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Week 1

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 1, 2017

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 wonderful to be back into school this week and we have also welcomed some new faces. We hope you enjoy your time at Weston School.

We have much to be proud about Weston School our students enjoy coming to school to take part in a wide range of activities to help them grow in creativity, confidence, and resilience. We also encourage active involvement in many opportunities and demonstrating acts of kindness and caring.


A special welcome to our newest staff members Rebecca May who joins us from Cromwell School and Linley Gill who will work in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays replacing Raelene McGregor who is enjoying retirement...we are delighted to have you on the team.

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                                 Rebecca May                                     Linley Gill

Carolyn Thelning and Jo Mortimer are working in a new teaching and learning space - the Learning Centre and their classes combined are called Pukekos. The library will move to the old technology room and is the process of being set up. A special thanks goes to Home and School and you as a community for helping to do up this learning space. Thanks as well to Raelene who popped out of retirement (she can’t stay away) to help set up the new library space.

Matt Hanagan has moved to the Year 7 & 8’s woo hoo that is going to be fun! An awesome addition to the team.

Please find attached LINK about Composite Classes. Thanks for the feedback we have received. It is good to know your thoughts and feel your trust in our decisions for your children’s learning.

Back to School Memory Joggers

Just a few reminders so that we back in the swing of school as well as making sure our children are all safe and sound.

Classrooms open at 8.30 am and children should not be inside before this time so teachers can have preparation time.

Please help us to enforce the following:

Years 0-3 are to be crossed across the crossing with a parent/caregiver and not wander around the car park unsupervised.

All students on bikes must walk their bike on the footpath outside of school and across the crossing.

Please cross your children at the crossing not on another part of the road.

Please do not stop on the broken yellow lines or in the school gate area or in the bus park when picking up children.

All of the above is very much appreciated.

Family Picnic Tea


We would like to invite all of our whanau to come and bring a picnic tea to eat with their own family on Tuesday 7th February from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Up by the Learning Centre.

We are changing the way we do our Meet the Teachers Night.

Firstly we thought we could all get together as a family. I will do a small welcome. We will introduce our new House Captains and do a karakia before families are invited to eat. The purpose is that we get to meet each other as whanau to say hello and make connections and establish that we are unified in supporting the learning, wellbeing and growth of our tamariki. We will make sure there are some activities for kids to do as well as use the playground.

After this night the teachers will be available from 3.15 - 4.00 pm each day after school on 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th February. You are welcome to pop into the classroom and say hi. The teachers can answer queries or questions and share their routines. Some teachers do have other commitments on some of the days e.g. other learning or sports meetings but they will let you know.

I will still do my usual this is us for the year talk but this I will do it digitally and we will put up on the school website and through facebook.

Why are we doing it all this way for 2017?

Because we want to say hey we are keen to meet you. We know that not all families can make a one off night so we are extending our hours! We are making ourselves available for you. We hope this works out well for everyone and we welcome your feedback.

See you Tuesday night!

If it is raining we will postpone to Wednesday. Please check facebook.

WIG (Wildly Important Goal)

The WIG is our most important focus for 2017. We are focused on the NZ Curriculum Principle of Learning to Learn or as we say Learning to Love to Learn!

Skillful thinkers LOOK AHEAD.

This relates to a principle of Future Focus in the New Zealand Curriculum and is so important to ensuring our students understand we need to think forward, to reach goals, ensure we are looking after our things, understand our actions have future implications and also that sometimes we need to learn delayed gratification.

Value for Term 1: …...Respect!

Reminders to start 2017

Class Names

For 2017 we are again using names for our classes. This allows for us to build in further bicultural and democratic aspects to school life and take into account the composite classes that sometimes mean a child may go from Room 2 to Room 5 one year and then back to 4 the following year. We want our classrooms to be seen as learning spaces not numbers that are ‘incorrect unofficial signs of achievement’. A child’s rate of progress in learning is against themselves not a building!



Kowhai (Room 1)

Sammy Macdonald

Kauri (Room 2)

Nicole Boys

Tuatara (Room 3)

Jenny Kitchin

Tauhou (Room 4)

Sara Brown

Pukeko 1 (Learning Centre)

Jo Mortimer

Pukeko 2 (Learning Centre)

Carolyn Thelning

Kea (Room 7)

Rebecca May

Kohuhu (Room 8)

Gary Paterson

Nga kau taki (Room 9)

Matt Hannagan

Ruma Rahi (Room 10)

Caron Sullivan

You might like to google the Maori names to see what they mean and see how wonderfully appropriate they are to each age or class group!  Mrs Carki will be supporting our school through working with student learning groups and class teachers. Remember all children are priority learners at Weston School.

A big Weston WELCOME to all of

our new students that have joined

us at Weston School.

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     Amelia Claridge      Catriona Schoneveld      Chelsea Ballantyne

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        Cohen Trainor                     Cowen Lavery                  Deakon Larkins

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                  Eaughel Salviejo             Ethan Kershaw            Finn Garrett

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                Liam Denize                  Lucas Burgess                Zayden Buschl   

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                              Ain Shin        Jean Shin

Office Hours - A reminder our Office Hours are 8:30am - 3:15pm.  Students and caregiver enquiries may be made to the office during these times.


Communication with your child during school time

We ask parents of students who bring devices to school to please not communicate with their children during school time.  If you need to make contact with your child please contact the School Office.  

Assembly - First Assembly for 2017 - Friday 10 February, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.  Assemblies are an important way to bring about a very special feel for the  school. They belong to our students and promote a sense of pride of being a part of our school community. These will usually be on Fridays every second week. The time will NORMALLY BE 1:40-2:30pm, allowing an opportunity for children to return to class to wind up the week and to make sure that we are on time for buses.  It is important to farewell friends and teachers in an orderly and calm way. This also means our little ones are not so tired and we are all able to focus. Parents are most welcome to join us.

Weston Home and School

We hope you all had a great holiday and everybody is ready for another awesome year at Weston School.  Your child should have received a fridge magnet at the end of last year which Home & School put together to help you find out more about Weston school term dates, contact numbers, website & email address.  One per family. A BIG thanks goes to Brackens Print for sponsoring half of the costs of the school magnets.

The next Home and School Meeting will be held on Thursday the 9th of March in the Whanau Room at 7:30pm.  All welcome.  

Regards From The Home & School Committee.

School Uniform and Hats

A reminder that the we have a compulsory uniform.  

The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 8th of February from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday.

All children need to be in hats for the summer terms (1 & 4).

Please Note: All children must wear a sunhat during lunch and interval otherwise as per the sunsmart policy they will have to sit in shaded areas.

We are looking for someone to take over running the Uniform Shop.  It could be a team of 2 people.  Please contact Donna if you can help 027 368 4355.

Child Absence

If your child is absent from school please contact the school office stating name, room number and reason for your child’s absence.  You can also text your child’s absence on 027 788 2700.  

The information you give must be accurate as it is recorded as a legal document for the Ministry of Education.  If we do not have a reason for your childs absence or are not notified, the absence is marked as truant.  

School Lunches

Please send correct money for school lunches.  

Orders must be handed in before school commences.  

Weston 4 Square - Orders are available from the Weston 4 Square everyday.  Pizzas are available in the following flavours - BBQ chicken and Supreme.  Hawaiian is unavailable as this line has been deleted.  300ml chocolate milk has also been deleted.  

Subway - Orders are available from Subway on Wednesdays re-commencing on Wednesday the 15th of February.

Sushi Orders - Orders are available on Thursdays and are operating now.

Library Books

Please check at home for library books. We are missing heaps that haven't been scanned out. It would be great to get them back!

Term Dates for 2017


Start Date

End Date

Statutory Days

Term 1

Teacher Only days

Thursday 26th  and Friday 27th  January

11 weeks


30th January Students start


13th April

Waitangi Day observed

Monday 6th Feb

Otago Anniversary Day

Monday 20th  March

Easter & ANZAC (during holidays)

Good Friday 14th April

Easter Monday 17th April

Easter Tuesday 18th April

ANZAC Day 25th April

Daylight saving ends

2nd April

Term 2

10 weeks


1st May


7th July

Queen’s Birthday

Monday 5th June

Term 3

10 weeks


24th July


29th September

Daylight savings starts

Sunday 24th September

Term 4

9 weeks


16th October


14th December

Labour Day

Monday 23rd October

HPV vaccinations

Education sessions will be happening very soon, dates to be confirmed.  

This year we will be vaccinating girls as well as boys.

Regards, Verena

Verena Birchall, Public Health Nurse

78 Ribble Street, Oamaru 9400

Phone (03) 4348445 or 0272238468


Headllice is already spreading throughout school.  Please check your child/rens hair every night.  Girls with long hair please wear it tied back.  

Your chemist is a great source of information for products and advice.  

You may also contact our Public Health Nurse Verena Birchill on:

Phone (03) 4348445 or 0272238468 or email

Head Lice Information

Head Lice Factsheet

Year 7 Vision Testing

Year 7 Vision Screening will take place on Friday 17th February at 9.00am.  See details below. Year 7 Vision Screening.jpg


As you may be aware children in Year 4 and above will begin our usual swimming lessons using trained Waitaki Aquatic Staff this term. Students receive 5 sessions of coaching. The news reminds us of the high numbers of drownings in NZ and it is crucial our students be confident in the water. Students who already swim several times a week in Swimming club Squad can be exempt from these lessons if parents wish. These students will carry on with work with teachers in the Taitonga team. Please ring the office if you choose for your student to be excused from lessons, this is only for squad  members, all other students are expected to take part in these lessons.

Swimming Dates:   Below are the dates that Weston children are swimming so you can mark them on your calendar.

Thursday 9th February 11.00am – 1.00pm

Friday 10th February 9:45am – 11:45am

Wednesday 15th February 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Wednesday 1st March 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Thursday 2nd March 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The Weston School Swimming sports for students from Year 4-8 will be held on Friday 10th March 2017 9.00am – 12.30pm.

Buses will be leaving for the pool at 9am sharp please make sure students from Year 4-8 are at school in good time to leave on this day.  Timekeepers will be required for the Weston Swimming Sports—please contact the school if available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see your class teacher.

North Otago Junior Touch Rugby Newsletter

Please find link below to find the North Otago Junior Touch Rugby

Registration form.  Forms MUST be returned by Tuesday the 7th of February.

Registration form

ICAS Exam Dates

For your information ICAS sitting dates have been set for 2017 as follows:

If you are interested in your child sitting an ICAS exam this year, please contact Sharlene Carki and advise name and Year level of your child and which exams they are interested in sitting. You will be invoiced at a later date. Payment must be made prior to sitting exams.

Thank you!




Digital Technologies

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Monday, 12 June – Friday, 16 June 2017*

Monday, 15 May 2017


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Link for ICAS exam information

The Cost of ICAS Exams 2017



Digital Technologies

NZD 9.50


NZD 9.50


NZD 20.50


NZD 11.50


NZD 9.50


NZD 9.50

Out Of Hours

Music and Art Classes



Open to all North Otago primary aged children,

hosted by Weston School

Music classes

·   Brass – trumpet, cornet, trombone

·   Saxophone

·   Clarinet

·   Guitar

·   Drums

Art Classes

Information and enrolment:


or school office ph 434 5445.

Garlic for Sale!

Garlic from Weston school garden for sale: freshly dug and dried, organic, unbleached. $1 a head. For sale after next assembly, Friday 10th, outside the hall.

Or ask Mrs Kitchin or Mrs Brown in Room 3 and 4 earlier.

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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.


Rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School any unwanted mobile phones you may have at home.  It is estimated that each year up to three million phones become obsolete in NZ, of those only 2% are recycled.  Phones collected help our School gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits as well 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.

The Oamaru Multisport Club Duathlon and Triathlons - Feb 2017

Entry Form

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Cycle Skills Fun Day Poster - Sat 18 Feb

Stride Ride and Slide/Multisport for kids aged 2-6 - Sunday 26 Feb

10 Week Circuit Challenge - starting 30 Jan

Free Classes in the Park - every Mon night in Feb

Galleon Family Complex's $2 Tuesday kids bowling

Oamaru Rowing Club Fund-raiser - Photo Run, 11 Feb