A royally good weekend

Maia waits to see the Duke and Duchess

Maia waits to see the Duke and Duchess

We enjoyed a very busy weekend in Cambridge, watching the Duke and Duchess visit our town and lay flowers at the Cenotaph. Some of us managed to get very close to the royal couple! After that we rode out to the Avantidrome to celebrate the opening of the latest section of Te Awa, the Great New Zealand River Ride and the Gallagher Bike Skills Park.


Learning Agents

Lucas, Deon, Nature, Jessica and (front) Jakob and Tom are our 2014 Learning Agents

Lucas, Deon, Nature, Jessica and (front) Jakob and Tom are our 2014 Learning Agents

This year’s learning agents have started their important work on enhancing learning at our school. The learning agents met with agents from other rural schools for a ‘get to know you’ day in Hamilton. This was followed by a  focus day at Karapiro School where the agents learnt how to conduct an inquiry to gather information on their learning projects.


Farewell Mrs MacKenzie

Our longest serving staff member, Mrs Carolyn MacKenzie, is leaving us!!

Carolyn is heading home to Australia to take up a position at Leigh Creek School in South Australia. We thank her for her massive contribution to our school and invite you all to a special farewell assembly and afternoon tea for Carolyn here at school on Thursday 3 April at 2.15pm.

Applications are welcome for the vacant new entrant teacher position at our school. Applications close at 4pm on Monday 7th April

An application pack is available by clicking here

School visits are welcome.

Playground Opening

Oldest and youngest students Nature and Lochlan help Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest to cut the ribbon.

Oldest and youngest students Nature and Lochlan help Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest to cut the ribbon.

Our new playground is proving to be a VERY popular addition to our school with children rushing to get here in the morning to maximise the time they have to challenge themselves on the new structure.

It was great to have Mayor of Waipa Jim Mylchreest come along to the opening, to acknowledge the tremendous combined work of our community in completing the project, and to officially cut the ribbon. Thank you to everyone who came along to the opening and to everyone who has helped us to create such a wonderful new asset.

Playground Grand Opening

PlaygroundPlayground Grand Opening

Our playground is finished!

Thank you to everyone who has helped with fundraising and / or construction.

This Wednesday 5 March at 5pm we will be having a grand opening with Waipa District Mayor Jim Mylchreest.

All Karapiro school families and friends are welcome to come along. We will have a song or two, a speech or two and then we will cut the ribbon and have a play! The pool will also be available.

After landscaping, the budget won’t quite stretch to catering, so we are asking families to bring along a plate of finger food to share and your own drinks.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

To make organisation a little easier, students are welcome to stay at school until the opening, we will provide supervision and afternoon tea.

Kind Regards

Karapiro School students, BOT and staff

A notice with a return slip will be coming home today.

Together We Grow (a playground!!)

P1150257Thank you again to EVERYONE who has contributed to the working bees to prepare the groundwork for our new playground. We have had four very successful working bees and dozens of people have gifted their skill and hard work. Our students are really looking forward to trying out the new structure and they will get their chance at the grand opening! This will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday 5 March. All of the people who have supported us, made donations or provide discounted goods and services have been invited along as well as all of our students and their families and friends. We are asking families to bring along a plate of food to share and your own drinks. The school will provide refreshments for our guests and sponsors. We hope to see you there!

Camp Highlights



We had a terrific time at Camp Rotorua 2014. Thank you all for your wonderful contributions to a successful camp. It was great to share some amazing experiences with our students including visiting Mokoia Island, singing to the masses at Whakarewarewa and riding the Redwoods mountain bike trials. These shared experiences are providing excellent motivation for learning programmes including writing and art. I would like to say a special thanks to all of the parents who took time away from busy schedules to help ensure a safe and happy camp. Thanks also to the teaching staff for again leaving their regular lives behind to provide our students with such a wonderful opportunity. I would like to thank our bus driver David Roigard for transporting our students safely from venue to venue and for being so kind and accommodating. We would all like to say a special thank you to Jenny for the countless hours she devoted to ensuring that all aspects of camp were so carefully and meticulously planned and organised.