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Week 1

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Term 1, Week 1, 2016

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 weekly news blog...

Message from the Principal  

It is wonderful to be back into school this week and we have also welcomed some new faces. We hope you enjoy your time at Weston School.

We have much to be proud about Weston School our students enjoy coming to school to take part in a wide range of activities to help them grow in creativity, confidence, and resilience. We also encourage active involvement in many opportunities and demonstrating acts of kindness and caring.

I hope that many of you have had the chance to see the email with attachment about Composite Classes. Thanks for the feedback we have received. It is good to know your thoughts and feel your trust in our decisions for your children’s learning.

Meet the Teacher Evening- Our meet the teacher evening will be held on Thursday the 11th of February in the Learning Centre starting at 6:30pm.  Please come and meet your children’s teachers and find out more about our direction for 2016.  Camp meetings for Years 5-8 will be held in March and discussed then - date, time and venue to be advised.   

Welcome New Teaching Staff

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 Sammy Macdonald        Matt Hannagan         Dionne Wallace      Colleen Robson

We warmly welcome our new teachers to Weston School this year. We hope that you enjoy your time with us and embrace what it is to be a 21st century learner as well as teacher!  We are really looking forward to working with them and know they will make our school a richer place for their previous teaching experiences.

Also a warm Weston welcome to our new Teacher Aides:


Yvonne Munro             Allyson Lee              Alex Douglas

We are delighted to have you on board, supporting our children and their learning.

WIG (Wildly Important Goal)

The WIG is our most important focus for 2016. We are focused on the NZ Curriculum Principle of Learning to Learn or as we say Learning to Love to Learn!

Skillful thinkers talk about learning.

Value for Term 1: RESPONSIBILITY

Reminders to start 2016

Class Names

For 2016 we are again using names for our classes. This allows for us to build in further bicultural and democratic aspects to school life and take into account the composite classes that sometimes mean a child may go from Room 2 to Room 5 one year and then back to 4 the following year. We want our classrooms to be seen as learning spaces not numbers that are ‘incorrect unofficial signs of achievement’. A child’s rate of progress in learning is against themselves not a building!

Class Names for 2016



Kowhai (Room 1)

Sammy Macdonald

Kauri (Room 2)

Nicole Boys

Tuatara (Room 3)

Jenny Kitchin

Tauhou (Room 4)

Sara Brown

Korora (Room 5)

Matt Hannagan

Tui (Room 6)

Carolyn Thelning

Kea (Room 7)

Jo Mortimer

Kohuhu (Room 8)

Gary Paterson

Nga kau taki (Room 9)

Dionne Wallace

Ruma Rahi (Room 10)

Caron Sullivan

You might like to google the Maori names to see what they mean and see

how wonderfully appropriate they are to each age or class group!

Mrs Carki will be supporting our school through working with student

learning groups and class teachers. Remember all children are priority

learners at Weston School.

A big Weston WELCOME to all of

our new students that have joined

us at Weston School.

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             MacKenzie Buick     Natasha Eastwood       Anabel King       Sydney Winders

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                            Georgia Webster       Henry Sillibourne         Ian Tacchini


First Assembly for 2016 - Friday 12th February

1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

Assemblies are an important way to bring about a very special feel for the

school. They belong to our students and promote a sense of pride of being a part of our school community. These will usually be on Fridays every second week. The time will NORMALLY BE 1:40-2:30pm, allowing an opportunity for children to return to class to wind up the week and to make sure that we are on time for buses.  It is important to farewell friends and teachers in an orderly and calm way. This also means our little ones are not so tired and we are all able to focus. Parents are most welcome to join us.

School Uniform and Hats

A reminder that the we have a compulsory uniform.  

The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 17th of February from 

2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday.

All children need to be in hats for the summer terms (1 & 4).

This year baseball caps are no longer acceptable. We would like our sun smart status back from the ministry and this means all children have to be adequately protected from the sun. This means wearing the school uniform bucket hat. These can be purchased from the uniform shop.

Please Note: All children must wear a sunhat during lunch and interval otherwise as per the sunsmart policy they will have to sit in shaded areas.

Child Absence

If your child is absent from school please contact the school office stating name, room number and reason for your child’s absence.  You can also text your child’s absence on 027 788 2700.  

The information you give must be accurate as it is a requirement we have the correct information for the Ministry of Education.  

The information entered becomes a legal document.

School Lunches

Weston Supermarket have changed pricing on some items.   Please see link below for new pricing or pop into the School Office for a copy.  Please send correct money for school lunches.  Orders must be handed in before school commences.

Term Dates for 2016


Start Date

End Date

Statutory Days

Term 1

Teacher Only days

Thursday 28th  and Friday 29th  January

11 weeks


1st February Students start


15th April

Waitangi Day

Friday 6th Feb - (observed Monday 8th February).

Otago Anniversary Day

Monday 21st March


Good Friday 25th March

Easter Monday 28th March

Easter Tuesday 29th March

Term 2

10 weeks


2nd May


8th July

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 6th  June

Term 3

9 weeks


25th July


23rd September

Term 4

10 weeks


10th October


15th December

Labour Day

Monday 24th October

HPV vaccinations

A meeting regarding HPV vaccinations for parents of Year 8 girls is to be held on Monday the 15th of February 2:40pm.  

The first HPV Vaccination will take place on Monday the 14th of March

from 9:30am.  

Please find link below for letter regarding vaccinations.

Weston Home and School

We hope you all had a great holiday and everybody is ready for another awesome year at Weston School.  Your child should have received a fridge magnet Home & School has put together to help you find out more about Weston school term dates, contact numbers, website & email address.  One per family. A BIG thanks goes to Brackens Print for sponsoring half of the costs of the school magnets.

The next Home and School Meeting will be held on Thursday the 10th of March in the Whanau Room at 7:30pm.  Nicky will be talking about her trip to Australia to other Schools.  All welcome.

Regards From The Home & School Committee.


As you may be aware children in Year 4 and above take part in a swimming programme in Term One to prepare for our school swimming sports which are to be held on Friday 4th of March.  Below are the dates that Weston children are swimming so you can mark them on your calendar.

Wednesday 10 February

Wednesday 17 February

Friday 19 February

Friday 18 March

Wednesday 23 March

The first group will leave school at 9:30am.  The last group (second group) will return to school by 12:30pm.

The children will be invoiced soon which will cover the cost of travelling by bus to and from the pool, entry into the pool and cost of swimming teachers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see your class teacher.

Many thanks,

Jo Mortimer, Gary Paterson, Dionne Wallace, Caron Sullivan

The Weston School Swimming Sports Year 4—8 will be held on Friday the 4th of March 9:30am-12:30pm.  Buses will be leaving for the pool at 9am sharp please make sure students from Year 4-8 are at school in good time to leave on this day.  Timekeepers will be required for the Weston Swimming Sports—please contact the school if available.

The North Otago Swimming Sports will be held on Wednesday the 16th of March.  

North Otago Junior Touch Rugby Newsletter

Please find link below to find the North Otago Junior Touch Rugby

Registration form.  Forms MUST be returned by Tuesday the 9th of February.

Registration form

Term 1 Superstar Cricket League

Please find information in link below - a new Superstar Cricket League - children can enter at the School Office.  Any questions see Gary Paterson.

ICAS Exam Dates

For your information ICAS sitting dates have been set for 2016 as follows:

If you are interested in your child sitting an ICAS exam this year, please contact Sharlene Carki and advise her the name and Year level of your child and which exams they are interested in sitting. You will be invoiced at a later date. Thank you!


The Cost of ICAS Exams 2016

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Out Of Hours Music and Art Classes 2016


Open to all North Otago primary aged children, hosted by Weston School

Music classes

·   Brass – trumpet, cornet, trombone

·   Saxophone

·   Clarinet

·   Guitar

·   Drums

Art Classes

Information and enrolment:


or school office ph 434 5445.

Missing Polar Fleece

Jesse Cope is missing his Polar fleece since last year.  It is named Cope.  Please check your child’s fleece to make sure it hasn’t accidentally been taken home.  Thank you.

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 also available from the School Office.


Rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School 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 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.


Cycle Skills Fun Day 2016

Friendly Bay Family Fun Day - Sunday 21 February 11am-3pm

Oamaru Triathlon and Duathlon - Sunday 6 March

Weston Kids Club Notice Term 1 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network