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Waitaki Valley School 

22 February 2017

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

Our school values are giving us a great method of instilling  common expectations across our school. Our GREAT values are easy for the children to remember as a word, and we are now working in the homebases, and across the hubs, as to what each of these values looks like. 

Being 'GREAT' isn't just something that we want of our children - it is something we expect of our entire school community - children, families, staff and other people who come into our school to support us in our children's learning.

Being 'GREAT' is something that I spoke with our Year 8 students about prior to the House Captain announcements last Friday.  Our Year 8 leaders are a wonderful bunch of students and I was very impressed with not only the ideas that they had to share, but also about the considered and articulate ways they all shared their messages.  I have every confidence that these students will do a fine job of leading our Whanau groups.

Congratulations to each of our Year 8 students for their roles (announcement below). Whether your role is a Captain or a Deputy I know that you will contribute positively to our school.

At our BOT meeting on Monday night we confirmed our Charter for 2017-2019, and our Achievement (National Standards) from 2016.  Our data shows that we are making a difference in the interventions and the methods of teaching that we are applying.

The percentage of children achieving at or above in each of the following areas is:   (2015 figures in brackets)
% At or Above in Reading: 74.2 (2015 = 71.6)
% At or Above in Writing: 62.4 (2015 = 54.8)
% At or Above in Mathematics: 73.2 (2015 = 71.8)

While Reading and Mathematics show small gains - the importance that we are continuing to increase achievement in our school is important. Our focus on Writing last year, has shown significant gains for our efforts.  We thank you all at home though, as we do require your support in supporting your children in their learning.  This data helps to guide our direction for this year, where we will continue to focus on increasing achievement in Writing, and also with a focus on engaging boys, and specifically targeting their achievement.  As is the trend across the country, our boys tend to achieve lower than the girls generally.  Our way of doing this is by our teachers taking part in strong Science and Technology development.  It is hoped that this will start in Term 2.

Our ERO report has been confirmed and is made public in ten days.  The BOT will release a statement about this after this time, however what I can say is that we are very pleased with the report, and that our current developments are showing that they are making a positive difference to the learning of our children.

Today we hosted ANOTHER visit from a large group of 8 teachers from Waimataitai School in Timaru.  A group of teachers from this school visited last year and were so impressed by the teaching practices and the ways we used our teaching spaces, that they brought another group back today.  This is a great compliment to our teachers and our support staff for the programmes that we have in place.  There is no better a compliment than accolades from peers!

We invite you to visit our school in action at the end of March.  We will have an Open Morning on March 30th.  Pop it in your diary and we will remind you closer to the time.   

Enjoy the rest of your week
HELP FOR SWIMMING SPORTS - If you are available to help with the timing of the Tuakana Hub (YR 5-8) swimming sports on Thursday - could you please email Mrs Sime -
We require a number of timekeepers.
Thank you

Teina Hub (Yrs 1-4) will have their showcase of their swimming programme from 11.30am on Thursday.
Tuakana Hub (Yrs 5-8) will have their swimming sports from 1pm on Thursday.
Well done to our Girls' Cricket team who performed admirably against a very strong Weston School team. While we didn't get many runs - they couldn't bowl us out in the 20 overs!  Weston now go on to play the Dunedin Schools' winner.  Our team were commended on their wonderful manners and the great way that they interacted with the other team - certainly showing our school values of 'Good Friends' and 'Respect'.  Nice one girls!  

Good luck to our Boys' cricket team who are playing Oamaru Intermediate in Oamaru on Monday!
Visiting teachers from Waimataitai discuss learning at Waitaki Valley, with the children this morning.
Meeting Thursday
School Meeting Room 7.30pm.  
New members welcome.
Mahutonga: Thomas Cochrane
Pukepuke: Matthew Ramsey-Turner & Callum Sim 
Moana: Matthew Herbst & Matilda Chilton  
Hauwhenua:Bella Green          
Aoraki: Sylvie Campbell & Emma Johnston
Allie Laughton
House Captains
House          Captain                       Deputy
Kakariki        Abbi Murdoch              Connor Pritchard 
Kahurangi    Ben Kay                       Jade Grant 
Whero          Sam Chilton                  Harry Small 
Kowhai         Quinn Gledhill              Jessica Solomon & Jack Cowles                 Karaka         Ella Phillips                  Tama Chapman 

House Captains below are: Ella, Sam, Abbi and Quinn
Ben is absent
Scholastic Orders
If your child is wanting to order some books in a lucky book order please have the order form and money into the office by the beginning of school on Friday 24th February.

Sausage Sizzle Thursday:
 Sausages $2
Muffins $2
Gluten Free Sausages and Bread available

Money and orders to teachers on Thursday morning please.
Thursday February 23rd: WVS Swimming Sports
Friday February 24th:      Assembly led by Teina Hub
Wednesday March 1st:    First Sports Activators visit
Monday March 6th:          Upper Waitaki Swimming Sports @ WVS
Wednesday March 15th:  North Otago Swimming Sports
Monday March 20th:        Otago Anniversary Day - No school
Thursday March 30th:      Open Morning
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.
JAB Registration day

Wednesday March 8th
Kurow clubrooms
3:00 to 4:30pm
Subs $30.00
Any queries contact 
Kathryn Lindsay
The Kurow Tennis Club are once again organising Professional Tennis Coaching in Kurow on the following dates: 

Sunday February 26th
Sunday March 5th
Sunday March 26th
Sunday April 2nd

Coaching session is one hour per session.
Cost is $40 per child for the Term.
Times to be confirmed.

Any enquirers to Nicole Phillips:
436 0472 or 027 414 0457
Come and be a part of the action!!

SATURDAY   1 -3pm          Steel Team Training
                      4 –6pm         Year 9-13 Players
                                           Skills session with Steel Players
SUNDAY        10 -12pm     Steel vs Beko
                       1 -3pm         Year 1-8 Players
                                           Skills and Fun with Steel Players
                       1 -3pm         Coaches Workshop with Steel Coach 
                                           (suitable for all coaches)
All sessions held at the Rec Centre - Orwell Street Oamaru
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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