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Term 4, 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 Principal  

Welcome back to school for term four of this year. A special welcome to new families and returning families. I know the weather was a little bit miserable over the holidays so we are hoping that we are in for a good spell to start the last term of the year. Please remember that term four is a HATS on for playtimes and outdoor activities. Baseball caps are no longer acceptable as we are a sunsmart school. You can purchase a school hat at the office. Hats need to be named clearly.

Please look out for notices regularly in your child’s bag as this is a busy term for Education Outside the Classroom as well as sporting activities and end of year events. We have athletics this term as well as the Year 5 & 6 camp.

It was a pleasure to look at the school garden with Mrs Kitchin and helpers this week. So much spring growth with rhubarb, garlic and many varieties of lettuce to name but a few items of produce!  Thank you so much to Linda Wilson for her weekly gardening sessions with students!  We really appreciate it!

You may have heard we have advertised three positions for teachers next year. We have some very strong candidates and are looking forward to appointments. I should be able to inform our community in the next newsletter.

Our planned ERO visit this term has been rescheduled until early next year. It is of course business as usual.  The school is currently engaged in Strategic Planning for the next 3-4 years and the surveys I mentioned last term that will be sent home early this term will help our future direction. One area of importance for us will be to strengthen our work on biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Lastly as we head into longer days and warmer weather more children will be walking to school and biking. Please remind them about safety and make sure they are crossing at the right places. Our tamariki are special to us all.

Your feedback is always welcomed

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Nga mihi nui

   Nicky Ryan

WELCOME to Weston School

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             Maisie Johnstone         Bailee Waby             Ethan Waby           Charlie Cranston


Kowhai - Sydney Winders, Axle Dunjey

Kauri - Isaac Yeates, Blake Young

Tuatara - Gemma Aker, Meika Millns

Tauhou - Kaylah Kira, Charlotte Kershaw

Korora - Charles Young, Maddison Mavor

Tui - Harry King, Poppy Golding

Kea - Shanvi Mani, Logan Cooper

Kohuhu - Jonty Watson, Blake White

Ngahere -  Jacob McDonald, Corbyn King

Ruma Rahi - Becky Forbes, Jayden McFarlane

What’s been happening

Soccer Reps

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Rico Gill was selected for the Football Waitaki 12th Grade Boys Team back in July and since then have played at Football Festivals in Dunedin, Timaru and Ashburton and second week of the holidays he travelled to Blenheim on the 5th October to play in the Gavin Roberts 12th Grade Boys South Island Junior Football Championship over 3 days.  There were 15 teams entered, the boys won 3 games and lost 3 games.  The last game they played went into extra time then went onto a penalty shoot out which they won.

Grass Roots Cricket - Literally!!!

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The Weston Girls Cricket Team have been working hard to get themselves to tournament raising funds bagging pig manure!  This is grass roots cricket literally with the girls mucking in for The National Primary Girls Shield Tournament in November. The team gratefully thank Tony and Megan Fox of Foxhaven farms for allowing the girls to use the manure to sell.  Agriseeds and local farmers also helped by donating bags for the cause.image4 (2).JPG

Coming Up at Weston School

SCHOOL PHOTOS - Weston School individual, class and school photos will be held on Monday the 17th of October from 9am.  Family photos will be taken from 8:30am in the Learning Centre if you would like to have these taken.

UNIFORM SHOP - Next open Wednesday 26 October 2:30-3:30pm.

ASSEMBLY - The next school Assembly is to be held on Friday the 21st of October at 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.

LABOUR DAY - School will be closed on Monday the 21st October for Labour Day.



The camp fund-raising committee would like to say a massive thank you for your support for our 11 children that had the most amazing camp last week.  They had a brilliant time with high ropes, raft building, archery and making huts to name just a few.  We also say a huge thank you to the teachers and parent helpers that made it all happen and supported our children.  They are soo lucky to have you.

SCHOOL SPORTS PHOTOS - A separate email with a link to open has been sent.  You can also open with the link below.

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If you are unable to open please adjust your security settings so that it may be opened.

The photos are also available for viewing and ordering at the Weston School Office.

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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.

Classes in the Park

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.

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 Amatuer Athletics Harrier Club Information - Starting 19 October

North Otago Cricket Superstar Academy

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Station Open Day 15 October

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Station Colouring Comp

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -

Peter Pan MTO Children's Theatre Production

Rainbow Confectionery Rainbow Run 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.

Youthtown after school programme