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Week 9


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Term 1, Week 9, 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  

School has been a very busy place for teaching and learning in the last couple of weeks. Thank you very much to Jo Mortimer and Karen Ruddenklau for showcasing the choir at the Chinese evening at SKC to celebrate the opening of the Confucius Classroom. Lovely singing and lots of activities to participate in - Kung Fu, Chinese painting and calligraphy, knot tying and paper craft not to mention the Lion Dance. Well done to our Mandarin Speech competitors who went to Dunedin on
Wednesday to present their Mandarin speeches. Both Paige Black and Riki Bush received distinctions. Thanks to Miss Bing for her expert coaching.

We have had a successful term regarding our EOTC activities which keeps learning real and authentic. Beach trips and geology trips all very science based. Thanks to all those parents who have supported us to make these trips and events possible. Good luck to our Rippa Rugby participants who are headed off to Centennial Park next Friday and thanks again to our parent supporters.

An awesome job from our Girls Cricket Team you have made Nationals in November. An amazing job and we are so proud of you as must be your major supporters (Mum and Dad!).  We are looking forward to seeing how you go knowing how exciting it is to be winners of the Southland Otago Championship.

We are looking forward to our ANZAC Service at the end of term. This year our focus is looking at war from an international aspect. So many nations were involved and all experienced such huge losses which was a great tragedy.

Next term we will be picking up on the NZ Police education programme Kia Kaha (Stand Strong) which focuses on bullying. We will make sure we touch on cyber bullying and the impacts of this especially for senior students.  We will celebrate Pink Shirt Day on May 20th which is an international event to stand up against bullying. This fits beautifully with talking about learning and finding the power of words to create feelings of empathy and care.

Teachers have been very busy assessing student’s learning and making judgements on achievement. This means we collect this initial data to inform our teaching for term two. We are very focused on Mathematics as it is one of our targets and teachers are engaged in staff meetings and looking at assessment that will help to personalise the learning for our children.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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Hunter Parr


Kowhai/Kauri - Neve Peters, Ebony Wallace

Tuatara - Luke Miller, Milly Paterson

Tauhou - Nadine Palita, Roman Brotherton

Korora - Beau Familton, Sophie Braid

Tui - Korbyn Kira, Cash Paterson

Kea - Angus Loe, Zaria Kira

Kohuhu - Emma Fox, Ryan Tate-Ruddle

Nga kau taki - Zicayde Sage, Lexie McDonald

Ruma Rahi - Riki Bush, Sylvia Lott

Principal Awards: Tate Kane, River Cunningham

What’s been happening at Weston School

Remarkable performance

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Back - Emma Meikle, Alice Petrie, Nicole Cope, Molly Loe, Brylee Milmine, Jocelyn Fellowes

Middle - Jorja Belt, Elisha Carter, Katelyn Walton, Emma Fox,

Front - Olivia Mavor, River Cunningham

Weston School played Arrowtown Primary in the Otago Southland final play off to represent Otago Southland for the New Zealand Post Shield National Competition.  This was held at the Queenstown Events Centre Main Oval on Friday the 18th of March.  A real highlight for the team to play on such a ground with a wicket many would be envious of.

Weston School won the toss and opened the bowling with Molly Loe who took a wicket off the first ball.  Arrowtown battled to get runs on the board with the bowling and fielding efforts from Weston.  Some of the younger and less experienced cricketers in the team really stepped up and fielded well.  River Cunningham performed exceptionally well as wicket keeper with few byes and quick work behind the wicket.  Brylee Milmine took 2 for 12 off 4 overs, Elisha Carter also performing well with 2 for 14 off 4 overs.  Alice Petrie took a threatening wicket with a catch from Molly Loe, Alice's figures seeing her 1 for 11 off 4.  Molly took 2 catches and ended with figures of 4 for 17 off 4 overs seeing the end of the Arrowtown innings on 87 runs.  

Weston turned to bat with Alice Petrie and River Cunningham.  The girls batted well catching the total in the 12th over with no loss of wicket.  River Cunningham hit 5 fours and a six scoring a total of 36 runs.

The Weston School team now represent Otago Southland at the National New Zealand Post Shield Competition to be held from the 24-26th of November at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre in Lincoln.

Thanks to all of the parents who helped and to Ian Cope for the amazing photos.

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Year 8 Leadership Day - Papakaio

The Year 8’s had a day out with other Year 8 students from North Otago on Friday the 18th of March.  Leaderships activities and relationship building was the focus and the day was held at Papakaio School. The aim of this get together was for students to form friendships and build leadership skills prior to Secondary School.  They certainly had a lot of fun on the day!






Confucius Celebrations

We were invited by St Kevin’s School to take part in the opening of their new Confucius Classroom last Tuesday.  Mrs Ryan, Mrs Carki and our House Captains attended this event.

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In the evening we were invited back to participate in a variety of Chinese activities and our Weston School Choir performed.  Thank you to the choir children who sang as part of the opening ceremony and to Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Ruddenklau for their coaching.

Children participating in some Kung Fu!


Chinese music celebrations

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Dragon dancing and the Chinese banquet!

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Taitonga Team walk to ‘Calton Hill’ Pioneer Cottage

Farm owner Bob Allan gave the children a very interesting historical talk surrounding the remnants of the first farm cottage on the ‘Carlton Hill’ farm.  This was especially made relevant when he had the 9 year olds and the 12 year olds raise their hands as this was the ages of Bob Allan’s orphaned ancestors who were both, 150 years ago in Scotland, put on a sailing ship alone and sent to New Zealand to live at the cottage.  This was eventually the start of the Allan line of descendants to this day.  Bob also showed us where two grain and storage sheds, a hitching post and the milking shed were located.  

Thanks to the parents who helped on the day!


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Chimney and cupboard area

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River stands next to the hitching post.

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On the walk mother spider protected her nest.  URRRRRRRHK!


Chinese Speech Competition

Paige Black and Riki Bush travelled to Dunedin on Wednesday night to take part in a Chinese Bridge Speech Competition for students from year 7-10.  Both students did exceptionally well receiving Distinction for both of their speeches.  They were the youngest competitors in the competition.  Well done Paige and Riki - an outstanding effort.  Thank you to Miss Bing for helping the children and to Suzanne Black for taking the students and Miss Bing to Dunedin.

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April Fools Day

But we thought you liked ORANGE Miss Wallace!


Now where is that Slooflirpa Bird!!!  Some of our juniors are still looking for it!


Ahh - there it is!!!  The Department of Conservation and students can stop looking now!


April Fools!!!!!


Mike from Youthtown shares Rugby Jerseys


Mike from Youthtown shared his collection of Rugby Jerseys with some of the lads.  

Coming up at Weston School

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Anzac Service - Our Weston School ANZAC Assembly will be held on Friday the 15th of April at 1:45pm at the Weston Church.  All welcome.

Home and School




If you have any NEW IDEAS for the Fireworks please come and tell us, or if you would just like to help Weston School raise funds for our school come along and help us run the Fireworks - we really need you. This is the meeting where we do all the planning and come up with ideas.  Help the Committee make the Fireworks a great success like last year.



1. To run the sausages sizzles, eg cook the sausages, it could be a couple of friends.

2. Someone to help run the Topflite fundraiser.  Again some friends could help run this to.

Please ring or e-mail me Donna 027 368 4355 /

The next HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING IS THE AGM on Thursday 12th MAY 7:30PM


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

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 13th of April from 2:30-3:30pm.

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

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.

WBHS Nigel Latter Night - Monday 4 April 2016

Vision Junior Youth, Term 1, 2016

Weston Kids Club Notice Term 1 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network