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Week 10

Westie’s News

Term 2, Week 10, 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

Staff Changes

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Mrs Alison Holden in Kakapo Class next term as she has won a job in Twizel where her family is. We will miss her very much but also welcome back Miss Nicole McGregor full-time as class teacher. Mrs Maureen Keen will also join our school to help in Mrs Thelnings class teaching Maths and Mrs Brown’s class helping with larger numbers of New Entrants.

Mrs Sharlene Carki is also on sabbatical next term looking at priority learners and providing new opportunities for learning. She will be back suitably refreshed for a busy term four!

Reports and Parent Interviews

Our mid-year reports have been sent out with interview details for Week 11. Interviews are over two afternoons and two evenings. We would love to see as many parents as possible and look forward to catching up with you next week on Monday and Tuesday. If you aren’t sure how to make an interview please phone Joy McGee Monday morning.

Ukulele Concert

Home and School you are awesome! Thanks to 12 parents who took the time to assist with fundraising at Mitchell and Webster. I think it was four hours of work that has raised the $800 so that EVERY child at Weston School can see the Ukulele Concert at school tomorrow. You are deeply appreciated.

Spare desks

Weston will join North Otago schools in sending old furniture to the schools in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam. We will have some desks left over that will be available for parents and families that want them please contact the office.

Mrs Ryan’s Educational Visit to Australia

I had such an interesting time in Australia looking at innovation in schools - how do overseas schools use modern learning furniture and flexible learning environments? It is with hand on heart that I can come and say it was incredibly interesting with so much to think about but seriously...teachers in NZ do such a great job with my far less funding as we are a smaller country. I much prefer our National Standards way of monitoring progress rather than NAPLAN where some schools prefer children not to attend on testing days such pressure and a leaning towards teaching to tests. I did however see a Learning Centre to die for! I was impressed with strong Home and School relationships and students who were leading their own learning, One school I visited had a strong love of NZ teaching practices and knew all about Learning and Change Networks.

I will be presenting to board and staff next term and will also share with Home and School as well as a child version for assembly in week two of term three.


Scotch Oakburn Junior School’s Learning Centre in Tasmania

We love what we do and we love learning!

Some of our teachers are very busy at the moment Mrs Kitchin and Mr Paterson have been doing Science webinars for teachers nationally. They are becoming a techie King and Queen. It will be an honour for me to share at the Royal Society next term how our school is leading the way in Science teaching. Ms Sullivan is still busy doing her study and is an invited speaker for the Knowledge Building Symposium at Otago University in the holidays that will have international guests. Mrs Brown is all numbered up and will be a Math presenter running a workshop on ipads for teachers at the annual Otago Numeracy Symposium. Ms Sullivan is sneaking into that Numeracy Symposium as well and running a workshop on Gifted and Talented. Mrs Carki is a speaker for Priority Learners and our school’s programmes at the Learning and Change Network Hui in Auckland in the holidays and I will join her with Mrs Jenny Jackson Principal of St Joseph’s for our presentation on our Learning and Change Network schools and how we work together on moderation and digital technology and new ways of learning together. North Otago is considered small but mighty!

Read on for a great few weeks at Weston. The Matariki celebrations have been fantastic and the games with Youthtown have been very well received. Well done to our speech competition winners and those who participated in the Lion’s Speech Competition.

Brylee Milmine, Bailey Collins and Amelia Brash. Great work girls!


Matariki Games


Matariki boats- Maori used boats to come to New Zealand from Polynesia

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Matariki Craft

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Matariki - with Mrs Tipa and Tuatara class

Mrs Tipa, Nan of Samuel and Jayden Tipa, joined us during our Matariki celebrations, reading us stories, and showing us how to cut flax and make flax flowers and birds. Thank you to all our families for joining us.

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Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan


Kowhai -  Zara Wilson, Macee McDonald

Kakapo - Leroy Black, Ryley Stevenson

Tuatara -  Jayden and Samuel Tipa

Kororaa - Melissa Carki, Harison Staples

Tui - Korbyn Kira, Breanna Kingan

Kea - Emma Fox, Andrew Sinclair

Kohuhu - Sophie Hickey, Zicayde Sage

Ngahere - Melissa Presnall, Cade Flett

Awa Iti -  Lachlan Voyce-McCulloch, Brylee Milmine

Deputy Principal’s Awards-

Deputy Principal’s Award - Jacob McLaren, Melissa Rawson

Science Award - Neave Meikle

Happiness Award - Jakob Rohrbach


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Blake Shieffelbien                Charlee Maclean


Road Patrol

Some of our Year 7's were trained for Road Patrol to help the Year 8's with Carrie Hamilton.

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Dr Dave

Last week Dr Dave igniting the 'Science Thinker' with liquid nitrogen!

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Film Making

For the past few weeks the Year 8’s have been filming a movie for to enter in a local competition. We started with a whole afternoon brainstorming ideas and decided on the theme of happiness. In the last two sessions with our Directors, Maddie Maxwell and Bridget Ellis, we have been filming with the camera. We have used the green screen technique, movie make-up, creating a set, and costumes to wrap this film all together. The film must be five minutes long. All the year 8’s have different character parts to play.

We have all developed a range of acting skills along the way to take with us through high school and beyond. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the final product at the North Otago Film Awards in September.

By Brooklyn Hunter and Brieana Diedrichs


Brieana Diedrichs and Safiya Hunter in costume

Year 5-8 Weston School Speech Competition

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Speech Competition.  


Winner of the Year 7 and 8 Ngapara School Cup - Bailey Collins

Second - Brylee Milmine, Third - Amelia Brash


Winner of the Year 5 and 6 Rusbatch Family Cup - Maddie Rawson

Second - Emma Meikle, Third equal - Timmy Sargeant and Jesse Valpy

Lions Speech Competition
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Last Sunday, Brylee Milmine, Bailey Collins and Amelia Brash participated in the Lions Speech contest at Fenwick School.  All three girls spoke very well, and represented Weston with pride. Unfortunately we didn't receive any placings, however the girls can be proud of how they spoke.

Tui and Kea Classrooms enjoy Wacky Wheels Win with

The Oamaru Ordinary Cycle Club    





Helping Bob

Students get down to it, to check on Mr Jelgesma’s work on fixing the water fountain!




Assembly Our next Assembly will be held on Friday 3 July, 1:40pm.

Home and School Sausage sizzle Friday’s, $2.00 sausage.


Music Festival - The Music Festival promises to be a fabulous evening.  A notice regarding details of the evening including particular uniform requirements and specific times have been sent home with participating students and are available from the school office should you need.

Statements - Statements will be sent home next week. We would appreciate prompt payment of any unpaid invoices.

(Donation invoices excluded of course as this is a voluntary donation).  

Polar Fleeces - We have a lot of parents looking for missing Polar Fleeces.  It is very easy for children to pick up someone else’s Polar Fleece and take home with them by mistake.  Please make sure they are returned to school and check to see that your child has the correct Polar Fleece on.  We have one child missing 4 Polar Fleeces that are well named.

Waitaki Girls’ High School Enrolment - Parents/Caregivers of Year 8 girls planning to enrol at Waitaki Girls’ High School in 2016 – it would really help our planning if you could post your enrolment form to PO Box 42, Oamaru 9444 or drop into our school office by 3rd July. Thank you to those who already have – we will be in touch soon about details for our Year 8 Hands On afternoon in September. If you require an enrolment form or wish to know more about the school please contact our office.

Ngā mihi, Nila Sime, Principal’s PA - Waitaki Girls’ High School, Trent Street, Oamaru, 9400.  Phone:  03 434 8429 -



The Weston School Community supports the Starship Mobile Phones School Campaign. To support this we collect as many old cell phones that we can and send them up to Starship. This not only helps Starship but we also gain points for our school which accumulate to rewards. 

We currently have 127 points. We can get a defibrillator with our points if we collect enough phones.  We need 900 points. If we can do a big push on this we can 
get a defibrillator for our school - how great would that be! 


Uniform Shop - We have quite a lot of second hand uniform available - come along and see - there are lots of Polar Fleeces.  The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 1st  of July from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.

Midori Orders - Midori are now offering Chicken Chirashi Sushi Katsu or Teriyaki for $6.00.  This is rice in the 5pc sushi pack size with chicken on the rice bed.

Entertainment Books - We have 3 more Entertainment Books available to us - if you would like one please contact the School Office - thanks!


Public Health Nurse - Christine Mabon


Sleep is important for children’s learning and behavior. Sleep helps with physical and mental wellbeing and also helps prevent sickness. Children who do not get enough sleep may not be able to learn as well as their school friends who get enough sleep.

Primary school children typically sleep 10-12 hours each night. Common sleep problems in school children include refusing to go to bed, nightmares, sleep walking, delayed sleep, and snoring.

A regular bedtime routine that encourages relaxation, avoiding screen time and high energy physical activity close to bedtime are key to establishing healthy sleep habits. For good information on how to encourage good sleep patterns and strategies to use for common sleep problems -  - sleeping sound

Your Public Health Nurse is: Christine Mabon, 4331162 or 027 2238468

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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 available from the School Office.

Accounting for Non Accountants

Registration form

Catalogue and Mailer Delivery Run - Want to earn some extra income?


Phone or text Steve 0272849578 to reserve place.

Junior Netball Academy

Learn to Run Programme -  it's not too late to join, we've just kicked off! Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays at 6.30pm. Don't think about it any longer - sometimes the first step is the hardest... it's simple, just contact the Rec Centre and join this small friendly group of like-minded people. If you can walk for 20 minutes you can do this! Just $120 for 6 weeks, includes 12 free gym passes. Ph the Rec Centre 4346932,

North Otago Cricket July Holidays Programme

OSCAR Holiday Programme July 2015

Recycled Relics - Sculptures of Chris Meder Steampunk HQ 29 May - 31 Aug

The Nukes on Tour in Oamaru -  Performing at Cucina Friday 26 June 8pm - free for all minors U18 as long as they are accompanied by a paying parent - a chance to drag mum, dad out for a night and get another taste of the group..pre sale tickets are $15 from Cucina or on eventfinder.

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club

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Waitaki Aquatic Centre - The Waitaki Aquatic Centre will be closed for annual maintenance from June 29th (Monday) to July 3rd (Friday) 2015. We reopen on Saturday 4th of July 2015.  Thank you, Matthew Lanyon - Aquatic Centre Manager.

Waitaki Newcomers Network

What Next?! Kid’s Holiday Programme