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Week 3

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Term 1, Week 3, 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  

Aiming for HIgh Expectations

We have had such a positive start to this year, especially in areas of learning. We have had class trips for Years 2-4 to explore the diversity in our own backyard. Years 4-8 are underway participating in the swimming programme. All of our students can vocalise our Wildly Important Goal for 2017, ‘Skillful thinkers look ahead!’ Well done to our girls cricket team...awesome job! We really want to include parents in the learning of children this year at all levels, as we remain committed to excellence and equity for our students. I hope to see many of you at the Classcraft meeting for Years 5-8. This is a great way to understand what is happening in classrooms.

Together we help our children focus on the future!


Our School Leaders for 2017.  

Red House: Holly Harvey, Rico Gill.  Green House: Liam Mavor, Paige Black (absent)

Sports Captains: Katelyn Walton, Zicayde Sage (absent).  

Blue House: Alexis Cuaresma, Jesse Valpy.  Yellow House: Liam Direen, Maddie Rawson.

Building Projects

The school is currently undergoing a few changes. Thanks so much to Home and School for helping us fund the changes to the old Tech Room and turning it into a library. Mrs Bolstridge and Mrs McGregor have been working hard as well to sort the books and once the windows are in we are hoping to have the library up and running as soon as we can. We are also making some changes to facilities for special needs students, such as better gates and spaces and it looks like this should be underway soon as well.

We need to address some issues we are facing at school as you will appreciate Health and Safety is a priority at Weston School and keeping ourselves safe is so important.

Medications at school

This week we have had a worrisome situation where a student found empty blister packs (a four and a two) of ibuprofen showing 6 tablets missing. We checked with children and no one remembered bringing them to school.

From the school’s point of view we are not sure if a parent had sent the tablets to school for a child or if a child has taken them without permission. We were left questioning - Had they been consumed at home or at school? Had they been shared with other students?

Obviously no harm was done and we think the pill packets may have been in a bag used by parents.

It has been a timely reminder to remember that all medication sent to school must come to the office with instructions for the safety of the child on medication and the safety of others.

Cell phones at school

We would like to address the use of cellphones at school.

Cell phones have been used by some senior students for the BYOD programme.

With the amount of devices we have in school, plus the laptops, chromebooks and tablets children bringing cell phones are not necessary in the classroom learning environment.

Some parents and students are also using cellphones as a way to contact each other during school hours. This can put children into a conundrum of ‘do I text Mum back now or listen to the teacher?’ and creates a distraction from learning. Some parents have also texted their child’s phone to communicate with the teacher during the school day. Please communicate through the office.

Cell phones that have data on them can be used to bypass our systems. Our internet is protected by only allowing access to ‘child friendly’ sites. We block ones that can be harmful.

  There are particular social media apps that are not recommended for students under 13 years of age and we prefer at Primary level to have some control over this.

We know with after school activities cell phones are handy for contact so children can leave them in the office during school hours.

Therefore we have decided to adopt the following process for cell phones:

If your child needs a phone for after school the phone needs to be handed into the office and can be collected at the end of the day.

If a child is found with a cell phone in class or in the playground it will held at the office for a parent or caregiver to pick up.

Thank you for your support in this matter. If you need any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact me either via the office or email  

Welcome to Weston School

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Tamiya Wollstein

What's been happening at Weston School

Chinese New Year Celebrations

A festival was held at Friendly Bay last Friday to welcome the Chinese New Year.  

Some of our students sang in Mandarin and took part in some nifty Karate moves.

Thanks so much Miss Cynthia Sun for organising us!



Sunflower Field Trips

Tuatara, Tauhou and Pukeko Classes have been lucky to have had visits to the fields of Sunflowers on Mitchell's farm.  Thank you to Peter Mitchell and to the parents for helping on these days.

See below some descriptive statements Tuatara class created about the flowers.


I like scratching the stamens to find the black sunflower seeds.

I saw some sunflowers standing straight and some were bending and drooping over.

I looked up to sunflowers that were taller than us, towering above us.

The sunflowers were so tall, we were hiding amongst them.  

Tuatara Class next to the sunflower wall they created after visiting the sunflowers.



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Solar Ovens -

Students from Kea and Kohuhu class have been making Solar Ovens.  Some worked well ãnd others due to the weather conditions did not!  The conclusion was that a bit more sun would have made the Solar Ovens more effective!

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Weston Girls Cricket Team -

The Weston Girls Cricket team started their campaign beginning playoffs in the National Primary School Shield Competition for 2017.  They played Waitaki Valley yesterday making 116 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.  The girls bowled exceptionally well giving away little extras with good accurate bowling.  During this innings 3 run outs were taken.  Katelyn Walton took 2 wickets for no runs in the first over she bowled and also took an amazing one handed catch close to the ground. She also was top runs scorer.  Many of these girls were new to cricket so a great Weston spirit and effort was shown.  Emma Fox, Emma Meikle, Katelyn Walton and Olivia Mavor continue from last years campaign.       20170216_125135.jpg

Back row: Paige Black, Maddie Rawson, Chloe Wilson, Katelyn Walton, Emma Spittle,

Kate Mortimer, Brook Taylor, Emma Fox, Alexis Cuaresma, Emma Meikle.

Front row: Olivia Mavor, Emily Mavor


Olivia Mavor bowling.


Emma Fox with the Weston Girls Cricket Team Mascot - Foxy!

North Otago Cricket Training for girls - Any girls wanting to be part of a North Otago training squad are welcome to join in with training sessions on Wednesdays starting at 4pm at the Waitaki Boys High School Cricket nets.  Please contact Sam Bastin if your child is interested and for more information 027 649 0044.

Swimming - As you may be aware children in Year 4 and above have begun our usual swimming lessons using trained Waitaki Aquatic Staff this term.  Below are the rest of the dates that Weston children are swimming so you can mark them on your calendar.

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.

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Coming up at Weston School

Weston Boys Cricket Team - The Weston Boys Cricket Team play Maniototo Combined on Tuesday beginning their campaign for the National Primary Cup Competition for 2017.  Good luck boys!

Classcraft - If any Taitonga Team (Year 5-8) parents would like to know more about Classcraft there is an information evening from 6.00-6:30pm on Wednesday the 22nd of February in Ruma Rahi.

HPV vaccinations - Information has been sent home to parents/caregivers of all Year 8 students.  Copies are available from the School Office.  An HPV information meeting for students and parents is to be held on Thursday 23 February at 11:30am.  This year we will be vaccinating girls as well as boys with consent.  Consent forms will be given at the meeting.  

Regards, Verena


Next Assembly - Friday 24 February, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.  Parents are most welcome to join us.

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


We need your help please, on Sunday the 5th of March - 9am sharp until approx 1pm to help with our Topflite Labelling Fundraiser.

If you can help please contact Clare Newton - 022 161 7009 or email Clare -

We would love your help!   Many thanks, Home & School

School Uniform and Hats

The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 1st of March 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) during lunch and interval 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.

Baking equipment donations please - We were wondering if anyone would like to donate the following items for baking;

Muffins trays, measuring spoons, measuring cups, a sifter, a grater and a roll away container please.  We would be most grateful!

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!

A and P Show Art - Congratulation to the following children have art selected to be entered from school in the North Otago A&P show.

Levi George, Ella Cooper, Harry Brosnan, Max Oldham, Sophie Spittle, Jack White,

Jake Hacquoil, Rory Bailey, Korbyn Kira, Zoe Denize, Breanna Kingan, Harry King,

Poppy Golding

ICAS Exam Dates

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 $9.50

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Science $9.50

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Writing $20.50

Monday, 12 June – Friday, 16 June 2017*

Monday, 15 May 2017

Spelling $11.50

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

English $9.50

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Mathematics $9.50

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

Link for ICAS exam information

Bagpipes - We are wanting to know if any Year 7 or 8 students are interested in learning the bagpipes.  We do not have details yet but just need to know interest.  Please let the School Office know if you are interested.  Thank you, Nic

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.

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

Valley Junior Cricket Club -

New members for Valley Junior Cricket for all ages are welcome.

We welcome in particular players in the Years 1 – 3 age group for the Super Stars teams.  Come to the Valley sports grounds at Weston on Thursdays, 4pm or contact me 0274 967 049.  Thanks!  Leigh Petrie.

The Oamaru Multisport Club Duathlon and Triathlons - Feb 2017

Cycle Skills Fun Day - Sat 18 Feb

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

Mobile Phone Recycling Scheme  


Rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes and bring into School any unwanted mobile phones you may have.  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 Weston School.  We can get a defibrillator with our points if we collect enough phones.  If we can do a big push on this we can get a defibrillator for our school  - how great would that be!