It was fabulous to see many of our grandparents yesterday as our students played host to their loved ones and took much pride in showing them around our beautiful school. After welcoming our grandparents and visitor to the school Larry Forbes, our grandparents were treated to some poetry readings, songs, and a very long line for the hariru (person to person greetings). Then we had a lovely shared kai, thank you to all those parents who sent in such a great variety of food, and each student took their grandparents around to show them the work they have done so far. Grandparents were encouraged to ask their mokopuna about their learning goals for the year and career aspirations for life so our students were able to practice articulating their dreams.
After the tour of the classrooms with their mokopuna the BOT were able to show our visitors through the newly refurbished back room which we have now called the Tiaki Tamariki Space. It includes a fully functional kitchen, mirror wall, new furniture, and a purpose built community computer lab.
This week saw senior boy Cornelius Fakahua receive yet another prize as he was recognised for his stand out achievements at the Interschool Swimming Sports at Opononi Area School. School Sports Assistant Angeline recognised Cornelius because he was among a group of students who represented Waima School and placed 2nd in the only 50m race of the day. This showed not only Cornelius’s fitness levels but also his courage to enter into an event that was outside of what he had done before.
Although he has always been a consistently high performing athlete, in previous weeks Cornelius was also selected as the ‘Top Senior Male’ of the interschool softball tournament held in Kaikohe. This huge trophy takes pride of place in the administration area where all visitors to the school are able to see it and hear of Cornelius’s achievements.
Congratulations to Cornelius and his family on such a wonderful start to the year.
Junior students from Waima & Ohaewai School enjoyed a day out at Lindvart Park in Kaikohe on Monday last week as staff from Netball Northern introduced the new junior version of the game.
The game is now made simpler so children as young as 5 years old can play netball and learn new skills. Staggering the introduction of new rules also means that the game grows with the players and the skill level builds as their experience with netball increases.
Bay of Islands Netball Centre is introducing the new version of the game with a Junior Twilight Competition starting Wednesday the 26th of February at 4:30pm followed at 5:30pm with a Parent Information Evening to outline how the new versions of the game works. The parent information evening will be presented by Netball Northern staff member Anne Nicholson and will be a good chance for parents to ask questions.
The Junior Twilight Competition will cost $20 per team to register and involves 2 x 20 minute games each week and a skills and drills demo in between games to teach schools some new skills and drills for use at their practices throughout the season.
So…. now is the time for parents and community members who are interested in being parent helpers, managers, and coaches to let the school admin Aunty Hoki know so we will know how many teams we are able to have. There are plenty of tamariki who are keen to play but we need to have a coach or parent helper for each team before we can progress.
Students at Waima School were excited to hear that past student Te Wiremu Mercer will be travelling to Italy to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cristo in May. The 28 Maori Battalion forged an outstanding reputation on the battlefields of Greece, Crete, North African and Italy during World War II in a courageous bid to fight for their country and for their right as Maori.
Te Wiremu, who was badged in January 2013, has gone on to achieve well academically and athletically in the academy’s unique support structure and with the backing of a caring family. As a residential program the Leadership Academy of A Company assists its cadets to achieve their dreams by supporting them in their education and with leadership development.
Each family has been asked to raise $1000 to contribute towards the total cost of travel. Local families will be doing their part through running raffles and seeking koha to help a graduate of Waima School achieve his dreams and invite you to contact the Waima School office on 094053901 if you are able to contribute or support in any way.
Students from throughout the Hokianga had the chance to show case their talent at the South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival on Fridaythe 29th of November, 2013 at Waima School.
The annual event began with a traditional haka powhiri to welcome participant schools and visitors. Kaumatua Taite Renata and Eparaima Hauraki were on hand to give welcoming speeches and to introduce the name of the ‘manu-aute’ or ‘traditional maori kite’ that Waima School families had made to symbolise the aspiring dreams of the children of Hokianga.
Master of Ceremonies, Levi Bristow, kept the crowds entertained in between the eight performances of the day giving away spot prizes and showing great knowledge of local lore and genealogy which linked each school to the next.
Festival co-ordinator Dallas Williams said it was an opportunity for the schools of South Hokianga to come together and celebrate the talents of their children and traditions of their past.
“It really is inspiring to see such beauty and poise coming from our tamariki here in the Hokianga, we have a lot to be proud of, all of us. Kapahaka is more than just performance it is about continuing on the traditions of our past and highlighting that our culture is alive and well”.
On the day stand out choreography, poi, and harmony from Kura Hokianga and the haka from Waima School set a benchmark for the year but throughout the day families watched on proudly as the children from every school bravely took the stage to perform.
The symbolism of the traditional maori kite ‘Te Manu-a-Rangi’ was continued at the close of the day when participant schools were gifted framed artworks that contained an albatross feather to remind them of their part to play in supporting the dreams and aspirations of their students. Young Isla Jean Appelhof Butler from Opononi who had stunned the crowd earlier with her solo performance, fittingly finished the day off when she accepted the hand-over of the festival on behalf of Opononi School who will be the hosts in 2014. In a moving gesture students from Waima and Opononi challenged each other while Whaea Claire Papuni led a karanga or traditional call and MC Levi Bristow prayed a blessing over the exchange.
Acknowledgement must go to all of the participant schools -TKKM Hokianga, Horeke School, Rawene School, Opononi Area School and Waima School for their outstanding performances on the day and to host school Waima for a well organised and produced festival which was enjoyed by all. Nau mai haere mai koutou katoa ki te Kura Takiwa o Opononi I te tau 2014. Welcome one and all to Opononi Area School in 2014.
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Staff, students and whanau of Waima School are excited as they prepare to host the South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival for 2013.
This festival is an opportunity for schools & families in the Hokianga to celebrate the importance of kapahaka and the role it plays in bringing our communities together. Proud histories are acted out and sung as our tamariki work together to reinvigorate the stories of our past. Through waiata and whaikorero whakapapa links are affirmed and the ihi of our people is brought to the fore as the many hapu of Hokianga congregate in this one place to celebrate our tamariki and this kaupapa.
On Friday the 29th of November 2013 at 9:30am, nestled beneath Whakatere Puhanga Tohora and the ranges of Te Ramaroa the song of our tamariki shall ring out amongst te wao nui a Tane.
Nau Mai Haere Mai Koutou Katoa.
For more information please download the following documents or contact our school office on 094053901.
Programme: South Hokianga Kapahaka Festival Program 2013
Poster: Kapa Haka Poster
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On behalf of the BOT at Te Kura O Waima I would like to congratulate the following members of our school community on their election onto our BOT at Waima Kura and their recent appointments to the various portfolios:
Rebecca Wilcox – Health & Safety Porfolio
Susan Mokaraka – Community Portfolio
Aroha Parker – Student Achievement Portfolio
Julie Fakahua – Financial Portfolio
Dallas Williams – Property Portfolio
Patsy Davidson (Staff Representative)
Jenny Colebrook (Principal)
At our meeting on the 2nd of August we were presented with our latest achievement data showing marked improvements in many areas according to national standards. We the BOT would like to thank our dedicated staff for their continued efforts with our tamariki and encourage our families to continue to build on the support networks for this learning at home. Having a consistent routine that includes quiet time reading to your child, maths games, and just remembering to pop in and look in your child’s books to show your child that you value the work they do at school can create real change in a child’s attitude towards learning.
In addition to this I would like to acknowledge Jaymee Makiha who was recently awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award. Jaymee has bee a fantastic role model for many other tauira at our school. Congratulations Jaymee and a special thank you to Tony & Maree who invest so much into the continued excellence in their children.
On behalf of the BOT at Te Kura O Waima, nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, na
Dallas Williams – Chairperson of the BOT
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