Monday 12th February, 2018

Tena Koutou

Thank you to everyone who was able to make our picnic last week.  It was a lovely chance for families to get to know each other.  There will be other opportunities throughout the year for this as well.

We appreciate all of the replies to our annual donation/fundraising survey.  There is still time if you haven't filled it out.  I will discuss the results at our next BOT meeting and we will be in touch with the outcome.

With so many new children at school now we are noticing it is getting quite busy on the road at pick up times.  Please remind your children to stay in the gate until you arrive to pick them up.  They must have an adult with them to cross the road.  You are welcome to drive up the driveway if that is easier.  There are so many logging trucks and big machinery on the road at the moment, so we need to be extra careful.

Nga Mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Taylor reading to Vuk, our school reading dog.

Taylor reading to Vuk, our school reading dog.

Omihi School Farm Race
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help on the day.  If you are able to, please feel free to add your name to the Google Sheet I emailed out or let me know.  Entries are trickling in, which is great.  If you know anyone that is thinking of entering, please give them a gentle reminder to enter on our website.  The first 100 entries will go in the draw to win a $100 Black Estate voucher, which was kindly donated by the Sloss family.

Rakahuri Rage
This is a bike race held at the Ashley River on Sunday 18th March.  It goes from 10am - 4pm and is a relay around the Rakahuri track.  All profits go to subsidise the Waiswim programme - which our students are benefiting from at the moment.  We would love to support this event so will be entering a Year 8 team and a staff team.  It would be great to enter a community team as well.  It is $55 per person to enter and teams consist of 2-4 members.  Here is more info on the race.  Let me know if you are interested.

Small School Swimming Sports - Year 4-8
These are being held on Wednesday 8th March at the Amberley Pool from 9.30-12.30pm.  Your children have entered their races already, so please feel free to talk to them about these and let me know if there are any changes.  The Kowai Swimming event is on Monday 12th March at 4pm at Amberley pool for those that make it through.

Kowai Triathlon - Year 4-8
The Kowai Triathlon is on Wednesday 28th February.  This is optional for children to enter.  Children will be practising at school next week.  So we ask all Year 4-8 children to please bring in their bikes and leave them at school for the week.

Beach Ed
On Monday 19th February the whole school are going to Beach Ed at Waikuku.  If I haven't spoken to you already, I am assuming your children will be dropped at school and will go on the bus with us.  We will leave school at 9am and will hopefully arrive back just before the afternoon bus.  Please make sure children have their hats, togs, towel, water bottle, a big lunch and sunblock on.

School Assembly
Our first school assembly for the year is on Friday 23rd February at 2pm.  The seniors will be leading this assembly.  All families and our community are welcome.  If your child is getting a certificate, we do try and tell you before the assembly so you can try and come along.

Three Way Learning Conferences
We have changed these dates that were originally on the calendar.  So the 3WLC are now being held on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 7th March.  This is a chance for parents, children and teachers to work together and set goals for the year.  I will send out a booking form for this later in the week.

Community Notices

Omihi Library
We are very excited to announce that our library is now connected to the Hurunui Library.  We have a small section of adult books, but you are also able to request a book online and have it sent to our library to pick up.  You can return books to us also.  Feel free to bring your pre-schoolers in to get books out.  It is open to all of our community.  Yo Turnbull is kindly volunteering every Tuesday from 1-2pm, so it is open at that time starting tomorrow.  There will also be other times during the week where our student librarians will be able to run it.  I will let you know those times when they are fully trained and we have worked out a schedule.




Maree Lucas