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Waitaki Valley School 

11 May 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I had the great privilege of spending last Thursday and Friday at the Waitaki Rural Schools' 2 day Leadership Conference with our 12 Year 8 students and 50 others from the other 10 schools.  This was a great opportunity for our students to be able to mix with other Year 8s, to get to know more students beyond our school, and to learn more about themselves.  The theme of the two day camp is 'Leadership' and as well as looking to develop leadership skills in ALL the students, it also looks to help them develop an understanding of just what they are capable of themselves.  A highlight is also the exposure to a variety of inspirational and motivational speakers.  This year these were Andrew Pickles, who spoke about how he has overcome challenges in life with now being a tetraplegic.  Rob Connelly spoke about getting out of your comfort zone and aiming high. Tony Dudley spoke about the importance of not thinking about 'what' you want to be - but considering  - 'who' do you want to be?  The final speaker for the two days was Dayna Turnball.  Dunedin born and bred, Dayna has spent a year in the States on a College basketball scholarship, however has now represented NZ for the last three years in the Open Women's Touch team.  She spoke about how she keeps herself motivated and sets goals to achieve. For our Year 8s to be exposed to this high calibre of people in these two days is quite an opportunity - and one that they really made the most of.

While the focus of these is on developing our students, we can't help but take something from these speakers ourselves, as adults.  While I came away feeling privileged to have seen our students take part in this and make the most of the opportunities, I couldn't help but think how privileged I am to be in the role that I am at Waitaki Valley School.  

The speakers all spoke about how we can't do these things by ourselves - how we NEED to have others around us - and in our school we certainly have this. From a teaching point of view - this is certainly evident from the work that teachers put in - both in the classroom and beyond.  Our wider groups of parents commit a lot to helping us do the best within our school.  The Board of Trustees has  a key role in this, and now is your opportunity to contribute to this - whether it be nominating someone who you believe will support that governance role well - or maybe you are willing to put your hand up yourself?  This is your chance to contribute to what we do - nominations close Friday 20th May - so please carefully consider if you have a possible role to play here.  You should have received your nomination form in the post this week -if you haven't please contact Gaye Schurgers ( 

Our Friends of the School are more than just a fundraising group - they are committed group who work together for the benefit of the entire school community.  As a 'mid winter' outing - they are now planning the yearly Quiz Night - an opportunity for you to get a team together and to come and enjoy an evening of entertainment!  

Put Friday June 17th onto your calendars and get your teams entered at the office now!

Have a great week
Friday 17 June @ Kurow Hotel
Get your team together and put the date in your calendar!
$30 per team (up to 5 people)


Next week (From May 16) in the school foyer.

Come and buy from the wonderful selection of books.

A proportion of all books purchased goes towards books for the school.  

News Report from Waitaki Bob

On Thursday the 5th of May, I went to Camp Iona for a leadership overnight camp with the Year 8’s from WVS.  Papakaio, Five Forks, Duntroon, Totara, Glenavy, Kakanui, Omarama, Ardgowan, Maheno and Hampden went too.

The children did a lot of sitting and listening to people and principals who talked to them about how to be a great leader. There were people that came and talked to them too. People who had never given up even if something let them down in their  lives. There was one man in a wheelchair who was paralysed from the shoulders down and he never gave up. There was a rock climber and  a NZ touch player who always Aimed High!

This camp was a very inspiring camp because of the people who came and talked to me and the children. They taught us to always encourage other people and be a great leader.

As reported by Meghan Hay

Our pie warmer is going again at school for hot lunches.  Please wrap your child's lunch in tinfoil and have it clearly named. All days EXCEPT Thursdays.
Considering standing for the Board of Trustees?
Take the time to read some of the Trustee Stories.  Follow the link on the story below.
SAUSAGE SIZZLE - Every Thursday
$2 - Sausage and Bread
$2 - Muffin
Gluten Free Sausages also available

(No Heated Lunches on Thursdays)
Details in next week's newsletter
Take photos and make your own online books.  Simple to use and a great way to create your own online photo albums - with the matching story!
Free version is here
Paid version is here

This app is a wonderful way to promote writing at home. Have your child/ren take photos of things that they are doing, seeing, involved in, and write the story alongside these.
Wednesday 18 May                            Playhouse Theatre Production
Friday 20 May                                     Technology Challenge with Omarama,                                                                           Duntroon, Papakaio and Glenavy - here 
                                                            DVD Evening
Thursday 26 May                                Last meeting of the current BOT
Monday 2 June                                   Lower Waitaki River group - Mudfish Visit
Monday 6 June                                   Queen's Birthday - School Closed
Friday 10 June                                    Winter Sports Day (Yr 4-8) Duntroon
Wednesday 15 June                           Marae Visit - Morven - Whole School All day
Friday 17 June                                    School Speech Finals
                                                            FOS Quiz Evening
Wednesday 22 June                           Waitaki Rural School's Speech Finals - WBHS 
Wednesday 29 June                           Reports out
Thursday 30 June                               First Meeting of the new BOT
Monday 4/Tuesday 5 July                   Student Led Conferences
Friday 8 July                                       End of Term 2
Int 1.1  - Kurow Blue vs Valley Steel 11am
Int 1.3 - Kurow Red - BYE
Yr 5/6  - Kurow White - 11am
Riverside Kiwis - Waitaki Valley School - 11am
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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