Waikanae Primary School The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Ngā mokopuna o te ra nei Ngā rangatire o āpōpō.

Notices and Updates

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

26 March 2019 - 29 March 2019

Celebrating Diversity Day

 In memory of lives lost in Christchurch/school assembly


In memory of the lives lost in Christchurch recently, we intend to celebrate the diversity in our school with some activities this Friday, 29 March.  There will be ONE assembly on the turf at 9.15am (weather permitting). In the event of wet weather we will revert to two assemblies in our school hall. 9.15am for Y1-4 and 11am for Y5-8.  At the assembly we will be remembering those who lost their lives in a variety of ways including a collection of either a gold coin for Christchurch funds or a can of food that can be donated to our local food bank. This is in the spirit of kindness, one of our school values.  During the day we also intend to plant 50 bulbs in memory of the people of Christchurch. If children

11 March 2019 - 30 March 2019

Board of Trustees Meeting

MEETING WEDNEDAY 27 MARCH Our monthly Board meeting is being held on Wednesday 27 March  at 7.30pm in the staffroom. All are welcome. Reports are available from the office after Friday 22 March

19 February 2019 - 6 April 2019

Teacher Only Day Friday 5 April. School Closed.


Throughout the year the school can close for Teacher Only Days. Our first in-term T.O.D for 2019 will be on Friday 5 April. In compliance with the Education Act the school opened early this year which enables the school to effectively ‘call back’ our teachers during their holiday time. Although it might not seem like it, teachers are actually working during their holidays when we close for a Teacher Only Day. The actual number of days the school is open for instruction will not be shortened.



13 March 2019 - 13 April 2019

End of Term 1. Friday 12 April 3.00pm

Waikanae School will close for the Term 1 Holidays on Friday 12 April at 3.00pm. Buses will run at this time.  School will reopen on Monday 29 April

19 March 2019 - 12 April 2019

How we are Handling the Terror Attacks Going Forward

 We acknowledge that this is a tough time for New Zealanders and Friday’s events will have deeply affected everyone, but especially our Muslim families and others with connections in Christchurch.

It’s critical that our children and young people get the support and care they need and with this thought in mind I thought that I would write to you and explain what actions the school will be undertaking.

· In essence, our coping strategy will be. ‘Business as usual’ with as little fuss as possible. The logic behind this action is that in times of trauma children need routine. We will not be undertaking any specific commemorative activity, assemblies etc. in the immediate future.

· Staff will not be proactively leading any activity or discussion concerning Friday’s events in Christchurch but will rather listen and respond to students should they raise concerns, fears or worries. We will be providing reassurance that they are safe and that the situation is under control.

· Should any students need individualised care/assistance we will connect them and their whānau with the appropriate professionals.

· At a later date, we will find a way to commemorate this appalling event. It may take the form of a ‘Diversity Day’. A day where we celebrate our differences. Something that brings us together, focuses on the positive and something that looks forward. It is also highly likely that the day will be a fundraising day for victims.

We are endeavouring to protect, nurture, support and shelter our students and your children from the impact of this event.

I sincerely hope that you will help us in this approach

6 March 2019 - 12 April 2019



AllWaikanae Beach Families are eligible for School Transport Assistance Allowance for the 2019 school year. This amounts to $2 per day/per child. That’s $100 per child per term or $400 per year. It is worth filling out the paper work.

Who is eligible? All Waikanae Beach students living past the new Expressway.

You can claim this allowance if your child…

·        Catches either of the North or South buses to school

·        Rides a bike to school from the Beach

·        Travels in a car etc.

·        Or flies to school on magic carpet!

Importantly you will need to claim

·        For each child

·        Each term.

In order to claim your Term 1 School Transport Assistance Allowance you will need to complete the Application Form. Follow link. We have completed some areas for you to make it easy, but please ensure you fill out Section A.

Forms need to be returned to the Office with a proof of bank account (e.g. deposit slip, statement or screenshot of online banking) in order for the Ministry to approve your application and reimburse you, so please ensure this is included!

A copy of this STA form can be found on our website or a printed copy can be collected from the Office. It is important that the STA form is returned to the Office by the end of March so that it can be authorised by the School and sent to the Ministry for payment. Payment is expected to be either during the school holidays or during the beginning of next term.

If you have any queries, please call the Office.

To date we have had no luck in changing the MoE decision re the long term funding of this route. Please take advantage of this offer while it is avaiable.


6 December 2018 - 1 May 2019

Changes Ahead for the Waikanae Beach Bus Services


Changes Ahead for the Waikanae Beach Bus Services

North Beach (505 a.m. 500 p.m.) and South Beach (501 p.m.)

The school has received notification from the Ministry of Education that the current arrangements for the provision of Buses to and from Waikanae Beach are going to change. It is my understanding that the current arrangements sit outside official policy and can no longer be permitted to continue.

The key changes are bulleted below.


·         As from 5 Feb 2019 all students will be required to obtain a Snapper Card and use the card to ‘snap on’ and ‘snap off’ the bus.


·         Parents will be required to pre-load the Snapper card with money in order for a student to ride on the buses.


·         Parents will then make a Transport Allowance claim through the school at the end of each term and they will be reimbursed at a rate of $2 per school day that child is enrolled.


·         As from 1 Feb 2020 the financial assistance provided through the Transport Allowance will cease. Parents will be required to pay in full.



In my view this change in policy is grossly unfair as all students residing at Waikanae Beach are forced (by MoE approved zoning and the lack of a Beach School) to go past their nearest school (Kapanui) to attend Waikanae School. In my view, the current solution should remain in place until the Ministry provides a local educational solution for Waikanae Beach families.

It appears that those that make the decisions are unable to bend the rules around Transport Assistance for students and families living at Waikanae Beach and that we as a community will need to agitate to change this situation. Furthermore, to make changes to this decision we will need to agitate at a high level.

As parents of Waikanae Beach students, I ask that you get involved in this agitation by writing letters/emails to those individuals who might be able to make a difference.

I have listed a few people that you could make representations to as individual parents.

The MoE must provide a fair and reasonable solution. Together we can change this poor decision and obtain a fair outcome.


Bevan Campbell


Waikanae School


Chris Hipkins                      Minister of Education                     chris.hipkins@parliament.govt.nz

Nathan Guy                        MP for Otaki                                      nathanguykapiti@parliament.govt.nz

Rob McCann                      Labour candidate for Otaki           rob@robmccann.co.nz

Adrian Rurawhe               Labour MP for Te Tai Hauauru    Adrian.rurawhe@parliament.govt.nz

Iona Holstead                    Secretary of Education                   enquiries.national@education.govt.nz

Bernadette Scannell       Commercial Relationship Manager School Transport                                                                                                                                        bernadette.scanell@education.govt.nz


Fair Go                                  Fair Go, Private Bag, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland.  Fax  09 916 7170 

David Haxton                     Editor Kapiti News                           david.haxton@nzme.co.nz

Other media                       Any and all other interested parties

19 February 2019 - 19 December 2019

KickStart Breakfast Club with Weetbix and Milk kindly provided by Sanitarium and Fonterra!

Our School is proud to be part of the KickStart Breakfast Club with Weetbix and Milk kindly provided by Sanitarium and Fonterra! All Tamariki are welcome to come along for breakfast between 8.30 and 8.50am in the hall on Monday and Friday of every week. Everything will be provided so just come along, have a yummy breakfast and catch up with friends before school starts. We aim to start with only a few days initially to see how things go but increase to every day once things are settled in and we have volunteers to help with managing the breakfasts – so if you are interested helping out give the Office a call on 04 902 6544.

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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