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A Note from the Principal

Tena koe,

Comings, goings and te reo Maori

Kia ora ki te wiki o te reo Maori - welcome to Maori language week.  Among the good reasons for becoming more familiar with te reo is that when you master the vowel sounds in Maori - a, e, i, o, u - you’re using the same vowel sounds as spoken in many of the world’s languages, from French to Japanese.  Learning te reo is an excellent springboard into other languages.  Ka pai!

Coming...Open Day Friday 7 August

On Friday 7 August I encourage you to spend some time at school, visit classrooms and see how learning happens.  You will observe democratic learning and collaborative teaching in action and have a chance to talk with staff about our programmes and learning activities, including the optional and extension activities you may be less aware of.  Grandparents, family members and prospective families are welcome.  Please check in at the school office when you arrive.   

Up and staff

We welcome new teachers Loren Watts to Matai Tahi and Robyn Goodin to Matai Rua.  Both have hit the ground running and bring fresh energy and ideas to benefit our children.  We wish them well during their time at Wakefield School.

Up and coming...sports stars

Among our many keen and talented sports stars who have been shining in local competitions we congratulate Robert Green and Ollie Burke who have both been selected for the Nelson under-13 hockey development team.  We also wish our netball teams good luck in their tournament next week. 

Up and going...New cycle and scooter park

Checkout the new cycle and scooter park inside the Edward Street entrance.  It’s based on a brilliant idea by Anne Malham (thanks Anne!) and stunningly built during the holidays by Phil Platt, Bruce our caretaker and Dave Reid.  Big thanks to you guys for your hard work and bright ideas. 

Going...Community Survey

Another big thank you to the 105 families who responded to the Board of Trustees community survey.  This is a huge response and is welcomed by the Board as an important measure of your view of the school.  We are working through the results right now and will consider them at our Board meeting tomorrow, with actions and feedback reported back to you.

Gone...winter’s blues

I’m ever the optimist and I work to the idea that when we hit August we’ve got through winter.  I know it doesn’t always work that way but I live in hope.

Have a beaut week


Peter Verstappen



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