News‎ > ‎News 2016 Archive‎ > ‎Term 3‎ > ‎

Week 7

Westie’s News

Term 3, 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  

It is lovely to be back at school and catch up with teachers, students and whanau. It has been wonderful to have some learning time for myself. To discover new ways of approaching teaching and learning and ultimately considering how we can work more effectively - teachers and parents as a team!

I had the opportunity to visit schools in the North Island and catch up on what research tells us about positive home and school partnerships that focus on lifting learning and thereby creating successful children.

I would like to send home a survey in the next week and hope that you can take the time to fill this out, sharing your ideas and thoughts, so that we can make plans and changes to our current practices.

Paid Union Meeting

Most of our staff attended a meeting on Thursday to consider potential changes in how funding is distributed to schools. Even though we know that these proposed changes are just that...proposed, we feel that it is important to make sure that the government and community know how important we think equity and excellence are. We want to do the best by all of our children and make sure that they are able to contribute creatively, confidently and critically as future citizens of New Zealand. It is not often that teachers, principals, support staff, caretakers and cleaners unions band together to discuss one issue - creating the best possible learning outcomes for all children.  We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your support. I would also like to thank those teachers who stayed so that children coming to school could be supervised.

Becoming a Community of Learning

(Peter Roundhill Oamaru North, Paul Olsen SKC, Gary Shirley Papakaio, Lorraine Frances-Rees St Joseph’s, Kate Mansfield Glenavy, Mary Healy OIS and Nicky Ryan Weston)

Last Wednesday, the Principals from the North Otago Community of Learning were invited by the Education Council to meet the Minister of Education, the Hon. Hekia Parata. The Minister's message was one of challenge and encouragement. She highlighted the benefits of local school collaboration and thanked the gathering for the work they are undertaking for the benefit of all our students. The Community of Learning (CoL) is working steadily on the "Achievement Challenges" facing our schools. How can we lift and support the learning of the students, not just in our own schools but what is a common issue in each of the schools? How can we work effectively, together to pool resources and expertise so that we are focused on the important mahi (work) to get the best out of all our students in North Otago for a brighter future? We are deliberately taking our time to consult widely and gain consensus on the path forward.

Being social using technology and adjusting parenting to fit.  Last term we talked about social media and technology and keeping children safe in one of our newsletters. I asked if parents would like to know more about cybersafety and we didn’t have many answers. However, people have still shared concerns so I found this on my half sabbatical. Food for thought and it comes from an American Parents site:

Treat media as you would any other environment in your child's life. The same parenting rules apply in both real and virtual environments. Set limits; kids need and expect them. Know their friends, both online and off. Know what platforms they are using, where they are going and what they are doing.

Be a good role model. Teach and model kindness online. Limit your own media use. Attentive parenting requires face time away from screens.

Know the value of face-to-face communication. Very young children learn best through two-way communication. Engaging in "talk time" remains critical for language development. That can be face-to-face or via video chat with traveling parent or grandparent. It's the back-and-forth conversation that improves language skills.

Families who play together, learn together. Family participation in media encourages social interactions and learning. Play a video game with your kids. Your insight helps children put their media experience into perspective. It's also a good way to demonstrate good sportsmanship and gaming etiquette.

Do your homework on apps. More than 80,000 apps are labeled as educational, but little research validates their quality. Products pitched as "interactive" should require more than "pushing and swiping." Look to organizations like Common Sense Media for reviews on age-appropriate apps, games and programs.

Set limits and encourage playtime. Unstructured playtime stimulates creativity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority, especially for very young children. Tech use, like all other activities, should have reasonable limits.

It's OK for your teen to be online. Online relationships are part of adolescent development. Social media can support teens as they find their own identity. Just be sure your teen is behaving appropriately in both the real and online worlds. Keep lines of communication open and let them know you're there if they have questions or concerns.

Create tech-free zones. Keep family mealtimes tech-free. Recharge devices overnight outside your child's bedroom. These actions encourage family time, healthier eating habits and better sleep.

Kids will be kids. Kids will make mistakes using media. Handle these mistakes with empathy and use them as teachable moments. But some indiscretions, such as sexting or posting self-harm images, should be a flag to look further into your child's behaviors.

Lastly I would like to wish our Year 7 & 8 students a wonderful warm and exciting camp at Wainui next week. No doubt parents will be helping with packing and sorting this weekend. We know it will be full of challenge and fun.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

Natsumi Ramos.JPGSummer Brosnan.JPGTaylor Cromwell.JPGNheero Del Mundo.JPG

Natsumi Ramos Summer Brosnan Taylor Cromwell Nheero Del Mundo

Mikaela McCormick - (photo to follow next newsletter)


Kowhai - Leitham Palmer, Anabel King

Kauri -  Pippa McMillan, Keira Wilson

Tuatara - Alexie Elvidge, Laura Aker

Tauhou - Mackenzie Buick, Leroy Black

Korora - Harry Monahan, Skyla Rawson

Tui - Zoe Denize, Jake Hacquoil

Kea - Natasha Eastwood, Erylle Del Mundo

Kohuhu - Mathew McCoy, Max Kane

Nga kau taki - Zicayde Sage, Jocelyn Fellowes

Ruma Rahi - Flynn Hill, Micayla Fox

Excellence Awards-

Principal Awards: Brylee Milmine, Natasha Eastwood

Burns Memorial

Art Exhibition 2016

The Burns Memorial Children’s Art Exhibition shows art from all North Otago schools, from early childhood to secondary schools. It is one of the most colourful and popular exhibitions held each year at the Forrester Art Gallery in Oamaru.  This year the Burns Memorial runs from Saturday 10 September until Sunday 9 October and we encourage you to take your children along, as many Weston pupils will be exhibiting their artwork.

Congratulations to the following students who will have work exhibited:

Zoe Isbister, Jayden Tipa, Poppy Golding, Brooke Taylor, Angus Loe, Sophie Spittle, Emma Spittle, Milly Paterson, Charliee Burnett, Tara Garrett, Amelia Devon , Brilee Young, Luke Miller, Meika Millns, Laura Aker, Gemma Aker, Myah Templeton, Nirvana Ruddle, Peyton Cranston, Grace Webster, Max Dunjey, Macee McDonald, McKenzie Buick, Nadine Palita, Kayla Kira, Chloe Hayman, Breanna Kingan, Bailey Chapman, Melissa Presnall, Paige Black, Adam Devon, Micayla Fox, Jesse Valpy, Kayne Mathewson, Korora Class group (tin foil Olympians), Tuatara Class group (BFG clay faces).

What’s been happening

Science Fair

On Wednesday this week, thirteen senior pupils took their exhibits to the Sanford’s Central South Island Science and Technology Fair in Timaru.

There were 205 entries ranging from Ashburton down to Oamaru.

After a morning of interviewing and judging, three Weston exhibits earned Bronze Awards.

They were, William Loe, Year 7 Individual, ‘Do Environmental Conditions Effect the Behaviour of Pukekos?’,  Madisyn Rawson and Holly Harvey, Year 7 Team, ‘Up the Creek 2 – (A study of Vertebrate Life in the Oamaru Creek)’  and Cade Flett and Riley Welsh, ‘The Drag Effect of Under-inflated Tyres’

All the bronze award winners attended a formal presentation ceremony at Caroline Bay on Thursday evening where among other things, several of the speakers mentioned the rise in standard of science work done as well as the presentation of the exhibits. The ‘bar is continually being raised!

Congratulations to all Weston pupils who went to Timaru. They conducted themselves to a high standard.

20160907_112543 (1).jpg


Farm Visit

On Tuesday 6 September Tui and Korora classes were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on a trip to visit the Kingan's dairy farm near Enfield. The weather was wonderful and there was some excellent hands on learning including seeing cows being milked, learning about, touching and observing various animals, planting native trees, exploring an extinct volcano, watching tankers being filled and drinking fresh warm milk straight from the cow!

We even got to have Domino’s Pizza, fruit and flavoured milk for lunch provided by Fonterra. Oamaru vets provided bones and x-rays to study, as well as model calves to make for each child.

It was an excellent real life learning experience and the feedback from kids and adults on the trip has been positive and full of exciting, memorable experiences.

A huge thanks to the Kingan family for hosting us and all the time and planning they put into organising such a well structured and invigorating experience. Special mention to Dairy NZ and Fonterra for providing the children with lunch, Rosie bags and our bus trip. We appreciate being so well looked after.


IMG_0262.JPG IMG_0285.JPG IMG_0288.JPG IMG_0293.JPGIMG_0415.JPG

IMG_0431.JPG P1070700.JPGIMG_0434.JPG IMG_0445.JPGIMG_0446.JPG


IMG_0449.JPG P1070719.JPGP1070707.JPG IMG_0452.JPGP1070703.JPG P1070704.JPG

P1070717.JPG P1070711.JPG P1070716.JPG P1070739.JPG P1070741.JPG P1070743.JPG IMG_2455.JPGP1070745.JPG P1070744.JPGP1070751.JPG P1070753.JPGP1070757.JPG P1070760.JPGIMG_2531.JPG

Otago Cross Country

Congratulations to our 5 students who competed at the Otago Primary School Cross Country held Friday the 2nd of September.  


Year 5 boys - Angus Loe - 5th

Year 6 Girls - Olivia Mavor - 47th

Year 6 Boys - Bryce Lott - 11th

Year 6 Boys - Jesse Cope - 14th

Year 8 Girls - Molly Loe - 13th

IMG_2023.JPG IMG_2027.JPG

IMG_2030.JPG IMG_2034.JPG IMG_2038.JPG


Kids for Kids

Another fabulous colourful entertaining show.  The children sang beautifully.  Jackie Clarke and Chris Lam Sam engaged with the children so well and made the evening.

Thank you to all of the children who participated and to Mrs Mortimer and Mrs Ruddenklau for their hard work leading up to the event.  


IMG_1938.JPG IMG_1945.JPG







IMG_1958.JPG IMG_1961.JPG

IMG_1967.JPG IMG_1962.JPG


IMG_1964.JPG IMG_1973.JPGIMG_1975.JPG








IMG_2005.JPG IMG_2006.JPG

Coming Up at Weston School

Year 8 Girls HPV Vaccinations - Tuesday 20 September from 9am.

School Assembly - Friday 23rd September, 1:40pm.  ALL WELCOME.

Uniform Shop - Next open Wednesday 21 September 2:30-3:30pm.

Roald Dahl Character Dress Up Day - Whole school, Tuesday 13th of September.  This is just a fun day to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday.  




Topflite Labelling - It is Topflite labelling time again to put labels on bags.

We need your help please.  It's really easy!

Date: Sunday 18 September

Time: 9am start

Airedale Rd, Weston

Please text Kirsten 0274 232 187 if you can help.

People that have done it say they really enjoyed it and they didn't

realise it was so easy.  We have it well organised, so its a nice

morning's work.  We need 15 people please!

Thank you for your support so we can give our children the extras.

Kirsten Welsh

PM Readers - We are missing lots of PM reader books and would dearly like them returned as they are expensive to replace.  We are also finding that the learn to read programmes are difficult to organise with so many books missing.  If you have any of these books at home please bring them back to school to Mrs Thelning.  She has rewards for returns! See below examples of the type of books we are wanting returned.

Thank you@!

PM Readers.jpg

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

Sonya Watson - 021 117 8486.

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.

Cancer Society Fashion Show Fundraiser - Wednesday 12 October

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.

IHC Anxiety and Autism Oamaru Workshop - 15 September

Impact Junior Youth - Term 3, 2016

LIC Calf Club and Competition

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.

NORTH OTAGO TENNIS - Junior Open Day, 21 September

North Otago Tennis Coaching Information - September 2016

OSCAR Holiday Programme September 2016

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -

Toolbox parenting course - Tues nights 7.30-9.30pm at Weston Church

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

Youthtown Holiday Programme