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Waitaki Valley School 

9 November 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

What a great day at athletics in Twizel last week.  Our children certainly performed well - on many levels. While we had a large number of stand out performers, what I noticed most was the constant stream of Waitaki Valley students who were giving their all - whether they were competitive in the placings, or not.  I also had teachers from other schools comment on the great manners and ability to follow instructions from our children. There are many elements of our draft Vision and Values that link to this.  To be G.R.E.A.T means many things - Respecting those around you, engaged in the activities, aiming high and working as a team - were all evident last week.  Well done to each and every one of our students - you continue to make us all proud in all that you do.

Mrs Sime will get notices out in the next day or two, for those who have qualified for North Otago Athletics on Monday November 21st.  Please return the slips as soon as possible after receiving them.

It was neat to see a number of you at our assembly last week.  To celebrate in the achievements and activities with a wider audience than our students and staff is neat.  If you haven't yet made your way to one of our fortnightly assemblies - then make your way to school NEXT Friday (18th), when Tuakana Hub will be leading the assembly.

Of course last week's assembly was also our book launch of 'Waitaki Writes'.  These have been selling well.  For those of you who haven't yet purchased any - we have two copies of the book put aside for each family - until this Friday (11th). After this they will go back into the general mix.  I posted our book on the NZ Teachers' FB page late last week and already there are a number of copies going to teachers around the country! One has even been sent to a teacher in Brunei!  We received some exciting news last Friday.  Our student book committee had written to Paper Plus in Oamaru to see if they might stock the book on our behalf.  They wrote back to the students more than happy to sell them!  

With five and a half weeks to go - we are certainly not winding down - if anything we are winding up!  It is important though that children come to school after having a good sleep - there is still a lot of learning going on!  I know it is difficult now with the lighter evenings and things going on at home - but please ensure your children are in bed at a reasonable time.  We are seeing a lot of tired children at the moment!

Have a great week
These have been selling steadily since our launch last Friday. At just $10 they are a great purchase and wonderful to share and celebrate the writing of each of our children.  
This is an undertaking from our Friends of the School - so please support this venture, as all funds raised support a wide variety of programmes in our school, and contribute towards our current 'no school fees'  for families.
Each family has two copies set aside until this Friday (11th Nov) - after this they will go back into the 'general circulation'. 
With our current drive on raising the achievement of our children in writing - we have been looking for authentic ways for our children to reach an audience.  Ironically the following two stories came about without our direction!
Congratulations to Ben Thomas (Hauwhenua) who is on the cover of the Nov/Dec 'Pig Hunter' magazine, and who has had his recount published in the magazine.  We think that Ben is now famous - although he's not quite so convinced!  His pictures and story are below.
Kara-Mai Herbst and Meg Patterson (Pukepuke) wrote an account of the Year 6 Safety day in Oamaru, in our school newsletter last term.  This was found by Ann-Maree Fox at Southern District Health Board and was published in the most recent 'Health Promoting Schools' magazine.  Well done girls!
Ben's First Carry
On Saturday I went for a hunt with Dad and Steve.  
We caught 6 pigs and I had to hold onto the back leg of the big pig while Steve stuck it. It was fun. I had to run real fast.
On the way to our hunting spot we found 2 pigs and we let the dogs out.  The dogs caught 1 and Steve shot 1.
We stopped at the pub on the way home.
Ben Thomas
Upper Waitaki Zone Athletic Results
8yrs - Tekahn Mclauchlan - 1st Sprint, 1st High Jump, 1st Shotput, 1st Discus
          Mathew Ramsey-Turner - 2nd Sprint, 3rd Long Jump
9yrs - Tamati Dennison - 1st Sprint, 3rd 400m, 1st High Jump, 
          Hunta Gledhill - 2nd Long Jump, 1st Discus
10yrs - Scott Hay - 3rd Sprints
11yrs - Caden McGregor-Hofman - 1st Sprint, 1st High Jump, 1st Long Jump
           Ben Kay - 2nd Sprint, 2nd Equal 400m, 2nd Long Jump, 2nd Shotput,                3rd Discus
           Will Read - 3rd Sprint, 2nd 400m, 3rd Long Jump
           Quinn Gledhill - 3rd Shotput
12yrs - Dan Patterson - 1st High Jump, 3rd Long Jump
            William Smillie - 2nd Sprint, 1st 400m, 1st Long Jump
            Tamatoa Chapman - 3rd Shotput, 3rd Discus
13yrs - Michael Green - 1st Sprint, 3rd 400m, 3rd Long Jump, 3rd Shotput,                     2nd Discus
            Angus Smith - 1st 400m, 2nd Long Jump

8yrs - Allie Laughton - 2nd 400m, 1st Discus
          Georgia Bell - 3rd Long Jump, 1st Shotput
9yrs - Maddy Phillips - 2nd Sprint, 1st Long Jump, 2nd Shotput
          Haillie McSkimming - 2nd High Jump
          Maiah Faulkner - 3rd Long Jump, 1st Shotput
10yrs - Maiya Grant - 2nd Long Jump, 1st Shotput
11yrs - Jade Grant - 3rd Sprints, 1st Shotput
           Lucy Taylor - 2nd High Jump, 3rd Discus
           Kara-mai Herbst - 1st Long Jump
           Grace Newlands - 2nd Shotput
           Gemma Green - 3rd Shotput
12yrs - Jessica Smaill - 2nd Sprint, 1st Equal 400m,1st Long Jump
13yrs - Ria Dennison - 1st 400m, 2nd High Jump, 1st Long Jump, 3rd Shotput
            Sam Slee - 2nd Shotput 

The Friends of the School intend on making 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.
The photos above show our 11 year old boys in action - this group was dominant at the Upper Waitaki Athletics.  The top photo of Cayden, Will, Quinn and Ben shows them after they were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th on the High Jump.  Real domination!
This week we welcome Biunka Reuben
Biunka has come to us from Maniatoto Area School and will be joining the Tuakana Hub.
  We are pleased to have you join our wonderful family here at Waitaki Valley School.
We have had another case of Whooping Cough at school- and it is in the wider community. This is a contagious disease, that should anyone contract it, they need to be isolated from others. That is - if you suspect your child may have it please don't send them to school. 
Those most at risk of implications if catching it are pregnant women, newborn children and those who aren't vaccinated.  If your child is vaccinated - then they should be fine.
For 11 year olds who are due for their Booster Shot, it is advised that they have this done.  Anyone can get the booster - it is free for pregnant women and children.  $45 for everyone else.  The Medical Centre is currently stocked with it.  
Pukepuke: Kara-mai Herbst & Maddy Phillips     
Moana: Alex Scadden & Mathew Ramsey-Turner         
Hauwhenua: Logan McSkimming
Aoraki: Sophia Pavletich & Olive Wilson       
Principal's Award:
Ben Kay: for GREAT sportsmanship at the Zone Athletics
$2 per sausage
$2 per muffin
(GF Sausages available)
Monday Nov 21:       North Otago Athletics (Nov 28th - Postponement)
Wednesday Nov 23: BOT Meeting
Thursday Nov 24:     Year 8 Rural Schools Day - Glenavy
Friday Nov 25:          Surf Life Saving Lessons (whole school @ WVS) - TBC
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
YEAR 8 SCIENCE DAY - Unfortunately we have had to withdraw from this day, as we haven't been able to get transport support to get the children to Oamaru.
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.

Waitaki Community Gardens are collaborating to help local children learn what to do next. Let’s Take Your Little Garden to the Big Garden is a community event for all ages that will be held 4-6pm on Friday, November 11th. Children can bring their New World Little Garden along on the day and educational activities will be provided by the staff and volunteers at Waitaki Community Gardens, located on Chelmer Street opposite the Resource Recovery Park. Koha from participating families will go towards the Kids Growing educational programme at local schools. It is a great opportunity for hands-on, fun learning with friends and families.


“The main thing is seeing the New World Little Garden seedlings get to the next stage, and for kids to learn where their food comes from,” said New World North Oamaru owner Nicola Hollyer.


“Kids can bring their little gardens to the community gardens and learn how to grow them into food on their plate,” said Volunteer Coordinator Ra McRostie.

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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