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Tena koe, greetings,

Welcome to 2016!


We look forward to an exciting and productive year for all our children and families.  


New Staff

We have several new staff who we welcome:



Team names

Last year our children selected names of native New Zealand birds to identify our syndicate teams.  The school organisation for 2016 is:



Team Name   

Year Level     

Room Numbers





New entrants

14 - 15

Sue McLaren


Yrs 1-2

12 - 13

Isobel Ford

Loren Watts


Yrs 2-3

3 - 4

Paula Rowland

Tiffany Woodley




Yrs 3-4

1 - 2

Julie McIntosh

Bek Gabites


Yrs 5-6

7, 8, 9

Leith Bruning

Kathy Jessop

Kent Davis


Learning Conferences

Learning Conferences will be held on Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February.  These are a vital part of your child’s transition to the new school year, and an opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet their child’s new teacher/s, share information about the child’s progress, achievement and well-being, and establish learning goals. Learning conferences can be booked online at  The booking code is WXU9H  

Alternatively bookings can be made through the school office.


Peter Verstappen





Thank you to all those parents and grandparents who turned up to our Awards Ceremony last night - what an amazing evening of achievement and success for all our children. The Board would also like to wish all the Year 6 leavers the very best on the next step in their learning journey.

We had our last Board meeting of the year on the 10th December. At this meeting we approved Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for 2016 on a voluntary basis, under the same conditions used for the trial this term. This carefully considered decision was made after receiving reports and feedback from the current trial. For parents interested in the BYOD scheme for next year, or for those simply wanting more information about it, there will be an information evening in the new year before the scheme is introduced.

At the meeting we also approved a conservative budget for next year. It was also the last meeting for Symon Beattie who is the staff representative on the Board of Trustees. We thank him for all the contributions to the board and Wakefield School and wish him all the best for the future.

Within my role as a parent member of the Board of Trustees I hold the position of Personnel Representative.  My duties for this role include assisting the management team in the staff appointment process, carrying out an annual EEO Survey with the staff and being a point of contact on the Board for the staff. Over my time in this position I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff more and building relationships between the Board and the staff. We have an amazing team of teachers, teacher aides and support workers and it has been a pleasure to work with them this year. My other role is as a Board representative on the pool committee. These commitments certainly make a busy life busier, but I have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to participate in and contribute towards our school.

As the school year draws to a close, the Board would like to wish you and your families all a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. We look forward to seeing our returning families next year.

Take care,

Amanda Ledger - Wakefield School Board of Trustees.





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