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Waipahihi School Newsletter
9 February 2017

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
Our Newsletter this term is kindly sponsored by

Welcome back...

Ready, set go! The 2017 school year is underway. There has been a real positive buzz around the school over the first few days. Staff have been hard at work over the past few weeks coming together in their new teams and setting up their new learning spaces. It has been great to read some of the letters and view some of the team assemblies that have been going on as teachers introduce themselves to their new learning groups.

Ironkidz - Sunday 26 February 2017

It is just over two weeks before one of the most major events on our school calendar - the 2017 Ironkidz triathlon!
This event is organised by a passionate group of our parents, who put a lot of personal time and effort into making this happen each year. Last year we had over 750 participants and all the money that this event raises comes back to our school! This year the money raised is going towards the purchase a school van. This will be used to help our students across the school access some of the amazing facilities, environment and community events that our great town and area have on offer!

Besides your child/rens participation in the actual triathlon, or the splash 'n' dash, we need your help! There is a huge logistic effort that goes into making an event like this run well and the organising committee would love your commitment to volunteer on the day.

If you are interested in committing to this please click the email button below:
Ironkidz 2017 - Volunteers Required
If you are able to volunteer please contact Rebecca:
Email Rebecca by clicking below or Phone/text: 021 121 5399
Ironkidz volunteer email link

Our 2017 Ironkidz sponsors...

A HUGE THANKS TO THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF OUR NAMING RIGHT SPONSOR – WAIRAKEI ESTATE.  ALSO THANKS TO ALL OUR OTHER FANTASTIC SPONSORS – WITHOUT YOU ALL WE COULDN’T BRING THIS AMAZING EVENT TO TAUPO.  THANK YOU!

Swim leg sponsor –Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

Cycle leg sponsor – Placemakers Taupo

Run leg sponsor – to be confirmed

Elite sponsor – Bluegrass Contracting

Splash and Dash sponsor – Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

Gold sponsors – NZME (The Hits)Taupo & Turangi WeekenderYouthtown

Silver sponsors – Top Gear Cycles, Taupo Half Marathon Society Inc, AC BathsCountdownTriathletes CornerDPA AccountantsFonterraColumbus CoffeeBFA

Bronze – De Bretts, Farmlands, NZ Forest Managers, Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, MB Century, Life Pharmacy, Scotty’s Electrical Xpertise, Taupo Bungy, Taupo Cable, Huka Prawn Park, Hobby Shop, Subway, Quality Print, John Taylor Jewellers, Huka Honda, Pop’n’Good, Rotorua Flipout NZ, Empower Fitness, Skyline Rotorua, STAK, Love Music, Taupo Minigolf, Blue Seventy, Pipeworkz Plumbing and Drainage Ltd, Pointons, Hunting and Fishing, Kefi, Health 2000, Baked With Love, Unichem Pharmacy, Made Mikes, Brandfuel, Monte Vista, Terrain Industries, Coffee Plus, Ideal Electrical, Taupo Hire, Starlight Cinema, Insley Electrical, Warehouse Stationery

Special thanks to 'Hellers' who supply the sausages that we use for the IronKidz BBQ!​

Start of Year Goal Setting & Connection meetings

Besides the opportunity that many of you have already made to touch base with your child's 'homeroom' or 'guardian' teacher there will be a chance to make an appointment during our formal connection meetings. These are scheduled to happen, similar to last year, at a range of different times over the third and fourth school week (20-24 Feb) (27 Feb - 3 March). This will include sessions before school, near the end and at the end of the school day, and some evening slots.

This is one of the opportunities for our teachers to hear from you about your child. As the image below illustrates, the elements below the water line, besides their personal report comments, are all important in making your child who they are. That shared connection and understanding between home and school is imperative to successful learning!

The details to make a booking with your child/rens teacher will come home in next Thursday newsletter.

The Dirt behind the hall...

If you're wondering why there is a mountain of dirt behind the school hall it is because we are building a real pump track. As you can tell, the dirt has arrived and we are now waiting for the Auckland-based company to come down and 'sculpt' our new pump track! It will be awesome when it's done and we're excited about developing this facility for our local community!

2017 building development

During 2017 there are two building projects in the pipeline. Both projects are about prioritising as much school space as possible for learning while also having an easily accessible and efficient admin and staff area.

The first project is scheduled to happen later in Term 1 and is a special needs project. It will include new fencing around the school, a new special needs toilet area and improved student toilets beside Room 6, and a quiet room developed in what was the old boiler room/caretakers shed. This project will also include a new entrance way to what is currently the Room 5 verandah doors.  This will be the new admin area with the staffroom moving into Room 6. The two classes in Rooms 5 & 6 will move over into what is currently the admin/staffroom space - effectively making that whole block, alongside Rooms 1 - 4, the senior school 'hub'. 
This then leads into the second project which is scheduled to happen much later in the year. It will see the redevelopment and renovation of Block A (Rooms 1,2,3 & 4 and the existing admin/staffroom space) into a newly designed senior school hub. All those classrooms and that admin area will be revamped, modernised and connected to create an exciting, vibrant and innovative learning area!
Welcome back to a new year at Waipahihi School and a very special welcome to all the new families. We look forward to getting to know you and your families.

Waipahihi School has a very active Friends of the School Committee who are committed to helping support the school in a full range of activities that help bring our parent community together for the good of all our children.

All parents are welcome to attend the meetings as this is a forum for all parents to be involved in the day to day life of their child’s school. Meetings are held once a month. Keep an eye out here in  the school newsletter for more information!


Our First Meeting of the year will be Tuesday 28 February at 7pm in the staffroom.
Go By Bike Day (flyer below) is on Wednesday 22 Feb.  7am onwards at Great Lake Centre.  We will have a school group there with Mrs Nepia and Mrs Lynch (formally Miss Garrett).

Then every Wednesday after we will begin biking to School. Meet at the Silver Fish in town with our convoy leaving at 8am.  Children under 6 must have a parent bike with them.

If you want to bike please collect a vest from the office.
Schools Out  
After School care and holiday programmes
for school aged children
www.schools-out.co.nz

Misfitz Dance Studio

Hip Hop Dance Classes held after school at Contours Gym group fitness room(Above Rebel Sports).
Hip Hop and break dance classes avaliable.Special needs,Junior and Senior Crews,Boys Only,Private tuition,Under 5s -13+ Hip hop 

Starts back 7th of February 
   

For more information/our timetable. 
Contact Stacey
Txt 02102391013
Misfitzdancestudio@gmail.com
Or find us on Facebook.

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