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Week 3

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Term 1, Week 3, 2015

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 fortnightly news blog…

Message from the Principal

I am hoping that everyone has settled into school life and families have quickly adjusted back into the organised busy-ness of term time activities. It was great to see parents and families at our Meet the Teacher night. Knowing expectations to start the year makes for a positive relationship between parents and teachers. Meaning we are all working together for your childrens benefit.

As we are focused on happiness this year we wanted to know what makes our parents happy and what you think makes your children happy? This was  gathered from our Meet the Teachers night:

Parents happiness...

I am happy when...

  • I see other happy people

  • I am eating potato chips

  • I feel healthy

  • I am with my family

  • It is the holidays

  • I have wine!

  • I see my family members happy

  • I am around welcoming friendly and interactive parents

  • I make others happy

  • I am swimming in the lakes

  • I am eating good food

  • I eat chocolate (thank senior homework!)

  • I find out my son prefers school to the holidays

What Parents think gives their Children happiness...

What makes my child happy...

  • Friendships within school

  • Cuddles

  • Sport like a hit of tennis

  • Playing cards

  • Quality time with Mum and Dad

  • Achievement and recognition of achievement

  • The little things

  • Physical activity

  • Interactive activities in class

  • Playing lego

  • Having family time

  • Playing with friends

  • Having fun in and out of school

  • The chance to talk as much as my child wants and being listened to

  • Lollies!

  • FOOD!

Just a reminder that parents can encourage children to be self managing by packing their own bags and making sure they have organised all the requirements for school such as homework or togs (if swimming), reading books or BYOD technology. Having responsibility and control over our things makes us happy!

It is really important that children are wearing the school uniform. This requires them to have the school polar fleece as their warm top. Not different coloured jackets or sweatshirts. We like the children to wear the uniform with Weston Pride! If your child is not in uniform then parents need to inform the office as to why as it saves us asking children.

Our Year 7 & 8’s are off to OIS for technology next week so they need to be prepared and also in correct uniform.

It is a topsy turvy term with assemblies due to so many activities so please note that next week's assembly is at 11.00 am next Friday to accommodate science rotations and swimming for seniors.  

Our monthly board meeting of the year will be next Tuesday night that will have us looking at our proposed Charter for 2015-17, presenting and considering our student achievement targets for this year as well as going over our Analysis of Variance for last year which looks at how well our students are progressing against the National Standards.

I look forward to seeing you at school.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

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Thanks to Susan Ludemann for these gorgeous flowers she brought into the office on Friday - it did make us feel very happy!!!


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                  Cheyden Blackley Samuel Boyd



Our first Assembly was held last Friday.  We were very lucky to have a fantastic demonstration from David Naylor, Mr Cowles and some very clever students who are learning brass instruments.  We thank them very much for coming to play for us.  The trumpet and trombone are available to learn through our Out of Hours Music Programme as advertised below.  Please contact the school if your child is interested in learning any of the instruments listed in the advertisement.






Kowhai - Bridget Spittle, Peyton Cranston

Kakapo - Alex McCabe, Libby Burr

Tuatara - Cash Paterson, Maddison Mavor

Tui - Dipak Atwal, Kate Mortimer

Kororaa - Lucas Chellew, Emily Mavor

Kea - Joel Carter, William Loe

Kohuhu - Maddie Rawson, Kate Burr

Ngahere - Alex Burr, Emma Meikle

Awa Iti - Jocelyn Fellowes, Harry Wilson

Principal’s Awards-

Principal’s Award - Brieana Diedrichs

Science Award - Ebony Heta

Happy Award - Liam Hayes


Chinese Visitors

On Tuesday students from various Chinese schools from South East China visited our school.  We welcomed the group by singing some New Zealand songs.  The Chinese students also sang some well known Chinese songs to us. The group were hoping to learn as much as they could about New Zealand and take home some new experiences.

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We held a mufti day as a for Relay for Life fundraiser which made an awesome $288.00!!!  Thanks so much for your support.  Mrs Carki below was getting into the action with her onesie giraffe costume.  As the mufti day theme was to wear something that makes you feel happy, it fitted well with our WIG (Wildly Important Goal)  

Skilful thinkers know;

happiness helps the learner grow.

Mrs Carki spent some time in the classrooms during the afternoon gathering information from students about what makes them happy.

Weston children play Cricket in the

Milo Shield and Milo Cup Tournaments


Weston has been fielding teams in a nationwide cricket tournament.  The Milo Shield is the girls competition and the Milo Cup the boys.  In round one against Duntroon both Weston teams won their games.  The next round for both the boys and girls teams will be held on Monday the 2nd of March.


Alice Petrie is currently competing at the Swimming Nationals in Wellington - we wish her well in her events - GO ALICE!!!!


Technology at OIS for Year 7 and 8’s

Monday 23rd -Thursday 26th February.

Long hair should be tied up and students should wear closed toe footwear.

Students should take visual diaries to take with them.  

Assembly - Our next Assembly will be held on

Friday the 27th of February at 11:00am.

Swimming Sports

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

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


Uniform Shop - the Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 4th of March from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.

ICAS Exams -

Notices for children who have expressed interest in taking part in the ICAS exams this year have been sent home.  Forms are also available from the school office and from the link below.


Sitting Date

Price in NZ$

Digital Technologies

Tuesday, 19 May 2015



Wednesday, 3 June 2015



Monday, 15 June – Friday, 19 June 2015



Tuesday, 16 June 2015



Tuesday, 28 July 2015



Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Out Of Hours Music and Art Classes 2015


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

Music classes:

·   Trumpet and trombone

·   Saxophone

·   Clarinet

·   Guitar

·   Drums

Art Classes

Information and enrolment:


or school office ph 434 5445.

Please find link below for Out of Hours Music Classes held at Waitaki Girls High School for

Violin, Brass and Keyboard


It is with regret that I have to inform you that the North Otago Softball Association is unable to offer a softball competition.  Registration closed and unfortunately there was not enough teams for a competition to be undertaken.

The North Otago Softball Association would like your support and help to encourage teams or interested students to turn up at Centennial Park on Thursday the 26th February and 5th March at 4.00pm for “Give it a Go” softball evening.  See link below.

Jason McCoy, President, North Otago Softball Association

School Account numbers

Please find below account numbers for school accounts.

School Account Number - 030937 0125611 00

Home and School Account Number - 030937 0415715 00

Uniform Shop Account Number - 030937 0415715 01

Home and School help please

Labeling - Mitchell and Webster Fund-raiser

Sunday 22nd February from 9am - depending on numbers it should only be a mornings work.  Easy money for the school and easy work.  Have a chat while sticking a label on a bag, too easy.

Please text me on  027 423 2187 or email  We need 12 people.

Relay for Life

Weston staff have a relay for life team entered and we appreciate the schools support in raising money for this very worthwhile cause.  We will be holding the following fundraising projects to help raise money for this event.

Sausage Sizzles

Friday 27th February and Thursday 5th March

$2.00 per sausage -

feel free to donate more if you wish as this is for a good cause!!!


Mufti Day
Friday 13th March

Gold Coin donation please.

Wear something that makes you happy!

Garlic for sale

We will have some garlic for sale from our school vege garden after Assembly next week.  Bring some small change if you are keen to purchase some.

Health Information

Heart Foundation - Healthy Lunchbox options made easy

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.

Aoraki Polytech Parenting and Care of Children Course March 2015

Dualthlon and triathlon 1 March 2015

Kakanui Trail Ride

Plunket Electrical North Otago A & P Show

Friday 27th Feb - Oamaru’s Got X Factor, $1000 total in cash in prizes.  Anyone can enter at Mainstreet Music, Jae Bedford’s School of Music or North Otago A & P Office.  Entries close Wed 25th Feb.

Saturday 28th Feb -

Master A & P (4 – 10 years) 11.45am, Miss Junior A & P (4 – 7 years)  12.30pm

Miss Junior A & P (8 – 10 years)  1.20pm.  Entries on the day at the Secretaries office

Contact for either:  Fiona Caldwell 027 310 9515

Meadowbank United Football Club Inc Junior Football Skills Programme 2015

Mismatched Shoes Sale

Papakaio Hall Fundraiser - Have you got talent?

Pathfinders Gym Club


Recreational gymnastics for 2015 begins this week (16th Feb).

MONDAYS : 6 - 7.10pm for 8 years and over (boys and girls).

WEDNESDAYS : 6 - 7.10pm for 5 - 7 years (boys and girls).

Cost : $60.00 per term.  Please call in or ph Kim on 027 4832261 or 4340375.

Rural Life Keeping the Balance Free Workshop

The seminar has been carefully trialled and proven to be of very good value. It is designed partially for rural people but is really about being aware of our neighbours and community and about how to identify and manage stress.   

OAMARU  Tuesday 3rd March  Early Settlers Hall Oamaru  11am til 2.00pm -  lunch provided

KUROW     Wednesday 4th March Kurow Golf Club 11am til 2.00pm -  lunch provided

Relay for Life Movie Fund-raiser - “The Theory of Everything”.

Starship Mobile Phones School Campaign

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Weston Playcentre Fund-raiser

Weston Playcentre are having a baking paper/foil/wrap fundraiser.  You can order from the Weston 4 Square or Weston Playcentre  (contact Natalie Geypen).  All orders and money have to be in by 5th March 2014.  You will be contacted when the items are available which is usually 15 working days from orders return date.  Please find order form link below with sizes and pricing.

Weston Kids Club Dates Term 1, 2015