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, June 15, 2017

Cartooning at Waitahuna School

At Waitahuna School we have had a few days of story writing and cartooning based on two of our classmates eel catching adventure during the weekend. 

Country-life must be some of the best writing inspiration. 

Term 2 Awards

This morning we had a fantastic start to the day with an amazing sunrise at Waitahuna School. 

As Mrs Blackmore is not going to be with us for the rest of the term, we took the opportunity to present awards to some of our pupils. Elsie, Lachie, Henry, Amber and Chase all received sports awards. Jayden received a 'Reading Eggs' award for the child at Waitahuna School who had made the biggest improvement in reading. 

Well done Jayden, your award is thoroughly deserved.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Silverbeet Soup

Today Waitahuna School officially put the school garden to bed for Winter.
We have had a mixed growing season but produced a great crop of capsicum which we made into delicious savoury scones.
Today we made Silverbeet soup. This delicious concoction involved even the youngest students at Waitahuna school chopping and dicing. The scenario was put to the children - 'If there was a big snowfall and Mum and Dad are out feeding stock, what can be cooked on the fire if the power is off?' As you can see - they cleaned up the lot! Thanks to Cameron and Elsie for the photos.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Junior Room writing

The Junior Room love to write. Pop into the classroom at 8.15 and you will find them writing. Lists, books and stories, you name it they are practising. No great focus for the bell to ring at 9 as some of these children have already been writing for 45 minutes. Keep up the great work.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ripppa Rugby 2017

A cold crisp day to play Rippa Rugby at the Sport Clutha tournament in Balclutha. We were tight for numbers with no reserves, but our two teams of Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 put in a top effort. The Year 3 & 4 team got to the quarter finals.
A huge thanks to Tony and Ben for the time spent coaching the teams. Also thanks to the parents who came to cheer us on and to the dozen Waitahuna children who played their hearts out.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waitahuna Waterfront

As part of of our community engagement today Waitahuna School went to the Waitahuna waterfront to check on the new community planting. After weeding the plants the children then had a picnic lunch and spent time exploring the pristine Waitahuna river. #enviroschools

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.