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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today we remembered

Today at Waitahuna School we  remember and celebrate a very special member of our school-family. 


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thanks Murray

An author has the ability to share his tales over many generations. Thanks for the memories and helping develop our love of reading Murray Ball. #footrotflats #RIP

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Friday, March 3, 2017

A glimpse at Waitahuna School

A glimpse at some of the favourite things we have been doing this week at Waitahuna school: Adventures in the trees creating huts and acting out scenes from the Moana movie. This afternoon as the rain fell we had a lot of children reading the Footrot Flats classics by Murray Ball. Good clean country fun at Waitahuna School.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Smalls Schools Athletics

Waitahuna School has had a very busy start to the year. 
As well as reading, writing and maths, we have been fitting in daily swimming, athletics, rugby coaching with Lee Allan from Otago Rugby and a visit from Greer our Sports Activator.
Today we got to compete at the Small Schools Athletics in Balclutha. 
The maroon t-shirts may have been small in number but they shone in many events including sprints, high-jump and discus. This included a sprints photo finish with our three 5 year old girls.
Thanks to the parents for the great support they gave to the pupils and the teachers.
Next event LAS Athletics on Friday.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Day of school 2017

We were greeted this morning by the children keen and ready to learn. 
After a great first day settling into new routines the children got to take a dip in the school pool. 
A huge thanks to the parents and wider community for the pool upgrade. The children appreciate all your efforts.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

End of Winter Assembly 2016

Today the pupils at Waitahuna School were centre stage as they performed to parents, Grandparents and community members at our End of Winter celebration Assembly.
The children shared what they have been learning during their Science and Literacy topics. They also sang songs and played the ukulele for their guests.
Certificates were presented to representatives who received placings at the cross-country. 
The Assembly finished with 3 pupils receiving medals for their attitude and determination while learning the ukulele. (click the image below to see more photos)

Daffodil Day 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

LAS Cross-country 2016

Today Waitahuna School travelled to Gabriels Gully for the annual LAS cross-country. 
The weather was beautiful and sunny after a very hard frost. 
The children competed very well and showed a lot of determination. 
Thanks to the parents who were there to cheer them on.
Apologies for the few children who missed being photographed... you were too fast for my camera!
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Our Fantastic Parents

The parents and friends of Waitahuna School catered for the local 'Stars in your Eyes' evening last night. The food was amazing and the evening was a lot of fun for all who helped. A huge thank you to this hard-working bunch of people.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Foraging in Waitahuna

Today Waitahuna School went foraging. (Foraging is about making the most of food sources such as fruit trees in the public domain and reconnecting with the origin of our food.)
We didn't have to walk far and we had found lots of big, healthy apples.
Then the huge job of peeling and chopping was undertaken. The children worked cooperatively to complete the job and then set up a production line making the crumble and preparing the packaging.
The school smelled delicious as the puddings cooked in the kitchen and they were still baking after school. If your family didn't get a pudding today it will go home tomorrow.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Art - Frogs


We hope you enjoy our latest video which shares some of our recent artwork.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Check out 'Our Garden' Tab

We have been busy in our garden. Click on the 'Our Garden' tab above for news on out garden.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Junior Swimming Carnival

The 2016 Junior Swimming Carnival was held at the Tuapeka Aquatic Centre. The afternoon always holds its challenges with heat, noise and children excitedly waiting for their races. Thank you to the spectators who gave the competitors their full attention as it helps makes the carnival run a little more smoothly. Well done to the pupils who tried their best to show the skills they have learnt.
What a wonderful pool. 
We loved seeing Cody for a wee visit as well.

First Edition of our School newspaper - Writing for meaning

We enjoy keeping in touch with our family and friends of Waitahuna School through our Blog and Facebook Page. To begin the year in our writing programme we decided to create a more traditional way of sharing our stories with you all. Therefore some of you may have received a copy of our 'Summer News' newspaper in your mail box recently. All of the stories have been written by the pupils and the big job of editing the newspaper was taken on by Madaline who is 9. If you have been lucky enough to receive a copy we hope you have enjoyed sitting relaxing with a coffee or cup of tea and enjoying our newspaper. (Some of you may have to wait a while for the snail to deliver)

Swimming Progress 2016

Dear Parents , we thought you might like to see the progress your children are making during our swimming lessons. Since February 1st the children have been swimming each day and quite often twice a day. Ms Johnstone and Mrs Blackmore have been taking this daily coaching and this week Sharon is also coming to share her skills. We are sure you will be as impressed as we are with the progress the children have made. (Please note some children were not swimming today therefore don't feature on the video). Also if you look at the children out of the pool you will see Guided Reading and story-writing taking place.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Small Schools Athletics 2016

Yesterday we attended the Small Schools Athletics at Balclutha. The children enjoyed meeting up with their friends from the other small-schools and competing in the variety of track and field events. A huge thank you to the parents who offered transport and also helped us to run our events.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LAS Athletic Sports 2015

Lawrence Area School turned on some fantastic weather for their annual Athletics Sports. After a deluge of rain overnight the grounds were dust-free and the day was mild,over-cast and pleasant. 

The children all competed strongly in their events with some taking away personal best heights in high-jump.

The day finished with the inter-house and Waitahuna School relay.  We were proud to have all our children in the relay this year, although sadly one athlete missed her run due to a visit to Dunedin hospital.  A huge thanks to Caine Ritchie, Liam and Taylor Homer for helping bolster our numbers in the relay, this brought the Homers in the team to six.  

(Most photos of the event feature the Under 7's and the relay as the photographer was supporting this group. The rain was also falling through the relay)  - Click on the image below to view the photos:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thanks Primepac

Waitahuna School would like to say a huge "Thank you" to Primepac for the rugby balls we were fortunate to win in the prize-draw. The kids are enjoying practising their skills at lunch and during PE lessons. Also a huge thanks to Jenna who nominated our great wee school.

First day at school of 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

We Remember - Mrs Crump

This week Waitahuna School has lost a past pupil, past parent, past Grand-parent and special friend of the school. In our small school Mrs Crump was an identity that we all knew and loved. She was the special lady behind the 'Soup and Savs' for many and more recently she was always at the top of the Invite List for all celebrations at Waitahuna School. 
We hope you enjoy listening to the interview that the children made earlier this year which gave us all an insight into her life in Waitahuna.     Mrs Crump's Interview  (The rest of the interviews are on a tab at the top of our blog.)

Remembered with love Mrs Crump 1925-2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Today was the last day at Waitahuna School for 2015. We decided to do a little Kitchen Chemistry. First we made a pavlova... one with an electric mixer and one by hand! Challenge Number One was to separate the egg whites from the yolk - we hope you enjoy the video on how we did this.
An egg white is about 90% water and 10% protein. 
~The egg-white proteins are long chains of amino acids that fold and curl into more or less spherical tangles. ~When you beat an egg white, theseproteins uncurl and stretch out.
~As you beat the egg whites, you also whip bubbles into the mixture.
~The water molecules and egg-white proteins bump around, fighting for position...
...But after all that Science the most important thing was the taste test and it was delicious.
We also went to visit a few 'special locals' to drop off our Christmas baking and sing Christmas carols.

Click the link to see our EGG SEPARATION VIDEO:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Presentation Day at Waitahuna School

Today was presentation day at Waitahuna School. Mrs Roughan from our local branch of the Cancer Society came to present Waitahuna School with a certificate for our support at Daffodil Day. Melee received the  certificate on behalf of us all and a special mention was made of Melee's own personal fundraising with her gift cards.
We also had two medals to present from 'Reading Eggs'. These were awarded to Lachie and Madaline. We are both amazed at the progress that the children have all made with the Reading Eggs programme.  Remember to keep up the great progress over the holidays to prevent the Summer Slide.