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Waitaki Valley School 


Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I write this from the Trans-Tasman Principal's Conference in Auckland.  We had a very moving opening ceremony yesterday where despite being present in the country's biggest city - the message that came from both the NZ hosts and the visiting Australians was just how important our rural communities are to our schools. The message came that despite the majority of our children living in urban areas- the culture of our country as a whole is often determined by what is happening in our rural schools.  I could not help but feel a little proud of this.  When I look around at our wider 'Waitaki Valley' community, I cannot help but think that there are a lot of places in NZ that would love to have what we have as a community - both what happens within our school and outside of our school. 

This message really resonated with me.  From my own experience of growing up in a small rural area in Southland, I can't help but think that even though time has created a lot of change (with technology, pressures on families, activities our children are involved in and the access that we have to information to name a few), the ethos of a rural community is still very much the same.  We all want our children, our school, our community to be effective and successful.  The success can be measured in many ways.  We are so fortunate in the Waitaki Valley to have such a supportive community- but this doesn't just happen. Year after year we require your continued support - whether it be directly for your own children, or for the school as a whole.  Now, at this time of BOT elections - it is an opportunity for you to support the school and to have your say in the people who guide us into the next three years in the governance of our school.  As I did in our newsletter last week, again - I encourage you to ensure that you vote in this process.  A reminder that all voting closes at 12pm on Friday (June 3).

Teachers are currently busy preparing reports.  This isn't just a matter of writing them - there is a lot that goes into these and they will come out closer to the end of the term.  In the next couple of weeks you will be asked to book your Student Led Conference to make a time to come to school to discuss with your child and their teacher, just what is worth celebrating and where they now need to focus their energy and drive.  This is a partnership - an opportunity for you to see where you can support both your child and their teacher.  While these form part of our reporting process, we do emphasise that these aren't a one on one discussion with your child's teacher about your child.  I again want to emphasise with you - if at ANY time you have a concern or wish to discuss your child's learning (or social/emotional behaviour) with a teacher, you do not have to wait for these formal opportunities.  Teachers are available as the needs arise.  Please just phone the office to make an appointment - or email the teacher directly.  All teacher email addresses are on our school website (

All the best for a great rest of your week - I know that I will be challenged in many ideas over my week ahead!
Enjoy your long weekend.

Assembly Certificates
Aoraki:                   Lulu Heyes
Hauwhenua:         Caitlin Tait
Moana:                  Georgia Davies
Pukepuke:             Liam Pritchard
Mahutonga:          Sam Slee
                              Connor Pritchard

Principal's Award: Dan Patterson
Winter Sports Permission Slips were due in today.
There are a number still outstanding. These need to be handed into your classroom teacher ASAP.
SAUSAGE SIZZLE - Every Thursday
$2 - Sausage and Bread
$2 - Muffin
Gluten Free Sausages also available

(No Heated Lunches on Thursdays)

Monday 6 June                                   Queen's Birthday - School Closed
Thursday 9 June                                 Lower Waitaki River group - Mudfish Visit
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
I've been lucky enough to head to the NZPF conference with Mrs Senior.  As far as I've seen so far - I'm the only school mascot who has been lucky enough to come with their Principal! While we have seen a little bit of the big city - the most important things that have come about are how important rural areas are in our country and how the various schools operate.

Have a good week!
Waitaki Bob!
BOT Elections - Voting
Thank you to the seven people who have made themselves available for the Board of Trustees.
The seven nominees are: 
  • Emma Bell
  • Graham Hay
  • Michael Pavletich
  • Graeme Peters
  • Nicole Phillips
  • Janina Slee
  • Shelley Small
Voting forms have been posted to you and can either be returned to the school by post, or by placing them in the ballot box in the office.
​Remember to get your voting forms in by next Friday (June 3) at 12pm.

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.

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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