Announcement : 

NEW SCHOOL UNIFORMS SURVEY: Kia Ora e te whānau,  I am looking at changing our school uniforms with additional pieces. I would appreciate your input to gather thoughts around what our new uniform could look like and how adding pieces such as a P.E. uniform for our senior students could impact whānau. The reason behind the change is our off shore suppliers have increased their prices. I have sourced a local manufacturer to hold and supply stock for our uniforms. The process behind the change of uniforms is as follows:   Gather student voice   Gather Whānau voice   Gather Staff voice   Share findings with whānau, staff, students    Present responses to the School Board   Whānau, staff, students are notified of the outcome and possible changes timeline     Could you all please take a moment to check the new designs, vote and answer a couple of questions. Click on the link below to access the survey:  Waatea School uniform change survey Ngā mihi nui, Whaea ZaraWaatea School Principal   

Week 3 Update

Kia Ora e te whānau, 

Welcome to week 3 of Term Two! 

A couple of updates for the week/s ahead: 

Hip Hop
Hip hop started today with an amazing instructor from Counties Manukau Sport, it was lovely to see our tamariki join in and give it a go. We will be having Hip Hop every Monday for the next 6 weeks. 

Mau Rakau & Kapa Haka
Mau Rakau and Kapa Haka are both compulsory for the senior classes Tāne Mahuta & Rongomātane. This is offered as part of our connection to learning tikanga me te ao Māori at Waatea School. 

Lately some tamaiti have been trying to find any excuse to not take part of this important kaupapa. Now that we are in the orange setting, we are aiming to have a show case each term of the waiata and mau rakau skills that they have learnt each term, in the build up to the end of the year show case for our graduates of 2022. 

We are asking whānau to support this kaupapa and encourage your tamaiti to participate each week. What our tamariki don’t realise is that they are exceptionally talented in this area, and sound amazing when they put their mind to it. This week, videos and photos will be shared with our whānau via the school website, so you can get a sneak peak into what they have been working on. 

Year 7 & 8 Vaccinations 
Wednesday 25th May,
 is when the Year 7 & 8 vaccinations will take place. These will be given to children who have returned the vaccination consent form from last term. These cover the HPV vaccinations. Please make sure your tamaiti are at school this day. 

COVID-19 & Winter Flu Season
With New Zealand mostly sheltered from exposure to flu in the last two years, health experts are concerned about our lower immunity to flu. This winter there is the very real possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19 within a short space of time. If your child is sick, please keep them home, monitor for symptoms and if need be get them tested. Please notify the school immediately if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. This allows us to be quick in communication to whānau, and we can conduct an extra clean and sanitise of the area if your child was at school. 

Pink Shirt Day 

Pink Shirt Day will be on Friday 20 May 2022 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!
 
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
We have a special activity that we would like our tamariki to be a part of. Children are encouraged to wear pink on Friday in celebration of this awesome day! 

Absences 
If your child is away for any reason, please notify the school via email, phone call or via the school website app (Report an absence). We require a reason for any child who is away, and if there is no reason recorded your child will be marked truant. If a child is truant on a regular basis, the school is required to take action to ensure they return to school. 

If you have any pātai or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s kaiako. 

Ngā mihi nui
Whaea Zara
Acting Principal