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Newsletter - Week 10, Term 1

The last week of term 1 is upon us. What a term it has been. Staff and students have worked exceptionally hard to set the year up. There have been many successes and there will be

many more to celebrate as the year progresses.

It was a pleasure to take the year 7 and 8’s to the Leadership day last Thursday. The students were excellent in their execution of the activities, their determination and the way they worked to strengthen their team work skills. Whaea Lara described us as ‘Small and mighty’ and I thought this was very apat.

The Senior leaders and I reflected on the term in our weekly hui. They shared the highlights including ‘Camp, Leadership day and Try-athlon.’

We talked about celebrating our achievements and the way we are committed to our Waitetuna Way - Our school values on a daily basis - Respect, Creativity, Gratitude, Aroha(Friendship), Manaakitanga(Respect), Self control, Confidence, Determination

Hamilton gardens Junior room trip - the students had an amazing time seeing the different gardens. They shared with us how they loved every garden and some really loved

the Giant’s garden. Thanks to Whaea Robyn for making this trip happen for the Junior room students.

Anzac day in the holidays - Wreath competition - Some families have already let me know that they can join us on Sunday 25th August for the Anzac commemoration at 11am. We will be meet outside Zinnia at 10.30 prior to the 11am parade, so that we can all be together as a group.We have created an Anzac day wreath for the Wreath competition. Thanks to Whaea Ali and the Senior students for the wreath they have created.

Mural planning - the Senior room students had a productive session planning the Murals for around our school. We look forward to continuing this journey with the parents who have offered their services.

Garage completion - we are waiting on the fire installation to be completed over the school holidays and then we should finally be able to move in.

Skool Loop calendar - dates - we are working hard to keep all calendars updated. Our calendar on the events page of our school website and our skool loop calendar.

Teacher Only day - tomorrow - Friday 16th April

Hopefully the weather will be fine so kids have plenty of opportunities to get outside and have plenty of breaks from screens - Here are some fun ideas that were always a hit with my kids.

  • Hang a sheet from a tree to make an outside cubby house.

  • (cut to length) crepe streamers in the wind.

  • Eat outside - special family picnic.

  • Do general gardening or plant a vegetable or herb garden.

  • Make an outside obstacle course.

  • Play Backyard games.

  • Blow bubbles.

  • Frills in the Hills has a great recipe for homemade bubble mixture.

  • Do an outside treasure hunt or Create an outdoor play garden - Create a small space of dirt and fill with pots, small rake, bucket, spoons, utensils and solid plastic toys like animal figurines and Make a flower head wreath.

Waikato District Council consultation opened their consultation document as we look to prepare our 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

We have been asked to share this -

Come and see us to chat about our plans for the next ten years Waikato District Council is gearing up to come and see you about its plans for the next ten years. Feedback opened on Wednesday 7 April and closes at 5pm on Friday, 7 May. Our plan, which is reviewed and updated every three years, is asking three key questions this time around. We want to know what general rate increase option you prefer, if we should sell our pensioner housing and if we should continue our inorganic kerbside rubbish collection service. At the same time, we’ll also asking for feedback on user fees and charges, our development contributions policy and the community hall catchment review.

If our preferred option is supported, ratepayers will face a ‘go hard and go early’ 9% average general rate increase in year 1 (2021/22) and then 3.5% for year 2 and 3 of the plan. The other option, a more cautious approach, sets the general rate increase at 7% in year 1, 6% in year 2 and 4% in year 3. Our consultation document is available at all our Council offices and libraries, on our website and by phoning us on 0800 492 452. For more information including having your say, check out

Remember to get your feedback in by 5pm Friday 7 May.

NUT ALLERGY REMINDER - Please note parents that from the 9th May we will have a student who has a nut allergy. The junior room is going Nut free and it would be great if the other rooms . If it is a packaged food that says “Is processed in a factory.

Have a wonderful, safe term break.

Ngaa mihi nui,

Amanda and staff

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