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Newsletter 145  
18 November / 18 Whiringa-ā-rangi 2020
School Value for Term 4

Kia ora koutou,
On Friday 13 November, Minister Hipkins announced the National Education Learning Priorities (NELP), which has seven key priorities agreed by Cabinet.  Underpinning these priorities is to develop strong connections with family, whānau and community. We as a school community do have strong connections with our families and this was clearly demonstrated with the good response we had from our consultation with the community as we develop our new vision for 2021 and beyond. Thank you to everyone who took the time out to participate in the discussions.

There is a buzz at school at the moment as the year 5/6s prepare to leave on the completion of their camp. Their camp was cut short after the second lockdown and we wish them all a happy and safe camp.

Thank you to our senior students who represented our school at the Armistice Day service at the RSA on the 11th November. We can be very proud of our students as they carry out some community service.  Many thanks to our gardener Ms Stewart, who makes the wreath for the service every year. Your contribution is much appreciated. 

Several of our student leaders attended a student leadership conference last week in Auckland and by all accounts, everyone really enjoyed what was a very inspirational day. 

It is athletics season again and our students have been competing at the Kaipara Schools Competition. The great weather added to another successful competition and my congratulations to everyone who took part. I have received some lovely feedback on the sportsmanship of our students.

' I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours at the Kaipara Athletics on Friday with the year 4 boys. This group of boys was absolutely wonderful to watch! The competitiveness between them was great, but also the camaraderie that is obvious in their friendship, they knew who and what each other’s strong activities were and they were all right there cheering and praising good results. Well mannered, funny, and a pleasure to witness. I can see Waimauku having a great group of sportsmen in the coming years!  They are a credit to their teachers and Waimauku School'

My sincere thanks to the PTA who organised the annual disco last week. The time and effort put into the organisation, catering and decorating of the hall are much appreciated. We are very grateful for having such a dedicated group of parents.

Kind regards,

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Roll 797
Attendance 92%
What's Coming Up

Camp for Rooms 15,16,17 - Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 November

NW Athletics - Thursday 19 November

Athletes leave at 8am for Trust Stadium

Whanau Hui - Monday 23 November
6pm in the staffroom, all welcome

Senior Band Night - Wednesday 25 November
7:30pm in the hall, all welcome, koha entry

Camp for Rooms 29,30,H1,H2 - Mon 7 to Wed 9 December
There is a new permission form for this camp - please make sure you have completed it on Kindo

Year 1/2 Prizegiving - Tuesday 8 December at 9:30am

Year 3/4 Prizegiving - Tuesday 8 December at 11:30am

Year 7/8  Prizegiving - Wednesday 9 December at 9:30am

Year 5/6 Prizegiving - Thursday 10 December at 9:30am

Citizenship Assembly - Friday 11 December at 9:30am

Reports Sent Home - Friday 11 December

Senior Graduation Social - Friday 11 December

Last Day of School - Monday 14 December

School finishes at 12pm, all buses will run early

Goal Setting Interviews - Tuesday 2 February
Goal Setting Interviews - Wednesday 3 February
First Full day of school - Thursday 4 February

School Life
Do your Christmas shopping on Kindo! 
We have some fantastic new fundraiser items on Kindo which are available until Friday 27 November.  Lots of great gift ideas, all provided by creative NZ small businesses.  All the orders will be delivered to school by 4 December. 

Howick Village
The senior trip to the Howick Historical Village was a fun way to learn about everyday life in Auckland in the 1800s.  
Christmas at the Showgrounds 
Our kapa haka and ukulele group are performing at Christmas at the Showgrounds on December 4.  This fun family event is replacing the Kumeu Santa Parade this year.

The rain held off long enough to hold our annual Senior Athletics Day and it was wonderful to have parent supporters once again.  Congratulations to all our talented athletes who qualified for the Kaipara Athletics. 
Armistice Day
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1 which took effect at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  Each year members of our Student Council members attend the Armistice Service at the Waimauku RSA and present a wreath.
Photographer Wanted
The Centenary Committee is looking to hire a photographer for the celebrations in March 2021.  They need someone for Friday 19 March from 6pm till 8pm, Saturday 20 March from midday till 3pm for the group photos and from 6pm til 8:30pm.  Please email if you are interested.

SOS Trip Refunds
Sadly, the Year 3 and 4 trip to SOS had to be cancelled.  Please email Nicky at with your bank account number and name and the name of your child and their room number for a refund, or to let her know if you would like your refund transferred to donations or something else.

The end of year stocktake in the Library is now in process and we will not be issuing any more books after Friday 20 November.

All books must to be returned to the Library by Friday 27 November.  Your cooperation in assisting your child is most appreciated.  

If all their books have been returned, or paid for if lost, we encourage the students to take books out over the school holidays.  More information about how this will work will be sent out soon.

Rhys Darby
Super talented author and comedian Rhys Darby entertained a spellbound audience last Friday.  

Signed copies of Rhys Darby's new book are still available on Kindo - but the last day is Thursday 19 November.

Alexis Fagan has been accepted into the prestigious Cygnet Netball Programme at Westlake Girls High School.  Well done Alexis!

There was some excellent cricketing to be seen when our Year 5/6s competed at the NW Cricket Tournament. 
Congratulations to Esme, Jess, Bailey, Tarrin, Kaitlyn, Isla, Florence, Ella, Hanalei and Calliope - our Year 5/6 Girls team who were the winners!

Pool Keys
Pool keys are on sale on Kindo or from the office for $130 and the pool will be open from 1 December.  If you have last year's key please return it asap, they won't work this year.

Group Day
It takes a lot of care to hand raise a young animal and the hard work has resulted in some great success for our students at Group Day.  Congratulations to our high achieving students:

Unique Builders Cup for Lamb High Jump - Sam Wilson-Vogler & Snowy
Bolger Family Cup for Lamb Leading  - Joshua Rawlinson & Hummer
Neil McCathie Cup for Intermediate Wool  - Ethan Wilson-Vogler & Minnow
Carodale Cup for Senior Wool - Katie Lovell & Kenya 
South Kaipara Schools Group Day Cup for Best 3 matched wool lambs from one school - Waimauku School 
Champion - FH Bishop Cup for Wool - Katie Lovell & Kenya
Reserve Champion - Lamb High Jump - Sam Wilson-Vogler & Snowy
Hulbert Family Sassari Cup for  Junior Goat Rearing & Grooming - Emmerson Drabble & Dash
Straight Edge Builders Cup for Senior Goat Rearing and Grooming - Holly Mellor & Gary
Technopak Cup for Best 3 matched goats from one school - Waimauku School
Champion - Dairy Flat Cup for Goat Rearing and Grooming - Holly Mellor & Gary
Reserve Champion - Goat Rearing and Grooming - Emmerson Drabble & Dash
Intermediate School Ribbon Day
Rebecca and Makaiah were teamed with Poppy and Rebecca from Mangatangi School for the Intermediate School Ribbon Day.  After a 5am start, they had a great day at Clevedon Showgrounds. Classes in the morning were flat work, followed by jumping classes in the afternoon. Points given for placing a in each event. Our team came 5th overall out of 12 teams.
No Dogs Please
Please remember that dogs are not allowed on the school grounds.  We have had after school and weekend visitors making a mess.
Student Voice
Room 3 have been learning the art of tie-dye with these colourful t-shirts.

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
Creative Matters art classes after school are back in term 3 at Waimauku School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3pm - 5pm. Bookings now open

Our online option is also available -
This is a term long course for children aged 6 - 13 that teaches visual arts skills and encourages creative thinking.
It's very much structured in the same way as their popular after school classes, with instructional teaching videos presented by Mandy (CEO), and fun art projects that can be completed at home.

Waimauku Lions hope to have a large Garage Sale on
Saturday 7 November.   Do you have any items that you would like to give your local Lions Club to sell?  We are fundraising for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.  Any good items welcome including books, sale-able furniture (no lounge suites), crockery or onraments etc.  (No old TVs or whiteware please).  Please phone 09 411 7714 or 09 4117043 for more inforamtion.  

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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