Rongomaraeroa-o-nga-hau-e-wha and Us.

We are so lucky to have such a close relationship with our Marae, and their endless support and encouragement.  Below is a video of our two senior classes giving a little back to our Marae as they tautoko the powhiri for the new Chief of Army.  It was a long and freezing day, and I am so proud of the manner in which our students conducted themselves.

Thank you to Pip Bliss for capturing our kids in the perfect spot! :-)

Waiouru School Dance Off 2015

Our Waiouru School Dance Off

Our Waiouru School Dance Off

On the Wednesday night of Term Four, Waiouru School enjoyed a magical evening of music and dance during our inaugural ‘Dance Off’ evening.  Thanks to a Creative Communities Grant through the Ruapehu District Council we were able to bring Mark Glastonbury, of Glastonbury Dance Studios, to teach our students through out term three.  Mark worked with our entire school to master several dances including the waltz and the cha cha.  This was all part of our whole school ‘Celebrating the Arts’ learning theme for term three. 

We had a full house on show night, with the hall packed to the brim with proud parents and whanau who also enjoyed to showing off their dance moves during the two Principal’s Challenge dances.  Students were put through their paces, with our three houses ‘dancing off’ against each other in a traditional dance competition format.  It was a close competition with only one point separating our winning house, Ngauruhoe, from the rest.  This has been an amazing experience for the whole school and we will certainly be bringing Mark back again in the near future.

Here is a video of our Cha Cha Finals!!

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis Is Coming To Waiouru!

After months of planning and sponsorship sourcing I am pleased to announce that Nathan Mikaere-Wallis will be speaking at two educator focused, and one parent focused presentations on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October 2015.

You are all invited to:

A Parents Evening with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis on Wednesday 14th October, 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Waiouru School Hall.

Topic Coverage:

Using recent discoveries about the nature of how children’s brains develop and work, Nathan will share parenting strategies that work with this research. For this seminar Nathan will focus particularly on transitions for children – specifically the transitions of a parent leaving long term for work, or returning after a lengthy absence. The presentation is designed to be easy to understand and interactive – so feel free to bring your questions about the brain along!

Nathan is part of the Brain Wave Trust, and X Factor Education, Christchurch. He has been a lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education, lecturing in human development, brain development, language and communication and risk and resilience.  He is an amazing, dynamic speaker with a nack for translating complicated science into a format easily understood by all.

If you are a Waiouru based educator (home care included and most welcome), or a parent who would like to hear more from Nathan please contact Marama directly as there are limited seats available at the educator presentations.  You can see more information here.

You can listen to a snippet of his 3 to 7 years presentation here:

Or watch this video about 0 – 3 years:

Thanks to the support from the following organisations this presentation is free:
Ruapehu REAP
NZEI Taihape/Ruapehu Branch
The Waiouru Military Training Facility (WMTF) Padres
Waiouru School
WMTF Headquarters
And the WMTF UPF Fund.

Excellent PLD in Waiouru with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

Calling all educators you are invited to two presentations by …

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

At the Waiouru School Hall on

Wednesday 14th October 2pm – 6pm and Thursday 15th October 9am – 3pm

Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. Until recently he lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nathan is also a board member and senior trainer with the highly respected Brainwave Trust.

Presentation One (4 hours @ $20pp) – Wednesday 14th October 2pm – 6pm:

0 to 3 Years – The majority of the major discoveries about the growth and development of the human brain which led the 1990’s to be labelled the ‘Decade of the Brain’, were about the brain from conception to 3 years of age. From a neurological perspective this is clearly the most important time in your life for influencing your entire life span. Participants will explore with Nathan how this works and what it means for how we interact, nurture and educate our youngest citizens. We will explore the implications this has for early childhood/infancy and the type of environment that best facilitates the full development of the child’s potential. Nathan’s aim is to make this as jargon free and easily relatable to practice as possible.

Presentation Two (All Day @ $40pp) – Thursday 15th October 9am – 3pm:

Morning as above – 0 to 3 years

Afternoon 3 to 6 Years – With the huge emphasis placed on the development of literacy and numeracy in education, many people assume that the 3 and 4 year old is basically a little 7 year old, and a watered down more basic version of the 7 year old curriculum is appropriate. Its not.

This is a unique stage of development in which the child has unique needs specific to this age group. These needs relate to the development of social emotional skills, which as well as developing resilience, play a crucial role in the subsequent development of cognitive skills such as literacy.

Together with participants, Nathan will explore the research field that relates to this development, and how this impacts on our practice, interactions and relationships with young children. He hopes to infuse the session with humour and make the information easily relatable to your daily life.

Any questions please contact Marama –

Book online at:

Cross Country Courses

As promised last week here are the maps with the cross country courses for our school cross country.  This event is being held on Tuesday 1st September behind the WOs and SNOs.

Here is a preliminary timetable for the day:

Time: Notes:
11:10am Classes to be changed and lined up by this time ready to walk to cross country.
11:15am Leave school to walk to course.
11:45am Arrive, seat children into race groups, boys and girls. Housekeeping, rules, organisation, welcome any parents etc.
12pm Year 0-1 Race
12:10pm Year 6/7/8 Race (Record Year 8’s separately for interschool events).

Year 4-5 Race.

12:20pm Year 2-3 Race
1:00pm Adults race
1:30pm approx Return to school once last race is complete, area tidy etc.

Please contact Stacey if you have any questions or have an offer to help as a marshal on the day.  Maps are below if you wish to train.

Year Four and Five

Year Four and Five

Year One Race

Year One Race

Year Six, Seven and Eight

Year Six, Seven and Eight

Year Two and Three

Year Two and Three

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia Ora Koutou,

To kick off our celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, I would like to share a beautiful speech by a rather talented young Kapiti College student.  As a proud owner of a Māori name, with a son who also has a Māori name, I can really relate to how important it is for people to at the very least try their best to pronounce your name correctly. A name is a special thing, it’s the very first gift given to you.  Here is a link to a rather good page with explanations and recordings to help you on your pronunciation journey.

The Great Waiouru School Dance Off Is Coming To You!

Waiouru School is super fortunate to have received funds from the Ruapehu District Council Creative Community Grants Board to bring Mark Glastonbury from Glastonbury Studios, Whanganui up to school every Wednesday to teach dance to our kids.

The kids had their first lesson on Wednesday and absolutely loved it, even though that had to dance with members of the opposite sex (apparently liberal amounts of hand sanitizer post-dancing helps elevate ‘boy germs’ lol I was in tears when I read that on Facebook!).  Our goal is that at the end of the term Mark will hold and judge a dance off completion for our students.  So save the date whanau, Wednesday 23rd September, it’s going to be better than Dancing With The Stars!!

Here’s a weee sneak peak at the senior classes first session …

Matariki Family Fun Day

For Matariki this year we had a fun family art day with a shared lunch with our mums and dads who were able to pop down during their lunch break.  Our classes have been busy creating large pieces of art which we can put up in our shared spaces around the school.  Here are a few photos of the construction of our art, I will put up photos of the finished pieces once they are completed.

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Thanks Heaps Z Waiouru!!

Waiouru School is so lucky, we were fortunate to be chosen to be part of Z Waiouru’s Good in the Hood in May.  Thank’s to all of our community and their support we were able to raise $1070.00!  These funds go towards completing our school vegetable gardens, and subsidising transport to school events and class trips.  So thanks heaps Z Waiouru Team!!
Thanks Z Waiouru - Serena from Z Waiouru presenting our Korowai Holder Rejoice with our Good in the Hood Token.

Thanks Z Waiouru – Serena from Z Waiouru presenting our Korowai Holder Rejoice with our Good in the Hood Token.