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Week 1

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Term 1, Week 1

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa, hello and welcome to our weekly news blog...

Message from the Principal  

It is wonderful to be back into school this week and we have also welcomed some new faces. We hope you enjoy your time at Weston School.

We have much to be proud about Weston School our students enjoy coming to school to take part in a wide range of activities to help them grow in creativity, confidence, and resilience. We also encourage active involvement in many opportunities and demonstrating in acts of kindness and caring. Last year we finished with some impressive achievement results that means that we currently are able to meet National expectations regarding accepted levels of achievement by being over 85% in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

92% of students are at or above in Reading

86% of students are at or above in Writing

90% of students are at or above in Mathematics.

Of course this means we need to remain on the ball and keep our focus on all children at Weston School to maintain these figures, as well as look for innovative and creative ways to continue to make learning fun and engaging, while achievement and success remains at the heart of all learning!

Meet the Teacher Evening- Our meet the teacher evening will be held on Tuesday the 10th of February in the Learning Centre starting at 6:30pm.  Please come and meet your children’s teachers and find out more about our direction for 2015.

Welcome New Teaching Staff

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Karen McNabb (Awa Iti)       Andrew Oliver (Ngahere)     Lynn Alcock (Korora)

We warmly welcome our new teachers to Weston School this year. We hope that you enjoy your time with us and embrace what it is to be a 21st century learner and well as teacher!

Karen joins us from Makikihi School, Andrew from Garfield Primary, Wimbledon in the UK and Lynn has come from Lincoln School. We are really looking forward to working with them and know they will make our school a richer place for their previous teaching experiences.

WIG (Wildly Important Goal)

Skilful thinkers know;

happiness helps the learner grow.

Check the Principal’s Blog to follow up on what is special about this years

wildly important goal.

Value for Term 1:

Our value for this term is RESPECT

Reminders to start 2015

                                                                         Class Names

For 2015 we are again using names for our classes. This allows for us to build in further bicultural and democratic aspects to school life and take into account the composite classes that sometimes mean a child may go from Room 2 to Room 5 one year and then back to 4 the following year. We want our classrooms to be seen as learning spaces not numbers that are ‘incorrect unofficial signs of achievement’. A childs’ rate of progress in learning is against themselves not a building!

Class Names for 2015



Kowhai Room (Rooms 1 & 2)

Sara Brown

Kakapo Room (Room 3)

Alison Holden

Tuatara Room (Room 4)

Jenny Kitchin

Korora Room (Room 5)

Lynn Alcock

Tui Room (Room 6)

Carolyn Thelning

Kea Room (Room 7)

Jo Mortimer

Kohuhu Room (Room 8)

Gary Paterson

Ngahere Room (Room 9)

Andrew Oliver

Awa Iti (Room 10)

Karen McNabb

You might like to google the Maori names to see what they mean and see

how wonderfully appropriate they are to each age or class group!

Mrs Carki will be supporting our school through working with student

learning groups and class teachers. Remember all children are priority

learners at Weston School.

A big Weston WELCOME to all of

our new students that have joined

us at Weston School.


Koru Parry              Harry Wilson           Lily Cadogan


Nic Wardell           Hunter Wilson       Chloe Wilson


New students in Kowhai class

Nicholas Page, Billy Pope, Van Mavor, Jakob Rohrbach, Liam Hayes,

Peyton Cranston, Nadia Palita, Zara Wilson, Quesha Sage,

Leah Jordan, Bridget Spittle


     Evie Wilson          Bailey Clack              Ebony Heta           Audrey Palita

Samuel Boyd (absent) photo to come!


First Assembly for 2015 - Thursday 12 February,

1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

Assemblies are an important way to bring about a very special feel for the

school. They belong to our students and promote a sense of pride of being a part of our 

school community. These will usually be on Fridays every second week. The time will 

NORMALLY BE 1:40-2:30pm, allowing an opportunity for children to return to class to wind up the 

week and to make sure that we are on time for buses.  It is important to farewell friends and 

teachers in an orderly and calm way.  This also means our little ones are not so tired and we are all able to focus. Parents are most welcome to join us.

School Uniform and Hats

A reminder that the we have a compulsory uniform.  

The uniform shop will be open every second Wednesday from 2:30pm-3:30pm this term.  

Sunhats- All children must wear a sunhat during lunch and interval otherwise as per the 

sunsmart policy they will have to sit in shaded areas. This is the last term that mufti hats 

and baseball caps will be accepted. From term four it will be a school sunsmart bucket or 

wide brim hat.

Child Absence

If your child is absent from school please contact the school office stating name, room number 

and reason for your child’s absence.  You can also text your child’s absence on 027 788 2700. 

 This information is very important as it is a requirement we have the correct information for the 

Ministry of Education.  The information entered becomes a legal document.

School Lunches

Please send correct money for school lunches.  They must be handed in before school 


Term Dates for 2015


Start Date

End Date

Statutory Days

Term 1

Teacher Only days

Thursday 29th  and Friday 30th  January

9 weeks


2nd February Students start


2nd April

Waitangi Day

Friday 6th Feb

Otago Anniversary Day

Monday 23rd March


Good Friday 3rd April

Easter Monday 5th April

Term 2

11 weeks


20th April


3rd July

ANZAC Day observed

Monday 27th April

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 1st June

Term 3

10 weeks


20th July


25th September

Teacher Only Day

Friday 21st August

Term 4

10 weeks


12th October


17th December

Labour Day

Monday 26th October

HPV vaccinations

A meeting regarding HPV vaccinations for parents of Year 8 girls is to be held at 6:00pm 

on Tuesday the 10th of February with Christine Mabon.

Vision Hearing Screening

The Vision Hearing Technicians from Public Health South will be visiting our school on WEDNESDAY the 18th of

FEBRUARY.  This is to carry out testing on new entrants who have not completed their before school checks, 

children who required retests or who were absent that required testing and also for children who teachers have concerns for.  Consent forms will be sent for all of these children.  

Screening will be done for ALL year seven students for distance vision and colour vision (boys only).

Distance vision - determines how well your child is able to see at a distance.  It involves reading an eye chart 

(not required if child wears glasses).

Colour vision (boys only) - this is to detect children with the most common inherited colour vision defects.

(Using the Ishihara colour vision book). (Still available to those wearing glasses).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill the opt-out slip,

below or get a copy from the school office before the visit.  

Weston Home and School

We hope you all had a great holiday and everybody is ready for another awesome year at Weston School.  Your child should have received on Wednesday a fridge magnet Home & School has put together to help you find out more about Weston school term dates, contact numbers, website & email address.  One per family.  If your child did not receive a magnet please pop into the school office to collect one or call the office to request it be sent home via your child.  

A BIG Thanks goes to Brackens Print for sponsoring half of the costs of the

school magnets.

Regards From The Home & School Committee.


As you may be aware children in Year 4 and above take part in a swimming programme in Term One to prepare for our school swimming sports which are to be held on Friday March 6th.  Below are the dates that Weston children are swimming so you can mark them on your calendar.

Group 1 - Awa iti, Ngahere and Kohuhu Year 6's

(Karen and Andrew – accompanying teachers)

Feb 11  10am - 11am

Feb 12 11am - 12pm

Feb 18 11am - 12pm

Feb 27  1:30 - 2:30pm

Mar 10  1:30 - 2:30

Group 2 - Kohuhu Year 5's, Kea, Tui Year 4's and Kororaa Year 4's

(Lynn, Jo and Gary – accompanying teachers)

Feb 11   11am - 12pm

Feb 23   10am - 11am

Feb 25  11am - 12pm

Mar 9  1:30 - 2:30pm

Mar 12  11am - 12pm

Please remember that this will affect ordered lunches on some of these days.

The children will be invoiced soon which will cover the cost of travelling by bus to and from the pool, entry into the pool and cost of swimming teachers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see your class teacher.

Many thanks,

Jo Mortimer, Gary Paterson, Andrew Oliver, Karen McNabb, Carolyn Thelning and Lynn Alcock

The Weston School Swimming Sports Year 4—8 will be held on Friday the 6th of March 10:00am-12:30pm.  Timekeepers will be required for the Weston Swimming Sports—please contact the school if available.

The North Otago Swimming Sports will be held on Wednesday the 18th of March.  8:45am-1:30pm.


Children interested in playing Softball need to have their names to Mrs Mortimer in Kea Class by Monday 9 February, 3:00pm.

North Otago Junior Touch Rugby Newsletter

Please find links below to find the North Otago Junior Touch Rugby

Newsletter and Registration form


Registration form

Football South

The children are benefiting from having 2 professional coaches to improve their soccer skills once a week this term.

Otago Touch Reps

The girls under 13 Otago touch team came 2nd in the South Island junior Inter-provincial 

Series held in Christchurch of the 21st December 2014.  They lost to Canterbury by 1 point in 

nail biting final.  Brylee Milmine was part of this team.  


ICAS Exam Dates

For your information ICAS sitting dates have been set for 2015 as follows:


Sitting Date

Closing Date

Price in NZ$

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday, 21 April 2015



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Wednesday, 6 May 2015



15 - 19 June 2015*

Monday, 18 May 2015



Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday, 19 May 2015



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tuesday, 30 June 2015



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015


Notices will be sent home regarding these exams for those interested over the next 

few weeks.

Scholastic Book Club Orders

Book Club orders are due back Friday 13 February.

Out Of Hours Music and Art Classes 2015


Open to all North Otago primary aged children, hosted by Weston School

Music classes

·   Brass – trumpet, cornet, trombone

·   Saxophone

·   Clarinet

·   Guitar

·   Drums

Art Classes

Information and enrolment:


or school office ph 434 5445.

Community Information

See details on our school noticeboard, click on the links below or visit our School Website on our Home Page under Community for details on events below.  Hard copies are also available from the School Office.

Art Classes - Printmaking and art classes over this term.

Upcoming local Multisport events - fun runs, duathlons and triathlons

Oamaru Multisport Information February 2015

Dualthlon and triathlon 1 March 2015

The Oamaru Mail Off the Couch Triathlon Feb 2015

Summer League Hockey

Meadowbank United Football Club Inc Junior Football Skills Programme 2015

Family Carers Workshop

Port FM Bird Man Competition

Staership Mobile Phones School Campaign

Weston Kids Club Dates Term 1, 2015

TOPflite Colouring Competition Details

Colouring Competition