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:

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 …

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.

The Variety Bash Visit

This is a cross post from the Junior School Blog, if you would like to leave a comment I am sure the kids would be thrilled! Click here to comment.
We were so lucky to have a visit from the Dr Seuss ‘subbus’ and other amazing vehicles travelling New Zealand for the ‘Variety Bash.’ It was great seeing all the characters from our favourite stories and we were grateful to receive goodies from the teams. Thank you Variety Bash!

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Look at all of the ‘goodies’ we were given.IMG_1604 IMG_1612 IMG_1598 IMG_1614 IMG_1617

Mrs Kings Mum, Dad and Sister were travelling on the ‘Bash.’ We know them better as…IMG_1637Fox in socks (Kandy Mott), Star-Bellied Sneetch (Brenda Webb), Cat in the Hat (Martin Webb) and one of the ‘Who’s’ from Whoville (Teri Webb).

Amazing Wearable Art from Taihape Area School

We had an amazing visit by the senior students from Taihape Area School to show us their Wearable Art Creations.  It was a great inspiration for our own students who are in the middle of creating their pieces for our Wearable Arts Show at the end of term three.  Thanks Mr McMillan and Mr Yates from bringing your students over.