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Week 11

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 11, 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  

Whakaaro Whānui - Broad-minded

He rangi tā matawhāiti

he rangi tā matawhānui

A person with narrow vision has a restricted horizon;

A person with wide vision has plentiful opportunities

We have started this year with a wide vision perspective and we hope to carry on with this attitude into Term 2.

There are now many parts of our school that operate within and through an innovative learning space setting. This means that we are changing our approach to how we teach so that we can accommodate our students as learners in the 21st century.

For many parents in the senior end of the school this has become an accepted process and we can see the benefits as learners. Interestingly enough I was at a meeting with some secondary Principals who acknowledged that they need to change approaches to learning in the classroom that better caters for today’s learners. Unanimously they felt that primary school had it right.

One of the issues for parents who are nervous of an open space is how their child will adapt. We all want to support our children and if we didn’t learn in this kind of environment when we went to school then it is harder to ‘prepare’ our children.

So here are some things to think about. I am a great educational reader and one person I hugely admire is Anne Knock an Australian teacher who focuses on 21st century learning. She is realistic and always has the learner at heart. She tells us that a modern learning environment is good for all learners. She describes students as either introverts, extroverts or ambiverts. You may recognise your child as one of these kind of learners and be aware of how they prefer to work and learn.

Noise is an area that can impact on anyone's productivity which of course is dependent on the activity the learner is doing and also their personality trait.

However, teachers design the learning environment to take into account what kind of learners they have and so they create quiet spaces and use break out areas for complex tasks and also introvert type learners. Open areas allow for collaboration and simple tasks, they also cater for the extrovert.

This is also an open to learning process and our students and teachers get better and better at this type of teaching and learning.

Thanks to those of your that attended our ANZAC Day service today this is very special event that is such a part of our culture now. We will make sure our first newsletter back has plenty of photos.

The Bible in Schools Programme begins in Term 2 and runs until the end of Term 3. This is held on Tuesdays from 1.30-2pm. You are welcome to view the Bible in Schools Curriculum (Programme) at our school office.

If you prefer your child not to attend Bible in Schools, please email: or send a letter with your signature to school before the start of Term 2 please

Please check your child’s bag for School Donation Invoices that came home on Monday. These are voluntary but make a huge difference to the learning opportunities we can offer your children.

I wish you safe and happy holidays and Easter with your tamariki and whanau.

Nga mihi nui

Nicky Ryan

Welcome to Weston School

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Vaishnavi Mani


Kowhai - Zayden Buschl, Chelsea Ballantyne

Kauri - Finn Garrett, Amelia Claridge

Tuatara - Mathew Young, Anabel King

Tauhou - Milly Paterson, Charlee MacLean

Pukeko 1 -  Henry Ward, Rory Bailey

Pukeko 2 - Mason Kingan, Aaliya Familton

Kea - Erylle Del Mundo, Maddison Mavor

Kohuhu - Aroha Wooldridge, Harry King

Nga Kau Taki - Aaron Devon, Chloe Hayman

Ruma Rahi - Maddie Rawson, Jacob McLaren

Excellence Awards  

Principal's Awards: Jayden McFarlane and Tyler Hughes

What's been happening at Weston School

Anzac Service

(photos of the service will be posted in the next Westies News)

Thanks so much to the families for the flowers and to the fabulous group of ladies (Annabel Denize, Bev Wilson, Linda Wilson, Sarah Plunket, Joleyne Parr, Dagmar Rohrbach and Bron Claridge), who helped put the bouquets together.  

We are very grateful for your help, they look amazing.

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Our Starship Fundraiser made $321.70! -

We had a dress up day where students could dress up as a T.V, Movie or Music STAR.

Students brought a gold coin donation.  

Organised by Miss Lexie McDonald.  Thanks Lexie, what a fantastic cause!



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Rippa Rugby

Our teams performed well and our competed in good spirits.  Unfortunately a number of Weston teams just missed out on finals.  Thanks so much to the parents/caregivers that helped on the day with transport, supervision and support.  We appreciate your assistance.




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After Hours Art Classes at Weston School

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Art classes start next term on Fridays. $40.00 per term.  There are limited spaces available. Please contact Jenny Kitchin if your child is interested -

Kiwis for Kiwi


We received this email from Kiwis for Kiwi -

We are blown away by your students fundraising efforts.

The money your students raised is enough to protect six kiwi from predators for an entire year.  We will ensure that you get sent regular updates that you can pass on to your students about the work that is being done to protect kiwi and the places they live.  Thank you again for your support.

Kind regards,

Paul - Kiwis for Kiwi

Entertainment Book

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Information on our Fund-raiser the 2017/18 Entertainment Book has been sent home.

A copy of the book is also available for viewing at the School Office.  

To order your book click on the link below.


School Uniform and Hats -

The Weston School Uniform Shop is now closed.  The Home and School Committee and the Board of Trustees have decided to sell uniforms through Sutherlands Menswear in Oamaru.  This makes the purchasing of uniforms more freely available as they are open normal business hours including Saturday mornings.  From Wednesday 5th April, Sutherland Menswear will be selling the Weston School uniforms.  Hats will not be available from the office. Remember they are compulsory for Terms 1 and 4.  Prices are similar to Uniform Shop prices.

Below are second hand items still available for purchase:

Polar Fleeces size 10 x 8

Polo Shirts size 6 x 2, size 8 x 1

Skorts size 12 x 3

Please phone Bess Allan 4349953 or email to purchase.

Kind Regards, Donna Carter

Weston School Home and School

St Kevins Open Day Flyer  - Thursday 11 May

Valley Sport Registrations

Valley JAB Rugby Registrations

Valley Junior Netball Registrations

Meadowbank United Football Club

Registrations are now open to all players in all age groups for the 2017 season.

We will hold an information afternoon for new junior players on the 23rd March at 5.15pm - 5.45pm at the Showgrounds if you would like to come along. They can register before this day though.

Please register using the link below. Any questions you can email the club at:

Link to register:

The junior season starts on Saturday May 6th.

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.  Hard copies are also available from the School Office.

Waitaki Newcomers Network - Have you moved here from another part of NZ or from overseas? If so, you may like to connect with the Waitaki Newcomers Network. They will assist you with your settlement  and help you meet other people who are also new to town. Contact Christine on 0272428643 or 4347544. Friendly assistance is only a phone call away.

Waitaki Newcomers Network Coordinator, Supporting Migrants and Newcomers, Abacus House, 102 Thames Street, Oamaru.  4347544, 0272428643

Become a Porse Educator

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Do you need some ideas of things to do with the kids over the holidays? Perhaps you’re going away and looking for a good playground, walk or cafe that’s family friendly? Have a look at what other families have recommended here Can’t find any info on the area you’re looking for? Ask other families for their ideas on the Facebook page

Easter Egg Hunt at the Galleon

Fundraiser for North Otago Primary students to attend National Athletics in Masterton

JAB North Otago Contacts

Meet Jake Bailey - WBHS 19 May

MTO Children’s Theatre

Cinderella & Rockerfella.  MTO Children’s Theatre April 27 – 29,  2pm daily plus 7.30pm 28th & 29th.  Tickets $9.00 on sale at Repertory Theatre Box Office from Monday April 10th 12 noon.  See Oamaru Mail ad for further details.

Rainbow Rosalind: School Holiday Show at the Oamaru Library

Sport Otago Coaching Seminars

North Otago Toy Library

The Toy Library are running a colouring competition, please see attached link to download it from their  facebook page.

Weston Kids Club Dates for Term 2