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Trees for Survival

On Wednesday, July 29th, another group of awesome Whenuapai students walked next door to plant native plants at the Air Force Base. This year we worked hard to plant a couple hundred Manuka, Kanuka, and other NZ natives around the new Youth Development Unit (YDU) on Base. We enjoyed a sausage sizzle and some marching lessons from the great staff there before they marched us back up the hill to school. Thank you to Gail from Trees for Survival and Mrs. Cornish for leading this again. 

Working Bee – 12th July 2020

A massive thank you to all the families and students who turned up in the school holidays for our working bee. We managed to get all the garden beds weeded and filled with new fresh soil ready for a busy planting season. Thank you to Bark and Soil Growing media for their generous donation of top quality growing soil https://www.barkandsoilgrowingmedia.co.nz. This term our students are learning all about healthy bodies and healthy minds. We will be able to use these fresh garden beds to grow lots of healthy fruit and vegetables. You will also notice the new Fruit Forest near the hall, we have planted feijoas and citrus trees for everyone to enjoy year-round. Thank you again to our community for all your support and we look forward to another working bee in the near future!

Cross Country – 22nd May 2020

Whenuapai School held its annual school Cross Country event on Monday 22nd June, Term 2, 2020. The weather was ideal with conditions perfect for fast race times. The spirit, give it a go attitude and students times showed their commitment and perseverance to complete the course and the students are to be commended on how the responded and performed. With students training prior to the race, many of the students have consolidated a good base fitness that allowed them to meet the challenge and complete the course while performing to a very high standard. Special mention should be made of Whenuapai teachers that performed their duties admirably, training students prior to the event, and also the special mention of the support students gave to other participants during the racing. Thanks also to all parents and grandparents that attended and supported during the races plus special thanks to student marshals for their support of the event.

The top 8 student places at each year level are included below in the results. The top 8 students in each year level for year 5-8 qualify for Norwest Cross Country which is being held on Tuesday 25th August 2020 at Muriwai Beach followed by Auckland Interzone Cross country on Tuesday 1st September if students qualify. All students at year 5-8 that are coloured in red qualify for Norwest Cross Country however only the students in blue have requested to attend. These student qualifiers in blue have been asked individually if they want to attend and a permission letter will go home to these students detailing the event of which we require to be returned by the due date so transport and teams can be finalised. If your son or daughter has no intention of competing at Norwest Cross Country after talking with their parents can the permission slip still be returned as soon as possible.

Thanks again to all student competitors, staff, and our parent community for celebrating our annual Whenuapai Cross Country. You all made it an enjoyable experience and challenging for our students and gave them an insight into their capabilities, talents, and performance levels in a fun and supportive way. Many of our students lived up to and demonstrated our Whenuapai school sports motto and this is a credit to them all and what they achieved at the Whenuapai School 2020 Cross Country Event.

 

        

Whenuapai School Sport Motto

“Accomplish what you foresee is Unattainable –

Back yourself and Back each other”

Cross Country 2020 Results

Note:     Red – Denotes Yr 5-8 students that qualify for Norwest Cross Country Championship

               Blue – Denotes Yr 5-8 students that have qualified and have requested to attend the NW event

Place

Year 0-1 Girls

Room 

Place

Year 0-1 Boys

Room 

First Place Time   6.25 mins

First Place Time    No time Recorded

1

Bonnie Liao 

18

1

Nixon Russell

20

2

Harper Cammock

17

2

Ethan Tasker

18

3

Molly Murch 

17

3

Hudson Palmer 

    18

4

Sophie Hill

20

4

Marcus Van Zyl

20

5

Kasilita Lolesio

18

5

Kane Nepe 

18

6

Andi Hardie

18

6

Mason Norman 

18

7

Georgia Leonard 

17

7

Nathanael Yan 

18

8

Eilah Ford 

17

8

Lewis Struthers

20

 

Place

Year 2-3 Girls

Room

Place

Year 2-3 Boys

Room 

First Place Time  No Time Recorded    

First Place Time  No Time Recorded

1

Leila Morton 

14

1

Cooper Petterd

23

2

Millar Hutchins

24

2

Johnny Thomas

15

3

Alyssa Benton 

24

3

Noah Young

23

4

Isabella Norman 

23

4

Patrick Zanders

23

5

Rachel Van Lune 

14

5

Jakub Vavrin Mihaere

14

6

Abby Looser

24

6

Coben Hosking

24

7

Kennedy Bone 

14

7

Sameer Mohibee

14

8

Mila Russell

24

8

Bentley Hirst 

    24

Place

Year 4 Girls

Room 

Place

Year 4 Boys

Room 

First Place Time     8.55 mins

First Place Time    7.50:30 mins

1

Estelle Fraser

11

1

Bradley Uren 

11

2

Lucy Zanders

13

2

Jordan Smith 

12

3

Maile Hahn

11

3

Nico Greentree

    13

4

Chloe Cruickshank 

12

4

Jordan Van Vugt

12

5

Madeleine Muller

12

5

Kayse Moyes 

11

6

Eloise Hood 

13

6

Matt Johnson 

13

7

Zaaria Clay 

11

7

Declan Stratford

13

8

Shreyda Udyawar 

13

8

Gray Hutchins

13

 

Place

Year 5 Girls

Room

Place

Year 5 Boys

Room 

First Place Time   No Time Recorded  

First Place Time  

1

Astyn Nasmith 

7

1

Joel Pitout 

8

2

Stacey Miller 

10

2

Mack Thomas 

9

3

Olivia Szusterman 

9

3

Reuben Allen 

7

4

Kaylan Nasmith 

7

4

Luke Gillies

8

5

Zaara Carydias

10

5

Spencer Harrison 

8

6

Amber Young

7

6

Cory Saunders 

9

7

Maddison Barron 

10

7

Sam Austin 

7

8

Hannah Angelo

7

8

Blake Shirtliff

7

Place

Year 6 Girls

Room 

Place

Year 6 Boys

Room 

First Place Time     12.59mins

First Place Time       11.17mins

1

Emmie Peck 

10

1

Harry Barrett

9

2

Jayda Meek 

10

2

Lachlan Hosking 

7

3

Leila Peck 

10

3

Ireh Joung 

7

4

Reanna Bone 

7

4

Jackson Brown 

8

5

Stella Hogg

10

5

Joseph Vitapa 

10

6

Amberlee Roberts 

7

6

Manasseh Mane 

10

7

Jazmin McMurdo

10

7

Riley Tear 

9

8

Natalia Pusich 

8

8

Logan Vermeulen 

10

 

Place

Year 7 Girls

Room

Place

Year 7 Boys

Room 

First Place Time       12.43mins

First Place Time      11.33mins 

1

Talia Hosking 

4

1

Charlie Farac 

4

2

Amelie Grbic 

4

2

Taine Rawhiti – Wall 

3

3

Tylah Davis 

3

3

Andre Bassant

3

4

Taya Nasmith 

4

4

Jack Peterson 

2

5

Kyla Williamson 

2

5

Tavita Orum 

2

6

Stella Beale 

4

6

Joshua Christie 

2

7

Sophie Sutton 

3

7

Kane Joachims

2

8

Paige Walters 

3

8

Aston Coyle 

      3

Place

Year 8 Girls

Room 

Place

Year 8 Boys

Room 

First Place Time     14.48mins 

First Place Time       12.19mins

1

Payton Berry

3

1

Latrell Tucker 

2

2

Olivia Curgenven 

4

2

Martim Monterio 

2

3

Tonieka Hannon 

4

3

Kayne Davies 

3

4

Lucy Somers 

2

4

Caesar Panui 

4

5

Sophie Benjamin 

2

5

Oscar Hahn 

4

6

Madison Tucker 

3

6

Bowen McMurdo

4

7

Rianna Kanji

2

7

Caleb Kingi

3

8

Salema Khatu

2

8

Lance Thompson 

3

 

 

Junior Playground Opening – 27th May 2020

There was great cause for celebration recently when the new playground was officially opened. Despite the rain, the children, teachers and special guests enjoyed the opening ceremony which included a blessing given by Kuia Awa, a performance by the school’s Kapa Haka group as well as speeches by Ivan Millan from the Board of Trustees, and Raewyn, our Principal. Although the children loved watching the construction of the playground take place, it was with great joy that they were finally able to have a play on their new playground.

Money for the playground was raised over the last 12 months through various events run by the school’s PTA, a Give-A-Little Page, through personal donations by the community and by the Waitakere Licensing Trust for their very generous Million Dollar Trust grant.  Thank you to all who gave towards this wonderful playground, it will be enjoyed for many, many years to come!

Lockdown Learning and Family Activities April/May 2020

We are so proud of our wonderful Whenuapai School community for embracing our At Home Learning while also spending quality time with their children. Here is a snapshot of what some families and children have been doing at home and at school.

Splash Day – March 2020

Great Barrier Experience – February 2020

Powhiri Welcome to New Students and Staff

Anzac Day Display- Whenuapai Fletcher Living Showhome

Hillary Outdoors Experience – February 2019

Around School

Market Day

Bookweek 2018

Bike Track

Events from Term 4

Sports 2018