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Waitaki Valley School 

16 November 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

What a week! Our thoughts have certainly been with the many people who have been directly or indirectly affected by the earthquakes and flooding.  We want to do our bit to help those who need helped and we are doing this by supporting a WBHS Hostel initiative.  They are taking some boys with their van and a trailer up to North Canterbury with supplies on Saturday.  I would like to ask you to support this by providing a non perishable food item OR a cleaning item OR bottled water, over the next two days.  We will box these up and deliver them to WBHS on Friday evening for their distribution on Saturday.  

We have just over 4 weeks of school to go - and while it might feel that we are on the 'downside' of the term - we certainly still have 4 weeks to go!  This equates to 10% of the school year and 10% of learning time.  Teachers are in the middle of writing reports, however are also very conscious of still wanting to deliver their quality programmes over the next few weeks.  We are finding that people are collecting children earlier and earlier if heading away for off site activities after school. Teachers plan varied programmes to meet a variety of interests and needs.  A child who might leave one hour early on a particular day, may well miss their only exposure to something like their Topic, PE or the Arts that they were going to get that week.  If that happens every week - they may well miss one whole curriculum area. Please take this into consideration if you choose to do this.

Good luck to our North Otago Athletes who are competing in Oamaru on Monday afternoon. Yet again we have a large and very capable group heading down.  All the best!

Have a great week
$2 per sausage
$2 per muffin
(GF Sausages available)
Make sure you take the time to watch Country Calendar this week - where Heather Watt (Pukepuke) and her family will be celebrated on their orchard.
You can now purchase your key for the season!
Whole season: $140 (incl $20 bond)
Holiday season: $100 (incl $40 bond) - Key collected in last week of school and returned in first week of school 2017. 
Please note that it is currently only 19 degrees.
Waitaki Writes
We have had so much positive feedback about 'Waitaki Writes' - and we do hope that you are enjoying the copies that you purchased.  
We do still have copies available at the office.  You can pay by cash or make payments to 'Waitaki Valley Friends of the School' - Account  number: 06 0927 0008665 00
Books are $10 each.
Writing Challenge
This week, the children had to create a new animal.  They had to give a bit of information about it, like where it lives and what it looks like.  I really enjoyed reading these.  There were some very creative new animals! Don’t forget that parents can enter too!! I am yet to have an entry from home!  Here are the winning entries-enjoy!
 The Red Bull Fang
The Red Bull Fang can bite through steel.  He has gills. He is the strongest animal in the whole world. He is the fastest animal in the world.  He is AWESOME!
Sam Peters - See Sam's wonderful picture of The Red Bull Fang above
As it comes past, all the sea creatures swim away as they get a glimpse of its mammoth teeth.  Its age is unknown.  It can seek thermal radiation.  It lives where no-one knows.  It spits poisonous acid out of its butt.  It has a turtle shell to make it bigger than it seems.  When it’s angry, its horns grow bigger and bigger.  It eats blue whale.  Its fin’s glow in the depths of the ocean.  Its eyes are brown and green to camouflage it.  I wouldn’t want to go swimming near that.
Tekahn, Joe & Ethyn
Death song
Well you probably think this is a cute little pegasus but…
...NO! If you come across a death song and you are not a friend, make sure you don't look at it in the eye otherwise you will turn to stone. This horse looking creature, has razor sharp teeth to eat both plants and meat. These creatures have soft, soft skin so whenever they want, they can turn invisible . Now you may be wondering why they are called a Death Song. This should also tell you how they catch their prey. They are called a Death Song because they make a sound like a song that lures other animals to where they are. Now that is all any human being who has survived, knows about.
Sasha Slee
Some live in scary jungles, they eat food such as brown dead rotten leaves and green weeds from the stream near the jungle.  They drink big raindrops that fall from the thundery black sky.  They are called Sheepercow because it acts like a sheep and a cow, grazing in a mob.  
The Sheepercow’s job is to keep the jungle safe.  They have big wings and tan coloured feathers, which they use to glide on the wind above the jungle.  They are as fast as a cheetah and can pounce like a cat to scare the predators away.  Sheepercows are very active protectors, they never give up.  Be extremely careful when you go past them as they can bite if annoyed.  The Sheepercow are endangered and live in New Zealand.
Georgia Bell
Our Hangi preparation is underway.  Thanks to Mike Mullins from Youthtown who has kindly supplied us with all of the gear.  Thank you also to those of you who have offered your donations of food.  We are still in need of more meat and vegies to feed the children on the day.  Please contact Claire Peters - if you can help in any way.  This will take place on December 2nd.
Opps it appears we left off a couple of our athletic stars names in the results in last week's newsletter.

Apologies to:
Georgia Bell who also got 1st in 400m and 2nd in Sprints
And also Maiah Faulkner who got 1st in Discus.
Well done girls!!!
TO . . . .
Tinuka Penuja who has joined Aoraki this week.  We welcome Tinuka and his family to the Waitaki Valley community.

We also welcome Jules Taylor who has joined us a teacher aide until the end of the year - welcome Jules!

The Silver Fern Rally is coming to the Haka Pass and have asked the Friends of the School to help with marshalling in exchange for a generous donation.
When?  Monday 28th November.
We need marshalls from approx 12.00pm to 4.30pm
Please contact Rachael Chilton directly - or leave your name at the office.
This will be a great way to support the school - while being entertained with some great driving! Click on the link for the rally above to see the list of drivers competing.
Those children who have received notes home about North Otago Athletics need to return these to Mrs Sime ASAP please.
The Friends of the School intend on making slight changes to the Constitution.  The draft of these changes is available in the office to view.  A Special Meeting to adopt these changes will take place on Thursday December 8th at 6.30pm, in the School Meeting Room.  All welcome.
Bible in Schools Christmas Pageant
The Bible in Schools classes are presenting "The Story of Christmas"
Friday 25th November
In the Gymnasium
All Parents and members of the Community welcome.
Monday Nov 21:        North Otago Athletics (Nov 28th - Postponement)
Wednesday Nov 23:  BOT Meeting
Thursday Nov 24:      Year 8 Rural Schools Day - Glenavy
Monday Nov 28:        Education Review Office - Review of WVS                                                                     (til Wed Nov 30)
Friday Dec 2:            School Hangi Celebration
Thursday Dec 8:       Reports home
Thursday Dec 15:     11am: Final Assembly followed by School Picnic

2017: First Day: Tuesday January 31st
This Saturday (19th Nov) the Redpaths Referees Sevens are being held at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.
Mens and ladies sevens games will be played.
Teams include Otago, Canterbury, Southland, North Otago, Mid Canterbury & South Canterbury. 
Games kick off at 11am with the last game scheduled for 5:15pm. 
Gold coin entry. 
Food & beverage stalls on site.
Please come along and enjoy the best sevens teams of the South. 
All Cricket teams are playing at Centennial Park in Oamaru
Saturday 19th November
 - due to the cancellation of last week's games. 
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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