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South End School Gala 2013

The South End Gala was a great success! A beautiful Wairarapa day and a wide range of activities, stalls and food brought in large crowds. Everyone was thoroughly entertained, well fed and grabbed some bargains. There were bouncy castles and ferris wheels, crockery...

The new classrooms

A report with photos on the new classrooms, by Montessori students Sam Hunter and Andrew Miles. The new classrooms are much better than the old class rooms because they're more organised, brighter, bigger and over all, better. The builders started building it near the...

Balloon Fun

South End students were involved with the recent Balloon Festival in the Wairarapa. Below are some words from the students, and pictures of the fun! (Click any to see them larger) “As I walked outside my house to get the mail, I saw the magical hot-air balloons float...

New Classrooms at South End

Construction work is racing ahead on the new South End classrooms! Everyone is looking forward to the new facilities. [vslider name="building"]

South End Mural

Our school community, led by artist Tina Rae Carter, has brightened up our school grounds with a mural and artwork across two walls! [vslider name="mural"]

Pet Day fun

Pet Day was a huge success, and our school community had a fabulous day. Here's a short video of some of the faithful dogs that attended: [jwplayer config="myplayer" file=""...

South End nationals chess results – 5th in NZ!

After winning both the Junior and Intermediate grades at the Carterton Chess Tournament, our two South End teams headed to Palmerston North last weekend for the interschools national championships. Minty Hunter and Mark Sefton drove the eight students up early on...

More South End chess success

Last Tuesday seven South End students headed to Pahiatua for the annual Bush Chess tournament. Marlon Tortoza and Minty Hunter drove our young group to the tournament, and were met there by David Capper, who has been an active participant in the recent chess...

South End winners at the Carterton School chess tournament

South End entered two junior and two senior teams into the Carterton School chess tournament, which was held last Friday. 148 kids competed in total, coming from schools all around the Wairarapa: Hadlow, Opaki, Featherston, Martinborough, MIS, Dalefield, Greytown,...

South End welcomes principal Alastair Kay

It's fair to say South End School's new principal Alastair Kay knows a thing or two about education. Kerri Bowling reports for the Wairarapa Times-Age. Alastair comes to the small Carterton School with more than 40 years' experience from various educational roles both...

South End Montessori students chess success

By Minty Hunter Last Friday, four South End Montessori students woke early to make the two hour trip to the Kimbolton Chess Tournament. They expected to face strong competition, especially from the Feilding Intermediate students who had been coached by local...

School Terms 2012

The school terms for 2012 are: Term 1 – Wed 1st February to Thurs 5th April Term 2 – Mon 23rd April to Fri 29th June Term 3 – Mon 16th July to Fri 28th September Term 4 – Mon 15th October to Tues 18th December

South End set for comprehensive facelift

2012 is set to be a huge year for South End School. Times-Age reporter Kerri Bowling caught up with school principal Rod O'Leary to find out why. Not only will the Carterton-based school undergo major construction work worth in excess of half a million dollars, but...

Whanau Art

This beautiful display of 3D art was created by students and their whanau. The art work represents the taonga and treasures from our diverse cultural groups at South End School. The art includes Maori, Tuvaluan, Fijian, Cook Island and Indian cultures. It is on...

School visits

School visits are an important way to make a smooth and enjoyable transition from kindergarten or play centre to primary school. We invite children to start regular visits six weeks before their 5th birthday. Days:       9am- 10.30am      Tuesdays & Thursdays The...

Chess Champs

What a fantastic opportunity these four students had, after winning the Wild Oats Chess Tournament for their age group. They then travelled to Tauranga to take part in the National Chess Tournament alongside other teams from all round New Zealand. Overall they came...

Porirua College Music Tour

This week we were fortunate to have a group of eleven students from Porirua College visit the school. These talented students ran a workshop first with a few budding musicians then put on an action-packed performance for the whole school that saw everyone up dancing...

All Blacks visit Carterton

The whole school trekked down to Carrington Park last week with banners and flags, to greet the three All Blacks Cory Jane, Victor Vito and Sam Whitelock. The South End banner stood out amongst the umbrellas and All Black regalia.

The Inaugural Cultural and Sporting Festival

  On August 24th we had a very special day at South End. At 11am we all met for karakia and waiata. Aunty Lou blessed our whanau trophy and opened the festival. Four of our talented Fijian students performed Te Vovo, the fijian haka and followed this with a hymn. Each...


On the Friday of Matariki week the whole school met down in our native bush area to plant a totara tree. A karakia was said to bless the tree and our youngest and oldest students got to hold it in place while the stake was hammered in.

Our new name

Our whanau group are now known as "Nga Whanau o te Moana Nui-a-kiwa"  - "Families of the Pacific."

Snow at South End School

Wow!!! Who would have believed that this much snow would fall in little old Carterton. The kids had a great time out with Mr O'Leary down the field building snowmen and having a snowball fight.

The Sailing Academy

Year 7 & 8 students were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go sailing on Wellington Harbour through a deal offered by the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. For just $15 they were taught the basics of sailing and spent 90 minutes out on the harbour practising...

The Gardening Club

A group of green fingered gardening fans help Julie maintain gardens in the school and develop new areas like these planting boxes.

Talent Quest

Room 3 had a great bunch of entries in the Talent Quest. Students danced and sang to all styles of Music. Great to see how confident you all were up on the stage and with a microphone.

Soccer Tournament

An interschool Soccer Tournament was held in July at Carrington Park. In the cold conditions the Room 5 and 7 excelled in their level of participation. Some students played every game for 4 hours. The Yr 7 & 8 social side won a trophy for their perseverance.

Rippa Rugby

Doug Bracewell has been in at school for the last three weeks running training sessions for Rippa Rugby as a lead-up to an interschool tournament in Term 3.

Kuranui Roadshow

A busload of Kuranui students arrived at South End School last week to deliver the Kuranui Roadshow to a very enthusiastic and participating school crowd. Students were entertained by jugglers, artists, a live band, clowns, dancers, singers and mime artists.

Cross Country

At the cross country on Wednesday the stand-out performance was the level of participation from all students. The crowd was amazingly supportive of everyone's efforts and the glorious weather made the day a great success.