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Notices and Updates

Current notices are listed below. Old notices from the last month (if any) are listed below them.

27 February 2018 - 27 March 2018



WAIKANAE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES CASUAL VACANCY: Mr Michael Greening has resigned his position as a parent representative on the Waikanae School Board of Trustees. Mike’s resignation has now created what is officially termed as a ‘casual vacancy’. At our last Board Meeting, the Board resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by ‘selection’ rather than hold a by-election. This means that we are required to formally notify all voters on the school’s electoral role and give them the opportunity to request the Board to hold a by-election rather than the use the selection process. In essence, if you disagree with the Boards decision you have the legal right to ask for a by-election. Therefore, if you are an eligible voter you now have 28 days to write to the Board chair and request a by-election. The official notice is below.




 A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative.

 The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

 If 10 percent or more of the eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to  ask the board to hold a by-election should write to:


Rawiri Faulkner

Board of Trustees

Waikanae School

Seddon St


 By: 27 March 2018


20 February 2018 - 20 March 2018

Maths Parent Evening Tuesday 20 March 6 - 7.30pm

How does your child learn math these days? Want to know what is going on in your child’s math class?


Want to learn why maths is taught differently now compared to when you went to school?

Come along to our Parent Evening run by our Maths Advisor, Dinah Harvey. This will be an informative, non-threatening evening which will give an overview of what’s happening in Waikanae School maths.


Come to the school staffroom on Tuesday 20 March  6 - 7.30pm.

Parents and Caregivers only. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

3 January 2018 - 27 March 2018

School Close Early for Paid Union Meeting Monday 26th March 12.30 pm

School Close Early for Paid Union Meeting Monday 26 March 12.30 pm 

The meeting is a paid union meeting, which means Waikanae School will be closed on 26 March between 12.30pm and 5.00pm while teaching staff to attend the meeting. The school will be closing at 12.30 pm.  Buses will run at this time. There will very limited supervision available at the school. We encourage you to pick them up from 12.30 pm  If this is impossible, please contact the school as early as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements for your child

3 February 2018 - 3 April 2018

Easter Holidays. School Closed Friday 30 March, Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 April

Firstly we are definitely closed for a holiday on Easter Tuesday, 3 April March. This makes for a five day holiday. To be frank we would prefer not to close on this date as it is not a Public Holiday but a School Holiday. WHY? I think the Tuesday Holiday is a carryover from the times when we had a three-term year and Easter fell outside of the normal term holiday time and as such the Easter Break was treated as a mid-term break .. Now that we have a four-term year Easter normally falls within the Term 1 holiday break (but not this year). I would describe this as a redundancy and a carryover from the past that no one in the Ministry has addressed. As far as I know all schools (Primary and Secondary) will be closed on the Kapiti Coast (as well as throughout NZ). The effect for schools is that we will need to stay open one day later in the year (December) and the net effect for parents is that they will have to organise child care while they work. All in all a pain for everyone
3 February 2018 - 30 April 2018

Term 1 Holidays School 14 to 29 April inclusive.

TERM 1 HOLIDAYS; The school will be closed at the normal time of 3.00pm on Friday 13 April and will reopen again on Monday 30 April. Buses will run as per normal. We hope everyone has a good break after what has been quite a long term. 

20 February 2018 - 31 December 2018


FAMILY DONATIONS UPDATE: We have now received the official word from the Ministry of Education regarding School Donations for the 2018 school year. The section is a direct quote from the MoE Website


” The Minister of Education has indicated that the proposal to provide state and state-integrated schools that opt-in, an additional $150 per student per year in exchange for their agreement not to ask for parental donations, will be considered alongside other priorities in the 2018 Budget process. The current policy around donations remains the same until the Government announces a change in policy. Schools may request a donation and parents can choose whether or not to pay it. No parent should feel compelled to pay a donation”

Therefore, in light of this information, we will continue to include the annual Family Donation ($70 per pupil) component into your statements. It would appear that the school will be on a’ win’ $150 per student always beats $70. Family Donations will disappear for good in 2019 Importantly whatever happens Activity Fees will remain. We will keep you updated on developments. 

3 February 2018 - 31 December 2018


A reminder we are no longer sending home hard copies of the weekly School Newsletter. If you are not receiving our emailed newsletters it is because we do not have your email address. So if you want to stay in touch please let us know your email address! In addition, a pdf of all Newsletters is available for downloading from our school website at the following link.


3 February 2018 - 16 December 2019

Waikanae Primary School Mobile App.

Stay in touch and get the App, just go to Playstore / Appstore and search Waikanae Primary School and download for Free!! 

A few tips…

· To make sure you only get the Alerts you want and not those that you don’t, go into the Hamburger Menu, find ‘Alert Subscriptions’ and turn on the Alert groups that you want to receive messages from.

· Are you a Sports Coach? Would you like to push out Alerts to your Team? If you do then contact the office so that we can give you the power.

· Remember that alerts are free to send and free to receive.

· This App also works well on Android Tabs and IPads! Put it on all of your devices!!





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