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YES - Young Enterprise Scheme

On the last Thursday of Term 2 the Waitaha's Young Enterprise Scheme team, Atawhai, ventured to Ara Institute of Technology to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. This was the second challenge of five that the team will complete throughout this year that relates to establishing and running a business. The team were amazing at expressing their idea and won the judges over with their genuine compassion and concern for other people.

Alex S: "I was a bit nervous, but after I felt a bit of independence"

Patrick "The pitch went good, and it made me feel really, really happy to have done it."

Eric " I was excited to go and I really want to do it again next year."

Edward " It made me feel happy and strong like a man."

Scarlet Presenting at Youth Parliament at The Beehive

Scarlet Shannon recently attended Youth Parliament in Wellington as part of her work as a Youth MP for Duncan Webb. It started with the Governor General summoning all the Youth MPs in and welcoming them to Parliament. Scarlet was also part of the Social and Community Select Committee. In this committee, they heard submissions from various groups around Housing and then as a group, wrote a report that was presented to the Youth Parliament with recommendations. In this group, Scarlet was a big advocate for those with disabilities and ensured her views were heard and her ideas included. On the last day, Scarlet gave a 3 minute speech as part of the General Debate in the Debating Chamber. She spoke clearly and confidently, making us all extremely proud. In her speech, Scarlet recommended that foster care providers such as Oranga Tamariki give more training to caregivers on disability and be consistent in their training. This was an amazing experience for Scarlet. She thoroughly enjoyed her time at Parliament and is looking forward to continuing her involvement in politics

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Selwyn Primary Cross Country Zones 2022

Congratulations to Jamal and Seth who recently competed in the Selwyn Cross Country Zones event at Nga Puna Wai. Both Jamal and Seth showed determination and endurance as they ran alongside their West Rolleston Peers. We are very proud of them.

Senior Camp 2022

Monday 14th February - Wednesday 16th February

In week 3, we journeyed to Woodend to embark on our camp adventure! The three days spent at camp were filled with lots of laughs, some incredible opportunities for growth, and most importantly… marshmallows! It was so cool to see our students step out of their comfort zones (as well as discover who talks in their sleep!)

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Waitech 2021

Count on Me

The Waitech crew has put together a compilation of photos and videos from their work in 2021.


Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Takapō

Wednesday 24th November - Friday 26th November

The Silver Duke of Edinburgh group planned a exploration trip to Takapō to explore the area. We walked the Hooker Valley Track, learned about the stars at the Dark Sky Project, and enjoyed the lake and hot pools. The students planned the whole trip by dividing different jobs among them. Some of the tasks included research and booking accommodation, map skills, trip planning, budgeting, shopping, ringing activity providers, and many many more tasks.


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Intermediate Camp

Wednesday 20th October - Friday 22nd October

In the first week of term 4, our intermediate students attended Living Springs Camp for 2 nights and 3 days. Students challenged themselves, persevered, tried new things and made themselves very proud. The smiles say it all!

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Rata and Miro visit Chipmunks

Tuesday 6th July

Rata an Miro had an amazing morning out at Chipmunks to celebrate the end of term. Our Students enjoyed playing with their friends, running, climbing, sliding and having heaps of fun!


Canterbury Primary Boccia Championship

Thursday, 1st July.

Alex and Anton competed in the Canterbury Primary Boccia Championship. Both students had a great day full of boccia games. Well done on a great day, 8th place for Alex and 10th place for Anton.

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Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Ceremony

Thursday, 24th June.

Huge congratulations to our Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award recipients who received their pins and certificates today to acknowledge their perseverance and hard work over the last year. We had 15 students receive their bronze award and 5 students receive their gold award.

Thank you Chris Allan from the Joshua Foundation for facilitating our students and Sophie McInnes, Selwyn District Councillor, for presenting the awards.

3 Little Pigs - Stop Motion Movie

Nic, Jonty & Brock. Starring Maureen Allan.

Nic, Jonty and Brock worked together over a whole term to take over 3000 photos, edit the movie, and add sound to produce this movie.

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2020 Waitaha School Prize Giving

Thursday, 17th of December. Rolleston College Auditorium.

Congratulations to all our students at Waitaha School for a fantastic year.