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Week 9

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Term 4, 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 Acting Principal  

We are NEARLY there! Who can believe it!

We have the Year 8 Graduation Ceremony to look forward to on Tuesday evening from 6pm. All students from Year 7 and 8 have been given an invitation for themselves and their families for this event. Families of Year 8 students please bring a small plate to be shared that does not require heating.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Our FINAL ASSEMBLY is on Wednesday 14 December at 9:45am at the Weston Hall which includes the presentation of the Year 8 cups. Family and whanau are most welcome to attend.  A special guest will be visiting after Assembly at approximately 11:15am and we would love for you stay around for this event! Families are welcome to take their children with them after this time but please remember to sign them out at the office before you leave.

A big thank you to Bess Allan for the time and energy she puts into the Uniform Shop. Please note the hours below:

UNIFORM SHOP - The uniform shop will be open on the Tuesday 31st January 1:30-2:30pm and again the first day back at school on Monday the 30th of January from 8:30-10:30am.  Please feel free to email Bess over the holidays with orders for uniforms especially for sizes larger than 14 as it can be a 3 week wait for orders from the supplier.  Email address

Thanks Bess

Buses will run from Weston School at 3pm on Wednesday 14th December - this will be their final run. Please advise the school office if your child WILL be on the bus at this time.

If your child/ren are attending on Thursday till 12 noon to assist with clean up please advise the School Office.

Reports will be given to children on Wednesday 14th December so please look out for them in your child’s bag.

Please take the time to check out the wonderful photos below.

Our students have been involved in so many activities recently! Congratulations to all the children who have won special awards or attended special celebrations for their hobbies outside of school. We have so many talented students!

Nga mihi nui

Sharlene Carki

Welcome to Weston School

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Angus Gillanders

Students Making Weston School Proud ….


On Tuesday the 22 November a number of Weston School pupils had the experience of a lifetime.  They got to dance with the Russian Ballet in their performance of THE NUTCRACKER.  Thanks to their dance teacher, Victoria Cooper, these children performed at the Opera House.

Adeline Bailey, Sophie Braid, Taliyah Mathewson, Sophie Rohrbach, Sophie Notman, Brooke Taylor, Ruth Bailey and Catriona Schoneveld.

Otago Primary School Athletic Sports

Congratulations to Lucas Chellew for his 3rd placing in the U10 boys Long Jump at the Otago Primary School Athletic Sports.

Well done Lucas!!!


What’s been happening

Science Roadshow

The Science Roadshow was attended by students from Year 5-8 for those who wanted to attend.  It was very hands on with something interesting to look at for everyone.  There was a wind machine which was so strong it pushed you backwards, a 3d printer, a hearing experiment, a speed radar measuring the speed of a tennis ball, liquid, solid, water and sound experiments.  There were also shows which demonstrated how sound worked and some big explosions to boot!   



Weston Church Bible in School Break Up

These are some photos and email from John at the Weston Church.

Attached are some photos from our Christmas service with the kids.

It great to have them, they were all fantastic ambassadors for Weston School, as were the seniors.  I was also chuffed with their enthusiastic participation, they're a great bunch. Thanks also to the staff for their support, and particularly to Matt Hannagan, our fabulous Christmas donkey!  

Note also that a number of Weston School children have been helping in the creation of the 'Welcome to Church' Lego train over the last few weeks (see photo).

God bless,

John Schoneveld

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Road Patrol Celebration Day

To reward our wonderful Road Patrol students NZ Police/Carrie Hamilton took those who assisted with Road Patrol this year for a special treat for a swim at the pool and subway for lunch to finish.

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Weston School Girls Cricket Team make 4th place in NZ!

We can be so proud of our girls who performed so well.  Many thanks to the parents and helpers who also attended tournament.  It was an experience that we will treasure being part of and never forget!  

See article in link below which was recently in our local Oamaru Mail.

In Ashburton on the way to Lincoln.  Lunch stopover with a few team building activities including the knot game and a mannequin challenge.  Linda McClelland kindly made the girls some gorgeous wristbands which the girls wore with pride!  

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Westie travelled with us all of the way and joined us at all of our games and at our accommodation.


Training at Lincoln the day before competition.  Camp mother extending her duties on the field - thanks Donna!


Our girls were focused and disciplined.  Supporting team mates all the way.  And when a wicket fell, our chant rang… tick, tick, tick, BOOM!!!

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Weston Primary 136-7 (R Cunningham 35, A Apperley 3-17, S Hartley 2-18) beat Havelock North Intermediate 125-7 (T Nettingham 20, A Petrie 3-12, E Carter 2-27)

Weston Primary School batted first against Havelock North and played very positively. Weston’s opening partnership between Alice Petrie and River Cunningham set a great platform for the innings. The partnership was finally broken when Natalya Nicholson bowled Petrie, which brought the score to 60-1. Cunningham top scored for Weston with 35, while the pick of the bowlers was Aniela Apperley who grabbed three scalps. Havelock North did not begin their chase well. There was a fightback with Tessa Nettingham scoring 20, while Natalya Nicholson hit an unbeaten 22*. Havelock North eventually fell 11 runs short, largely due to some great bowling from Alice Petrie. She ended with figures of 3-12, while Elisha Carter also picked up two wickets.

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Weston Primary School 169-6 (M Loe 40*, R Cunningham 26, J Catherwood 2-13) beat Raroa Normal Intermediate 133-5 off 20 overs (J Catherwood 71*, B Milmine 2-23). It was Otago v Wellington in the final game of the first round as, Weston Primary came up against Raroa Normal. Weston were sent in and put on a big total. Wicket keeper River Cunningham hit 26, while the performance of the innings came from captain Molly Loe. After coming in during the first over, she remained until the end of the innings with a 50 ball 40. While for Raroa, there could be a future star in the name of Jemma Catherwood. Not only did Catherwood keep for her team, she then passed the gloves over and picked up two wickets for 13 runs. She then batted at number three, and hit an unbeaten 71* off just 52 balls. Her performance clearly turned some heads, but it wasn’t enough as Weston ended 36 runs ahead of Raroa.


Our first day resulted in 2 wins.  A great start for us.

Some of our fabulous support crew!  Including statistician Mr Aaron Meikle!


Heaton Normal Intermediate 120-2 (J Hull 38*, G Edge 35) beat Weston Primary School 78-5 (A Petrie 27). The big clash of the round brought together Heaton Normal and Weston Primary who had both won their first two games. Rain reduced the match to 18 overs. Heaton won the toss and elected to bat first. Joey Hull opened the innings and was still there when Heaton finished their innings 18 over later. Hull ended 38 not out, while Georgia Edge hit a quick fire 35. Edge continued her good work in the field. Weston were looking good at 0-36 before Edge began her work in the field. All five wickets that Weston lost Edge was involved in. This included three run outs from Edge, one catch and one wicket that occurred off Edge’s bowling. Weston ended 42 runs behind their opponents.


The facilities and grounds at Lincoln were outstanding.  The grounds were immaculate.  Our cricketing Dads were very envious that the girls were playing on such amazing pitches!  A highlight was playing on Bert Sutcliffe Oval.  The girls were able to see their names on the big screen which was pretty special.

Our sportsmanship and spirit of cricket was evident with all of our team members.  

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Weston Primary School 84-8 (R Cunningham 28, E Bettelheim 3-10, I Hawkins 2-19) lost to Tauranga Intermediate 85-4 off 15.1 overs (E Pilbrow 29, E Bettelheim 21*, M Loe 3-14). Otago’s Weston Primary were looking to pick up their third win, however Tauranga Intermediate weren’t going to make it easy for them. Weston batted first, and opener River Cunningham set a good platform for her side, hitting 28. Other than the top three batsman for Weston, no one else managed to get more than 2. This was due to some good bowling, especially from captain Emma Bettelheim who picked up figures of 3-10 off her four overs. Tauranga lost an early wicket in their chase but Bettelheim and Emily Pilbrow combined for a match winning partnership. Bettelheim finished not out on 21, while Pilbrow hit a run a ball 29. Weston’s captain Molly Loe was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-14. Tauranga hit the winning runs during the sixteenth over.

The Bert Sutcliffe Oval changing rooms.  Pretty special.  Where the Black Caps and White Ferns live and breathe when playing and training at Lincoln.  


Two losses on day 2 and the girls were feeling it a bit.  Luckily we had great team spirit and a fantastic group of parents to support and encourage the girls.  We had a lighter moment when the mums had come up with their own chant.  It was a great distraction for the girls!



Last day - warm up for final game against Viscount (Auckland).

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Weston Primary School 105-2 (M Loe 35, A Petrie 21) lost to Viscount Primary School 106-4 (E Lavea 31, T Taupau 21). Viscount came into the final round still having a chance of winning the National Primary School Shield. To do this other results would have to go their way and they would have to beat Weston Primary School. Weston batted first and set what was probably a par score. Captain Molly Loe batted well, hitting an unbeaten 35* and had good support from opener Alice Petrie. The pair put on 88 runs for the second wicket. In reply Viscount were positive from the start. Tame Taupau hit a quick 21 before getting run out. Taupau and her other opener had already put their team in a winning position with a 55 run opening partnership. Viscount then make relatively quick work of the target, hitting the winning runs in the sixteenth over.


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Making connections and creating new friendships from one end of the country to the other.



Molly Loe was our MVP for our team.  She was rated 6th equal for Most Runs
and rated 7th for Batting. 
Molly was rated 10th equal for Most Wickets and rated 10th for Bowling.  Ranked 5th MVP over tournament.  Molly also made
the ‘Dream Team’ as number 6.  

Alice Petrie was rated 10th equal for Most Wickets. Alice was Ranked 9th MVP overall.  

River Cunningham was rated 8th for Most Runs.  

A great result for these girls.

Home time for us - karaoke bus style!!!  But as they say….what goes on tour stays on tour!!!!



Dean and Associates

Network Waitaki

The Lions Club of Waiareka Valley

Foxhaven Farms - Tony and Megan Fox

New World South Oamaru

Mortimers Garage

Otago Cricket


Oamaru Sports and Outdoors



Craig and Jen Fellowes

Rogan and Michelle Borrie

Twyla and Callum Kingan

Tony Butcher

Fat Sallys

Derek Walker

Molly Loe

We thank all of the people who supported us during Tournament.  We appreciated the many people who text, called and sent messages via social media or otherwise.  We were very grateful!

Otago Cricket office and Weston School watching our progress!


Year 5 Camp

I have to say I was lucky to be a parent on the Year 5 Camp.  What an awesome experience for the children.

The children were kept entertained by well planned activities including a visit to the Earthquakes area and ruins of a Historic House/Ale House. The children learnt to cross rivers safely and managed to fit in 2 swims with the weather being so lovely on Monday.

Mr Paterson had several team building exercises which was highly entertaining for us as adults as well as entertaining for the children!

We were treated to Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner with some special touches to give it the WOW factor with Pablo Tacchini from Cucina helping us in the kitchin. The children commented it was the best Spag Bol they had ever had!!!  

Youthtown took facilitation the next day with many activities including archery and more team building activities!

I would like to thank the Gary and Jo for putting together an awesome camp for these children. It was fun, safe and very memorable for the children and adults!  Nic Loe.

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Year 6 Camp

It was fun, there was lots of learning.  We learnt how tie different types of knots.  The Youthtown activities were challenging.  Some of the activities we did were river crossing, archery and making teepees.  We made little carts to push each other around on.  The walks we went on had lovely scenery.  It was fun to sleep in the cabins with our friends, we chatted a bit!  The swim was nice in the river, a bit chilly for a start!  The night activities that the teachers organised were really fun!  The parents had good hiding spots playing hide and seek.  It was good they joined in with the activities.  The food was really yummy.   Comments from Lily Cadogan and Olivia Mavor.

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Statements have been sent home.  Any credits held will be put towards school fees unless otherwise notified.

Subway and Midori

There will be no Subway or Midori lunches next week.

Weston Four Square

Mini Pizzas will no longer be available for School lunches.  The stock line has been discontinued.


Please find link below for Weetbix Tryathlon Registrations.  Children must be entered online by their parents.  Date - 5th of March.  Please link to Weston School as we need a certain number of entries linked to weston School to be eligible for prizes.

Weetbix Tryathlon Registration School link

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.

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Active Music Academy - Online Holiday Program | Four weeks of fun!

Become your own music producer with Activate Music Academy’s Online Holiday Program! We’ll workshop your songs, make new friends in the community forum, and get creative to win awesome prizes. Complete beginner? Been making beats for a while? We're going to have a great time making music together! Register and find out more at:

Ballet Classes

Christmas Cricket Programme in North Otago

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.

Life Education Seminar Fundraiser

Looking for childcare over the summer holidays? OSCAR

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

OSCAR Summer Holiday Dates

OSCAR @ Fenwick 2016 -

Otago Wildlife Photography Competition

Tap Dancing Classes -

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

Valley Junior Cricket Registration Day

Victoria Cooper Academy of Dance Presents Peter Pan

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