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Waitaki Valley School 

8 March 2017

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

Mahutonga:    Kelvin Benny  
                        Ella Philiips 
Pukepuke:      Maiah Faulkner
                        Katelyn Sime
Moana:           Georgia Bell 
Hauwhenua:  Jasmine Smith         
Aoraki:           Hamish Jamieson

Principal's Award: Ella Phillips
A reminder to all parents when passing a stationary school bus that you must reduce your speed to 20 km/hr
Special Mentions
Ellie Scotland and two Glenavy students competed in the Agri Kids competition in Methven on 25th February.

Kelvin Benny took part in the North Otago Primary and Secondary School Triathlon & Duathlon Championships in February. Kelvin came 1st in the 11 year old boys 5km run and 1st in the 11 year old boys duathlon team.

Well done to Ellie and Kelvin!
Well done to
Fynn Newlands, Grace Newlands, Gemma Green, Hayden Smith, Jasmine Smith, Scott Hay, Georgia Bell and Ryan Bell  who all took part in the Weetbix Tryathlon in the weekend.
A photo of our 'Boys' cricket team who played against OIS last week.  Well done team on your efforts!
Constable Craig Bennett came up to school on Monday to say farewell to the children.  In 'true Craig' style - he left with an impact!
Thanks to Francois and Sam from North Otago Cricket who have come to Waitaki Valley to coach our girls team - in 'Girls Smash' cricket!  They have presented all of our girls with their pink practice tee shirts that they will wear over the next two Wednesdays when Francois and Sam return for the lunchtime practices and games!  
March 15th - 7.30pm

Come and share in our supper (Plate)
Be involved in our Cupcake decorating - hands on.
Bring a Friend! (Mate)

Tracy Scott will take us through some cupcake decorating techniques.  Cupcakes will be supplied. 

We invite you to join us - we have a number of members of our group who are 'moving on' with their children now at secondary school.  
Don't be shy!  Be involved!  Come and join us!
RSVP to the School office by March 13
There will be NO Sausage Sizzle tomorrow.

Sausage Sizzle will be weekly on a Thursday starting Thursday 16th March.
Wednesday March 15th:  North Otago Swimming Sports
                                         Friends of the School AGM - 7.30pm
Monday March 20th:        Otago Anniversary Day - No school
Thursday March 30th:      Open Morning
Swimming Pool Closing Date
The last day for the swimming pool for this season will be Monday 20th March 2017 (Otago Anniversary Day).

Please return all keys to the School Office or to the Kurow Museum.

Please ensure that either Carron or Michelle have your correct bank account details for your bond to be refunded.
Our next whole school assembly will be on Friday March 17th
and will be hosted by the  Tuakana Hub (Yrs 5-8 ).

You are welcome to join us.  (2.30pm start)
Specific details and a job description are available from the school office or by emailing
Applications need to be in writing and should include: experience, relevant references and the names of two referees.
Please deliver to Deidre at school.

Closing Date: Thursday 9th March 2017

JAB Registration day
Wednesday March 8th
Kurow clubrooms
3:00 to 4:30pm
Subs $30.00
Any queries contact 
Kathryn Lindsay
Hockey 2017
Hockey season is rolling around and we're hoping to run a team or two of the Upper Waitaki Wasps.

North Otago Hockey are meeting this week to discuss days and times for the games. Therefore at this stage we are asking for expressions of interest from children who would be keen to play this year.

If you have children who may be interested, please phone me on
021 478 997 or email you can also contact me to express any interest in coaching or managing a team.
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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