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  • Writer's pictureAmanda

Principal News 13th March

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Kia ora te whaanau,

It was great to see all the excellent swimming skills on show for the school swimming sports. The students are setting themselves up for competing at the annual Inter-school competition on Friday 20th March. More information to come. Thanks to the staff for their organisation for this.

The senior students did us proud at the Leadership Day at the Marist Rugby Club in Hamilton. This is organized by Energise/Sports Waikato. We are an Energizer school. They support us with all the amazing Physical Education programmes that we have going on at Waitetuna school.

Waitetuna Way Values - each Monday the staff work with students to share one of our Waitetuna Way Values and how this can look in our daily school life and beyond.  We have looked at Respect, Kindness and our Core focus for this term - Resilience so far this year.

There has been lots of progress on the junior room upgrade this week and we look forward to them finishing that in the next week.


We are delighted to share with you that Robyn Marquand has been appointed to the permanent position of Junior room teacher. The board of trustees and staff are pleased to have Robyn accept the role.

The students in the junior room have had an excellent start to the year and their transition has been a credit to Robyn. She has been a loyal member of this school community and we look forward to seeing her utilise her wealth of skills and strengths in our school to a new level.

Blessing of the Junior Room

The junior room build is due to be completed sometime during the week starting the 23rd March. With this in mind we have organised our Kaumatua to bless the room on Friday 27th March at 7am so that Robyn can move in over the weekend. If you would like to attend this with some of the staff please RSVP me for catering purposes and bearing in mind that we will keep numbers to a minimum due to Covid 19.

Playground update

The board of trustees and myself are working away on ensuring that a junior playground in the current space can be built. Ensuring that it meets safety requirements and also works within a very tight budget is a very time consuming process and we of course need to do this properly. Be assured that it will happen but the Ministry of Education process needs to be followed. I will keep you updated on progress.

Waitetuna Way

Well done to Xander Browne and Jet Neels for earning the Waitetuna Way for friendship - showing kindness to others.


Due to the increased traffic on the road at the front of Waitetuna school and to ensure the safety of ALL students the fencing at the front will be replaced. This is being paid for by the Ministry. The fence will be 1.5 metres in height and will have spring mounted gates that will automatically close.


In the last week of term we have a member of the fire service coming in to talk to students about how to keep yourself safe in the event of a fire. They will bring resources home so you can have those discussions around your fire escape plan at your house.

Kia kaha, Go well.

Ngaa Mihi, Amanda

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