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Newsletter 3
20 May 2020
20 Haratua 2020
School Value for Term 2
Kia ora whanau,
It was a pleasure on Monday to see the laughter and joy on the children's faces as we opened the school after 7 weeks in lockdown. It has been a long time for everyone and staff have spent the last few days reconnecting with their students and re-establishing class routines. A warm welcome to all our new families who have joined us under these extraordinary circumstances and we wish everyone a happy start to school. Unfortunately, our powhiri to welcome new families has had to be cancelled under the Level 2 guidelines. 

Our attendance rate is averaging 92% which is above average for this time of the year and I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as we operate the school under the Level 2 guidelines. Our current practices are working well with lots of hand hygiene and distancing where possible. The drop-offs and pickups in the afternoon are busy but all appears to be working well as everyone adjusts to the new normal.  Thank you once again.

We welcome Mrs. Merieke Theunissen to our school this term.  Mrs. Theunissen has started the new entrant class and will be teaching in Room 19.  We trust that her association with our school will be a long and happy one. 

Please be reminded that if your child is displaying any of the following symptoms (high temperature, coughing, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and shortness of breath) please keep them at home.

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Attendance 92%
Roll 745
What's Coming Up
Please note that the planned Teacher Only Day on 29 May is cancelled.

Friday 29 May - EPRO8
The challenges will be run in-house this year for Y5/6 and Y7/8.  If your child is interested please let us know on Kindo, this is a first come first served event.

Monday 1 June - Queens Birthday Holiday

Friday 5 June - Science Roadshow for Years 5-8
Payment on Kindo.

Wednesday 1 July & Thursday 2 July - Parent Teacher Interviews
Interviews will run between 2pm and 7pm.  Children will be dismissed at 1pm and buses will run as usual.  You can collect children from 1pm if you want to, teachers will supervise all the remaining children until the last bus leaves.  Booking information will be sent out next week.

Friday 3 July - Last day of Term 2

Monday 20 July - First day of Term 3

Monday 10 to Friday 14 August - Camp for Rooms 15,16,17

Monday 17 to Friday 21 August - Camp for Rooms H1, H2, 29 & 30

School Life
Pickup and Drop-Off
Please remember parents are not able to come onto the school grounds for drop-off or collection at the current time unless their children are brand new students.  Parents who come into school for any reason must sign in at the office, even if they are only at school briefly.  
We know this is a big change for some but it's working really well.

Kapa Haka
Last orders for kapa haka hoodies will be Friday 29 May.  You will still be able to order t-shirts on Kindo.  If your child would like to join kapa haka please email this week.

Pool Keys
Please return your pool key to the office, there is a $20 refund available until the end of June.

Please remember students can only travel on the bus they are eligible for.  Please make sure your child knows how they are traveling home as their teacher will mark it on the register at morning roll call to allow us to fulfill our contact tracing obligations.

If you have a child who is turning 5 in the next few months please contact the office to arrange an enrolment pack.

Contact Details
Have you moved house or got a new cellphone?  If your contact details have changed please let us know.
Goodbye bubble classes, Goodbye home learning! 
Hello Level 2, classroom hand sanitising and top court pickups!

Thank you to all our amazing teachers, patient parents and adaptable, resilient students.
It's Charli Currie's birthday today!  Charli's health is vulnerable and she hasn't been able to return to school yet but her classmates have made this beautiful card for her.  Happy birthday Charli!
There were a few big 5 birthdays over lockdown - these little people are a few of our newest students.  Welcome to Room 19!

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
Lost Property
Creative Matters will not be running our after school art classes at Waimauku School this term but they have an amazing online option - a term long course for children aged 6 - 13 which 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 independently.

Creative Matters looks forward to being able to provide face-face lessons again in term 3. Click the link for more info, a free preview or to subscribe for only $97.
Marrzipan Drama is running a special DISCOUNTED short term for the rest of term 2! Students will get to explore different scripts, choose their favourite, audition and be cast as a character, and then record a MOVIE TRAILER for the play. A digital copy will be sent to parents so you can celebrate your child’s achievements by watching it at home with them. 

Marrzipan Drama is a safe space where children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and come out of their shell when they are ready, with the guidance of our wonderful, fun and supportive Marrzipan teachers.

Check out our website for more info or to book a trial class 
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

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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