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Week 5

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 5, 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

Thanks to all those parents who helped and supported teachers and students today for our school swimming sports. You help make this event successful. A special thanks to Jo Mortimer for her organisation this year.

Well done Home and School members and those teachers who came for last nights fun treasure hunt tour of Weston. Did you know for there are 4505 books currently in the library? We hope to see you all for our Easter Fun night with games for all tamariki and an Easter egg to top it off.

We welcomed East Otago High School today when a group of staff came to see our Modern Learning Environment upgrade. Good to know that our High Schools are working towards the development of learning environments that support 21st century learning.

Many Weston School tamariki have been involved in initial testing by teachers so that we can determine levels of learning which will inform us of teaching next steps to support your child's achievement.

Next week's assembly is leadership based and introduces our Year 8 leaders.

Have a happy and enjoyable weekend with your family and whanau.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan


School Swimming Sports

Students supporting their house at our Weston School Swimming sports - Friday 6 March

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More photos to follow next Westies News!


Kowhai - Max Dunjey, Nadine Palita

Kakapo - Harry Mavor, Miley Presnell

Tuatara - Ruby Fox, Rory Bailey

Kororaa - Melissa Carki, Flynn Hayes

Tui -  Angelo Bush, Brooke Taylor

Kea - Emma Fox, Lily Cadogan

Kohuhu - Jacob McLaren, Damien Miller

Ngahere - Rory McLeod, Katelyn Walton

Awa Iti - Sen MacMaster, Kazsandra Cuaresma

Principal’s Awards-

Happiness Award - Charles Young and Maddison Mavor

Alice Petrie competes at Nationals

Report from Leigh Petrie - poolside!

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Alice was one of the five members of the Oamaru Swim Club’s team that competed at the New Zealand National Junior Championships in Wellington from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 February, 2015. This is the second year that Alice and Iessha have qualified and competed. Along with Penny Keeling, Iessha Mansfield and Abbey Wilson, Alice raced in  the 11 Year Old Girls section with Micah Hayes in the Boys 12 Years section. Their coach, Narcis Gherca also attended.  Alice’s main strokes are butterfly and freestyle but she has always enjoyed backstroke and the Medleys. 

Alice doing the breaststroke section of the 200m Individual Medley which was Session 3, 

Sunday morning.


Alice competed in the following events:

                50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley

She gained personal best times in four of the events with the biggest improvement of 5.05 seconds in her 200m Freestyle. Alice’s best results was in her first swim of the meet – the 100m Butterfly which was on the Friday evening. Alice did a time improvement of 3.48 seconds and gained sixth place.  All of the Oamaru swimmers performed very strongly with a high percentage of  great personal best times and some swims being very close to medals.  As Alice had a top ten result, she has been invited, along with Penny, Iessha and Micah, to attend a Swim New Zealand Development camp which is to be held over three days in June.  What Alice liked best about the Juniors was the chance to be there and to watch swimmers from all over New Zealand. She hopes to make it back there next year and do even better.

Alice mid stroke – 50m Butterfly, Session 2,

Saturday 21 March

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Swimming continues for students next week - check which group your child/ren are in for dates.

Leadership Assembly - Friday 13 March, 1:40pm

Relay for Life - School MUFTI DAY Friday 13 March

Weston staff have a Relay for Life team entered and we appreciate the schools support in raising money for this very worthwhile cause.  The next fundraising project will be a Mufti Day on Friday the 13th March.  Gold Coin donation please.

Wear something that makes you happy!

Swimming Sports

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

Otago Anniversary Day - School will be closed this day

Monday 23 March





We are selling Easter Chocolates as we did last year. One box per family will be coming home with your eldest child today. There will be 40 items each to be sold at $1.50. Information and details will come with the chocolates.

Uniform Shop - the Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 18th 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.  Please return forms before Friday the 13th of March to the office.  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


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


Statements have been sent home.  Any activity fees from 2014 are overdue.

Please let the office know if you want to use credit balances to pay donations.  Credit balances will not be put to donations unless we are notified to do so.  


A Macpac Jacket named Miles Ward or Lily Braid. Please contact the school office if you know where it is - thanks

Health Information

Snippets from the NZ Heart Foundation

Water - Make water the drink of choice

Home and School

FIREWORKS - The first Fireworks meeting for the year will be held on

Thursday the 12th of March at 7:30pm.  Feel free to bring your fresh and new ideas to this meeting.  We look forward to meeting you there.

DONATE Board Games - Home and School are on the hunt for some cool board games in good condition.  It would be fantastic if you could help us by donating board games for the library. Great on rainy/cold days.  Please drop into the school office with your name on it.  Thank you Ms McNabb and Mr Oliver for the suggesting the idea.

Old & New Recipe Cook books

We have found some old recipe books created by Home and School back in 2000.

There are some awesome recipes in it.  If you would like one they are available from the school office – donations over $5 would be gratefully received.   The recipe books we did 4 years ago are for sale too, for $15 a book.


WED 18th MARCH 6:30–7:30pm.

More details to come.

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.

Awamoa Football Club Pre-season Football Skills Sessions

Girl Guide Biscuits - please contact Jo Mortimer at Weston School - $3.30/pack

Kakanui Trail Ride 7th and 8th of March

Kakanui School Big Beach Day 21 March

Kakanui School Big Beach Day Surf Comp details

Kakanui School Big Beach Day Colouring in Comp Master 1

Kakanui School Big Beach Day Colouring in Comp Master 2

Meadowbank United Football Club 2015 Junior Open day 14 March

Meadowbank United Football Club Inc Junior Football Skills Programme 2015

Old Boys Rugby Football Club Registration 2015

Papakaio Hall Fundraiser - Have you got talent? 7 March

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.

Race Relations Day 7 March

Relay for Life Movie Fund-raiser - “The Theory of Everything”. 6 March

Scotts Own Sea Scouts

Starship Mobile Phones School Campaign

St Josephs Foodfair 15 March

Valley JAB Rugby Registration Information 2015 - 13 March 4pm

Valley Senior Netball Registrations 2015

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Wanaka Trail Bike Ride 26 April

Weston Kids Club Dates Term 1, 2015