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Waitaki Valley School 

22 March 2017

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend.  Where I was it was certainly hot, however this week we are certainly into autumn! With the change in seasons I am noticing more coughs and splutters around.  This is just a reminder to please keep unwell children at home - with their bugs!

Having time off school for being unwell is certainly justified, however we are seeing an increasing number of children being away for unjustified reasons.  Please be aware that teachers plan programmes for your children based on their individual needs. Children having time away from school interrupts learning and makes our job of increasing children's achievement increasingly difficult.  We have a legal obligation to code all absences, according to the reason as to why children are absent.  Please make sure that if you are texting the school phone, or leaving a message, that you also leave the reason.  This will save Michelle following up on you.

We are also noticing an increasing number of students arriving late to school.  Children who arrive late are often harder to settle into class, and disrupt the class on arrival.  Our first bell goes at 8.55.  Ideally children should be at school by 8.50 in order to unpack their bags and be ready for 8.55am.

The development of our School values and our PB4L programme continue.  We are in the process of refining what our G.R.E.A.T values represent - ie what they look like, sound like and feel like here  at Waitaki Valley School.  Below is a link to a survey where we would like to hear your views - that of parents and the community, about what these values are actively like in our school.  Please take the time to fill this out (it won't take long).  The survey will be open until Monday.

Just a reminder too that payments for stationery and uniform purchases from the beginning of the year are now due.  These have been sent out by email.  If you are unsure of your outstanding amount, please make contact with Michelle.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Friends of the School AGM last week.  We were certainly entertained with the wide variety of cupcake decorating - and I have since heard that there have been some teachers wandering the baking aisle just looking for the variety of decorating specialities!  Thank you to Tracy Scott for leading this entertaining session.

At the meeting Rachael Chilton was re-elected Chairperson.  Rachael has indicated that this will be her last year in this role (with no more children at school by 2018), however the committee indicated that it would like someone to shadow Rachael for the year in order to provide consistency in the changeover. 

There being no nominations for Secretary Odelle Hawkins agreed to stay on in the meantime, however this is a big ask of someone who no longer has a child at the school.  If you are interested in finding out more information about either role or would like to be considered for one of these - then please either make contact with Rachael - or with me.  This is a great group of people, so the new office bearers will have plenty of support.  Liesel Herbst was re-elected to the Treasurers role.

A big thank you to the Friends of the School who made a $15000 donation to the school.  This very generous donation goes towards paying for each new students' new vest and hat, visiting performances, the ski programme for Yr 7 & 8s and other such activities.  It enables our school to continue to offer a wide variety of programmes without asking for 'General Purpose Donations or Activity Fees'.  We will be one of very few schools in the country who can offer this.  Please enable this to continue by supporting our Friends of the School committee and activities.

Next Thursday (30th March) is our Open Morning.  You are welcome to join us between 9.15 and 11am in order to see our school in action.  We look forward to you joining us and seeing your children in their learning environments.

It has been a busy week (enjoy the photos below).
Welcome to Waitaki Valley School - Lily Newlands!
Lily has started in Aoraki and is the younger sister of Grace and Fynn.  We welcome Lily to our Waitaki Valley family.
Well done to Kara-mai Herbst, Bella Green and Heather Watt who were the winners in the Holiday Passport Challenge.
Heather was the winner of the Tuakana Hub.
Bella was the winner of the Teina Hub.
And Kara-mai's work was deserving of acknowledgement too.
Well done to everyone who took the time to participate in the challenge - there was a VERY high standard of work completed!
Our Year 8s attended a Rural Schools' Leadership day at Papakaio last week.  This was a great day where our Year 8 students were given the opportunity to try a variety of activities and most importantly meet Year 8 students from the other Rural Schools.  Their next outing is a 2 day camp in Term 2!
Have you registered to access your child's Seesaw profile?  This is an online journal that captures their learning and enables you to view it and comment on what they are doing.  This is 'real time' sharing - where you can see something as soon as your child has uploaded it.  Download the app onto your phone, tablet or iPad and you will be notified as soon as anything is uploaded. Your child's teacher has emailed out a link to connect you - if you need it again - please contact your child's teacher.

Our next whole school assembly will be on Friday 31st March at 2.30pm
and will be hosted by the Teina                Hub (Yrs 1 - 4).
We would like to hear from you as parents and caregivers, as to what our School Values should or could look like in action in our school.  We would appreciate you taking the time to give us some quick (or longer) answers in regards to these.  Please follow this link . . . 
Photos below from the Friends of the School AGM
Top 10 Finishers At N.O Swimming
We had a team of 20 swimmers compete at the North Otago Primary School Swimming Championships last week, and our children performed to an exceptional standard.  Well done to those below who obtained top 10 finishes!
25m Freestyle
Girls 8yrs        Georgia Bell 8th
Boys 8yrs       Tekahn Maclachlan 4th
Girls 9yrs        Maddy Phillips 3rd
Boys 9yrs       Tamati Dennison 7th
                       Itaia Chapman 9th
50m Freestyle
Girls 10yrs       Rachel Sargeant 9th
Girls 11yrs       Gemma Green 2nd
Boys 11yrs      Caden Mcgregor-Hofman 7th
                        Thomas Cochrane 9th
Girls 12-13yrs  Jade Grant 5th
                         Abbi Murdoch 6th
Boys 12-13yrs  Ben Kay 6th
25m Backstroke
Girls 8yrs          Georgia Bell 7th
Girls 9yrs           Maddy Phillips 4th
Boys 9yrs          Tamati Dennison 6th
50m Backstroke
Girls 10yrs         Rachel Sargeant 8th
                          Katelyn Sime 10th
Girls 11yrs         Gemma Green 2nd
Girls 12yrs         Abbi Murdoch 10th
Boys 12yrs        Ben Kay 3rd
                          Connor Pritchard 5th
25m Breaststroke
Girls 9yrs          Maddy Phillips 4th
Boys 9yrs         Tamati Dennison 6th
50m Breastroke
Girls 11yrs        Gemma Green 2nd
Girls 12yrs        Abbi Murdoch 4th
                        Jade Grant 5th
Boys 12yrs       Ben Kay 4th
25m Butterfly
Girls 9yrs         Maddy Phillips 2nd
50m Butterfly
Girls 11yrs       Gemma Green 1st
Girls 12yrs       Jade Grant 4th
100m Individual Medley 
Girls 9yrs      Maddy Phillips 4th
Girls 11yrs    Gemma Green 2nd
Mixed 8-9yrs Relay Team
Tamati Dennison and Maddy Phillips 1st
Mixed 10-11yrs Relay Team
Gemma Green, Thomas Cochrane and Caden Mcgregor-Hofman 2nd
Mixed 12-13yrs Relay Team
Ben Kay, Jade Grant and Connor Pritchard 2nd
Mahutonga:   Abby Tait  &
                        Caden McGregor-Hofman
Pukepuke:      Callum Sim &
                         Ethyn Collinns
Moana:            Luna Takano &
                         Liam Hay
Hauwhenua:   Ben Gray &
                        Sophia Pavletich         
Aoraki:            Ollie Chilton

Principal's Award: Jessica Solomon
Gluten Free Sauage Sizzle Announcement 

For all those who order Gluten Free Sausage in bread we are having difficulty with the freezing of the Gluten Free bread.
As of tomorrow Gluten free sausages will be served on a stick. Gluten Free children are welcome to bring along their own Gluten Free Bread if they wish.

Regular Sausage in Bread is still available as per normal.
Just a reminder to those who have outstanding school accounts that payment would be appreciated. If you are unsure of your amount - please make contact with Michelle in the office.
Thank you to Mark Kennard from LJ Hooker who has donated money to the school today.  For every sale that mentions our school, we receive money for learning resources.  Here he is presenting the cheque to Georgia Bell and Fynn Newlands.
Waitaki Boys' High School students came to visit today.  They ran some lunchtime games and spent time working working with some classrooms.  
Monday March 27th:          Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday March 28th:         Last night of touch
Thursday March 30th:        Open Morning
Friday March 31st:             Assembly - Teina - 2:30pm
                                           Year 8 Leadership bike ride
Thursday April 13th:           Craig Smith - Wonky Donkey presentation and                                                     writer's workshop
                                            Last day of term
Monday May 1                    Term 2 Starts

Second Hand Merino Jersey for sale.
Very good condition - has only been worn once or twice.
Size 9-10
Enquiries at the school office.
TO GIVE AWAY - an old model TV.  If you are interested - please make contact with Bridget in the library (
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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