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Term 4, 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 Deputy Principal

Production -

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Kia ora e te whānau…

Weston School continues to ride the wave of Happiness after our successful production at the end of last term! The school has received many emails congratulating the children and staff - you can read these below. I was sorry to miss the show this year but I look forward to seeing it on DVD.

I am delighted to be back at Weston School after taking my Sabbatical in Term 3. A sabbatical involves a mixture of work, rest and relaxation of which I did all three! The highlight of course was travelling with my family to Turkey, with visits to Doha in Qatar and Singapore. Turkey is a very special place for our family and we enjoyed eating the local food and visiting the Blue Mosque area. We were fortunate to miss some extreme weather during this time - from snow to 30% heat and crazy winds! It seems to be settling down a bit now thankfully. A reminder to please send along sunhats to school everyday this term.

New Zealand Shakeout - The National Earthquake Drill was held on 15th October at 9:15am.  We took part in this drill which initiated lots of interesting discussion among staff and students.  

We talked about parents and caregivers collecting children in a major earthquake.  We would only be able to release children to a parent/caregiver unless notified at that time.  This is so that you as a parent/caregiver would know where your child was safely located.   

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.

Ahead of us is a busy term filled with exciting outdoor activities - starting this week with the Sport Activators taking the children for jumping skills and extreme frisbee. Junior and Senior children will enjoy taking part in summer sports on our grassed areas. Swimming will also take place for most children at the end of this month so look out for information regarding this closer to the time.

Please note our first assembly will be held next Thursday at 1.40pm as the hall is unavailable on Friday afternoon. We hope you will join us.

Nga mihi

Sharlene Carki

Production feedback

Yes, the success of your show has reached Turkey!  Congratulations on your hard work and such a successful production!  What a great team! Well done to all the children too - the parents are obviously super proud!

We are looking forward to seeing it on video!  Have a happy end of week and a restful break. See you next term!! Sharlene Carki

Hello Staff - Congratulations on yet once more, a great Weston School production. It was a wonderful show with lots of entertaining moments and the fun and enjoyment the children were feeling flowed out into the audience. Everyone had their moment to shine and all of the hard work from the teachers and students was very obvious. It’s a good thing the holiday was granted!  I am surprised that Gary hasn’t been snapped up by Hollywood yet for his script writing skills – Samuel came home earlier in the week saying Gary already had thoughts for the next one! So, we’ll be looking forward to 2017 – no pressure.  Happy Holiday, Leigh and Tim

Wow wow wow!!!!!!  Fantastic performance from the very talented children of Weston School.  Most enjoyable and the fact that ALL the children looked energetic, focused and happy to perform made it all the more special!!  Proud  to be parents of children at Weston School.  Always a mammoth task to put something like that together so a Big thank you to all the teachers, helpers, etc that made it possible.  Can’t wait to see what Mr Patterson has in store with the script for the next one!!  Well done Weston School !!!!!!!!!!  Cheers Kim and Mike Mavor

Hi there, just wanted to say what a fantastic show last night. What a lot of work has gone into it by all teachers and helpers. It was so well organised and it was so smooth between each item. The dancing was amazing, as the choreography was really well done. A visual spectacle!  Awesome job!  Sarah Hickey

Dear Staff and students, Congratulations on the amazing show which you put on last night.  Every class  item was outstanding, with every child  giving their very best effort  Both the choir and the instrumental group were FANTASTIC! The costumes were so effective... well done Linda!  I just loved the storyline... well done Gary on writing this show.  The  school caretaker’s  attempts to get the Governor General to visit the bathroom were so funny!   Providing children with an opportunity to perform onstage is so important.... these are experiences they will never forget.  Well done Weston keep up your wonderful work in the performance arts.  

Pat Gunn, Children’s Theatre Director, Musical Theatre Oamaru


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         Shanade Fromont       Brook Newton            Ebony Wallace      Riley Watson


Kowhai - Milly Paterson, Nadine Palita

Kakapo - Harry Brosnan, Zoey Hughes

Tuatara -  Cash Paterson, Ruby Fox

Kororaa - Billy McCabe, Myles Lott

Tui -  Tate Kane, Rachel Hayward

Kea - Logan Cooper, Caden Woodford-Cameron

Kohuhu - Bryce Lott, Toby Walton

Ngahere - Trent Woodford-Cameron, Amelia Brash, Kayne Mathewson

Awa Iti - Josh Gilchrist, Kazsandra Cuaresma

Senior Teacher Excellence Awards-

Production leads - Molly Loe, Lachlan Voyce-McCullouch, Kayne Mathewson, Bailey Collins, Amelia Brash, Jocelyn Fellowes.

The 3 mice, Cameron Notman, Zoe Denize and Lucy Mavor.

Down the Rabbit Hole - Theatrical Event

Congratulations to Safiya Hunter who has been given the shared role of Alice in a theatrical event for children taking place at the Oamaru Opera House during the first 2 weeks of November.  Congratulations Safiya we hope that it goes well for you!  A great experience for developing talents as well as leadership opportunities.


Filmmakers in Schools

On Tuesday the 22nd of September the Year 8’s attended the screening of their film ‘Hippiness’ for the Film in Schools Film Festival, at the Opera House.  There were 9 other schools involved.  The Competition set high standards and was quite fierce, displaying great talent.  There were several category awards to be won however, Weston were not recipients this year.  Nonetheless, the year 8’s thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience.

Kazsandra Cuaresma and Safiya Hunter

Touch Rugby

Touch Rugby has started again for the season.   Info that may be useful:

1. A map showing the location of Touch fields is on the North Otago Junior Touch website by clicking here. and on our Facebook group page, click here for our Facebook group.

2. In the event of Junior Touch (all school-aged teams) needing to be cancelled due to bad weather, a cancellation notice will be posted on our Facebook page (same link as above) by 2 pm at the latest on the day.  Schools will also be contacted directly.

School Production

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Special thanks to :

Karen Ruddenklau

Linda McClelland—Props and Costumes

Martini Kira—Haka Mentoring

Craig Fellowes - Circle of Life “Afrikaans pronunciation”

Graham Kitchin, Lynette and Caitlin Donovan—Music

TK Hire - for the lighting in Kohuhu’s item

Brackens - for the fluro paper for Kohuhu’s item

Callum Ruddenklau, Angus Liddell, Luke Paisley and Daniel Gaze—Lighting and Sound

Thanks to Amanda Notman and Kimberley Mavor for helping with dance.

Thanks to the parents who helped with costuming.

Photos and DVD’s

Photos and DVD's of the Production can be ordered from Fotographix, 205A Thames Street. DVD's are $20.00.  DVD's can also be ordered from the School Office - last orders by Friday 23 October please.

Jacket - a Verge jacket was left behind after Production - mushroom colour.  It is at the School Office.  

Weston Giants Touch Team


Here are some pictures of the Weston Giants with their coaches from Waitaki Boys'. Karen Staples sent these in and said she teaches all of the boys that coach and that they were brilliant. They coach for "muffins"!



Assembly - Thursday 22 October, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

Sunhats - It is sunhat time again. Please make sure children bring their sunhats to school every day. School hats are available  from the office or the uniform shop for $11.50.  We are still waiting for medium size hats to arrive but will advise as soon as they are available.  If your child is currently waiting for a medium size please wear another hat in the meantime.  

Sausage Sizzle - No sausage sizzles this term sorry.

Labour Day - Monday 26 October, no school.

Weston School Athletics - Tuesday 10 November, more details to come.

North Otago Athletics - Monday 23 November

Lunches - Subway and Midori Lunch Orders are taken from the Library from 8:45am.

Extended deadline - Sports Photos - Sports photos are available for viewing and ordering from the Weston School Office.  Orders must be made by Friday 24 October.

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

Duathlon Training (running and biking) once a week

Available to any Weston School student 8 years and older.  Interested in some lunch hour fun?

Mondays from 12:45–1:15pm.

The idea is to get some training in preparation for some fun Duathlon races in November, December and February in Oamaru.

Students must have a bike (a kid’s mountain bike is completely acceptable) in good working order, suitable bike helmet and running shoes.

Meet Twyla at the School Office at 12:45pm on Monday, October 19th (second week into Term 4).

Weet Bix Kids Tryathlon- Sunday 28 February 2016

Weston School is registered as a school for the Weet Bix Kids Tryathlon.  If you would like your child/children to participate in this event please contact the school office.  More information is available at,.   Give it a go!!!

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.

Air Training Corps Recruitment Year 8 up

Altrusa Fundraiser - Christmas Extravaganza 25 November, 7pm

Kakanui School Fundraiser Quiz night 29 October

North Otago A&P Show Pet Day - 1 November

Oamaru Swim Club Fast Start Fund-raiser

Summer League Hockey

That Dam Race - Omarama School Fund-raiser 5 December

Vision Youth Junior Term 4 Programme

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 Big Wheels Day - Sunday 8 November