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Newsletter - Week 3, Term 2 2022

Principal’s Update

Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau,

Trail run—every year we have a large fundraising event called the Waitetuna Trail Run. Last year it was decided by the Trail Run Committee, School Board and PTA that the Trail Run would not go ahead in 2021 due to the Covid settings, and be postponed until November of 2022. Hamish and Julie Ormond allow the Waitetuna Trail Run to happen on their farm. This year the current Trail Run Committee would like to step down and be able to transition a new crew into this role. This is a varied role and your commitment to this doesn’t need to be huge. The Trail Run’s future is dependent on our school community getting involved. You will have support to run this and without this event our school’s funding would be depleted. Let’s get behind this school and community event. Please contact Julie Ormond - 0272725502 for more information.

We have some Covid tests available at school if you require some. Please email office or Principal and we can get some to you.

Valuing attendance—it is really good to see our school attendance data is well above the national average. It is a great achievement considering what we were dealing with in term 1. Knowing that children have to be kept at home when unwell but need to be at school when they are well is important. Thank you parents for sharing the positive attendance message with your children. Keep up the great mahi.

Have a great weekend. My son decided to start playing rugby again so I will be watching rugby on Saturday afternoon.

Ngaa mihi Amanda and staff.

Matua Paul—nau mai ano—welcome back. Paul was back to revisit Para Kore (Zero waste) concepts with students in the Middle and Senior Rooms.

All The Happenings

  • School Disco—Friday 10th June—5.30 -7pm— date added—While we remain in Orange the Senior Student leadership team want to organise a disco as we were not able to have a disco last year.

  • Queen’s birthday—Monday 6th June

  • Matariki—public holiday— 25th June

  • Matariki—shared lunch Thursday 30th June

  • Ki-o-rahi—Year 7 and 8’s—Friday 1st July

  • Science Roadshow—Thursday 7th July—TBC

  • Inventiator Crew—to our right—23rd May-26th May—Lenox, Canyon, Xander, Toby and Theo—our entrepreneurs planning their product brief to ‘pitch’ to an online national audience.

  • Assembly—Friday 27th May

  • Friday lunch—Cheese Burgers—3rd June

Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day is a timely reminder for all us in speaking up against bullying. Students have been revisiting the importance of thinking before you speak and speaking up if some-thing is said that makes you feel hurt or uncomfortable. Pink Shirt Day started when a student was bullied because they wore a pink shirt to school in Canada. Now this worldwide event is an important day on our school calendar. It is a fun theme with a very serious focus/message.

Waitetuna Way

Well done to Heidi Hook and Phoenix Rata for Showing respect by actively listening to


Together we are growing the seeds of success

Na tō manaaki, na tōku manaaki, ka puāwai mai nga kākano

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