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Newsletter 9
12 August 2020
12  Here-turi-kōkā 2020
School Value for Term 3
Mana Whakahaere/Responsibility
Kia ora Whanau,

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the move to Level 3 school will close at midday today, and remain closed until next week.  There will be no online teaching this week.  Teachers are now preparing in case Level 3 is extended next week and they will be contacting you in the next few days to re-establish online communication.  

If you are an essential worker and need to send your child to school please contact the office as soon as possible so we can discuss what this will look like for your child.

On a more positive note... perfect weather last week heralded in the running of our annual senior school cross country competition. It was very satisfying seeing many of our students showing resilience in completing the grueling course and achieving their personal goals. Thank you to all the parents who managed to come along to support their children and to the teachers for organising the run. 

Our Year 7s took part in the local book battle competition last week and acquitted themselves very well. The competition was tough and we were placed 4th in the comp. Well done to these students who did our school very proud.

Our 3 senior netball teams entered te NW competition last week and did exceptional well by being placed 1st and 2nd in their respective grades. Our boys team also did very well by beating Colwill in the final. Well done everyone.

The refurbishment of Rooms 5-8 is underway but will be on pause for the moment.  The swimming pool filtration plant has been replaced and minor repairs to the pool have been completed.  Other projects to be completed in the near future include; the replacement and resurfacing of the top court; the replacement of the carpeting in the administration and library block, the building of an office space attached to the Sunroom; the building of a storeroom attached to the back of the hall to store all the hall furniture etc; early next year we will see the extension and covering of the backcourt creating a multi-purpose sports area. We hope to have this area operational for our centenary celebrations in March. We will also see the construction of our new 8 learning spaces. it is a busy time ahead for our school and I thank everyone in advance for any inconvenience the build might be causing. Every effort will be made to have very little effect on our children's learning.

Please take a look at some of our recent updates on our school website. We have created a learning resources page which we will be keeping current and up to date. Our cyber safety page also has some good information regarding keeping your child/ children safe online. Parents can utilise the free licenses to get 'insights'' into their children's computer use.

Kind regards,

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Attendance 90%
Roll 774
What's Coming Up
Please note further events may be postponed depending on the level of alert we are at.
Kaipara College Visit - Postponed

Kaipara Cross Country - Cancelled

Camp for Rooms H1, H2, 29 & 30 - To be advised

Board of Trustees Meeting - Wednesday 19 August at 6pm

Mathex Competition - Thursday 20 August

Competitors will be contacted as to whether this event is going ahead

Chick Delivery Day - Friday 21 August at 3pm 

NW Cross Country - Tuesday 25 August
We need a first aider for this event, please contact if you can help

Speech Competition - Friday 28 August
Parents are welcome to attend at Waimauku War Memorial Hall, 24 Waimauku Station Road.  Y5/6 starts at 9:30am.  Y7/8 starts at 11:30am

Auckland Cross Country - Tuesday 1 September
We need a first aider for this event, please contact if you can help

School Life
Ag Day
Save the date - Ag Day is on Friday 16 October / Saturday 17 October this year.  

Registrations are open now on Kindo for students who wish to compete with their
lambs, calves, goats, cats and dogs.

Ag Day Chicks are being delivered on Friday 21 August.  If you have ordered chicks an adult will need to collect them at 3pm.

This Week Is Maths Week!
Maths Week has been running for 23 years with over 250,000 teachers and students participating around the country.  During the week our Maths Team Leaders run fun activities to encourage our students to love the challenge of maths.
If your child is vomiting or has diarrhoea they will need to stay at home for 48 hours after the last incident.

ASB Get Wise 
Thank you to the ASB for coming in to teach our students how to be clever with cash and learn good money habits from an early age.

Book Battle
Waimauku School recently entered two Year 7/8 teams in the Northwest Schools Book Battle held at Te Manawa.  This is an annual quiz designed to test students' knowledge of books.  Both teams performed very well, with the team of Brianna Hoy, Matai Harrison, Tiki Iti Atkinson and Natalie Osmond finishing just outside the top three in fourth place.  Congratulations to all who took part and for your outstanding knowledge of a wide range of books.
NW Netball Y7/8 Tournament
Spring was in the air at Te Pai Courts last week.  We entered three senior teams, and the Year 7s came second, Year 8s came first and the Boys Year 7 team also won.  A fantastic result - well done everyone!
Cross Country
It was a great day for our Tongariro and Ngauruhoe Cross Country Races this year and our students showed great stamina.  The course is a real challenge for our students and our winners are to be commended.
Y5 Girls Winner Abby Callaghan, 2nd Florence Pritchard, 3rd Maggie Donne
Y5 Boys Winner Clay Lincoln, 2nd Levi Lum, 3rd Kobie Jensen
Y6 Girls Winner Annabel Webber, 2nd Hayley Sutherland, 3rd Ella Ross
Y6 Boys Winner Robert Richmond, 2nd Isaac Gaites, 3rd Equal Jake Kensington & Kai Pineda
Y7 Girls Winner Kaylen McNabney, 2nd Charlotte Catty, 3rd Brenna Wright
Y7 Boys Winner Finn Lawler, 2nd Kingston Kerlin, 3rd Axl Walls
Y8 Girls Winner Rosa Pritchard, 2nd Lulu Wood, 3rd Sophia Holmes
Y8 Boys Winner Lucas Gudopp, 2nd Paddy Jamieson, 3rd Samuel Francis
Our hockey teams competed with gusto at the North West Hockey Tournament in Albany - well done everyone!
Lamb Pen
The lamb pen has been such a huge success so far with a dozen or more lambs coming in to "daycare" on some days.  We hope this initiative is making it possible for more of our students to have the wonderful experience of lamb ownership. More info on lambs, the lamb pen and Ag Day can be found on our website

Register now on Kindo if you want to bring your lambs, goats, calves, dogs and cats to Ag Day.

Student Voice
Bubble Art
Our brand new collaborative art piece was installed in the library this week.  When we returned to school after lockdown all our students contributed a bubble as a response to their experiences during lockdown.  This art piece represents all the individual bubbles joining together once again as our school community.

A huge thanks to Mrs O'Connor from Room 22 who bought the pieces together with such stunning results.

Feel free to visit the Library and see it for yourself.
The PTA had a great meeting on Monday with lots of positive discussion and ideas. Ag Day planning is well underway, thank you to all those businesses who have already committed to supporting this event including Waimauku Automotive and Tree Adventures.
The group confirmed approval to purchase new games for the school’s  lunchtime clubs including boardgames, stacking cups and Lego and also agreed in principle to fund an upgrade to outdoor play equipment in the junior playground and to replace the broken seesaw in the top court playground. Costs / designs are yet to be finalised, however, our Ag Day fundraising will largely go towards these structures so watch this space!
Ag Day is looking busier than ever with Breakfast Baps on the menu as well as lots of fun activities and games for the kids (and parents) including a Lego Walk of PAIN!! The PTA is still happily accepting any toys, puzzles, kids activity packs etc which we can use as prizes on the day. In total we need over 2000 small prizes / prize packs for the kids to win, so anything you can donate is greatly appreciated.

Community Notices
The Lions Club of Huapai/Kumeu are holding their Book Fair to raise funds for local community projects, so please help us.

When:  Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August, 9am to 2pm
Where: Kumeu Community Centre, Access Road. Kumeu

If you have any good, unwanted books, especially kid's books, hardback or paperback, CDs, DVDs or records you wish to donate, please drop them off to:
Kumeu Community Centre, 35 Access Road (Lions Room)
(from 17-27 August - not on Sunday 23rd as church services are held.

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.

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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