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Assembly – Today at 2.15pm

Fri Sep 30 11:13am

Our final assembly for this term will be this afternoon at 2.15pm in the Library.

Please join us for a cuppa and a catch up afterwards.

Fish’n’chip Friday / Mufti Day Tomorrow – See menu attached

Thu Sep 29 04:10pm


Kaikōura trip info

Wed Sep 28 02:27pm





Wednesday 28th September


Kaikoura Day Trip

Thursday, 29th September


Kia ora,

At this stage we will be travelling to Kaikoura tomorrow. We will email and send an App message by 8am if we have to cancel the trip.

Here are some reminders so we all get the best out of the day-

Please send along booster seats for those that require them
Packed lunch and a drink bottle of water
A raincoat and a towel ( incase we hit wet weather at the rock pools)
Children are to wear correct school uniform

Our plans for the day are as follows:

            Leave from school at 8:30am ( Families up near Mt Lyford will travel from there)

Head to Hapuku School to present our Kapa Haka items and have morning tea ( approx 9:45-11:30)

Drive to Scarborough Street to view Ngā Niho Pa site ( 11:30-12:00)

Head to South Bay- Parking in the car park on the right opposite the race track. Walk over to the Statues on the corner.

Get back into vehicles, drive to Rock Pools at the end of South Bay

Have lunch and then complete tasks- locating and identifying various rock pool creatures

We will then pack up and be ready to head back along the Inland Road route leaving approx 2pm, returning to school shortly after 3 in time for the buses.

Hapuku School is  about 5 minutes out of Kaikōura on the right hand side of the road to Blenheim.

Thank you to all of the parents that are transporting us over to Kaikōura.

Ngā mihi,

The Waiau Team

Newsletter 15, Week 9

Fri Sep 23 04:21pm



Book Week book exchange

Wed Sep 21 08:08am

This will happen today at lunchtime. If your child/ren have a book they are allowed to swap with another child please send along the book this morning with the signed permission slip inside. No books will be swapped unless we have your permission. This is a Book Week event and  is open to those who wish to exchange books. This book exchange does not involve our Scholastic books on sale in the hall.

We can’t wait to see students dressed in their favourite book character costumes. Parade will start around 9:30 on the court/ library verandah if wet.

Reminder – Working Bee, Friday 2pm

Thu Sep 08 01:14pm

The school will hold a working bee on the 9th of September at 2pm – Students will be involved and help with gardening/weeding and a few maintenance jobs.

Please bring along some tools, gloves, secateurs, spades and even a wheelbarrow if you can transport it. Early BBQ/Sausage sizzle to be held after. BYO Refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Important info

Thu Sep 01 08:41pm

Thanks to all of the parents that provided transport and support at yesterday’s events. Waiau School children had a superb day at both locations and their behaviour was exemplary. It is great to get back to mixing with other local schools.

We have the Mairehau High School Music Concert on tomorrow at the Waiau Hall at 10:30. You are most welcome to come along.

We won’t be holding our Assembly tomorrow. 

Next Friday is our Working Bee, so we may move the assembly to another afternoon for next week. We will let you know on Monday.

Have a good weekend.


The Waiau Team

Mufti Day – Tomorrow!

Wed Aug 31 04:51pm

Tomorrow, Thursday we will be observing Daffodil Day support the Cancer Society. The children can wear mufti to school. If you would like to support this great cause a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Mufti Day – Next Thursday

Wed Aug 31 04:26pm

Tomorrow, Thursday we will be observing Daffodil Day support the Cancer Society. The children can wear mufti to school. If you would like to support this great cause a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Reminder – We have school photos today.

Tue Aug 30 08:22am

Children to be in correct school uniform please. If you did not return your sibling photo form please return today.

Newsletter 13, Week 5

Fri Aug 26 05:00pm


Please find the link to this week’s newsletter:


The Waiau School Team

Ski Trip Tomorrow

Thu Aug 18 03:29pm

If you arrive at the ski field early (before 9) feel free to go and get skis, boots and helmets before the rush. This will mean getting everyone skiing alot faster!

Thanks fingers crossed for a good day!

Learning Packs

Mon Aug 15 08:16am

Learning hard packs
These packs of learning materials were provided way back in Term 1 and we would like them to be sent back to school so that we can update them. Please send the plastic zip lock bag of school resources back by this Thursday. Your child can keep the photocopied activities- we just require the reading books and maths books back.

Many thanks,

The Waiau Team

Good morning, school is open today and buses are running.

Tue Aug 09 08:02am

No buses running today as School is closed Monday 8th August. Take care and keep warm.

Mon Aug 08 07:52am

Reminder: We have assembly at 2.30pm today. We would love for you to join us!

Fri Aug 05 11:47am

Newsletter 11, Week 1 Term 3

Thu Jul 28 07:51pm



Beginning of Term 3 news

Sun Jul 24 05:03pm

Kia ora,

 We hope you have all had a great break and managed to make the most of the rare appearances of the sun! We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and a warm ‘Waiau’ welcome back to Sadie and the Simspon family. 

Belated happy birthday wishes for Billie, Victoria, Charlotte and Benji. We hope you all celebrated in style over the break.

Congratulations to Billie, Mia and family on the much awaited arrival of their newest family member.

Skiing trip forms will be sent home on Monday. Our first day of skiing is on the 19th August.

The weather does not look very promising for this week, possibly a great week for gumboots and a pair of inside shoes for school.

Our newsletter will go out this week, however, we have an important  message from the Ministry of Education to share with you prior to the new term starting.

Masking up for the start of Term 3 


In previous years we have found there is an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after travelling and socialising during the holidays. This year cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are also seeing high numbers of other winter illnesses.  


For the start of Term 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all schools for the first four weeks of term wear masks in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning – see below) for students in Years 4 and above.  


This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, playing certain musical instruments, indoor sport, where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs), certain activities such as singing or drama performance on stage, and PE. In these situations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity, and physical distancing where practicable. 


Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination, good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff.  

Keep up healthy habits – Unite Against COVID-19


Please make sure that tamariki/ākonga come to school ready to wear masks. We have a good supply of masks enabling our students to have access to fresh masks regularly.

Thank you for your support in protecting our school community. 


Noho ora mai, 

The Waiau Team 

Waiau School School Board Elections Parent Election Notice

Thu Jul 14 07:36pm

Waiau School
School Board Elections – Parent Election Notice

Nominations are open for the election of 3 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form via email. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations an information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms or a paper copy, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 3 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.  

Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September 

Signed Liv Pinckney

Returning Officer

Missing glasses

Sat Jul 09 12:36pm


Could you please check your child/ren’s school bags incase a pair of black bifocal glasses have managed to catch a ride back to your house for the holidays! 

The glasses belong to Deacon, and as you can imagine we would like to locate them as soon as possible. 

We are just checking all options, and one is that they may have been popped into a school bag.

If you do find them please let me know  0274745340.

Enjoy the next two weeks,


Fish’n’chip Friday/ Mufti Day tomorrow

Thu Jul 07 08:52pm

We will be taking orders for lunch from Brenda’s on Lyndon. So please bring along your order with correct change in a named envelope on tomorrow morning.

Students are welcome to wear mufti clothing.

We would also love you to join us for assembly at 2.30pm! 



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