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Waiau School is a warm and vibrant school with a supportive community at its heart. We are proud of our school with its caring family environment and child-centred approach to learning.

We believe in our Kia ū ki te ako philosophy, we strive to ensure all our learners are equipped with the skills to become learners for life. Our school is caring, inclusive and collaborative with our tamariki at the heart of all we do.

Our community

Links us to the physical connections we share with our whenua, and ties our school in with the people of our place.

Our Growth

Implores us to continue to make positive changes for ourselves, our community, our environment, and our world.

Our Success

Ensures we are meeting the needs of our learners, and ensures we celebrate all our achievements.

Our Future

Encourages us to view our learning in the present to be adaptable to the ever changing worlds our learners will move into.


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This weeks newsletter: Production & Pet Show Addition

Mon Sep 27 03:36pm


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Reminder Dog Dosing for Pet Day tomorrow.

Thu Sep 23 04:11pm

Dogs must be dosed for hydatids. Sarah Williams at North Canterbury Veterinary Clinic has offered to do this on Friday 24th September at 2.30 – 3.30pm at the school. Cost of either $4 or $10 depending on the size and previous dosages We also encourage dogs to be vaccinated for parvo. All dog owners must show a certificate to show that the dosing has been done. No certificate, no entry.

Reminder assembly 2.30pm today. We would love to see you there!

Fri Sep 17 02:07pm

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Thu Sep 16 04:59pm



Trailride Meeting, Thursday 7.30pm

Wed Sep 15 02:36pm

Hi Everyone, there has been a Trailride meeting set for this Thursday night at 7.30pm in the school library. There will be a debrief session followed by the structure and planning for our 2022 Trailride. Hopefully you can make it!

Ahiahi (afternoon), if you have any large cardboard boxes, please send them to school. We need them for props for the production! Thanks

Mon Sep 13 03:16pm

Morning, Gobus has decided that it is too dangerous for buses to run. No buses today. School is open if you can safely make it.

Fri Sep 10 07:59am

Evening, Waiau Schools production is set for Wednesday the 29th of September. Pet day is set for Friday, 1st of October. Mark those dates!

Thu Sep 09 08:39pm

Unfortunately covid restrictions will apply but we are working hard to make these events happen. More information will come home soon. 

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Tue Aug 31 09:23pm



School is closed until Monday.

Tue Aug 17 09:16pm

Ngā mihi

We hope all is well. You would have heard the news that New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm tonight. 
This means Waiau School will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. No buses will be running. Due to Alert Level 4 our school will not be open for staff or for essential workers children. 

We will be in touch soon. 

Kind regards, 

The Waiau School Team,  

Buses are running normally tomorrow! Enjoy the sun!

Tue Aug 10 05:23pm

Ngā mihi o te po, Waiau School will be OPEN for instruction tomorrow.

Mon Aug 09 07:43pm

The Leslie hills bus is running, but we need to wait until morning to hear if the inland road and leader road buses are running. 

Keep warm!

Ngā mihi, Waiau School will be OPEN tomorrow. Gobus has decided that buses will NOT be running tomorrow. Keep safe in the snow!

Sun Aug 08 06:32pm

Ngā mihi team! To celebrate a special birthday boy tomorrow we are having a pajama day tomorrow! Wear your pajamas to school tomorrow!

Thu Aug 05 04:02pm

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Mon Jul 26 04:16pm



Morena, to keep waste down please bring an empty plate to our matariki celebration this afternoon.

Fri Jul 09 08:19am

We will make the food, you just need to bring a plate!

End of Term Celebration – Reminder

Wed Jul 07 09:07pm

This Friday the 9th of July at 1.35pm we will be celebrating Matariki, the opening of our new playground and the re-vamp of our school garden and new fruit trees. The children will be performing some waiata and sharing the food they have prepared with the help of Serina through the Zero Waste Cooking Programme. We also have a special guest Mayor Marie Black joining us in our celebrations.

We hope to see you all there!

Reminder – Ski Forms due back asap.

Tue Jul 06 04:40pm

Please send ski forms back asap so we have time to arrange transport as our trip is for the first week back of Term 3.

Student Led Conferences -Tomorrow and Wednesday

Sun Jul 04 08:52pm

Forms were sent on on Friday with confirmed times. Please check the school bag if you have not seen yours!