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Waitaki Valley School 

3 August 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I hope that this finds you all well and warm!

As you are all well aware there are always a lot of things happening at a school. Many of these things you are well aware of, while some things are just the day to day business of a school. We are always looking for opportunities to blend the community with the school.

Our National Standards data at the end of last year gave us the following information: 
Maths: 71.1% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.
Reading: 71.2% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.
Writing: 54.8% of children achieving at or above the National Standard.

Writing Book
As a result of this information our staff and Board of Trustees have clearly prioritised the need to raise the achievement of our children in writing.  We have implemented a number of exciting initiatives for all children (not just our children who are at risk of underachieving) and our evaluation at this stage of the year is that we believe our programmes are having a positive impact and accelerating the progress of many of our children.

To celebrate the work that children are doing in writing we are going to be publishing a book that will have work from EVERY child in the school within it.  We want every child to be able to know what it feels to be a fully fledged published author!  This book will be professionally printed and will be available for sale (at a minimal cost) to family and friends of the school. If your business is willing to support our project and advertise in this (and thereby contributing to the cost of the printing) then please make contact with me by phoning the school or emailing  We believe that this is an exciting initiative and we know that you will look forward to seeing the finished product. The Friends of the School will be helping us to distribute this.

Whanau Hui
At the end of last term Mrs Peters and I met with the parents of our Maori children as part of our consultation process.  This meeting was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of parents and we are excited about some school wide initiatives that will be taking place in the future.  We intend to have a School Community Hangi, and are on the lookout for any wire baskets, volcanic stones or heavy potato sacks that would be of use to us.  If you have any of these that you would be happy to donate to the school, please drop them in.

Cross Country
The cross country that was supposed to be on tomorrow has been postponed and the buses will run as normal (weather permitting). Michelle has organised transport for those children who required it for tomorrow. It is assumed that the same travel arrangements will stand for the postponement day next Tuesday (9th).  If this changes things for you - please phone Michelle and let her know.  

Weather Warnings
With the current warnings in place we are aware of keeping everyone in the loop. Should we decide to have a late start, or for school to be closed for the day, you will be contacted through our phone tree system. It will also be on our school Facebook page.  Safety is of course paramount and if we believe that there is any risk in getting the children to or from school we will make a decision based on that.

Keep warm and dry!

Due to the postponement of the Cross Country the Pie Warmer will be up and running tomorrow, so the children can keep warm and enjoy their hot lunch. No Sausage Sizzle tomorrow.
Please ensure that all your child/ren's clothing items are clearly named.
We have a number of children who are missing clothing items and labelling them will help us to send them home to the rightful owners.
Congratulations to the following people for their recent selection in North Otago Sports teams: 
14th Grade Soccer: Michael Green
U12 Rugby: Tama Chapman, Quinn Gledhill, Ben Kay, William Smillie
U11 Rugby: Fynlay Bishop, Cayden Mcgregor-Hofman
From over 170 entries Ryan Bell was awarded a Highly Commended for his entry in the Cadbury Chocolate Poem Competition.  Ryan won himself a LARGE bag of Cadbury products and entry for his family to Cadbury World!
Kei reira - You're great!

Ryan's poem:

White cream chocolate sitting at the door
I ask the postman if I can have some more
I watch through the window glass and I can't hold on anymore
I grab the chocolate wrapping and begin to tear
But when I open the wrapping
I find a box full of stinky underwear.

Hi. Bob here. On Wednesday I travelled to Twizel with Kurow Red to support their netball team. It was a very long intense game. I was getting dizzy watching the ball fly up and down the court. The team played really well. I can't imagine myself trying to run around as fast as them. Unfortunately they lost thirteen to sixteen to Twizel. It was an awesome experience.

By Bob

Written by Jade Grant & Sam Chilton
Aoraki:             Charlie Hayes
Hauwhenua:      Alex Faulkner, Cody Ramsey-Turner
Moana:             Jackson Ormandy
Pukepuke:         Meg Murdoch
Mahutonga:      Michael Green
Tuesday 9 August            Upper Waitaki Cross Country - Omarama
Wednesday 10 August     Yr 6 - Safe Kids Schools' Programme - Oamaru
Monday 15 August            BOT Meeting - 7pm
Monday 22 August            North Otago X-Country - Oamaru
Thursday 1 September     Kids For Kids Concert - Oamaru
Friday 9 September          Yr 8 Rural Schools' Career Day
Monday 19 September     BOT Meeting
                                          Ski Race Day
Friday 23 September        End of Term
Kurow Blue vs OIS Diamonds - 10am Pearsons

Kurow Red vs Athletic Mini Gold - 10am BNZ

Kurow White vs Fenwick Ferns - 11am Fitness 24
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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