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Waitaki Valley School 

1 March 2017

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

Mrs Powell and I are currently in Dunedin at a 2 day workshop based on our ALL programme (the Accelerating Learning in Literacy).  This of course has been a significant focus for us in our school over 2016 and one of which we would like to continue to emphasise in 2017.  Based on the success of a number of our initiatives (Home challenges, Waitaki Writes, Waitaki Bob etc) we have been asked to present to the group of about 80 teachers from across Otago and Southland on Wednesday afternoon.  It has been a neat exercise putting our presentation together and we certainly have lots to celebrate.  I'm sure that those in the room will be suitably impressed by the commitment of our teachers, students and parents, to our writing programme.

Building on what we started last year, we have decided to commit to Seesaw - the online portfolio programme.  If you haven't already - you can expect information over the next week or so in regards to connecting to your child's online portfolio. This is a wonderful tool and we encourage you to regularly view the work of your child. We also encourage you to comment on the work that they have posted.  Remember that you only see the work of your child or the activities that they have been involved in.  All work posted, and comments made, are only put online after being approved by your child's teacher.  If you wish for grandparents, or other family members to be connected to this, then please email your child's teacher with the email address of the person who you approve of having this contact.

Well done to our Boys' cricket team who performed well against the Oamaru Intermediate team on Monday.  The fact that we compete strongly against a team from a school of nearly 300 Yr 7 & 8s, is something that we can be proud of.  Good luck to our Yr 5 & 6 students who are playing in the Festival of Cricket tournament tomorrow, and to our swimmers who have qualified for the Upper Waitaki Sports at our school on Monday.  You are welcome to join both of these events to support the children in action.

Enjoy the rest of your week

Well done to Connor Pritchard who has been named in the North Otago Under 15 Basketball Team.


Sausage Sizzle

Your child/ren took home a pink pre-order form yesterday.
If you wish to pre-order please return this form with payment to the school office by Friday 3rd March.

A reminder to all parents when passing a stationary bus that you must reduce your speed to 20 km/hr.
Congratulations to Gemma Green who received the following medals at the NZ Junior Swimming Festival:
Gold for 50m Butterfly,100m Medly and 100m Butterfly.
Silver for 200m Freestyle
Bronze for 200m Medly.
What a fantastic effort Gemma!
South Hill New World in Oamaru is supporting schools in the Kellogg's 'Books for Active Minds Programme' until the end of March.
There is a box at the New World for you to put your receipts into (after purchasing Kellogg products). For every 2 receipts the school will receive 1 book. 
Upper Waitaki Swimming Sports
Monday March 6th

Children have been informed of who has been entered into this event.

March 15th - 7.30pm

Come and share in our supper (Plate)
Be involved in our Cupcake decorating - hands on.
Bring a Friend! (Mate)

Tracy Scott will take us through some cupcake decorating techniques.  Cupcakes will be supplied. 

We invite you to join us - we have a number of members of our group who are 'moving on' with their children now at secondary school.  
Don't be shy!  Be involved!  Come and join us!

RSVP to the School office by March 13
Wednesday March 1st:    First Sports Activators visit
Thursday March 2nd:       Festival of Cricket (Yrs 5 & 6)
Monday March 6th:          Upper Waitaki Swimming Sports @ WVS
Wednesday March 15th:  North Otago Swimming Sports
                                         Friends of the School AGM - 7.30pm
Monday March 20th:        Otago Anniversary Day - No school
Thursday March 30th:      Open Morning
JAB Registration day

Wednesday March 8th
Kurow clubrooms
3:00 to 4:30pm
Subs $30.00
Any queries contact 
Kathryn Lindsay
Hockey 2017
Hockey season is rolling around and we're hoping to run a team or two of the Upper Waitaki Wasps.

North Otago Hockey are meeting this week to discuss days and times for the games. Therefore at this stage we are asking for expressions of interest from children who would be keen to play this year.

If you have children who may be interested, please phone me on
021 478 997 or email you can also contact me to express any interest in coaching or managing a team.
Waitaki Valley School
1 Settlement Road
Principal: Deidre Senior

Important numbers: 
School phone: 03 4360 660
Absences: School Mobile Text: 0277142774
School Bank Account: 02 0900 0000532 00

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