Senior School Spelling Bee

The Senior school students have been busy learning their spelling words for the Annual Whanganui East School Spelling Bee.  A very close competition.   This year Cora, who is only 5  also took part.




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PJ and Popcorn Evening

On Friday night the children and adults wore their PJ’s and settled in to hear some classic fairy tales with a twist, eat popcorn and win some fantastic sport prizes.


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Netball fun!

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2016 ACHIEVE Leaders


PTA Update


This year our amazing PTA members have started off strongly again raising funds to support our children and make Whanganui East School a fun and enjoyable school to be at.

In Term 1 the PTA supported the Parent Hui on the 23rd February which was well attended by new and current families. The Parent Hui is a casual evening at the beginning of the school year where parents get to meet their children’s teacher in a relax environment and are able to have a look around the school and in their child’s classroom if they wish.

The Garage Sale was a great success raising funds to go towards new dinner ware for the Year Six Leavers dinner.

The Vintage Car Club invited the PTA to supply food at their Art Deco Sale in March and this was well supported by PTA members putting themselves forward to help out during the day as it went from 8am – 2 pm. Thank you so much PTA members for your dedication and the sacrifice you all make during your personal time to help support Whanganui East School.

Up Coming Events:

Disco – Week 4 – Theme Animals


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Pies –

Mufti Day/Grocery Raffle for School Camps – 10th June 2016




2015 was a very busy year for our fabulous Whanganui East PTA. They held 5 successful and fun filled discos across the year as well as other fundraising events during the year: The Annual Garage Sale in Term 1, scrumptious pies from Savages Bakery in Term 2 and an awesome Twilight Gala in Term 4.

All money raised went towards two great causes, the senior camp and our fabulous new sports uniforms which were designed in association with Sarah Lourie.


Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti Bullying Week. This is an annual global event which began in Canada in 2007. This year is our first year we have participated in Pink Shirt Day, which aims to create schools and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected regardless of age, sex, gender, ability or cultural background.
Too many young New Zealanders are experiencing bullying and it’s up to all of us to speak up and take action to ensure our schools celebrate diversity and are safe and welcoming places for everyone.
As a school we will be focussing on Anti Bullying across the whole week and this will be incorporated into all curriculum areas. 
One area of increasing rates of bullying is cyber bullying: 29% of boys and 22% of girls in Primary school are reporting cyber bullying.
We are looking forward to the week ahead, please ask your child what they have been talking about in class and to share their work.

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Interschool Sport

A big well done to our Interschool Tackle Rugby Team and our Cricket team.  Great sportsmanship. Well done on bringing the Trophies back to Whanganui East School.





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Discovery Learning

Drop into Whanganui East School on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon and you will find students engaged in Discovery Learning.  Students are busy drawing, designing, building, weaving and sharing ideas as they learn about the amazing New Zealand bush. Principal, Mrs Barry, explains, “The thinking behind Discovery Learning is to allow teachers to teach to their passion which is focussed on a particular area of the curriculum with a theme to connect the learning too.  The focus is for students to learn a wide range of Inquiry skills while being engaged in all areas of the curriculum covering science, technology, maths, art, health, social studies, te reo and literacy”.


For the next seven weeks students will experience different perspectives about the bush as they rotate classes.  Students work with Mr Tim Waite to understand the impact we have on our environment.  Mr Drew Rennie challenges students to design a trap that can be used in the bush to catch unwanted pests. “It was cool building a model pest trap,” says Year 5 student, Chanelle Reeve, “The toothpick is the trigger and I can see how the possum would get trapped inside.”  Students learn about colour and depth as they create designs based on flora and fauna with Mrs Lysha Brennan.  How birds have evolved to live in the New Zealand bush is investigated with Mrs Susan Walker.  Whaea Jordy introduces the children to healthy food and medicinal plants which can be sourced from the bush.  Whaea May adds Te Reo Māori while looking at mahi raranga (weaving) and traditional Māori use of bush resources.  The students’ curiosity is sparked and they pursue individual areas of research in their own classrooms.  Whanganui East School will round off their Discovery Learning with a school trip to Bushy Park.


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