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Westie’s News

Term 3, Week 1, 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

Welcome back to term three!

We welcome back Miss Nicole McGregor full-time as class teacher of Kakapo room. Mrs Maureen Keen has also joined our school to help in Mrs Thelning’s Tui class teaching Maths and Mrs Brown’s Kowhai class helping with larger numbers of New Entrants.

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

It is lovely to have new families join us and we hope that enjoy your association with our school! We are currently at 228 students and still growing.

Reports and Parent Interviews

Thank you to those of you that came along to parent interviews last term and for your feedback on our mid-year reports. We are looking at some changes to make them more in line with the end of year reports. If you need to see your child’s teacher this term to catch up on achievement and progress you can always touch base with their teacher and make a time.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

This term the school will be learning about the NZ Police programme Keeping Ourselves Safe which we do bi-annually. Keeping Ourselves Safe is a child protection programme in which children and young people learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help.We will have a parents meeting on Thursday the 30th of July at 3:20 pm in Awa-iti room that is old room 10 to explain this programme. We plan to start in week three and we always work with Constable Carrie Hamilton who supports us with some of the lessons.

Maori Family and Whanau Hui

We would like to invite all of our families with Maori learners to come to a morning Hui next week on Thursday at 9.00 am. Your child will have an outline in their bag today so you need to check them for details. If you cannot find this please check the website.  Any queries please contact Sara Brown on

We love what we do and we love learning!

Our value and focus for this term is EXCELLENCE and of course we are working towards our production in the last week of term. You will need to keep Wednesday and Thursday night free for the week of 21st - 25th September. For new families everyone in the school is involved and all children will be on stage. It will be an evening of dancing, singing, fun, laughter and awwwww moments! We will be performing at WBHS in their auditorium. More details of our plot to come as the term unfolds!

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan


Kowhai -  Meika Millns, Leo Smyth

Kakapo - Kaylah Kira, Ethan Kennedy

Tuatara -  Chelsea Anderson, Brodie Holywell

Kororaa - Skyla Rawson, Myles Lott

Tui - Jamie Davies, Poppy Golding

Kea - Trystyn Toki, Jorja Belt

Kohuhu - Amelia Bush, Ryan Tate Ruddle

Ngahere - Anthony Docherty, Amelia Brash

Awa Iti -  Elisha Carter, Dean Allan

Deputy Principal’s Awards-

Deputy Principal’s Award - Chelsey Monahan, Paige Black

Happiness Award - Alex McCabe


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        Jacob McDonald     Keana Kearns     River Cunningham

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                        Amelia Devon         Charliee Burnett Shanade Fromont

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            Tara Garrett Ryan Bhagat         Harrison Laing


Weston School Supports the Highlanders

What fun most of us (excluding the staunch Canterbury supporters) had dressing up and supporting the Highlanders in their quest.  If you haven’t seen the youtube clip yet click on the link below to view what Mrs Brown put together.

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The Weston School Zoo!

Miss McGregor wishing she was in the Highlanders Zoo!

Ukulele Concert





Thanks to Home and School and the 12 parents who took the time to assist with fundraising at Mitchell and Webster. Four hours of work raised the $800 so that EVERY child at Weston School was able to see the Ukulele Concert. It was such a fun concert!

North Otago School’s Music Festival

The Music Festival was a fabulous evening.  It made us feel very proud to be part of Weston School with the performance they gave.  

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Photo wanted please

Does anyone have any pictures of Harison Staples at the Music Festival doing his duo performance???  If anyone has please forward to my email address  Thankyou.

Mitchell book donation


Harry King with “Parkside Book”.

Thank you to the Mitchell family for donating to Weston School Library their lovely book, “Parkside’’ Mitchells of Parkside and Rosedale, North Otago.



Technology at OIS for Year 7 and 8’s

Week 3 - 3rd to the 6th of August.

All students are required to wear closed footwear and long hair needs to be tied back.

Pencil case to be taken and this needs to include pens, pencils and glue stick.  Please advise your student's teacher directly of any alternative transport arrangements e.g. dropping off/picking up at O.I.S. or early collection etc.

ICAS Exams - English -Tuesday 28 July, Maths - Tuesday 11 August

Please note if your child is taking these exams they must be present on the day.

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

Cross Country - Weston School Cross Country - Friday 14 August.  

Postponement date - Tuesday 18 August.

Board Meeting - Tuesday 4 August, 6:30pm in the Whanau Room.  

This Board meeting will be focused on Student Achievement.

School Sports Photos - Thursday 13 August



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Year 8 young men who are intending on enrolling at Waitaki Boys’ High School we are accepting enrolment forms for the 2016 intake.  

Please feel free to drop them at the school office or you can post them to:

Waitaki Boys’ High School, Private Bag 50057, Oamaru – Attention: Sue Robb

If more enrolment forms are needed please ring the school office ph 03 437 0529

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!

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 5th of August from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.


Public Health Nurse - Christine Mabon


Vaccine preventable diseases are only a plane ride away.  Disease outbreaks still occur in New Zealand when unvaccinated people travel to or from countries where diseases such as measles are still prevalent.  Diseases don’t discriminate - immunisation is your best protection against some serious but preventable diseases.

Immunise on Time Every Time to protect your child, your family and our community.

While it is best to immunise on time, every time – it is never too late to start.

Talk to your Family Doctor, Practice, or Public Health Nurse if you would like more information.

Or check out:, or 0800 466 863

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

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.

Next month Oamaru Plunket will be holding a fun, fashion, ladies evening out - 'What a Woman Wants' hosted by Lisa O'Neill on Monday 24th August, at the Loan and Merc 7.30pm.

2015 South Island Secondary School Canoe Polo Championships

Junior Netball Academy

Saints Trampolining Club

Waitaki Newcomers Network Information

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club

Weston Kids Club July Holiday Programme Flyer -

Waitaki Newcomers Network