Whītau School

Whītau School is a contributing primary school in Christchurch catering for students in Years 1 to 6.

The school’s mission statement is 'Focused Learning Achieving eXcellence’ (FLAX). It is exciting times at Whītau School for a number of reasons, one of those being the major school redevelopment. All building work has been completed so students enjoy safe, state-of-the art learning spaces that are designed for 21st century learning with plans in place for landscaping and new playgrounds.

Operating as usual

04/06/2024

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03/06/2024

Kia ora e te whānau,

Here is the lunch menu for this week.

Ngā mihi

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:16 - 30 May 2024 30/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau

Please find below a link to this week's School Newsletter.
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Ngā mihi nui
Amy Collins
Acting Principal

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:16 - 30 May 2024 News from the Acting Principal - Week 5

29/05/2024

What a fabulous day yesterday was celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week!

It was fabulous being able to host some Catholic Cathedral College female students and having them come and perform for us in the School Hall and then our girls performed also and the Karawhā teachers joined in. Our MCs did a fabulous job leading the event and I loved how they led the school in some language learning! Fa'amālō atu Revival and Sammy, it was lovely to see the teina-tuakana from you both!

A huge thank you to fanau who joined us! Next time we will open it up further! A huge fa'afetai tele lava (thank you) to Miss Ioane for organising this event!

Manuia Le A*o - Have a good day!

27/05/2024

Family Night is tonight in the School Hall at 5pm. Come along to hear about our attendance and learning data and share your voice! We'd love to see you!

2024 Cross Country 26/05/2024

A special thank you to Mrs An for making a video of Cross Country on Friday! Whānau enjoy!

2024 Cross Country

26/05/2024

All families are welcome to Whītau School's Board Family Night on Tuesday at 5.00pm in the School Hall. We will share our attendance and learning data with families like we did at our recent Whānau Hui and Pasifika Fono. We are also to capture your ideas and thinking about how we can make Whītau School even better! Some kai will be provided!

Photos from Whītau School's post 26/05/2024

🌺 Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - It's Samoan Language Week!🌺

Did you know... Samoan is the third most spoken language in Aotearoa/New Zealand?

The theme for 2024 Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week is 'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i – Serve in love for a blessed future'. This theme derives from the overarching Language Week Series theme for 2024, 'Sustainability'.

What does the phrase ‘Tautua i le alofa’ mean? The concept of tautua focuses on the phrase – “Serve in love”. Love is the driving force of service. No matter what service looks like or who is doing it, service is accomplished through the power of love.

This year’s theme aims to clearly express the significance of service that is founded on love. Tautua can only be achieved through consistent development. Similarly, the maintenance of language is also achieved through service - through our values of love, respect, and especially in the vā fealoa’i (respectful relationships) that protect Samoan people.

Service begins in the family and continues in schools, villages, churches, in our communities and countries. Service is a practice that is not exclusive to certain people or ages, but rather, a process that begins at childhood and continues into adulthood. The ongoing mission is the collective preservation of identity for our children into the future.

We look forward to launching Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week at Gold Awards today.

Fa'afetai

Photos from Whītau School's post 24/05/2024

A huge thank you to whānau who came along and joined us for a very chilly Cross Country!

It was great to be able to get this event run today! At the finish line, we saw lots of determined and persistent runners. A huge congratulations to all of our tamariki who went out and tried their best today.

A special thank you to our wonderful staff who manned the stations and supervised tamariki! Last but not least thank you to Miss Thomas for organising a wonderful Cross Country!

Have a lovely weekend and keep warm!

23/05/2024

Be a Road Safety Hero! At Whītau School we play a vital role in teaching tamariki about safe and healthy journeys, that's why we're taking part in this years Brake New Zealand

Help keep everyone safe and drive phone-free!

23/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau

Cross Country is on today! Please ensure your child has their red top and Kidscan jacket as we will be outside sitting and watching all races this afternoon.

There is some rain forecast but we hope it comes to nothing. If we do have to postpone today, unfortunately, it will be late notice due to the weather. We will let you know via Seesaw and Facebook.

Hopefully, we see you all at 1.00pm!

Ngā mihi
Amy Collins
Acting Principal

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:15 - 23 May 2024 22/05/2024

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Please find below a link to this week's School Newsletter.
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Ngā mihi nui
Amy Collins
Acting Principal

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:15 - 23 May 2024 News from the Acting Principal - Week 4

22/05/2024

Be a Road Safety Hero! Do these three things to help keep safe!
We all have a part to play in making our roads safer, that's why we're taking part in Brake New Zealand

21/05/2024

The phones are back up and running!
Thank you so much for your support in keeping in touch with us! :)

21/05/2024

Our phone lines are still down!

Please message us at 027 758 1467, email: [email protected], or message us via Facebook Messenger or via Seesaw if you need to get in touch with us or for absences.

Unfortunately, we can't access our phone messages, so please use the communication methods above. Thank you in advance for your support!

21/05/2024

This week is Road Safety Week! Be a Road Safety Hero! Help keep everyone safe! Don't forget our crossing tickets this week, be in the draw to win! The more tickets equals more entries!

20/05/2024

This week is Road Safety Week! Our focus this week is on our pedestrian crossing which is a hot spot for us currently! Each child that crosses over will be given a ticket for crossing safely which they write their name on and then then go in the draw for some awesome prizes from Brake, the road safety charity. Watch out for our senior leaders who have tickets!

20/05/2024

UPDATE: Our phone lines are still down!

Oh no! Our phone lines are still down!
Please message us at 027 758 1467, email: [email protected], or message us via Facebook Messenger or via Seesaw if you need to get in touch with us or for absences.

Unfortunately, we can't access our phone messages, so please use the communication methods above. Thank you in advance for your support!

20/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau

Unfortunately, it is too wet for Cross Country today. We have postponed until Friday 24 May at 1.00pm. We hope you can join us then!

Ngā mihi nui
Amy Collins
Acting Principal

20/05/2024

Just a heads up...our phones are currently down. We are working on getting these backup and running ASAP. Please message via FB or Seesaw if you need to contact us.

19/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau,
Here is the menu for this week.
Ngā mihi

Photos from Whītau School's post 19/05/2024

It was lovely to come together for our Whole School Assembly. Congratulations to today’s Principals Award and ‘Caught Being Good’ award winners!

Today we talked about how to keep ourselves safe in an earthquake and we had a surprise earthquake drill where everyone had to take part even the parents. Mrs Black announced it so we didn’t know when it would happen. It was great to practice in a different space.

Room 5 also shared their learning about “Our Planet” with us. They share animal facts with us.

A big thank you to all of our whānau who joined us!

19/05/2024

On Tuesday it is our Whole School Cross Country at School. Tamariki need to wear suitable running shoes and they can bring a house-coloured t-shirt to change into at lunch. If you are unsure which house your child is in, please check with your child's teacher.

The Cross Country starts at 1.00pm at Whītau School and we have organised a coffee cart for whānau to purchase their own hot drinks to help keep you warm!
We hope you can join us!

Removing barriers for east Chch kids to play sport 16/05/2024

Some of our tamariki are featured in this article in The Press. Our Whītau School tamariki are so lucky to have this opportunity!

Tamai Sport enables, equips, encourages, and empowers tamariki and whānau to participate in sport and strengthen their hauora.

Removing barriers for east Chch kids to play sport It’s “organised chaos” once the school vans pick up children from school, transport them to sports fields, and kai is shared. Such experiences tamariki might not have without Tamai Sports.

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:14 - 16 May 2024 15/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau

Please find below a link to this week's School Newsletter.

TIP: If you click on the link below and choose the first article you can scroll and read through all articles.

Ngā mihi nui
Amy Collins
Acting Principal

Whītau School - Weekly Newsletter No:14 - 16 May 2024 News from the Acting Principal - Week 3

15/05/2024

Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. Your tamariki can wear a pink top to school on Friday. Please see today's newsletter for more information.

15/05/2024

Today is Support Staff Day! Support Staff Day is dedicated to honouring the invaluable contributions of our support staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes, assisting in the smooth functioning of Whītau School.

Our Support Staff's dedication and hard work often go unnoticed. Today is a chance to shine a spotlight on their efforts, express gratitude, and celebrate the integral role they play at Whītau School. Support Staff Day is an opportunity to recognise their commitment, professionalism and the positive impact they have on our school environment. So here's to our incredible support staff, thank you for all that you do!

12/05/2024

Kia ora e te whānau

Here is the menu for this week.

Ngā mihi

Photos from Whītau School's post 12/05/2024

Congratulations to the tamariki who received Principal’s Awards and Caught Being Good Awards at today’s School Assembly! Ka mau te wehi! Welcome to the tamariki who have recently started at Whītau School.

11/05/2024

Kia hari te rā Māmā - Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mums, guardians, and caregivers in our Whītau School community!

Today, we celebrate the boundless love, support, and dedication you bring to your whānau each and every day.

Thank you, to all our Mum's, for all you do to nurture, guide, and inspire our students. You are cherished and appreciated beyond words. Wishing you a day filled with joy, laughter, and endless hugs!

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Our Story

It is exciting times at Whītau School for a number of reasons. All building work has been completed so students enjoy safe, state-of-the art learning spaces that are designed for 21st century learning with plans in place for landscaping and new playgrounds. We are trialling a new integrated curriculum that has been designed with whānau, consultation with Ngāi Tāhu and staff. We are a growing school and have just started a new classroom building project.

Videos (show all)

What a fabulous day yesterday was celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week!  It was fabulous being abl...
What an amazing night we all enjoyed at our Fanily Christmas Picnic on Friday night. The weather was finally kind to us ...
Today Rooms 10 and 11 had their final session with Grace from Epic Sports. The tamariki have loved learning hip hop this...
And… the Senior Disco is live! What a great night! Again a huge thank you to the Disco Committee which was made up of st...
The vibe was amazing at our 2023 Whītau School Art Show last night! A huge thank you to the whānau and wider community w...
How beautiful do the group of brothers and friends sound doing the opening lotu for our Pasifika Fono. A special thank y...
Today we launched Samoan Language Week with a special assembly. Sam, John, Amazing, Revival and Arona sung the lotu or S...
Kia ora Koutou e te whānauWe wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for a fantastic 2022!  We lo...
Our Pasifika Cultural Group shone brightly tonight at the Tamai Kahui Ako Pasifika evening. A huge thank you to the team...
Here is a video from last night's Christchurch Music Festival where our school performed.
Kia orana!  Next week is Cook Island Language Week!

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221 Woodham Road, Avonside
Christchurch
8062

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 7am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 7am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
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