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Newsletter 18
6 November 2019
6 Whiringa-ā-rangi 
School Value for Term 4
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
With the long weekend behind us, it is full steam ahead for the rest of the term. Since our last newsletter, our Kapa Haka performed at the Kaipara festival held at Kaipara College. Their performance was outstanding and a  real credit to our school and to all the hard work the tutors and students have put into the year. My thanks to all concerned and to the support shown by our parents.
Following on from AG day, our PTA immediately got onto organising an adult evening of Bingo and entertainment. The aim of the evening was to hold a fun event in the community and hopefully raise some money into the process. Much fun and laughter were had by all with just over $3500 raised in the process.
A new cricket pitch surface was laid on the weekend, thanks to the PTA fund raising and your support.    My sincere thank you once again to all our hard-working parents on the PTA for their efforts.

As the prefrontal cortex of tweens develops, they’re malleable, impulsive and impressionable. They’re capable of reasoning intellectually, interpreting emotions, and taking a moral stand, but they lack perspective or life experience. Sorting out social drama can consume large chunks of their time, and they tend to experience emotions in polarities. Any mishap can register as a catastrophe, and they have little understanding that negative feelings are temporary. They’re trying to figure out what coping skills work for them and where their strengths and interests align. They’re hyper-aware of an invisible audience judging their every move and picking up on their shortcomings and limits. It’s a time of insecurity, hormonal changes and contradictions. The only other time a child experiences so much development is between birth and age two!
Technology is omnipresent. Many tweens are online almost constantly which has many benefits but also poses a number of challenges: staying safe, being kind, dealing with bullying, making sense of violent news clips and pornography, cheating in school, multi-tasking, staying up too late and preserving one’s reputation. Looking at brushed-up photos on social media amps up worries about appearance, contributing to negative body images. There’s also the problem of online material being up there for good.
Tweens have more mental health issues. Today’s families are more open about divorce, job losses and special needs; also, many parents are hyper-involved which can result in tweens having less autonomy and not feeling they have as much control over their fates. They often feel a lot of emphasis on achievement and competition. They need space to learn problem-solving skills, make mistakes, resolve conflicts and build a sense of confidence and agency.
Hate material is competing with positive identity work. Racism, antisemitism and homophobia are heightened topics in recent years, even while there’s greater interest in gay-straight spectrum issues, political activism and efforts to build emotionally healthy girls and boys. Things may be moving in the right direction. Tweens have always been tuned into justice and fairness, but today’s tweens are perhaps even more likely to take on an activist role, such as lobbying for the environment.
The key, as always, is finding the right balance – not an easy thing to do but, again as always, open lines of communication between tweens, parents and school are essential.

Acknowledgment: “How Childhood Has Changed for Tweens” by Phyllis Fagell 
Kind regards,

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Roll 795
Attendance 90.92%
What's Coming Up 

Athletics Y3-8 - Friday 8 November
Students to wear house colours and sunblock.  Please email if you can help on the day or have a gazebo we can borrow.

Tawharanui Trip for H1 & H2 - Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 November
Permission on Kindo

Tawharanui Trip for Rm 15 & 16 - Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 November
Permission on Kindo

Kaipara Athletics - Friday 15 November

Ukulele Festival - Saturday 16 November

Corbans Trip for Rms 19,23,24 - Monday 18 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Whānau Hui - Monday 18 November
7pm in the staffroom, all welcome

Corbans Trip for Rms 25,26 - Tuesday 19 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Corbans Trip for Rms 27,28 - Thursday 21 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Kids for Kids Concert - Thursday 21 November
Permission and payment on Kindo or at the office.  Choir members to meet at Bruce Mason Centre at 6:45pm

Corbans Trip for Rms 20,21,22 - Friday 22 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Corbans Trip for Rms 9 & 11 - Monday 25 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Corbans Trip for Rms 12 & 13 - Wednesday 27 November
Permission and payment on Kindo

Corbans Trip for Rms 10 & 14 - Monday 2 December
Permission and payment on Kindo

Tiritiri Matangi Trip for Rms 2,3,4 - Friday 6 December
Permission and payment on Kindo

Prize Giving for Y1 - 4 - Tuesday 10 December
Year 1/2 starts at 9:30, Year 3/4 starts at 11:30

Prize Giving for Y5 - 8 - Wednesday 11 December
Year 5/6 starts at 9:30, Year 7/8 starts att 11:30

Tiritiri Matangi Trip for Rms 6,7,8 - Thursday 12 December
Permission and payment on Kindo

Tiritiri Matangi Trip for Rms 1,5 - Friday 13 December
Permission and payment on Kindo

Citizenship Assembly - Monday 16 December at 9:30am

Graduation Social - Tuesday 17 December

Last Day of Term - Wednesday 18 December

School Life
Trips, Trips and More Trips!
Nearly every student is going on a trip somewhere this term! It really helps us if you complete permission slips and payments at least 48 hours prior to the trip and ideally before this. This allows teachers to have all the emergency contact and special care information they need and stops a mad panic chasing parents up on the morning of the trip. You can use Kindo or come into the office, whichever you prefer, just please don't leave it until the last minute.

New Enrolments
If you have a child who is turning 5 this year or in January or February next year we would appreciate you calling at the office as soon as possible to collect an enrolment pack.


School Pool Keys
Keys for the school pool will be on sale on 18 November, and will cost $130. You can pay for the keys on Kindo or at the office but the pool agreement must be signed in person and the key collected by an adult.  The pool will be open to key owners on 2 December.  

New Cricket Pitch
Thank you to the PTA for funding our new cricket pitch.

Junior Athletics
Our Tarawera team had their annual athletics day today and lots of fun was had by all.  Thank you to all the parents who came along to support our smallest athletes and congratulations to our winners!
Kaipara Kapa Haka
This year we had 60 of our 114 kapa haka tamariki attend the Kaipara Kapa Haka Festival which was held at Kaipara College on Friday, October 25th. Our rōpu did a fantastic job of representing our kura. Thanks to all the whānau who came along to support, and to our amazing tutors and helpers (Wiha, Melo, Helen, Ellen, Karyn) who come along each week to help out with the group.  
Room One's Incredible Edibles
The students of Room One started the year by making tyre gardens, then sowing the seeds and caring for their plants as they grew... now they are harvesting their veges!  Some of the students ate these delicious carrots for lunch the same day!
Te Kura o te Kauri
Room 16 had a fascinating trip last week.  Te Kura o te Kauri is a science outreach and education programme focused on kauri trees and forest health.  The programme is run out of a state of the art mobile laboratory and students had hands-on experience performing experiments and learning using virtual reality.
Group Day
Congratulations to all our students who competed at Group Day and especially to the following winners:

Sam Wilson-Vogler    Jr Winner Lamb Leading & Control 
Saskia Franklin          Jr Winner Lamb Rearing & Grooming
Saskia Franklin          Jr Winner Local Trade Lamb 
Hanalei Mellor           Jr Winner Goat Rearing & Grooming
Hanalei Mellor           Champion Goat Rearing & Grooming
Y7/8 Touch Rugby
The latest touch tournament was a great sporty day with all the local schools.  The girls had 2 wins and a drop off game against Helensville as Waimauku and Helensville had a draw in their last game.  The winner would go to the finals.  First to score won.  A fantastic game to watch.  The boys cheered the girls from the sideline.  Started with 6 players in the drop off game.  Ended up with 3 players at the end giving it their all.  Helensville won the winning try, but it could have gone either way.  They all played hard out and enjoyed the tough game. The boys didn't have any wins but very close games against the other schools.  Thank you Matt Roby and Jo Sinton for coaching the teams.

Student Achievement
Chess Nationals
Noah Gavin flew to Christchurch to compete for the National Chess Champions Trophy and represent the North West. 
Well done to Noah who played extremely well!
Diving National Skills Championships
Jolan Ratsdorf and Will Samways recently participated at the Diving National Skills Championships 2019. The Nationals were Will and Jolan’s first ever diving events and they both achieved Silver at all levels. Congratulations to you both, well done!

Congratulations to Ananya Ghosh (Initial) and Leo Cotter (Grade 2) on achieving Merits in their recent piano exams - great stuff!
Megan Quatermass 

Equidays 2019 Cambridge
On Friday the 18th of October I competed at Equidays on my two ponies Patch and Disco.  Patch and Disco both had a very successful weekend.  Patch came home with 3rd in the 80cm class and a 3rd in the 1m class in Show Jumping and we were competing against 55 riders in all our classes.  Disco also did very well, but she didn't get any placings.  My prize was $150.

North Island Grand Prix Show
On Saturday and Sunday the 26th and 27th of October I competed at the North Island Grand Prix Show in Show Jumping and Show Hunter.  My two ponies Patch and Disco were both very successful again.  Disco did very well.  On Saturday, she got a 3rd in the 80cm class and a 1st in the 95cm class. Patch got two 2nds in his 60cm Category A Show Hunter Class and two 1sts in his 70cm Category Class.  On Sunday they were both amazing again as Disco got 1st in 90cm class and 6th in our very first 1m class.  Patch was also awesome because he got a 1st in the Handy Hunter Class, two 2nds in the Classic Class and a Normal Hunter Round at 70cm and 60cm.  Patch also got a 3rd in the High Points Class and Reserve Champion.  Altogether I won $235.

By Francesca Bishell
PTA Update
What an awesome way to finish off the PTA’s events for the year. Our BINGO night was a huge success, raising over $3000 for the school. There were some outrageous costumes, the food was great, and everyone had lots of laughs and fun. So a massive thank you to all of our sponsors, everyone who donated a prize and of course to everyone who bought raffle tickets and bid on the auctions. I hope you enjoy your prizes, vouchers and activities.
In my last update I forgot to say congratulations to Room H1 for being the class who donated the most items for the AG Day raffle – they brought in over 100 items - which earned them Dominos Pizza for lunch last week. Well done H1.
While the PTA is taking a small breather after the hectic pace of the past few weeks, we have 2020 in our sights and have booked in the annual Golf Day, and are putting together a schedule of fun events throughout the year so WATCH THIS SPACE!!
Our next meeting is Tuesday 12th November at 9.00am in the board room, all are welcome.

Community Notices
French and Spanish language classes at Waimauku School.
Learn French or Spanish in our fun after school language classes.
Students learn the target language through songs, games and play, classes are open to all students.
Language tutors are native speakers and classes have small numbers which makes this a great learning environment.
Spanish is on Tuesday after school and French is on Wednesday after school from 3.15 to 4pm. 
For bookings and information

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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027 644 3707 or email
Lions Club of Helensville
“The Best Book Fair in the West!”
 23 & 24 November 2019
Helensville War Memorial Hall
Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm.  Books are priced to sell at $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardbacks and all children's books at 50c.  There will be over 400 vinyl LPs on sale.  Small donations of books can be left at Burmester Realty or larger lots call Chris 420 8527. 
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