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									Waitaki Girls’ High School
P O Box 42, Oamaru Phone (03) 434 8429 Fax (03) 434 6783 Website: www.waitakigirlshigh.school.nz Intranet: http://webmail.wghs.schoolzone.net.nz Email: gen@waitakigirlshigh.school.nz

05 M arch 2009
Principal: Lynlee Smith


ear Parents / Caregivers

From the Principal On Monday we sent out copies of the QSD survey to 100 randomly selected families. We ask that you take the time to fill it in and return it to the office by next Friday. Thank you in advance for the time that you will spend giving us some genuine feedback on how you perceive our performance. We are committed to trying to meet, and exceed, your expectations of us. Your insight and viewpoint cannot be underestimated. On Tuesday 100 students, also selected randomly, were invited to fill in the QSD survey. I was really encouraged that all who were given the opportunity to do so, took the time to express their thoughts and feelings about their school. I’d like to say thank you girls. We really value your opinions and it is very important to us that we hear your voice in this school. I am committed to seeing that you have a strong voice and that your thoughts and opinions are given credence. All staff and Board members have been given a copy of the survey and requested to complete it. So we will have four quite different perspectives repres ented, close to 300 sets of opinion. If you all respond we will have some exceptional data to work with, which will allow us to make some really good, well grounded decisions for our future. The results of the survey will be analysed by Web Research. The comparisons between various stakeholder groups will also be analysed by Web Research. The findings will be reported back to us in due course. What we do with those findings will be up to us. The Board has undertaken to ensure that your concerns will be listened to and, where possible, acted upon. We are genuinely keen to have your feedback and to be able to action some of your ideas. We really want to hear the voice of our community. We do not intend to simply keep doing things the way that they have been done for 121 years, just because they have been done that way in the past. We believe in this school. We are proud of our tradition. We are not afraid of making the hard decisions that need to be made to ensure that this school does not become a dinosaur (and extinct) but continues to flourish and face the present and the future proudly.
Lynlee Smith

World Vision
Last weekend, 28 February - 1 March we attended the 2009 40-hour Famine Leadership Course in Waihoi. We found this inspirational and learned lots of new skills such as project management and public speaking. It also made us really aware of all the work World Vision does in Third World Countries such as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. They are committed to ensuring at least 75 cents of every dollar raised actually gets to these countries. The course also made us realise how little these people really do have and how contributing a little here makes a vast difference over there. This year we look forward to working with the school community and getting everyone involved to ensure the 2009 40-hour famine is a great success.
Irina and Alyssa Irina Boraman and Alyssa Dunlop

Triathlon Success
On Thursday 26 February a team headed off to Cromwell for the Annual Otago Secondary Schools Police Triathlon. This year we entered 11 teams and 2 individual competitors. Our results in 2009 were our most successful yet. The Junior Gold team were aptly named, winning in a time that was highly competitive. The Senior Black team finished 3 rd in their grade just 3minutes ahead of the junior team. The Junior Team comprising of Stephanie Lowen who was the 4 th fastest swimmer, Lucy Kitchen 3rd fastest cyclist and Nicole McCone 2 nd fastest runner of all the Waitaki competitors. The Senior Black Team comprising of Hayley Lawrence (Yr 9) who was our 2 nd best swimmer (0.01sec behind Abbey Tonkin the 1st of the Waitaki swimmers out of the water), Lydia Wood cyclist and Sisley Choi runner, both the fastest in their discipline for Waitaki. They recorded excellent times which ensured a third placing out of 23 senior teams.
Jade Winter in transition

Stephanie Lowen exiting the water

The two individual competitors had a tough day against recognized athletes, but performed with credit with Jade Winter finishing 9 th and Lizzette Bannies 11 th out of a field of 13.

Introducing - GAP Tutors
Left: Trixia (pronounced Trisha) Macliing. I’m 19 years old and from west Germany. I arrived in NZ last August and lived in Napier and Palmerston North. So, I’ve already had the chance to travel around this amazingly beautiful country. I am really enjoying my time here and will be sad to leave Waitaki Girls’ High School in July. Right: Kristina Baitalow. I’m 19 years old and I live in Freiberg in the eastern part of Germany. I have a cat, Snoopy and a younger brother Max, who is one year old. I’m interested in basketball and music.

NZ Junior Swimming Championships
Hayley Lawrence competed at the NZ Junior Swimming Champs ♦ Set personal best times for her 50 and 200 ♦ Retained her NZ ranking of 24th for the 50

Breaststroke races and her 100 Freestyle.

Breaststroke and moved up to 20th in NZ for her 200 Breaststroke. ♦ Competed in the 200 Medley relay (Breaststroke leg) for 12 year olds, representing our local Eastern Districts area. The team gained 2nd in the South Island, with an 8th in NZ ranking. Congratulations - well done Hayley!

Extract from the School Complaints Policy
It is important that the school responds to complaints in a fair and consistent manner and in accordance with the relevant employment contracts, legislation and the schools’ codes of conduct. We’re glad to be here in Oamaru and we’re looking forward to an amazing time with you. Guidelines 1. Complaints should be made in writing or in person. 2. Complaints of a serious nature should be directed in the first instance to the Principal.

A Quiz Night and Brides through the Decades evening took place leading up to the Relay for Life event in Dunedin. Quiz Night A very successful night with over 20 teams entering. Everyone got into the spirit of things including teams ‘dressing for the occasion’! Congratulations to our super-intelligent student teams on their success.

Brides through the Decades Lots of preparation and trying on of gowns went on behind the scenes in preparation for this event. Over fifty wedding gowns were modelled by eight senior students. Many of the gowns belonged to staff members and Old Girls or their families. The earliest gown dated back to 1922 while another was worn only a few months ago. The parade showed the way fashions in wedding gowns have changed over the years and gave an insight into how wedding traditions have developed. The hall was transformed into a wonderful bridal setting with all the trimmings of a real wedding including the bouquets the girls carried. Two ‘Fathers of the Bride’ were resplendent in formal attire to escort the girls on the steps.

The whole evening was filmed by 45 South.

Relay for Life The relay event on 21 & 22 February was held in Dunedin in atrocious weather. Event organisers called it off after 12 hours because it was too dangerous to continue. However, the spirit of all the teams participating was not dampened. The twenty five Waitaki Girls’ High School team members were rostered on in half hour shifts, but regardless of the rain many chose to continue to walk in support of their team members. The first circuit of the track is the ‘survivors’ walk and although there was a sea of umbrellas this did not deter the supporters from lining the track to cheer them on. The Waitaki team members raised over $4,000 for the Cancer Society. A huge thank you to all students, staff and the community who supported the WGHS staff relay team in the Dunedin Relay for Life event.

121 Reasons to Attend WGHS
No. 26 The teachers are dedicated to helping their students achieve to the best of their ability. Respect for ourselves.

WGHS PTA & Futures Trust invite you to

No. 95

Over the Tunnels Recreational Bike Ride / Walk / Half Marathon
Windsor to Tokarahi 21km recreational, non-competitive mountain bike ride / walk / half marathon through historical branch line. Rural views, view historic tunnel openings and manmade railway embankments and cuttings. Trail includes grass, gravel, 4WD tracks and forestry. The trail is suitable for all level of riders and bikes.

“Team Up”
Here are some tips to help your teen do their best at school:
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interest in their homework keep in touch with what they are learning and what is happening at school if they need extra help talk to their teachers, ideally with your teen present keep any assessment or programme guidelines handy so you know when assessments are happening expect them to do their best - that’s likely to mean they will need to do some preparation for assessments talk with them about important things - family discussions on important topics don’t have to be long or serious, but can be a great way for everyone to learn something - make them fun and a normal part of your lives be enthusiastic about learning encourage them to do things they’re good at - it gives them confidence expect them to go to school every day avoid comparing your teen with anyone else, including other siblings really believe that they can do well.

When Cost of Entry

Sunday 5 April 2009 Adults $25 Child/Student $10 Families $50 (includes 2 adults & up to 3 children)

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at completion of the event. Trail / Volunteer Information: Anne-Marie Elliott (03) 431 2833 Registrations: Jan Meikle (03) 431 2772

Registration forms available at Waitaki Girls’ High School Office, Victor Nelson’s Bike Shop and Martyns Cycles. All pre-entries are in a draw to win a Mountain bike. Kindly sponsored by Victor Nelson Cycles & Models (Oamaru) Ltd.

Rangers (12 1/2 year upwards) is held from 7 - 8.30pm on Wednesdays at the Weston Scout Den. For further information contact: Jeanette Erikson 4349799 or 0272578783

Challenge yourself and start training now!
Note: We seek volunteers for help at Registration, Roading, & BBQ.

Singing Tuition

Tues 10 Wed 11 Thur 12 Fri Sat Wed Thur Fri 13 14 18 19 20

Coming Events
Aoraki Swimmimg Meet the Teacher Evening - Yr 9, 7.00 pm BOT Committees (Finance/Environmental) 5 pm SISS Tennis Hostel Management Meeting 2.30 pm SISS Rowing ASS Athletics, Oamaru BOT Meeting, 7 pm, Upchurch Lounge Teacher Only Day

Learn to sing in a positive environment. Learn vocal skills and voice production. Gain performance skills and confidence. Contact: Lynley Caldwell - Phone 434 2296 (Mus.B.Dip Teach.F.T.C.L. Dip Performance Arts)

Thought for the Week “ Give the best you have and the best will come back to you.”
Madeline Bridges

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