4 November 2022
Kia ora koutou
- OVS Ag Day – awesome
- Central Ag Day
- Athletics Day at Maungakaramea School
- Next years classes
- Otaika Valley Community Hall – summer market
- NEST day ad
OVS Ag and Flower Show day
Last Friday was a fantastic day of fun and community inside our gates. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day with us. The PTA were wonderful yet again, preparing the food for sale and doing the behind the scenes planning to make the food tent run smoothly. To all who provided home baking, it really made for nice treats for the children and families to buy. It was great to see 11 cakes entered in the “Great Kiwi Bake Off’ and the donations coming back to the school with the generous bidding on cakes. Just to show I’m not a sore looser, having never won the ‘bake off’ competition, even though I donated the big wooden spoon, I will leave you with the pleasure of a visual of my creation. Apparently, it also tasted really nice.
Well done to Jack and Darcie for taking out the top prize for 2022. There was some really good competition. I am happy with my highly commended award.
We had some real competition within the animal rings and it was great to see the children showing their ‘much loved’ and cared for animals within the judging rings. All of the children put a huge amount of effort and pride into preparing exhibits for judging over a number of weeks. I was again impressed with the wide variety of creative creations. This was my last Ag Day at Otaika Valley School, which I must say I was a bit nostalgic about on Friday evening. Having lambs and goats at school for up to 12 weeks leading up to Ag Day, for many years, has been an absolute personal pleasure and devotion.
I hope that this will have an impact on children’s lives and be remembered. I think it will.
Central Ag Day
Yesterday 8 students participated in the Central Ag Day at Barge Park. The day started with a few threatening showers, but then the rain stayed away. Overall, the team did Otaika Valley School proud. We came 4th overall for school entries for the size of school. Well done to everyone who competed. Isla T, Sadie & Kate S, Matilda M, Tyler M, Ephraim L, Sashia A, Kayla O.
Isla R: – Reserve champion for seniors -1st for rearing -3rd for calling -2nd in the parade with Kayla and Sashia (Mr Brock’s Red Band gumboots also featured-I hope Isla recovers). Kayla O: -4th in calling -4th in rearing. Sashia A: -3rd in leading. Tyler M -1st for calling – 2nd for rearing – calling over all intermediate. Kate S: -3rd for leading. Sadie S: – merit. Ephraim L: -2nd beef heavy type seniors.
This is the biggest team we have taken for awhile. Thank you for the parents who have support Ag animals for 2022.
Athletics Day at Maungakaramea School
Our annual athletics day will be held at Maungakaramea School next Friday 11th November. We travel by bus and really appreciate parental support at the event, particularly supporting the junior school. There will be food for sale on the day.
Please keep the date free and fill in the permission form by clicking on this link https://bit.ly/3eCY6Wp
Next years class organisation
To help with 2023 organisation and planning please let us know your intentions. If you are moving out of the area or changing schools, please let us know. Our school roll is down by about 12 to 15 students, from our peak numbers. This means there is room for enrolments for 2023. If you know of friends or family who maybe interested in attending Otaika Valley School in 2023, now is a good time to make contact. This is really important for the 2023 new entrants/5 year old’s who start. We would like to make kindy visits this year to meet any new children. It is also important for any other level as well. Between now and the end of the year the staff will start drafting 2023 class lists. Knowing who is coming allows us to make the best decisions on class placements.
Thank you to our community who have been involved in recent events. As a staff, we have relished re-engagement with parents/caregivers.
A few community Ads to follow…
Otaika Valley Community Hall Summer Market