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Week 3

Westie’s News

Term 3, Week 3, 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  

The recent snow was such a highlight last week!

Great to see the wonderment and awe on children’s faces as the snow fell!


Our Year 7&8 students have had tech at OIS this week. This is a 4 day programme which happens each term, where students learn new skills in Art, Textiles, Electronics  Hard Materials and Food.

Year 6 students and parent helpers had fantastic experiences at ‘Clued Up’ Kids. The organisations involved in this collaborative and interactive approach was designed to develop aspects of well being and concepts of agency, sense of belonging, acceptance and potential for success. There were a variety of hands on, exciting stations presented by Clutha Council, Farm Safety, KiwiRail, NZ Fire Service, NZ Police, Relax Kids, St John, Sport Clutha, Surf Life Saving and Public Health South.

Thank you to Mrs Mortimer and parent helpers who organised and assisted students.

(See photos below)

We have had calendar art orders flooding in so thank you for supporting this venture. We are sure you will be delighted with your goodies when they arrive.

There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the cross country today. It’s great to see the children wearing their house colours with pride. There has been noticeable perseverance, determination and commitment from students throughout their training for this event. Great to see parents, family and whanau out supporting children too.

Thank you to Mrs Boys and our teachers for the organisation of this event.

The Board of Trustees met this week with a focus on Student Achievement. We are very proud to tell you that we have great learning progress and achievement at Weston School. As of the end of Term 2, our learning across the school looks like this:

National Standards




At & Above




Our Board is focused on student achievement and support the teachers who have successful classroom programmes operating at all levels. We will continue to strive to meet the learning needs of all students at Weston School.

You'll no doubt be aware already -there is a nasty strain of viral Gastroenteritis going through Weston school and Oamaru at the moment.

Anyone with vomiting or diarrhoea should not be returning to school until at least 48 hours have passed since the last vomiting or diarrhoea episode to avoid contagious spread - not to return the next day which we know often happens.

Any viral gastroenteritis has potential to be life-threatening for people with underlying chronic illnesses and can make any person seriously unwell, whatever their underlying health status.

You will notice that we are closing our school gates during school time. This is in the interests of child safety - please can you assist us by always closing the gates when you enter or leave Weston School.

Thank you for your co-operation,

Stay warm, happy and healthy.

Nga mihi

Sharlene Carki

WELCOME to Weston School

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Savana Flawn


Kowhai- Axel Dunjey, Shanade Fromont

Kauri -  Revarne Sage

Tuatara - Nirvana Ruddle, Harrison Laing

Tauhou - Harry Mavor, Zara Wilson

Korora - Amelia Devon, Flynn Hayes

Tui - Alex McCabe, Chloe Ruddle

Kea - Amir Palita, Jamie Davies

Kohuhu - Billy McCabe, Lloyd Fellowes

Nga kau taki -Sen Macmaster, Emily Watson

Ruma Rahi - Dean Allan, Bailey Chapman

Excellence Awards-

Acting Principal Awards:  Sophie Notman & Leonie Groot

What’s been happening

Kiwisticks Year 5&6 Hockey Team


Congratulations to our Kiwisticks Year 5&6 Hockey Team who won the Fraser Championship Junior Cup in their grade this season.

Team pictured above: William Brown, Ryan Tate-Ruddle, Angus Loe, Josh Miller, Chloe Ruddle, Zoe Isbister, Kate Mortimer, Billy McCabe.

Coach: Barbara Miller

Most Valuable player for the Ministicks - Sam Isbister

Most Valuable player for the Kiwisticks - Josh Miller

Clued Up Kids  

On Wednesday all of the Year 6 students went to Clued Up Kids at the Rec Centre.  We learnt about safety e.g. fire safety, St John's, gun safety, bus safety, staying calm in an emergency and road safety.  We all really enjoyed it and learnt lots.

By Savana Flawn and Chloe Wilson

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Coming Up at Weston School


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!   

Rainbow Confectionery - THANKS for the fabulous donation of goodies for our Quiz Night - we really appreciate your support!

Oamaru Vets - Thank you very much for your donation of a major prize for our Quiz Night.  Again we so appreciate your support!

Camp Meeting - Thursday 18 August

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

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!


THE 1 - 5 SALE TO BE HELD next Friday 19 August IS NOW


Calendar Art - Orders MUST be back with the art by Monday the 15th 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.

Waitaki Girls High School Important Dates

On the 8th of September Waitaki Girls High School are having an afternoon of 'hands on' for the girls, also the 25th of November there will another opportunity to go to Waitaki Girls High School into classes.

Girls will receive an invitation in the coming days.

Enrolments are due by Friday the 23rd of September at the latest.

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

Cross Country -Thanks to all of the fabulous people who helped with the Cross Country.  We appreciate your assistance.  The North Otago Country is to be held Monday 22 August - students involved will be advised.

ICAS - The next ICAS exam to be held is Maths - Tuesday 16 August.

School Assembly - Friday 19 August, 1:40pm

Cricket, Cricket Bat, Bat, ...

Weston School Girls Cricket Team Fundraiser

We are now selling pig manure - see

details - grassroots cricket - literally!!!

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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

LIC Calf Club and Competition

Kakanui Quiz Night - Thursday 1 September

Kids Fit Classes - Fitness 24 every Monday, Term 3

Mandarin Classes for children and adults - Term 3, 2016

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.

North Otago Tennis AGM Info Sheet - Monday 5 September

Yes its that time of the year again.  We have out AGM scheduled for the 05th September at 7.00pm.  At this meeting we are presenting changes to the Constitution so we can apply for a wider range of grants.  We really need more committee members - please come and be a part of this great committee.  Thanks, Julie

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -


Scotts Own Sea Scouts Quiz Night - 12 August

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