Being a larger school, we are able to offer many opportunities outside the classroom. Here's a taste of some of them...
The school band is for Year 4-6 children to have the opportunity to be a part of a band and perform at our termly celebration assembly. It gives them the chance to perform to an audience, helps them gain confidence and encourages them to refine their social, cooperative and problem solving skills. They also improve at playing their instruments! Aspiring band members are required to audition and do need to have experience in playing their chosen instrument.
Each year Wellington City Council holds a young people's art festival and part of this is a singing performance. Joining the senior choir is an opportunity for Yr 5 and 6 students to participate in the experience of singing as part of a group and ultimately of performing with other choirs at the Michael Fowler Centre. They spend 2 terms working on their performance to be part of the Wellington Artsplash festival in term 3.
Each year Wellington City Council holds a young people's art festival and part of this is dance performance. Dance Splash is an opportunity for students to participate in the whole experience of following a theme, being part of choreography, costuming and performing. They spend 2 terms working on their performance to be part of the Wellington Artsplash festival, held at the Michael Fowler Centre in term 3.
Waterloo is an Enviro School. "Empowered students....sustainable communities."
Enviroschools whole school approach incorporates four key areas of school life that have an effect on sustainability and student learning.
Place – Physical surroundings – Wāhi
Practices – Operational practices – Tikanga
Programmes – Living curriculum – Kaupapa Ako
People and participation – Organisation management – Tangata
The Enviro Group meet to put these words into action. We have a garden and orchard that are two of the areas in which students can put the theory into practise.
Kapa Teina (younger brothers and sisters) is for children in years 3 and 4 and Kapa Tuakana (older brothers and sisters) is for those in years 5 and 6.
Open to all students, our Kapa Haka programme is run by teachers and Papa Murray and aims to develop students knowledge of, skills and attitudes around tikanga Maori. This is achieved through karakia, waiata, haka and te reo.
Both groups practise once a week on a Friday afternoon and perform at each of the school celebration assemblies, held once a term. Kapa Tuakana also attend the local Polyfest festival held towards the end of each year.
Drum, Guitar, Keyboard and Ukelele lessons are offered during school hours by visiting music teachers. Sessions are very popular and places are limited. To enquire about learning contact the appropriate teacher:
Drums: Andy Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar: Charles Hazlewood, ph: 934 2759, 029 939 2759 or email email@example.com
Piano: Jonothan Crehan, ph: 027 637 3764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukelele: Offered each term through the school. Please enquire at the office.