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Waipahihi School Newsletter
8 December 2016

Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
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The New Entrant team celebrated together with a Christmas dinner as part of their Passion Learning projects! They had roast chicken, potatoes, mixed vege, gravy and ice cream for dessert with the ambience of a 'roaring' digital fire, Christmas carols and a message from the Queen (from the 50's!)  Well-done team!

Administration Team restructure for 2017...

As we approach the end of the year the Board would like to outline one of the significant events that the year has held for them:
One of the major tasks of 2016, following the appointment of a new Principal at the end of 2015, has been the ongoing review of schoolwide structures and systems, such as staffing, budget, curriculum and future focused development. Our school, like every state-funded school, receives an operational grant that is calculated from our actual student numbers on July 1. This money then has to be allocated through the budget to cover all areas of expenditure (except for teacher salaries which are paid directly from the government). Things like power, cleaning, property and building maintenance, office administration, in class teacher aide support, ICT tools, furniture, curriculum (teaching and learning resources), professional learning and expenses for staff - just to name a few - are all paid from this grant.

This meant that, as a Board, we are responsible for how operational funding is prioritised across all school operations. Our core role is to make sure that as much resource as possible is put into the classroom and our children, while also ensuring the administrative tasks and other ongoing needs of the school operation are funded effectively.

The resulting review of our current office administration structure has resulted in both the Office Manager (Lynn Welch) and Resource Manager (Wendy Powell) being made redundant. Jo Stinson (currently Office Assistant) has been redeployed into a full-time Office Administrator's position to work alongside the Executive Officer (Ann Fraser) for 2017.

Both Lynn and Wendy will finish their employment at Waipahihi School at the end of 2016 school year. The Board would like to sincerely acknowledge and thank them for their heartfelt contribution over many years to our school, and, to the families in our community. They also acknowledge that this has not been an easy process for all concerned, but the Board believe that the revised structure will meet the administrative needs of our school, while also helping to prioritise as much resource to the classroom learning environment as possible. 

Lynn, Wendy and other staff who are finishing at the end of the year (Mel Lee - R14; Kim Colebrook - R19; Jo Dundas - R18; & Claudia Mansell - Teacher Aide New Entrant team) will all be acknowledged and farewelled at the end of year lunch that the board are putting on for the staff on Friday afternoon.

Week 9 'bits and bobs'...

With the last week of the school year fast approaching below are some bits and pieces to be aware of:
  • Seesaw report posting: The last day for any further end of year report posts is Wednesday 14 December. The explanation of our reporting process was detailed in the newsletter on November 3. It is linked again below for your information.
  • 2017 homeroom placement: The teacher and room number will also be posted on Seesaw on Wednesday 14 December.
  • All children will visit their new homeroom on Thursday 15 December before morning tea for a meet and greet of their new room and 2017 teacher, class and team. 
  • Last day finishes at 12pm Friday 16 December. All children are to be collected by 12.30pm.

Seesaw reporting process...

At the start of this term 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

The Logo Proposal - an open letter from Craig...

Below is an open letter from Craig around the feedback that the different comments have been providing. He has acknowledged the importance of open and transparent reflection of ideas and wanted to take the chance before the end of the year to provide his thinking on what he has read.

As mentioned in other newsletters, once we have considered the cultural elements of the 'backstory' and logo design we will look liaise with him around a final decision in Term 1 2017.
An open letter from Craig re the feedback

Children and the summer break...

As this short, yet intensely busy, term comes to a close and you are faced with your children invading your time and space with the impending term break it is timely to reflect on the opportunity this gives you to compliment what school is for your child. Children spend more time out of school than in it. As parents, and as families, we have a major influence on our child's achievement in school and the summer break gives us a chance, as parents, to consider the individual that they are.

Please take the time to click the button below to read the full post on this that was written earlier in the year and to view the short video that is attached.
Bring it all back home...
Thanks to Cobb n Co for providing a fantastic lunch for all our Year 6 Road Wardens as a 'thankyou' for all their hard work throughout the year.
Beth Wills is wanting an old shower tray.  
If you have one that you no longer require,
please contact Beth at school.  
These children sat theory exams in (piano) in November and their results have just come through ...
Benjamin Percival-Moore  -  Grade 3  -  Distinction
Danielle McMurray  -  Grade 3  -  Honours
Caitlyn Whittaker  -  Grade 3  -  Merit 
Katie Lawrence  -  Grade 1  -  Distinction (Katie gained 100% which is
a great effort)
Lucre Hawes  -  Grade 1  -  Distinction
Casper Peterson  -  Grade 1  - Distinction
Chrissy and everyone at NZ Modern School of Music would like to congratulate these students on their outstanding results.
So would we all at Waipahihi School.
Issue 8 was given out this week.  Last back orders should be here before the end of the week.
Those who got discount vouchers with your order are to hold on to them for next year's Issue 1.
Lucky Book Club will continue in 2017 thanks to our two new volunteers Toni & Lydene.  Big thanks to them for taking this over.
A Note from Lynn ...
Because of restructuring of the Admin Team, I will not be back at Waipahihi School next year.
My association with Waipahihi School started over 34 years ago when the first of my four children started as a 5 year old.  After 'mother helping' for a few years I started working at the school firstly as a teacher aide, then as School Secretary and later as Office Manager.  That was 29 years ago!
I have made many wonderful friends over the years with parents, children and staff and I shall miss the daily contact with you all very much.  However, I do believe that when one door closes another opens and you never know where I might turn up next as I have no idea what next year will bring.  Please make sure you talk to me when you see me in the street.
I wish you all the very best for the future and a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2017.

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The Merchant
Top Gear Cycles
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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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