Tena koutou katoa, greetings.
This is a newsletter of change.
Mrs Maddy Bullin and her husband Cameron are moving to be closer to their family, and as a result Maddy has tendered her resignation, effective from the end of the term. This has been a big decision for them to make and we wish them both well as they move on from Waitaki Valley School and Kurow. We will have a formal farewell for Maddy at the end of the term, and will invite you to be part of this.
In the meantime you can be assured that I will be working very hard to ensure that there is as little interruption as possible, to the learning of our children in the Hauwhenua learning space. This position has already been advertised.
This week we have farewelled our cleaner, Anna Bennett, as a result of Craig's transfer to the Lawrence Police Station. Anna has worked at Waitaki Valley School since 2012 and has literally been a 'breath of fresh' air as she worked hard to keep our beautiful school presented so nicely. Always a challenge with so much glass! Craig of course, is also a loss to our school. He has always been very supportive of events and activities, and he has often taken opportunities to come into school and hype students up as the "local friendly cop"! Both Craig and Anna will be a loss to our school, as well as the community, and we wish them well in Lawrence.
As a school we are undertaking to implement a framework called PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning.
PB4L looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence.
The PB4L Framework is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework is tailored to our school’s own environment and cultural needs.
It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices we have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.
PB4L is now in over 700 School-Wide schools in New Zealand.
Tailoring it to our school's own environment means that it is built around our school values - 'To be G.R.E.A.T'. In introducing these to our children, teachers have taken 2 weeks at a time to cover each value. Currently we are up to 'E' - to be ENGAGED. This is a phrase that we often use at school, but maybe not one that as parents you are that familiar with. 'Being Engaged' is all about being focused on what you are doing, learning and taking part in. For children to learn, they need to be engaged - connected and feel that they have a purpose in what they are carrying out and learning. To be 'Engaged' is also about 'owning' your work - carrying it out because you want to do the best that you can.
With the announcement of our House Captains and their deputies, and the organisation of our Whanau (House) groups this week, we are wanting to give our leaders an opportunity to put their skills into action, as well as allowing our Whanau groups the opportunity to get to know each other. We will be celebrating this with a 'Fun Whanau Friday'! - This Friday - students can come to school in mufti - dressed in their Whanau House colour. Teina (Junior - Yr 1-4) students will come home today with their colour on their hand, so that you know what colour you have to find!
Fun Whanau Friday will also include a 'Pool Party' where the house captains will lead their teams through a number of challenges. We will share some photos with you next week!
Enjoy your week