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Week 9

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Term 3, Week 9, 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 Carolyn Thelning - Senior Teacher

Production - Just a few days now until you get to enjoy ‘Hijacked for a Holiday’. Make sure you get your tickets from the school office. We are all going to WBHS for a final dress rehearsal on Tuesday morning, leaving as soon after 9am as possible. Please ensure your children are at school a little before 9. We will be back to Weston for lunch.

Sunhats - As summer approaches it is sunhat time again. Please hunt out the sunhats ready for the start of next term, ensuring they give good protection from the sun. School hats are available at the uniform shop for $11.50, in two sizes. The uniform shop is next open on October 15th, but there will be hats available in the office next week and for the first week of term for your convenience. The holidays are a good time to check you have all the uniform needed, and that it is named, specially hats and polar fleeces that are often taken off during the day. Some un-named ones are returned to the uniform shop each term for re-sale as we are unable to find an owner.

New Zealand Shakeout - The National Earthquake Drill will be held on 15th October at 9.15 and Weston School will be taking part. Living in NZ means we have to be prepared for a major earthquake at any time and you may also like to use this as an opportunity to make sure you are all organised at home as well. Check out for more information.

Holidays - Just a week until the holidays. Many staff are involved with Professional Development of some sort over the break, but there will also be time for relaxation and recuperation so both students and staff return for Term 4 ready for learning. Enjoy the time with your children.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.  Fred Rogers

Carolyn Thelning

Senior Teacher

Burns Memorial Art Exhibition 2015

Once again Weston students’ art is being displayed at Forrester Art gallery. The Burns Memorial children’s art exhibition is one of the most colourful and popular exhibitions held each year.

Exhibiting work in a real art gallery is a terrific experience for primary aged children. This is always an interesting display of artwork and viewing is recommended.

This year the Burns Memorial runs from Saturday 12 September until Sunday 11 October and we encourage you to take your children along, as many Weston pupils will be exhibiting their artwork.

Congratulations to the following students who will have work on display:

Kouper Lynch, Seamus Hickey, Tyler Hughes, Billy McCabe, Blake White, Sam Isbister, Harry Brosnan, Tane Moffat, Quesha Sage, Ryan Bhagat, Ruby Fox, Chelsea Anderson,  Sophie Braid, Cash Paterson, Charles Young, Louis Belt, Ella Cooper, Jayden Tipa, Jakob Rohrbach, Milly Paterson, Breanna Kingan,  Sophie Rohrbach, Isacc Winders, Melissa Carki, Flynn Meikle, Poppy Golding, Luke  Hayman, Joshua Gilchrist, Joshua Bryant, Kazsandra Cuaresma, Bailey Collins, Sophie Brown, Rachel Hayward, Lloyd Fellows, Shonte Gard’ner, Flynn Hayes, Flynn Meikle, Max Kane, Keana Kearns, Myles Lott, Baillie Lynch, Taliyah Mathewson, Emily Mavor, Neave Meikle, Chelsey Monahan, Skyla Rawson, Harison Staples, Jonty Watson, Evie Wilson, Chloe Hayman, Emma Fox, Aaron Devon, Harry Wilson, Chloe Wilson, Mason Kingan, Levi George, Sahara McCabe, Maddison Mavor, Brodie Holywell, Zoe Denize, Lucy Mavor, Cameron Notman, Rory Bailey, Samuel Tipa, Jade Fitzgerald.



Bella Tacchini


Senior Teacher Awards-

Caring Award - Quesha Sage

Science Award - Madisyn Rawson, Holly Harvey

Happiness Award - Lachlan Voyce-McCulloch, Sen Macmaster, Riki Bush,

Harry Wilson, Dean Allan, Tate Kane

ICAS Spelling Exam Distinction

Alexis Cuaresma, Jesse Valpy, Kazsandra Cuaresma

Sanford Science and Technology Fair -Timaru

Success at the central South Island Science and Technology Fair in Timaru.

Madisyn and Holly's Science investigation was an investigation of the State of Health of the Oamaru Creek.  This involved sampling freshwater invertebrates at 5 different sites along the creek. They identified the varieties and numbers of these species all of which have a sensitivity rating depending on the quality of water.  At the fair they stood up to questioning by 6 adult judges including a judge from the University of Canterbury who was very complimentary of the level of Science they achieved.  There are approximately 200 entrants in the competition.

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Madisyn Rawson and Holly Harvey won Gold and Silver Awards at the Fair.

Well done girls you made us all very proud!

Visual Language Unit

Students from Nga Awa were asked to design a poster for our production as part of a Visual Language Unit.  From the designs this was the winning poster which met all the learning objectives.  Brieana Diedrichs and Bailee Waby created this eye catching poster.

Preschoolers are free but must be on an adults knee.



Suzy Bates - Olympic Ambassador

Suzy Bates visited our school as an Olympic Ambassador.  She shared with us some Olympic values and her story as a double International Sports Representative.  She also spent some time with some of our school leaders talking about goal setting and sporting values.  

Science at Weston School - Esther’s visit

Esther Haines from the University of Otago Physics Department Outreach Programme has been visiting our school this week.

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Otago Cross Country


As you can see it was a bit muddy!!!

Congratulations to Jesse Cope who gained 9th place in the Year 5 race.

 Well done to the other children who also competed - it was awesome that you represented Weston School.  River Cunningham, Olivia Mavor, Paige Black, Bryce Lott, Angus Loe, Alexis Cuaresma, William Loe, Molly Loe.


Water Quality Testing

A small group of students went to Mavors farm to take part in water sampling where the week before Year 5-8 students had planted a Riparian strip.  Staff from the Department of Conservation and the Otago Regional Council were present and shared their expertise.  Different types of sampling and investigations on the creek took place and there was a lot of interesting Scientific discussion and thoughts. This will be a long-term project and we will be monitoring the water quality into the future.  Thanks to Stefan and Teressa Mavor for allowing the school to be involved in the project on their property. Landowners are planting the tributaries to the Devil’s Bridge wetlands to maintain and improve water quality.


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Keep NZ Clean Week - Weston’s Community Kids


Lily and Flynn Hill, Dean Allan and Corbyn King picked up rubbish along Homestead and Parsons Road last Saturday for two hours and got 7 big bags of rubbish.  They would like to challenge other students to do the same so that Weston can be rubbish free!

Otago Southland Primary Schools Netball Tournament

Some students from Weston participated in the Tournament.   The Year 7 team was coached by Leigh Petrie and the Year 5 team by Kerrie Belt.

Valley Year 7 Team

The tournament started out in an amazing fashion with the Year 7 winning against Balmacewen Intermediate, which was Balmac’s first loss of the 2015 season! Two other wins in Pool Play put us at the top of Pool B but unfortunately we weren’t able to manage to win either the semi-final against Central Sting from Southland or the third/fourth play-offs against Kavanagh College, Otago. Balmacewen picked themselves up from their unexpected defeat and went on to win the Year 7 tournament with Central Sting runners-up.  However, for our team to finish fourth when we were the bottom seeds was a wonderful achievement and a great way to finish off a very successful season. Brylee Milmine was named in the Talent ID squad for her defence – congratulations, Brylee. Many thanks to the parents who supplied transport and who travelled to Balclutha to provide the necessary support and good humour on the sideline.


Valley Year 5 Team

The Valley Year 5 (all girls) team played against Gorge Rd, Riverton and Central Sting all from the Southland region. Valley played with great determination against these 3 teams that consisted of both girls and boys coming away in 6th place. It was a great experience for this young team and awesome to see great netball skills at a new level for them.  At prize giving the Valley Year 5 team were awarded the Fair Play Award.



Assembly - Friday 18 September, 1:40pm

Sports Photos - Sports photos are now available for viewing and orde

ring from the Weston School Office.  Orders must be made by Tuesday the 22nd of September.

School Photos - Monday 19 October, Family and sibling photos from 8:30am.

Touch - Any new players wanting to play in Term 4 please contact Carolyn Thelning

by Monday -

Subway - Half of sales back to school day - THANKS SUBWAY WE MADE $164.00!!!

Filmmakers in School

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This year the Year 8’s have created a film to be entered in the Filmmakers in Schools Film Festival.  This is going to be held at the Oamaru Opera House at 7pm on Tuesday 22nd September and is open to all.  The cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family with up to 3 children, payable at the door.  Come along and vote for our school's entry.

The category of People's Choice will be decided on by the audience so please invite friends and families along to support your school's film.  

Thanks to Maddy and Bridget who worked with the students.  


Public Health Nurse - Christine Mabon


For more information please contact your 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 at the School Office.

10/10/10 Lions Event - Sponsored walk, Saturday 10 October

10 and Under Tennis Morning - 19 September

10 Week Circuit Challenge

Time to get fit for summer - suitable for all levels, don't be afraid to give it a go, train with and be supported by like-minded people. Ten week circuit training - Mon / Wed / Fri 9-10am. Creche available. Starts 12th October. Contact the Rec Centre 4346932 or check out our website

Holiday Programmes at the Waitaki District Library, Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum

Kids Club Dates Term 3 2015

OSCAR Holiday Programme September 2015

School Holiday Tennis Program  5th -7th October

Times 9am-11 am Daily All Ages

Book online and save at

Or Text OR Call Steve 0272849578

Waitaki Boys High School Amazing Race Poster

Race Info

Entry Form

Weston Kids Club Term 4 - 2015

Weston Church Kids Club Garden Club

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Weston Playcentre Quiz Night - Monday 28 September

Weston Playcentre Big Wheels Day - Sunday 8 November