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Newsletter - Week 9, Term 4 2023

Principal’s Update

Kia ora Waitetuna Whaanau, it has been a very successful and huge year for us all. Even though there is one more week to go this will be my last newsletter for 2023. I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the staff, the board, the PTA and

yourselves, the parents and your whaanau for making this such a great year for our students. It has been such a honour to work with everyone and to see all the learning that has taken place. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday break. I look forward to celebrating

the school year at the final assembly next Wednesday evening, 13th December, starting at 6pm. See you there. Rural Women New Zealand offered funding for end of year events

and I was successfully in getting funding for the Big Muffin Serious Band to play after our final assembly and funding for a sausage sizzle for us at our final assembly. This is enough for one sausage per person so if you can still contribute a plate of food for the

shared kai that would be great.

The Ministry small rural school’s project was able to lay new carpet in the Senior Room on Tuesday.

Celebrations—comparing celebrations 90 years ago to today. The Junior Room had a special visitor on Monday. Fred, a family friend of Xander’s whaanau came in to talk to the Junior Room about how Celebrations have changed so much over the years. There was an interesting conversation about presents and how getting a very small gift was deemed very, very special and not that common a long time ago.

Thanks Fred and Thea. The children were excited to have a special visitor at

school on Wednesday sharing important messages around dog safety. I would like to also recognise a group of students who demonstrated exceptional attendance this year, avoiding significant illnesses. Research indicates that regular attendance of 95% or higher positively impacts learning and personal growth, including confidence. These

students achieved attendance rates, above 95%. Well done to... Jackson, Thea, Tai, Blake, Penny, Mathlida, Camille, Senna and Addison. I wish you all a very special Summer holiday and a very restful break.

May the sun shine!

Ngaa mihi Amanda and staff

All The Happenings

  • Junior Room trip—Venue—11th Dec

  • Final assembly 13th Dec– 6 pm start

  • Reports home—Thurs 14th Dec

  • Last day of the year—Monday 18th Dec there is supervision only and remember school finishes at midday.

  • Term 1—2024—starts 7th Feb


Raffle 2024 - Calling for PRIZES!

In term 1 of the new year school will be running a Raffle again as one of our fundraisers. The PTA is now looking for prizes so we can put some amazing packages together soon. If you, your business or anyone you know is interested in donating an appealing prize, big or small - we'd love to hear from you.

Next PTA Meeting 15th January—event planning for term 1

Waitetuna Way

Well done to

Oli A



Be open and honest with

yourself and others

Be reflective and thankful

Term Dates 2024

  • Term 1—Starts Wed 7th February and ends Fri 12th April

  • Easter in term time—29th March-2nd April

  • Term 2—Mon 29th April-Fri 5th July—Public holidays in term 2 -Kings birthday 3rd June, Matariki—28th June

  • Term 3—Mon 22 July—27th Sept

  • Term 4—starts—Mon 14th October—End date—20th December—Labour day—28th October

  • We have two teacher only day dates set Mon 27th May, Mon 19th Aug

  • Term 4 TOD date still to be confirmed

  • Music lessons 2024

  • Music lessons will begin again Tuesday of week 2 so if you are keen for your child to start this please get in contact with Ruth.– See advert below for details


Ka pai hoki koe. Good on you!

Ka mau te wehi! That’s outstanding

Kia manawanui! Hang in there!

Waimarie! Lucky!

Tapatapahi ana! Choice! Cool!

Together we are growing the seeds of success

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

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