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Waitaki Valley School 

29 March 2017

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

I'm delighted to inform you that we have made an appointment for the Fixed Term teaching role in Hauwhenua Homebase for  Terms 2-4.  Mrs Karen Blue has been appointed to the position.  Karen and her husband moved to Kurow earlier this year, and Karen has continued in her role as Principal at Tarras School during this time.  Karen brings much experience, especially in the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy, and we look forward to her joining our team in Term 2.

Tomorrow we have our Open Morning.  This will be from 9.15-11am and you are welcome to come and see us in action over this time.  You will be greeted by a House Captain who will lead you on a tour of the learning spaces, sharing with you what we are doing and why we do things, and then you will be free to 'wander and watch' our children in action (or should I say 'your children'!?). We look forward to you joining us for this. You can come at any time during this time and stay for as short or as long a time as you like.

We continue to be inundated with bugs.  I want to thank those of you who have kept unwell children at home over the past week.  It certainly contains them - thank you.

See you at the open morning tomorrow
Poppies are available at the school office for a donation.

Touch Tops

Just a friendly reminder that if your child played touch this term, please WASH and return their top to the school office by Friday 31st March.
A special mention to Maddy Phillips and Gemma Green who competed in the Otago Primary School Swimming Championships on Saturday 25th March.
Maddy came:
6th in the 9yr and under 50m freestyle
8th in the 9yr and under 50 m backstroke.
Gemma came:
3rd in the 11yr 50m freestyle
4th in the 11yr 50m backstroke. 

What a wonderful effort from Maddy and Gemma.
Well Done!!!!

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 are intending to enter a team or teams in the North Otago Basketball Competition which starts in Term 2.  Thanks to Kirstie Pritchard who has offered to coach again. If you have any Year 5-8 students who wish to play this season, then please email me (link here) to give your permission.  Kirstie will run a session in the gym on Monday April 10th for anyone who is interested in trying it - and for those who will be playing.

Games are usually at 4.15pm in Oamaru.  Yr 7 & 8s play on a Wednesday night. If we have enough interest for a Yr 5 & 6 team, this will play on a Tuesday night.  (If there aren't enough for two teams we will enter one in the Yr 7 & 8 grade).

The Writer's Club        

The Writer's Club is underway and there was an overwhelming number of children who came to our first session (23 in total I think)!  Here are some of the children’s first pieces of writing!

         SUPER    SQUIRREL

One day I saw a little squirrel

Climbing up a tree.  But it was not  an ordinary squirrel.  He was known as super squirrel!  He was fierce and brave. “Hi I am Super Squirrel!”  he  said.  Wow I did  not   know that squirrels could talk. I thought.  I followed him as he  swung from tree to tree.  He was   very fast. Oh!  Oh!

There are three trees on fire!  The squirrel gang arrives with 10  hoses!  They  used over 500  litres of water.  They  eventually put out the fire.  “Phew!  That was a close  one!” said Super Squirrel.

By Joe Peters

First his tummy began to move. Then something popped out onto him. It was strange. It was red and orange,with a squiggly line squiggling its way down his middle.

Then, something slid down his leg and onto his paw. It was the black shape of a star.  His whole body began to shiver.  It can't be. It had to be...

...Super squirrel!

BY Georgia Bell

Super  Bunny.

I am The Addy Saver.  I saved Addy’s back.

I am super because I saved Addy and she became my sidekick. We travel the world.  People love me and Addy. We have just been to Paris and the U.K, then we went on to the hero party in Canada. Then we went home.

The end.  

By Anna Sime.

I Can Fly

I am a normal person.  But, one morning, I climbed out of bed and I discovered I was a beautiful swan! I  was amazed. I have always wanted to be a swan. I am going to get dressed and go for a fly. I don’t know how it will go because I have never ridden on or been a swaaan before. I hope I don’t crash. Right, I am dressed and ready to go for a fly.  Here goes…

...Wahoo! I am flying. It is amazing. This is an incredible view from up here. I can nearly see the whole town. That’s how amazing it is. I believe I can fly, touch the roof and die. This is unbelievable.

The End

From Charlotte Thornley

I’m Drifting Through the Air

I drift quietly through the clouds. Through the soft, white, fluffy clouds.

I see other people in the world looking up at me. I feel the rain drops.

They’re beginning to fall. I’ll have to fly fast if I’m going to get, into out of space.

I have to try hard. I have to fly faster than I've ever flown before!

Georgia Bell


To raise money for our Tuakana Camps.
Date:  7 April 2017
Time:  6 – 8pm
Where:  Waitaki Valley School
Gold coin entry at the door and snacks will be available to purchase on the night.
The Tuakana Hub are starting a wood raffle that will be coming home today.  We are selling tickets to be drawn by the end of the term.  So if you would like to help us out please contact a Tuakana Hub child.
Thursday March 30th:        Open Morning (9.15-11am)
Friday March 31st:             Assembly - Teina - 2:30pm
                                           Year 8 Leadership bike ride
Friday April 7th     :             Movie Night 6pm-8pm (run by Tuakana Hub)
Thursday April 13th:           Craig Smith - Wonky Donkey presentation and                                                     writer's workshop
                                            Last day of term
Monday May 1                    Term 2 Starts
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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