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Newsletter - Week 5, Term 4 2022



Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau,

We are half way through term 4 and have had a lot of learning and activities happening so far and lots coming to finish the year with. There is always so much to be grateful for as we move towards the festive season. My family and I are downsizing our Christmas this year and really just take the time to appreciate what we have. In saying this at mid term the staff and I thank you for your ongoing support.


Karioi Project

It is tu meke to have an ongoing programme and connection with the Karioi Project. This wiki (week) they joined the year 3-8 students and explored the wonderful te tuna (the eel).


Mural development

I wanted to update you on our mural development, as Covid and the winter weather has not been kind to us in getting momentum. This was supported with a successful funding application in term four last year from the Waikato District Council. Our school name Wai te tuna (the eel) and it’s mighty journey to Tonga and back to Aotearoa and to the wonderful Waitetuna Valley will be reflected on four walls of the school as you walk from the front of the school, around pass the tennis courts and down to the Senior Room bag bay wall. We thank Abby Fisher for her mahi with this. See you all at the trail run tomorrow. Remember if you are not running you are welcome to come down and purchase some kai and encourage the participants along and as they cross the finish line.


We love our visits from Tania from Whaingaroa Enviro Centre and here are some of our Enviro group preparing the gardens for planting of seedlings for our summer Community Foodbowl feast. They would love your help.


Have a great weekend. It is certainly a busy one.


Athletics Action

Practising for Monday


School Athletics day

See you Monday from 10.30am for this event. Please note earlier start time.


All the Happenings


  • Waitetuna Trail Run - Saturday 19th November School

  • Athletics day - 21st November from 10.30am

  • Interschool athletics - 25th November

  • Middle Room Awa trip - 29th November

  • Board Meeting - 6th December

  • Final assembly - Wed 14th December 6pm, whole school event, shared kai after the event, please bring a plate.

  • Last day of 2022 - Friday 16th December, school closes at 1pm.

Community Foodbowl

We want to be a Community Food Bowl at Waitetuna School and you can help!

There is something for everyone so please join in.


Get your hands dirty: Share your enthusiasm with the students during their regular gardening sessions. 1 hour once a month.


Cook up a kai: Harvest and cook fresh home grown produce with the students. Plan your favourite seasonal dishes together. Two hours or so when needed, Once a term...


Garden Gnome: Often not seen but so essential. Helping with watering and harvesting during the holidays when we can’t be there.


You will be joining a fun supportive team of students, teachers and a gardening mentor from Whaingaroa Environment Centre. We are all learning together.


Waitetuna Trail Run


Still time to help out - you can drop baking down at the venue between 7.30-9am. Looking forward to seeing you all there. You can get a coffee and an ice cream from 8am onwards and watch the runners take off and return.


Waitetuna Way - Well done to Gus and Ella for Creativity—Using your imagination to develop ideas

Together we are growing the seeds of success

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


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