Waiwera South School has a busy calendar of both curriculum and extra curricular activities, below are some of the activities we have been involved in.
Turf/Bike Track Opening and Baleage Drive Barbecue!
On Friday, May 7th we officially opened our bike track and the multipurpose turf. We combined this with our school Baleage Drive auction and a community barbecue. It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the new assets at school and a way to thank our wonderful and supportive community - here are just a few of the pictures of some of the fun we had. Family bike relays, a hobby horse obstacle race and a community netball game led the evening which we followed up with the Baleage auction and barbecue. Again we would like to thank all of those who have supported these initiatives; The Trusts Community Foundation, AJ & MC Begg Charitable Trust, Otago Community Trust, Clinton Lions Club, Balclutha Round Table, Clinton Bowling Club, T Whiteside, J & J Whiteside and Blackhead Quarries. Thank you again for your donations - we absolutely love the Turf and Bike Track and anticipate years of fun and fitness for the whole community from both of these new additions. Thank you to the Parents Plus group and BoT for catering a very tasty meal.
Waiwera South School has a new Bike Track!
We have been waiting patiently and watching our bike track progress, we are super lucky that is is finally finished! At just on 500m around the loop, we can clock up a few kilometres in a day!
The SMiddle Class spent from March 1-5 exploring around Bannockburn, Cromwell and further afield, we learnt about water usage, gold mining days and much more - it was an action packed and busy camp. The Junior Class joined us for Thursday and Friday making it a whole school/community camp - it was fabulous to spend time away in a new environment with the whole school and all the parents and grandparents who were able to join us.
Waiwera South School Cross Country/ Mud Run
Unfortunately due to COVID 19 the Small Schools and SOPSSA Cross Countries were both cancelled, our children had trained so hard that we decided we had to do something - so we invented the alternate Cross Country 2020. As you can see by the faces and glee, a marvellous time was had by all! It may become a regular fixture!
School Trip to Gabriel's Gully and Lawrence
To start our inquiry on the Gold mining history of Otago we went on a full school trip to Lawrence. We walked a lot of miles, saw some really interesting historical sites and learnt a lot about the history of early Otago - especially the Lawrence Goldrush of the 1860's
Waiwera/Kaihiku Catchment Group 2019
The Senior Class has been involved in helping with the propagating and planting of trees at the Waiwera River. Below is a video from Otago Regional Council showing some of the work they have been involved in. It will be great to see the site develop and grow over the years.
Pet Day 2019
Waiwera South School held their Bi-annual Pet Day on Friday 18th of October. It was a really fun day with a huge variety of animals making an appearance - lambs, horses, chickens, rabbits, ducks, alpaca, cats, fish and dogs. We had a baking and craft section in which the children all competed as well as the animal entries.
Senior Class Camp Stewart Island
This is a slide show put together for Assembly after we returned from Rakiura.
Middle Class Camp at Waihola
The Middles spent two action packed days away at camp at the Waihola Christian Youth Camp. Needless to say - they had an awesome time!! The photos tell the story.
Senior Class Genius Hour
Throughout Term 2 and 3 the Senior Class were involved in Genius Hour The kids are so stoked with their work - two ramps, an outdoor chess board, a sandpit toy box, a planter box and a puppet theatre. All chosen by the children as things they think could enhance their school - pretty successful we think! The learning and problem solving has been HUGE.
School Colour Run
On September 5th - after postponing a few times to get perfect weather, we held a School Colour Run to celebrate all our hard training and general awesomeness for our attitudes towards cross country and school life. A huge thanks to the parents who came along to support us and 'throw stuff at kids'. There are more photos at school!
The whole school has been training really hard for the Small Schools Cross Country - from this event we hope to have some children qualify to compete at the SOPSSA Cross Country.
During Term 2 the whole school were focusing on science our question was 'What is science?' We had a real focus on using scientific language, making observations and how to turn something from a demonstration to an experiment. Below are just a few photos showing some of the things we got up to.
Book day was a super way to break up those cold wintery days. Everyone came dressed as their favourite character. As you can see we had a great day!
The students were involved in placing out the ANZAC Memorial crosses on Wednesday. Thanks to Mr McCallum for coming and sharing with us some of his knowledge about the First World War, and also to Alanah from Romahapa School who came and played the Last Post for us on her cornet, it was a really special moment.
On Friday April 6th the students of Waiwera South School and members of the wider community got together to paint some rocks for our new Rock Walk, the Rock Walk will be added to over time and will be a fabulous addition to the Waiwera South School grounds. We have rocks available for members of the wider community to paint if they would like to remember their time or association with Waiwera South School.
Senior Class Camp Te Anau March 13 - 16, 2018
On Wednesday Feb 28th, the whole school - staff included - were involved in a ‘hold up’ at the Waiwera Hall as the Over The Top Cavalcade riders came through, everyone got into the spirit of things and we successfully ‘robbed’ the riders.