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Waitaki Valley School 

4 May 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I hope that you have all had a restful and rejuvenating holiday.  As usual - we certainly have a busy term ahead of us.  This is also one where winter bugs tend to appear.  Should you child become sick, please remember to keep your child home until they are well again.  Sending them back to school when they are still unwell, just spreads the illnesses.  

A reminder too, that if the weather will prevent buses from operating you will be phoned through our school 'phone tree' system. Over the next week Michelle will make contact with any families who are being asked to ring other families on their bus route.

It is great to see so many people involved in Winter Sports again this year.  We certainly have an active bunch of children, who have involved parents supporting them in what they do.  Thank you to those of you who make this happen.

Changes to Bus Arrangements
Please pay us the courtesy of letting Michelle know if there are changes to your child's arrangements after school.  It was 3.15 yesterday by the time the buses could leave, as teachers and drivers looked for children who were already with their parents, or who were going with their parents, but who we expected to be on the bus.  This becomes a safety issue for us and we appreciate your support in keeping us informed of ANY changes.  We have a list of 'regular' changes (eg Poppy is at netball practice on a Wednesday so won't be on her bus').  Please advise us if your child needs to be on this list for any particular day.  You can ring the office or email Michelle (

Marae Visit
Our whole school will be visiting the Morven Marae on Wednesday June 15th.  We will be looking for plenty of parent support on this day, so please pop this in your calendar.  We will provide more information in a few weeks time.

Another reminder to please ensure that your child has the correct uniform.  As the days get colder (with darker starts), children having something on under their school shirt is acceptable, however them wearing another top on top of their school polar fleece or merino is not.  Most of our children wear their uniform with pride and look great - please support us in ALL children looking like this.

Thanks to our supporters
At different times we get various monetary support from businesses and organisations.  I want to thank all those who contribute to this.  The promotion at the Warehouse in Oamaru, means that we will be getting new sandpit equipment and lunchtime gear for outside.  The SPARC Rural Travel Fund will support our Basketball team get to their Wednesday night games, as well as other school based sports activities that we enter in, and Lean Meats have also made a donation from farms who have donated bobby calves.  This money will go towards supporting our current writing initiative.

Board of Trustees Election
I encourage you to consider who might be valuable in the role as a Parent Representative Board of Trustees member.  Nomination forms are sent out today, with nominations closing on Friday 20 May. We will keep a list of nominations visible in our front window as nominations come in.  The governance role is a very important role in any school and one that many of you would relish the opportunity to be part of.

Have a great week
Congratulations to Ella Phillips who won the Upper Waitaki RSA Writing competition.  Ella was an invited guest to the Dawn Service at the Haka Cenotaph and was presented with her trophy at the function afterwards.
Ella is pictured above with Sgt Togia and members of the 2/1 Battalion Delta Company from Burnham.
Congratulations to Gemma Green who was placed in 3 events at the Otago Primary School Swimming Champs at the end of last term. 
Gemma was
  • 1st 10 year girls 50m Freestyle
  • 2nd 10 Year girls Backstroke
  • 3rd in the 10 and Under 50m Breaststroke.
This is a wonderful achievement in what is a strong swimming province!
Congratulations to Cassidhe Harrop, Ria Dennison and Sam Slee who won the Aorangi AgriKids competition ahead of 34 other teams!  They had to do things like change a motorbike tyre, name the stomach's of a cow, plant seeds and put a sprayer together - among other things!
They will represent Aorangi - and our school - at the National Final in Timaru in July. 
These little critters are again present in our school. Any children found with them will be sent home to be treated.  If you find them in your child's hair, please do not send your child to school until they have been treated.

Remember too that all bedding and clothing needs to be thoroughly washed, and other children in the family, carefully checked.

These return this term, with our wonderful Friends of the School organising these.  Please support them by helping with this, as all funds go back to supporting all of our children.

Sausages $2, Muffins $2
Gluten Free Sausages available
Assembly Awards - Term 1 Week 11

Aoraki               Tessa Laughton
Hauwhenua      Dougal Scotland
Moana               Georgia Bell
                          Lawsyn Bishop
Pukepuke         Maiya Grant
                         Grace Newlands
Mahutonga      Ria Dennison 
                         Angus Smith

Principal's Award:
Michael Green
Waitaki Bob at the Writing Course
During the school holidays I went all the way to Wakari School in Dunedin for Sheena Cameron’s writing course. I spent my time there with our teachers. We had such a busy day, learning about new writing strategies and gathering more ideas to enhance our writing programs.  
Throughout the day, we had opportunities to practice writing ourselves. For example, we learned about writing a ‘lipogram’, which is where you have a to write a sentence without using a certain letter, e.g. ‘e’. Mrs Powell’s sentence was so good that she won a prize! It was a cool stamp that said, ‘SS’ (Super Sentence). 
Back at school the teachers are busy implementing what they have learned into their writing programmes!

Waitaki Bob (as reported by Mrs Bullin)
Here's a great basic facts website for your children to work on.  Children select the maths stage that they are working on and the times tables that they wish to practice - and the site generates problems for them at their level.  They progress through as they get them all correct. As well as supporting your child's basic facts, it supports their strategy work from class.
Thursday 5 May-Friday 6 May           Year 8 Leadership Camp with Rural Schools
Wednesday 18 May                            Playhouse Theatre Production
Friday 20 May                                     Technology Challenge with Omarama,                                                                           Duntroon, Papakaio and Glenavy - here 
Thursday 26 May                                Last meeting of the current BOT
Monday 6 June                                   Queen's Birthday - School Closed
Friday 10 June                                    Winter Sports Day (Yr 4-8) Duntroon
Wednesday 15 June                           Marae Visit - Morven - Whole School All day
Friday 17 June                                    School Speech Finals
Wednesday 22 June                           Waitaki Rural School's Speech Finals - WBHS 
Thursday 30 June                               First Meeting of the new BOT
Friday 8 July                                       End of Term 2
As it is the start of the JAB rugby season we just want to remind each player that a plate is required every home game for the morning tea after the game. Team parents on duty will be required for setting up the morning tea.
Duty teams will be on the draw which will be out soon.
The coach of the duty team will pick up the key from Ross at the Top Pub and drop it off afterwards.
Please ensure that the clubrooms are clean and locked again.

Draw for Saturday 7th May in Kurow:
5yr olds Vs Excelsior Tigers-11am
6yr olds Vs Excelsior Eels-11am
7/8yr olds Vs Excelsior-11am

Draw for Saturday 7th May in Ngapara is:
9/10yr olds Vs Athletic-11am
11/12yr olds Vs Athletic-11am

Reminder 14th May Kurow Club Day

All games on the 14th start at 11:30. There will be a BBQ and Bouncy Castle set up on the main field for the day, all parents will be required to help with this. A duty roster will be on the JAB Facebook page by next Wednesday with your allocated time. First duty starts at 11am.

5 and 6 year old teams will be on duty at the Bouncy Castle and 7/8,9/10,11/12 year old teams will be on the BBQ.
Netball Draw
Netball Draw
Saturday 7th March

Kurow Blue (Int 1.1)
Vs OIS Ferns - 11am

Kurow Red (Int 1.3)
Vs Twizel Tussocks - 10am

Kurow White - BYE
St Andrew's College Foundation provides the George Fielding Hight Scholarship for young men and woman from rural communities of the South Island New Zealand.
If you are interested and require any further information please contact Michelle at the school office.
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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