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Week 7

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 7, 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  

Weston children and staff are certainly deserving of a long weekend and a short week ahead as they have been hard at work, thinking, creating, problem solving, making connections, knowledge building and talking about learning! It  takes a lot of brainpower to be a 21st Century learner.

Congratulations to our Weston School students who participated in the North Otago Primary School Swimming Sports. Some of these children will go on to represent us at the Otago Championships in April. Well done to all who participated and thank you for the parental support we received at the pool on Wednesday.

Year 8’s have a day out with other Year 8 students from North Otago tomorrow. Leaderships activities and relationship building are the focus and the day will be held at Papakaio School. The aim of this get together is for students to form friendships prior to Secondary School.

Our successful Weston School Girl’s Cricket team will go to Queenstown tomorrow with Mr Paterson to compete against Arrowtown School in the finals. We wish them all the very best of luck!

We have been invited by St Kevin’s School to take part in the opening of their new Confucius Classroom next Tuesday. Thank you to the choir children who will sing as part of the opening ceremony and for Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Ruddenklau for their coaching.

Poster and information on link below.

Confucius Celebrations St Kevin's College - 22 March

Our Board of Trustees have approved our 2016 Charter targets for Weston School. They are:


Target:  Maori students who are below in any National Standards area will be provided with teaching and learning opportunities to lift achievement to at


Target: All students, including Maori & Pasifika, who were achieving below the National Standard in Writing for 2015 will be achieving at the standard by the end of 2016, through deliberate acts of teaching.


Target: All Students, including Maori & Pasifika, who were achieving  below the National Standard in Mathematics for 2015 will be achieving at the standard by the end of 2016, through deliberate acts of teaching.

Although these are are targeted area of focus across the school, all children remain priority learners at Weston School. Our Board of Trustees have high expectations of teaching and learning and they believe that these targets support these high expectations.

Enjoy the photos below of the beach trips held for 6 classes over two days last week. There was a lot of learning taking place in our local environment and this has continued in the classrooms since. Thank you to the teachers for their organisation and to the family and whanau who assisted on these trips.

Our school community and local environments certainly makes Weston School a special place to be.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

School will be closed on Monday the 21st of March for Otago Anniversary Day and again on Good Friday (25 March), Easter Monday (28 March)

and Easter Tuesday (29 March).

WELCOME to Weston School

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Knox Bloomfield


Kowhai/Kauri - Kaeden Tango, Georgia Webster

Tuatara - Leonie Groot, Charlee MacLean

Tauhou - Tane Moffat, Bridget Spittle

Korora - Maddison Mavor, Angelo Bush

Tui - Sophie Brown, Breanna Kingan

Kea - Ian Tacchini, Emma Spittle

Kohuhu - Olivia Mavor, Hunter Wilson

Nga kau taki - William Loe

Ruma Rahi - Kayne Mathewson, Liam Direen

Excellence Awards-

Deputy Principal Awards: Sophie Spittle, Tane Moffat

What’s been happening at Weston School

Special thanks to all of the parents, grandparents and friends for your help and assistance during the learning activities that have taken place so far this term.  The children love to have your support and it is great to include families in learning.  We are very grateful for your help and assistance.

Geology Trip

To start the term Kea and Kohuhu classes undertook a geology (rocks) geomorphology (landforms) science unit. They travelled to the Oamaru Harbour then walked the low tide route to Boatman’s Harbour to explore and learn about the Oamaru volcanics and other geology, especially to discover the three main rock types, i.e. sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.

They then travelled to North Kakanui Head (‘Cats-Eye’ Point) where the pupils took part in a ‘diamond hunt’. This really opened their eyes to the ‘wonderment’ of igneous rocks and minerals. It was a fantastic day and the children really engaged in learning about local geology features and exploring on the day.


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Rocky Shore Trip

Sand, sun, science and a bucket load of fun!

After early morning beach visits and much deliberation over the windy weather Tuatara, Tauhou, Korora and Tui classes had a wonderful time at All Day Bay.  From tiny cats eyes to a magnificent octopus, many species were found and identified.  Lunch on the beach and developmental play including sandcastle building rounded off a wonderful day!  Special thanks to the many adults who made the trip possible.

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North Otago Swimming Sports

Congratulations to the students who competed at the North Otago Swimming Sports.  The students behaved wonderfully and we had some great results from Weston students - CONGRATULATIONS!  Click on the link below to view results.


Coming up at Weston School

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Please see below upcoming registration dates for Winter Sports.

Valley JAB Rugby Registration

2016 JAB Rugby Registration Dates

Meadowbank Football Club Registration Day

Awamoa Football Club Registration Details

Assembly - Our next Assembly is Thursday the 24th of March, 1:40pm.

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

Swimming - 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.

The Otago Swimming Sports will be held on Saturday the 9th of April - letters have been sent to students regarding this.

Lost - Kathmandu Jacket, Bright Blue, Size 10 belongs to and named Zoe Denize.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Galleon - 26 March

Kakanui School Big Beach Day - Saturday 19 March

Lions Winter Crop Growing Competition - proceeds towards St Johns Oamaru Building Project

WBHS Nigel Latter Night - Monday 4 April 2016

Race Relations Day Concert 2016

Vision Junior Youth, Term 1, 2016

Weston Kids Club Notice Term 1 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network