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Newsletter - Week 2, Term 4



Kia ora Waitetuna whanau,

Wow - what a spectacular trip we had yesterday. This trip gave us a wonderful opportunity to appreciate some impressive sculpture and be able to appreciate sculpture artworks from artists all around the world. We were so lucky with the weather. Thanks to Whaea Ali for making this day happen. I am certainly looking forward to the Raglan Arts trail over the long weekend also. The amazing range of artists in the Raglan community is fantastic. I hope you get to take the time to enjoy your whanau and some down time.


Kapa Haka Tutor - We had our first session with Merehia on Monday. It was great to see the students really persevering with their kapa haka skill learning.

I watched with interest Nigel Latta's latest series on parenting and the helpful, practical three simple parenting tips he reinforced during the episodes. It is always helpful to remind ourselves of these whether our children are two or seventeen. Here are the three simple ABC rules

  • Always remain calm

  • All behaviour is communication

  • Always have a plan

The staff worked with Office Max on Wednesday at our staff meeting and worked with a range of exciting new digital technology resources which we are looking into. These are a great way to supplement our great integration of digital technology in the classroom, whether these activities are plugged or unplugged. American Hot dog lunch - to help the seniors get to the Hillary outdoors cam, we will be doing a hot dog lunch, with gluten free and vegetarian options available, toppings - cheese, sauce and mustard. $3 If your child would like to order more than one can you please let the office know at least the day before so we can make sure we have enough. These will be for sale on Thursday 29th October Music lessons - if you are continuing with music this term can you please ensure payment for the term is made by 28th October.


Calendar art - you will hopefully have seen the order form for calendar art. Your child's art is in the office for your perusal. There are spare order forms at the office. These items make wonderful Christmas presents.

Reminders Key dates for term 4 - these are also on the Google calendar on our school website

Group day - Te Uku School - 23 October Labour day - Mon 26 October - School closed Waikato Show - Thurs 29 October Project Energize - working with students on their athletics skills - 29th October - postponed from this week. Year 8’s at Hillary Outdoors - week 4 Tabloid sports day - Year 1-2 - Fri 6 November Logging truck visiting - 9.15am - Mon 9 November ASB Financial Literacy - 10 November BOT Meeting - Tues 10 November - 5.30pm Junior Trip - Waitakaruru Arboretum - Wed 11 November In class - Read the beach - safety sessions - Fri 13 November

Surf lifesaving day - Raglan - whole school - Tues 17 November

Cricket festival - Fri 20 November School photos - Fri 20 November Wind farm trail run - Sat 21 November Dog safety talk - Mon 23 November School athletics - Tues 24 November School disco - Thurs 26 November Netball exchange with Te Uku - re-match from last term - 27 November

Inter-school athletics day - Mon 30 November Matua X in - Enviro education - 7, 8, 9th December End of Year prize-giving - 5.30pm - Monday 14th December Last day - 16 December - finish at 2pm


Assemblies 23 October (Week 2) 30 October (Week 3) 13 November (Week 5) 27 November (Week 7) 4th December (Week 8)


Term Dates for 2021 Term 1 - starts Tuesday 9th February and finishes on Friday 16th April Easter is during term 1 - Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday(holiday) - 5th/6th April Anzac day - 25th April (in the school holidays) Term 2 - starts Monday 3rd May - finishes Friday 9th July Queen’s birthday - 7th June TOD during Term 2 - TBC Term 3- starts Monday 26th July - finishes Friday 1st October TOD during Term 3 - TBC Term 4 - starts Monday 18th October - finishes Friday 17th December

Hats Children will need to wear full-brimmed hats for term 4 2020 and term 1 2021: We have Waitetuna School hats for purchase at the office at $16 each.


Waitetuna Way award this week go to - Joel for Determination: Ask questions to clarify and extend understanding. Congratulations Riley for your efforts in holidays - Karioi classic, Pukete Spaghetti competition and the National Championship competition.

Kia Ora, Amanda Nasilasila



Together we are growing the seeds of success Na tō manaaki, na tōku manaaki, ka puāwai mai nga kākano

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