The Year That Was 2022

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THE YEAR WAS THAT Celebrating the triumphs and experiences of education in Wairarapa 2022 PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Proud to support all Wairarapa Schools Masterton • 159-167 Ngaumutawa Road • Phone 06 3706888
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The heart of Wairarapa is its many schools, colleges and education providers

Ever yone agrees that Wairarapa is a great place to bring up kids Our learning institutions have a lot to do with this Thank you to our education providers for your continued enthusiasm, and dedication to supporting our region’s students in these challenging times

Thank you to all of the many businesses that have supported our education providers

And thank you to Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton for sponsoring The Year That Was The Year That Was is an annual publication which welcomes all education providers in Wairarapa to participate

Inside you will read about the many achievements and highlights of what has been a year like no other Wairarapa Times-Age is a proud supporter of education in our community

We are proud to bring you The Year That Was and hope you enjoy looking back over the past year of education in Wairarapa


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Carterton Littlies 5

Car terton School 6

Chanel College

Cloud Kids Educare 11

Dalefield School

Douglas Park School 13

Fernridge School

Gladstone School 16

Good Beginnings

Greytown Early Years 19

Greytown School 20

Kahutara School

Kuranui College 23

Lakeview School

Life Education Trust


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Mar tinborough Playcentre 27

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Masterton Primary School 32

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Pirinoa School 35

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Poto College House 38

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Solway Primary School

South End School 42

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St Mary’s School 44

St Patrick’s Primary School

St Teresa’s School

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We have had a very engaging year at Carterton Preschool. We started with an amazing trip in the Scott’s Contracting family bus to the McFadzean farm. We got to explore tractors, watch the dogs round up the sheep, as well as watching a sheep being shorn and nished o the trip with a swim in the river in the rain! Bryn’s mum Jen taught us about some of the work she does as a large animal vet. Kathryn’s dad Richard showed us his police car and all the equipment he carries on his uniform in his work as a Policeman.

Kieran’s dad Josh brought a re engine to Preschool. He started by getting our kaiako Kevin to try on all the heavy PPE and breathing apparatus that they wear when going into a burning building. Next, he showed us all the equipment on the engine and let us squirt the powerful re hose! Then we had Isobel’s dad Mike come in with an ambulance from Wellington Free.

He showed the tamariki all the special lifesaving equipment and let the tamariki climb in and explore the ambulance. We are very grateful for all the work these superheroes do for our community!

As part of our philosophy at Carterton Preschool we teach a culture of kindness and create for tamariki an awareness of the importance of community. An important aspect of this is showing them ways that we can contribute to our community and wider society.

This year we celebrated one of the children’s favourite animals, on I nternational Tiger Day. The tamariki and teachers wore tiger dress ups, and made a donation to WWF to support their e orts in protecting this endangered


Kia ora koutou,

I have had another fantastic year leading our team of amazing kaiako at Carterton Preschool.

It has been a season of change with a couple of kaiako chasing new adventures and some fresh faces in both the permanent and part time teaching team.

However, this hasn’t slowed us down at all, in the pursuit of our vision for excellence in all aspects of early childhood education!

We have been busy working with our whānau and community to provide a local curriculum that is rich in authentic learning experiences for our tamariki.

We would like to say a massive thank you to our parents and whānau who have gone above and beyond to support our kaiako in this process. Your input in our curriculum is so valued.

species. We wore our Onesies and helped to raise funds for Wellington Free Ambulance as we wanted to show our gratitude for having the only free ambulance service in the whole country!

Lastly, the tamariki laced up their sneakers and collected sponsorship for a walkathon to raise money for the Cancer Society. We were absolutely stunned when our tamariki raised $1,089!! Again, this valuable learning for the tamariki was made possible from the support of our amazing parents and whānau.

Jessica De Menech Having a wool ght in the McFadzean shearing shed. Isobel administering rst aid to Hudson in Dad’s ambulance.
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At Littlies the aroha ows freely as we nurture “our” tamariki alongside their whānau. We design our curriculum to follow their interests and strengths while working to meet the aspirations their whānau hold for them. This provides us with diverse learning journeys as tamariki strengthen key learning dispositions and explore the world around them. Freedom of movement philosophy ensures tamariki have the freedom to move in their own time while we encourage them as they work towards their self-set goals like catching a ball. We delight as much as our whānau when our infants take their rst step.

Upon enrolment, each tamaiti is cared for by a primary caregiver who will support them and their whānau as they settle in and develop their sense of belonging. This is done by ensuring their care moments happen with the same kaiako each time and a respectful and trusting relationship is built with both the tamaiti and their family. The centre has spaces where tamariki can enjoy music and movement, storytelling, dramatic play, and creating masterpieces with our wide range of resources. Spaces are provided for calm and quiet moments as needed. We have a beautiful natural outdoor environment including a popular sandpit, a hill for running or riding down at speed, and opportunities to clamber and climb. A beautiful fale made possible by John Braiden and Jason Hutchings provides a lovely space to spend time playing or enjoying a book. A natural corner of ngahere (forest) inspired by our regular trips to Fensham Reserve is a favourite space to explore and search for Tane’s smallest bugs, listen for manū and play hide and seek. This year at Littlies murals


Kia Ora, Hello, Talofa, Namaste, Nì Háo, Bonjour, and a warm welcome to Carterton Preschool Littlies.

In April I moved from Carterton Preschool to become the team leader at Littlies and I found myself part of a team that provides a respectful, unhurried home away from home for our infant and toddler tamariki.

We work together with whānau to support the tamariki to ourish with mana. Littlies was established in a refurbished home and opened in 2013

as a sister centre to Carterton Preschool. Each day brings many moments of joy and laughter as the younger members of our community teach us a thing or two while reminding us to slow down and see the world through the eyes of a tamaiti.

were added to environment which celebrates the diversity of our world and was created by members of our Littlies team. The tamariki love to stop and share their favourite parts as they arrive at Littlies. It’s almost time to replant our vegetable gardens now summer is on its way, the kai harvested is used in our cooking or as a special treat for the neighouring chickens. At Littlies every day is lled with treasured moments as we care for our youngest tamariki. Come join us!

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Carey Morris Orlagh cooks kai in the sandpit. Rosalie and Noah nailed hammering.
Aimee and Tilly share a snuggle.


Ākonga Māori

‘Poipoia te kākano kia puawai’ Ākonga Māori is a whānau class that includes two kaiako, Whaea Jo and Whaea Hera, working and learning with tamariki in years 0-8. Te Ao Māori is the essence of our kaupapa. Our philosophy is Māori achieving success as Māori.

This year we have had many new students join us on our learning journey along with our new kaiāwhina, Hirini.

Our daily kaupapa includes kotahitanga when we are all together in karakia, whakataukī and waiata. Our tuakanateina reciprocal learning is always evident in all that we do. Our rangitahi (student leaders) are passionate in their manaakitanga, always leading and guiding our younger tamariki in day to day class activities and also beyond, into wider school life, as well as the extended Carterton community.


Our focus areas for 2022 have been strengthening our relationships with students and whānau while ensuring a well balanced and holistic learning environment.

Our school-wide 2022 goals of improving our learning data and exploring the ‘great outdoors’ were a priority and we have achieved these with great success. Our school roll is growing and we are fortunate to employ a new teacher for Team Kawakawa in Term 4, allowing for smaller class ratios. This emphasises that we are “The school of Choice” for

Carterton. Our school values are continuously displayed by our students both in the classroom and during play. Our recent nearmillion dollar upgrade includes new carpets, acoustic ceilings and doors in between classrooms to allow student collaboration. Our purposeful outdoor spaces encourage physical activity, curiosity and endless opportunities for our tamariki. We continue to be ambitious with our ideas, planning with tamariki, teachers and whānau for 2023.

(environmental education), and to our school pepeha -visiting the maunga and awa that nourish our wairua.

Team Kahikatea

Team Kahikatea is made up of three classes of Year 6 to 8 students. The focus is developing independent learners who are motivated and driven to do their best in all areas of school life and nd their version of success.

role on Pet Day helping judge the Teddy Bear competition, do face painting and assisting with paper based activities.

Our seniors have also enjoyed 2022’s Maths Week swap, Commonwealth Games Challenges, Star Lab visits, House of Science Kits, and Bikes in Schools.

Festival, Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Miniball, Rippa Rugby, Equestrian and the upcoming Athletics season is bound to have many of our tamariki excelling in Track and Field events.

Mānawatia a Matariki Matariki was a very special celebration for our tamariki and whānau. Our whānau showed incredible mahi tahi and shared a wonderful evening of kai (delicious Hāngī) and a moving ceremony (Whāngai i te hautapu) which involved the cooking of kai in connection to the Matariki cluster.

Rū ana te whenua i te ihi, me te wehi, me te wana!

Our Tuakana Kapa haka rōpū performed at the recent Wairarapa Schools Kapa Haka Festival. They love waiata and haka, and their stage performance was very popular with the audience.

The 2022 Team Kahikatea programme has been designed to provide tamariki with a multitude of opportunities and to develop leadership qualities. Activities include organising and running lunchtime activities, house and team sports activities, Kapa Haka Roopu, Jump Jam, Tuakana - Teina buddy class, the Arrow FM Radio show, Kaitiaki Fuss Busters, Road Patrol and PE shed monitors.

At Carterton School we run a Year 7 and 8 programme that has seen students involved in Beach Education at Castlepoint, Science Days at Kuranui College, Year 7 and 8 Schools Day, a Life Education visit, Hikes and tramps, Sport exchanges and weekly Technology classes at Makoura.

We have had another fantastic year watching our tamariki developing self-con dence and leadership while participating in fun learning and activities throughout the year.

Tama tu, tama ora 2022 has been a year of many highlights for our tamariki and our whānau.

Our Ākonga Māori sporting prowess has been signi cant, with our tamariki representing our school at a range of events, such as Inter-school Swimming, Cross Country, Girls Rippa Rugby

Ko au te taiao, ko te taiao ko au In a few weeks time, our year 4-8 tamariki will be venturing into the Ngāhere, and camping up at Atiwhakatu Lodge. They will participate in a range of outdoor challenges from cooking, hiking, exploring, team building and sport activities. The time spent in the bush will also allow our tamariki opportunities to connect to te taiao,

Fun and enjoying school life is a big part of Team Kahikatea. This year our students have participated in Rippa Rugby and Football Tournaments, Brooklyn Exchange, Nuku Ora Movewell programme, weekly miniball and basketball competitions, Pedal Ready training, Kahui Ako Masterclass Days, Garden to Table programme, Skateboarding, Enviroschools, performing a production and Booktown enrichment activities and workshops.

Team Kahikatea also took a leadership

Team Kawakawa began the school year with three classes (Year 0 to Year 2) and has since grown to need a fourth class in Term Four. We have been lucky to welcome new students, a teacher and teacher aides. Our newest tamariki are taking full advantage of all Carterton School has to o er. We highly value the transition from Early Childhood Education to starting school and this year has included many visits with our tamariki to local ECE centres to create a strong connection between the learning environments.

In our classrooms, we have a strong focus on Maths, Reading and Writing

Matt Jackett Team Kawakawa
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and have seen positive growth across the team in these areas. We have implemented the Better Start Literacy Approach with great success.

Carterton School is creating lifelong learners by sparking their natural curiosity with the environment around them. During 2022 we have been fortunate to have had a visiting theatre show come to school called the Boy with the Broken Wing. We have learnt about the planets and solar system and we were lucky to be able to visit the Star Dome and play around with a rover, similar to ones that explore Mars. We hosted a fun Pirate day where tamariki (and teachers) came to school dressed as pirates.

Team Kōwhai

Team Kowhai has three classes. This year we have continued to have one year level per class. We found this arrangement has worked well with the ‘Transition Class’ of Year 3 from junior to middle school and then the ‘Moving On’ class of Year 5, from middle school into Year 6’s. We want our students to move on from Team Kowhai capable and con dent life long learners. Our three classes share the same messages and encourage all students to be the best they can be.

This year we have done many activities as a team encouraging the students to get into the ‘Great Outdoors’ which is the theme across the whole kura.

our big focuses this year has been PrEP (Primary Enterprise Programme), where tamariki designed, developed and sold items made at school at our school wide Market Day in September. Parents were able to come purchase the items and look around at all the e ort the tamariki had put into their businesses. Students enjoyed learning about running their own small business and the ins and outs of product design and marketing.

Our students also were able to have fun and bring their pets along to Pet Day. There was a huge range of animals from horses and lambs to cats, birds and even a crab! Floral displays and artwork was also presented and some of the students’ artwork has been displayed at Aratoi and the A&P Show at Clareville showgrounds.

We are now busy planning our Big Day Out in Term 4 where our team will participate in a variety of in and outdoor activities to end another fab year at Carterton School. We have participated in lots of fundraising activities for this day and appreciate all the support the school community has given us.

Highlights of this year include: swimming, Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP), gardening with Mrs Bullock, weekly biking and scooter days, taking part in the school wide PrEp Market day, Kapa Haka and representing our school at the ANZAC parade. We had a fabulous Pepeha trip in term one where we headed o in a bus to visit some of the places that are special to our kura including rivers, mountains and land.

Our students have participated in Friday House Sports, Commonwealth Games activities, Rippa Rugby, athletics, cross country and swimming. We have been busy gardening, skipping, playing miniball and enjoying our new school swing made by our awesome caretaker Will.

Inside the classroom, we have participated in Nuku Ora - Movewell and focused on our core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics across the team. We had heaps of fun doing Maths week rotations and Maths challenges organised by Mr Hill. One of

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Kawakawa visited Forest School as our school wide focus has been ‘The Great Outdoors’. Our tamariki enjoyed being in the outdoor classroom, under mature native trees next to a shallow creek of pure drinkable spring water. Experiences like these create learning opportunities and allows inquisitive play and conversations to occur. Horse riders. Years 7 and 8 science day. Football tournament. Prep market day. Pepeha trip.
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At Chanel College we believe that learning is a life long process rather than a destination. That is why our student centred, learning centred approach puts rangatahi at the heart of all we do as a learning community. We are the only Catholic secondary school in the Wairarapa, catering to students from Years 7-13, we are an integral part of the Catholic Parish of the Wairarapa and pride ourself on maintaining close relationships with the Catholic Primary School’s in the region.

We are proud of our Catholic traditions

and our values that stem from the Gospel and teachings of Jesus. Our mission as a school to prepare our tauira to become con dent, connected, future ready Catholic citizens who grow and develop their own moral conscience which will allow them to navigate the challenges they will face in their lives with humility and grace. A Chanel education goes far beyond the classroom and focusses on developing the whole person.

2022 – the year that was! Despite the rather rocky start to the year, 2022 has been a year of great opportunity for us. We have welcomed a number of new sta and students this year and as we attempt to move past the barriers covid continues to put in front of us, this has prompted us to review and evaluate our teaching and learning approaches so as to better serve our rangatahi and their diverse needs and talents.

This year we have rolled out our 1 to 1 device programme that ensures that each ākonga has access to a device of their own to use for the year ensuring equitable access to this bene cial learning tool.

Our Ako Kotahi programme has allowed students to connect with their passions and work with Kaiako to learn or re ne skills together.

Our tauira have had many successes in 2022, punching above their weight at regional and national levels. We could not be more proud of their e orts showing that hard work pays and commitment pays o . We wish to congratulate the following students on their achievments

Carys Williams, Kaitlyn Rood, Courtney McLean and Emma Jackson entered into the – the New Zealand Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge where they had to create a dish with beetroot as the hero. Carys and Kaitlyn went on to win a Silver Medal with their Balsamic beetroot stack and Courtney and Emma, a Bronze Medal with their Beetroot risotto.

The following students represented the region in their sporting codes; Emily Paku – U18 training squad Wairarapa

Netball, Joshua Redfern Olsen -U18 Wairarapa Rugby team, Phoenix Gardner the U14 & Toby Cato the U13 Wairarapa Hockey teams, Phillip Fa’aiuaso- the Wairarapa U17 Basketball Rep team, Riley Senior- U13 Wairarapa Basketball and Cricket teams. Wairangi Sargent is the NZ Wrestling champ for his age grade. Several of our sports teams did exceptionally well in their sporting competitions with the Chanel Mixed Hockey team winning the secondary schools mixed grade competition, the Senior Boys basketball team won the Secondary Schools Boys competition and our Senior A Netball team winning the College 2 grade competition. Our Junior and Senior Debating Teams won their debates in the Wairarapa Interschool competition. Our Junior Team included Hana McPherson, Robert Psarov, Charles Macan, Emma Jackson, Alexa Kruger, Madeleine Penman and our Senior Team - Charlotte Murray, Jonty Livingstone, Emily Paku. We virtually hosted the Wairarapa Intercollegiate Speech Competition for 2022 with Emily Paku delivering the speech she entered into the Race Unity Speech competition and Emma Jackson went on to win the Year 10 competition. Our school band, Fifth Dimension (Lachlan Bashford, Thimira Wickramaarachchi, Peter McGruddy and Malitha Devapurage on drums) are our senior top gun musicians who have performed at Smokefree Rockquest, our Matariki Festival, Chanel Music Concert, Nigel Latta Show and many more events.

Our junior band is following in their footsteps and will be performing at the Smokefree Rockquest next year. Our junior band musicians are: Jack Croucher (guitar and voice), Vini

MacKenzie (guitar), Fynn Meade (guitar), Riley Senior (guitar), James Cooper (keyboard and voice), Max Bashford (bass), and Luke McGruddy (drums). All students have been working hard this year in developing their skills and talents. What a fantastic bunch of young people. There is also a female band in the making, led by Madeleine Penman (guitar). We wish all three bands all the best for next year as they are continuing on their musical journey. Through our fundraising kainga kakahu/home clothes days, we have supported several causes including Cure for kids, Wellington Free Ambulance, Mental Health, Gumboot Day and the Wairarapa Food Bank. We had the great pleasure of hosting the rst in person Wairarapa schools Kapa Haka festival in 3 years after Covid and welcomed hundreds through our school over 2 days. Our PTFA also was nally able to get Nigel Latta to town after 2 years of covid cancellations, to support their fundraising e orts

As we come to the end of our school year and prepare to celebrate the hard work of our tauira, Kaiako and kaimahi, we give Thanks to our school, parish and wider community for your support of our e orts.

To our 2022 school leavers, we wish you well on the next stage of your journey and call upon you to take the knowledge and skills you have developed in your time at Chanel College, into to world as disciples of Christ.

Iti to iti ka haere nga koe ki te ao turoastay humble and hold others in high esteem as you travel into the world

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Two is always better than one, so with the creation of two separate youth councils in the Wairarapa, we can further invite participation, while extending the diversity of youth voices in our communities.

The Carterton Youth Council are a group of passionate rangatahi, who want to make Carterton and the Wairarapa the best place it can be for their whānau and friends.

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I joined the Youth Council to make Carterton and the Wairarapa a better place, and to interact with the community.

I'm excited to get involved with fundraising, meeting new people and making new friends, while giving back to the community.

It's important that youth have a voice on community matters to help future generations, as sometimes it is better for youth to reach out to youth. When young people feel onboard, they are more likely to do positive things in the community.

South Wairarapa District Council is part of the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, which helps match young people aged 16 to 25 with potential employers. In the last financial year, we found 43 full-time placements for young people.

But the Council doesn’t just help young people, it is also an employer of young people.

Jess is the youngest member of our staff at South Wairarapa District Council. Jess left Kuranui College late last year and started work with our administration team. During the year she’s done all manner of work including helping with the new Council’s inaugural meeting. She also got to appear at her old school as part of the team surveying young people for the Rangatahi Youth Strategy.

Jess says her introduction to the work force has been a great way to begin her post-school life.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot about how the world works. For example, working on LIM reports and helping with the elections taught me about housing and democracy."

“I’ve learned about deadlines, time management and a lot of office skills. I feel like I am more professional in my approach to work now.”

Next year Jess is hoping to go to Lincoln University to study ecology, but she’ll still be on a casual contract with Council so we hope to see her again in her breaks.

You should join the Youth Council to make your voice heard!

For more information, please contact Becks Clarke

There are a number of other ways South Wairarapa District Council seeks to improve the lives of our rangatahi.

We have facilities – like the Martinborough Pump Park that we are hosting in Considine Park, the Featherston Skate Park that we have recently repaired, and the Greytown Wheels Park which is in the pipeline on the corner of Cotter and Pierce streets.

Jess and team with the Rangatahi Strategy at Kuranui College

We mentor – we have youth representatives on our three community boards (and we’re looking for more!).

And most of all, we have the Rangatahi Strategy. This is a joint project with Masterton and Carterton district councils to give a greater voice to the young people who live here.


2022 has nearly come and gone and it is a chance to re ect on the wonderful positive things that have happened this year.

We continue to provide the Calm Classroom Programme focusing on developing Social and Emotional Competencies. We aim to empower our tamariki, develop empathy for others and strive for excellence in all we do.

These key values are the touchstones of our centre.

Our Kaiako work alongside tamariki to develop an environment that teaches them how to look out for one another, enables them to gain con dence in their abilities and helps them to develop resilience.

One of our key priorities this year has been to support oral language development.

We have worked closely with the MOE Learning Support team developing strategies for both individual and group work to support the tamariki in their learning.

During sea week, tamariki shared experiences about visiting the beach, visited the pet shop, examined a cray sh/kōura, read pukapuka about the ocean, and their whānau shared photos of them at the beach. We compiled a display board of all the photos brought in, pictures of the animals that live in the ocean and pictures the tamariki drew of various sea creatures.

We also watched “Finding Dory’’ and had a sh and chip lunch on Friday. Lots of wonderful opportunities for discussion and oral language experiences were had.


Kia Ora Koutou, Being in ECE for many years now, I continue to be inspired each day by our group of wonderful kaiako who provide the aroha, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, so that our tamariki and whānau have opportunities to reach their full potential.

To our whānau, thank you for your support and collaboration with us to nurture, empower, and support your tamariki to be lifelong learners. Poipoa te kākano kia puāwai.

We are also hugely appreciative of our governing Board who volunteer their time to ensure the centre continues to thrive, and to local organisations that support us in our e orts to provide the best we can for the tamariki (Trust Lands Trust, Methodist Trust, Pak’n’Save, Men’s Shed Masterton)

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

We are really excited to have been able to purchase a new centre van thanks to the generous support of the Methodist Trust and Trust Lands Trust Masterton. This increases the number of tamariki who we will be able to support to access early childhood education and experiences outside the centre. Everyone was so excited when the van was delivered and keen to have “a ride”. We will be getting our centre logo on the van shortly, so if you see us out and about give us a wave.

Other highlights, to name a few, have been supporting Wellington Free Ambulance with pyjama day, raising funds for pink shirt day, da odil day, and attending the Kapa Haka festival to see one of our former tamariki perform. Looking forward to 2023 Mā te wā

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Dale eld School has continued to grow and we will have 85 students by the end of the year which is a record. At the start of Term Three we were able to open a fourth learning space and employ another teacher.

This year we o cially became an Enviroschool. This has been hugely rewarding and as we develop our localised curriculum, the whole ethos that sits behind this programme further becomes part of who we are at Dale eld School.

Our students have been actively involved in planning and designing the school’s playground. With major safety, parking, entrance upgrades commencing in late November along with full fencing of the school, the playground equipment needs to be moved and/or replaced. Visiting school’s, surveying the students and creating plans, the exercise has been invaluable.

An aspect of the design and new play areas is that we have committed to putting a minimum of 10% of the school grounds into native plants/trees, including a leaf litter layer.

Our older students are acutely aware that in order for the school’s footprint to have the least negative impact on the environment and improve the ecology, this needs to happen.

The playground will be woven through the new plantings and the nal models and plans will be presented to the board at the end of November. The sta are thrilled to see how the students have taken this on and it is a real-life learning experience for them.

Dale eld School was thrilled to be part


Dale eld School continues to be a passion of mine as I near the completion of six years here.

No school is a school without that same passion and commitment coming from the sta . I want to acknowledge the way they’ve pulled together this year, stepping into the breach when needed - thank you.

I also want to acknowledge the continued support of the community and their commitment to being part of the school’s journey - thank you.

Finally I want to celebrate our students and their love of learning. I never tire of seeing the excitement and energy that comes from our tamariki making a connection, nding out something new or con rming a hunch they have had about a scenario. I look forward to 2023 but also to celebrate our successes and challenges at the annual end-ofyear celebration.

of the kapa haka festival this year at Chanel College. All students from new entrants to year 8 took part and what a spectacle it was. The pride, focus and commitment shown by our tamariki was really impressive as was the mahi from our sta . The performance was extremely well-supported by whānau and all agreed they did themselves proud.

Our localised curriculum is evolving and developing with a strong emphasis on the individual as a learner. Sta go out of their way to understand what makes the child tick, often bringing the outdoors in with practical real-life learning experiences that foster life-long learning.

STUDENTS STAFF Eric Daubé Go girls! O to the Rippa Tournament. Working with our beekeeper Jason on a Friday afternoon. Our kapa haka dress rehearsal two days before the performance.
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Teaching and Learning

At Douglas Park School, our culture of learning extends from our students to our sta . We strive to provide opportunities for sta to continually develop their knowledge and skills.

This ensures that our classrooms are enveloped in evidence based teaching practices that meet the diverse needs of our students. This year, opportunities for new learning for our sta have included/ include:

Developing mathematical teaching practices through the use of experts within the school to run professional learning. These experts spent over two years advancing their knowledge and understanding of 5 Mathematical Practices.


Our Vision: Together we Nurture, Explore and Create for a Better Future.

At the heart of powerful learning lies a powerful relationship, and this is evident in how we work at Douglas Park.

Innovative learning environments where children have the luxury of working with many adults; Whānau classes on Fridays to build relationships across the school; Education Outside the Classroom programmes where children reconnect with the land; Using local people as role models for our school PRIDE values ... a

lot of our learning is based in the idea of connection.

Connection to self, to others, to the land and to our stories.

I’m proud of the awesome sta , the amazing children, and our wonderful community for what we are striving towards at DPS.

Bring on 2023!

Our junior syndicate are adding to their kete of literacy knowledge by starting the Better Start Literacy Approach run by Canterbury University which will continue into 2023.

Working alongside Rebbecca Sweeney, facilitator and mentor within Spirals of Inquiry. An approach that enables our teachers to dig into their practice and look critically at what is happening for our students.


This year, it has been fantastic having whānau back on site! We have loved seeing whānau at our events, such as cross country and swimming and coming to see student learning in action during Rimu’s open classroom week and during Learning Conversations! Our Matariki Festival was bigger and better than ever and had a huge community

turnout. Our festival included storytelling, weaving, stargazing and cultural performances.

Core Beliefs & School Vision

Our school vision is Together we Nurture, Explore and Create for a Better Future! This year our students have truly been great representatives of the nurture aspect of our vision. Douglas Park students spent time learning about the importance of knowing about and giving back to their community. This has happened through our school’s service days, where students have delivered wellbeing packages for local store-holders and school neighbours, helped clean the local marae, built Pataka Kai and community libraries and even organised community tidy ups. Students and sta have also developed their knowledge of our community through learning about local stories and role models during learning in class and EOTC trips.

What is service day about?

Sunny Holmes (Yr 5): Helping the community and giving back to them.

Gerrard Broughton (Yr 6): Bringing joy to other people.

What was your favourite thing about service day?

Sunny Holmes (Yr 5): Helping others and making things for other people instead of making things for ourselves.

Gerrard Broughton (Yr 6): Seeing the smile on other peoples faces.

For more information check out our website nz/ or Facebook page https://www.

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Gareth Sinton Students and whānau enjoying DPS cross-country. DPS Kapa Haka performing at our Matariki Festival. Collaboration and creativity between our youngest and oldest students. Students competing in the Russell St School exchange. Delivering care packages to the hospital for Service Day.
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As the 2022 school year comes to a close, I want to acknowledge and thank all our dedicated teachers and support staff, our students, and their parents. This year has been a challenging one for all and the success we are seeing is testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work shown throughout the year in education in Wairarapa.

And all the best to our senior students who are about to commence their NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship Examinations.

Wishing everyone a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year.

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We began the year thinking that all would be calm and well considering the disruption of the past two years. Unfortunately, covid hit the community and we were hit with large numbers of absences due to illness in both Terms 1 and 2. Throughout it though we remained positive and continued to let our community know what was going on. The sta and students felt really supported by the board and community. There were a number of cancellations of events but we were able to continue to do some things just di erently.

The highlight of term 2 was Matariki and the presentation of two amazing Kakahu that were handwoven by Manaia Carswell. We were all at school early to see the dawn break and we were able to view the Matariki constellation.

During the week the students had been making, creating and learning all about Matariki. The mason jar glow in the dark lanterns that we made with the help of Morgana Cockburn were outstanding. Another awesome community day which culminated in a Hangi!

Throughout the year we have continued to strive both in class and on the sports eld. We were awarded the Primary School Sports Award of the year and Arlo and Harper accepted the award at the special event.

Education outside the classroom has continued with the senior students heading away to Camp Kaitoke and our Year 5 students participating in challenges around the local community.

Our Play Make Create programme has been strengthened throughout


Nga Mihi nui ki a koutou

It is my pleasure to continue to be the principal of Fernridge School. I get to work with an amazing group of sta who go above and beyond for the students and families at Fernridge School.

We have demonstrated resilience and grit this school year.

At mid year we re-elected our Board of Trustees and I am pleased to say that they have chosen to volunteer their time to support our school.

We have building work going on and a playground design that we are raising money for which we hope to be completed in 2023.

design and create to demonstrate and communicate their learning.

Introducing Zones of Regulation has also been a great success and the colour run at the end of the cross-country was a great kick o .

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Te Reo Māori petition was celebrated with a challenge to our community in a Te Reo-a-thon. This was a terri c way to increase the knowledge of kupu.

Our bike track was nally opened o cially at the end of term 3 with Mayor Lyn Patterson and Councillor Brent Gare cutting the ribbon. The bling your bike competition was included in this event.

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We have enjoyed moving towards a more ‘normal’ looking programme during 2022. Te Kura o Parakawhara (Gladstone School) is proud of its rural environment and we are delighted with the way in which our tamariki engage within the outdoor country spaces. This year we have seen the development of chicken, rabbit, pig, tracking + trapping & beehive teams. These teams add to the existing ‘green-team’ who oversee the vegetable gardens and community orchard. All of the teams are student led and are excellent examples of the empowerment we see here at our kura. In November each year we embrace our scarecrow making traditions. The making of scarecrows goes back approximately 23 years and ties in with our major fundraiser - the Scarecrow Fair. We are proud to see lots of community scarecrow creations popping up along our roads in support of the fair.

Our school is organised into three syndicate groups (Y1-3 Kourarau Syndicate; Y4-6 Ruamahanga Syndicate and Y7-8 Ōnoke Syndicate). Each of the syndicates are named after local waterways and depict the journey a tuna (aka our tamariki) go through as they move through the school. We acknowledge and appreciate the support whānau from Hurunui-o-Rangi marae continue to provide the kura as we work to continually improve our kaupapa.

Education outside the classroom is important to us here at te Kura o Parakawhara. We have a wide range of opportunities for our students to explore our local area and places of


E tangata (our people): nurtured, empowered, inclusive.

We are a whānau-friendly, country school where tamariki are encouraged to run, climb, create, explore & engage in our surroundings.

Our strategic focusses are centred around manaakitanga; ako and kaitiakitanga.

We o er neurodiverse-friendly programmes and have completed recent PLD across all foundation subjects (maths, literacy & science).

With low student to teacher ratios, highly skilled sta , modern classroom environments and a connected, supportive local community we are well positioned to enable student success through every aspect of the curriculum.

day trips; music; dance & drama activities; kapa haka; photography; Kāhui Ako Master Classes; chess tournaments and technology projects. Our Year 7 and 8 students are lucky enough to be able to attend Makoura College for Design Technology on a Friday where they get to develop skills and use state of the art technology equipment to create a wide range of amazing items.

The Ruamahanga Restoration Trust and Enviroschools have again supported our outdoor initiatives and sustainable practices. We were lucky to receive funding from the Earthwise Action Fund which has enabled the creation of a beehive and bee gardens. Tamariki are looking forward to harvesting their rst batch of honey later this year. Trust House continues to support our school, this year’s funding has enabled us to purchase additional structured literacy books and complete our outdoor screen project. We continue to be passionate about bringing in expert partners.

This year students have enjoyed participating in Fun Sticks Hockey; Kiwi Hoops Basketball; Run, Jump, Throw & Get, Set Go with Mark the Shark. Cara Brown delivers weekly vocal lessons, and we are delighted to have local Hurunuio-Rangi Kapa Haka tutor Keepa Smith onboard leading our roopu.

Providing as much support for our learners remains a priority for the school and its hard working fundraising committee (FoGS). All syndicates have a teacher aide who supports teachers and students in their mahi and hauora. FoGS work hard all year to plan catering events, the Scarecrow Fair, pie & other fundraisers to support teacher aide time

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Good Beginnings Educare Centre was established in the early 1990s, with the Infants & Toddlers Centre opening in 2011. Both centres are housed in refurbished villas and open Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5.30pm for 50 weeks of the year. The Centres are spacious, homely, and the inviting environments support child-initiated play, catering uniquely for the speci c age groups the centres are licensed for. The Centre’s programme is developed in consultation with parents and children and based strongly on children’s dispositions, individual needs and interests.

The Centre’s philosophy is based on primary caregiving and children learning through play, gaining agency over their learning and development.

Throughout the day children can chose from a vast range of learning experiences in a carefully prepared environment. Teachers and children interact in responsive reciprocal ways to support learning experiences that are meaningful to all.

Teachers are committed to supporting children and families in their transition between the centres and to school. Our robust transition procedures ensure children have the appropriate skills for the best possible start at school.

The Education Review O ce visits each centre approximately every three years. The reports have found:

Teachers provide a calm and settled environment that allows infants and toddlers the space and time to lead their own learning. Responsive caregiving meets their need for strong and secure attachments.

Children’s learning and development in play-based contexts is supported through a sound planning framework.


It is our pleasure to own and manage Good Beginnings Centre’s.

We have a team of quali ed and specialised teachers that have a passion for working with children under the age of ve.

Teachers work alongside the children to install a love of learning, fostering independence and school readiness.

Our curriculum is based on children’s interests and during 2022 we have been on many learning journeys.

As you can imagine each day brings delight as a child develops a new skill or discovers something for the rst time.

To show our commitment to ongoing education, we will be o ering a scholarship to former Good Beginnings students who are enrolled in tertiary education or an apprenticeship in 2023.

This involves parents and whānau and takes account of their perspectives and aspirations. Information about children’s participation, development and friendships contributes to a full picture of each as a learner.

Children are well supported to be con dent and curious. Teachers see them as capable learners. These approaches help children to build a strong sense of belonging while at the centre. Te reo Māori is highly valued and skilfully woven into day-to day practices.

Children are empowered to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and wellbeing. A wide range of learning activities and well-resourced environments foster their decision making, creativity, independence, and sustained play. Teachers deliberately encourage social competence, literacy, and numeracy learning.

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As we re ect on the past year, we are thankful for all the wonderful moments of joy and learning with our precious tamariki, their whānau and our teaching team.

We held our rst ever o cial Teacher Only day. An acknowledgment from our learning community of the importance of our professional growth and development and an investment in strengthening teachers pedagogy. Although challenging at times, teachers have embraced the online learning opportunities the past few years have provided and have participated in an online conference and various other zoom meetings and webinars over the year. This has enabled us to connect and network with other teaching teams from around Aotearoa.

Our learning priorities support our vision, that ‘Children are empowered to become lifelong learners and positively contribute to the community’.


At Early Years we work hard at building trusting relationships with children & their families as we know that partnership and knowledge of family aspirations is so important for fostering learning. We nurture an environment where children respect & support other learners. Children are learning to nd their voice, to help and be helped by others, and to join group play in ways that support other learners.


We value our bicultural heritage and support children to nd strength in their identity, language and culture, and recognise their place within their family, the Early Years community and the


What a joy it is to nally be celebrating some sunny days after what felt like an everlasting winter.

We are so grateful to our whānau, for the support they have shown our team as we worked hard to keep our doors open for our tamariki while pandemics and us were in full force.

We treasure the passion, experience and dedication of our Kaiako. Our team continue to learn and grow alongside tamariki, empowering them to be curious, explore, and engage as they

start their own journeys as life long learners.

We are very excited after a two year involuntary hiatus to host our ‘annual’ Bingo fundraiser in November.

As a small not-for-pro t organisation fundraising is essential to enable us to continue to provide high quality, inclusive and communityfocused childcare. We appreciate our communities continued support.

wider world. We build children’s mana by accepting their individuality: valuing their home languages and cultures, celebrating di erence and welcoming diversity.


We create an engaging, welcoming and secure home away from home so children feel safe to thrive and learn. Our responsive, dynamic environment re ects our diverse learning community. We value our connections with the natural world, and support our tamariki to experience nature through our Explorers programme.

Life long Learners

We nurture children’s identities as resilient lifelong learners through an empowering curriculum that encourages and supports them to be curious and courageous, to embrace challenge and guide their own learning. We make learning visible through assessment practices that give children agency and enhance their mana and identity, support and encourage positive learning dispositions.

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Although this year has been a bit of a jumble with covid having a big e ect on teachers and students; Greytown School has overcome it and accomplished a lot this year. There’s been many events and activities that the school has participated in and had success in. This includes Dance Splash, Battle of the Bands, Chess Competitions, EPro-8, Pet Day, Cross Country and various sporting events which were all wonderful opportunities for some of our students to shine. Enviroschools have always been a big part of Greytown School. Since the start of this year this group has done a River Clean up in the North Creek, where trees have been planted and bridges being built. In the future they will plant 50 Manuka Trees around the school bike track. All this being run by Mrs Mudgeway and her studenthelper Octavian Isaac.

Also this year we participated in the Matharapa Challenge, with the Year 8 team winning rst place. This team consisted of Finn-Oskar Mikkelsen, Keiran Downs and Heath Dunnet. Along with Finn-Oskar winning a separate award for the best Individual Test results from the rst round.

In Term 3 the senior school students ran a Market Day. In teams of three or four people each group came up with an original idea; something not seen before. It had to amaze the “sharks” or teachers. The groups also had to make advertisements, buy their own materials and make a target demographic. This year was di erent because groups were able to split any of the pro t.

In September the Pokemon Club ran a Pokemon Tournament, which was hosted by Heath Dunnet and


I’m incredibly proud to have joined the team at Greytown School this year as the new Tumuaki. What a fantastic place to learn and play!

Our students engage in fantastic learning programmes that challenge and excite them and we have an excellent sta that is committed to bringing out the best in the students. In 2022, we sent our rst team to the AIMs games in Tauranga and we had our chess team represent at the National

tournament in Rotorua. We have a huge number of highly talented sporty and artistic kids who make the most of the opportunities to get involved in school life.

We are eagerly anticipating moving into our brand new intermediate block for the start of 2023.

Oscar Preston. It was a competitive tournament that lasted the whole day with Owen Wos winning rst place. Also a mention to Matua Miu for supplying the cards. This was truly an innovative event, with something like this never seen before at Greytown School. But this year is not over yet, there are still things to come. Including Athletics, Camps, Book Character Day and many more fun activities for the amazing Greytown School.

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2022 has seen many changes and developments at Kahutara School. From new sta , in both teachers and principal to the building work that is currently going on, which have made for an interesting and exciting year for all.

The new all weather courts were nished and ready for use at the beginning of the school year, great for any physical activity.

These have been greatly utiliesd by the school and the local community. The Talent Contest in term 2 was a wonderful evening showcasing the varied talents of the children, who were real stars.

STEM trips have been all the go from Mountain to sea programmes, planting trees, space to ying drones around the school.

An amazing year led by an amazing team at Kahutara School.


Kahutara School is a school where children can be children, climb trees, play in the sandpit, visit our very own wetland, Mangatete and who value Manaakitanga, con dence, connectedness and critical thinking.

These are the backbone to all that happens at Kahutara School.

Seeing each child as unique and special with their own strengths to share as we grow together as a school and individually.

It is a wonderful place to be.

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Our college continues to punch above our weight in all areas. Our 2021 NCEA results were awesome and well above the national averages across all NCEA Levels 1-3. Our 2021 NCEA Level 1 and 2 results were the best overall Level 1 and 2 results the college has ever achieved and all results compared very favourably with schools across the country and Wairarapa. This is an amazing achievement and a credit to the commitment and hard work of our students, sta and whānau.

The success of our innovative Ignite Curriculum and Inspire Time programme has helped to improve engagement and therefore achievement in all areas of the school.

Inspire is now in its third year and aims to give students an opportunity to have a go at something that they may never have thought of before, such as CrossFit, Aviation Studies, Spanish, Small Bore Ri e Shooting or Minecraft.

The student-lead Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori was very successful in bringing sta and students together to celebrate and embed Te Reo even more rmly into the daily life of the college.

Once again our students and sta have worked hard to excel in the opportunities presented to them, whether they are sporting, cultural or academic.

We were the 2022 Wellington region ShowQuest winners and Team “TimeWarp” were rst runners up and winner of the choreography award for scoring a perfect 10 in DanceNZmade Palmerston North regional competition. Our drama students celebrated coming third nationally in the Theatrefest


Tēnā koutou katoa

We began the year by welcoming 780 students, an increase of 120 from 2021, and were lucky enough to welcome 20 new sta .

Our college has a predicted school roll of 850 students in 2023 up from 770 this year. As the school year shifts towards the summer holidays, there is a lot to be thankful for. We remain true to our vision of nurturing, inspiring and preparing students for the real world and the community continues to have con dence in our wonderful,

dedicated sta as evidenced by the continuing high enrolments. We are really proud of each and every student in our college. Each student is unique and brings their own strengths and passions that weaves the fabric of Kuranui College. We are continually amazed about what our students achieve at college and in their lives. Good luck to our ‘Class of 2022’, we wish you all the very best for the future. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. Go well.

Olga E Harding Playwrighting award in the One Act Play competition.

We reached the nals in Boys 1st XI cricket, Girls and Boys T20, Girls Hockey, Girls Football, Netball, and our Boys Hockey team won the NZ Secondary School Lower North Island Hockey Tournament. Our chess team also claimed the top three placings in the Wairarapa Chess Championships.

This year we added an inaugural sports exchange with Upper Hutt to our exchanges with Tararua, Queen Elizabeth and Opunake, and introduced a ‘Colour Run’ to our annual CrossCountry event.

As a college we celebrated Matariki with a wonderful Pōwhiri at Papawai Marae for our entire sta and around 60 students. Students participated in a noho marae, where they prepared and cooked a hangi for the entire college. It was a wonderful occasion with amazing food and demonstrated what is so special about our school and that is the people that make up our community.

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STAFF Simon Fuller Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori an inspired student-lead celebration. The school celebrated Matariki with a noho marae at Papawai. Our Kuranui Ball was the largest we’ve ever had!.
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Samoan Language Week.

Samoan Language Week was a huge focus for our school this year. The week was launched at Lakeview School, with guests including Mayor Lyn Patterson and MP Kieran McAnulty.

The highlight of the week was the a a at the Rec Centre, where our wonderful Poly Group did a fabulous performance.

Senior Camp.

It is great that school camps still happen at Lakeview School! Our senior students just had a wonderful three days at Riversdale Beach, enjoying a range of activities and eating great food. It wasn’t just the students, who had a great time, the sta and caregivers who took part all came back buzzing too!

Kapa Haka Festival.

Kapa Haka is a huge part of our school. All students take part in weekly sessions under the guidance of our fabulous tutor, Jimbo Ratapu. A highlight for the year was the festival at Chanel College, with well over 300 students making up our three groups!

Sports success- Elite Sports. There have been many successes for our students this year in sports, winning numerous competitions at local and regional level. However, we are just as proud of every team, from the ve year olds playing rounders on a Saturday morning, to the team that doesn’t make a nal in netball competition; we just want to see children giving it their all and having a fabulous time doing so. A huge thank you to Maree, our sports coordinator, and to every coach who takes a team!


After over two years dealing with the many issues around the covid-19 pandemic, we are coming towards the end of the year with things starting to look like what we once considered to be normal.

I want to give a huge thank you to our entire community with the way in which they have been so supportive through this time; making the challenge so much more manageable.

Despite the obstacles and uncertainties we have seen our school grow, with the

roll being the highest it has been for many years; this has meant that there will be an enrolment zone likely to be in place in 2023. There have been many successes for our school this year: in academics; sports; cultural events; but the thing I am by far the most proud of is the way in which our students come to school everyday with a positive attitude, re ecting our school values of Kindness, Excellence, Resilience, Respect, and I ntegrity.

In the Classroom.

Of course the thing that school is mainly about is learning in the classroom. We are a mixture of traditional and innovative practice at Lakeview School. We aim to make the most of the extensive ICT resources that we have available for our students, and complement this with handwriting lessons, writing with pens and pencils in exercise books, reading books made of paper and doing our learning in single cell classrooms with one teacher for each class.

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Who Are We?:

Life Education is a charity that works in schools to educate and inspire children and young people to make positive choices. We provide programmes focused around health and wellbeing, delivered through interactive learning experiences in schools. Our mobile classroom works in schools across the entire regions of the Wairarapa, Tararua and Southern Hawke’s Bay and we want to come to every single school that is keen to empower their students!

What do we do?:

Through our Healthy Harold Programme we deliver individualise health and wellbeing learning experiences in primary and intermediate schools. Our specialist Educator Laura Campbell will provide engaging and memorable lessons in our mobile classrooms using our unique technology and resources. These resources are continually being reviewed, upgraded and improved to provide the most engaging and empowering lessons to our students.


Although I am not a principal, Harold the Gira e and I are familiar faces within the Wairarapa, Tararua and Central Hawkes Bay communities. The Life Education classroom and I, along with Harold, visit the majority of our local kura with our mobile classroom. Life Education has been delivering programmes around Aotearoa for over 30 years. Together we travel the region, and surrounding areas, presenting lessons on health, nutrition, mental well-being, anatomy & physiology, substances, cyber safety and more. With the impact covid has

had on our rangatahi and tamariki there has been a lot of schools keen on helping their students develop well-being and resilience skills –having a passion for mental health and working with youth, I relish the opportunities in which I can help students to understand their emotions, brain development and develop strategies to help them cope with anxiety and stress. Keep an eye out for Harold and his Trustee’s, they’re often out and about at community events!

What do we teach?:

We utilise a shared planning approach with schools to create individualised lessons to suit the needs of tamariki. We support students to make the right choices for life to support them to understand the impact of mental health and wellbeing, bullying, obesity and substance abuse. This is taught through the learning strands of identity and resilience, relationships and communities, food and nutrition, human biology and substances.

How you can help?:

While we pride ourselves on the

programmes we provide, this comes at a high cost. We do not receive any Government or Ministry of Education funding and we rely on school bookings, grants and fundraising. We are always looking for personal or business support so if you are interested in supporting our amazing journey, please contact us through our Facebook page. We also have a fundraiser coming which would be a great end of year sta function on the 16th of December and all the details are on this link: Come and join us and help make a di erence to your children’s future. ieG2zh9ZarpltIhU4ca8KDFeSUAO5pj5ta MxJP_obMXma7l3Zc

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Laura Campbell Solway School Term 2 – Y5-6 working on a Cyber Safety task. Harold was very popular earlier this year at Alfredton School. Harold and Laura with some of our Trustee’s at the Carterton Da odil Festival.
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2022 has been a challenging year in many ways, however Mākoura College has continued in strong heart with our community uniting in dealing with whatever has come our way.

Mākoura College o ers a unique learning environment with:

• A diverse range of subjects that support students on their pathway be it university, training, further education or employment.

• Wairarapa’s only Services Academy for those looking to pursue a career in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Fire and/or Ambulance service.

• Homerooms for Year 9 to help manage the transition to College.

• Individual mentoring and support for all students.

• Small class sizes.

• An inclusive, warm and safe environment.

• High expectations for sta and students.

• A wide range of cultural, sporting and outdoor recreational adventure opportunities.

• Auaha project based learning through the use of authentic contexts.

All the best to our 2022 graduates and the challenges ahead and nau mai, hoki mai to new and returning akonga in 2023.


‘Ahakoa he iti, he mapihi pounamu!’

‘Although it is small, it is precious!’

Mākoura College aims to develop con dent, connected, life-long learners who demonstrate the values of Tika, Pono and Aroha in everything they do.

Tika is doing what is right, both in the life of school and wider community.

Pono is gaining wisdom through learning and valuing one’s self. It includes self-esteem and self-care. It encompasses truth, resilience,

wellbeing, and a healthy lifestyle Aroha is having empathy within the school community. By being able to appreciate the point of view of others, we can help build a strong learning culture.

Kellas Bennett Students enjoy a safe, inclusive and friendly environment at Mākoura College. The Polygroup performed for the community to celebrate Samoan Language Week. Outdoor Education takes learning to the great open outdoors. Wairarapa’s only Services Academy. Our 2022 Student Leaders have led the school with tika, pono and aroha. The Māori Performing Arts group put on a spectacular show at the Wairarapa Kapa Haka Festival.
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Martinborough Playcentre has grown over the last year, and we are excited to announce we have a full roll!

Visitors are welcome any time and we encourage you to add your name to our waiting list. Spaces will open up and we don’t want you to miss out.

Playcentre is run and operated by our members. It is these fabulous volunteers who make our Playcentre such a supportive, fun and friendly environment. Our Playcentre is cooperatively managed by parents and supported by Playcentre Aotearoa volunteers. He rau ringa, e oti ai – many hands make light work!

Like everyone, we had a few rocky patches with Covid over the last year, but our community pulled together to support each other through uncertain times.

Our goals are:

• extending the learning of our tamariki;

• welcoming and supporting new members;

• developing sustainable and natural indoor/outdoor play options; and

• weaving tikanga and te reo through our sessions.

We want our tamariki to grow their mōhio/knowledge and whakaaro/ understanding of te reo Māori. Our morning tea starts with a karakia, and we incorporate simple kupu/words into our sessions, and practise our waiata.

We follow New Zealand’s bicultural curriculum for early childhood education, Te Whāriki.

Several of our members are studying the


Nau mai haere mai!

Welcome to Martinborough Playcentre! We are a small, friendly centre located in the heart of Martinborough. Our whānau are all over South Wairarapa.

We o er mixed-age sessions for children 0-6 years of age. We focus on child-led play and o er a variety of learning experiences such as painting, making playdough, sand and water play, and music.

We have a huge outdoor playground and are messy play experts!

At Martinborough Playcentre you will nd whānau, parents, grandparents and caregivers playing and learning alongside their tamariki. Everyone brings their own experiences, knowledge and talents. It’s an amazing community and a wonderful support network.

We’re open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-12pm at 38 Venice Street. We o er three free no obligation visits and would love to meet you.

NZQA-approved education programme provided by Playcentre to develop parenting skills and understand how children learn and grow.

Each term we come together to write learning stories for our tamariki. Each child has a pro le book featuring these stories and their artwork – a special record of their time at Playcentre.

We get together for whānau social events such as our Mother’s Day dinner, Matariki disco, Christmas party and working bees. As a centre we go on excursions to connect with the local community and build a sense of belonging.

We were a Resene Wall Worthy Competition winner and won supplies to paint an amazing mural artwork (designed by one of our members) around our sandpit area. Make sure you come and see it!

Bring on Summer and more messy fun at Martinborough Playcentre!

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Developing ne motor skills and creativity in the sandpit.
Messy play sensory experience –squishy, squelchy slime! Painting up a storm! Mixing colours is fun.
Gaining con dence in and control of body movement while balancing. Hands on exploration in our mud kitchen.
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At the end of each of the four school terms, class teachers select three students from their class to spend a day doing fun activities such as watching a movie at the Lighthouse church, ten-pin bowling, mini-golf, a pizza lunch and a swim at the town pools. I was very excited when my name was called out to go on ADMIRE Day in term three. My mum and day were both very proud that I had been selected. It was a great day out. (Karanema Pakai)


For two days in each of terms two and three, our students are able to select an art-related programme that they are interested in. They produce some high quality results in a wide variety of styles.

I selected Bottle Top Art in term three. We had a team of nine students who


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Tēnā koutou katoa.

One of the most pleasing aspects of the 2022 school year has been a return to normality in terms of the programmes that we have been able to o er here at Masterton Intermediate, particularly in terms three and four.

We hope that you enjoy reading about some of the many learning opportunities that we pride ourselves in providing for our ākonga to experience.

Nei āku mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa

worked together to create the MIS logo using hundreds of di erent coloured plastic bottle tops. I can’t wait to see our mural being displayed. (Carter Upton)


Our school’s bike track has been operating since March last year and is enjoyed by many students during some lunch times and PE sessions.

I have a lot of fun riding around the bike track with my friends. It is also good exercise for me and has helped me improve my tness for running.


The highlight for our school Choir in 2022 was their performance at the Artsplash evening on Monday, September 12.

There was a huge crowd of performers as well as spectators at the Michael Fowler Centre for Artsplash.

I have loved the friendly feeling and the variety of songs that we sing in our MIS choir. (Ruby Edwards)

All students have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills with Robyn Hamilton in our digit tech suite, using a variety of devices.

Teachers are also able to learn new skills alongside their students which can then be developed further back in their own classrooms. Computer club takes place during Wednesday lunch times and Minecraft club is held on a Thursday after school. I have attended a lot of Minecraft sessions and this is one of the things that I enjoy most at MIS.

I also love to be involved with coding and scratch activities. (Tristan Hunter)


We achieved considerable success in this year’s ePro8 challenge event with 1st & 2nd placings on Tuesday evening, October 18 and a third place nish on Wednesday, October 19.

This was a great opportunity to work with mechanics, gearboxes and wiring in order to complete practical tasks to gain points for our team.

Having added pressure to compete against the clock was also a lot of fun.

(Wyatt Malcolm)


On a Day 3 afternoon we o er extension programmes for students who have a real passion for areas such as art, cooking, design technology, digital technology and science.

I have really enjoyed the art extension group this year because we are able to add our own creativity to the pieces of work that we produce. (Elaine Johnston)


This year, not even COVID-19 could prevent us from achieving our most

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successful ever fun run with $52 000 collected in sponsorship money and pro ts going towards the costs for our two days of EOTC at the start of December.

I managed to raise $1 650 for this year’s fun run. I was very happy to be the person who contributed the most money at MIS. (Ollie Welsh)


Judy Dreadon is in charge of our school garden which our students help to cultivate throughout the year. In 2022, we have grown broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauli ower, cabbages, lettuce, silver beet and spinach.

A lot of our produce is utilised in the cooking room as part of the garden to plate process. I like working on the school garden because it is very peaceful and quiet. I get a good feeling when we have planted vegetables and we can see them growing each week. (Luca Hayman).


In term two we were very lucky to have the services of Anton Pulefale and Victoria Medina who prepared each of

our syndicates for the dance competition which was won by Waiohine. 36 students performed at the Michael Fowler Centre for Dancesplash on Wednesday, September 14.

I enjoyed working with some of my friends to learn new dance moves. I was a bit nervous before we started to perform but I loved the opportunity to dance on the big stage. (Jacob Ross)


Ten members of our kapa haka rōpu were selected to reply on behalf of the manuhiri to open the celebrations in Taupō for 100 Years of Intermediate schooling in New Zealand” on Monday, August 22.

I felt very honoured to be involved in this special occasion. Even though we only had 10 students in our group, we tried hard to sing as if we had 100. . (Waka-Toi Prime)

Performing at the Wairarapa schools festival on September 18 and at the Wellington regional intermediate schools festival on November 11 were

two key events for our kapa haka rōpu this year.

I feel very proud when I provide the karanga to our manuhiri to start the many pōwhiri that we have had at MIS this year.

My favourite item has been the poi, Ngā mahi o te ringawera. (Jarae Tangiora)


The KiVa programme is also coordinated by Judy Dreadon and encourages all students to be kind to each other.

Discussions are held in order to resolve incidents of bullying and we have achieved many successful outcomes using this system.

KiVa lessons are provided for classes to help our kids understand the e ects of bullying and how we can minimise the need to be unkind to others.


Winning the Manawatu Year 8 Lit Quiz in Feilding on Monday, September 5 was a huge achievement for our school.

The team of Clara Andrew, Ruby Edwards, Brooke Jordan and Parker Mills will compete at the national nals in Wellington on Saturday, November 12.

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There was a lot of pressure at the end of the competition in Feilding. There were 5 questions that no one knew the answers to and we managed to get the sixth one correct to nally win.



The options programme takes place on a Day 6 afternoon in terms one and four.

Students have approximately 20 di erent activities to choose from and most of these have an outdoors focus.

Options is such a cool programme because you get to know new students and other teachers. My favourite activity has been the Lift Dance group with Victoria and Anton in term one this year.



The highlight of the year for our Poly group was hosting the Wellington Intermediate Schools Poly Fest event on Friday, October 28 with 600 students performing from one of the 12 intermediate schools participating. 90 of our MIS students were on stage for the nal bracket.

This was a fantastic occasion with all kura takawaenga groups performing with much energy, passion and pride.

I love learning and performing items from di erent cultures throughout the Paci c Islands, especially from Samoa. It makes me smile and feel very happy.

(Julie Wilson)


Our rock band practices keenly each Monday after school with our awesome tutor, Elton Halford.

We competed at the Battle of the Bands which was held at the Southward’s Car Museum on Wednesday, October 26. This was a great experience for all of us.

(Maceo Field)


Our school farm is a valuable learning

resource and many students have contributed towards its development in 2022.

The farm focus this year has included rebuilding fence lines, planning a planting scheme for a native tree corridor leading from the MIS garden to the Millennium Reserve.

We have redesigned and rebuilt the garden area with the hope of creating raised garden beds and a food forest.

The students have also learnt about stock management, shearing and dagging, drenching, docking and general care of the sheep.

I am proud of being a farm monitor this year. I like being outdoors and around animals.

My favourite activity was when Jake Warren came in and let us shear a sheep with him. (Levi Riley)


All classes are able to learn a basic programme in te reo Māori with a teaching unit provided each term relating to our inquiry focus. Year eight students who want to continue this learning at college are able to join our extension programme.

I have really enjoyed learning te reo and

tikanga Māori this year because this connects me to my own culture.

I want to continue to improve my understanding when I attend Wairarapa College. (Marleigh Paku)


Our school sports teams continue to compete at a high level against the 14 other kura takawaenga in the Wellington Intermediate Schools Sports Association tournaments. We have achieved top three placings in the following events this year:

- Girls hockey - winners

- Boys volleyball - winners

- Boys rugby league - winners

- Boys open weight rugby - second - Girls indoor cricket - second

- Girls volleyball - third

- Year 7 girls netball - third

- Girls rugby - third - Baseball - second

I have enjoyed meeting new people from the other schools that we have competed against in the WRISSA tournaments. I have also liked being able to try new sports as well as trying hard to win. (Charlotte Kennedy)

At the time of this publication going

to print, we are still very much looking forward to the following events:

- The two-day Education Outside the Classroom programme on December 1 & 2

- Visits from year 6 students who are coming here next year on December 8, 9, 10 or 11

- Our nal assembly in our school hall on Thursday, December 15

The 2023 school year will bring further additions and changes to Masterton iIntermediate, such as:

• A return of the trips to Japan and Rarotonga for selected year 8 students

• Introduction of the Te Ara Whakamana - Mana Enhancement programme working alongside Masterton Primary School

• Continuing our sta ’s professional learning to increase the levels of achievement for our students in reading.

Bottle Top art for Arts Enrichment. Ten Kapa Haka students in Taupō. DanceSplash students performing at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
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Sport at MPS

Sport at MPS has grown signi cantly in 2022, this term we have 17 teams participating in a range of codes from touch rugby to netball. We embrace every opportunity to be active in our community.

We look forward to establishing our new MPS Sports Academy in 2023, this will provide a strong foundation for our students to develop fundamental skills within the context of sport.

Culturally responsive practice

This term we have utilised the expertise of Joseph Potangaroa to develop our knowledge & understanding in Culturally responsive practices. We travelled across the region visiting sites of signi cance relevant to our school and wider community.

Harold returns to MPS

It was great to have the Life Education Trust return to MPS this year. Harold and Laura made such a positive impact during their time at school.

Ngā mihi me te aroha nui


Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Hello everybody here and warm greetings to you all.

It has been a pleasure to be the Principal of Masterton Primary School & also the Lead Principal of the Remutaka RTLB Cluster 27. This has been my rst year at Masterton Primary School and it has been the most rewarding experience.

As the end of the school year draws near, I re ect upon all the wonderful experiences & opportunities that have enabled my students to thrive in 2022.

As Lead learner of our school, I am blessed to be in the position to work collaboratively with a fantastic sta and Board to provide an education, which underpins a curriculum responsive to the needs of our fantastic school & community

Each morning I have the pleasure of welcoming my students and whanau to our amazing place of learning. We are committed to providing our students with the best possible outcomes and we always nd new experiences for them to succeed.

Gene Bartlett Connecting with whanau on Matariki day. Cross-country 2022. Laura & Harold share a few stories. Matariki. Enviro students after planting on Matariki day. Matariki breakfast.
Matariki planting.
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When you re ect on what’s happened in a year, we wonder how we’ve had time to t in all the amazing learning opportunities and experiences our children have had.

Mauriceville School is certainly a very busy place and it’s good to see our new school values being lived each and every day by our students and sta . Academically our students are going from strength to strength and there is a lovely ‘learning’ buzz about the school. This year we implemented the Garden to Table programme which has seen us spending weekly sessions in our vegetable garden or cooking with whatever produce we grow.

It’s early days yet, but we are looking forward to being able to harvest silverbeet, beetroot, potatoes, cabbage, onions, strawberries and enjoy the fruit from our pear, apple and plum trees.

At the beginning of the year we added some Orpington chickens to our little school whānau, and it’s a real treat for the children to go and feed the chooks or collect the eggs each day, and to be able to use them in our cooking.

As usual, sports is always a highlight for us and we’ve enjoyed swimming lessons at Masterton pool, cross-country and athletics with the other rural schools and participating in Have a Go day.

This year the older students participated in the Te Rerenga Ake programme with Rangitane. They learned much about themselves, as well as about local Māori history, culture, traditions and customs, culminating in a fabulously emotional presentation and performance. We


This year has been another exceptional year for Mauriceville School and its students.

With a steady stream of 5-year-olds coming into the school we’ve been busy settling them into school life and enjoying seeing their enthusiasm for learning and love of being here.

All students are making great progress with their learning and our older students are becoming independent active learners who identify what they need and want to learn, then go ahead

and work on developing their knowledge and skills with teacher support.

It’s an exciting time at Mauriceville School with new links being formed with both our local and wider community.

It’s been wonderful to experience the ongoing support of our community and have people visit the school and enjoy working with our children.

has been a well used addition to our curriculum, especially when it came to trapping a large rat who had made a home in our grounds.

Our environmental focus comes through strongly by having developed a native garden, combined with our trapping and tracking, establishment of vegetable gardens, planting of fruit trees and the use of solar panels on the school to provide a more sustainable energy source for the school.

Mauriceville is a quintessential country school so come along and check it out.

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We think the strengths of our school are in our ve values: consideration, trust, con dence, positive attitude and problem solving. But we know we are not perfect!

At Pirinoa, we love our sports and doing hands-on work, for example planting, water testing, geology and the science kits that arrive every few weeks. We go on a lot of beach trips every year to pick up rubbish and care for nature and look at sea animals.

Highlights for this year have been soccer, rippa rugby and other tournaments, college open days, animals staying at our school and also going on lots of trips out to places like Te Papa, fun days out and other places. We have also gained a lot of knowledge and good relationships with our teachers and other students and people who come to visit like bug man Ruud Kleinplaste, and Laura and Manaia from Te Hauora who teach us about healthy mindsets (and what isn’t healthy), and scientists that teach us about geology and rocks.


Welcome to Pirinoa, the southernmost school in Aotearoa New Zealand, a place where kids can be kids and curiosity is nurtured. Whether it’s young folk discovering that the sandpit tower will go higher if you use a retaining wall, or a senior student designing a working mini wind farm, or whether it is a group of kids chilling in a tree, you’ll nd it all here at Pirinoa. I joined the school in July and have been constantly amazed at the practical, hands-on, purposeful learning that our fantastic teachers engage the children in, as well as the supportive

wider community that helps things tick along nicely, especially when it comes to doing lots of trips out of school with the kids. We’re a small school that punches above its weight whilst still retaining a very relaxed and commonsense environment. We are also blessed with a strong connection to the coast, farmland, waterways and mountains. Perfect spot for a school I reckon. But don’t take my word for it, here are some thoughts from some of our graduating Yr 8s:

A huge highlight (and heaps of work) was our school production “Alice in Wonderland” which we put on to a record breaking audience at the Pirinoa Community Hall in July.

We’re looking forward to a busy last few weeks before we head o to high school with a visit from Life Education (Harold the Gira e) who will teach us about peer pressure, friendship and other important things in life. Also we have our annual “Big Day Out” which is basically when our individual classrooms go on a meanas trip to somewhere fun, and of course Pet Day. This is a huge event for our school where some of the students in our school bring in calves, lambs, dogs, goats etc. People in their classrooms also compete with each other in stu like decorated cupcakes, ower arrangements, photography, decorated gumboots and international dishes. The animals that the students bring also compete with each other for trophies such as best condition, ring craft, best cared for and most unique. And that is the end of our article.

- Nivayah, Isabella and Hazel.

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We have an amazing school culture with the Bible at the forefront of our learning.

Catering for both primary and secondary, with a preschool one day a week, we have whole families in di erent classes, and those without siblings bene t from having ‘older and younger siblings’ as it were. We have ‘tuakana-teina’ in motion where the older students help the younger in their outside learning and playing. A good example of this was when the years 9/10 woodwork class made an outside kitchen for the junior primary students in term one.

We had our open evening in term three, where primary students held a singing production, and talented secondary students helped with instruments and singing in junior classes.

Classrooms were decorated to show students’ prior learning, and we had a marketplace where secondary students sold products made during the term. Supper was put on by home economics and senior students.

We have smaller classes allowing for more personalised learning, with StepsWeb being used for reinforcement where needed.

We have welcomed new sta this year and some sta back. There are also unique opportunities between primary and secondary for those sta able to teach both.

With an expanding roll, we have extra temporary classrooms while awaiting new ones, and a new bigger sta room with more o ces. We have a beautiful rural outlook within the town, and opportunities for students to learn horticulture and agriculture from within


We rely on the Lord’s blessing alone. With His mercy, we were able to begin the year well, having replaced most of the 40% of sta who left due to the vaccine mandate.

When the mandate lifted it left good teachers who have so much to o er the service, in the lurch, with their positions lled by others.

With the third consecutive year of covid related compromises impacting learning and well-being, we began the year with the good news that all Y11-13 students

passed NCEA in 2021 and are on track to do the same again in 2022.

We have also been able to make serious advances in our care for special needs, biculturalism, and a limited movement on our waiting list which has been up to four years now for some.

our own farming community.

We believe that science is a curriculum area that should be taught as a standalone subject as well as in a multisubject inquiry where appropriate, so we use the House of Science Kits at least once a fortnight in our Years 3/4 and 5/6 classes.

Five basic capabilities from the Nature of Science sub-strands have been identi ed, and these contribute to a functional knowledge of science and are to be used as a guide for adapting teaching and learning in the classroom.

Our students learn to love and fear our Lord through a caring school environment, learning to respect oneself and others through kindness and integrity, while receiving a well-rounded education including the all-important literacies and mathematics.

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We have had some changes this year with our Manager Stacey Grant leaving at the end of term 1 and Sue Wallis coming in as the new Hostel Manager. At the end of term 2 we farewelled Sharon Haeata who has retired to Rarotonga after 16 dedicated years as our Matron. This was a big change for our Poto family. We would like to thank Sharon for everything she did for Poto College House and the many boarders she has seen throughout her time here. We welcomed Dallas Gillies as our new Matron in term 3.

It was a very busy year for our school sports teams and our Poto boarders represented the school in hockey, football, cricket, rugby and netball at all levels. They are a great group of young people who are really committed to their sport and their teams. We have also supported some of our students to have part time jobs after school to assist in their development and growth. Our Poto van is well utilised to transport our students to their activities and sports.

In term 3 we also welcomed visiting hockey teams from Whitby College and Tawa College who stayed with us for Tournament week. This was certainly a fun and competitive week for all. Special thanks go to our caterers, Ambassador Catering, who stepped up to manage 85 packed lunches every day and double catering every night.

The highlights of our year included lots of fun games nights, trips to the river

for a swim and quiz nights. We enjoyed the Western and the Cops and Robbers themed dinners to celebrate the end of our terms. We also had our end of year leavers dinner which everyone dressed up in formal wear and looked very ash to honour of our Year 13 leavers.

The PCH Fundraising Committee continue to volunteer their time and go over and above to support the hostel. The latest fundraisers were the quiz night and the Bideford trail bike ride. The e orts of the parent volunteers are very much appreciated by all.

The PCH Trust & PCH fundraising committee have dedicated so much of their time to the success of the hostel, and it is paying o . We have invested a lot into the renovations of the hostel including a complete revamp of both the year 11 girls and boy’s dorms and a refurbishment of the girls bathroom is about to begin. This is a continuation of the Trusts commitments to big plans for PCH which requires continued fundraising and support from local agencies.

Poto College House is a vibrant and busy place. We encourage boarders to make the most of every opportunity available to them in sport, culture, and the arts. Academic excellence is a high priority and structured prep times are an integral part of achieving this. Poto College House continues to provide a valuable service to the Wairarapa’s rural community and neighboring districts.

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2022 has been a phenomenal year at Solway College, with a multitude of individual student and collective achievements, throughout all dimensions of their holistic education. Academically, the school again celebrated outstanding NCEA results of 100% attainment across all three NCEA levels, including a high proportion of Excellence endorsements, based on students who remained at Solway College until the end of Term 4. 95 percent of Year 13 students also achieved their university entrance quali cation. In addition to NCEA results, Mahony Puketapu, Moana Papworth and Melissa Burns received prestigious university scholarships for 2023, and Sheryl Chand was the recipient of the Hands on Otago Scholarship, and was also selected to attend the Rotary National and Science Technology Forum, as well as the prestigious National Shakespeare School Production.

Four sports teams attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament Week competitions including Football, Hockey, Netball and Equestrian, with the Equestrian team nishing third overall within the Lower North Island.

Our Waka Ama crew nished second place in the under 16 division at the Wellington Regional Championship, and our girls also shone at Wairarapa Interschools events. Olivia Weir won the junior girls discus, Sheryl Chand was 1st in the senior girls shot put, Tilly Raush won the girls 800m and there was a clean sweep to Solway College in senior girls discus with Vianne Downs rst, Trinity Robertson-Davis second and Olivia Mancer third. Violet Fisher medalled in all events at the Manawatu


Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Janine Tupaea tōku ingoa, no tumuaki ki te Kāreti o Manaia ahau.

Warm greetings to you all, I am the proud Principal of Solway College. Within the accompanying editorial, you will see examples of our Solway College students being aspirational in their pursuit of excellence, utilising their gifts and talents, and serving those within and outside of our community. Our students sing within our school waiata ‘anei matou nga kohine, e puawai ana - we are the blossoming girls of the

school’. In 2022, our students have certainly blossomed, both individually and collectively. The waiata also states ‘tu maia, tu kaha, kia tu kotahi e - we stand proud, we stand strong, we stand as one. At Solway College our special character, Solway Way, and Christian family atmosphere is at the heart of our school. I would like to thank each student, each sta member, each caregiver, and both boards, for their contributions to the collective successes achieved by our Solway College whānau this year.

Champs, including gold in the 1500, 800 and 400m races, and was selected as a member of Athletics Wellington U15 team. We also had outstanding success in Cross Country, winning the Year 9 girls and senior girls team events at the Wairarapa Intercollegiate competition, and in the Intermediate Interschools competition, Violet Fisher came 1st and Renee Mensen came 2nd. Violet Fisher then went on to nish second at the Wellington Regional competition. Xanthe Somerville was Wairarapa Secondary Schools Girls Rugby Player of the Year, and Ava Wilson had a phenomenal year in swimming, winning 6 medals including 3 golds at the national secondary schools’ championships, placed top 3 in all 10 events at the Wellington short course championships, and became the national secondary school open water champion for her age group.

Sheryl Chand was named the overall national co-winner of the New Zealand Race Unity Speech Awards, as well as the senior girls Wairarapa Interschools Speech competition winner. The SoulC Hip Hop Dance crew were the NZ Made Wellington Regional winners, and one of Solway College’s bands won rst place in the Tangata Pasi ka Beats section of the Regional Smokefree Rock Quest competition. Hannah Walker achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, and Keri-Kima Lumukana was awarded 1st place in the Wairarapa Intercollegiate Music competition.

Fifty dresses that were beautifully made as part of the new ‘Dress a Girl’ service initative, are on the way to a village overseas to bless young girls, a signi cant portion of money was raised for the Cancer Society, and girls provided service for a range of wider

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Janine Tupaea community events such as Toi Tū te Tangata. The school was also recognised for prioritising protecting the Manaia whenua on which the school resides, including its 100kw solar panel installation and extension of its native bush area, winning the title of ‘New Zealand’s Most Sustainable School’. One of the Waka Ama crews came second place at the Wellington Regional Waka Ama Champs. Sheryl Chand was the co-winner of the New Zealand Race Unity Speech Competition. We wish our Year 13 students all the best for their next chapter, and thank them for all that they have contributed to Solway College. Ko tenei te kareti o Manaia, our Solway College kapa haka rōpū thank Whaea Aroha for her contribution, and look forward to welcoming our new kaiako Whaea Jordan Bennett to Solway.
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The Equestrian Team had another outstanding year with a number of individual and team successes, including coming third place at their New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament.


Solway remains both a little bit town and a little country. We are a school that lets kids build huts and climb trees, a school with our community at the heart of all we do.

Solway enjoys tremendous support from our families who come out in force for everything from our school production and pet day to our 6am Matariki celebrations.

We are continuing to experience signi cant growth with two new classes ready for use at the start of 2022 and

a further two hoped to be ready early in 2023.

By the time this goes to print we will have awarded a contract for the construction of a new sta room and administration extension which is desperately needed.

At Solway we learn together in a collaborative environment that focuses on what really matters. We have a fantastic team of highly dedicated, expert teachers who assure academic excellence across all curriculum areas.

Our students overall achievement in Reading, Writing and Numeracy is consistently higher than the national average.

Solway children develop a strong sense of self belief, they stand out as well rounded citizens of the world who are proud of their cultural identity.

Our School is made up of three teams, Rangitumau, Remutaka and Tararua. This year the Rangitumau team was made up of 4 classes. Two New Entrant/ Year 1 classes and two year 1/2 classes. We continue to create our learning through play and the transition to Solway from ECE is easy for new tamariki.

The start of the year was a bit rocky as Covid impacted our learning. But the second part of the year has own by with lots of learning and fun experiences. A highlight for our team was the Matariki breakfast celebrations and having our community all together again. We had the most amazing school wide production where again we all came together to celebrate a term of The Arts. We all learned a dance from a di erent country and looked spectacular onstage performing. For the rst time ever we had our team as part of the Wairarapa Kapa Haka festival. This was a great opportunity to share our waiata we had been learning. We are nishing the year with pet & ower day, Get Firewise programme and a team trip to Mount Holdsworth. We couldn’t have so much fun and super learning without the support of our awesome community.

For the Remutaka team, the highlights were our Cross Country at Solway

showgrounds. It was a great day and had excellent community involvement. Celebrating Matariki was a special event, there was a great turnout and an awesome vibe. The Kapa Haka festival had two roopu participating. Both roopu represented the school proudly and performed well. Production was a massive highlight of the year.

The feedback from the community was excellent and people thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Sports from around the Wairarapa: Mark Harris athletics, Swim Smart, Rippa rugby from Wairarapa Bush, and Skateboarding were welcomed additions to the programme.

The Tararua team is made up of 3 classes with students in years 5 and 6. This year has seen many fantastic learning opportunities for our students. The students have had a variety of sporting opportunities through visiting coaches at school and inter-school competitions. This year has also seen opportunities for the students to develop creativity through making and creating programmes within classes. Our Kapa Haka cultural group has gone from strength to strength with our experienced and talented tutor. The students acquitted themselves well in the Masterton Kapa Haka festival. The Solway Matharapa team came third in the recent competition. At the beginning of term 4 our year 6 students have been on camp at Waimanaaki at Riversdale beach. There were opportunities to build con dence and independence and experiences that they hadn’t had before. Always a favourite for those involved.

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2022 has seen the welcome return of the events that had been cancelled in the previous two years.

Sporting events, shows, school celebrations and gatherings have nally been able to take place and that has been great.

Unfortunately sickness of sta and students took its toll in the rst three terms of the year with us as with all schools. We look forward to some normality in the coming year.

At the end of 2021 all students were divided among three outdoor activities: Camp Kaitoke, Waimeha Camp, Ngāwi and a range of activities around Masterton.

Highlights in 2022 so far have been our whole school fun try-athlon event early in the year – the water slide created a real splash. In July we had our own fun version of the Commonwealth Games.

Matariki’s importance has grown with each passing year and it is great to have the celebration honoured with a holiday. We celebrated the Maori New Year with whānau, lanterns and soup.


Kia ora koutou

I continue to stand proud to be the tumuaki at South End School, Te Kura Taitonga.

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to encourage and foster the importance of being physically active.

We welcome you to come and visit us to see how we can support your child’s learning journey.

STAFF Clare Crawford Arlo gets his lantern for Matariki. Reuben tries weightlifting at our Commonwealth Games event in July. Our Tournament of Minds team: Fuschia, Frida, Eloise, Ruby, Theo and Jenna (kneeling).
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In partnership with Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira environmental group, our tamariki ventured out to learn more about the unique ora/fauna of ‘our backyard’, getting hands-on-gathering, preparing, planting seeds they had identi ed and collected.

A massive highlight was winning the Wairarapa School Garden ‘Challenge Shield’ for our “wonderful Sensory Garden - a truly, amazing taonga” (quoting the judges) - a project 18 months in the making – testament to the talents and commitment of whānau, teachers, local businesses and, of course, our tamariki themselves who maintain the garden.

Back in the classroom, the year’s vernal energy was evident in learning activities led by our fantastic teaching team. Our continuing focus on embedding learning through play in our Junior Room has been a real success - the ultimate outcome being happy, settled kids (and families) transitioning into primary school.

It’s been rewarding and a rming, with an in ux of new families starting at South Featherston, our numbers nearly doubling over this year. Being selected to implement the MoE’s ‘Better Start Literacy Approach’ has also been a boon for our kids and teachers with cutting edge research yielding positive results for many young readers.

We continue to work with PLD providers, Learning Architects, on our Digital Fluency journey to support teachers to introduce children to key computer science basics, nurturing both their curiosity and creativity - as well as teaching them how to be wise, considerate, safe digital citizens.


Tēnā koutou, Having shaken o 2021’s stop-start, alert-level torpor, 2022 has been super-charged by comparison. Our school threw itself wholeheartedly into reconnecting with its wider community and getting out into Nature. Our new national holiday, Matariki, emphasising gratefulness, spending time with loved ones, and new beginnings, was perhaps the perfect metaphor for our entire year. We joined our sister schools in Featherston schools to enjoy kapa haka, hāngi and putiputi-laying ceremony at

the cemetery at dawn. Beyond Matariki week, there was no shortage of other opportunities for our tamariki: Anzac Dawn Parade, Featherston Booktown’s Young Reader’s Programme, sportsbased gatherings, performing waiata at Booktown’s Opening Night and at Jennifer Muth’s (St Teresa’s) retirement, creating art for the ‘iti’ exhibition at Fareham House, photography course for our budding photojournalists ... a truly, rich calendar of great experiences for our tamariki!

We welcomed Julie Small, new Senior Room teacher 2022, who has hit the ground running, slotting e ectively into the teaching team with her wise insights, powerhouse Mathematics ability, wonderful devotion to education and the universal spirit of life-long learning.

Our Board goes from strength-tostrength, carrying on the good work ERO highlighted last year. Whilst it was sad to farewell one term- nishing member (the wonderfully inimitable) Callum Lord, we were fortunate to be able to welcome TWO new members, Jen Bhati and Lisa Reid, to carry on the mahi.

All-in-all, a year hard not to gush about for our wee kura. Looking forward to the promise of 2023 already.

Ngā mihi mahana

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Culture and Diversity have been our big topic this year and we have explored how cultures are expressed in many ways and looked at di erent cultures within Aotearoa and around the world.

We started o by looking at the cultures within families, our school, parish and community. We learnt about te Tiriti o Waitangi, key events that are part of Wairarapa’s history, migration and movement, diversity in science.

Each term we teach and reward one of the school values or competencies. This year it was relating to others, self management skills, integrity and respectful interactions with peers.

It is always great to see the students practising and improving such important life skills and we all love an outing to the movies or ten pin bowling for the Principal’s Day Out.

This year our religious topic has been The Call to Be a Peacemaker. In our daily life we are called to promote peace. This encompasses the gospel values and activities and lessons re ect what is happening in the world.

We learnt about the Brigidine sisters who started our school 105 years ago and Mary who we are named after. Our four school values of Aroha, Respect, Integrity and Excellence and our long history are important to who we are today as a school community. This year we have celebrated 17 baptisms and welcomed new families to the school along with 15 students making their First Holy Communion.

Students performed well in a range of inter school activities this year with Pippa winning the Year 8 Wairarapa Speech competition and our Year 5


Thank you to all those families who choose St Mary’s as the school for their children.

We are a community that is united and strengthened by our Catholic faith, which values each person as being born in the image and likeness of God.

St Mary’s has a strong sense of family and is able to provide opportunities for all of our students to shine in our supportive, safe environment, where the individuality of each student is celebrated. At St Mary’s School we

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We encourage all students to take the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities.

Our school values are aroha, respect, integrity and excellence and the development of these helps us to nurture children to grow as happy, faith lled, resilient learners who are inspired to achieve their personal best.

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Our goal is to prepare students at St Patrick’s School to be Catholic citizens who can participate and contribute to our ever changing world through the teaching of the New Zealand curriculum that is underpinned by our philosophy of learning:

At St Patrick’s School, we want to empower our students to live the Catholic faith through all learning. We believe that student well-being is paramount, and is developed in an environment that is driven by the Gospel virtues and learner qualities that nurture and develop the whole student. We see the importance of positive relationships and the upholding of our school values of Strength, Kindness and Excellence in everything that we do. We treasure an environment where students have the opportunity to be agentic in their learning. We endeavour to provide our students with authentic learning experiences where they make connections to their lives through the spiritual, cultural, digital and environmental worlds.

Our curriculum contains a wide range of elements that help us to create learning experiences for our children to develop and grow. Some highlights of 2022 include:

Special Catholic Character –Throughout the year, we celebrate our Catholic Character in a range of special ways. These include our Catholic Social Teaching based curriculum in which children learn to apply Gospel values and help improve the world we live in. We also o er a Sacramental programme every year that includes Baptism, Reconciliation and Communion. A special annual highlight the sta and


Preparing for the future in a Catholic environment

Ko Rangitumau te maunga

Ko te Ruamahanga te awa

Ko te ngakau tapu o Hehu te whare

Ko Hato Patariki te kura

Ko Hato Patariki te whanau

Ko Hato Patariki te tangata

We are a Catholic Integrated School catering for children from new entrants through to year six. We aim to provide every child with a high quality education within a caring, respectful and Catholic environment. At the

heart of everything we do are the school values of ‘Strength, Kindness & Excellence’. Our school curriculum gives opportunities and experiences for all children to meet the ever-changing future with resilience and con dence. We value highly and promote all aspects of school life including sport, culture, environmental issues, performing arts and academic success.

“We are always keen to hear from families with a Catholic connection to join our amazing school community.

students always enjoy is our St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Cultural activities – Here at school we have a growing range of diverse cultures in our community. Across our school, we have students who whakapapa to eighteen di erent cultural communities, which helps bring a wealth of diversity to everyday life. Celebrating our Māori culture is an important and valued component of what we do and includes language development, pōwhiri, karakia, waiata, kapa haka and our annual Matariki & Treaty of Waitangi celebrations.

Enviro-schools curriculum – St Patrick’s School prides itself on being recognised as a ‘Green-Gold Enviro School’. Our curriculum always includes links to caring for our world and our sta are always on the lookout for exciting programmes for our students to be involved in. This year our students are enjoying being part of the ‘Garden to Table’ initiative, helping-out at local community gardens, setting up our own pātaka kai and ‘Tracking & Trapping’ programmes.

Learning opportunities – Our school curriculum aims to give students valuable learning experiences that will help them to be the best they can be. This year we have been able to give students experiences such as ‘Tough Guy & Gal’, Forest School visits, participation at the National Primary School Chess competition, visits from Harold & the Life Education Van, a wealth of sports competitions as well as the inaugural ‘Art of the week’ competition.

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Steve Wheeler Performing at the 2022 Wairarapa Kapa Haka Festival. Kai harvested from our school vege gardens.
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2022 brought many opportunities for our students. The students took part in a number of Kapa Haka performances alongside the other three Featherston schools - Featherston Booktown, Matariki Community Concert, and the Featherston school’s Kapa Haka concert.

Through these events, students developed an understanding that being part of a community means working together.

Our Spring Festival was a huge success. Each class had a stall with the funds

going towards class trips and activities, ensuring no student is left out or behind.

At the end of Term 3 we farewelled our principal of eight years, Jennifer Muth. We look forward to welcoming new principal Lindsey Dailly in 2023.

Thank you to students, sta , whanau and community members who set the example of working hard and providing amazing opportunities for our students.

These are some of the highlights of 2022:

• Year 7 and 8 Camp at Kaitoke

• Junior Poetry Recital

• Live Wires radio programme

• Junior gardening

• Year 5-8 participating in Matharapa

• House sports

• Stations of the Cross

• The Hands of Christ Homework Challenge

• Rippa Rugby

• Cross- Country

• School swimming

• Football Tournament

• Kapa Haka performances

• Matariki Celebration

• Science trips

• Ruud Kleinpaste visit

• Netball

• Gymnastics

• Hockey

• Scientists in school

• Jennifer Muth’s farewell

We teach our school values of faith, love, justice and humility through our On-Track keys. We don’t expect students to know these values, we teach them, remind students often and reward

Our focus this year has been on Geology, through which all students have had the opportunity to explore many of our local sites, including Barr Brown Reserve, One Tree Hill, Ocean Beach and the Putangirua Pinnacles, as well as fossil hunting by Mangapari Stream.

The Year 5-8 students also visited the fault line at Pigeon Bush where the biggest land shift caused by an earthquake can be seen.

On these trips the students learnt about many things such as fault lines, erosion, rock layering, and how fossils are formed. A focus on curiosity has enabled them to notice more in the land around them.

We have had a number of scientists visiting us throughout the year, who have assisted us on our trips, enriching our learning and science knowledge.

Our ecology science focus next year is already well underway, and includes more exciting trips around the Wairarapa, and connects with even more scientists.

We weave digital technology through all learning areas. Our students enjoy coding and STEAM activities. We dedicate time to the arts - visual art, drama, dance and music. Our school productions star every student at our school.

If you would like to see our school in action, please contact us to make an appointment at o

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While it’s been another big year with covid and other illnesses that have impacted on sta , whānau and tamariki wellbeing we have worked hard to normalise everyday life in our kura and are super proud of the successes our tauira have had.

We have continued to improve our grounds and this year have completed the relocation of our maara kai, planted over 100 natives and fruit trees on our eld, and just recently completed a bike track.

Despite the 6am start, our Matariki celebration was well attended and following karakia and shared breakfast we all went to watch The Lion King in te reo Māori. For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori we organised a hikoi through town to honour those who took the Māori Language Petition to Parliament 50 years ago this year. We were honoured to be able to support the opening of the new Whitipoua Footbridge at the end of Bentley Street and are proud of the 11 sets of paewhiri that two of our tauira and one of our sta designed.


Ka nui ngā mihi ki a Ranginui e tū iho nei, ki a Papatūānuku e takoto ake nei. Koutou e te tini o aitua, haere atu rā, e moe ki ō koutou tūpuna.

Ko te hunga mate ki a rātou, haere, haere, haere ake rā.

Tātou te hunga ora, tēnā rā tātou.

Nei rā te mihi matakuikui o te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa ki a koutou.

More recently, our Primary Kapa Haka rōpū, Ngā Puāwai o TKKM o Wairarapa competed at the Awakairangi-Wairarapa Regional Kapa Haka competition and placed rst – so next year we will be busy fundraising to help get them to the National Competition being held in Nelson.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our whānau and wider community for their ongoing support of our kura – nei rā te mihi mutunga kore ki a koutou.

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Pip Rimene Team and con dence building with senior tauira. Opening of Whitipoua. Dawn karakia and celebration of Matariki. Relocated maara kai. Ngā Puāwai o TKKM o Wairarapa.
Hikoi mō te reo Māori.



This year we have focused on ensuring our Anglican Special Character is o ering our students the foundations they need to be their best selves each day.

We have continued to upgrade our facilities and services, including expanding the availability of Trinity Counsellors at all three schools and progressing with the refurbishment of Repton Boarding House at Rathkeale. St Matthew’s sta and students are enjoying an upgraded Lower Classroom Block and as I write the Junior Hub block at Hadlow is being enhanced to o er state of the art learning spaces.

None of this would be possible without the continued support of our parent community past and present, our terri c sta and suppliers, and many volunteers. The Trinity family of schools is unique in Aotearoa New Zealand, and on behalf of my fellow trustees I sincerely thank everyone who helps us to lead and serve successfully.

Hadlow Preschool, Hadlow Preparatory School, St Matthew’s Collegiate and Rathkeale College make up the Trinity family of Anglican schools, all located in the Masterton area, educating students from the age of 3 to year 13. The Trinity Schools Trust Board owns and stewards this unique family of schools.

Our state-integrated schools centre around Anglican faith-based values, which are fundamental to our Special Character. These values ensure our students, who are at the heart of our system, are provided with the best

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At Hadlow Pre-school we pride ourselves on providing quality early childhood education for children ages three to ve years. We welcome children from throughout Wairarapa to our calm and caring space on the grounds of Hadlow School. Hadlow Pre-school is part of the Trinity family of Anglican schools, Hadlow Preparatory School, St Matthew’s Collegiate School and Rathkeale College. We accept pre-schoolers who wish to enrol at Hadlow School as well as alternative schools. We are licenced for up to 30 children per day and our hour options are 8.30am-1pm or 8.30am-3pm, term time.

At Hadlow Pre-school we prepare children for a lifetime of learning by providing a balanced programme.

Highly quali ed teachers ensure each child builds a strong sense of belonging and meaningful relationships. We provide a respectful and inclusive environment full of laughter, exploration, and excitement.

Children actively participate in a range of experiences, both planned and spontaneous. The development of early literacy and mathematical skills, along with our Anglican Special Character and Pre-school values (kindness, respect, con dence, perseverance and independence) form the basis of our programme.

Teachers encourage children to strive and persevere, so they are empowered to become con dent and competent learners. Each child is encouraged to develop and extend their leadership skills throughout their time at pre-school.

Parents, grandparents, and extended


It was nice to welcome our families back into Pre-school for celebrations and events.

We were excited to host our families to celebrate Matariki with a shared lunch.

We have also enjoyed having the Little Dog Barking Theatre Company come to perform, having a disco with the help of our whanau, a trip to Te Rangimarie Marae, as well as bike days using the Hadlow School bike track.

We have continued to enjoy our relationship with the Epiphany Church

and look forward to their weekly visits to pre-school and our trips to the Church once a month.

This term we are looking forward to pets’ day, Grandparent’s morning tea and our Christmas concert.

family are kept informed of their child’s progress instantly through our online system, Storypark, allowing them to be actively involved in their child’s learning.

Goals based on dispositions form the basis of our learning stories. Children are encouraged to set their own goal, guided by their parents’ aspirations.

Our waiting list continues to grow so if you are interested in your child coming to Hadlow Pre-School please visit us or ll out a registration form on our website.

For further information, please contact us.

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Annabel Wyeth Weekly visit to Hadlow School Library. Our Special Character is an important part of our Pre-School environment. Hockey game inspired by learning about the Commonwealth Games. Sarah the Scientist visit. Visiting Te Rangimarie Marae.
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Hadlow Preparatory School is a state integrated, co-educational, Anglican school for students in Year 1 – 8.

Hadlow Preparatory School is part of the Trinity family of Anglican schools which includes Hadlow Pre-School, St Matthew’s Collegiate and Rathkeale College, all located in the Masterton area, educating students from the age of 3 to year 13.

Our state-integrated schools have Anglican faith-based values which are fundamental to our Special Character.

These values ensure that the students at the heart of our system are provided with the best possible teaching and learning opportunities which will enable them to thrive in an everchanging world.

At Hadlow a strong link between home and school is fostered and encouraged. School culture, community, wellbeing, our vision, our values, and special character underpin everything we do here at Hadlow.

We feel incredibly fortunate with the year we have had again in 2022. The start of the year was a little bumpy with face masks for our older students and some COVID restrictions in place. However, like previous years, we have continued to enjoy school, learning and school community events. Having been principal at Hadlow for nearly ve years, and being principal of two schools previously, I feel incredibly privileged to lead the sta , students, and our school community. At Hadlow, traditions, our special Anglican character and values are blended with a clear, future focus to grow great people. We believe in really knowing each, and every child, focusing on developing a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy, as well as developing and igniting interests and passions across the arts, music, science, technology, and in sport. At Hadlow, our students shine, grow, and have success, in an environment that is supportive and positive.

Our school vision is ‘Making a positive di erence in the world through personal excellence, service, and hauora’ Everything we do, the way we think, act, interact, the relationships we build all come back to our school vision and our values. Our values and special character are the foundation for growing great people.

At Hadlow, we are incredibly proud of our students and teachers and what they achieve on their journey each year, and 2022 has certainly been another fabulous year in so many areas. In the classrooms, on the sports eld, with music, kapa haka and the arts, expectations are always high, and it is amazing what our passionate teachers and students accomplish

every day. When the bar is set high, it is staggering what they can attain. Student achievement and personal excellence is always at the forefront of our learning, and so is developing the skills our students need for the future. Personal excellence is about being the best you can be.

Our Special Anglican Character, is about service, reaching out and helping others. Each week starts with chapel which is led by our team of student chapel leaders. We also enjoy our start of year family service and picnic and nish the year with our carol service. Hadlow has a school chaplain who leads worship and works closely with other chaplains and priests in the Anglican Church.

At Hadlow we believe in ‘Growing Leaders’ and giving our students, particularly our older students the opportunity to learn about leadership. They learn about the di erent qualities leaders have and also develop an understanding of how people can develop these skills and qualities. Our Year 7 and 8 students are involved in the William Pike Challenge Award when they move into the senior part of the school. The award is a primary school equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The William Pike Challenge Award Vision is “to grow a world of young explorers that are ready to take on our rapidly evolving world.”

Music, Performing and Visual Arts and Kapa Haka are areas where our students thrive and grow. Our students regularly perform - this includes choirs, our kapa haka group, dance, drama, bands, and musicians. Our musicians learn a range of musical instruments and sit their music grade examinations

each year.

Hadlow has always punched well above its weight in a range of sports and sport plays an important part in our school life. A lot of our xtures are exchanges with other prep schools, where our teams travel around the lower North Island and experience travelling and playing together as a team. These experiences are often treasured by all our students, long after they leave Hadlow. As well as sport our students enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and overnight trips and camps during the year.

2022 was another fantastic year and one everyone can be extremely proud of. We now look forward to 2023!

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It is amazing to see how much progress schools have been able to make this year. The year started with Rathkeale College and Senior College celebrating some outstanding NCEA results from the previous year despite all the challenges that had to be overcome.

While Term One still had a number of restrictions on normal school operation, sta and students started working with a new-found optimism for how the year would develop. Thankfully, this was proven to be correct.

Throughout the year, numerous boys competed for the school nationally in a range of sports, and our winter and summer sport codes kept the boys active, healthy, and competitive. Our traditional school xtures, house competitions and Tournament Week all went ahead this year which was particularly rewarding for our Year 13 students.

Major highlights this year in Performing Arts included our Barbershop Quartet being crowned New Zealand Secondary School champions and Viva Camerata (our combined Rathkeale College and St Matthew’s Collegiate Choir) gaining a silver award after selection into The Big Sing National Finale.

Sta professional development continues to be a high priority to ensure we can support our students as well as possible. The key developments facing all schools in New Zealand are the Curriculum Refresh, NCEA Change Programme and the new Literacy and Numeracy Corequisites.

As a school, we continue to make a signi cant commitment to the


It is a privilege and an honour to be Principal at this unique school set in one of the most beautiful campuses you could ever hope to learn in.

Our students here at Rathkeale College set high and challenging goals and are supported in every way to achieve them. Their achievements are a constant source of pride and motivation for our sta .

For a small school, we compete and achieve consistently well on the regional and national stage in Academia, Sport,

development of sta in these areas to best serve the needs of our students.

Rathkeale places importance on boys having an awareness of others, and inclusivity. Activities in support of National Schools Pride Week, Antibullying and Mental Health Awareness were well supported by students and will be built on in 2023.

Our special Rathkeale College/St Matthew’s Collegiate School Senior College continues to provide a wide range of opportunities for our senior students. The collaboration that exists between our Trinity Schools continues to provide fantastic opportunities for all our students.

Despite some initial covid-related disruptions, 2022 developed into a very positive year at Rathkeale College. Our roll continues to grow, and we are looking forward to 2023 with much optimism.

Rathkeale College is part of the Trinity family of Anglican schools which includes Hadlow Pre-School, Hadlow Preparatory School and St Matthew’s Collegiate, all located in the Masterton area, educating students from the age of 3 to year 13.

Our state-integrated schools have Anglican faith-based values which are fundamental to our Special Character.

These values ensure that the students at the heart of our system are provided with the best possible teaching and learning opportunities which will enable them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

and the Performing Arts, largely due to the full commitment of all boys to all aspects of school life.

At Rathkeale, we strongly believe in Open Minds, Open Spaces and Open Futures.

Our mission is to provide a learning environment that inspires students to be the best they can be in all dimensions of life.

Martin O’Grady JP Students exploring thermal expansion and contraction of metals. Year 9 boys sketch koru, taking inspiration from the Rathkeale campus. Boys from the Rathkeale Trapping club checking traps in the Tararuas. The barbershop boys crowned NZ Secondary Schools Quartet Champions. Kaahurere MacKay leads the Culture Group in the Powhiri for the regional Nga Manu Korero competition.
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St Matthew’s Collegiate is proud of its long tradition of educating and empowering young women.

Our learning, sports and boarding facilities have modernised over timebut we remain focussed on traditional outcomes: knowledge, resilience, leadership and community spirit.

St Matthew’s Collegiate is part of the Trinity family of Anglican schools which include Hadlow Preschool, Hadlow Preparatory School and Rathkeale College, all located in the Masterton

area and educating students from Early Childhood through to Senior College.

Our Anglican faith-based values are fundamental to our Special Character. These values ensure our students – at the heart of the Trinity system – are provided with the best possible teaching and learning opportunities to enable them to thrive in an ever-changing world.


2022’s word is revival

For me, ‘revival’ is the word that best describes 2022 at St Matthew’s Collegiate.

We started the year re ecting on the academic success of our graduating NCEA students - a 100% success rate is testament to student commitment and sta support. The global pandemic did not dampen our student’s scholastic motivation, it revived its importance. Our junior girls have been inspired to achieve by our future-focussed seniors.

Singing was an early pandemic casualty; a quiet St Matthew’s is as unnatural as trees without birdsong! But what a revival! Viva Camerata, the Rathkeale/ St Matthew’s choir, claimed a nalist’s place in the National Big Sing Grand Finale, days of choral endeavour secured a well-deserved Silver Award.

Junior thespians took to the stage with gusto, The Lion King Jnr experience was enjoyed by students on-stage and behind the scenes – delighting our audiences! Thank you Wairarapa for supporting our event, it was lovely to have you back on campus.

Sports teams revived their spirit of competition. Our equestrians were proud of their well-deserved win at the national Schools Show-jumping Competition. St Matthew’s hockey won the Manawatu Premier A competition. Our netballers nished 7th in the Lower North Island competition. The football team nished 7th in both grade and inter-regionals. A joint St. Matthew’s/ Rathkeale team won the Intercollegiate Small-bore Shooting Competition.

With summer sport just getting started our Cricket Team have seen early success in the Central and Districts regional competition.

St Matthew’s teaches compassion for self and community - lessons that came into their own through the pandemic. We endeavour for quality pastoral care for both day and boarding students. As an Anglican school the return of shared celebrations and communion have revived our sense of community, allowing us to re ect on our experiences at a deep level.

The revival of ‘visiting family’ has been a welcome one. Having Hadlow School return to our wickets and the combined Rathkeale/St Matthew’s Senior College learn at both campuses makes life seem ‘normal’. Our many traditional dances, shared dinners and social events have been thoroughly enjoyed.

As the usual hectic end of year approaches, I am pleased to re ect on a solid year of achievement and displays of resilience from our young women. Best wishes for the exams to all Wairarapa students.

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Students worked hard to achieve wins in the Glamour and Street Wear schools’ sections of the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards. The spirit of St Matthew’s shone through at our annual, colourful, house music event. Senior Choir Viva Camerata took silver at the National Big Sing Finale in Christchurch earlier this year. The junior school Lion King production was a roaring success!
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Well, what a year it has been. Although we started the year with some restrictions in place, it still feels like we have had a busy year, with some great learning opportunities and experiences for our students. Sta , students and whanau have got stuck in to try and get back to normal as much as possible and bring back some of the events and activities that are part of our school and community.

Some of the highlights this year have been our whole school events. Our Open Afternoon in term 2, where large numbers of our families braved some awful weather to come in and catch up over some delicious kai and have a look around was a great success, ably supported by our school and community fundraising team, WSCA. We also hosted a Grandparents day in term 3. This was a great opportunity to share some of our Commonwealth community learning with those special people, some of whom made the trip from far away to attend. Just recently, we hosted our Pet’s Day, where a plethora of dogs, lambs, a calf, a pony and numerous other animals were on show. The weather played its part and families enjoyed a great day together.

Our senior school ski trip was also a highlight for our Yr 6-8 students, with 3 full days of skiing managed. We were very lucky with the snow conditions and it was awesome to see the huge improvements made in many of our students, especially those who had not skied before.

Moving forward into 2023, we are looking forward to developing some new EOTC and Outdoor Education initiatives and local curriculum design


Wainuioru, the little school with a big heart. Having almost completed my rst year at Wainuioru, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the sta and community.

It has been rewarding getting to know everyone in the community. The hard work and dedication shown to make our school the hub of the community is greatly appreciated and makes this a fantastic school to be a part of.

The sta and community work together to create a family style environment that

I am proud to be a part of. All the very best to everyone for the rest of the term and the upcoming break. I look forward to continuing the journey next year.

throughout the school and continuing the strong connections with our community. We wish everyone a restful and safe holiday season with friends and family.

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Wairarapa College strives to prepare all students for the challenges of life ‘with wisdom and courage; kia mātau, kia māia.’ Our priorities are well-being, e ective teaching practice and the fostering of strong connections with the Wairarapa community. Working towards achieving these strategic priorities has resulted in another successful year for the college.

Our enthusiastic and supportive learning environment continues to produce academic excellence across a range of subjects at all year levels. This year, senior students have gained scholarships to Otago, Canterbury, Victoria, Massey and Auckland Universities, as well as UCOL and Smedley Station. Our Readers Cup team represented Wairarapa at the national competition. Elise Jung-Leask include a highly commended nalist in the Katherine Mans eld Short Story Awards. Students have also bene tted from attending the World Vision Leadership Summit, Blake Inspire Leadership Programme, the Spirit of Adventure and Outward Bound.

This year we have implemented a new junior curriculum and modern approach to learning. Students study a wide range of learning areas and have choice within these areas. A students maths course, for example, now presents options such as Maths on the Move, Farm Maths and Everyday Maths. Our sta continue to utilise the expertise and knowledge in our community, such as visiting Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre to assist with the collection of pest control data for Maths.

Our curriculum now includes the opportunity for students to engage in


Tēnā koutou katoa, He iti te hau marangai, e tū te pāhokahoka. There may be a little storm, but in the end there is a rainbow.

I am proud of our sta and students who have worked hard, supported each other, and adapted to a new way of learning to overcome the challenges of another Covid-19 disrupted year. Despite the turbulence, we have introduced a new curriculum, completed several building projects and continued to achieve academic, cultural

and sporting success. Not only have we endured 2022, we have ourished.

I look forward to implementing a new strategic plan and celebrating our centenary in 2023.

Thanks to our sta , students, whānau and community for your ongoing support.

I wish our departing students and sta all the best and thank them for their contribution to our school.

a service, cultural or sporting group every Friday morning. Activities include Kapa Haka, Drama Club, Wairarapa Boxing Academy and Career Skills with REAP Wairarapa. Students have created an exhibition at Aratoi and set up an EnAction environment group that has implemented a native tree restoration project at school.

We are proud of our diversity and celebrated it this year through Kapa Haka performance and Language Weeks. A presentation to our community on the signi cance of Matariki to Wairarapa was delivered by Kaumātua Mike Kawana through a powerful mix of storytelling and waiata. Our popular Polyfest group have entertained us with uplifting and impressive song and dance from across the Paci c.

Our Supported Learning Centre has provided opportunities for our students with disabilities to experience work placements, participate in sport, including the Special Olympics, volunteer in the community and produce their own range of products to sell at the local Farmers Market. The students have transitioned so well into the new purpose-built building.

Poto College House’s home away from home and culture of care continue to be strengthened by its supportive sta . Our hostel students enjoy the positive family-like atmosphere and achieve the same success as our day students in all aspects of school life.

Our Agriculture programme is thriving, alongside the ongoing development of our school farm. We have produced our own brand of olive oil, donated our potato crop to the Masterton Food Bank, bred three Gelbvieh Friesian

Angus cross calves and built new sheds. Our students have succeeded in NCEA, as well as in the Agriculture Primary Industry Trade Academy course.

The Performing Arts have continued to gain success regionally and nationally. Our University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Group participated in the National Festival. Our students gained Excellence in Acting awards at the New Zealand Theatrefest Showcase. Student rock band ‘Captivated’ won Talent Wairarapa and the Regional RockQuest. Our Media Studies students have showcased their short lms, including being part of the Wairarapa Film Festival.

We were proud to be named the 2022 Wairarapa Times-Age College of the Year in the Sports Awards. The Wairarapa College Sports Foundation hosted a pre-season winter tournament which provided students with their rst postcovid interregional competition. We were involved with sports exchanges with Tawa College, Napier Boys’ High and Palmerston North Girls’ High. Our winter codes excelled with the Girls’ 1st XI Hockey placing 4th in New Zealand, Boys’ 1st XI Hockey winning the India Shield, Senior A Netball winning back-to-back Wairarapa Premier Grade titles, 1st XV Rugby qualifying for the Hurricanes co-ed nals and 1st XI Girls’ Football winning the Manawatu Championships. Awatea Carswell and Josh Taylor won national athletics titles and we have NZ representatives in hockey, softball, Muay Thai kick boxing, squash and cricket.

Three major property projects were completed this year. Our purpose-built supported learning centre, Whare

Āwhina, was opened in Term 2 and caters for the needs of our students with disabilities. Tahu, our new technology hub, opened in Term 4 and includes two food technology spaces, a commercial kitchen, a textiles class and a café.

Our new multi-purpose turf includes ve netball/tennis courts, a basketball court, a futsal eld, a hockey D, four square areas and a 100m running lane. These spaces are enjoyed by our students in and out of class, as well as by our community.

With wisdom and courage, kia mātau, kia māia.

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It is important for us to share with parents the ‘magic’ of the Montessori learning materials the children use, and to discover the philosophy that guides us as teachers. A priority for us is to communicate with parents in order to share their children’s learning at our centre. This is done regularly online as well as at our centre. We aim to follow the children’s needs and interests, nurturing their love of learning, being a friend and being part of a community.

Our Montessori Children’s House is an inviting, peaceful learning environment carefully prepared to engage our children in purposeful activities. This leads them to become independent and responsible for themselves and each other.

Our Montessori curriculum provides the children with specially designed Montessori learning materials and these activities are set out on open shelves to support place and order. It is this structure that enables the children to choose purposefully and maintain an orderly consistency in their learning environment.

We incorporate children’s individual interests into the curriculum on a daily basis as this is important across all learning contexts.

Throughout the day the children can choose from a wide range of learning experiences, from a range of curriculum areas such as biology, botany, geography, art, and maths to practical life including food preparation, baking, washing dishes and windows.

We have an established indoor-outdoor ow that follows the seasons and connects the children to daily changes


It has been a wonderful learning journey since establishing our Montessori Centre in 1995.

We moved to our present site 12 years ago, a former villa in Lincoln Rd, and this lovely home has become the ‘Children’s House’ I had dreamed of: A home for busy, con dent and connected learners, teachers and children (parents too!) all learning together.

in Nature. Indoor activities include children working with colourful puzzle maps, construction materials, moveable alphabets, and a ‘bank’ with thousands, hundreds, tens and units for children to manage. Model animals are classi ed into biological families, diurnal or nocturnal, and world geographical areas. Tamariki study life cycles of the frog, butter y, corn and apple. Children use real tools and objects to engage in real work. Hammers and saws are for woodwork, while rakes, brooms, and spades are for the vegetable and ower gardens. Kaiako incorporate children’s individual interests into the curriculum on a daily basis.

Each year we have community festivals and evenings such as the Harvest Festival so that our tamariki can share our produce with their families, including walnuts, hazelnuts and Nashi pears from our lovely trees. We celebrate Matariki with a Lantern Parade so our children experience the beauty and excitement of the night sky, while singing and walking with their lanterns and later returning to the centre to share kai.

Each day is a celebration of who we all are: growing, changing, caring for ourselves and each other as well as our beautiful Mother Earth, being well prepared for the children’s next educational and social steps in their lives.

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- Use crossings outside schools and if parked away from the gate, walk to the safest crossing point. Do it correctly, young eyes are learning behaviours off of YOU

- Park away from the gate and let tamariki walk the final small distance.

- Reduce speed to 20km/h either way past a stationary school bus.

- Park legally! Not on yellow lines, over driveways or double parking.

Roads outside schools can be hazardous to children, especially around visibility. Cars are big,, children can easily hidden. Slowing down reduces the level of injury is a child is struck by a vehicle.

When cycling, scooting, or skating, make sure you wear a helmet. Show them the right way by practicing this too if you are making the journey with them. Go over a safe route to and from school. Have a safety plan and practice this in weekends or school holidays Check the gear. Make sure your wheels are good to go. There is a bike safety checklist on our website. Safety in numbers. Walk or bike with a friend. Even better, ask your school if there is a walking school bus. Be bright and be seen. If you are walking to a bus stop or school, wear bright colours or a reflective vest or back

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Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit becomes Puawānanga Wairarapa Young Parents

The year began with a change of name to provide a stronger sense of identity for our school, which stands in the Makoura College grounds.

Puawānanga is the name of one of the native climbing, spring owering Clematis plants, and mirrors the growth and emergence of our students into the light through education. The aim of Puawānaga is for students to undertake learning towards their future goals, to contribute positively into our communities and to have the choices an education will provide. Students, who are either pregnant or already a parent, are strongly supported by a number of local social support teams.

Students are able to pursue their high school education towards NCEA quali cations, while their pēpē are cared for at the Early Childhood Centre next door.

Students this year have followed strong programmes in art, English, health, and maths, taught by specialist teachers. Opportunities are o ered to engage in programmes through external providers such as Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, UCOL, Porse, to develop knowledge and skills in food preparation, tourism, childcare etc. A recreation programme is complemented by opportunities to be part of the netball team which competed successfully against our Palmerston North counterpart.

Other key events and happenings

• Matariki Festival acknowledgment of the rebirth of the year, with our whanau get together, and worked to bring students, tamariki, whanau, teachers and support personnel together over a hangi,


Puawananga- Wairarapa Young Parents is proud to be o ering students a unique whanau-based education. Students have the bene t of fantastic facilities and support which enables them to continue their education, have their child educated at Mākoura Early Learning Centre and engage in the many agencies that can support us.

We are proud to be one of 25 Teen Parent Units in Aotearoa, all who have their own unique settings. We are well supported in all ways by our host school Mākoura College.

Students have individual programmes, including work experience, tailored to their future goals, career or study pathways.

Our values of Whaia te Tika, Whaia te pono and Whaia te Aroha are woven throughout all aspects of our teaching and learning as students grow and develop into capable learners and competent parents.

Ngā mihi nui

prepared onsite.

• The Mentor programme (Leaving the Ladder Down) in which students are paired with local successful business people.

• Catering at the Quilters Exhibition in Carterton, waitressing at local events.

• Trip to Castlepoint

• Our lunch programme is personalised for our students, in that our wonderful morning teas and lunches are prepared in our own kitchen to meet high standards, loved and appreciated by all.

• Auaha (Project Based learning) focussed on increasing awareness of Climate change and Global Warming - visiting recycling centre, an o -grid lifestyle block.

• Youth Enterprise - developing a business plan for an opportunity - identifying a need and meeting that need through a business model.

• Budgeting, parenting, and pregnancy support using local services

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Playcentre is based on the philosophy of whānau tupu ngā tahi – ‘families growing together’ and is a parent/ whānau led early-learning service for 0-6 year olds.

The aim is to enrich the Wairarapa community by strengthening parent engagement and recognising parents and whānau as the rst and best educators of children.

In practice, this means Playcentre is co-operatively governed and led by volunteer parents.

For children, Playcentre is unstructured learning where they learn by doing what they do best; being children and playing. By providing them with the access to resources, materials and opportunities, parents are learning alongside their children as they explore the world around them and how they interact with it.

We would like to thank all the local organisations that have supported us over the past year allowing us to thrive. We are greatly indebted to the


Kia ora koutou, As I re ect on the year 2022, I feel great pride in our Westside Playcentre whanau. We opened a fourth Morning session at the beginning of this year that has steadily increased in enrolments, we now have waitlists for all of our morning sessions - a fantastic position to be in. Our days vary and are busy, on and o site. Tamariki are o ered many opportunities at Playcentre that include Messy play, Dramatic play and lots of Physical play. Based on the interests of our tamariki, kaiako plan trips within our

community. Tamariki are o ered “real world” opportunities

This year at Westside we started ‘Spacefor you and your baby’ sessions and I also facilitate these groups. This year we have run 3 courses, and next year we will have 3 Space sessions running all year around.

I am passionate about helping to create a community for our Mums, Dads, Caregivers and their tamariki. I can support this in both my roles with Playcentre and Space.

We welcome new families to visit us.

assistance a orded us by Trust House Ltd, Masterton Trust Lands Trust, Eastern Central Community Trust, Countdown, The Men’s Shed Masterton, Carpet Court, Mitre 10.

Thank you also to the committee who all volunteer their time to run Playcentre. Our centre and tamariki are richer for your gifts of time and energy.

Nga mihi nui, President – Helena Murphy Westside Playcentre 165 Renall St, Masterton Days: Monday to Thursday 9am -12 (term time only) Ages – 0 to 6 years ( rst 3 sessions are free)

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Term 1

Term 1 was a busy start to the year when we had the start of our Virtual Learning Network with some students learning French and Digital Technology. Whakatutuki also started a project on seaweed called Love Rimurimu where we went over to Riversdale and explored and studied the seaweed. The school also started ki-or-rahi training with PJ Harrison to help us get ready for the Ki-o-rahi championship at Riversdale Beach, which we all enjoyed very much. Swimming in our school pool also builds our water con dence!

Term 2

In Term 2 we were in the Life Education classroom with Laura and Harold, where we learnt about our bodies and how they work. We had our rural schools cross-country day at Tinui and this saw many students go to Masterton and then regional cross-country event. We also did the skateboard in schools programme at the netball courts in Masterton, this was something fun. We ended the term with a shared kai and art day for Matariki.

Term 3

Things didn’t slow down in term 3! In fact they seemed to speed up. We started to plant our food forest and grow our own food that will support our already established vegetable gardens. We had the Year 7/8 ski trip to Whakapapa for three days which had been two years in the making due to covid. In Term 3 we started working with Mr French to plant 15,000 plants around


It has been great this year to get back into school with limited disruptions. Our students and sta have done an amazing job in learning in an environment. Whether it be inside or outside the classroom, the learning experiences that the students have been involved in are a special feature of our school.

We have many students achieve at a high level in many curriculum areas and are regularly chosen to represent Masterton and Wairarapa in their area of talent.

his newly created dam, Lake Braemore. We ended the term with selected students going to the Have a Go Sports Day at the Masterton Turf.

Term 4

In the rst week of Term 4 we have our annual Pets’ Day where everyone brings a pet to school and participates in class competitions. We also do athletics with Mark Harris, Smash Play Cricket with Nathan Elliot and the Rural Cluster Athletics day.

This year has been really fun and our school just gets more and more interesting! We are all looking forward to our zoo visit and snorkelling days at the Taputeranga Marine reserve in Wellington.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.

2023 will be another big year for us with continual development of the work we have done in the development of our localised curriculum, when we will be working alongside experts like Ruud Kleinpaste, ‘The Bugman’, who will be a regular visitor at our school to work with our sta and students. The continual development of our new food forest at school remains a focus for us and to ensure we continue to provide a high quality, engaging and fun learning environment.

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