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                                OPENING DOORS TO LIFE'S JOURNEY
Newsletter 5
13 May / 13 Haratua 2021
School Value for Term 2

Gary Pasfield

P   09 411 8222         

Welcome back to Term 2 and a very warm welcome to our new students and families who have joined our great school. 

Despite all the news reports last week about the concerning low rates of school attendance, I am pleased to report that this is not the case at our school and we are exceeding our attendance goals set at the beginning of the year. 

Congratulations to Mrs Tayla Williams on the birth of her baby boy. We wish her and the family all the very best.

Welcome to Mr Hutchinson who is replacing Mrs Williams whilst she is on maternity leave.  Mr Hutchinson is a familiar face at school and we wish him well in his new role.

Thank you to our student council representatives Natalie Osmond and Grace Boam for doing such a great job representing our school at the ANZAC parade during the holidays.

This week kicked off with a book character dress-up to celebrate our Literacy Week. Staff and pupils had lots of fun dressing up in their favourite book character. Thank you to all those who got into the spirit of things and for taking part. We also have a book fair set up in the Library for everyone to enjoy and hopefully purchase a book or two. Thank you to everyone who attended Parent/Student/Teachers interviews and used this time to visit the library.

The construction of our new pavilion has come to a temporary halt as more work has to be done on the ground conditions to hold up the structure. I trust this issue will be resolved shortly and the project will get underway again in the coming days. 

We look forward to a busy term ahead with celebrating our 100th Birthday on the 2nd of July, Matariki with a h
āngī, our winter sports programme and Science Week to name a few. Written reports will also be issued at the end of this term.
Nga mihi,

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Roll 751
Attendance 92%

What's Coming Up

Book Fair - This week
Come along and see all the beautiful books for sale.  All profits go towards more books for our library and literacy resources.  
Thursday 8:30-4pm
Friday 8:30-1pm

Jesters Pie Day for Years 5-8 - Wednesday 19 May
Delicious Jesters Pies for sale on Kindo, orders close 18 May.  Lots of options including vegan and GF.  

Jesters Pie Day for Years 1-4 - Thursday 20 May
Orders close on 18 May.  Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for the yearbook

Kaipara Schools Triathlon - Friday 21 May

NW Boys Football - Tuesday 25 May

NW Girls Football - Thursday 27 May

Junior Cross Country - Thursday 27 May

1:50pm start at Glasgow Park. Supporters are very welcome to attend.  Children will need jandals or shoes for the walk over to the park

Science in a Van  Y1-4 - Tuesday 8 June  
This experience provides students with a fun, interactive and memorable way to engage with science.  Permission on Kindo

Science Roadshow Y5-8 - Wednesday 9 June
Hands-on interactive exhibits and entertaining demonstrations make for some exciting science.  Permission on Kindo

Disco - Friday 11 June
Time to get excited kids! Details coming soon!
School Life
Literacy Week
This week is Literacy Week at school and we kicked it off with a dress up day.
Each classroom at school has a book themed door artwork and the book fair is on all week in the library.
Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens
There was plenty to see and do at the Ruapehu trip to the sculpture gardens. 
It was quite a novelty for the children as they missed out on trips last year due to COVID.
Corban Estate Arts Centre
Tongariro Team created some fabulous artworks on their recent trip to Corban Estate Art Centre. The theme was around native fresh water creatures and learning watercolour techniques using salt crystals.
Leap of Faith Art Show at Muriwai, 21st to 23rd May
Our students have all been working on a collaborative art piece inspired by Colin McCahon's 'Leap of Faith' series. This large piece will be installed at the Art Exhibition at the Muriwai Surf Club from 21st to 23rd May. Pop down and see if you can find your child's contribution.

The art exhibition has an opening night from 6pm on Friday 21st May with food trucks and music, all welcome, followed by a weekend exhibition at the club running all day on Saturday and Sunday. There are interactive sand art activities at the beach on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and a film night on Saturday evening (R13). For full details go to
Anzac Day
Thank you to Grace Boam and Natalie Osmond for representing our school and laying the wreath at the Anzac Day Service. Senior students also created this commemorative artwork which has been on display at the RSA.

Lest We Forget
Zara the Zebra
Thank you Auckland Transport for bringing Zara to visit and highlight safety on our zebra crossing.  It's great to see parents using the crossing and being good role models for our children.  Thank you to all our student road patrollers for your hard work.
Student Voice
Well done to Orlando Fierro who played at the NZ Under 13s Baseball Tournament in Nelson.  Orlando's team the West City Rebels were underdogs but came fourth overall!
Toi pepeha ataahua mai i nga akonga o te Ruma Tahi / Beautiful pepeha art from Room 1
Here are some more fantastic artworks from the Corban Art Estate sessions...

Kia ora, families!  We hope you have enjoyed some respite from the school morning rush. There’s lots happening so buckle up!

First up - welcome to our new PTA (and Friends Of) members!  It was fantastic to meet you at the PTA AGM and share some of our ideas and plans with you. Thanks for jumping on board, your skills and energy are a welcome addition to the team.   There were no changes in roles, we have all happily signed on again for another year of supporting our kids and the school.  In brief - Bronwyn Allerby (Chairperson) Sam Perkins (Treasurer) Ashley Kerlin (Secretary) Jo Mellor (Sponsorship) Jasmin Nicholson (Communications), supported by the rest of the amazing PTA members, with Gary Pasfield as BOT Representative. 

Next PTA meeting - If you want to be ‘in the know’ about future plans for the school and to have a say in how we fundraise, please come along to the next meeting which is 9am in the staffroom next Monday 10th May and consider becoming a member or friend of the PTA.  Learn more about the role and structure of the PTA here

Golf Day 2021 - a big thanks to the MANY businesses who supported our annual Golf Day, held at Muriwai Golf Club last term.  They donated goods and services which we were able to auction off.  All of the attendees and school families who placed bids on the donated items dug deep and so the fundraising for the year has had a great kick-start.  We had really positive feedback from all of the teams who entered too, with plans already in place for next year’s event. Big thanks to Jo Mellor for shaking the sponsor trees, Nigel and Sam Perkins for their super organisational skills and the rest of the PTA and volunteers on the day who helped to pull it all together.     

We will publish a list of all of our sponsors and ask that you support their businesses in return.  Each company has received a thank you card from school so if you go into a store or business and see it, do identify yourself as a ‘school mum or dad’ and thank them again for their support. 
Save-the-Date - School Disco is planned for Friday 11th June.  This will be run along similar lines to the last couple of years with pre-paid wristbands for different ‘packages’ including entry, snacks and glowsticks.  Tickets will be available via Kindo at least two weeks prior to the Disco with a CASH ONLY ticket sale on the morning of Wednesday 9th June.    

Disco volunteers please!!  The Disco can only go ahead with the help of parents on the night.  We are often short of helpers for the Senior session so please keep an eye out for the invitation to help out and please put your name down.  The pack out is the real killer for those of us who have worked all day setting up and running the Disco, so it’s a massive help to have extra hands to break down all of the ezy-ups and tables etc and make sure the hall is left looking nice and tidy.  

Parent’s Night Out - We are looking for some ideas for a fun night for the parents – in the past we’ve run Trivia and Bingo nights, so any ideas along those lines are welcome.  Please email the PTA if you’ve got a great idea ( or have a chat with any of us in the playground. 

Have you bought your Entertainment Book?  It is such great value and 20% of the membership cost gets paid back to the school.  It’s packed with coupons and vouchers for everything from dining to exploring.  It’s a quiet earner for the school but every little bit does help so check it out.  It’s now digital, and the app is super easy to use.  Learn more here

That’s all for now… happy first week of the term and we will be in touch again soon with more details for the Disco. 

Team PTA

Community Notices
Creative Matters Art Classes After School at Waimauku School
Tuesdays (fully booked) and Wednesdays (spaces available) 3pm - 5pm
Starting in Week 2

Three Fantasy Worlds
Create a beautiful triptych of 3 unique paintings using watercolours, acrylics and inks. 

We will learn about the characteristics and techniques of 3 painting styles, artists and movements and respond with our own drawings, collages and paintings.
Mandy Jakich
CEO Creative Matters

m. 021 808 126
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
Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park Friday 21 May 2021 10am - 2pm
Waimauku Scouts Fundraiser

Take this rare opportunity to visit the amazing sculpture park, stroll along right amongst the works of some of the world's greatest contemporary sculptors, and enjoy stunning views of the Kaipara Harbour. The privately owned Park is also home to exotic animals such as giraffes, zebras and alpacas. 

The terrain at the sculpture park includes gravel paths and open pasture so a reasonable level of mobility is required.
There is no option to purchase any food or drink on the farm, so you will need to bring your own picnic lunch, or you can purchase a ticket that includes your lunch to save you carrying yours!  

Purchase an Entry+Lunch ticket for an additional $15 per person and choose a lunch of a filled roll (option of ham/chicken/vege) which we will pre-order from our local baker freshly made that morning) plus an apple, a home baking item, and a bottle of water. We will bring these in chilly bins in the boot of a car for distribution at midday at the shelter building on the hill.

Purchase your tickets online:
The Scouts are fundraising for their ‘new’ Scout den - this was an old Scout den from Henderson, which is now on our site at the back of Pollard Lane in Waimauku. It needs the roof and windows replaced, and as it had an arson attempt it needs a lot wood replaced, as well as re-wiring, plumbing & a carparking area created, so you can see what a huge project this is going to be for us.
We were so appreciative of the generous and professional service of Craig Walker Building Removal’s fantastic team. Here is a photo of it being moved onto site in the misty early hours back in March.

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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