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Waiau School

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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Tue May 24 05:18pm


Just to let you know that Covid is still around and sneezing seems to be one of the prominent symptoms. Please let your classroom teacher know if you require another box of ‘RAT’ tests and we can send it home with your child.

Please RSVP if you are coming along to the Trail Ride volunteers BBQ on Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing you up at the Rugby Clubrooms.

Many thanks,

The Waiau Team


Newsletter 7, Week 4 Term 2

Mon May 23 04:40pm



Reminder – Cross Country 1.30pm at the Rugby Club. (1.45pm Start) See you there!

Mon May 23 12:42pm

Cross Country POSTPONED!!

Thu May 19 01:37pm

We have made the call to postpone the Cross Country until Next Monday 23rd May same time, same place!

Cross Country is on!

Thu May 19 12:39pm

Cross Country is still on this afternoon. We will meet you at the Rugby Club at approximately 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start. 

Cross Country this Thursday 1:45

Tue May 17 05:26pm

 We will walk to the Domain with our bags. Please remember running shoes, a drink bottle and children can wear their house colours. Have a warm outer layer to pop on after the race.

All races will be starting up behind the Rugby Clubrooms. First race will leave at 1:45pm (yr5&6)

Next will be year 3 & 4, then our speedy year 1 & 2 students will start.

On completion we will have the presentation of certificates.

You are welcome to take your child/children home from the Domain. Please let a teacher know. 

We are  hoping for good weather and lots of cheering and encouragement from our spectators.

See you there,

The Waiau Team




Important info

Thu May 12 01:53pm

12 May 2022


Kia ora,

Just to let you know that tomorrow school will be open as normal. The Area school is having a Teachers Only Day. The buses will be running 20 minutes later for morning pick up and they will leave school earlier (3pm).

There will be no Assembly tomorrow.

Room 2 students have been given their camp forms today.

Fingers crossed for clear days for the trail ride! Thank you to everyone for supporting this huge event.There has been a lot of work happening behind the scenes to ensure it is a successful weekend.

The Waiau Team

Newsletter 6 Week 1 Term 2

Thu May 05 04:21pm


Covid- important information

Tue May 03 10:01am

Kia ora,

Welcome back to Term 2.I will be away this week as I have just tested positive for Covid. The onset of symptoms was very quick and as a precaution students and staff in Room 2 will wear masks when inside this week.

It was lovely to see our students settle quickly back into school. They have started training for the Cross Country and I can already see that this will be a hotly contested event in three weeks.

Take care and keep covid-free.


Beginning of Term information.

Sun May 01 03:11pm

Kia ora,

Welcome back to school.

This term we have Quinn, Frank and Becca joining our school. Belated happy birthday wishes for Evie, Kenzie and Ella. 

If you have children that attend Amuri Area School then the following messages will sound familiar!

As a staff we have discussed our Waiau School approach to mask wearing and Covid 19 and the decision follows along the same lines as Amuri.

If your child is sick nothing changes from last term so please keep your child home and have a low threshold for testing them if you suspect COVID 19. If they test positive, they and all siblings must isolate for 7 days from either the onset of symptoms or the positive result and can return to school on the 8th day. If your child is well… send them to school. As before, please let us know if your child is isolating and well (maybe they need additional home learning to supplement hard packs sent out in Term 1) or isolating and sick (no expectations for home learning).

Parents are now welcome to come on site and will only need to sign in and wear a mask if you wish to come INSIDE a school building. 

A reminder that any person coming into school buildings are normally required to sign in at the office for fire evacuation purposes, regardless of Covid alert status.


Masks for students in class are strongly recommended but not mandatory. With Winter and the ‘flu season approaching, if you still wish for your child to wear a mask that is absolutely fine. We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask.

If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a time.

Trail Ride: Thank you to all of the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything goes to plan.

More information will be in our Newsletter- out on Thursday.


Ngā mihi,

The Waiau Team




Anzac Day Service

Sun Apr 24 06:44pm

– tomorrow at 9:50 for a 10 o’clock start at the Waiau Hall. The students have made a wreath and it would be great to have some students to lay the wreath up at the monument on behalf of the school.

I hope you are all keeping well and are making the most of the great holiday weather.

Ngā mihi,


Move to Orange

Thu Apr 14 07:58am

We are now at Orange. For our children everything will stay the same at school today- masks on buses & in class for year 4 and up. Our staff will meet in the holidays to work out Waiau Schools risk management for the coming weeks . We will contact you before the start of the new term. Have a safe and happy Easter break. The Waiau team

Week 11 Reminders

Mon Apr 11 04:04pm

Mufti Day – This Thursday (last day of term) we are having a mufti day to support Big Brother, Big Sisters North Canterbury. If you would like to support this great cause we will be collecting a gold coin donation. Children are encouraged to dress as someone they look up to!

Fish and Chip Lunch – We will be having our usual end of term Fish and Chip lunch please bring along your order with correct change in a named envelope on Thursday morning. (Menu in newsletter 10)

Easter Cuppa and a Catch Up – Please join us for  a cuppa and a catch up from 2:30pm next Thursday. We would love you to pop in and enjoy a hot cross bun with us.

Anzac Day – This year Waiau is hosting the Anzac Day Ceremony. This week we will be making a wreath for our students to place on the memorial. We would like to invite students that are available on the 25th April to come along and help represent Waiau School. The service starts at the Community Hall at 10am and we can walk up to the Monument together or meet you there. 

PTA Meeting – Postponed until further notice.

School will be closed Good Friday.

Have a wonderful holiday!


Reminder- Please remind children to take their library books to school today.

Fri Apr 01 07:18am

Newsletter 4 Week 8 Term 1

Fri Mar 25 04:34pm



Rat test kits

Wed Mar 23 03:05pm

Kia ora, today we are sending home a RAT kit (5 tests) for each family. Please check with your child. These kits have been kindly donated for our school whānau by Te Tai O Marokura in Kaikoura. The Ministry of Health Unite against Covid website has clear visual instructions on how to use a Rapid Antigen Test. The news out today about the up and coming changes  effective from 4th April to the traffic light system will mean we can soon have our whānau back on site.

Newsletter 3 Week 6 Term 1

Thu Mar 10 05:12pm



Spud in the Bucket Comp 2022

Tue Mar 08 01:58pm

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Hello, school as normal tomorrow, Monday 7th March. We are not having our Tipu Māia Teacher Only Day as previously indicated. Thanks

Sun Mar 06 07:07pm