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Newsletter 20
4 December 2019
20 Hakihea 
School Value for Term 4
Kia Katou

The count down to the end of term is fast approaching and it is appropriate at this time of year that we say thank you to everyone who has made 2019 the success that it has been. We are fortunate to have a supportive community who want the best for their children and are prepared to help and support the school where needed.  Thank you to all our volunteer parents who take time out of their busy schedules to help and support in various ways, we could not manage without you.  A very big thank you to our PTA who have raised close to $50,000 dollars for the benefit of our students. The fruits of their labour can be seen with the new junior playground shed, the recently laid cricket pitch, the new playground equipment, and the outdoor basketball hoop to name a few. They will also be purchasing 3 new gazebos for added shade during events. Thank you for all your hard work, all is much appreciated. I would also like to extend a very big thank you to all our office and support staff for all their contributions during the year. They are the engine that drives the school and we thank them for that. Lastly but not least, thank you to all the staff and students for making our school the place to be. Your dedication and commitment to educating our children are much appreciated. 

At the end of the year, we will be saying farewell to Miss Dewar in Room 3 who will be taking up her new role at Hillpark in Manurewa. Miss Dewar has in her short time at our school made a huge contribution to our school and will be sadly missed. We wish her all the very best for the future.

Thank you to Mrs. Spray who started one of our new entrant classes this year. We know that the children in your class have got off to a very good start with their schooling careers. All is much appreciated.

Next week we look forward to our end of year prize givings. This is a celebration of our academic year and an acknowledgment of the hard work the students have put into their studies. We wish them well. 

Best of luck to all of our Year 8s as they move onto their respective high school's next year. We know that they have been well prepared and we look forward to hearing about their future successes. 

May I take this opportunity of wishing everyone a very festive Christmas and a relaxing holiday. If driving, travel safe, and we hope to see everyone return in the new year, 

Kind regards,

Gary Pasfield
Waimauku School

Roll 802
Attendance 90.56%
What's Coming Up 

Band Night - Wednesday 4 December at 7:30pm in the hall
Senior student musical performances.  All welcome, koha at the door

EPro8 - Thursday 5 December
A Team, 5pm at Mt Roskill Intermediate

Jandal Day - Friday 6 December
Students can wear jandals and bring a gold coin to support Muriwai Surf Club

EPro 8 - Friday 6 December
Frankfurter Team, leaving school at 8:55am

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 at 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 at 7:30pm

Last Day of Term - Wednesday 18 December

School finishes at 12pm, buses all run early.
Important Dates for Next Year

Term One
Wednesday 5 February to Wednesday 8 April

Teacher only day            Thursday 30 January
Teacher only day             Friday 31 January 
Goal setting interviews    Monday 3 February 
Goal Setting interviews   Tuesday 4 February 
First full day of school     Wednesday 5 February
Waitangi Day                  Thursday 6 February 
Teacher only day             Thursday 9 April     
Good Friday                    Friday 10 April (during term break)
Easter Monday                Monday 13 April (during term break)
Easter Tuesday               Tuesday 14 April (during term break)
Term Two
Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July

Anzac Day                       Monday 27 April 
Teacher only day              Friday 29 May
Queen's Birthday              Monday 1 June

Term Three
Monday 20 July to Wednesday 16 December

Tern Four
Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December

Agriculture Day                Friday 16 October/Saturday 17 October
Labour Day                      Monday 26 October
Teacher only day              Tuesday 27 October

School Life

Back to school stationery is available right now to purchase online through Office Max.  Avoid the rush to the stationery shops and get it delivered. The website to visit is or free phone 0800 724 440. Enter Waimauku School and follow the instructions. Order online between 1-31 December 2019, then choose when you pay and when to deliver; added to that you will receive a free A5 magnetic shopping list and menu planner! Free delivery is offered on orders over $46, conditions apply.  Stationery is not available for purchase at school before March. 

All children should now have their unique shoot key for the class and team photos.  You will need to log on to and follow the straight forward ordering process to order online.  The free delivery deadline is midnight Sunday 8th December.  Orders made after this date will incur a $6 delivery charge.  The school office has a small supply of envelopes for those who are unable to order online.

Pool Keys
Pool keys are now on sale for $130, please pop in to the office if you would like one.

Books and Readers
Please return any library books and readers to school this week.

Chicken Pox
A number of students at school have the chicken pox virus.  The first symptoms are often fever, headache, tiredness and a runny nose, and a red rash follows one to two days later.  People with chicken pox need to stay away from school and all public places until all the spots have dried up.  There is a vaccine for chickenpox, if you are interested please talk to your doctor.

Please let the office know by email, phone or through the website if your child is going to be absent at any time or if they will be finishing the term early.

Lazy Sneakers
We are supporting Lazy Sneakers which is an initiative started by a teenager called Maia from Wellington.  Lazy Sneakers is a sneaker bank project collecting reusable good conditioned sneakers from the community and distributing them for free to people who need them.  If you drop shoes off to Room 14 they will be cleaned and sent to Point England school so the kids there can play, participate and reach their potential.  You can read more about it at
We are once again offering the chance for Waimauku School students to borrow books from our Library over the Summer holidays.

There is strong evidence to prove that reading gains made during the year can be significantly affected during what is known as the Summer reading slide, so that weeks and sometimes months can be spent at the beginning of the next school year, trying to help students catch up to their reading levels from the previous year.

We are hoping to help prevent this happening and at the same time to make children see that reading can be a fun Summer activity and also to ensure that more of our library collection is in circulation.

Towards the beginning of December your child will be offered a Summer holiday borrowing pass to bring home for you to sign and return to the Library.  They can then issue their books during the last week of school. 

Please encourage your children to take part in this fabulous opportunity.

Student Achievement
EPro8 Semi Finals
Congratulations to all our teams who competed at the EPro8 semis and good luck to The A Team and The Frankfurters who have qualified for this week's finals!
NW Athletics
Congratulations to our 23 athletes who made it through to the North West Athletics Competition.
Auckland Athletics
12 of our outstanding track and field athletes went to the Auckland Interzone Athletics Championships at Mount Smart stadium last week.  It is an amazing experience to compete at this level, and our congratulations go out to Bella Brott who placed 5th in the long jump and Finn Carpenter who placed 5th in the 800m and 8th in the 1500m.
PTA Update
As 2019 draws to an end the PTA would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the parents, caregivers, extended families, shops, businesses and companies which have donated, sponsored, volunteered, bought things, lent things and just basically helped out the PTA this year. You have been amazing and we just couldn’t have done it with out you. Together we have had a hugely successful and fun year and we look forward to 2020. If you would like to be part of the PTA in 2020, please come along to our evening AGM on the 9th of March. We have some exciting events lined up for next year and while it can be a lot of work, it is also a lot of fun and very rewarding too. Below are a few photos to celebrate and showcase some of the PTA events of 2019 and what the funds raised have provided for the school this year. Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year to all.
Upcoming PTA events:
5 March 2020 – Annual Golf Day
9 March 2020 – PTA AGM 7pm in the staffroom – all welcome.

Community Notices

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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TERM 1 2020 at Waimauku School | MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS 3pm - 5pm

Dare to Explore (Kia Maia te Whai) Summer Reading Adventure

Looking for fun, free ways to keep your Children/ tamariki learning and building their reading skills over summer? Sign up for Kia Māia te Whai- Dare to Explore, Auckland Libraries’ summer reading programme for children aged 5-12 years.


Don’t miss out! You can register online from 18 November at and collect your free booklet from any one of the 54 Auckland libraries from December 9th onwards. This is a great activity to do with friends, so encourage your child’s buddies to come along and join the adventure. Fill your children’s summer holidays with exciting challenges and take part in the free activities offered at your local library. There will be parties at the end of the programme to celebrate your success.


Children can join the programme from home, at the library, online, or away on holiday. 

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