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18 March This is the start of one of the busiest weeks of the year: Top School week. Hopefully everyone will be involved to do their bit to help the school have a very successful day on Sunday, raise lots of money and help everyone have a good time.
Rooms 6, 8 and 14 returned from their camps last week, no doubt you will read all about them on their class pages when they have updated them. Many thanks to those parents who gave their time and energy to help the camps happen.

7 March Tomorrow we have 27 students going to the interschool swimming sports. Good luck to all those swimmers. At the moment the Top School team and the cheerleaders are practising hard every lunch time. The attitude of the team has been one of the best ever. They are organising practices and working on their skills even when no staff members are available.

5 March Lots happening this week: Room 13 are off on camp at Waitomo this week (let's hope it isn't interrupted by a cyclone like it was last year!), Room 7 goes on camp tomorrow at the Lions Hut. The Life Ed caravan, complete with Harold the giraffe is here for the seniors this week. Visiting today we have the Trillians Trust Trek vehicles at about 2.30pm. That should be entertaining, as well as making it interesting getting into the out of the car park at 3pm!
Thanks you to everyone who came for interviews with the teachers last week. Hopefully we are now all on the same wavelength.
Big congratulations to Jamie Julian who came back from the national surf life saving champs with six medals, 4 of them gold!
If you want your child to do Te Reo Maori extension classes this year with Whaea Andrea, please send her an email andreamaru@awakeri.school.nz, with the child's name and room. Extension classes are in school time, so they would be missing some other curriculum work.

1 March A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! Check out the new library update on the Library page, specially if you are into farming stories!
We are looking forward to the parent-teacher interviews today and tomorrow. Nearly everyone has booked a time. Well done!
The dental caravan is in its last day at Awakeri. The dental team has worked hard and seen everyone either late last year or this year. They are off to Thornton School next.
This is Mrs Edgecombe's last week with us as she heads off for maternity leave. We wish Laura and Dan all the best for the arrival of their baby. The staff have been full of helpful ideas about dates of arrival, possible weights and names. The best one so far is Brenda's suggestion of Jemima Whetumarama Constance Muriel. We are sure it will be considered!
Last week we farewelled Dannis Manderson. She is off globe trotting, first stop Egypt! Her love of Harry Potter will no doubt go with her!

26 February Football (soccer) enrolment forms were handed out at school today. See Mr Hawkes or the office if your child missed theirs. More info on the Awakeri Football web site.
The school pool is going nicely. Make sure your child has their gear for their swim days.
Rather late, we know, but there are some pics here of the senior social at the end of last year. Most of these kids are now in high school uniforms!

25 February A few photos here of swimming sports last Thursday. Spot the biggest splash!

21 February Top School Team. After days of trials, our squad for this year's Top School team has been selected. Congratulations to: Mikayla Jamieson, Teigan Nolan, Isabel Lambert, Sophie Peat, Olivia Nolan, Phoebe Carter, Jamie Julian, Kalib Schuler, Elijah Wetting, Dan Rowling, Jake Laurent and Ollie Fort.
The squad will now be training daily in their lunch times to do our school proud on the 25th of March.
Remember swimming sports tomorrow!! Togs, food, drink, sun protection, warm clothes, house colours...

19 February Because of the approaching bad weather, Room 8's camp has been postponed. At the moment, our swimming pool is out of action. The pump broke down and it is taking a while to get it swimmable again. Hopefully those people going to swimming sports on Thursday will still remember how to swim! A reminder that there is a collection at the start of school tomorrow raising money for guide dogs for the blind.

15 February Here are our new house leaders... what a handsome lot!

14 February Do you enjoys thinking, puzzles, challenges, mysteries? Go to the Library page to read Margo's latest message / challenge. She has set up a Thinking Zone in the library. Cool!

13 February Today sees our first group of students off to technology at Edgecumbe College for the year. They go one day a week for half of the year and learn skills in wood, materials, metal, food, biotech and electronics. The Edgecumbe unit is one of the best in New Zealand, so we are grateful that our students get to go there.

9 February Congratulations to our new house leaders, listed below and big ups to all those seniors who put themselves up for election. It takes courage and self confidence.
Ella Forbes, Sharlee Davis, Sophie Peat, Myles Ashton
Asha Stevenson, Summer Jones, Londie-Lee Rika, Josh Broadmore
Ollie Forsyth, Caleb Hanlen, Mia Sutton, Jake Laurent
Mitchell Du Toit, Jamie Julian, Phoebe Carter, Teigan Nolan

7 February A reminder about the Meet the Teachers evening tonight. Teachers are in their rooms from 5 to 5.30pm, then there is a barbecue. Come along!!
Web site monitor applications went out today. They are due in tomorrow by interval. Year 6, 7, & 8s can be web site monitors.

5 February If you want a preview of the new house chants, before the houses learn them on Friday... Click here.

2 February Top School is coming up in six weeks. If you don't know what Top School is... have a look at the photos of last year's one. It's an amazing day. On the Photo Archives page you can go to see photos of lots of other year's Top Schools.
Today 35 people put their names down to try out to get into our Top School team for this year, and today the cheerleaders are taking names too. The trials will be in the lunch times.
This web site is maintained by the senior students. We are selecting students to do this important job next week. The various classrooms' pages will be up dated after that.

31 January School is back underway with everyone working hard and settling in. Classes are swimming, our pool is nice and warm! There was lots of enthusiasm for being librarians, Margo's meeting today had 40 people turn up, that's to go with the 30 that are already librarians!! There is lots of enthusiasm to be house leaders too. Mrs Howard had lots of year 8s and some year 7s who were keen to be leaders. The elections are next Friday.
Talking about the Library, Margo has a very nice message to start the year, on the Library page. Check it out!

27 January 2018 Happy new year everyone! School starts on Tuesday! Lots of people have been in to get their stationery sorted so their children are ready to go on the first day. Welcome to our new teachers: Carrie-Anne Dennis (Rm 12), Rosie Ulrich (Rm 11) and Josie Grundy (Rm 10).
Good luck to our ex-year eights who are starting high school next week. We are sure you will do well and enjoy it!
News of and congratulations to a former Awakeri student Quest Tipping who recently played for the first ever Maori Football team. They beat the indigenous Australians 3 - 2 in a hard game.
Quest was a top athlete and footballer here around 2008.

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