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Week 5

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Term 1, Week 5, 2016

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Message from the Principal  

Safety First and Foremost

We are noticing an increasing number of students arriving very early to school, some just before 8.00 am. Please take into consideration that the office and classrooms do not open officially until 8.30 am and there is no teacher on duty. We know that some parents have early starts with work but need to remind you that students are not supervised before this time.

In the last newsletter we promised a sheet for parents of children biking to school. This will be a bit late as we are updating this in light of Health and Safety.

EOTC - Please return these forms as soon as possible especially as we have two events planned for next week for six classrooms.

Innovation in Education

Follow the link below for thoughts on why we need innovation in our school.

Congratulations for all of these students who participated in sporting events over the last week or two! (You will see photos and information below.) These students represented Weston very well and we are so proud of you!

Congratulations also goes to all the children from Years 4-8 who took part in the Weston Swimming Sports today. Fantastic effort and attitude from all swimmers. Thank you to all the parents who supported this event, especially our time keepers. Thank you also to Joy McGee for her role as Judge Stroke and to Jo Mortimer for her exceptional organisation of the our Swimming Sports.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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Maggie Golding

                    WESTIE’S OUTSTNDING STUD


Kowhai/Kauri - Bella Tacchini, Oscar Stevenson

Tuatara - Ryan Bhagat, Tara Garrett

Tauhou - Macee McDonald, Kobi Moore

Korora - Sophie Rohrbach, Lucy Mavor

Tui - Harry Brosnan, Rachel Hayward

Kea - Bryce Lott, Adeline Bailey

Kohuhu - Amelia Bush, Samuel Petrie

Nga Kau taki - Zabian Hunter, Jocelyn Fellowes

Ruma Rahi - Holly Harvey, Levi Todd

Excellence Awards-

Principal’s Awards: Bethany Paisley, Levi George

Leadership Assembly

Congratulations to the following students who were voted as Captain/Deputy Captains of their School Houses.

Blue House - Alice Petrie (Captain), Jocelyn Fellowes (Deputy)

Red House - Brooke Meek (Captain), River Cunningham (Deputy)

Green House - Cade Flett (Captain), Brylee Milmine (Deputy)

Yellow House - Molly Loe (Captain), Kayne Mathewson (Deputy)


Celebrating student success

Swimming Stars

Alice and Samuel attended the New Zealand National Junior Swimming Championships in Auckland from 19 – 21 February.


This was the third time competing for Alice and it was nice to have her little brother at his first Junior Nationals and her last.

Alice’s main stroke is butterfly and the event she has been focussing on was the 200m Butterfly in which she won the bronze medal. Her next best placing was 5th in her 100m Butterfly. Alice’s other results were 12th 200m Freestyle, 12th 100m Backstroke, 14th 50m Backstroke, 16th 50m Butterfly and 4th as part of the Otago Medley relay team.

Samuel’s main stroke is freestyle and he certainly caused an upset with his silver medal in the 200m Freestyle event. He had a tough battle in the 50m Butterfly finishing 4th= and his other results were 6th 50m Freestyle, 6th 100m Freestyle and 27th 50m Backstroke.

Oamaru finished 8th overall and 1st in the South Island.

Alice and Samuel appreciated the kind comments and texts from their teachers and friends and the encouragement and support from Weston and Oamaru.

Article supplied by Leigh Petrie.

Year 7 and 8 Girls Cricket Tournament -

The New Zealand Post Shield


The NZC Shield is a Twenty20 Competition for girls in Year 7 & 8. The Otago Competition commenced in Term 1 with the winner to progress to the National Finals to be held 24-26 November 2016 at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre in Lincoln.

Our team played their first game against Fairfield last Thursday.  We played 8 aside, softball cricket (as requested by Fairfield) and had a convincing win making 148 runs vs 48 from the Fairfield team!  

The girls played St Hilda’s yesterday - hardball, 11 aside.  The winner of that game then having to play a second game against Balmacewen in the afternoon.  The girls made 189 runs (a score even the Blackcaps would be proud of!).  They had a 15 minute turn around and then played Balmacewen.  Tough for our girls.  Our team made 106 runs.  It was going to be hard for the team but they managed to restrict runs and end with a draw!  It was then decided that they would play a super over to decide a winner.  The girls batted first and made 10 runs.  It was down to the team to bowl and field well which they did to win by 6 runs!!!  What a day, what a fantastic result for this terrific team of girls who played with grit and utter determination to beat some highly respected and well groomed Dunedin School teams.  We must acknowledge that some of these girls have not played much cricket at all and contributed greatly to the team.  It would have been a long day for them, but what a result.  A great effort by all involved, the girls, our North Otago Cricket Coach Stephan Grobler, Mr Paterson and parents.

Thanks to the awesome parents who assisted with transport, scoring, coaching, organising and supporting!  We are now waiting to find out when our next game is to play the Otago/Southland final, where and who against.  Watch this space……!!!!!!     

Weston and Fairfield 8 aside teams


Brylee Milmine, Molly Loe, Alice Petrie, River Cunningham, Emma Meikle, Katelyn Walton, Elisha Carter, Olivia Mavor.

Weston 11 aside team


Emma Meikle, River Cunningham, Molly Loe, Katelyn Walton, Bylee Milmine, Nicole Cope, Elisha Carter, Jorja Belt, Alice Petrie, Olivia Mavor, Emma Fox.

Year 7 and 8 Boys Cricket Tournament -

The New Zealand Post Cup

Our Weston Year 7 and 8 boys team played against Waitaki Valley for The NZC Cup - a Twenty20 Competition for boys in Year 7 and 8.  We lost but only by 6 runs!  It was a very even game and could have gone either way.  Hard luck boys.

Thanks to the parents who assisted with transport, coaching and scoring on the day.


Otago and North Otago Cricket Representatives

At Weston School we have a large number of Cricket representatives.  Congratulations to the following students.

Otago: Molly Loe.  North Otago: Liam Mavor, Liam Direen, Alice and Samuel Petrie, Logan Taylor, Jesse Valpy, Lloyd Fellowes, Molly, William and Angus Loe.

Liam Mavor and Liam Direen

South Island Primary Boys Tournament - Dunedin

While most kids were out enjoying their school holidays, 2 of Weston's own were representing North Otago at the annual SIPST (South Island Primary Schools Tournament) for cricket.  Liam Mavor and Liam Direen were part of that SIPST team that competed in a week long tournament in Dunedin from the 11th to the 15th of January.  It is a big achievement to be part of the team as a year 6, majority of the children representing their area are year 8’s.  The boys both did exceptionally well and were an important part of the team which finished 3rd equal out of 14 teams.  A fantastic effort from the boys.

Report from Theresa and Stefan Mavor.

Molly Loe - Cricket

Otago Under 15 Girls Team - Wanganui

Dunedin South Island Primary School

Tournament Team - Christchurch

Molly was selected to play for the Otago Under 15 girls team to take part in the National Girls Tournament held in Wanganui in early January.  

The team ended 4th in the competition beating Auckland and Christchurch in pool play and also drawing with Central Districts who went on to win the tournament. Molly was 7th on the wicket takers bowler list for the tournament.

Molly then played and helped Captain a side that had been formed for the first time - a Year 7/8 Dunedin Metro Girls Primary Schools Team to play at the Primary Tournament played in Christchurch where they ended up 3rd in round robin but were then placed for run rate which left them playing for 5/6 position ending in 5th place out of 10 teams.  Molly was selected in the tournament team.

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Above left - Molly with the Dunedin team (centre).  

Above right - Amber Cunningham ex Weston student who also played in the Otago Team and made the Tournament team.  Molly to Amber’s right.

Report from Hamish and Nic Loe.


Weston School students play in

South Island Touch Tournament


Brylee Milmine played for the Under 13 girls and they came home with a Silver Medal - beaten by Canterbury.

Liam Mavor played for the Under 13 mixed team which placed third.

Article supplied by Lynda Milmine.

What’s been happening at Weston School

Coin trail for Fiji

Weston Students hold a coin trail to help raise money for Fiji after the devastating cyclone.  A total of $226.75 was raised.


Students pictured are Isaac Yeates, Molly Loe, Sen Macmaster, Corbyn King, Lachlan Voyce-McCulloch, Damien Miller and Riley Watson.

Weetbix Tryathlon


Weston School had 20 participants entered at the Weetbix Tryathlon held in Dunedin last Sunday.  It was a great day and the children all did very well.

Well done to all of our competitors.

Oamaru Triathlon and Duathlon 6 March - Event Information

Hawke Cup visits Weston School

The Hawke Cup is a cricket competition for New Zealand's District Associations. The competition has always been on a challenge basis. To win the Hawke Cup the challengers must beat the holders on the holders' home ground.  

North Otago lifted the Cup from Buller in the challenge.  Sadly Hawkes Bay took it away again last weekend.  We were very lucky to be able to see the Cup when North Otago players Ben Cant and Francois Mostert came to Weston School to show staff and students.

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Coming up at Weston School

Walk n Wheels Week

Children are encouraged to come to school in an active way, especially from Monday 29th February until Friday 4th March. This might include walking, biking or scootering to school. Those who come by bus may be able to walk/bike to the bus stop and those who come by car could be dropped off a couple of blocks away from school. If those options are not possible, there will be an option of walking at lunchtime instead.

Children who participate every day will go into the draw for a voucher from Stirling Sports, as well as be eligible for the spot prizes.  Thanks for supporting your child to be active.


Please see below upcoming registration dates for Winter Sports.

Valley JAB Rugby Registration Day - Thursday 10 March

2016 JAB Rugby Registration Dates

Meadowbank Football Club Registration Day

Awamoa Football Club Skills Weekend and Registration Day Flyer

Awamoa Football Club Skills Weekend and Registration Day Details

Assembly - Our next Assembly is Friday the 11th of March - 1:40pm.

Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 16th of March from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday.


As you may be aware children in Year 4 and above take part in a swimming programme in Term One.  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 North Otago Swimming Sports will be held on Wednesday the 16th of March.

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.

Thank you to all of the fabulous helpers who helped with the Mitchell and Webster Fund-raiser last Sunday.

See below the the fabulous Musical Instruments purchased from the Mitchell and Webster Labelling Fundraiser.  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.

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

Confucius Celebrations St Kevin's College - 22 March


The Otago Daily Times requires "Relief delivery persons" aged over 13 years for the Oamaru and Weston areas. To find out more contact Kathy at the Oamaru Mail/ODT Oamaru office on 433 0521 or or txt Mark on

027 524 6968.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Galleon - 26 March

WBHS Nigel Latter Night - Monday 4 April 2016

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

Vision Junior Youth, Term 1, 2016

Weston Kids Club Notice Term 1 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network