Term 1, 2024

Term 1 Dates: 31 January 2024 –  12 April 2024



BOT Meeting

6:30pm in the Staffroom




Year 7 & 8 Camp Taringatura – POSTPONED due to weather damage to facilities

27 – 29 February



BioBlitz Day @WAS & around Tuatapere




WAS & HVP Athletics Day

At WAS – 8:40am – 2pm



Western Primary Athletics
Takitimu (PP 12/3)
Whanau BBQ
5:30pm – 7:30pm – potluck – salads etc




Primary Western Swimming

Riverton (TBC)



Good Friday

School closed for Easter, back Wednesday 3 April




Back to WAS 

after the Easter Break



Last Day of Term 1

Term 2 Dates are Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July


Term 2 Dates: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

Term 3 Dates: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 

Term 4 Dates: Monday 14 October to “Date to be confirmed”

Our Environment

Waiau Area School is a Year 1 to 13 co-educational, composite Area School located in Western Southland; 81km west of Invercargill. It is the only Area School in the Southland Region.
Andrew Pardoe-Burnett is the Principal.

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, SOUTHLAND 9620

Telephone: +64 3 226 6285


School Hours: M-F: 8:50am – 3pm

Learn By Doing

At Waiau Area School we work hard to ensure that learning happens for all students, that learning is accurately measured, that evidence is gathered, and most importantly that students and their parents know where they are going next in their learning. Students relish the chance to experience success. It helps establish a desire to learn and builds important learning skills like persistence.

The staff of Waiau Area School have developed curriculum schemes from Year 1-13 that reflect the diverse needs of our students.

The Latest …


bio blitz tuatapere

Kia ora

We can’t wait to host locals and community groups as they explore Tuatapere on 28 February 2024.

Haven’t heard of Bioblitz before? It is a scientific race against time to count as many different species in the area as possible.

Learn more about the rich diversity of organisms (the birds, bats, insects, spiders, fish and fungi) that live in Tuatapere area.

From dawn people can begin recording observations from wherever they are. Organised group activities will start at Waiau Area School from 9am and run through to 3pm.

At 7pm, on the Domain there will be an update of observations so far and evening activities including bat spotting, a spider search and moth trapping will begin from 8pm.

Participants should bring their own food and water for the day. A sausage sizzle will be provided from 7pm for participants.

If you have any further questions contact biodiversity officer Catriona Gower on 021 400 843 or

Ngā mihi
The Environment Southland biodiversity team

Phones Away for the Day

As you know the ‘Phones Away for the Day’ directive is mandated for all schools for the start of Term 2. WAS is no exception.

This means that no WAS students will be allowed their phones out at school. This could mean your child could bring their phone to school and have them of in their bag. This is at their own risk. We are also looking at having a system where a student can hand their phone ni to Charmaine at the office, it’s safely stored and collected at the end of the day.

To ensure we’re all on the same page, I will be sending out a ‘Phones away for the Day’ School Policy via
email to you all.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or queries – please email me at or send me a text 022 4759 607.

Furthermore, we will continue seeking student feedback on possible consequences for non-compliance. I’d imagine nothing will change in terms of our usual discipline procedures.

WAS is very fortunate that we have whanau onboard where we’re working together in the best interests of our tamariki and rangatahi. Subsequently, if you believe your child is eligible for consideration to have their cell phone in use (i.e. an exemption for special needs/circumstances/impairments) during the school day, then you’ll need a doctor’s certificate/something in writing to explain why this would be so.

Thanks in advance for your ongoing partnership.
Nga mihi nui

Waiau Area School Staff 2024

Our property upgrades are almost complete. Areas on the radar are: C Block replacement double glazed windows, to build a tennis/netball pavillion/covered area along the main courts and a deck outside the staffroom.

We’re very excited about 2024 (current roll of 147 students) and what WAS is able to offer our students. We are able to provide a wide range of subject choices in the senior school with Net NZ (online teacher) as an additional option. Our small class sizes, teachers knowing their learners and a strong sense of belonging are proving to be an on-going success – our student achievement results continue to be very pleasing. 90% of our NCEA students passed last year.

Strategic Goals: Sustaining partnerships, Mental Health & well-being (Sir John Kirwan’s Mitey) second year programme, Culturally Responsive approaches and continuing on broadening our students horizons through our localised curriculum.

Thank you for your continued support towards WAS – we’re all very proud of your community school.

Teaching Staff

Mr Andrew Pardoe-Burnett – Principal and Hard Materials Teacher.
Mr Richard Bennett – Senior Leadership Year 11-13, Health & PE, Gateway, Net NZ, PB4L coach.
Miss Jasmine Quinn – Senior Leadership Year 7-10, English/SS, SENCO and DP duties.
Miss Clare Robinson – Senior Leadership Year 1-6, Classroom Year 4 Teacher, Bus Controller.
Miss Brooke Anderson – Classroom Release teacher for one-two days a week.
Miss Skye Walton – Year 2&3 Teacher, Te Reo/Tikanga Maori responsibilities.
Mr Chris Wedderburn – Year 5&6 Teacher.
Mrs Donnah Cleaver and Mrs Gemma Bennett – New Entrant -Year 1 Teachers and Mrs Cleaver is also a specialist teacher for a couple of students.
Mr Deon Hourston – Year 7&8 Teacher, Agriculture & Horticulture Teacher.
Mrs Hannah Wilson – Art, Horticulture and Year 7&8 support Teacher.
Mr Paul Maloney – Maths Teacher, NCEA and Principal’s Nominee.
Miss Alicia Davie – Science – Chemistry, Biology & Physics Teacher.
Mrs Roberta Gover – Home Economics, Senior English and Free Lunches in Schools (FLIS) leader.
Miss Jordan Paskell – English and SS Teacher.
Mrs Ines Ferguson – WAS counsellor.
Mr Trevor McIntyre (during Term 2&3) – Alt Education, Careers & relieving.

Support Staff

Mrs Charmaine Wedderburn – Office Manager and Finance.
Ms Nina Smith – Office Support and BoT Secretary.
Mrs Robyn Stanning, Mrs Jo Flynn, Ms Chenille Kennedy, Ms Nina Smith, Mrs Mel Templeton and Mrs Rachel Pardoe-Burnett – Teacher Aides

Mrs Chrissy Lampitt – Library Manager.
Mr Warwick Hawley – Property and Hard Materials.
Mrs Paula McLennan, Mrs Lynette Chambers and Miss Gemma Evans – FLIS.
Mr Richard Hazle – Lab Technician and Science Support.
Mrs Anne-Marie Erskine, Mrs Cheryl Baldwin and Ms Chenille Kennedy –
School Cleaners.
Ms Chenille Kennedy – Lawn mowing.

Board of Trustees (BOT)

Rachael Poole – BOT Chairperson and Finance.
Keri Potter – PTA rep / Policies and Procedures / Self
Matthew McLennan – Regular visits/check ins, Property and H&S.
Raissa Hewton – PTA/Community link, Good Employer/EEO.
Jim Keating – H&S and Property.
Oli Abbott – Student Rep and Student Achievement.
Charmaine Wedderburn – Staff Rep, Self Review and Student Achievement.
Andrew PB – Principal.

our Mission

Live to LEARN, LEARN to Live


We celebrate the inclusion of all key stakeholders: students, staff, community, local iwi, board of trustees, to create the new and exciting future for Waiau Area School. We acknowledge benefits of forming a positive working relationship with local iwi and the commitment we need to make to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.




Get In Touch

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, Southland

Telephone: (03) 2266285


School Office: M-F: 8:30am – 3:30pm

School Day: M-F: 8:50am – 3pm