New To Waiouru In 2016??

Kia Ora and Welcome to Waiouru School!

Below is a ‘one-stop-shop’ of information for new families moving to Waiouru, including key dates, enrolment information, and links to other sites with Waiouru Community information.

Key Dates:

  • The first day of school is on Monday 1st February 2016 – we will begin the day at 9am in our learning street (through the double doors at the east end of the building.
  • Our Office Open Day is on Friday 29th January 2016 – pop in to meet Kerry (our office manager) and Marama (our Principal); bring in your enrolment forms, order uniforms, purchase stationary, and have a tour of the school.
  • Five Year Olds New To School Morning Tea is on Thursday 28th January 10am to 11am – bring your pre-schooler and their morning tea into school to meet Carie King our new entrant teacher.  Share a story, meet new friends, learn where all of the important stuff is in our school and take away the stress and worry of starting school for the first time.

Click here for a link to our Waiouru School Calendar.

Enrolment Information:

Click here to read our enrolment information and download our enrolment forms.

You can either email these forms to Kerry in the office ( or you can bring them in with you at our Office Open Day on Friday 29th January 2016.

Additional Information for enrolment which can be helpful but not to worry about if it is at the bottom of a moving box:

  • Recent school reports, and profile/portfolio books,
  • Information from any additional services you child may have worked with such as Reading Recovery or RTLit,
  • School books such as writing books, mathematics books, etc

General School Information:

Sign up to our School Newsletter here:

Another great way to stay up to date with the day to day happenings at Waiouru School is by liking our Facebook page –

Classes for 2016 (click here to see our staff profiles):

Meet Our Board of Trustees Here.

Useful Community Information:

We understand that posting is a stressful time.  Pop in anytime, ring or email us and we will do our best to help.  See you all soon. Marama

WE NEED YOU!! – Waiouru School Working Bee.

Are you available for our Waiouru School Working Bee?

Friday afternoon 20th November and Saturday Morning 21st November.

If you are able to help on either of these days we would really appreciate it, especially if you could help project manage different projects for the day.

Our plan of action is as follows:
Friday afternoon – All students will be engaged in the prep-work for the actual working bee day on Saturday. Please send your kids to school in old, working clothes that do not matter if they get a bit dirty, or painty. They will be involved with working on their classroom projects, as well as weeding, tidying, touching up paint, and moving stones from the in-school gardens to the front gardens outside the gates.

On Saturday we are asking for teams of workers to help us with the following projects:

  • Redoing our stony gardens with mulch – weed and tidy included.
  • Cement and lay the Ninja Ratas’ path between the office and classrooms.
  • Tidy and spruce up the Kiva (the concrete pit at the front, it’s actually a stage) with bright coloured paint or possibly a mural.
  • Bulk plant our Koru garden with tussock and plants transferred from other gardens.
  • Dig and plant the Minion’s Tyre Dragon.
  • Build a mini fort on the large stump at the back.
  • Dig and build a couple of jumps on Rangatahi’s bike track.
  • Build a Sandpit – under purple shade sail.
  • Transporting sand from the old Daycare to the new sandpit.
  • Box in Mana’s garden.

Louise Tweeddale has taken on the role of co-ordinating and sourcing materials. What we need now are a few adults who will lead the different projects by telling Louise what is needed and managing the working parties on the day. Please click on the link below for an online sign up form or alternatively speak to Kerry to put your name down.

Here’s a gallery of the potential projects on the day:

Bikes, Dragons, Gardens, and Paths

It’s a busy Friday here at Waiouru School, on this lovely sunny spring day.  All of our classes are working on their projects in our school environment.

Here’s a wrap up of what’s been going on around the school via some of our class blogs …

Go The Mighty All Blacks

Go The All Blacks!!

Go The All Blacks!!

It’s been a busy week this week at Waiouru School!  Here’s a wrap up of what’s been going on around the school via some of our class blogs …

It’s always a thrill to get a comment on your blog, please take a moment to leave one for our kids on their blogs :-)

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.