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Waitaki Valley School 

23 November 2016

Tena koutou katoa, greetings.

Every three-five years each school is reviewed by the Education Review Office (ERO).  These reviews are audits, with many of our systems, data and information closely scrutinised. The role of ERO encompasses accountability (including compliance with regulatory requirements) and educational improvement.

Next Monday we welcome Chris Gold and Lee Rowe to our school to carry out our latest review.  They will be looking into student achievement, programmes being put in place to meet learning needs, and the systems that we have in place to support students, teachers and programmes.  They will also be looking at the governance of our school.  The review will take place from Monday - Wednesday.  We look forward to their feedback in order to support us in continuing to be the best school that we can be for each of our students.  

Congratulations to our athletes who competed in the North Otago Athletics Champs on Monday afternoon.  We have had a number of successes, however the official results haven't come through yet.  We will have these for next week's newsletter.  

After our hangi NEXT Friday (Dec 1) we will conclude the day with our fortnightly assembly (Teina Hub leading), which will have the presentations of all of our Cross Country and Athletics certificates from the Upper Waitaki Sports events.  We would love for you to join us!

Enjoy your week
$2 per sausage
$2 per muffin
(GF Sausages available)
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. 
North Otago Athletic Results
Maiah Faulkner - 1st Shot Put (9 Year Girls)
Maddy Phillips - 2nd Shot Put (9 Year Girls)
Lucy Taylor - 3rd Equal High Jump (11 Year Girls)
Jade Grant - 2nd Shot Put (11 Year Girls)
Ria Dennison - 1st 400m, 2nd in 100m, 3rd Long Jump (13 Year Girls)

Tekahn MacLachlan - 1st 60m (8 Year Boy)
Ben Kay - 3rd 400m, 3rd Long Jump (11 Year Boy)
William Smillie - 3rd Long Jump (12 Year Boy)

8 - 9yrs 3rd
10-11yrs 3rd
Congratulations to Rachel Sargeant who performed in “The Nutcracker” last night with the Russian Ballet Company. Rachel is a member of the Victoria Cooper School of Dance and this group performed in the 1st Act of the The Nutcracker at the Oamaru Opera House.
Writing Challenge Update
This week, the children had to tell a fairytale, from the villain's point of view!  The winners were William Smillie, followed closely by Dan Patterson.  Well done to all who entered.
The Three Sheep
Trip! Trop! Trip! Trop! The thunderous sound echoes down the valley. Hoisting myself onto the ragged old bridge, I look at what stands in front of me. A scungy old black sheep breathes heavily as he starts to speak. “Hello there. I am just crossing the bridge because on the other side, there is luscious green grass. Coming soon, is my bigger and fatter brother; so you can eat him.”  Stepping to the side, I let the scungy old sheep go.
After the longest hour of my life, I finally hear the same thunderous sound but even louder. Stepping out of my hiding spot, a massive sheep stood in front of me. I stand tall and start to speak. “Hello there. Your brother said you would be coming, so could you just sit down so it will be a quick death?”
“But my bigger and fatter brother is coming soon, so you can eat him.” Stepping to the side, I let the massive sheep go.
After the longest two hours of my whole life, I finally hear the same thunderous sound, but even louder! I quickly stager on the ragged old bridge. A humongous sheep stands there towering about me. My heart sinks as the monstrous sheep starts sprinting towards me. In a split second I was off the side of the bridge. I lie in the ditch thinking, I should have eaten the scungy one.
William Smillie
Billie Goats Gruff

One day in a land far, far away, lived three goats and a massive troll. The massive troll spent every minute of the hour, every second of the day, patrolling what he thought was his bridge. The troll wouldn't let a single thing cross that ancient bridge, but one night the troll fell into a deep deep, sleep under his bridge.
“I slept through the night, what on earth was I thinking? Anything could have crossed!”  As I got comfortable again, I could hear a faint rhythmic pattern of hoofs trying to cross my bridge.  A smile grew on my face,  as I got into position. The sound grew louder and louder so I pounced into the middle of my bridge.  My eyes locked on the small white goat trembling with fear, like a deer in the head lights.
“What are you doing on my bridge?”I bellowed!
The goat was petrified. “I am crossing it to get to the other side.” said the goat. “I am sick of not having nice, luscious grass to eat, so I need to cross.” said the goat. “Why don't you wait for my bigger brother?” He will be nicer to eat.” said the goat.  “Ok move on,” I said.  
I decided to go back under my bridge and wait for the big goat to cross.  Suddenly, there it was! My dinner was prancing across my bridge.  So I Pounced, and faced a muscular goat, stamping his foot on the rails. Then everything froze. Dust flew in the air and the goat started to charge and, SMACK!....

Dan Patterson

Waitaki Writes
We still have copies available at the office - $10 each
Great presents to post for Christmas!
Mahutonga: Meghan Hay
Pukepuke:Scott Hay & Katelyn Sime   
Moana: Tekhan MacLachlan          
Aoraki: Sam Peters       
Principal's Award:
Bessie Heyes
We invite you to please join us next Friday 2nd December for our first school Hangi. 
We hope to lift the Hangi at 1pm for a 1:30pm shared eating time.
There will be kai for everyone to eat (Children may still want to bring their lunchbox as they might only enjoy a small amount of Hangi food)
This is an exciting experience for our children and school community to be a part of and we look forward to having as many of you as possible to join us.
The children will be taking part in food preparation the day before and will watch as much of the process as possible.
Thank you for all those who have offered to donate food for our Hangi.
Mrs Peters will be in touch with those people who have offered supplies in the next few days.
Kia ora
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:            Teina Hub is leading Assembly (Sports Certificates)
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
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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