Welcome to Waitahuna School's updated Blog. We are excited to share some of the learning that we do everyday at our fantastic school. Included in our Blog are links that will help with supporting learning at home.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Reducing lunch waste - making lunch wraps

At Waitahuna School we are trying to cut down our lunch box waste. We already recycle our yoghurt pottles and feed most of our food scraps to our worm farm.
Today we took up the challenge to make food wraps to use in our lunch boxes. It was a challenging task which involved cotton fabric, and our secret beeswax formula. As always it involved a lot of team-work with the seniors supporting our younger pupils. The wraps will be arriving home on Monday and we look forward to seeing our waste reduce further. ๐ŸŒฑ

Garden Harvest Challenge

Classroom challenge at Waitahuna School today with the Senior Room thinking how to use our school garden zucchini and the Junior Room thinking how to use the potatoes. 
The Junior Room came up with Hackleback potatoes which were delicious and the Senior Room ... Chocolate zucchini cake! Neither dish lasted long and we are proud to say that all the vegetables were eaten.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beneficial Bugs

Today at Waitahuna School we learnt about ‘Beneficial bugs’. We discovered that although white butterflies are a pain and their caterpillars eat our cabbages and the farmer’s swedes, ladybird larvae are beneficial bugs and they eat the pest’s caterpillars and eggs. Some other beneficial bugs are the hoverfly and the lacewing (we didn’t even know what a hoverfly or lacewing looked like- we do now!)
This afternoon we made a Bug House to accomodate the influx of visitors that we want to welcome to our garden. 
Some of the beneficial insects we hope to attract include:
* Bees – solitary and native. We are hoping they will find shelter to lay their eggs and rest over winter
* Lady bugs – predator of aphids and mites are said to enjoy nesting and resting in twigs and sticks
* Hoverflies – also a predator of aphids plus a pollinator of plants also like to nest and rest in twigs and sticks
* Lacewings – their larvae feed on aphids and mealy bugs. They like to rest and nest in straw and wood

A huge thanks to Sarah Swinbourn our local PGG Field Rep for sharing her knowledge with us. 

Nichol's Garden Centres
NZ Gardener magazine
PGG Wrightson Ltd
Go Gardening

The beginning of the 2018 Garden Harvest

‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’

An exciting day in the Waitahuna School garden today with the beginning of the 2018 Harvest. 
We have had a great growing season and are thrilled with our crop of potatoes. It was also great to see the children’s hands thick in soil searching for them. Also being able to vine ripen tomatoes at school must be a first. 

‘Life’s a garden dig it’

Small School Athletics

Another busy day at Waitahuna School as we competed in the ‘Small Schools Athletics’ in Balclutha. Although the teachers were kept busy at the high-jump it is brilliant to hear the positive feed-back about the children’s effort and prowess. 
Also a huge congratulations to Waitahuna School’s young relay team who won their heat against some very strong competition.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Berwick Camp

Waitahuna School has just returned from their 2018 camp to Berwick. 
This was a fantastic camp where the children’s goals were simple, to challenge themselves and work as a team - they achieved both.
A huge thanks to the parents who support us in all that we do.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Please help Waitahuna School get some books

Waitahuna School is pleased to be taking part in the Kelloggs and New World initiative to get books in schools.
If you buy two Kelloggs items from New World BALCLUTHA, please pop your receipt in the WAITAHUNA SCHOOL box. 
Each receipt helps us get free books. Thanks for your support.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Waitahuna Song - version #2

Before we sign off for the year we thought we would share another rendition of our song ‘Waitahuna’
Thanks for all the positive feed-back and comments.

The launch of our song ‘Waitahuna’


A huge congratulations to the pupils at Waitahuna School for their performance in the ‘Kiwiana Concert’. A brilliant night of singing, dancing, ukulele playing and acting. 
Also an amazing launch of their song ‘WAITAHUNA’ written and composed by the children with the guidance of the teachers. 
Congratulations to you all on a successful year. 
Happy Holidays from Ms Johnstone and Mrs Blackmore


The Waitahuna River weaves us together
The train station stands whatever the weather
Our farms are rolling and green with feed
Producing the lamb that the whole world needs

Small school where we all learn big  
A swimming pool and a garden to dig
Trees to climb and keep us cool 
That’s Waitahuna School

Mt Stuart’s turbines stand on the hill
Harnessing the power that lowers our bill
Their lights, a beacon, through the district glow
Forecasting the Antarctic winds that blow


The Waitahuna Hall is on the main street
It’s a wonderful place for the locals to meet 
The velvet curtains still hang with pride 
The children’s faces beaming inside


Waitahuna’s small but our bond is forever
Our school is the glue that holds us together
Grandparents, neighbours all stand as one
Together we sing and we all have fun


Celebrating the Oaks 125th

Today at Waitahuna School we celebrated a birthday! 125 years since our two oak trees were planted in 1892 to celebrate the inaugural ‘Arbour Day’.
We talked about the children and community members long ago that these planted trees for us all to appreciate. 

We always love these special trees but this week they have been even more valuable as we have held our lessons under them to escape the 28
- 30 degree days. 

We also celebrated with cake!

First Swim of 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thanks Pioneer Energy

A huge thanks to Pioneer Energy for their sponsorship of our School sign. We are thrilled with it.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kayaking the Waitahuna River

Today the Senior Room from Waitahuna School kayaked the Waitahuna River. It was a fantastic experience for all involved. 
We can also report back that the Waitahuna river is as clean and pristine as ever. 
When we arrived at the Waterfront in Waitahuna we were welcomed by the Junior Room who had spent their morning making pizzas for our lunch. 
A huge thank you to the parents who made this possible especially Tony, Sarah, Renee and Hannah.

Concert 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pet Day 2017

Well what a week we have had at Waitahuna School. 
Parents doing school tailing on Monday, Ukulele on Tuesday, Snow on the ground on Wednesday with a visit from Pip and the Life Education Classroom, and thankfully the sun shone on Thursday for PET DAY!
The Pet Day was a great success. The children were excited and keen to share their pets. The parents were able to catch-up, visit the classrooms and see the children's work and competition entries on display.
The dog agility course was a highlight and the Grand Parade was a spectacle!
A huge thanks to the parents for supporting this event and a special thanks to Larissa for capturing the photos.

Click the image above to see some photos of our Pet Day

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bellview Planting 2017

Today Waitahuna School went to our Annual planting day at Bellview Gardens in Lawrence. 

We spent the morning potting native plants and also sourcing seedlings from under established plants. 

The children worked hard until they had exhausted the potting mix supply.

Next we were treated to roast lunch and cream cakes for afternoon. 

We also had a go a fishing for some trout which we could see but sadly no tight lines today. 

A huge thanks to Stevie for letting us share your special place. Also a huge thanks to Kasey for all your guidance and the beautiful food - prepared by yourself and Grandad Gordon. 

Also thanks to Gary and a special mention to Annie R for your amazing baking. ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CONSERVATION WEEK at Waitahuna School

(Click above to play the video)

Waitahuna School would love to see NZ Predator free by 2050.
Waitahuna has many residents who are passionate about increasing the number of native birds in our area.
Through this initiative we have been able to see an increased number of tui. Our school has been able to support this through native plantings and winter nectar feeding. We appreciate being a part of something that will increase the bird numbers and birdsong for us and future generations.
Squawk Squad
Department of Conservation
Waitahuna School

Friday, September 29, 2017

Brewery and Daffodil visit

After a morning researching native trees following on from our visit to The Station House Nursery; Waitahuna School visited Weatherstons Brewery and Daffodils Trust for a fish and chip picnic and a dally through the daffodils. The contrast from the native bush, complete with waterfall, to the expansive daffodil fields is spectacular.
A huge thanks to the volunteers who have re-opened the fields to the public this year as the daffodils are a treasure to behold.
Thanks to Val for taking us on her bus and for her support. ๐ŸšŒ
PS: No daffodils were squashed in the taking of our photo!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Visitors at Waitahuna School

Today we had Dream Brown visit Waitahuna School with her 7 pups. The children were very excited and the puppies got a lot of socialising - as did the children.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thanks Sharon at the Station House

Today Waitahuna School visited Station House Nursery down the road in Waitahuna. 
Sharon showed the children the range of native plants that she grows and some of the features that make them so important to plant in our local area. Then we were able to plant harakeke seeds and repot larger flax. 
The children enjoyed learning more about native plantings and then we went back to school where we helped Sharon plant some flax in the native area beside the school.
A huge thanks to Sharon, Billy, Hazel and Leeann for a great learning experience.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Au revoir Greer

Today we had our last visit with Greer our Sports Activator. 
Greer has been a regular visitor to Waitahuna school and we have enjoyed all the skills and drills she has taught us. 
We wish Greer all the best for her future and look forward to following her sporting achievements.