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Week 3

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Term 3, Week 3, 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

Maori Family and Whanau Hui

Our families with Maori learners came to a morning Hui last week it was lovely to share ideas and thoughts with them. Our parents are keen to include more tikanga (culture) and experiences relating to Maori culture and te reo for our students. The board will be looking at strategic planning this term and endeavour to include this making sure that, while we are doing a good job with Maori student achievement we need to be mindful of the wider aspects of The Treaty. Our National Anthem last week was sung with gusto and the karakia from the girls at the beginning and part played by the boys in the middle was a great indication of pride in our country’s bi-culturalism. We will also put out our anthem in Maori as well so our parents can learn to sing this part with confidence.

Oh my poor head!

Just a reminder that the influenza virus is making itself known in our school with the start of term three with large numbers of students away daily. Plus some teachers and staff members too. Here is a link to the ODT that fills you in if you haven’t already heard about this on the news. Our sick bay is doing a roaring trade. See below for some advice from our school nurse and we look forward to healthier days. Sick kids don’t belong at school as they spread the virus. We appreciate that many parents are working and are caught up in that conflict of having to work and having to care for kids so we only send home sick children and we thank you for your support in this matter. At least it isn’t raining!


Cross Country next Friday 1:45pm I am sure it will be a lovely day and not all the bad weather like last year there has certainly been lots of practicing!

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan


Kowhai - Zara Wilson, Toby Peters

Kakapo - Mason Kingan, Alex McCabe

Tuatara -  Ella Cooper, Jade Fitzgerald

Kororaa - Bailie Lynch, Emily Mavor

Tui - William Brown, Zoe Isbister

Kea - Becky Forbes, Michaela Murray

Kohuhu - Olivia Mavor, Samuel Petrie

Ngahere - Emma Meikle, Katelyn Walton

Awa Iti - Alice Petrie, Brieana Diedrichs

Deputy Principal’s Awards-

Principal’s Award - Dipak Atwal, Nic Wardell

Happiness Award - Jocelyn Fellowes, Taliyah Mathewson



Indi Kearns


Public Health Nurse - Christine Mabon

Influenza is here

July and August are when we normally see a spike in influenza cases in New Zealand. This year the prevailing influenza strain in the South Island is the “B” variety, which can affect people of all ages but tends to hit children particularly hard.

The current influenza vaccine contains both A and B strains and therefore should provide good protection against the illness for those who are vaccinated.  The Government has extended its influenza vaccine programme until the end of August, which means the vaccine if free for people over 65, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions and lowered immunity. To find out if you or your child will be eligible, phone your practice nurse or look up the Ministry of Health’s website (

Anyone else can still receive the flu vaccine through their GP or some pharmacies, but will need to pay for it.

To limit the spread of the flu, please:

  • Keep your child home from school/day care if they are sick, and don’t send them back until they are well.

  • Remind your child to cover their mouth or nose with a tissue when they cough and sneeze and to then put the tissue into a lined bin.

  • Remind your child to wash their hands regularly, particularly after coughing/sneezing.

For more information please contact your public health nurse:

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


Technology at OIS for Year 7 and 8’s

3rd- 6th of August.

The Year 7 and 8 students have thoroughly enjoy their time this week at Oamaru Intermediate School in the specialised technology classrooms. They have been focusing on Conceptual Drawing for Visual Art, designing and creating a soft toy in Textiles, designing and creating a paper note roll dispenser in Hard Materials workshops, and designing and creating circuit boards in Electronics.

Mr Oliver and Ms McNabb visited the students at O.I.S. on Wednesday and all the feedback from the teachers there has been positive which is a real credit to your children. They are always eager to share their completed products upon return to school. Well done students.

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Hockey Skills

Students have been enjoying taking part in a Hockey Skills programme.




Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme - Whole School - Term 3

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 work with Constable Carrie Hamilton who supports us with some of these lessons.  It is a NZ Police programme which we do bi-annually.


ICAS Exam - Maths - Tuesday 11 August

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

School Sports Photos - Thursday 13 August.

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

Postponement date - Tuesday 18 August.

The first race will be at 1.45pm at the Weston Domain, starting with the year 8 children, followed by the year 7's and so on.  There is no set times for the other race starts, the next race will begin when the race before finishes.  

All children need to wear running shoes or sneakers - no bare feet!  Children can wear appropriate sports clothing on this day, making sure they have warm clothing for before and after their race.  They can support their house groups by wearing their house colours!

Please make sure your child is prepared with their inhaler or any other medicines they may need.

There are no water fountains in the Weston Domain, so bringing a named drink bottle to school would be a great idea!

The first 4 children in each year level from Year 4 up will qualify for the North Otago Cross Country.  Children will be notified.

*We are in need of some more electric fencing standards and electric fencing tape, and also some heavy duty (large) tarpaulins.  If any family has some available for us to use on this day, can you please let Miss McGregor know by emailing her at or by bringing them into the Kakapo class (room 3).

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


Weston School Production - 23rd / 24th September

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!



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 19th of August from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday during term time.

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

Kids Club Dates Term 3 2015

Smart Meters - The introduction of Smart Meters to Oamaru - Meeting to discuss

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Women Uncovered - Thursday 20th August, 7.30pm, The Brydone Hotel

Details: Get a group of your favourite girls together for a hilarious night of fashion, fun, being 40ish and freebies with fashion designer Tasmin Cooper and radio personality Nicky Rennie.

Freebies: There will be delicious nibbles and prizes galore including gifts from Farmers, Revlon and Aart on St Andrew. Each guest also goes home with a FREE MiNDFOOD magazine worth $9.95!   Tickets:  $37.00 available online at and at Paperplus Oamaru

Fundraising: All proceeds from this amazing event will help fund the work of the Cancer Society in Oamaru. Email:, Telephone: 03 479 6772