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Week 7

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 7, 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



here is a link to a clip from Kowhai Class.

Travelling Safely to School

There are quite a few of our students who are biking to school at the moment. Before the end of term we will send out our policy regarding biking to school to all those families of biking children. As the NZ Police do not recommend or endorse children under 10 biking unsupervised we need to know that our younger children are supervised by adults and we will provide a vest or bag cover to make sure tamariki can be seen. It seems there are many younger children biking at the moment and we are worried about safety on our roads.

‘Hi Viz’ Vests also need to be worn by all bus children so you can be seen waiting on country roads.

Parents if your child is wearing a vest you need to watch out for ‘pulling’ on blue weston tops. Your child needs to be taught how to put it on in the morning.

Thanks to Elton Crane Road Safety Co-ordinator for the Waitaki District for giving 32 Hi Viz bag covers to the school.  

North Otago Primary School Swimming Sports

How wonderful from so many entries we had 38 individual placings and won two of our Junior relays and came second in the Seniors. What an awesome job Weston! A big thank you to Mrs Mortimer for her organisation and supervision. It was excellent to be working in Marshalling this year and be able to encourage our tamariki before races.

Easter Fun afternoon with games for all tamariki and an Easter egg to top it off!

On Wednesday 1st April we will have a fun afternoon for our kids with the support of Home and School and our Year 8 Physical Activity Leaders (PALs). We will have games and races from 2:15pm so come along and join in and watch the fun.

Chocolate Egg Fundraiser

The school and board of trustees would like to thank the community for getting behind this fundraiser we have organised this year. The money will be used to purchase a new computer library system to replace our outdated one, during this year which will also offer e-books to our students as another reading option. We know how busy our families are and appreciate your support.

Bible in Schools

There will be a survey come home next week telling you more about this programme that we take part in at Weston School and the Board of Trustees would like to know if you are supporting of this in light of recent media coverage and some parent feedback.  Bible will still be offered in terms two and three for interested families.  Please return to school by 31st March.

Ni hao ma?

How are you in Mandarin!?

Our school has been offered free Mandarin lessons starting in term two with a qualified Mandarin teacher from China. This is an opportunity we would like to take part in and will offer this to all classes as appropriate. This will be a North Otago wide initiative.

Otago Primary Schools World Cup Festival Day

What an awesome cricket team we have and to win the event and a bowling machine well that is just the biggest ‘WOW’ ever. See below for photos and the story. Such a great team effort and super to see our kids out with Mr Paterson using the bowling machine before school starts! Thanks parents for your support.

NZEI Visit

Next week the teachers at Weston welcome NZEI who are visiting schools around the country looking at good practice.  They are coming to see Science in action and what we think or how we could be financially supported to make our programmes better.  They will also see what we do to learn and how the teachers collaborate together.

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

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan


Year 8 House Captains


House Captains are presented with their polo shirts in last weeks leadership assembly.  


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The Year 8 students attended a Physical Activity Leaders (PAL's) workshop last Friday at Fenwick School with peers from Fenwick, Ardgowan, Duntroon, and Glenavy. This leadership day focused on the aims of identifying qualities of a good leader, developing team building skills, exploring games and activities, understanding the importance of a leadership role and most importantly, to have fun!  These skills will hold them in good stead as their leadership roles evolve throughout their final year at Weston. Our students were active participants with positive attitudes.

Gardening goodies!


Charles Young and Maddison Mavor share some potato chips made from our school vegetable garden!!!  Yummy!!!

Otago Primary Schools World Cup Festival Day

Our Weston Cricket Team won the Otago-Southland Mini World Cup Cricket Tournament in Dunedin on Tuesday.  The tournament was made up of school teams each representing the sub associations in Otago and Southland.  Originally to be played on the University Oval we were weather forced indoors to the Edgar Centre.  

After a hectic first two games adjusting to indoor rules Weston overcame South Otago and Eastern Southland teams.  Weston eventually settled into playing tight fielding and bowling, restricting successive teams scoring.

Weston made the final and won by 40 runs against George Street Normal School.

Each school was given a bowling machine for their school for attending the day and each participant received an ICC Cricket World Cup bag, Magazine, Trophy, Drink bottle and Cap.

Thanks to Gary Paterson, Ben Cant and Stefan Mavor for helping to organise the team and to the parents for driving children to Dunedin and assisting on the day.

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      Samuel Petrie and Riki Bush in action        Elisha Carter gets ready to strike


The winning team with the bowling machine given to our school.

Logan Taylor, Liam Direen, Riki Bush, Elisha Carter, Samuel Petrie, Alice Petrie, Molly Loe, Emma Meikle, Liam Mavor, Bailee Waby, William Loe, Jesse Valpy

Relay for Life - School MUFTI DAY Friday 13 March

Thanks to those who supported the Relay for Life Mufti Day.  We raised an awesome $288.00!


Kowhai - Grace Webster, Nicholas Page

Kakapo - Laura Aker, Henry Ward

Tuatara -  Sophie Braid, Cameron Notman

Kororaa - Harison Staples, Ella Gore-Symes

Tui -  Sophie Spittle, Harry King

Kea - Riley Welsh, Chloe Hayman

Kohuhu - Holly Harvey, Chloe Wilson

Ngahere - Liam Mavor, Alex Campbell

Awa Iti - Bailey Collins, Riki Bush

Principal’s Awards-

Principal’s Award - Sylvia Lott

Happiness Award - William Loe and Quesha Sage

Science Award - Bailey Clack


Hauora Homework sharing

Riley sharing his awesome Hauora Energy Homework with us.  One of the tasks he showed was - Build a simple cell.  Operate a small torch bulb from your cell(s).

In Rileys words - “I put an electric fence wire to the light bulb and put the battery to some cords to make a circuit!”


Otago Anniversary Day

School will be closed this day Monday 23 March


Friday 27 March - 1:40pm


Midori lunch orders from Term 2

We are lucky to have Midori now able to offer us School Lunches on Thursdays beginning Term 2.  Orders MUST be placed before 9am in a clearly marked envelope with what the order is, name and room name.  

Menu offered:-

5 pcs 8pcs

Teriyaki Chicken Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, carrot)        $5.00 $8.00

Chicken Katsu Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, mayo) $5.00 $8.00

Smoked Chicken Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, mayo) $5.00 $8.00

Salmon Sushi (Fresh raw salmon, avocado)        $6.50 $11.00

Teriyaki Salmon Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, carrot) $6.50 $11.00

Cooked Tuna Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, carrot, mayo) $5.00 $8.00

Vegetable Sushi (Lettuce, tofu, avocado, carrot) $5.00 $8.00

Combo Sushi (Combination sushi) $6.00 $10.00

Beef Karubi Sushi (Marinated beef, lettuce, carrot) $5.00 $8.00

Prawn Tempura Sushi (Lettuce, avocado, mayo) $6.50 $11.00

Vege Tempura Sushi (Lettuce seasonal vege tempura)      $11.00

Chicken and Avocado Rice Ball (Teriyaki chicken) $6.00

Chicken and Avocado Rice Ball (Katsu chicken) $6.00

Salmon and Avocado Rice Ball $7.00

Cooked Tuna Avocado Rice Ball (with mayo) $6.00

Scholastic Book Orders

Book orders to be back in by Tuesday the 24th at the latest - thank you.


Chocolate sales are going really well. Please return money as soon as possible. If you are
unable to sell your chocolates please return to the school office.

Entertainment Book

We are again able to offer the Entertainment Book in Term 2.   Details will be sent home with students at the beginning of Term 2.  Books will not be sent home as last year but a sample copy will be available for viewing soon at the school office and you can purchase these yourself.  

Uniform Shop - the Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 1st of April from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.

WW100 Poppy Pins $6.00 - place your order at the school office with your name and money in a sealed envelope.  Further details in link below.

Health Information


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There has been a recurrent outbreak of head lice SCHOOL WIDE.  So that we can stop this cycle, we ask that you PLEASE CHECK YOU CHILD/CHILDRENS HAIR EVERY NIGHT.  Your chemist is a great source of information and has many products available to combat the problem.  There are also alternative options,


A completely organic, non toxic, safe and effective NZ made solution to nits is now available from the North Otago Dispensary.  The product is called nit-enz and we have been advised that It is especially good for children that are prone to re-infestations of nits.  More information and brochures are available from the School Office.

“Coottee Time”

Coottee Time, contact Debbie Scanlon 027 289 6422 for details.  

In the mean time we strongly advise that girls tie back their hair to prevent further spreading of lice.  Christine Mabon our Public Health Nurse is able to offer support, her contact number is

027 223 8468. Information leaflets are also available at the School Office.

Headlice Information

Headlice Factsheet

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

Bagpipe Lessons

Beauty and the Beast - St Kevins College are very excited to be bringing the wonderful Disney production of Beauty and the Beast to Oamaru!  We would like to offer your students and their families the opportunity to secure Early Bird tickets before they go on public sale at the beginning of next term.  Booking forms and money must be IN A SEALED AND NAMED ENVELOPE into the school office.  

Early bird booking form

Girl Guide Biscuits - please contact Jo Mortimer at Weston School - $3.50/pack

Meadowbank United Football Club 2015 Junior Open day and Registration details 14 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

Old Boys Rugby Football Club Registration 2015

Piano FREE to a good home - Bremar Oak Piano phone Margaret McLeod 434 8709.

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.

Scotts Own Sea Scouts

Starship Mobile Phones School Campaign

Valley JAB Rugby Registration Information 2015

Valley Junior Netball Registration Information 2015

Valley Senior Netball Registrations 2015

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Wanaka Trail Bike Ride 26 April

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club