work closely with Debra Garrett in R5 who also has a Y4-6 class
- Our NE team begins the year with three teachers (Amanda, Jodie, Kylie) and are joined later in the year by .....
- All other classes across the school are composite rooms (eg Y1/2; Y3/4; Y5/6)

Nga mihi
Tim Lovelock
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