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Week 9

Westie’s News

Term 3, 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  

Welcome to the last newsletter of the term!

It has been a shorter term than usual with a lot of sickness for many families so take a well earned break and rest up over the next two weeks. Due to the short term, we have decided to send home our parent survey at the start of Term 4 so we will ask you to check children’s bags then. We do want to hear your ideas and thoughts as this helps us to make plans and changes to our current practices.

Spring is certainly in the air! We have had some pet lambs come to school recently much to the children’s delight. Children have also been observing signs of Spring around the school - we can’t wait for the Friendship tree to have full coverage again.

Just a reminder to dig out your sunhats over the school break ready for Term 4. Weston School’s Sunsmart policy requires children to wear our school bucket hat in both Terms 1 and 4. If children do not have a hat to wear they will be restricted to playing in shaded areas. Thanks for your support with this.

The success of our Year 7 & 8 Camp has been a great end to the term. Some photos from camp will be shared in our Assembly today, also check out the wonderful photos below. Thank you again to Caron and Sheree for a well organised and run camp. Also to our parent helpers who were an amazing support. We were very fortunate to have many offers of help for camp - it truly is a very special and memorable time for all involved!

We have lots to look forward to in Term 4 so we will see you back well rested and ready for learning on October 10th.

Nga mihi

Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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Mikaela McCormick - (photo to follow next newsletter)

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

Roald Dahl Character Dress Up Day  

This was a fun day to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday.  There was a huge variety of costumes and it was evident children had put a lot of time and effort into these!

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Year 7 and 8 Camp - Wainui

Once again wonderful children to take on camp.  So appreciative of the parents who joined us,  thanks also to those who offered.  Everyone had a great time….what goes on camp stays on camp!!!

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Some of our students from Tuatara class helped with planting our Paper for Trees trees this week.  

  • Paper4trees is the largest school-based recycling programme of its type in the country.  Paper4trees provides us with the resources and equipment needed to set up our own in-house practical paper & cardboard recycling systems.

  • ​We are asked to record our paper & cardboard recycling throughout the year; Paper4trees then rewards us with eco-sourced native plants for our efforts!

Thank you to The Lion Foundation - South, our local sponsors!


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Dr Dave

Thanks to Dr Dave for coming and sharing his chemistry expertise.  The chromatography resulted in some wonderful colourful patterns from ordinary felt pens.  Once again Dr Dave was setting teachers alight (literally)!!!


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LJ Hooker

Photo of Sheryl Heta, LJ Hooker, presenting a cheque for $100.00 to Nicky for a percentage of the sales in the Weston School zone over the last 3 months.  Thanks LJ Hooker!  

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Coming Up at Weston School

Uniform Shop - Next open Wednesday 12 October 2:30-3:30pm.




Topflite Labelling -

Thanks to the families who helped with labelling last weekend.  Just under 14,000 bags were labelled - awesome effort!

Lost - Polar Fleece

Labelled Yeates, size 8.  Please contact Kiri 434 7980 if found.  Thank you!

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Community Information

**********Please see below there is lots of club registration information and holiday activities*************

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

Creative Fusion Dance Classes, Term 4, 2016

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.

LIC Calf Club and Competition

Mini Movers FUNdamentals classes for 3 and 4 year olds

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.

North Otago Cricket September Holiday Programme

North Otago Tennis Coaching Information - September 2016

North Otago Tennis Holiday Coaching Camp October 2016

OSCAR Holiday Programme September 2016

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -

Peter Pan MTO Children's Theatre Production

Rainbow Confectionery Rainbow Run 2016

School Holiday Golf Programme

Sport Waitaki - Secretary, Treasurer Information Evening

Sport Waitaki is hosting an information evening for Secretaries and Treasurers, facilitated by local chartered accountants Tony Brady and Adair Craik. This is on Wednesday the 28th September, 7pm and is for all clubs and groups, however, numbers are limited so registration is vital.

To register, email

Kind regards,  Kate

Spring Holiday Fun at the North Otago Museum and the Forrester Gallery

The Great North Otago Tato Roll Off - 8 October 2016

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

Valley Junior Cricket Registration Day

Waitaki Newcomers Network

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

What’s next Holiday Programme September 2016

Youthtown Holiday Programme