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.
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.
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.