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Week 11


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Term 1, Week 11, 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  

Today Weston School held their very special Anzac Service at the Weston Church. This is a very formal occasion including a piper (Callum Bishop), speeches for International Remembrance, Anzac Readings and Family Stories. Thank you for those who attended and participated in this occasion. Thank you also to Mr Paterson for his organisation of this event. Linda put her florist skills into use, with the help of a group of children, to create beautiful flower arrangements which were laid at the ceremony. Thank you Linda!

Children and staff have lots to look forward to next term, including the Life Education Bus in Week 1 followed by the Kia Kaha, (Stand Strong) NZ Police Education Programme. We welcome parent involvement in these programmes as well. Please remember to pop onto your calendar, ‘Pink Shirt Day’ on May 20th which is an international event to stand up against bullying.

Other events to look forward to include Filmmakers in Schools and Jump Rope for Heart - more information will be given next term.

School reports will be given out and interviews will take place closer to the end of Term 2. This is a time when teachers  look forward to meeting with you and celebrating your child’s achievements and setting future goals. You are, of course, welcome to touch base with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the term or contact Sharlene Carki, who is our Learning Support Coordinator. Working in partnership for your child is important to us.

We wish you a lovely break with your children. Enjoy all that Oamaru has to offer and we look forward to seeing you back refreshed and ready for learning in Term 2 - (minus your sun hat!)

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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Ruth Bailey

What’s been happening at Weston School

Rippa Rugby -

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Rippa Rugby tournament last Friday.  Well done to our Year 5/6 team who won their age group.  They now go on to play off in a regional competition against Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury Schools.

The Winning Year 5/6 team.


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Science for Supper

The “Science for Supper” team from the University of Otago, have given students and parents some amazing hands on science sessions over the last 2 weeks.

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Otago Primary School Swimming Sports -

Report from Leigh Petrie

The 2016 Otago Primary School Swimming Championships were held in Dunedin on Saturday 9th April at Moana Pool.

This year Weston School had an amazing number of swimmers qualify for these championships and 26 swimmers represented the school. With over 400 primary school swimmers taking part in the morning preliminary races, our group of young swimmers coped very well with the noise, atmosphere and nerves that comes with competing at such a large event.

Alice Petrie was the team captain and led the swimmers through the dryland and pool warm up sessions before the first event, freestyle. There were 13 personal bests in the freestyle with some good time improvements from Lucas Chellew 53.76 (57.00), Lloyd Fellowes 43.39 (46.38) and Nicole Cope 34.40 (36.00).Following the freestyle, Weston had 19 swimmers in the backstroke with our youngest and smallest, Sophie Brown performing calmly and positively, and the rest of the team recording 12 pbs. Billy McCabe had a great swim with a significant improvement, 57.34 (1:02.89) as did Sophie Notman 54.66 (56.62),Sen McMaster 37.17 (38.63), Brylee Milmine 43.46 (44.19). The last morning event was the breaststroke and we had 8 swimmers with six personal best swims. Samuel Petrie 45.66 (49.56) had the biggest time improvement. Excitingly, Olivia Mavor qualified for the finals, as did Nicole Cope, Alice Petrie and Samuel.

The afternoon programme is always fast and quite different and more challenging to swim in the 50m pool. All of the swimmers performed well, spurred on by the great Weston chant at the warm up and lots of vocal support from the team, parents, family and friends during racing. Our best placed relay team was the 10 Years Mixed Freestyle team of Olivia Mavor, Chloe Wilson, Jorja Belt and Samuel Petrie powering home for second and the 9 Years & Under team of Sophie Notman, Brooke Taylor, Billy McCabe and Lloyd Fellowes placing third. Achingly close were our 12 Years Freestyle, Molly Loe, Nicole Cope, Jocelyn Fellowes, Alice Petrie and Medley Relay of Jocelyn Fellowes, Nicole Cope, Alice Petrie and Logan Taylor with both teams getting 4th.

Olivia Mavor, Jesse Cope, and Nicole Cope swam well in their respective finals, and Samuel Petrie and Alice Petrie were our ribbon winners with individual placings. Samuel set a new record for the Boys 10 Freestyle, one that had been standing since 2008, and Alice also got into the record books with a new time for the Girls 12 Years Backstroke, set by ex-Olympic swimmer, Liz Van Weylie.

Once again, many thanks to the parents for their support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I was impressed with the number who were prepared to travel to Dunedin to give their children this opportunity and hope that they will consider doing the same next year. The Weston swimmers were a credit to their school, families and themselves with their attitude, behaviour and effort. Well done to everyone who took part.

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Brylee Milmine, Logan Taylor, Harry Wilson, Sen Macmaster

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           Jocelyn Fellowes             Samuel Petrie and Nicole Cope

Individual Finalists and Relay Place Getters

Boys 9 Years & Under

Lloyd Fellowes  9th 50m Backstroke (1st reserve)

Girls 10 Years

Olivia Mavor    8th 50m Breaststroke

Boys 1O Years

Samuel Petrie 1st 50 m Freestyle *, 2nd 50 Backstroke, 1st 50m Breaststroke

Jesse Cope      8th 50m Backstroke

Girls 12 Years

Alice Petrie      2nd 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Backstroke*, 4th 50m Breaststroke

Nicole Cope     6th 50m Breaststroke

Boys 12 Years

Sen McMaster  10th 50m Backstroke (2nd reserve)

Mixed Relays

9 Years & Under 3rd Sophie Notman, Brooke Taylor, Billy McCabe, Lloyd Fellowes

10 Years            2nd Olivia Mavor, Chloe Wilson, Joja Belt, Samuel Petrie

For Otago Primary School Swimming Sports, Weston School Results,

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For full Otago Primary School Swimming Sports results, please use the link below:

For Otago Primary School Swimming Sports team results, please use the link below:

Special thanks to Leigh Petrie for organising and managing the team of Weston School swimmers.  It is greatly appreciated.


Entertainment Book Fundraiser -

Please see link below for details and Membership for this year's Entertainment Book fundraiser.  Funds from the will go towards the School Library.

Community Newsletter - Please see link below for the latest Weston Community Newsletter.

Health Report from our Public Health Nurse -  Christine Mabon re Chickenpox.

Just a small article on use of ibuprofen and chickenpox. It is recommended if children have chicken pox then they are not to be given ibuprofen as it may cause complications.  I did not know this until reading these articles, so there may also be parents in your school/preschool community who don’t know this.

Chickenpox article

See the Dr Derek Bell’s comment along with two articles I provided him to read before he passed comment.

Chicken Pox information from UK.


Article parent has alluded to.


Paracetamol and soothing creams should be all that is required.

Christine Mabon - Public Health Nurse

Accounts - Even if your account is in credit you must advise the office if you want your donations paid.  Any activities will be automatically paid if your account is in credit and a paid invoice is sent out.

Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 4th of May from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Missing - Mr Paterson is missing his blue Fujifilm Camera.  If anyone knows its whereabouts please return.

Polar Fleeces - Please, please check your child/rens polar fleeces to make sure that they are actually your child/rens.  We have several families looking for polar fleeces which are named.  We also have a family looking for a size 8 black merino thermal named Charliee Burnett.

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.

Aromatherapy Workshop

Autumn Holiday Programme Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum, Waitaki District Library, Waitaki Aquatic Centre

Five Forks School Fundraiser - Hens for sale

Grandparents raising grandchildren survey

Kids Confidential Party - Oamaru Opera House Event

Limelight Cinema and Ray White Colouring Competition

Oamaru Farmers Market Community Stalls

Volts Accelerator Cricket Programme Dunedin - A 10 week winter programme targeting cricketers to improve skill across all aspects of the game - see Nic at the office for details.

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Weston Kids Club Term 2, 2016

Weston Church Kids Holiday Programme Term 1, 2016

Weston Church Fair

Youthtown Holiday Programmes

Year 0-6

Year 7-8

Youthtown student registration form