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.


PTA News Term 2.

Our new PTA Committee has continued to work tirelessly to ensure we have a steady stream of funds coming into the school to spend on a variety of initiatives. We are at present prioritising the items which we would like to fund raise for and we will notify you when these decisions have been made.


Last Friday night we had a really enjoyable “Royal” Disco. Lots of children and parents entered into the spirit of the night by dressing up and the best dressed prizes were won by Carter Johnston and Jayda Metekingi-Samuel. Great job you two! Thank you to the PTA Committee who made a wonderful job of transforming the Hall into a royal castle!

The Disco raised $180.

Watch out for the next Disco in Week 8. The Theme will be “Winter Wonderland”, so get your thinking caps on.

Don’t forget, if you want to be sure of getting a sausage or a hamburger at the Disco, you need to order on the Friday morning at the latest.

Remember, Discos end at 7pm and parents must come to the Hall to collect their children.


Thank you to all those who supported our latest Garage Sale. We continued to sell items from the “Shop” on the corner of Kepa Street over the week following the Sale and raised a total of $672.

Our next sales will have a completely new range of items. We plan to have a Book and Toy Sale one evening after school so don’t throw out any of those items, put them aside for us.


Pies are always a popular fundraiser and this term we hope they will be a success again, judging by the number of orders coming in.



We have a number of these left for sale. Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are $1 each and the Marvellous Creations eggs are $1:20, so see Tracey or Lynne at the Office for your chocolate fix!!



The PTA hope to hold a Mini-Gala towards the end of the year so be on the look-out for any good ideas that you could share with us closer to the time. We are always keen to get more helpers so check out the Newsletter for PTA Meeting dates.

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Annual General Meeting.

We had the Annual General Meeting in Week 6.

Nikki Smith resigned as Chairperson, but she continues to be a Committee member. Mrs. Barry thanked her for her hard work and commitment over her time as Chair.

Tracy                                     has been elected to the role and we are grateful that she is keen to lead us.

Jacki Dempsey will continue as Secretary and Treena Kenny as Treasurer. We thank them both for their ongoing support.

We also have new Committee members and people who have “put their hand up” to be on the Helpers List.

We always welcome new parents to join our group. We usually have about two meetings a term on a Thursday afternoon at 3:15pm. If you are interested see the Office for the next meeting date.

Mufti Day.

Mufti Day will be on Friday April 4th. If children wear mufti, they are expected to bring baking for the …

Garage Sale

… to be held on Saturday April 5th. We need everyone to look out suitable things for Sale. Every little bit helps.


The first Disco for the year is on Friday March 28th. Please come along and support. The children always have a good time and the money raised is essential for the school.

Easter Eggs.

A lot of people have worked very hard to sell the creme eggs. Thank you very much for your efforts. We still have more to sell, so if you can help please call in at the Office and they will sort it out.


A photographer will be at school on Sunday April 6th to take family portraits. Your child will bring some information about this home closer to the time.


The focus for our fundraising in Term 2 will be on selling pies, so watch out for this opportunity.

Sandpit Opening



The Parent Teachers’ Association at Wanganui East School have been busy over the past few months raising money to build a large covered sandpit for the school.

The necessary funds have been raised through School Discos, Garage Sales, Raffles and selling pies.  It has been a lot of hard work by a small and very dedicated team.

We have been very fortunate that our Property Manager, Ash Whetton, is very  handy with a hammer and a saw.  He has saved us a lot of money by building it for us in addition to all his other jobs.

We were also fortunate in securing a grant which enabled us to buy lots of spades, shovels, sieves, buckets and other necessary items for having a great time in the sand!

On Monday September 2nd September we formally opened our new sandpit.  We had speeches, gave thanks to those who made it possible, and our newest pupil, Maiyhah-Lei Te Tue cut the ribbon.  That was the signal for the New Entrant class to get digging, shaping and creating.  It wasn’t long before the pristine sand was riddled with holes, hills, tunnels, towers and castles.  Everyone agreed that the new sandpit was just awesome!

Since opening, every class from Year 1 to Year 6 has had a turn to enjoy the new facility and it just goes to show that you’re never too old to build sandcastles!



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