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Waitaki Valley School 

8 June 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I hope that you enjoyed the fabulous weather over the long weekend.  The cold temperatures certainly indicate that winter has hit, however having the sun is still refreshing! Hopefully the long weekend has rejuvenated all your children - ready for the second half of the term. We have had five weeks so far - and have a busy five to go!

I came away from the Trans-Tasman Principal's Conference last week affirmed that Waitaki Valley School is certainly on the right path in regards to how our children are being taught and the areas of focus for our school as a whole.  One of the key messages was that we cannot prepare our children for the jobs that they will have - as it is likely that half of the jobs that five year olds in 2016 will have as 20 year olds - haven't even been created yet!  Therefore we need to be focusing on the skills that we can develop - creativity, independence, self reliance, resilience, commitment, problem solving and collaboration to name a few.  Even in our rural areas - many of the roles may still be called the same in 20 years, however with the development of technology, how these roles are carried out in 15 years may be quite different.
Marae Visit
Coming home with your children today is a note about our Marae visit next Wednesday (15th June).  Please return the permission form tomorrow.  This is an important outing in our school calendar.  As the note read, we would love as many parents as possible to accompany us on the trip and to experience what we will experience. Please remember that any pre-schoolers are unable to be included in the programme that our children will take part in though.
Board of Trustee Elections
Thank you to the large number of you who voted in the recent Board of Trustees elections.  The number of voting forms dropped in the box indicates just how important this is in our community.  When the results have been counted, collated and confirmed we will inform you through a special 'Results' newsletter.  You should expect this by the end of the week.
Quiz Night
Thank you also to the families who have already donated either $10 towards the cost of supper, or a prize for the evening. We are one of the few schools throughout the country who don't charge either school fees OR for additional activities like visiting performers and trips (such as next week's Marae visit). Your support of the quiz night for the Friends of the School group therefore is a minimal contribution to supporting the school, but also necessary to minimise costs for the group for the evening. All contributions are much appreciated.
Rugby Game - June 23
In the Community notices you will see an advertisement for a game of rugby coming soon to Oamaru.  Please be aware that this is on a school day and children should be at school for the day.  If however you are intending on taking your child/ren (and them leaving school early), then please let us know at school prior to Tuesday June 21st.  

Keep warm!

Friends of The School Quiz Night
When: Friday 17th June 7pm
Where: Kurow Hotel
Cost: $30 Per Team
Pop in to the School Office and enter your very own team of up to 5 people
SAUSAGE SIZZLE - Every Thursday
$2 - Sausage and Bread
$2 - Muffin
Gluten Free Sausages also available

(No Heated Lunches on Thursdays)
Friday 10 June                                    Winter Sports Day (Yr 4-8) Duntroon
Wednesday 15 June                           Marae Visit - Morven - Whole School
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

Book Adventures is a great motivator - letting children read a text and then quizzes them on what they have read. Click on the image of the site above to be taken directly to the site.
Netball Draw Saturday June 11th
Division 1.1
Kurow Blue vs Duntroon Diamonds
11am- Adore Spa

Division 1.3
Kurow Red vs Valley Force
10am - BNZ

Yr 5 & 6 Kurow White vs St Josephs Warriors
11am - Fitness 24
Rugby Draw Saturday June 11th
5 Yrs - Kurow vs Excelsior Vipers
10am - WCS 9A

6 Yrs - Kurow vs Excelsior Wolverines
11am - Kurow

7/8 Yrs - Kurow vs Athletic Maroon 11am - Kurow

9/10 Yrs - Kurow/Union - BYE

11/12 Yrs - Kurow/Union vs Valley 12pm - Weston
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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