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.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas in our Community

As a lead up to Christmas we have been talking about the true meaning of Christmas with a focus on the importance of giving to others.  The children spent Tuesday baking for the elderly in Waitahuna and also the special people who help us at school.
On Wednesday we walked to the house of some lovely Waitahuna residents to sing carols and give them some of our baking.On Thursday we travelled up to Lawrence to share some Christmas cheer.  First we visited  the Tuapeka Health Centre Rest Home to sing Christmas carols to the residents and to give out some of our Chrismas baking.  Then we walked down the road and sang some carols to a couple of elderly residents, right on their door-step!, as you can imagine they were delighted to have such a lovely visit.
This week the children have come to understand that Christmas is about giving as well as getting, and sometimes it is the simplest gift that gives the most pleasure.
Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of our journey-

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Today the Junior Room had an exciting day reading some of their favourite books by Dr Seuss.  We had a lot of fun making up rhyming words and constructing Cat in the Hats. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sports Extravaganza - Our famous pupils

For all the followers of our blog, who don't receive the ODT newspaper, you will be impressed to see the fantastic photos of a couple of our pupils that featured in Friday's edition.  If you would like to read the full article click on the link below to be directed to ODT online. 
The children behaved fabulously, supported their team mates, represented Waitahuna School with pride and had a great time.  Thanks so much to the parents who helped out with the teams - a very challenging task, rather similar to moving blind sheep!
Thanks again.
Clare and Vicki

Friday, November 2, 2012

Athletics at Lawrence

Congratulations to all the Waitahuna children for their terrific effort at Athletics today in Lawrence.  The children all gave their best and we were thrilled with their achievements.  A huge thank you to our two 'secret weapons' who stepped up to help us in the school relay race.  We were very proud of all of your efforts.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pet Day 2012

We had a wonderful day at the Waitahuna School Pet Day.  Dogs and lambs were the most popular pets with goats and a cat also on parade.  We would like to thank Sam Hislop from ANZ, Val Fox  and Sue  Homer for their expertise in the judging ring. Tom Henderson our local Vet also spoke to the children about caring for their animals and why it is important to vacinate against disease.

This year we included an 'Agri-challenge' which saw teams competing at decorating a pavlova(incuding whipping the cream with a hand beater), then constructing an electric fence to hold a lamb, shooting possums with a nerf gun and a 'fadge race' to end the challenge.  The children then had a BBQ lunch kindly provided by the PTA - with pavlova for desert.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Team work at Waitahuna

 Today we had a great day of co-operative learning with the whole school.  The children first started with their 'thinking skills' they then had to work in groups to put all their information into a poster, while including all members of the group.  This is a challenging task but it was great to see the skills of team-work, inclusion, acceptance and consideration being used. Great Work and fantastic posters.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Great News...

We have been looking forward to this day and it has finally arrived! 10 000 visitors have viewed our blog to see what we do at our fantasitc school, Waitahuna School.  Thank you to the awesome parents and supportive community members who put so much time into our school.  But most of all thank you to the fantastic kids who flourish in the great environment of Waitahuna School.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Books Launched at Waitahuna School

A special occassion this week at Waitahuna School has inspired us to write, illustrate and publish our own picture books.  You may be interested to know the titles of our books incase you see them in a bookshop near you.
From left to right:
The Best day ever by Joshua Allen
The Waihola Experience by Rebecca Benington
The Surprise by Abby Bugden
Lambing Time by Dotty Bain
The Best and Scariest day ever by Liam Homer
Tailing Day by Jacob Homer
The Scarey Bulls by Jake Heslop
Maths Heroes by Jack Murray
A New Rider by Olly Bugden
Christmas Dinner by Taylor Homer
Three Hunters by Crede Holgate

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Visiting the Black Horse Brewery

 On Monday, Waitahuna School went to the Black Horse Brewery with Mrs Fox in the school bus.  When we first arrived Dusty (Mrs Murtagh) told us some interesting facts about the brewery and the Hart family.  Then we enjoyed our lunch sitting near the ruins of the brewery.  Mrs Fox gave us all an iceblock after lunch and then we set off to walk around the daffodils.  There were alot of different varieties and it was hard to compare them as they were all similar but different.  Afterwards we met back on the grass and took out our sketching paper.  We spent the next short while studying the lines and forms of the daffodils and trying to sketch them on our paper. 
Then we packed up our art materials and lunch boxes and set back to Waitahuna on the bus.

We would like to thank Mrs Fox for taking us to the brewery and for the ice blocks.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thanks Lawrence Lions Club

We would like to thank the Lawrence Lions for their generous donation towards resources for Cody.

As you can see from the expression on his face the car garage has been appreciated and it has been interesting to listen to the discussions between Miss Goss and Cody.  The garage has a helicopter pad and Cody likes putting the helicopter on it.

Children receive Toroa Award

We are very proud of our Senior Room pupils who featured on the front page of the Clutha Leader this week.  The children have been working closely with scientists from the University of Otago Chemistry department, using 'real-life' situations in farming and investigating them to find their answers.

The children recently were named runner-up in the Conservation Departments Toroa Award which acknowledges conservation or environmental projects in the Coastal Otago area. Click the picture to read the full-story online

Saturday, September 8, 2012


The Senior Room is very excited to be involved in the Flat Stanley Project.  This project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students from other schools in New Zealand and around the world. We began by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then we created paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character). Each student first sent one Flat Stanley to a friend or relative and asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and to send us a letter letting us know what Stanley did while visiting them.  They then returned Stanley and the letter after a period of time.
The Senior Room has had a lot of fun plotting Flat Stanley's travels on our world map.

We have already received the following Stanley's back:
  • Abby’s Stanley back from Alexandra accompanied by photos of him at the Clyde Dam, Alexandra clock and at a winery!
  • Rebecca’s Stanley went to Christchurch where he stayed at a house in the Red Zone, this letter definitely made us think how families are coping after the Christchurch Earthquake.
  • Danielle’s Stanley came back from a sun soaked holiday at the Gold Coast in Australia where he was photographed at many of the Theme Parks!

  • Joshua's Stanley went to Waiuku near Auckland and had fun riding motorbikes and getting to know Joshua's Aunty and Uncle.  He came back with a fabulous folder of his travels around Waiuku. 
  • Liam and Taylor's Stanley travelled to USA with Grandparents Karen and Murray.  The letter that he travelled back in explained that he had seen squirrels in tree, moles in the lawn and a taxidermy window display that had a stuffed moose head that was 4 times the size of a cow
We have had one Stanley back from a school in the UK where the teacher took our Stanley to the Olympics; He was photographed with some English Policeman and was sitting very very close to some famous people... do you recognise them?

 We have also received 4 Flat Stanleys, 2 from a school in England and 2 from an Australian school.  If you are lucky enough to have Flat Stanley join your family for a few days, please take a few photos of him feeding lambs, calves and give him a fantastic experience that our children receive daily in rural Waitahuna. Please forward any photos to Mrs Blackmore so we can print them and send them back with our visiting Stanleys. Also if your family is going somewhere interesting please take a Stanley with you, take some photos, so we can show other schools what an interesting country we live in.
We will keep you updated with our exciting project as it grows.
Mrs Blackmore

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Miss Goss has had a gruelling job holding the Annual 'Champion Goal Kicker of the Year Competition at Waitahuna School.
It has been a very tough competition but also very exciting to see the progress from last year.
The results are below:

CHAMPION FOR 2012  Olly Bugden
2nd: =  Taylor Homer, Jack Murray, Joshua Allen
3rd:      Liam Homer
Girls Highly Commended: Danielle Bain  Rebecca Benington
Outstanding Junior Kicker:  Lachie Murray

Outstanding Senior Kicker: Cody Heslop


On Friday 27 July our Years 5 and 6 children travelled to Milton and competed in the Milton Hockey Tournament.

After their four qualifying games in the morning, the team remained unbeaten and went on to win their quarter final, semi final and final games; a great team effort!

Congratulations to our winning team members Joshua Allen, Danielle Bain, Olly Bugden, Liam, Taylor and Jacob Homer, and Jack Murray. WELL DONE!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Our parents were stars this weekend...

A huge thank you to our Stars who under- took the mammoth job of catering for 'Stars in their Eyes'. A special thank you to Jo and Jo for their fantastic organising of the catering, also to the 100% of parents who came to help and not forgetting Bill and Ms Johnstone.
You are all stars in our eyes. Mrs Blackmore

PS: (Ms J thought Graham Tweed's impersonation of Joe Cocker sounded much better than the original when Ms Johnstone attended the concert in the 1970's)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pioneer Generation ~ Mt Stuart Wind Farm Opening ~ Global Wind Day

Today Waitahuna School was privileged to attend the Opening of the Mount Stuart Wind Farm. Although we couldn't visit the Wind Farm due to there being 2 inches of snow on Mount Stuart, we were warmly welcomed at the Waitahuna Hall.  The school was centre stage and the childrens' behaviour and manners were a credit to them.  Fraser Jonker, Pioneer Generations CEO gave a presentation which supported many of the things the children have learnt about during our Wind Energy Unit. Mr Jonker also highlighted the relationship that has been formed between their company and Waitahuna School and commented that Waitahuna School was 'INSPIRATIONAL'.

We would like to thank the friends of school who came with us to share this historic opening and also credit goes to our wonderful parents who took the time to prepare lunch for the large crowd. Thank you 
Mrs Blackmore

Please take the time to view the Poster Competion entries below-

Poster Competition 'Why Wind'
Senior Room 1st Prize:
Rebecca Benington, 2nd Prize: Olly Bugden
Junior Room 1st Prize: Kaitlin O'Neill, 2nd Bryn Holgate, 3rd Melee Dowle

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Giant Jam Sandwich

 Today in the Junior Room the children were posed with a problem... "If 4 million wasps came to town how would you get rid of them?". The children spent alot of time thinking of different ways we could fix that problem which included "leaving town", "Make a trap with honey and trap the wasps on a bus and take them away" and one of my personal favourites "Put a trap on the school roof with honey, so that they don't come down near the children". 
We then proceeded to read a very old story 'The Giant Jam Sandwich'.  Mrs Blackmore brought a 'GIANT' loaf of bread to school and we had the opportunity to replicate the story from the book... without the wasps.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mount Stuart Wind Farm Opening ~ 15th June

Waitahuna School has been invited
to attend the
Official Opening of the


15th June 2012
at 12.00pm
 (Global Wind Day)

We are meeting at the Waitahuna Hall and weather permitting we will travel to the Wind Farm  by bus for the official opening. The school will also have some work displayed at the Waitahuna Hall.

Please email or phone Clare Blackmore if you would like to attend.
Ph: 4859 503

Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Garden ~ Cooking in the Junior Room

As Autumn comes to an end the Junior Room decided to  have one last dig in the garden.We collected carrots, onions , silver beet, rosemary, garlic and a leek. (the garlic and the leek came from Ms Johnstone’s garden-but it is just up the road).What to make?  For a bit of inspiration we read the book the Great Grumbler and the wonder Tree!
We decided on carrot cake and silverbeet pie.  
Mrs A helped the cake group and   Ms. Johnstone supervised the pie making.
The  pie tasted better than we thought it would although Bryn took a bit of encouragement to eat his silverbeet, but he didn’t grumble. The carrot cake was delicious.  From Ms Johnstone

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Waitahuna School at the Forsyth Barr Stadium ~ Highlanders vs Bulls

The pupils and parents from Waitahuna School travelled to Dunedin on Saturday to watch the Highlanders vs Bulls rugby game at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

On the bus Olly predicted the Highlanders would win, because Lawrence teams had had a good day. Jack was a bit more conservative and hoped for a draw. So we were all delighted when the Highlanders pulled off the win. The cheering from Waitahuna may have helped! The ring side seats, the hotdogs and chips, rugby balls and goody bags added to the fun. The Highlander players who took the time to come over and sign faces, rugby balls and clothing added to the memories. Mrs Homer and Ms Johnstone were really impressed with the way our children behaved and really supported their team. Thanks to Mr Alec Benington for the smooth drive.

The children had a great time as you can tell from the expressions on their faces in the photos!

Thanks to Silver Fern Farms for their promotion and Ralph and Leanne Allen who were the lucky suppliers who nominated our school for this promotion.
We would like to thank Damian and Nicky on 97.4 MORE FM for letting us use their fabulous photos.  Please thank them by clicking the link below to like them on FACEBOOK

from Ms Johnstone