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.

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, SOUTHLAND 962

Telephone: +64 3 226 6285

Email: admin@was.school.nz

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 …

Dear Parents: COVID-19

Dear WAS Parents / Caregivers / Whanau, With recent announcements by the Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home.  We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many...

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Uniform Changes

This summary from the Board of Trustees is to provide parents and families with an outline around the implementation for the upcoming changes to the Waiau Area School Uniform which will start Term Two. WAS has been looking at the overall school uniform for some time....

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Mission

Live to LEARN, LEARN to Live

A Word

From Our Principal

Kia Ora everyone. I trust you have all had a restful and enjoyable break and that your children are enthusiastic about returning to school. Well, here we are starting 2021, and once again we have a busy year ahead of us. I just want to mention a few things to start us off on the right foot. We send out whole school newsletters every fortnight. Also teachers will send notes home, notices will be sent out by various staff and sometimes message will be posted on our FB page and website – please keep an eye out for happenings at WAS. If in doubt, ring the office and ask away. WAS is a busy place and sometimes we’re guilty of assuming everyone knows what’s happening as well as relying on students passing on messages etc. Keep us honest and keep checking in please!
A massive WAS welcome to our new students! It’s a credit to these students and their respective families on how well they’ve settled in. It feels like you’ve all been at WAS for ages! 
I am looking forward to a fantastic year in 2021. We are going from strength to strength here at Waiau and you, as parents and caregivers play a vital role in our success. Thank you in advance for all that you will contribute this coming year.

– Andrew Pardoe-Burnett

Calendar

Our Upcoming Events & Activities

08

February

Waitangi Day

No school

Event Info

School is closed for instruction

16

February

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

3:15pm – 5:30pm

Event Info

An excellent time for you and your child to catch up with teachers to look at expectations for year, health issues and also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and clarify any points you wish to raise. If neither the 16 or 18 Feb suit you, please make an appointment for another time to meet with your child’s teacher. Forms will be sent home Week 2 of Term 1.

18

February

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

3:15pm – 5:30pm

Event Info

An excellent time for you and your child to catch up with teachers to look at expectations for year, health issues and also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and clarify any points you wish to raise. If neither the 16 or 18 Feb suit you, please make an appointment for another time to meet with your child’s teacher. Forms will be sent home Week 2 of Term 1.

18

February

John Parsons / Community BBQ

5:30pm onward

Event Info

Community WAS BBQ, 5:30pm onwards, here at school. Golden opportunity to meet new people, catch-up casually with staff and others, play a bit of volleyball and football with the students as well as simply relaxing. 

John Parsons (internet safety guru) will be around to chat with you informally – always good to pick his brains.

WAS will supply the bread, sauce, plastic plates, cutlery and sausages etc for the BBQ. If each family could bring something to share for the potluck table that would be magic. BYO. A brand new (as seen on TV) Air Fryer (1.8L) is up for grabs … all adults and children present at the BBQ will go into the draw – winner takes all!

19

February

Life Education Bus

19 & 22 February

Event Info

Classes will visit the Life Education Bus on 19 or 22 February

19

February

Western Primary Swimming

Riverton 

Event Info

24*

February

Borland Lodge Camp – TBC

24-26 February

Event Info

01

March

Junior School swimming starts

Event Info

Please check your child’s school bag for notices and/or follow the Junior School Facebook Page.

04

March

Athletics Day

WAS & HVP

Event Info

17

March

Duffy Theatre

2-3pm in the Hall

Event Info

19

March

Western Primary Athletics

Event Info

27

March

Southland Primary Athletics

Event Info

02

April

Good Friday

School Closed

Event Info

School is closed for instruction

05

April

Easter Monday

School Closed

Event Info

School is closed for instruction.

06

April

Southland Anniversary Day

School Closed

Event Info

School is closed for instruction.

16

April

Last day of Term One

Event Info

Term One School Holidays – Saturday 17 April to Sunday 2 May. Includes ANZAC Day on Sunday 25 April – observed public holiday Monday 26 April.

03

May

Term 2 starts

Event Info

Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July.  

Public Holiday: Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June.

Coming up …

11

May

 Teacher only Day (TOD)

Event Info

Southland Secondary and Area Schools’ NCEA  Accord Teacher only Days (TOD)

05

August

Teacher only Day (TOD)

Event Info

Southland Secondary and Area Schools’ NCEA  Accord Teacher only Days (TOD)

08

August

Teacher Only Day (TOD)

Event Info

Southland Secondary and Area Schools’ NCEA  Accord Teacher only Days (TOD)

Students

Staff

Get In Touch

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, Southland

Telephone: (03) 2266285

Email: admin@was.school.nz

School Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 3pm

Inclusion 

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.