Thursday, 30 May 2013

Friday 31st May

Many of our Seniors are off to Hagley Park this afternoon to pay their first inter-school game of the season.
Good luck to our Rugby, Football and Netball Teams.
If you are a parent of school friend and you would like to come down to the Park and watch any of the games you are always most welcome. Games start around 1:30 and just give the office a call for details on which fields or courts we are on. (Hagley Park is a big place!!!!)

On behalf of all the Staff I would like to wish you all a safe and happy long weekend and thank you for your tremendous on-going support.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wednesday 29th

When does school close for snow????

We have had several inquiries this morning about snow closures and if school is open. 

I did not put any information on the website or answerphone this morning about this issue because school opening was never in question today.

It did make me think that you might be interested to know what conditions would stop school opening because of snow.

There are really only two main criteria...

Are the roads covered and therefore the police are telling people to stay home.

Is there are real risk children and staff could be stranded at school and unable to return home.

Other than in the above circumstances, a small amount of snow is highly unlikely to stop school operating as normal throughout the Winter.

However if you ever feel it is unsafe for you to get to school because of your own individual circumstances please put your safety first and give us a call.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

Tuesday 21st


Our Board of Trustees Meeting tonight has been postponed due to illness. We will be in touch ASAP with a new meeting date which will be scheduled over the coming week.

Yesterday our senior school went on a fantastic outdoor education trip to the Halswell Quarry. As part of our Social Sciences Topic we are learning about how people use the world around them to create features that serve a purpose and how this might change over time.

Thank you so much to the Staff and Parent Helpers who joined us and helped make the day a great success.

Photos coming soon as possible....

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Friday 17th May

A busy day ahead at Waltham School....

Senior Sports Team training  this morning in preparation for the upcoming inter-school competition. This year our teams will compete in Rugby, Netball, football and basketball at the competition level.

At 11:25 we have our weekly whole school assembly. As always parents and community members are warmly invited to this event.

Let's hope the wet weather holds off for weekend sport and outdoor activities.

A reminder to students in Rooms 6 and 9 that we are off to the Halswell Quarry on Monday. Warm jackets, tidy uniform and the usual drink bottle and food are the main requirements to remember.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Thursday 16th May

Looks like we are enjoying the last day of sunshine for a while!!!

The senior Rugby Team  are having their first training today...Winter must really be here.

The Senior Classes are planning their trip to the Halswell Quarry on Monday. We are studying 'Wonders of the World' and while a trip to Stonehenge or the Taj Mahal would be nice, the  Quarry will still be a great chance to see a local example of 'Man's' influence on the landscape through

We are coming up to our Board of Trustees elections. Thank you for those of you who have already nominated yourselves (or agreed to be nominated). Nominations close at lunchtime today and our returning officer will then be in contact with all of us in regards to the next step in finalising our new Board of Trustees.

On a Thursday afternoon  each week our Year 7 and 8 Students travel to the Philipstown Technology Centre for specialist learning in cooking and sewing rooms and workshops. Our thoughts and support goes out to the Philipstown School and it's community as they fight for the future of their primary school. These are such difficult times for those school's facing possible closure and we wish them all the very best.

Juniors at the Antarctic Centre this week
Check out our individual class blogs NOW !!!  They show, in a very small way some of the innovative teaching and learning that happens in our school. These blogs are a great new way to keep up with the news from each room and we welcome your thoughts and comments.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Wednesday 15th May

We are looking ahead to a great day at school today.

I have just recieved an email from the Antarctic Centre to say how wonderful our students were on our recent trips.

 "Your classes were well mannered, respectful and polite. Many of them thanked us personally and we loved having them".

What a great email to receive! Well done to all the students and teachers involved. And well done to the Antarctic Centre for passing on their views and comments.

Monday, 13 May 2013

New Enrolments

If you have a pre-schooler or are moving in to this part of the city we would love to hear from you. We are currently accepting enrollments, doing tours of the school and answering questions about our great place to live and learn.

We are experiencing exciting growth at the moment with our school roll already reaching our projected high for 2013 (and it's only May!!!). This is wonderful for the school and our students. We are currently planning to open a new classroom so we can keep class numbers low and help give our children the very best educational and social opportunities.

We would love to talk with you about what makes Waltham special and  our vision to 'Reach for the Stars'.

Call us on 379 3137 or email me to have a chat and find out more. You can also check out our Waltham School Website .

                                Learning about sustainable resouces in our school 'Edible Garden'
                                   Our Year 8's carving limestone for a school display
                                  Our annual school-wide athletics sports day
                                  Senior School Camps and Outdoor Education Programme
School Cultural Group

Tuesday 14th May

It's Room 1 and Room 10's turn to go off to the Antarctic Centre this morning. They leave by bus at 9am and get back to school at lunchtime.

Here at school it is looking like a positive day of learning and fun ahead.

There are a lot of colds and 'Winter Bugs' around at the moment. If your child is unwell and can't come to school please remember to give us a call or text. It is so much quicker for Lynda in the office to get your messages rather than having to call you all herself.

Our phone number is 379 3137 or text us on 027 379 3137

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Monday 13th May Junior Antarctic Centre Visit

Today was one of those days where I am sure I have the best job in the world!!!!...

I had great pleasure in being an adult helper on Room 3 and Room 10's trip to the Antarctic Centre.

What a fantastic start to our 'Cold Places' Topic it was. We saw Penguins, rode across hills and through a lake in a Hagland Vehicle and even experienced an Antarctic Storm (-20 degrees). You just can't have experiences like that in a classroom!!!!!

Many thanks to the wonderful teachers and teacher aides who came with us and to our awesome students who were just so eager to learn and have fun.

I look forward to posting some of the great photos on here for you to see over the next few days.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Friday 10th May

All the best for a great Friday everyone!

As usual for a Friday we have our weekly school school assembly at 11:25 this morning in our school Hall.

Who will win our classroom superstar certificates this week?

Which class will be awarded the sought after 'Golden Brush and Shovel' from our famous Caretaker Mr Deadmarsh?

Who will win the weekly 'Playground Superstar' awards?


Which House will win the weekly battle for supremacy.....and go one step closer to the grand prize of 'Yearly Winner'?????

The excitement continues at Waltham School today.....

Interesting Fact..

It has been wet and stormy two mornings this week...Monday and Friday. Guess which staf fmember is on road patrol duty BOTH these mornings?????

You guessed it......ME!!!!

Have a great Friday,

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Waltham School Strategic Aims

The full school 'Strategic Plan' is available for you to view and comment on at our school office. However you may be  interested in seeing our 'Big 3 Aims' at Waltham School as set out by our supportive Board of Trustees. These are as follows...

·       Strategic Aim One-Student Achievement-To raise student achievement levels in line with National Standard expectations through high quality teaching practice and classroom programmes.

·       Strategic Aim Two-Social Skills and Values-To improve the quality of students’ social interactions and positive behaviour for learning.

·       Strategic Aim Three-Learning Environment-To develop a supportive, attractive and stimulating environment for all of the school community.

Thursday 9th May

Good morning everyone,

The first week of term is flying by! A couple of frosts this week are a sign of things to come but the clear blue skies are worth the chilly start.

It has been a wonderful start to the term and I would like to sincerely thank all of you  (students, parents and staff) for your great attitudes and humour this week. Waltham School is a very special place to live and learn thanks to all of YOU!!!!

Basketball Update:

The Senior Basketball Team starts their Monday Competition not this Monday but the following one, at Pioneer Stadium (20th May). Apologies for the delay to the start of the season which we are really looking forward to.

Antarctic Centre:

Rooms 1, 3 , 4 and 10 are off on a very exciting trip to the Antarctic on Monday or Tuesday next week. Their study this term on 'Cold and Mysterious Places' will 'come alive' for them on this adventure.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Welcome to Waltham School

A huge welcome to the Waltham School Website and my personal Principal's Blog.
 Here is where I will post regular updates about our school and current news and issues that may be of interest to you.
This blog will also serve as a first 'port of call' for emergency information, school closures due to weather, and last minute changes to school events.