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Week 3

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 3, 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  

Road Safety

It was very timely this week to have a morning visit from Constable Carl Pedersen looking at traffic behaviour and how our children come into school. At this time of the year we are keen to establish good habits and make sure we are all singing from the same song sheet!


Bikes - The NZ Police recommend that students under 10 should not ride a bike to school. We realise that some parents do allow this but with their supervision.

Those children who do ride a bike will need to wear a fluoro vest or bag cover.

Children who ride bikes have had a meeting with the Principal about expected safe behaviour - next week they will bring home a sheet to sign with parents about riding safely.  Bikes are to be walked in front of the school, not ridden to avoid hitting pedestrians!

After school road safety - Children crossing the road after school need to make sure they are crossing in front of the school where the road patrol monitors are.

Parents need to collect those children in years 0-3 from the school side of the road and escort them to the carpark to avoid near misses.

All children and adults need to follow the instructions of the road patrol monitors.

No car must stop on the broken yellow lines to pick up children.

Thanks to everyone for your support!

EOTC - Today each child will receive a Blanket Consent for EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) activities. We are asking for parents to sign this as it will give permission for your child to participate in low risk, local activities eg going to the school hall, walking to the local sports domain, going to the swimming pool by bus. The Ministry of Education has recommended that schools ask for this parental consent. This is timely as new Health and Safety rules and regulations are being implemented.

Please sign and return to the school office as soon as possible.

Key Understandings for our Wildly Important Goal

Has your child shared something this week about their learning?

Here are our key understandings that we will focus on this year

                                                We use the language of learning
                                                We reflect and act on our learning
                                                        We take control of  learning
                                            We involve our whanau in our learning

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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     Kaeden Tango           Oscar Stevenson    Neve Peters


Kowhai/Kauri - Isaac Yeates, Shanade Fromont

Tuatara - Leo Smyth, Myah Templeton

Tauhou - Harry Mavor, Grace Webster

Kororaa - Tyler Hughes, Brodie Holywell

Tui - Sophie Spittle, Jack White

Kea - Andrew Sinclair, Natasha Eastwood

Kohuhu - Melissa Rawson, Jacob McLaren

Ngahere - Damien Miller, Corbyn King

Awa Iti - Jesse Valpy, Paige Black

Excellence Awards-

Principal’s Awards: Damien Miller, Samson Isbister, Indi Kearns

What’s been happening at Weston School

Senior School Swimming








The following students have Art entered in the North Otago A&P Show - Good luck!

Angelo Bush, Poppy Golding, Rachel Hayward, Zoe Isbister, Tate Kane, Angus Loe, Chloe Ruddle, Sophie Spittle, Brooke Taylor, Chelsea Anderson, Rory Bailey, Louis Belt, Zoe Denize, Aaliya Familton, Sahara McCabe, Sophie Braid, Jade Fitzgerald, Ruby Fox, Brodie Holywell, Lucy Mavor, Maddison Mavor, Cameron Notman, Charles Young, Emma Meikle, Brooklyn Hunter, Sen McMaster and Adam Devon.


See below these fabulous little Picassos …. Art on display in the Office.


Pictured above: Tara Garrett, Leo Smyth, Milly Paterson and Jake O’Sullivan-McCabe.

Hank - the class pet


It’s official - Hank has arrived!  Unfortunately in the middle of the night, however the children from Kowhai and Kauri classes have been able to spend some time with him in class.

Caltex Grant for Weston School

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At the very end of last year Ken McKeown-Managing Director of the McKeown Group came to present Weston School with a cheque for $409.  This was a grant which Mrs Kitchin applied for to assist us with enhancing our skink garden and making a safer habitat for our skinks.

Brooke Meek, Luke Hayman, Josh Bryant, Ken McKeown and Emily McCoy pictured above.


Assembly - Our next Assembly for 2016 - this is a Year 8 Leadership Assembly and will be on 4th March.

Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 2nd of March from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday.

Year 7-8 Tech at OIS - Week 4 - 22-25 February

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.

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.

Term Dates for 2016

Please note Easter Tuesday is a School Holiday.


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


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 next dates that Weston children are swimming so you can mark them on your calendar.  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.  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.

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 children

aged 8 -12 years, hosted by Weston School


Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar

Drums, Trumpet


Information and enrolment e-mail: or phone the

Weston School office phone 434 5445.


Weston Home and School

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.



O N L Y   2-3  M O R E   H E L P E R S   P L E A S E!!!

Only 2-3 more people are needed on Sunday the 21st February - 9am sharp until approx. 1pm to help with our Mitchell & Webster Fundraiser.  Thank you to the people who have already offered to help.  If you can help please contact Kirsten Welsh - 434 1159 or 027 423 2187 or email Kirsten -

Last year we were able to purchase $2,000 worth of Sports Gear and Sandpit Equipment for the School!

Many thanks, Home & School

Health Information

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There has been a recurrent outbreak of head lice SCHOOL WIDE.  So that we can stop this cycle, we ask that you PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN’S HAIR EVERY NIGHT.  Your chemist is a great source of information and has many products available to combat the problem.  There are also alternative options,

Nit-enz - A completely organic, non toxic, safe and effective NZ made solution to nits is now available from the North Otago Dispensary.  The product is called nit-enz and we have been advised that It is especially good for children that are prone to re-infestations of nits.  More information and brochures are available from the School Office.

“Coottee Time” - Coottee Time, contact Debbie Scanlon 027 289 6422 for details.  

In the meantime we strongly advise that girls tie back their hair to prevent further spreading of lice.  Christine Mabon our Public Health Nurse is able to offer support, her contact number is

027 223 8468. Information leaflets are also available at the School Office.

Headlice Information

Headlice Factsheet

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.

10th Annual Kakanui Trail Ride - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March

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

Oamaru Triathlon and Duathlon - Sunday 6 March

The Primary and Secondary Schools Triathlon and Duathlon series is currently being held on Wednesday evenings in February – Oamaru Harbour, registration starts at 5.30pm.

The Secondary School Triathlon & Duathlon Champs are on March 6th at the Oamaru Harbour. Further information on the Oamaru Multisport website or facebook page.

Stride Ride and Slide is in Sunday the 28th of Feb at Tokaro Park from 10am. This is a great multisport race for 2-6 year olds. For more information or registration contact Sport Waitaki on 434 9379 or visit

Race Relations Day Concert 2016

Valley Cricket 2016

Vision Junior Youth, Term 1, 2016

Weston Kids Club Notice Term 1 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network