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Waitaki Valley School 

7 December 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

Wow!  What a great day we had on Friday with the Hangi!  It was such a team effort to put this altogether!  From the vegetable preparation to digging the hole on the Thursday, through to the early morning crew who were at school at 7am to set and light the fire.  Thank you to everyone who donated meat and vegetables - it truely was a feast!

Special mention to Claire Peters and our Whanau Hui group who have initiated this and then followed it through to fruition. Thank you especially to Wayne Pritchard, Daniel Bishop and Mike Mullins (Youthtown) who set the hangi down.  I've never seen so many children coming back for more food at a Hangi so that is testimony to the well cooked meal!

Thank you too to everyone who came along and joined us in this - it was neat to share it with so many people.

Our ERO Review has taken place.  Feedback has been shared orally with the Board of Trustees and we now await the 'draft' report for us to read and accept.  Upon acceptance of this, the report will be confirmed and published.  We will share this with you when it is available.  With the Christmas break upon us, we are unlikely to have this prior to Christmas and are not likely to have the confirmed report until sometime in February.

Reports will come home tomorrow.  We don't expect that there will be any 'suprises' for any parents - however if you have something that you wish to have explained or clarified - then please don't hesitate to make contact with the classroom teacher.

2017 Classes - Children will spend time next week with their 2017 Homebase teacher, so that there aren't any surprises or building of anxiety over the holidays.  Many considerations are made when a year group needs to be split across two Homebase classes. There isn't a lot of this next year, however the beauty that we have in our learning spaces is that there is so much flexibility and children learn in a variety of spaces, often with more than one teacher.  It also enables various social interactions to take place.  Please keep in mind that we have considered a wide range of things when placing each of your children with their teacher for 2017.

With one week to go I urge you to ensure that your children are getting the sleep that they need for each day at school.  We are starting to deal with a few 'meltdowns' of children who are particularly tired. School is still busy and demanding for them and we want them to enjoy themselves right to the end of the year.

You will notice that we aren't having a 'production' of any sorts to conclude our year.  We have found that there just hasn't been time this year to do this well.  There will of course be formalities - speeches, Yr 8 acknowledgements, Class Awards and you will be entertained with some singing and our Yr 7 & 8 Jump Jam team.  Bring your Picnic lunch and join us in a shared lunch.  The Board of Trustees will be cooking up some sausages, and children can bring their togs and have a swim.  We do hope that you will join us.

Enjoy the rest of your week


$2 per sausage
$2 per muffin
(GF Sausages available).
This is the final sausage sizzle for 2016

Return of Library Books
ALL library books MUST BE RETURNED by
Friday 9th December.
Please search those school bags, classrooms, bedrooms etc & return them on time
Pictures from our Hangi
Clockwise from top right:
A team effort to dig the hole, Vegetable preparation was a  joint effort, Mike Mullins and Wayne Pritchard putting the baskets of food in place,  covering the hole once it has been set, the 'crowds' line up for their taste, serving up time!

Writing Challenge Winners!

This week, the challenge was to write a Cinquain poem.  A Cinquain poem is only 5 lines long and has only 11 words in total.  The rules are…

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

Line 2: two words.  These are about that first words, 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

Here are this week’s winners!



Motionless small

Brown delicate fun

Scuttle into the green


By Bessie Heyes


Teams tournaments

Tackling running passing

Running fast and scoring


By Will Read
Please return any PE tops that have been used for Touch or Athletics to the office ASAP.  Please return them in a clean condition.
We are grateful to the McCaw family who have donated a copy of Richie's book to the school library.  Richie has written a personal message to the students which makes it all the more special.  This book is currently in our school foyer, however will be put into the library as a Reference book for everyone to enjoy.
Thursday Dec 8:       Reports home
Thursday Dec 15:     11am: Final Assembly followed by School Picnic
Friday Dec 16:          School Finishes

2017: First Day: Tuesday January 31st
The Friends of the School intend on making slight changes to the Constitution.  The draft of these changes is available in the office to view.  A Special Meeting to adopt these changes will take place on Thursday December 8th at 6.30pm, in the School Meeting Room.  All welcome.
End of the Year Arrangements
Thursday 15th December: 
11am End of Year Assembly/Prizegiving (In the Gymnasium)
Bring your family picnic and join us for a shared lunch after the assembly
BBQ sausages compliments of the Board of Trustees.
Children can swim.
Buses will NOT be running on this afternoon.

Friday 16th December:
Morning: Buses will run as normal 
Afternoon: Buses will run at 1pm.

School Office will be open from Thursday 26th January.  
Stationery packs will again be given to children on the first day of school.  If you wish to collect these prior to school starting then you are welcome to do so from the 26th January.  We are likely to have Duraseal available for purchase at this time also for those of you who wish to cover the books.
School Starts Tuesday 31st January 2017

Orientation BBQ for new students and parents 

Friday 9th December 4-6pm
As you reach the end of the year, I’d like to let your teachers, students and school community know about the Summer Reading programme being offered through Waitaki District Libraries. This is open to all primary school aged students and is a fun way to encourage them to continue reading over the school holidays. It is recognised that there is a reading level slump over summer holidays and these types of programmes are one way of helping to prevent this happening.
Cards are available from the libraries from December 20. Students simply need to fill in the cards with information about what they have read, then return them by January 20, 2017 to go into a prize draw. This year’s theme is ‘The penguins take over’ and I will be hiding ‘penguins’ around the library to be found for a spot prize.

Fiona Kerr
Youth Librarian
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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