Monday, 26 August 2019

Brayden moving to Auckland

Brayden's last day at Waimairi is Friday. He has asked if he could have a special morning tea with his friends in Wai-iti. So on Friday could your child please bring a small plate of food and we will put them all together to have a shared morning tea. If your child has a special dietary requirement can you please label their plate so we know to keep it separate.
Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Lunch boxes in school bags.

Hello All,

Just a slight change next week with your child's lunchbox. We are going to trial all children leaving their lunch box in their school bag.

They still need to bring in their drink bottle and some fruit for our fruit break. Please put your child's fruit in a named container.

Thank you

Kirsty and Tracy

Monday, 19 August 2019

Music Hour - Tuesday 10 September

This is a notice for any children who learn an instrument at Waimairi School.

Music Hour

Waimairi's 2019 Music Hour will be held at Bryndwr Chapel on Idris Road on Tuesday 10 September at 6pm.  This is a chance for student's learning an instrument at school to perform for their families.  If your child is involved, you should have received a notice from your child's music teacher.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Katie Lord

Farewell to our lovely Sarah - Canada awaits!

This Wednesday at 2.45pm we are saying farewell to Sarah in the school hall. If anyone wishes to attend you are more then welcome. Sarah and her family are off to Canada and we wish them all the best.

Sarah will be hugely missed in Wai-iti.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Wonderful learning in Wai-iti

A selection of photos from both our Project and Learning Choices time:

Teamwork from Sarah, Olivia and Leaella.

Underwater marble race, well done Mikey and Jalen, what a fantastic Project idea.

Spots and Stripes have found a new home. Amazing lego building lead by Miller and his team of merry men.

We love your giant pencil Mia.

Sofia's beanie boo house with spa pool and sandpit included.

Thomas and Mia creating a masterpiece with the shapes.

Kaia is very proud of her ice cream art project and her owl sewing project.

Willa designed a delicious looking ice cream with a unicorn on the top. We love your ideas Willa!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Reading today

Hi All

Some children will need to read their book from yesterday for tonights reading as they do not have a reading book from today or alternatively some reading of their own.

Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Monday, 12 August 2019

Week 4 - 12th August

Hello All,

Wow, nearly halfway through the term. We hope you have kept warm and dry over the weekend, especially if you are a sporting parent and had to stand in the freezing rain on Saturday morning!! Brrr!!

Can you please remind your child to return their Poetry Book every Monday to the box in the classroom?

That's all for now, have a great week.

Kirsty and Tracy

Friday, 9 August 2019


Hi All

Please check your child's head as it has been reported that there is headlice in the class and in the school.

Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Kirsty being away.

Dear All

As you may already know Kirsty has been away ill this week. She has vertigo and if you have suffered from it you will know how ill it makes you feel.  We have had Tracey Maloney with us for the week so there has been consistency in the classroom. As long as Kirsty is feeling better she will be back with us on Monday. Thank you for your understanding.

Tracy and Kirsty

Monday, 5 August 2019

Cleaner needed for 20 minutes one afternoon

Evening All,

If there is any kind person who could give up 20 minutes of their time one afternoon cleaning our paintbrushes and paint dishes we would be hugely appreciative.

As we have no hot water in Wai-iti this will need to be done in the hall kitchen and we can't use the kitchen in the mornings due to our River Cafe.

Huge thank you in advance...

Kirsty and Tracy

Ice cream containers or similar needed in Wai-iti

Hi All,

When you finish your yummy ice cream at home could you send along your containers for use in Wai-iti or any similar-sized container?

Thanks very much,

Kirsty and Tracy

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Week 3 - 5th August

Last week Wai-iti had a fabulous week planning, creating and sharing a wide range of projects. We are amazed at the standard of projects being created by our Year 1-2 children.

Here are some examples:

-paper mache animals, tennis balls, ice creams
-singing a song in front of Wai-iti
-sharing soccer skills with a small group
-making puppets
-making a jewel boat
-ice cream artwork
-sewing teddies

the list goes on...

Please ask your child what project they are currently working on and if they haven't started one yet they might like to come with some ideas this week.

We also had a fun Friday afternoon recreating the sounds a stream makes with musical instruments and also through drama. This links in with our learning this term - using drama, music and dance we will share our message of 'caring for our streams'.

Sofia's Molly Project

Playing sounds of our streams.

Recreating our streams.

Ready to perform.

Go Wai-iti!

Mia very proud of her paper mache ice cream. Chocolate yum!

Mufti day Tuesday 6 August

Hola amigos! 

Eli Stoddart and the student council have organised a Mexican Fiesta themed mufti day for this coming Tuesday August 6th. Students are encouraged to dress in  bright colours or costumes, as if they're attending a Mexican fiesta! Gold coin donations will contribute towards the Stoddart family's fundraising efforts.  

Muchas gracias! :) 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Just to clarify!!

There seems to be some confusion over our request for no toys at school. The children are allowed beyblades and pokemon cards on Friday but no other toys please.
Tracy and Kirsty

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A selection of photos from our lego fun day last week.

A busy first week in Wai-iti

We were very impressed with the children who came into the term with Project ideas and got stuck in planning, making and sharing. Well done Wai-iti!

A small selection of photos: (we were too busy to take photos with all the amazing learning going on...)

Ava's mask project.

Well done Mia, Aleigha and Sarah for recreating our Groynes stream activities.

Matteo got creative with cards. We had to be quick before the wind blew them over.

Arlo and Hayley had lost of fun creating their own lego house complete with bunk beds. 
Very cosy looking!

Lots of busy children in Wai-iti writing cards to their friends telling them all about their school holidays.

Term 3 Week 2 2019

We had a great start to the term and the children have slipped back into our routines effortlessly. 

If you have any spare newspapers lying around we would love to have them. We have a rush on paper  maiche at the moment so newspaper is in hot demand. 

Many thanks to those of you who have already put your name to a week. The roster is on the board above the children's bags. Both jobs are very easy to do but are a wonderful support. 

We have the same rule as last term regarding Pokemon cards. Friday is the day the children can bring them and we have a basket for them to put them in. Please ensure the cards are in a named plastic bag.

Please no toys, soft toys, treasures to be bought to be in bags or at school. If it's been a birthday and your child wants to share a present you've got them then thats perfectly O.K. and the teachers will look after it during the day but toys at school or in their bags are a distraction.

If you have a skill or know of a family member or friend who has a skill in music, dance or drama we would love to hear from them. We are carrying on our theme from last terms science and looking at streams and their care and how we can get our message out using music, dance and drama. 
It's going to be fun!!

Hope you all have a good week.
Tracy and Kirsty

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Term 3 Week 1 - 22 July

Hello All,

We hope you had a lovely, relaxing holiday and kept warm and dry.

Welcome back to Term 3, wow halfway through the year already.

This term we are learning through The Arts, this will involve a mixture of dance, drama and music.

We are lucky enough to start the day tomorrow with 'House of Bricks' coming to Waimairi School. Each learning space will have a time slot to create and make with lego in the school hall.

Enjoy the first week back,

Kirsty and Tracy

Wednesday, 3 July 2019



Help Arlo save the Kakapo. Wear green and bring a gold coin donation.

Remember he has the lolly competition on outside the hall. Gold coin donation as well.

See you in all your greenness tomorrow!!

Sunday, 30 June 2019


The last week of Term 2 and it's a busy one!

Firstly, thank you to the parents and grandfather that gave up their time to come with us on our trip to the Groynes. The session run by the Christchurch City Council was excellent and totally engaged the children. Check out the photos. The playground on the treasure hunt was a popular stop also. When Sofia was asked by her "Ga", who came with us as parent help, what her favourite thing of the day was she said "trying to steal Ga's sandwich" Oh well, back to the drawing board for Kirsty and I!!!

Arlo has planned a project to raise money to help save the Kakapo who are under threat from a deadly fungal disease. He will be advertising his planned Mufti day on Thursday 4 July. It has a green theme and it's a gold coin donation. He will also have a competition outside the hall of "Guess the number of lollies in the jar" which will run all week and the winner will be announced on Friday.

Matariki celebration  Stars, Soup & Science is on Monday 1 July 5-7pm.This is the science term finale.

Please return any reading books you have at home so they can be filed ready for the next term.

Thanks for all your support this term. We hope you have a relaxing holiday and we'll see you back in Term 3.

Tracy and Kirsty.

Some photos from our trip to the Groynes

Matt's workout at the Groynes!

What's been going on??? Some shots of the children in action.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Thank you thank you!!!

Hi All,

A HUGE thank you to those parents who are able to come on the school trip tomorrow. Thank you for taking time off work, inviting grandparents and rearranging preschool to allow Wai-iti children to experience a wonderful day out.

Please remember if you are a parent helper you need to be at school by 8.40am for our briefing.

Kirsty and Tracy

Wednesday, 26 June 2019


Kirsty and I have been testing today so some children have not read their book with us. If your child has not read with us or does not have a new book in their reading folder then please read with them or they can read a book of their choosing from their reading folder.
Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Monday, 24 June 2019


We desperately need 6 more parent helpers for our day at the Groynes. If we can not have 6 more parents we will have to cancel our trip. The Groynes has water hazards and so we need a greater ratio of adult to child. We appreciate the fact that it is all day but the learning will fully support our science learning.
Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty


Emma Stoddart has been teaching at Waimairi School for 10 years, and is mother to Eli (in Keruru) and Jacob (now at Heaton.) She has Multiple Sclerosis and has made the very hard decision to get HSCT done - a stem cell transplant. She and her husband Chris, are going to Mexico in September and will spend a month undergoing some extensive treatments including a full course of chemotherapy. The hope is that this will stop the disease progressing any further. Emma will not be able to work for about a year. It is expected that the cost of this will be over $100,000.
Waimairi School wants to support Emma and Chris in anyway with their fundraising efforts.

There are a few ways you can help:
• drop a donation into the office
• donate something to be made into raffles (chocolates, wine, non -perishable goods
for example)
• donate a voucher or similar that could be auctioned

As part of their fundraising, they are having a Fiesta! Drinks, food, raffles, auctions, music,
dancing and fun! 16th August, 7pm. Tickets will be on sale soon. Please, tell all your friends and family.

Sadly NO bread needed on Friday to feed the ducks

Hi All,

Please don't worry about collecting bread for Friday's trip. Ducks are not meant to have bread as part of their diet. So sadly no feeding ducks for us.

Kirsty and Tracy

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Wai-iti Groynes School Trip - This Friday 28th June

Hello All,

Thank you very much to those parents who have volunteered their time this Friday to parent help on our school trip.

We are still needing another 6 parents as we are near water and this increases the safety ratio between adult and child.

If you are able to come please let us know asap. Thank you very much.

Look out for another reminder notice coming out this week which will include suitable clothing and footwear to wear on the day.

We are going to feed the ducks so please start saving your crusts and send any bread to school on Friday.

Thank you,

Kirsty and Tracy

Monday, 17 June 2019


Hi All

For our science experiments we need 8 glass jars with a wide neck. If you have any can you please send them to school as soon as possible.
Many thanks
Tracy and Kirsty

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Week 8 17th-21st June

Week 8 Notices:

Friday 21st June School Disco
Crazy Hair Theme, $2 entry, 5.30-6.30pm

Wai-iti Science Trip, Friday 28th June
Please look out for a notice coming home this week regarding our trip to The Groynes where we are participating in a City Council Programme called, Freshwater Frolicking.

Matariki School Celebration (please put in your diaries)
Monday 1st July, 5pm-6.30pm
Soup, Science and Stars Evening
-please bring your own mug for soup, we will start with a Mihi Whakatau outside the front of the school, followed by soup in the hall, then you can view our Science learning in our spaces

Here are a selection of photos from last week: