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Term 2, Week 1, 2016

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Message from the Principal  

A very warm welcome back for the second Term of 2016.

It is great to see the children back relaxed and ready for learning.

The term has started with a visit from Richard and Harold in the

Life Education Bus. Thank you to the parents who attended the parent session this morning. I’m sure the children have shared their learning from the Life Ed Bus with you. A special thank you to Home and School who through fundraising have paid for students to attend this activity.

As you know, our WiG (Wildly Important Goal) for this year is:

Skillful thinkers talk about Learning so please encourage your child to talk about their learning at home. Our value for this term is Curiosity! This is to be encouraged and developed in children to support them becoming inspired learners who can drive their own learning!

Next week, children will begin the Kia Kaha (Stand Strong) Programme. This is a

NZ Police Education Programme which will involve a visit to each class from Carrie Hamilton, our Community Constable. 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.

Filmmakers in Schools started for a group of senior students this week - last year the Weston Film did particularly well so we are looking forward to further success this year.

Next Wednesday both Mr Gary Paterson and Matt Hannagan begin the

Incredible Years Programme. This is a teachers’ programme that focuses on proactive and restorative practices around behaviour management. We are now fortunate that the majority of our staff have received this training.

On Wednesday 18th May the children will have the opportunity to watch The Fairest of Them All with the NZ Playhouse and again with no cost to students as this is paid for by Home and School.

Bible in Schools starts next week on Tuesday from 1.30 - 2.00 pm. All children took home a notice last term and asked to return it stating if your child/ren were taking part.  Some families have not responded and have been sent home another notice today. If we do not hear from you by Tuesday morning we will presume that your child/ren are attending. Those children not attending will be with Mrs Boys or Mrs Kennedy as a part of a homework club.

Jump Rope for Heart begins on 13 June - so you might like to get your children skipping at home in preparation. There will be lots of opportunities for skipping at school this term too.


Another big thank you to Home and School for our new friendship bench! Children can pick up others as friends from the bench. Our children are encouraged to be inclusive so if they find someone alone they can invite them to play. We have had a very successful week. The lovely rainbow colours are very Nelson Mandela!

Enjoy our lovely sunny days!

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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What’s been happening at Weston School

Anzac Service


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‘Lest we Forget’

Life Education

Richard and Nga Kau Taki (Room 9) on the Life Education


Home and School AGM

The Home and School AGM is now to be held on Thursday the 2nd of June,

7pm at Weston School - not Thursday the 12th of May as previously advertised.

Top Flite Fund-raiser

I need your help with Top flite labels Sunday 22nd May 9am sharp.  There will be around 13,000 labels to do.  It should be a morning’s work with 15 people.  Morning tea provided and easy work while you have a chat to the people around you.  A great way to get to know other parents in our school.  It has been getting really hard to get people along and if it continues we will be forced to pass this easy fundraiser along.  It would mean we would need to sell raffles instead.  Please support this as it has brought so many things for all our children to enjoy.  Hope to see you there

Kirsten Welsh

Text me on 0274232187 or email

Vision and Hearing Screening Programme

The Vision and Hearing Technician plans to visit our school on Monday 23rd May at approximately 9:00am to carry out screening for vision and hearing to notified students.

All Year 7’s that have not already been screened for vision with be tested during this visit unless you with to opt your child out of this programme.  Please see link for opt out form should you not wish for your child to be screened and return to the office before the screening date.


Opt Out form

College and High School Open Days

St Kevin’s College Open Day - Thursday 12 May 1pm and 7pm.

Waitaki Girls High School Open Day/Evening Tuesday 31 May - more details to come.

HPV vaccinations

The next HPV Vaccination will take place on Monday the 9th of May

from 9:30am.  

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.


The next Assembly will be held on Friday the 13th of May, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

ICAS Exams

The first of the ICAS exams is Digital Technology which will be held on Tuesday the 17th of May.  Students taking this exam must take it on this specified day.

Uniform Shop - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 18th of May from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

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

Columba College Country Visit to Oamaru flyer 2016

Grandparents raising grandchildren survey

Mandarin Classes at St Kevin’s College for children and adults

Oamaru Farmers Market Community Stalls

Pasifika Workshops at the Forrester Gallery May 2016

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Weston Kids Club Term 2, 2016

Weston Church Fair