Thursday, 15 December 2016

Friday 16th December

School closes at 12:30pm today and it is our last day before Christmas.

On behalf of everyone here at Team Waltham I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

School opens for students on Tuesday 31st January at 8:55am.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Tuesday 15th November

Hi all,

The school is safe and open for normal operations today.

Apologies once again for our forced closure yesterday because of Tsunami Sirens and the need for all schools to be assessed for building safety.

It is great to have the 'all clear' and be up and running again.

Thank you so much to all of our community who continue to stay calm, support each other and stay positive through natures challenges.

If any families have concerns or issues they would like to chat about then as much as possible my door will be open. We have such a fantastic team and we are all keen to support and assist in any way we can.

Kia Kaha to you all.


Sunday, 13 November 2016


Hi all,
When I arrived at school to assess things at 6am this morning the Tsunami Warning Sirens were still clearly ringing throughout the area. As a result the closing of the school today seemed the only sensible thing to do. Many off my staff were evacuated during the night which was also a factor. I sincerely apologise if the closure has caused you any inconvenience. The school buildings seem fine and will be assessed today. All going well with that and the Tsunami warnings being lifted we will be all go for tomorrow.

Kind Regards,

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Monday 15th Feb

Welcome to a new week.
Just a quick note to say we have no problems at Waltham School as a result of yesterdays earthquake and we will be opening at the normal time this morning.
Have a great Monday everyone!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Wednesday 10th February

Hi all,
It's a short week after celebrating Waitangi Day. Just a couple of quick reminders...

School Stationery
All teachers have been issued with your child's stationery and will distribute it . Please don't be worried if your child says they have not been given something as yet. Teachers may hand out the various books etc as they are starting to use them in the class over the coming weeks. We will be processing the invoices for stationery and voluntary school donations etc over the next few weeks. There will be no rush to pay so please don't stress, and once the invoice comes home we can talk about spreading payments as required.

School 'Meet the Team' Picnic Tea
Please keep next Thursday evening free for our annual event. I will send out a notice with times etc. early next week.

Have a fantastic week everyone,


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Wednesday 3rd February

The day has started overcast and cool but I have a feeling we have a warm one in store!

The children are looking forward to ElGrego the Magician today. This afternoon he will perform for us as he has done over the past few years. His show is filled with thrilling illusions but also a deep and important message about kindness and caring for others. We find it an excellent way to hook our kids in to our own school values (4 R's).

Respect Ourselves

Repect Others

Respect Our Place

Ready to Learn

Here are a couple of  Term Dates to put in to your diaries now...more information and dates to come soon.

Waitangi Day- Monday 8th February (Public Holiday)

School/ Family Picnic Tea and Meet the Team-Thursday 18th February (Evening)

School Photos-Wednesday 24th February

Waltham Walk-A-Thon/ Fun Run-Tuesday 15th March

Parent/Teacher Conferences- Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March

Easter Holiday-Note that Easter is not in the main Term Holiday this year. All Schools closed Friday 25th, Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th March

Final day of Term 1-Friday 15th April

Have a fantastic day,


Monday, 1 February 2016

Tuesday 2nd February

Hi all,

A great day for all!

Thank you to everyone for such a positive and happy start to the school year.

Stationery etc

We have had a few people worried about what to buy their children in terms of books, pens etc. Please do not worry. At Waltham School we have all your child's requirements ready and waiting for them on Day 1. This means parents don't need to stress and everyone starts the year ready to learn.
Over the next few weeks we will organise and send home an invoice which you are then able to pay at your convenience.

Term Events

We are  putting the finishing touches on our Term Events List tonight. I will publish it on this blog tomorrow.

Have a great night.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Welcome to 2016

I would like to welcome you all back to the 2016 School Year.
An especially big welcome to our new families and children who started today.
One of my 'New Years Resolutions' is to be a far more regular 'blogger' on this page so  please keep visiting  for regular updates and happenings this year.

Gordon Caddie