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Newsletter - Week 8, Term 3, 2021

Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau,

it is certainly great to be back, seeing the students making the most of their learning. Now that learners have settled back into routines, it is full steam ahead with learning programmes. Due to the scheduled learning conferences not being able to go ahead on the Wednesday we went into Lockdown, please email your child's teacher, if you didn’t manage to view your child's learning goals’ on their chrome book and would like to book an

appointment with their teacher.

New students

We have welcomed Thorin Powell, Felix Doornenball, Navaeh and Asia-Rose Hoerijanto and Amarda Rolton. Our new teacher aide Shauna Dennis is also in the picture on left. It is wonderful to have you here at Waitetuna School.

This week we have been celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. Students were involved in the midday event on Tuesday. Since 1975 as a nation we have been celebrating Te wiki o te reo Maori An opportunity for concentrated celebration and promotion helping to secure the future of this special, rich language. While it is great to have an identified week to strengthen our learning it is a challenge for all of us to extend our knowledge and increase our use of Te Reo Maori.

We all came together to share in some of the Waiata we have learnt this year to acknowledge when Te wiki o te reo maori came to being, after the presenting of the document that was brought to the government to reignite the use of Te Reo Maori and celebrating the taonga that is Te Reo Maori. Here is a link with a range of activities as it can continue at home beyond this wiki. The Te wiki website also has interesting activity ideas.

Music lessons

Music lessons started yesterday. Music lessons are $207.00 for 10 lessons in a small group and $379.50 for 10 solo lessons. It is not too late to join up. If you would like your child to learn guitar, ukulele, piano, drums or have vocal lessons, you can email Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard on or phone on 027 556 1043. These lessons are held at school in school time.

PTA Meeting

PTA meeting next Wednesday at 6pm. Meet at Madeline Rix-Trott's house at 305 Waitetuna Valley Road. You can join on Zoom also.

Electronics - year 5 and 6 students - lots of exciting interesting learning to come back to school too. Creating circuits to make a cherry lightbulb on the top of their ice cream.

I took Shelly Good, my appraiser around the school on Wednesday. It was a pleasure to show her around the school, seeing such a great range of experiences on offer for the children. Thanks to staff for setting up such a great return to school after lockdown.

Waitetuna Way - Goes to Liam Carroll & Willow Meade for Confidence: Speaking clearly and with confidence.


Thanks for signing into school if you need to come in, waiting for your children at the gate and wearing masks if you are coming into classrooms. Even though the flow of information around covid has slowed for us, there are still a range of services I have access to. The MSD(Ministry of Social development) have given me contacts. If you know of a family in need please let me know and I will get support for them.

Kia kaha Waitetuna whaanau

Ngaa mihi nui, kia koutou,

Amanda and staff

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