Thursday 5 April 2018

3. School Notices - Week 10, Term 1 2018

Altar Servers
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Birthday Greetings
Eleni & Lisiate Hausia and Elenoa Asi

Caritas Mufti Day
We are holding a mufti day tomorrow to help raise funds for Caritas.  A gold coin donation is required please. They are raising money for Timor-Leste which is supporting rural women who provide for their families in business opportunities.  Students are to experience what difficulties that some people live and work in.
The Yr 8 students are organising activities for Yr 4-8 tomorrow morning and the Yr 8's will experience a sleepover challenge next Thursday which will force the children to live in inadequate accommodation as a result of poverty or natural disaster.  They will sleep in cardboard boxes in the hall and have to do a hike the next morning before breakfast.

Junior Swimming
Today is the last lesson for our junior swimmers and the teachers have noticed a marked improvement in their swimming ability since these photos were taken at the beginning of the lessons. Thank you very much to our great parent helpers who walk with the students and help with their change of clothes.

The junior school have been offered an opportunity to have 10 swimming lessons in term 3 from the Waitaki Aquatic Centre on behalf of a grant from Sport Otago which involves learning about water safety skills and some lessons.  They will be bused to and from the pool and will cost each student $15.00 for the total amount. The dates are not confirmed at this stage but this early notice will enable parents to plan their swimming lessons.

Rippa Rugby Tournament
Today we sent 50 children in 5 teams to play in the annual Rippa Rugby tournament at Whitestone Stadium which was played in sunny but windy conditions.  Thank you very much to our parents/caregivers who either offered to help with transport or coaching our teams.  The children played with great skill, spirit and sportsmanship.
Results are:

Yr 3/4 team - won 2, drew 1 and lost 1
Yr 5/6 team - won 3 and won the final
Yr 7/8 blue team - won 4 and won the final
Yr 7/8 maroon team - won 1 lost 3
Yr 7/8 white team - lost 4

Congratulations to our Yr 7/8 blue and Yr 5/6 team who won their finals and earned a $100 voucher each for the school.  The Yr 5/6 team are off to Timaru later this year to compete against schools in Mid and South Canterbury with the winner going to Wellington in an all expenses paid trip.

Due to the short weeks, lately I have not had the chance to look at sport fees so they will be in next week's newsletter.  There will be a hard copy of the winter sport codes with practice times, coaches, fees etc coming out next week.  Please pay your fees before you play.  Sport uniforms will be handed out once you have paid or got a payment plan in place, probaly in week 1 of term 2.  Coach gear bags will be handed out soon.
If for some reason, you are named in a team and have decided to pull out, please let Mrs Brien know ASAP otherwise you will be charged for the fees.

There is a Rules Clinic and Referee Training clinic being held at the Waitaki Rec Centre from 5.00 to 8.00 pm.  The rules clinic goes from 5.00 to 7.00 and the referee training from 7.00 to 8.00 pm.  Both sessions are free and you can attend one or both sessions.
Paid Referees - people wanting to become a paid referee will need to attend both trainings.  Future ongoing training and assessment will be part of the eligibility criteria.  If you require further information, contact Susan de Geest on 027 222 2187 or

April Holiday Camps
Basketball Otago presents Rising All-Stars on Thursday 26th April at the Waitaki Rec Centre.  Rising All Stars for boys and girls in years 4-7 from 9.00 am to noon.  Costs $30 per child. Focus is on skill development. competition and fun. Experience is encouraged but not required.  To register, contact Susan de Geest.
Dunedin are also holding basketball camps from 18-21 April at the Edgar Centre.  For further information, email or look at their website.

Trials are being held for Football Waitaki 11th Grade and 13th Grade football teams will be held at the showgrounds on Saturday 7th April.
11th Grade Trials will take place from 10.00 am to 11.30 am with registrations starting at 9.30 am.
This is open to ages 10,11 & 12 year old kids
13th Grade Trials will take place from 12.00 to 1.30 pm with registrations starting at 11.30 am.  This is open to age 12, 13 & 14 year olds.  If any 12 year olds want to try at both trials they can do and they can see what grade they feel most comfortable with.  Players to bring football boots, shin guards, drink bottles and anything else they want to bring.

There is umpiring sessions for any Yr 6/7/8 girl wishing to umpire netball on Monday 9th and Friday 13th April at the Taward Street netball courts.  They start at 3.45 and go to 4.45 pm.  Please bring a whistle, drink bottle and sport shoes.

The Small Black Rugby Course has been cancelled this Saturday and will now be held on Saturday 14th April at Excelsior at 10.00 am or on Wednesday 2nd May.  This is a great opportunity for new and existing coaches to learn and update their coaching techniques.  All our rugby coaches are encouraged to attend.  The course goes for an hour.

Whitestone Wipeout
Last chance to compete at this inaugural event and it promises to be a great experience. You can still register on the day or come to the office to fill in an entry form.

Community Notices
  • Lego Show for the Whole Family - kids competition, make your own lego creation which relates to Oamaru e.g. buildings, steampunk.  Bring your creation along to the Rec Centre on Friday 20th April between 3.00 and 5.00 pm.  Entries must be collected after the show ends on Sunday 22nd April between 5.00 - 6.00 pm.  There is a Lego exhibition and lego available to play with at the Waitaki Rec Centre on April 21st and 22nd from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.  Costs $2 for children and $3 for adults.
  • Forrester Gallery Autumn Holiday Fun - these holidays we are going Steampunk.  Find out about Steampunk in our interactive exhibition Sprocket & Gear and make a chatelaine.  These were used in Victorian times to carry useful tools before pockets were invented.  In these workshops we will craft customised Steampunk chatelaines.  Held Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 April from 11.00 to 3.00 pm.  All ages cost $2 per child and no booking required.

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