Sunday, 17 November 2019

Week 6 - 18th November

Hello All,

We hope you have enjoyed the long weekend and the warm weather.

A few reminders for the week:

-Tomorrow (Monday 18th November) is Mufti day as mentioned in the school newsletter. All children can wear mufti and bring along a grocery item to check for Palm Oil. No money is required.

-Swimming starts this week (weather dependent of course) so please bring togs and towel every Tuesday and Friday. All togs and towels need to be named and children need to bring a separate bag for their swimming gear.

-Please continue to send along any small size boxes from your recycling that our children can create with, thank you.

-Huge thank you to those parents who are able to assist our school trip on Friday 13th December. More information to follow.

Have a great week.

Kirsty and Tracy

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Please amend the date for St Johns visiting Wai-iti. It is Wednesday 18 no rush!


As part of our Inquiry on keeping ourselves safe St Johns will be taking Wai-iti for a lesson on "Responding in an Emergency" on Monday 18 November. It is lead by St John staff. There is no cost for this but a koha is appreciated.


There is no official cost for our visit, however, if you are in a position to give a koha that would be amazing. All koha will be receipted on request.

Koha can be given to the educator during their visit, or via online banking.

Bank Account Details:

Waimairi School Room 18/19



Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty


We have been challenging ourselves everyday. Sometimes it's the block challenge or the lego challenge but sometimes it's just challenging ourselves!! Have a look...

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Week 5 - Short week

Hello All,

Just a reminder there is no school on Friday due to Canterbury Anniversary Day. Enjoy the long weekend!!

Last week a notice was sent home regarding our Beach trip on Friday 13th December. If you are able to help please fill in the form and send back to school. Thank you in advance.

We are having lots of chats with the children at the moment about having early nights so they can focus and be happy at school. We understand this is a busy time of year and children do have late nights. However, we do encourage all children to have a good nights sleep before school each day where possible. Thank you with your support regarding this.

Have a nice week.

Kirsty and Tracy

Friday, 8 November 2019

Wai-iti Beach Education Trip

Hi All,

On Friday 13th December we are heading to Waimairi Beach to participate in a Beach Education programme.

Please lookout for a notice coming home today regarding this trip. We need 9 parent helpers to make this trip happen. Thank you in advance, we know this is a very busy time of year.

Thank you

Kirsty and Tracy

Thursday, 7 November 2019

No Reading Today

Hi All

Kirsty and I have been busy with end of year assessments so no reading was held today. Please read a book in their folder or one from home. As this is an important part of our year it maybe that there are other days when we will not have instructional reading so if no book comes home please do as suggested.

Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Wednesday, 6 November 2019


We are looking forward to a fun morning running and walking around Nunweek Park on Sunday. The forecast is suggesting a couple of showers possible but it's going to be warm and a bit of rain won't matter if we're moving! If the weather is very poor, check the Waimairi website and Facebook for cancellation notification but it's unlikely.

5km race will start at 10am, 2km race start approximately 10.30am. Note, this is a change in order from last year.
We will take registrations on the day (EFTPOS available) but it will be quicker if you've pre registered.
Even if you have pre registered, you will need to arrive with time to get your wristband at the Waimairi gazebo by the start/finish line on the Harewood Rd side of the park, near the playground.
Anytime Fitness will be there to run warm ups for those who'd like to join in.
FOOD - we have sausages and bacon butties, Mr Whippy, a coffee cart and Flips pancakes all selling food so you can treat yourselves after you've run!

Don't forget some change for face painting and Bubbles the clown will be entertaining the children too.
The route maps are attached for those who like to know where they're heading but rest assured, there will be marshalls around the course pointing you in the right direction. We could still do with 2 more adult helpers on the day. If you can help, please contact Debbie (0276976543).

Don't forget to dress up, it makes running even more fun - and you might win a spot prize!!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Welcome to Week 4 - 4th November

Hi All,

We hope you had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed the HOT temperatures. As these temperatures are meant to continue please ensure your child has their hat each day and put on sunscreen before school. We encourage the children to reapply sunscreen at lunchtime. Sun Safety is one of our Topic focuses for this term, so your support with this would be fantastic.

Also a special thank you to our wonderful parent helpers who quietly slip into Wai-iti, return all our reading books and/or clean our tables. We are very appreciative!!

Here is a selection of photos from Week 3:

Lots of fun with 'Hook' at the Waimiari Tennis Club.

Listening carefully for the next instructions.

Look at this well planned and thought out project. We are so proud of our Wai-iti learners.

Lego masters are at it again.

Halloween special.

Georgia and Elise were very proud of their block creation, we loved the way you worked collaboratively girls!

Chase and Jalen creating a masterpiece.

Serena and Ailsa shared their puppet project with us. Great teamwork girls.

Ava completed a crazy man project along with a mobile and a singing project. Amazing planning, perseverance and creativity Ava.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

No reading books today

Hi there,

Due to tennis and other activities, we have not completed reading today. Feel free to practise another book in your child's reading folder with them.

Kirsty and Tracy

Bits and bobs

Hi All,

-a reminder that we are off to tennis this morning, this is our last session for the term

-thank you to those parents who have bought a whiteboard marker and gluestick for Wai-iti, we are very thankful

-we are in need of small boxes for our box construction, please bring in anytime

-a LARGE group of children still do not have a sunhat for school, please organise this as soon as possible, all children must wear a sunhat in term 4 and term 1

Thank you all,

Kirsty and Tracy

Monday, 28 October 2019

Whiteboard pens and glue sticks needed

Evening All,

We hope you have had a lovely, long, warm weekend. What a treat!

In Wai-iti this term we are in need of more glue sticks and whiteboard markers. Please could you buy one of each to see us through to the end of the term.

Whiteboard markers are well used by the children during maths time, learning choice time and handwriting.

Thank you in advance,

Kirsty and Tracy

Friday, 25 October 2019

Sunday, 20 October 2019

More photos from Week 1 - Enjoy

Skyla and Kaia having a wonderful time together creating a house for Spots.

Elise and Georgia demonstrating their artistic skills.

Yummy jelly here we come! Brooke and Mia working together.

The Mitre 10 block challenge. Great effort boys!

Fun at tennis. Wai-iti listening carefully to 'Hook' our tennis coach.

Ailsa trying to catch the ball in the cone. It's harder then it looks.

Lizzie practising her 'splat' with Elise.

Lego faces this week, well done Zavier.

Jack and Mitchell have completed the Eiffel Tower.

Well done Tyrone we loved your lego face.

Matteo and Louis creating with our maths equipment.


We have had a wonderful start to Term 4 in Wai-iti. The children have slotted seamlessly into our Wai-iti routines and have enjoyed catching up with their friends.

Please remember this term ALL children require a named school sunhat. Our focus for this term is SAFETY, which will include sun and water safety so this is a nice practical way of encouraging your child to be SunSmart every day. (More information to come regarding our SAFETY topic for this term).

This Wednesday 23rd October is the Senior School Athletics Day, the juniors will be heading down to St James Park at approximately 12.30 to have lunch and then a small group of children will run in the class relay. Please feel free to join us for a community lunch.

Below is a selection of photos from Week 1:

Jelly making, lots of excitement and careful stirring. We loved all the taking turns too!

Our Block Construction team are at it again!!

Lego challenge with Leaella, Meadow and Willa.

Hayley designed her own animal face.

The tallest tower ever!!

The 3 musketeers working hard together.

Claire and Elise working together to create a lego creation.

Arlo and Thomas are very proud of their lego designs.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

School books needed

Hi All,

Please look out for notices coming home this week if your child needs any more books for school. Some children require another big book, poetry book and/or sketching book.

They will come home with a notice explaining what they need. Please purchase when you can and send along to school with their name on the front. All books can be bought from the school office or any book shop.

Thanks very much,

Kirsty and Tracy

Monday, 14 October 2019

Calendar Art

Orders for calendar art can be accepted up until Friday. There are spare forms in the office if you've lost yours. Please return them to the office.

Friday, 11 October 2019


Hello and Welcome to Term 4

We hope you all had a restful holiday.  Our Inquiry this term is PE/Health with a focus on Safety.

As part of our PE and Health learning this term we are once again walking to Waimairi Tennis club on Watford Street for 2 tennis lessons. All the gear is provided but you are welcome to take your own racket if you choose.
The cost is $2 each for Year 1 and 2. This will be included in your Activity Fee.
Our tennis days are Monday and Friday Week 1.

Things to remember and events this term:

1. Please ensure that fruit for fruit break is named or in a named bag or container.

2. Sunhats are compulsory. Please ensure your child has a named sunhat from DAY 1 as we are walking to tennis and they will need their hat.

3. Athletics will be this term. More information to follow.

4. Labour weekend is Monday 28 October and Show weekend is Friday 15 November. No school those days.

Some requests:

We do need more boxes for our  projects. Please nothing bigger than a shoe box.

If anyone recorded the Art Finale we would appreciate it if you could forward it to us so that we can show the children their wonderful performance. Thank you for all your support with this event.

Kind Regards
Tracy and Kirsty

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


Good Morning

This is just a quick note to wish you all a happy and safe holiday. I won't be at school tomorrow or Friday as I'm going to Wellington to see my son graduate from Police College. It's been a dream of his since his Boys High days so we're very excited for him. Nicole Mahon will be relieving and the children know her and she knows them. I'll see you all in Term 4......hard to believe!!

Kind Regards

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Arts Finale- Lunch on Wednesday

Hi All

Tomorrow the Arts Finale finishes at 12.30pm. If you would like to have lunch with your child/children the hall will be open for your shared lunch. Mike tells us he will put on soothing music!!!

Tracy and Kirsty

Monday, 23 September 2019

The Creativity in Wai-iti never stops!

Block Challenge - an amazing boat was built by a group of boys and even included the wake at the back...

Georgia, Phoebe and Elise are very proud of their lego creation, great teamwork and problem-solving girls.

Aleigha is very proud of her lego creation, can you guess what it is?

Huge well done to Skyla for her well thought out lego creation.

Brooke and Mia sharing their fabulous art projects with Sonya and Wai-iti.


It would be much appreciated if you could fill in this community survey by this Friday. The good news is that you will go into a PRIZE draw if completed on time.

Many thanks.


HI All

We did say in our previous message that there would be food trucks at school on Wednesday but this was incorrect. However, the coffee shop will be open.
Tracy and Kirsty

Friday, 20 September 2019

Wednesday 25th September - ARTs Finale Day

Hi All,

Next Wednesday 25th Septemeber Wai-iti children are performing a show at 11.45am in the school hall. Following this will be a shared lunch with food trucks available and the coffee shop open.

We welcome you to come along and enjoy our end of term ARTs learning, we are also combining with Inaka children.

See you at 11:45am.

Kirsty and Tracy

Thursday, 19 September 2019

PTA - Arty Antics

Arty Antics

If any parents are still keen to come along to our first ever adult painting evening on Friday night, there are still some tickets available. $50 each via eventbrite (just search eventbrite and then search 'arty antics' to purchase tickets). You can BYO wine/drinks/nibbles and the PTA are providing non alcoholic beverages. Everything you need to create your own painting, canvas, paints etc are all included and no prior arty skills needed - you'll be taken step by step through creating your own masterpiece by the tutor. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Mufti Day this Friday 20th September

Hello All,

This Friday we are having a black and white mufti day to support our Chess Team heading up North to complete.

Please wear black and white clothes and bring a gold coin donation.


Monday, 16 September 2019


Hi All,

Due to ongoing issues with Beyblades at lunchtimes, we are only having them on a Friday. We are spending valuable learning time trying to sort out many issues and this is not fair on other children.

Thank you for your support.

Kirsty and Tracy


As you know we are busy preparing for our Arts Finale. We are in need of some props so would appreciate your help. We need:
1 or 2 small lawnmowers or a small rake
3 small nets that could be used as fishing nets
2 Garden trowels.
Many thanks.
Tracy and Kirsty

Sunday, 15 September 2019

SCHOOL PHOTOS - This Wednesday 18th September

Just a reminder we are having school photos this Wednesday at school.

If you would like a sibling photo please arrange this following the instructions in last weeks Newsletter.

Week 9 - wow only 2 weeks left of Term 3!

Hello All,

This week we are working hard to present our ARTs show to you all in Week 10. Therefore we will not be having instructional reading groups. Instead, your child will choose a familiar book from a browsing box each day to share with someone at home. Please read this story to your child or share the reading with them.

If your child has not brought in their clothes for the show please do so asap. We want to trial dressing up in our clothes this week. Thank you to all those children who have brought in their clothes so far. If you are struggling with this please let us know.

Here is a sample of photos from last week's learning:
Mitchell and Matt in a silent battle. Go Mitchell!!

Claire and Phoebe learning the ropes with Chess.

Matteo was very proud of his card castle.

Our lego team always working on a challenge - Robbie, Miller, Matteo and Louis P.

Willa and Kaia sharing their puppet show project.

Sofia and Sasha performing a dance in front of Wai-iti, what a wonderful project idea, so brave girls!

Matteo and Louis with friends, sharing their project idea. 
Lego puppets with a theatre, we love your creativity boys!