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Newsletter 2
6 May 2020
6 Haratua 2020
School Value for Term 2
Kia ora koutou,

With hopes of a sustained flattening of the curve and restrictions being eased in various parts of the world, it's hard not to feel that the darkest days of this pandemic are behind us. Here's hoping that's the case anyway!  

Thank you once again to everyone for cooperating within the Level 3 restrictions and keeping your children at home. We are eagerly awaiting whether or not we move into Level 2 next week and what that may look like for our school. As soon as this information is available we will be getting the school ready for this transition and parents will be notified accordingly.

In the interim, enjoy this special time with your children and we look forward to seeing them all again in the very near future.

It is with sadness that we will be bidding a fond farewell to Mrs Maggie Reynolds who has resigned after 21 years of dedicated service to our school. Mrs Reynolds has been a loyal staff member working as a teacher aide and office administrator over the years. Her work behind the scenes with Ag Day and the PTA has shown her outstanding commitment to our school and she will be dearly missed. We wish Mrs Reynolds and her family everything of the very best as she embarks on her new adventure and I am sure she is going to be missed by many a student, parent and staff member. Thank you for being such a big part of our community.

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

School Life
University of Canterbury Kiwi Competitions
This year we are offering the University of Canterbury Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science Competitions for our Year 5-8 students.  The Kiwi Competitions are written by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students and are based on the New Zealand Curriculum.  

The online competitions will be run in the last 3 weeks of Term 2 and the first week of Term 3.  All participating students will be awarded a certificate and prizes will be awarded to top students in each year group.  

The cost for a student to participate is $9 per competition entered.  Registration is now open on Kindo and has been extended until Friday 8 May.

If you have any questions regarding these optional competitions, please email Mrs Purchase on


Kapa Haka
At the end of last term, notices went home to those students who expressed interest in joining kapa haka for the remainder of 2020. Due to the lockdown, several children missed out on getting the notice. Therefore, if your child would like to sign up for kapa haka (Year 3 and older), please email with their name and room number. This will add you to the mailing list so you will be updated on events throughout the year.

To be a member of our rōpu, all tamariki are expected to:

  • Show respect to kaiako and group members by listening when others are speaking

  • Learn the kupu and the actions to each of our waiata (found on school website)

  • Come prepared for practice and performances, wearing a kapa haka uniform t-shirt and black leggings/shorts

Practices are every Monday at 2pm, and lunchtimes as required.

Netball and AIMS Games
We don't know yet whether the netball season or the AIMS Games will be going ahead or what they will look like if they do.  However, you can still register your interest for these on Kindo and we will contact you as soon as we have more information.

Lost Property
An adult sized grey Kathmandu sweater was left at the swimming sports, please contact the office if it's yours.

Did you know?
If you need to contact a staff member all staff email addresses are on our website on the 'Staff' page 

Our Home Learning Whānau
Anzac Day is our national day of remembrance.   This year there were no memorial services but our bubble families found new ways to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces.  We turned biscuit making into maths lessons, we painted rocks and made beautiful poppies for our windows and letterboxes.

Our School Bubbles
When Lockdown Level 3 started last Wednesday we opened five bubble classrooms with a total of 14 students.  Thank you to the amazing teachers who stepped up to help! 
These next photos are of Bubble 2 in their huge classroom.  They are in the small hall and can play games in the big hall.  On this day there were 3 students but this week they will meet some more children who are joining them in Bubble 2.
Mrs Sumner came and delivered library books for us.  We were very excited because we got to choose our own books.  We love reading.
There are feijoa trees behind our junior classrooms and we went and collected feijoas.  We found a lemon, mandarins and tiny baby pears.
Have you had a big clean out during lock down? 

Don't wait in the queue at the tip -
buy a
Gorilla Bag and support our school!  

- only $150, which includes collection
- bags are flat packed and easy to pick up and pop in your car
- one bag holds 3 cubic metres
- order on Kindo or contact the office
- available now for contactless pickup

Community Notices
During school hours at Waimauku School; or at Muriwai Studio.  All ages and levels; for fun, for skills and/or for exams.  Qualified (DipMus, DipPerformArts, ExecCertMus, LTCL, AIRMTNZ).  Experienced and Registered Teacher.

Text Megan Quatermass
027 644 3707 or email
MARRZIPAN are now offering our
awesome program ONLINE! 

Students will rehearse their own play, design the set, create costumes aaaaaand star in their own film! Online classes are a great way to build your child's confidence during these uncertain times, as well as a cool environment to meet new friends and stay social. 

Classes run at the same time for 5 days, giving parents a break in the reassuring knowledge that their child is having fun (and learning something!) Activities will also be set outside of class time, to give your child something productive to focus on. 

Each class is limited to 8 students and parents will receive a digital copy of the film. 

Below is the email address with further information! 

“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” - Sir Ken Robinson

You may know Creative Matters from our after school art class on Mondays and Tuesdays at Waimauku School. This term we are continuing our classes online only.

Creative Matters at Home has a number of fun creative opportunities for your children online, created and presented by Mandy (CEO):
  • Free creative art sessions available on our our You Tube channel
  • A term subscription (only $97) for a series of 8 in depth creative lessons  - FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD. Keep an eye on our website for updates and how to subscribe
  • Daily creative inspiration on our FB and Instagram pages 

Thank you to those parents who have nominated our school when purchasing bulk fuel deliveries from Northfuels. For every 100 litres of fuel purchased, 50c is donated to our school, which can go towards sponsorship funds for a sports equipment package or a technology package.  We would appreciate any other parents nominating our school too if they also purchase from Northfuel. For more information, please visit or call 0800 4 THE KIDS  (0800 484 3543). Many thanks for supporting Waimauku School! 
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