(as at Feb 2021)
As at the end of 2020 Waipawa Primary School has a roll of 307 students. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers over the last 2 years. We now have an enrolment scheme that the Ministry of Education fast tracked and came into effect on January 27, 2020 . Students are spread over 12 classrooms and it is anticipated that we will need to use our hall as a classroom in term 4 later this year. Classes are arranged according to numbers of students at particular year levels but most classes have 2 year levels in them, eg Yr ⅘, Yr ⅚.
Waipawa Primary School has a mix of refurbished classrooms and others that will be undergoing transformation in the next two years. Due to the increase of roll numbers we now use all our rooms as classrooms. This means we have lost our library and music room. We have renovated our old swimming sheds into a music suite and we are regular users of the Waipawa Town Library. In addition to the classrooms and administration block, the Central Hawkes Bay Tech Centre is also at Waipawa School which provides most of the Year 7 and 8 students in CHB with technology education. We also have a school hall and our resources are scattered throughout the school to ensure we are maximising quality space for our students. We are lucky enough to host a Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) who works in our school. We also have 3 RTLB who use Waipawa School as their base when working in the area.
The school grounds are both extensive and aesthetically pleasing. We have a huge grassed area, a sealed court, a huge playground, sandpit, a bike track and massive oak trees that provide shade and comfort on hot CHB days. In 2020 we were fortunate enough to construct a brand new two court astroturf (36 X34). This has been a wonderful addition to the school. We have also laid a new scooter path loop and we are planning on replacing our old pole playground with a fitness trail. We also own a block out the back that is used by the community for gardening. We hope to develop this further in the coming years. Our outside environment is a feature of the school and we hope to improve this even more over the next 5-10 years.
The School Administration block includes school offices, a medical room, staff room, principal office and offices for teachers and external agencies to work in. Over the last two years we have invested heavily in iPads and TV screens for the classrooms. The year 7/8 children also have 1-1 access to chromebooks. We use a google platform throughout the school and aim to be an apple school in the future.
The teachers all work together but we have structured collaborative teams and critical friends. We are flexible in our approach to different school events and we work collaboratively across the school and year levels in many different forms.
Although the Principal has overall responsibility for all areas, the senior leaders and other teachers have delegated responsibilities. There are many important roles within a school and we like to spread the leadership throughout so all teaching staff are contributing and having a chance to progress their leadership skills.
Waipawa School is the only school in Waipawa. Most of the students come from Waipawa but we have children from the surrounding country areas and Waipukurau attend our school. Children attending Waipawa from outside our enrolment zone will become less over the next few years.
The community has high expectations of the school. There is a strong indication that parents support the education their children are receiving. You will see in the following pages we have an emphasis on our community and strengthening home/school partnerships.
As you work your way through this document you will see that over the next three years we have an emphasis on 4 key areas - hauora (wellbeing), curriculum, community and growing teachers. In 2021 we will be looking to really drill down on
improving our cultural responsiveness or capability
our localised curriculum
continuing our professional learning around mathematics
strengthening numeracy and literacy through the Learning Progressions Framework and the Progress and Consistency Tool
These initiatives will improve the learning outcomes of all students and lead us on the right path to achieve our vision and kaupapa. The annual plan contains more detailed information around the key actions related to each of these initiatives listed above.
In addition to our curriculum Waipawa Primary School participates in the CHB schools sports competitions and occasionally Hastings or Hawkes Bay competitions. Waipawa children participate in a wide variety of sports and we have fantastic support from parents that enables us to do this. Waipawa Primary School is also represented in the performing arts. In the past we have had dance groups who compete regionally and nationally, a kapa haka extension group as well as kapa haka throughout the school (via our house competition). In 2020 we have a teacher being released from classroom teaching to focus on teaching music and drama throughout the school for 2 days a week. We are really excited about this. In addition to classroom teaching of music and drama he will have a number of performance groups in action and also provide individual music lessons.
We have a number of ways in which to communicate with our parents and community. The school has a recently refurbished web site (www.waipawa.school.nz) and this is a portal to information about Waipawa Primary School. We also have our school HERO app which is used for multiple things such as community notices, school newsletter, school calendar, simple surveys and more importantly access to your child’s reports. Many classes also use the learning tool Seesaw. A quick view of the term calendar highlights all that is being offered for the students from Outdoor Education to sporting events to reporting timelines so parents are kept well informed of what is coming up in a very busy year. Teachers also use Seesaw pages to keep parents up to date with what is happening specifically in their classrooms.
2018, 2019 and 2020 have been big years for Waipawa Primary School. A new principal was appointed in 2018, a new BOT elected in 2019, an ERO review at the beginning of 2019. The principal, with the BOT, staff, children and parents developed a strategic plan in 2018 that has provided a clear and realistic direction forward for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Since 2018 our school roll has increased by over 140 children. This has been unexpected and we have managed to deal with the growth in a positive way. We continue to develop a Waipawa Curriculum and have made changes to many facets of how the school operates. In 2021 we will look to make refinements and further changes and introduce new initiatives to ensure our learners are getting the best education and experiences possible and that all involved in Waipawa School are living the vision of being - Active in learning, Active in Life.