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Term 3, Week 1, 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 Acting Principal  

A very warm welcome back to school for Term 3.

This term is slightly shorter, just 9 weeks but there are a lot of exciting learning opportunities ahead.

Children are working hard on their fitness for the upcoming Cross Country on Friday 12th August (Postponement day Wednesday 17th August). We would love to see you come along and cheer the children on for this event.

Our Year 7 & 8 students have tech from the 8th August as well as a camp to look forward to early in September. Our Year 6 students are off to the Rec Centre on 10th August for ‘Waitaki Clued Up Kids.’  This programme is based around the children becoming more aware of personal safety, learning how to react in dangerous situations, knowing what roles emergency services play, fostering good citizenship, making a contribution to crime prevention and avoiding being the victims of crime.

Our Junior children are learning within a variety of contexts across the classes, including Bees, the Olympics and the Solar System, careers, making money and financial literacy.

Calendar Art is underway across the school so make sure you look out for your child’s picture and order forms at the end of next week.

Miss Bing, our Mandarin Teacher finished at the end of last term but we are delighted to have Alice and Cynthia joining us this term to continue teaching this language.

We also welcome Ms Plunket to Kowhai class, she replaces Mrs Matheson (who is expecting another addition her to her family early next month) and she will be teaching each Friday.

Mrs Ruddenklau has returned to Weston School after an extensive overseas trip last term. We are looking forward to hearing more about her exciting adventures. With the Kids for Kids concert ahead, Mrs Mortimer is very happy to have her back on board.

Unfortunately there is a lot of sickness around at the moment. Stomach bugs, coughs and colds so if your child is unwell, please keep them home to avoid the germs spreading. Those nasty head lice are also around so please be vigilant at checking your child’s hair.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and exciting term ahead!

Nga mihi

Sharlene Carki

WELCOME to Weston School

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Kowhai- Isaac Fox, Ethan Jordens

Kauri -  Mia McLaren, Will Hudson

Tuatara - Josiah Murray, Ollivia Olliver

Tauhou - Ashton McCabe, Miley Presnall

Korora - Johanna Schoneveld, Jayden Tipa

Tui - Levi George, Rachel Hayward

Kea - Taliyah Mathewson, Joshua Miller

Kohuhu - Emily Mavor, Harison Staples

Ruma Rahi - Trent Woodford-Cameron, Liam Mavor

Excellence Awards-

Principals Awards:  Nicole Cope and Rico Gill

Deputy Principal Awards:  Jack White and Charles Young

What’s been happening

Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald entertained Junior School children with his lessons on Road Safety


Film Makers in Schools

Our Film Makers in Schools Year 8 students won 2nd place in the "Best Film in Theme" category at the Film Makers in Schools awards evening.  

Congratulations to the students who participated in this.


Coming Up at Weston School

ICAS Exam - Tuesday 2 August

The next ICAS exam is English which is to be held on Tuesday the 2nd of August.  Students taking this exam must take it on this specified day.

Assembly - Friday 5 August

The next Assembly will be held on Friday 5 August, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

Tech for Year 7 / 8 students

Monday 8 August - Thursday 11 August

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.

Uniform Shop - Wednesday 10 August

The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 10th of August from 2:30-3:30pm.

School Sports Photos - Friday 12 August

These will be held in the morning for Weston School Sports teams.

Cross Country - Friday 12 August

Starting with Year 8’s at 1:45pm, Year 7 and so on.  There are no set times for the other year groups.  To be held at the Weston Domain.  We really need helpers please, just to stand around the course for safety reasons - junior parents for the senior races, senior parents for the junior races, so that it will give you a chance to watch your children.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We also need tarpaulins, standards and fencing tape.  Please contact Nicole Boys at school if you can help, either pop in or email

Postponement date - Wednesday 17 August same time/place.

Quiz Night - Sunday 14 August

Get your STAR team together and come along to the North Star on Sunday the 14th of August at 6pm for a Quiz Night.  Proceeds to all Camp students who provide a raffle prize for the evening.  $30 a team (maximum of 6 players).  Register your team by phoning the School Office 434 5445.  Raffle prizes to the classroom.  Thank you!   

Camp Meeting - Thursday 18 August

For parents of years 7&8 children.  Thursday, August 18, 6:00pm in Ruma Rahi classroom.

1 - 5 SALE - Friday 19 August

Books, toys and general pre-loved treasures from year 7 and 8 students will be for sale outside the year 7 and 8 deck on Friday August the 19th.  All items priced $1, $2, $3, $4 or $5.  So send your child to school with some of those coins that are lying around in bowls and see what they will bring home!

Kids for Kids - Thursday 1 September

Practices are going well and tickets are on sale NOW at the Opera House - first in first served and there are no limits on tickets so don’t be disappointed.  Get your tickets now if you want to go!


Calendar Art

Expect your child's art to be home next Friday.  Orders must be back with the art on Friday the 13th of August.  Please direct credit to the school account if possible or have the exact money and the order form in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name.  Examples of the products available for viewing are in our school office. These make wonderful presents to add to Christmas parcels, especially for early posting.

North Otago Asthma Society

The North Otago Asthma Society North Otago Asthma Society have some exciting events coming up for Primary School Children who have asthma.  

FREE swimming lessons in Term 4. Very limited spaces, conditions apply.

Asthma Awareness Week - Children’s Fun Day, 3rd September 11am -1pm, Waitaki Rec Centre, includes information table with free resources for parents, activities by Sport Waitaki, Subway lunch, goodie bag  – all  FREE. Registration essential.

For more information on these events.  Please contact Asthma Nurse Educator Fiona on 4343202  and like North Otago Asthma on Facebook to keep up to date.

Fiona Stratford, Nurse Educator

North Otago Asthma Society, Community House, 100 Thames Street,

Oamaru 9400

Phone 03 4343202

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Weston School Girls Cricket Team Fundraisers

Thanks so much to those who supported our Weston School Girls Cricket team foil,wrap,paper and bowl fundraiser.  We made a fantastic $1,250.00 which will help a lot towards our campaign.  

We are now selling pig manure - see details - grassroots cricket - literally!!!

If you would like manure before the collection/delivery date please get in touch we are happy to fill orders before then.

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Pig Manure Order form


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There are re-ocurring outbreaks 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.

In the meantime we strongly advise that girls tie back their hair to prevent further spreading of lice.   Our Public Health Nurse Nikki McMillan is able to offer support should you need, her contact number is 027 223 8468.

Information leaflets are also available at the School Office.

Headlice Information

Headlice Factsheet

Horse Manure for Sale - Horse Manure for sale - fundraising for the Weston School Year 7 and 8 Camp.  $4.00 per sack.  Call Donna - 027 630 5111 or Sonya - 021 117 8486.

Calling all old Mobile Phones to help Sustainable Coastlines look after NZ’s coastlines and waterways.

After $2.5 million donated to the Starship Foundation from the sale of unwanted old mobile phones it is time for a new multi award winning NZ charity - Sustainable Coastline to benefit from this scheme.  It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School any unwanted mobile phones you may have.  Phones collected help our School gain valuable rewards and also the environment benefits by 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.

LJ Hooker incentive


Exclusively list and sell your property with LJ Hooker, nominate Weston School at the time of listing and our school will receive a $200 donation and the property owner will receive a $200 voucher.  You don’t have to be part of Weston School either it could be anyone (a grandparent, friend etc…who is selling/buying).  To get the ball rolling LJ Hooker have made a one off donation of $150 to us just for being part of the incentive.

Colgate Recycle Drive

This year, there are 20 x $1000 prizes up for grabs - all we need to do is submit a shipment of Oral Care Waste by the 31st August 2016 to enter the draw to win.

Plus, we have a chance to win one of two recycled park benches made from Oral Care waste valued at $1,500!

Send in your oral waste - bin in the School Office see poster for details opposite.

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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.

ICONZ4GIRLZ - I am Catherine Boyle (leader of ICONZ), we have just started a girls youth group at Weston Church.  This is a girls only programme, for girls aged 5-14yrs at this point but will be expanded to 17yrs.  This programme is based on the Girls Brigade and is a modern revamp of it.  The programme runs on a Monday night from 4.00 – 5.30pm, during the school term.

We currently have 14 girls aged from 5-13yrs and 4 leaders.

Girls can look at Facebook (Iconz4Girlz) and also contact me (4349390) or Jessie-May Tepper (027 2546168)  If you require more information or need to contact us please do.  Thank you, Catherine Boyle.

Impact Junior Youth - Term 3, 2016

Kids Fit Classes - Fitness 24 every Monday, Term 3

Music and Movement Classes - We are running now from Church a Music and Movement program for preschoolers.  It is a program where we have songs all sorts of resources like Karen Henly , feeling the beat etc.  We have a huge selection of instruments etc and we bring something out for each song to play with etc.  It is for preschoolers and parents or grandparents etc.  We meet for coffee first etc and we have a special snack for the kids each week and the mums.  Then we go to our music side of the program.  It is from 10am until 11am.

**NEW Dance School** CREATIVE FUSION. Contemporary Ballet, Jazz/Street Funk, and Hip Hop classes. All ages at affordable prices. After school classes. Enquiries welcome - contact: Nicola Wolfe - 0278419922, See for more information.

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -


Scotts Own Sea Scouts Quiz Night - 12 August

TIME WARP:   an entertaining and humorous Theatre Restaurant show performed by Musical Theatre Oamaru.  August 3 – 6, Scottish Hall. Three course meal and show. Bookings at: or phone 434 3036

Waitaki Newcomers Network

Weston Indoor Bowling Club - Meet Wednesday nights 7:30pm, Weston Hall.  New members most welcome, phone 434 8281.

Weston Kids Club Term 3, 2016