Monday, 2 December 2013

WAITATI SCHOOL

by Heidi Hayward

 

I can hardly believe that it is Term 4 already!  We had a very busy time last term, highlights including our annual Y6-8 ski camp, ‘Stars on Stage’ at the Regent Theatre, and the Otago Maori and Polynesian Festival. The children are back looking bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for one final term before a long and well earned break over summer. 

I am absolutely delighted to report that our roll has finally stabilised enough for the Ministry of Education to return our third teacher, at least until the end of 2014. This allows us some flexibility in staffing and the programmes we offer. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, financially and/or morally while we rebuilt our lovely little school.

This term we continue with our annual Master Chef event. All senior children (Years 5-8) will get 90 minutes to cook a main course and a dessert at some time this term. I know planning has started and I have seen some delicious-looking recipes set aside for trialling – move over Jamie Oliver!

We also have a couple of team-building outdoor education trips planned this term for both senior and junior children, along with athletics days, tennis, golf and futsal coaching, the Life Education Bus and prize-giving. I'm sure the term will fly by.

Over the Christmas break some major developments will be undertaken to improve the front of the school, and provide better access...and then we'll start all over again in 2014! Please feel free to pop in anytime – we love having visitors and sharing our place with the community. 

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