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Waitaki Valley School 
Newsletter


12 October 2016
 

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I saw somewhere yesterday that there are only 11 more Fridays til Christmas -  This is a frightening thought! The calendar below indicates just how busy this term is - showing you that we are maximising the use of every day and week of the year!

Charter update
We shared the summary of the feedback of our community consultation late last term.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this.  The Board of Trustees had a day yesterday where we have drafted the framework of our updated School Charter.  This involves proposing a change in our Mission Statement and School Values.  The work is currently being put into a format that we will share with you in next week's newsletter, and we look for your feedback on what we are proposing.  

Campers:
Our Yr 7 & 8s are currently at Camp Wainui - and when I spoke with Mrs J at 8.30 yesterday morning, there were some children at the top of the high ropes!  How quickly they have taken on the challenges.
The Yr 5 & 6 children headed off to camp this morning.  While it is a bit wet - the temperature looks fine for still being able to carry out their planned activities.  There are a couple of photos of them in action this morning below.
Our Yr 5 & 6 children will be back in time to catch buses home on Friday.  It will be close with our Yr 7 & 8s as to whether they are back in time.  We will have updates on our FB page - so please check in with this (remember you don't need to be a FB user to see our posts) - rather than ringing the office for updates.

Whanau Hui
Letters have gone out this week to families associated with the Whanau Hui next week.  Please remember to RSVP by Friday if you intend on joining us.

I wish to share my condolences with the friends and family of Marshall Smith.  A tragedy like this obviously affects so many people in this community.  While not knowing Marshall personally, I have a vivid memory of this VERY tall man sharing an act of kindness with my 'undersized' 13 year old at a Senior Reserve Cricket game earlier this year. He was obviously someone whose actions made an impact on all who knew him.  Kia Kaha.

Take care everyone


(If you are reading this on a mobile device - apologies - because of all the photos this will be a little distorted this week)
Yr 5 & 6 children 'kayak walking' on the harbour this morning
Grace Newlands and an instructor on the harbour in a sailboat this morning.
You will remember seeing the photos of Katy, Jonty and Sophie at the end of last term, getting involved early in our Holiday 'Extreme Reading Challenge'.  What a great assortment of entries we have had - so many that we have shared a large number of them below!  There will be a full display of photos in the School Library from the end of the week.  As we are still receiving some late entries - we will have the winner/winners in next week's newsletter.
AND SO ANOTHER CHALLENGE IS ON . . .

Six Week Writing Challenge

This is a challenge for everyone (even your teachers or parents might want to give it a go)!  Each week, there is a new writing challenge to complete.  You must complete the writing activity by the end of the week.  You may enter the competition every week, or choose one challenge you might like to complete.  The top 3 pieces of writing will be published in the Newsletter each week.  

Good luck!!

Week 1
(Return to school by Friday Oct 14)

Make a list of 10 reasons why you can’t possibly write anything today.  Try to come up with some totally outrageous excuses!

Week 2
(By Friday Oct 21)

Write about how your world would change if you were in charge of everything.  Start with a title such as, “If I ran the school”, or “If I were Queen/King of the world”...

Week 3
(By Friday Oct 28)

Write a 100 word story that starts with the word ‘hello’

Week 4
(By Friday Nov 3)

Invent a new animal.  Give it a name.  Describe what it looks like, where it lives, what it does, what it eats etc..’

Week 5
(By Friday Nov 10)

Re-write the story of Cinderella from one of the ugly sisters point of view OR re-write the Three Billy Goats Gruff from the Trolls point of view OR re write Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Goldilocks point of view.

Week 6
(By Friday Nov 17)

Cinquain Challenge - This type of poem is very easy to create, with a specific set of rules.  Five lines is all you get, 11 words and then you’re through!  Let me show you:

Cat

Furry lazy

Sleeping stretching licking

Claws scratch the floor

Kitten

Can you guess the rules?  I’ll spell them out for you…

Line 1: one word.  This word tell what the rest of your poem is about.  It is the topic.

Line 2: two words.  These are about that first word, the topic.
Line 3: three words.  More about your topic.
Line 4: four words.  Part of a sentence about your topic.
Line 5: one word.  This is another name for the first word, another way to say the topic.
Your challenge is to write three cinquain poems.  Feel free to draw a picture to go with your poem.  Your poems can be about anything you choose.  Good luck!

Friday Oct 14:       Yr 5 & 6, Yr 7 & 8 campers return home
Monday Oct 17:     BOT Meeting
Tuesday Oct 18:    Last day of Dental Bus
Wednesday Oct 19: Life Ed Bus here (til Friday 21st)
Wednesday Oct 19: Whanau Hui, 3.15pm
Thursday Oct 20:   Textiles Technology for Yr 7/8 starts
Monday Oct 24:      Labour Day - School Closed
Thursday Oct 27:    WBHS students taking sports activities
Friday Oct 27:         Year 8 Leadership walk with Rural Schools Year 8s
Saturday Oct 28:     Jump Jam Regional Finals - Christchurch
Thursday Nov 3:     Upper Waitaki Zone Athletics - Twizel
Friday Nov 4:          Postponement for Athletics - Twizel
Monday Nov 14:     Yr 8 Science Lab day at Oamaru High Schools
Monday Nov 21:      North Otago Athletics (Nov 28th - Postponement)
Wednesday Nov 23: BOT Meeting
Thursday Nov 24:   Year 8 Rural Schools Day - Glenavy
Friday Nov 25:        Surf Life Saving Lessons (whole school @ WVS)
Monday Nov 28:     Education Review Office - Review of WVS (til Wed Nov 30)
 
Thank you to Mark and LJ Hooker who have made a donation to the school, based on a percentage of house sales in Kurow recently. Ella Phillips is pictured with Mark receiving a cheque on behalf of the school.
Professional Tennis Coaching in Term 4
The Kurow Tennis club are once again organising professional tennis coaching in Kurow on the following dates:
Sunday – 6th, 20th and 27th November and 4th December.
Coaching is for an hour.
Cost is $40 per child for the Term.
Any enquiries to Nicole Phillips: 4360472 or 0274140456
KUROW JUNIOR CRICKET
Registration, Parent Meeting and Coaching Session for players
Wednesday October 19 - 3.15pm
Kurow Rugby Grounds
Any enquiries contact Russell Smillie
WAITAKI BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL
FRASER FARM SCHOLARSHIPS

To get an application form for the William J Hogg Scholarship please contact atiffen@berryco.co.nz
Waitaki Valley School
1 Settlement Road
KUROW
Principal: Deidre Senior

Important numbers: 
School phone: 03 4360 660
Absences: School Mobile Text: 0277142774
School Bank Account: 02 0900 0000532 00

 
office@waitakivalley.school.nz






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