|Dear Parents and Caregivers
It was so great to be at our school cross country last week. So nice to be normal and to see our students running, laughing, puffing, and enjoying themselves. The day was not quite as we envisioned and yet it had a lot of our normal characteristics of a cross country.
We had plenty of parents to shout out for the runners as they crossed the finish line. Groups of girls who cheered and sung songs as their teammates went by. There were some weather worries as the rain clouds came over us and the wind changed direction prompting us to bring the younger students forward. Thank you to all the parents who made this transition work and came along to support their child running.
The photos taken on the day will be posted in a gallery on our website for you to view. The Interschool Cross Country event has been postponed. We now have the names of those students who placed in our event and will go to the interschool when and if it happens.
We have altered the way we are hosting the PTA Disco this term. Instead of having a night event, we are hosting three afternoon discos for the teams.
Each team will have their own disco from 1.45p.m. to 3p.m.
- Wednesday - Aratiatia Team
- Thursday - Poihipi/Ohaaki Team
- Friday - Te Mihi Team
Theme: Favourite character. Students will be able to change to get ready for the disco. The price is $2 entry - this can be given to the classroom teacher in the morning.
Food (sausages and lollies) and items (glow sticks) are available to buy during the disco. Each child can bring money in a named bag. The teachers will look after the money and give it back in readiness for the start of the disco.
The PTA is also looking for helpers to help cook some sausages or sell some disco treats. Please get in touch with the PTA on the Wairakei Primary School PTA Facebook page.
If you have a friend or family member who would like to join our school, they need to contact the school office. We are also collecting names of in-zone students so that we have an accurate number of students starting.
I would like to ask the community to help me with collecting the Countdown Super Insects cards. I received some yesterday while shopping at Countdown. They are perfect for school. We need as many people as possible to collect them and send them to the school office. The cards have details and pictures of New Zealand insects on them. I would like to think that if we work together, I can get a few sets for the classrooms here at school.
I would like to remind new families that when the road patrollers are out on the crossing you are legally bound to use the crossing rather than skip across the road in front of the shop. This is a 15 minute a day experience. Skipping across the road encourages our students to do the same and will cause an accident. Please come down to the crossing or better yet get your child to come across the road to meet you.
I am also seeing several cars waiting on the yellow lines. You need to park off the road. There should be no car wheels in the gutter. Parking on the yellow lines decreases the visibility of the road patrollers making the length of time we must wait to open the crossing longer.
From the start of Term 4, every student must wear a school hat. Navy Blue bucket or brimmed hat is required. Students sit under the shaded areas if they do not have a hat. Hats can be purchased from Brandfuel in Orunaui Street or from other retail stores such as PostiPlus or The Warehouse. Please name your child’s hat. This does help us settle any hat issues that may arise.
It is great to see the sun out on the first day of spring.