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Week 7

Westie’s News

Term 2, 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 Acting Principal

We have been talking about what it means to be responsible!

Weston children understand how they can be responsible at school and at home. Last week in Assembly we discussed how to show responsibility in Assembly. Children identified the need to sit quietly between items and listen to the speaker. Weston children are now putting into practice being responsible at school, at home and in assembly!

Book Fair Character Dress Up Day

How lovely to see so many children dressing up as their favourite book character last week. The teachers enjoyed it just as much!

Thank you for supporting your child/children to enjoy books.

The Fancy Nancy’s
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The Three Little Pigs!

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Nicky is on professional learning until the 8th of June looking at innovative schools in Australia. If you have any queries that your child's teacher might not be able to answer please see Sharlene Carki who will be Acting Principal during this time.

Reports and Parent Interviews

Our mid-year reports and interviews are due by the end of this term, reports will go out to parents in Week 9 and interviews will take place in Week 10. Interviews are over two afternoons and two evenings. We would love to see as many parents as possible. We will send out all information for interviews with your child’s school reports.

Bible in Schools

The board would like to thank parents and whanau for their response to the recent Bible in Schools survey. Out of 151 families we had 28 families that said they did not want their children participating in the programme and 57 families who wished that their children do take part. 66 families did not respond.  The board also received many valuable comments all of which contributed to the following decision.

Bible in Schools will continue in its present form at our school. While there is an increasing number of non-participating children the school can absorb this by creating two rooms supervised by teachers with suitable activities provided.

Many thanks for your participation in the survey. Together we help to make the decisions for our children.

Nga mihi

Sharlene Carki


Kowhai - Lexie Elvidge, Leonie Groot

Kakapo - Sam Isbister, Ashton McCabe

Tuatara -  Louis Belt, Aaliya Familton

Kororaa - Lloyd Fellowes, Harison Staples

Tui - Tate Kane, Lucas Chellew

Kea - Paige Hacquoil, Jayden McFarlane

Kohuhu - Logan Taylor, Paige Black

Ngahere - Molly Loe, Alexis Cuaresma

Awa Iti -  Ethan Waby, Brooklyn Hunter

Principal’s Awards-

Principal’s Award - Holly Harvey, Lloyd Fellowes

Science Award - Tyler Hughes, Mason Kingan, Joel Carter

Happiness Award - Cameron Notman



Myah Templeton


Lockable Bike Shed Survey

Corbyn King and Flynn Hill presented a detailed proposal to the Board of Trustees for a lockable bike shed.  Corbyn and Flynn showed the Board of Trustees the surveys returned from the School Community and shared ideas and pictures of how a new shed could look.  The boys were presented the proposal very well.


Scholastic Book Fair and Dress up as a Book Character Day

Thanks for supporting our Book Fair we sold $2,185 worth of books giving us $655 worth of books from Scholastic in return.

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Assembly - Our next Assembly will be held on Friday 12 June, 1:40pm.

ICAS Exams coming up - Writing 15 June, Spelling 16 June

Weston School Speech Competition Year 5-8 - Thursday 18 June from 11:00am-12:30pm in the Weston Hall.  An outside adjudicator will be used for this event.    

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


Contact numbers

Please ensure that the contact numbers provided to us are current and that you are able to be contacted.  In the event of an emergency or if we need to contact you urgently it is so important that we are able to get in touch.  If you are unsure what numbers you have provided please check in with the office.

Absence Notification

If your child is absent please make sure you contact the School Office.  This can be done through the phone line by leaving a message on 434 5445 or by txt to 027 788 2700.  We need to know that your children are safe.  Thank you.  


If your child is not on the bus please make sure this is communicated with the School or Ritchies.  Thank you.

Pick up and Drop off Safety

Please do not collect or drop off your children in the staff car park.  We have also noticed an increasing amount of people dropping off and picking up children on the yellow lines - children’s safety is paramount.  There is adequate parking in the hall car park.


Music Festival Tickets - get them now!

Tickets are available from the School Office at $7.00 per ticket. Please note we have only been allocated 2 tickets PER FAMILY of participating students. This is due to the large number of students on stage and families from other schools performing on this night requiring tickets.  So get them now!  You can waitlist for more but there are no guarantee’s.


Please remember to send a beanie with your child to school. It has been
particularly cold in the last week so it is important they have a beanie on at
break times.

Starship Mobile Phones Campaign

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! 

Scholastic Book Club - Orders due back Wednesday 10 June.

Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 17th of June from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.


Public Health Nurse - Christine Mabon

Breakfast Time

Breakfast at home is a healthy, low-cost way to help your child grow strong and be ready to learn.  Some breakfast ideas are:

Wheat bix and milk,  Porridge and milk,  Banana and bread,

Toast and spread, Leftovers/ fruit

To obtain any resources or advice on healthy eating and the importance of breakfast, talk to your school’s public health nurse.

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 also available from the School Office.

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,

Meadowbank Football Club Disco 20 June

OSCAR Holiday Programme July 2015

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

Sports Nutrition Seminar 10 June 2015

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Weston Church Kids Club dates - Term 2, 2015

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club

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