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Waitaki Valley School 

4 November 2015

We did it!

Phew! All that lack of sleep was worth it!! What a great game of rugby and we are World Champions again! We have also had a saturation of Kurow in the media - I'm sure that our wee place in the world is almost as famous as the rugby team itself.
A sense of community is important and this has certainly been evident on quite a scale here at Waitaki Valley. It was quite prevalent country-wide too and the country will continue to bask in the glory for quite some time yet I'm sure!
Over the weekend the Board of Trustees appointed a new teacher to our school for 2016. We are excited about the skills that Mrs Madeleine (Maddy) Bullin will bring to us. She will visit us before the end of the year, in order to meet more people in our community and to begin her familiarisation with our school.
At our Board meeting last week Nicole Phillips was co-opted to the vacancy left by Simon Taylor's departure. We welcome Nicole to this important role in our school community. The 3-yearly Board of Trustees elections will occur in May 2016. Please take time to consider if you might be interested in making yourself available for the Board. If you want to know more about the role feel free to make contact with any of our current Board members (Janina Slee, Michael Smith, Shelley Small or Richard Sime).
The pool is being prepared for the season. We have dealt with some mechanical issues and are now going through the process of getting the water prepared. Keys will be available at the same cost as last year:  
                          Full Season Key      $170 (including $20 bond)
                          Half Season Key     $100 (including $20 bond)  
                          Week Key               $100 (50 plus $50 bond)          

With the snow on the hills around us this morning, we are hoping that the weather will be fine for athletics tomorrow.  Any postponement will be communicated through the phone tree list and on Facebook.

And finally  . . . we wish our Jump Jammers all the best as they prepare for the National Champs in Christchurch on Friday.  I'm looking forward to seeing all their hard work and training coming to fruition.  

Have a great week
The Year 8s have been enjoying Textiles Technology with Mrs Kendall Milne on Friday mornings this term.  Kendall is a specialist Technology teacher at Oamaru Intermediate and it is great to be utilising our resources (sewing machines etc) and to be upskilling our students, with her programme.  Year 7s will enjoy a similar programme later in the term.

Term 4, Week 3

Allie Laughton
George Sutherland
Agatha Bodo

Room 3
Markus Cubillo
Katelyn Sime

Room 4
Harry Small
Abbigail Murdoch

Room 5
Sam Slee
Katy Tyrrell


We Extend a Warm Welcome to:
Arabella Green to Koru Aoraki
We also extend a warm welcome to her family to the
Waitaki Valley School Community


Congratulations to Henry Kay and William Smillie who have both made the Otago Under 13 Boys' Touch team.

As part of the school financial upgrade, the school will now be sending out invoices electronically, apart from the families who have indicated they are unable to receive emails.  These families will be posted or given a paper copy.  
Invoices for larger items to be paid for, for example, uniform, camp fees etc will be emailed out as soon as possible, but smaller items such as pencils and other stationery items will be sent out to families termly.
Currently I have a number of invoices that need to be sent to families in Koru for stationery items - I hope to have them out early next week. 

Jane Paton
Financial Administrator 
Thursday 5 November                    Athletic Sports, Twizel
Friday 6 November                         Athletic Sports Postponement Day
                                                       National  Jump Jam Final, Christchurch
Friday 27 November                      Rural Schools Year 8 Day, Glenavy
Friday 4 December                        Rural School Science Day, Oamaru
Tuesday 15 December                  Final Assembly, 1pm-3pm
Wednesday 16 December             Last Day, Term 4
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