Archived News

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The older posts below show some of the recent history of South End School.

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.

Service to our School

This week's  value has been "Service". Room3 has been enthusiastic in helping make our school a tidy and well-presented environment. They have raked leaves, weeded the vege garden and swept paths.


Each year groups of students are identified for extension programmes. One was on Podcasting and three Yr 6 students travelled down to Greytown School for 2 days where they experimented with green screens. The picture below shows an example of their efforts.


Students from Rooms 5 & 7 have been lucky to have Marlon Tortoza, a parent, come in each Tuesday to give tuition in Chess. Later in the Term some of these students will be competing in tournaments around the Wairarapa.

Getting fit through Jump Jam

In Term 2 Mrs Blair trained up a group of senior students to lead Jump Jam, a fitness programme through dance. Every day students meet in the Hall at the end of lunchtime to dance their way through 4 songs lead by students and with the big screen giving them extra...

Astronomical Instruments

Room  7 are looking up at the Night Sky. To help us learn about instruments that astronomers use, Mr Vincent brought in his telescope for students to look through and realise what magnification is.

Dictionary skills

              As part of the Literacy Programme students use dictionaries to locate word patterns and meanings.

Test tubes

Charlotte and Lily are working with the test tubes to solve a long division problem.

Moveable Alphabet

Here is Cody writing a sentence using the moveable alphabet.

Giraffe Report

  Josh and Carlo are presenting their giraffe report.