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Newsletter - Week 4, Term 1 2024

Principal’s Update 

Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau, 

We have had our first school board meeting for 2024. The core role of the board is to oversee the governance of the school. The board sets the strategic direction and goals of the school after consulting with the community. They plan for and report on these goals, overseeing the school's finances and property, sets and reviews policies and managing health and safety. The board is guided by many laws and acts overseen by the Ministry of Education (MOE). Our school board is made up of our principal, a staff representative and five elected parent/community representatives. We all work together to ensure that every student at Waitetuna School can achieve to his or her best potential. Keep an eye on future newsletters to hear more from our board. Our board is made up of Sally Ridley (Board chair), Bernie Marshall (Hapuu), Daniel Bateman (Finance), Bevan Marquand (Health and Safety), Tim Buchanan (Property) and Lorna Dansey, (Secretary and staff rep). Our annual plan goals have come from our strategic plan. 

We have another action-packed few days coming up. Students should have their permission slips in for attending the raft race on Saturday from 12pm-4pm, the food stall would still appreciate helpers and the Senior Room are heading to camp on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to our teachers for making these experiences 


happen for our students. Tumeke Teachers! 

A reminder about teacher only days for 2024. We have one next term set for Mon 27th May and one in term three on Mon 19th Aug. The Term 4 TOD date is still to be confirmed. 

At our Monday morning assembly we were talking about how to keep well to make sure we can be at school everyday. The students gave a fantastic detailed list of ways to ensure we can come to school. Thanks for your support with this. 

I briefly talked about the importance of attending school. Here are some interesting stats showing what happens if a child has nearly one day off a week. Attendance at school is vital for making progress and supporting connections with their peers. We continue to aim for 90% attendance at school . This is a snapshot of what attendance looks like based on days absent from school.

100% - no absence

5 days absent in a year —whole school week-97%

10 days absent in a year– 2 school weeks-94%

20 days absent in a school year—4 school weeks– 1 day a fortnight-90%

40 days absent—8 school weeks—nearly a whole term– quarter of the school year 79% Let’s aim for 90% attendance. We are currently at 88% as a school so let’s push this back up. We appreciate of course that when kids are sick they need to be at home. 

Have a tinoo pai weekend. 

Ngaa mihi Amanda and staff 

All The Happenings 

  • Māui Dolphin Day and the Recy-cled Raft Race to be held: 12-4pm Saturday 2nd of March 2024 at Papahua Reserve in Whāingaroa/Raglan 

  • Senior Camp—Finlay Park—Sunday 3rd March (meet at school 2pm) - until Tuesday 5th March—back at school around 4pm 

  • School swimming sports –12th March—starting 1.15pm 

  • Inter school swimming sports—Thursday 14th March 

  • Wheels Week—from 18th March 

  • Assembly 22nd March 

  • Purple day for Epilepsy—Tues 26th March 

  • School photos—now Term 2– Mon 17th June 

  • Junior Room Day Camp—Thursday 28th March 

  • Good Friday—29th March, 

  • Easter Mon/Easter Tues—School closed—1st April and 2nd April 

  • Last day of term—12th April 

Waitetuna Way

Friendship (Aroha) 

Well done Senna & Charlie M 

Actively listening and responding to others ideas 

Support each other in learning and play 

Work collaboratively in a team 

Encourage with positive words 

Be kind to others 


Together we are growing the seeds of success 

Na too manaaki, na tooku manaaki, ka puawai mai nga kaakano 


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