Term 2, 2024

Term 2 Dates: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July



Primary Cross Country at Hauroko Valley Primary School

HVP, WAS & Thornbury Schools



Primary Western Cross Country – Otautau



Southland Cross Country




National Area Schools Practise – Dunedin

Sunday/Monday 16-17th June




Girls in Hi-Viz to Manapouri

YR 7&8 Young Einstein





Public Holiday – No School




Last day of Term 2



Area Schools – Nationals – Te Awamutu

July 7 – 11, 2024



Term 3 Begins



Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews




Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews





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 …

FLIS 2024 Term 2 Menu

Free Lunches in Schools - Term 2 Menu

WEEKS 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Monday: Butter Chicken

Tuesday: Lasagne

Wednesday: Bento Bowl

Thursday: Chicken Burritos

Friday: Beef Burger

Fresh fruit daily. Muffins and/or biscuits twice weekly

Snacks: vege sticks, hummus, yoghurt

WEEKS 3, 5, 7, 9

Monday: Macaroni Cheese

Tuesday: Baked Potato & Salad

Wednesday: Chicken Soup

Thursday: Chicken Drumstick & Salad

Friday: Nachos

Fresh fruit daily. Muffins and/or biscuits twice weekly

Snacks: vege sticks, hummus, yoghurt


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

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