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Waitaki Valley School 

15 June 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

Board of Trustees:  Congratulations to our new Board of Trustees - Janina Slee, Nicole Phillips, Emma Bell, Graham Hay and Michael Pavletich.  I also want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the elections.  

I want to take this opportunity to thank out-going members - Shelley Small, Richard Sime and Michael Smith for the many years of commitment that they have given to the Board and the school.  While these people are often seen around our school, it is the numerous unseen hours of commitment that is to be commended.  On behalf of the school community - both previous and current, I thank the three of you.

Camp Registration of interest:  There has been a lot of interest in parents wishing to accompany our Yr 5-8 children on their camps in October.  Our BOT decided at the last meeting that in line with the Vulnerable Children's Act, all adults staying overnight would be Police vetted.  This is common practice now in schools.  If you have registered your interest you should have received the necessary forms home this week.  A reminder that we now require you to bring these completed forms with two forms of identity into school in order to get the Police checks underway.  We do need to sight the original copy of each identity.  Please do this by June 24th.

Speech Finals: These will be held on Friday with Juniors starting at 11am, and Seniors starting at 1pm. Finalists won't be confirmed until Thursday, so on Thursday afternoon teachers will ring the parents of children involved in these finals on Friday. Some winners will participate in the Waitaki Rural Schools competition on Wednesday night at WBHS. Information will come home to those who require it, in due course.

Quiz Night: This Friday is our quiz night.  Despite the fact that we don't have any school fees and the Friends of the School subsidise or pay for many activities, (such as our Marae Visit today), it has been disappointing to have only a few families supporting our quiz so far.  If you haven't yet paid $10 OR donated a prize for the evening, then you can still do so by Friday morning please.  Without the likes of our Friends of the School contributions, schools similar to ours would be asking for $10-$15 from each student for today's trip.  Please support this small but active group of parents, and help to make the night a fun night out for everyone who joins us.

It isn't too late to enter your team.  If you don't have a team to enter, but you are keen to join us, please ring the office and put your name down and we will add you to a team.

Vulnerable Children's Act: In line with the new law we need to adopt a new policy and procedures by July 1.  A draft of this was tabled at the May Board meeting, and we will look to adopt this at the June Meeting.  A copy of this is available at the office if you wish to look over it and give any feedback.
Winter Sports: A big thank you to the parents who supplied transport for the winter sports day at Duntroon on Friday. The children had a wonderful day with the variety of sports and sporting leaders. There are some photos below.
Student Led Learning Conferences: The dates for our Learning Conferences are below. Information about booking for these will come out next week. Please make sure you have these dates on your calendar.
See you at the quiz on Friday night!
Waitaki Bob's Adventures
Howdy everyone, Waitaki Bob here.
Hope everyone had a fun weekend, but back to my life now.
On Friday I went with the kids (years 4 - 8) to the Upper Waitaki Winter Skills day. What a fun time I had travelling around with different kids participating in different sports. Personally Taekwando was my favourite, watch out everyone!

Years 4 - 6 had a range of 6 sports, basketball, random sports, rugby, badminton, ki o rahi and hockey. On the other hoof Years 7 - 8 had 4 sports, netball (I couldn't catch the ball) soccer, golf and taekwando.

I know I was definitely inspired to take up another sport (could you guess what one?) and hopefully the kids were too.

Bye for now,
Waitaki Bob
(reported by Ella Phillips)
Some pictures from our trip to the Marae today
Friday 17 June                                    School Speech Finals
                                                            FOS Quiz Evening
Wednesday 22 June                           Waitaki Rural School's Speech Finals -                                                                 WBHS 
Wednesday 29 June                           Reports out
Thursday 30 June                               First Meeting of the new BOT
Monday 4/Tuesday 5 July                   Student Led Conferences
Friday 8 July                                       End of Term 2
Friends of The School Quiz Night
When: Friday 17th June 7pm
Where: Kurow Hotel
Cost: $30 Per Team
Pop in to the School Office and enter your very own team of up to 5 people
SAUSAGE SIZZLE - Every Thursday
$2 - Sausage and Bread
$2 - Muffin
Gluten Free Sausages also available

(No Heated Lunches on Thursdays)
Waitaki Bob visited the Museum with Ethyn and Tekahn yesterday as part of their writing club.  Today he is at the Marae!  He sure is getting around!
Measles update

You may be aware there is currently a measles outbreak in New Zealand, so far mainly affecting communities in the North Island.

This as a timely reminder to check your child’s vaccination status and ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations. Please let your school or early childcare centre know your child’s vaccination status, if you haven’t already done so. They will require written evidence of which vaccines your child has had. You may also use this as an opportunity to review the vaccination status of your whole family.

Two MMR vaccinations provide the best protection for measles, and the vaccine is normally given at 15 months and 4 years of age. The MMR vaccine was not on the childhood immunisation schedule until 1990. That means many adults and parents may not have received the required 2 doses of MMR and are encouraged to contact their practice nurse to discuss catch-up MMR. If you are unsure, you can check with your GP or your Wellchild book for your vaccination history. Catch-up MMR is available for all children and adults who have not received their two MMR doses on today’s current schedule.

If a child becomes sick with measles at your school or centre, children that are not considered immune to measles will be excluded.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your public health nurse, practice nurse, or visit:
NZ Maths has a great section to support families to raise the awareness of Maths at home.
Visit Maths at our house:
Rugby Draw Saturday June 18th
5 Yrs - Kurow vs Old Boy's
11am - WCS 9b

6 Yrs - BYE

7/8 Yrs - Kurow vs Valley Gold  10am - Weston

9/10 Yrs - Kurow/Union - St Josephs 6pm - Ngapara ( This Game is played on Friday 17th June 6pm)

11/12 Yrs - Kurow/Union vs St Josephs 6pm - Ngapara (This Game is played on Friday 17th June 6pm
Netball Draw Saturday June 18th
Division 1.1
Kurow Blue vs O.I.S Diamonds
11am- Adore Spa

Division 1.3
Kurow Red vs St Josephs Rebels
10am - BNZ

Yr 5 & 6 Kurow White vs North Magic
10am - Fitness 24
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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