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Week 3

Westie’s News

Term 4, 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 Acting Principal

With only 56 sleeps or 1342 hours or 80,572 minutes to go until Christmas I can see this term is going to fly by!!

This term I am filling in for Nicky Ryan as Acting Principal. Nicky is taking sick leave and we look forward to having her back on board with us as soon as possible.

The Junior swimming has been a huge hit for children in Years 1, 2 & 3. Thank you to Sara Brown and the fantastic team down at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre for ensuring such a slick operation!

The Board of Trustees are interviewing this weekend for 2016 teaching positions at Weston School. They have been very impressed with the number and calibre of applicants. You will be advised of who will be teaching at Weston School next year in the coming weeks.

All the best to our children for the upcoming athletics and thank you to our teachers who are organising this event.

Please note that our next assembly will be held on Thursday, the 6th December at 1.40pm due to hall availability.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ready for the big game on Sunday morning!

Go the mighty All Blacks!!

Nga mihi

Sharlene Carki


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            Johnny Tapueluelu  Lie Tapueluelu     Shanvi Mani


Kowhai - Charliee Burnett, Milly Paterson, Charlee MacLean

Kakapo - Miley Presnall, Charlotte Kershaw

Tuatara -  Zoe Denize, Kouper Lynch

Kororaa - Sophie Rohrbach, Bailie Lynch

Tui -  Angus Loe, Chloe Ruddle

Kea - Regan Kitto, Emily Watson

Kohuhu - Bree Rutherford, Hunter Wilson

Ngahere - Liam Direen, Flynn Hill

Awa Iti - Bethany Paisley, Braydon Corbishley

Bailey and Safiya play lead roles

Congratulations to Bailey Collins who is playing the role of Alice in Alice the Panto being held at The Oamaru Repertory Theatre from the 11-15th November

and as mentioned in our previous newsletter….

Safiya Hunter 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.  

It would be great to show support to Safiya and Bailey by attending these events.

See link below for event details which are part of the

Heritage Celebrations and ticketing details.

We hope that it goes well for you both!  A great experience for developing talents as well as leadership opportunities.  


Kowhai/Awa iti Library/PAL's afternoon

Awa iti spends some time with Kowhai Class






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Community planting

Weston Domain – Tree Planting

On Wednesday 21st October 2015, the Waitaki Community Gardens (WCG) co-ordinator, Sophia Leon de la Barra, came to the school to plant fruit trees and native plants with local Weston children in the Weston Domain. These plants were donated to our community as part of the WCG and Oamaru Food Forest Project.  We planted plum, apple, cherry and black boy peach trees along with a few native plants.

On Tuesday of this week we went to see how the plants were doing and sadly, less than a week later, someone had ripped the native plants from the ground and strewn them about. Ms McNabb organised for a small group of us to replant and water them back in as we had before. We were very disappointed that these plants had been deliberately pulled from the ground. Please keep a look out in the area to avoid any future sabotage.

We wish to thank the Waitaki Community Gardens and the Oamaru Food Forest Project for donating the plants and allowing us to be part of the planting process.  The trees should begin to fruit in 2-3 years for all Weston locals to enjoy.

By Brylee Milmine and Elisha Carter.





Junior Swimming




Assembly - Thursday 5 November, 1:40pm

Uniform Shop - Wednesday 4 November, 2:30-3:30pm

Technology at OIS for Year 7 and 8’s

Week 6 - 16-19 November

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.

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.

Weston School Athletic Sports

We need some parent helpers please.  

Tuesday 10th November WEATHER PERMITTING

postponement Thursday 12 November.

North Otago Athletics - Monday 23 November

Seniors - start time, 10:00am.

Juniors – start time, 11:00am on the Weston School top field.

Approx 2pm senior relays

Children need to have;

·         a named drink bottle, warm clothes, sun hat and sun cream/sun block/sun screen

·         running shoes to prevent bee stings and injuries

·         children may support their houses by wearing their house colours

Please send a packed lunch as there will be no lunch orders on this day.

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

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

Calendar Art has arrived - it will be distributed next week!

Found - a black adult rabbit by the cricket nets.  Contact the school office.  

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!!!


It’s that time again to rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School /Kindergarten/Creche/Playcentre any unwanted mobile phones you may have at home.

It is estimated that each year up to three million phones become obsolete in NZ, of those only 2% are recycled.

Phones collected help our School/Kindergarten/Creche/Playcentre gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits as well keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances.  

Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the reception area at School /Kindergarten/Creche/Playcentre.

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.

Below is some information on support parent/ADHD/ASD/FASD/Dyspraxia groups.

Support Parent course

If you feel that you are in a position to support another parent we are looking for you.   The course will run November 14th and 15th from 9:30am – 4:00pm.  Watch out for the flier next week.  More information about what a Support parent is attached.  If you are interested or want to know more let me know.

ADHD Group

For anyone that has a child with ADHD All welcome but you do need to let me know so I can give you address details.

Tuesday  27th

10am – 12pm

ASD Group

For anyone that has a child with Autism or is in the process of getting a diagnosis.

Usually this group is on the last Friday of the month but we have had to change it to the Thursday evening.  I hope you can all still make it.

Thursday 28th

Parent to Parent office, 514 Great King St

7pm – 9pm

FASD group

For anyone who has a child with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

Friday 29th

10am- 12pm

Otago Museum Café

Dyspraxia Group

For anyone that has a child with Dyspraxia or coordination problems

Tuesday 3rd November

10am – 12pm

Venue to be notified

What is a Support Parent explanation document

Sheryl Davies | Regional Coordinator Otago

Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism

P 03 4701 086

National P 0508 236 236

Air Training Corps Recruitment Year 8 up

Altrusa Fundraiser - Christmas Extravaganza 25 November, 7pm

Ardgowan School Garden Tour poster - Sunday 8 November

CRICKET - Cricket ball skills Thursdays, 4:00 pm at the Weston sportsground with a North Otago coach.

Any enquiries for Valley cricket for all ages and grades can be sent to Leigh Petrie at

Fenwick School Gala - Friday 30 October 5-7pm

Free Dairy Seminar  - evaluating and negotiating a share milking contract - 5 November

Kakanui School Fundraiser Quiz night 29 October

North Otago A&P Show Pet Day - 1 November

Oamaru Swim Club Fast Start Fund-raiser

Softball Give it a Go nights

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