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Term 1, Week 5, 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  

This year we want our children to be looking ahead and thinking about how they can be a better learner by developing a growth ‘I can do it’ mindset. A mindset that encourages resilience and determination.The seniors engage with Habits of Mind in this area. But how can you help at home?

The way you talk about ability and learning can have powerful effect on your children’s beliefs about themselves. Below are three ways parents can help develop a growth mindset as suggested by MindsetKit for Parents. Developing a growth mindset in yourself and in your children is a process that takes time.

How about having a growth mindset about developing a growth mindset!

  • As an adult recognise your own mindset: Be mindful of your own thinking and of the messages you send with your words and actions.

  • Praise the process: Praising children for being smart suggests that internal talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps them see how their effort leads to success.

  • Model learning from failure: When parents talk positively about making mistakes, kids start to think of mistakes as a natural part of the learning process. I remember one of my own daughters’ quoting back to me that ‘mistakes are the portals to discovery’.

Thanks so much to Mr Paterson and Mr Hannagan for their support of our Girls and Boys Cricket teams. We really appreciate our parents too for their energy and help with organisation, umpiring and cheering!

It is important our children know that the team effort is actually greater than individuals and the actual team!

Nga mihi nui

Nicky Ryan

Welcome to Weston School

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Things we are proud of at Weston School


Kowhai - Nheero Del Mundo, Cowen Lavery, Taylor Cromwell, Kobie Anderson

Kauri - Eaughel Salviejo, Revarne Sage, Ethan Kershaw, Catriona Schoneveld

Tuatara - Ruth Bailey, Isaac Fox, Georgia Webster, Oscar Stevenson

Tauhou - Luke Miller, Sydney Winders, Ryley Stevenson, Alexie Elvidge

Pukeko 1 - Sophie Braid, Liam Hayes, Alex McCabe, Jakob Rohrbach

Pukeko 2 - Peyton Cranston, Jayden Tipa, Chelsea Anderson, Miley Presnall

Kea - Deakon Larkins, Adeline Bailey, Josh Miller, Sophie Notman

Kohuhu - Emily Mavor, Blake White, Lloyd Fellowes, Keana Kearns

Nga Kau Taki - Liam Mavor, Lily Cadogan, Hunter Wilson, Emma Fox  

Ruma Rahi - Riley Welsh, Logan Cooper, Ryan Tate-Ruddle, Chloe Wilson

Excellence Awards

Principal's Awards: Regan Kitto, Revarne Sage,

Oscar Stevenson, Aroha Wooldridge

Oamaru Swim Club – Results from New Zealand Junior Festival – Makos Region

Timaru, 17 – 19 February, 2017

Weston School had two swimmers who were part of the Oamaru Club team that were competing in the New Zealand Junior Festival – Mako Region.  Samuel Petrie was competing in his second New Zealand Juniors event and Lloyd Fellowes was experiencing racing at this level for the first time. This festival reflected Swim NZ’s change of format from a nationally centered event in Auckland to a regional event covering four main areas. Each region had over 200 swimmers attending with 252 competing in the Makos (South Island) competition.  Both boys had a good weekend and were part of the success and fun that the hard training of the last year prepared them for.





Lloyd Fellowes

11th Boys 10 & Under 50m Fly

11th Boys 10 & Under 100m Individual Medley

11th Boys 10 & Under 100m Freestyle

19th Oamaru C team Mixed 12 Years & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay

17th Oamaru C team Mixed 12 Years & Under 200 SC Meter Medley Relay


Samuel Petrie

Gold Boys 11 Years 200 SC Meters Freestyle

Gold Boys 11 Years 100 SC Meters IM

Silver Boys 11 Years 50 SC Meters Breaststroke

Silver Boys 11 Years 200 SC Meters IM

Bronze Boys 11 Years 50 SC Meters Freestyle

Bronze Boys 11 Years 100 SC Meters Freestyle

4th Boys 11 Years 50 SC Meters Fly

4th Boys 11 Years 100 SC Meters Fly

7th Boys 11 Years 50 SC Meters Backstroke

Silver Oamaru A team - Mixed 12 Yrs & Under 200 SC Mtr Freestyle Relay

Silver Oamaru A team - Mixed 12 Yrs & Under 200 SC Mtr Medley Relay

Independent writing by Zoe Denize.



The fantail is an elegant bird, it flips and flaps in the air.     

Diving gracefully, wings as soft as wool.

The fantail makes an enchanting squeaking sound like tweets crossed with squeaks.

It's like a little ball of cuteness and enchantment of joy wrapped in one.

It’s amazing how it flutters just above the forest floor, just amazing.

Zoe Denize

What's been happening at Weston School


Mandarin Classes recommence

The senior students have been having fun dressing up in Mandarin class trying on the Qi pao (Chinese Traditional Dress) and using it to learn the colours and names in Mandarin.  

Looking flash boys!


Weston Girls Cricket Team

Weston Girls Vs Balmacewen

Yesterday was a great occasion for Weston School Sport when we hosted Balmacewen Intermediate for Boys and Girls Cricket.  This was played on Weston Park and was the Otago/Southland quarterfinal of the National Cup and Shield Competition.  Unfortunately, Weston lost both games but in cricketing terms and with a bit of luck both results could have gone Weston’s way.  Features of the girls game were our opening batters, Emma Meikle and Emma Fox facing some short sharp Balmacewen bowling and both looked very secure in their work.  Young Emily Mavor bowling took 2 wickets for 10 runs, Katelyn Walton 1 for 8, Emma Meikle 1 for 7, Olivia Mavor 1 for 14.  Both Emma Fox and Brooke Taylor were very economical when they bowled.  Olivia Mavor took 2 sharp ‘world class’ catches while fielding in the mid wicket position.  Maddy Rawson’s wicket keeping was very safe and Alexis Cuaresma brought the ‘crowd’ to their feet when she square cut the first ball she faced to the boundary for 4 runs.  

From Gary Paterson

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Weston Innings 51 for 7 off 20 overs, Balmacewen 52 for 5 off 15 overs.

It was a closer game than the result indicated, although the better side definitely won!  We bowled much more accurately than Balmac, giving only 10 wides to their 25. Their 2 opening batters were the difference. The girls had each of them bowled off no-balls when they’d only scored about 7 or 8 each, it could have been a different result!

From Aaron Meikle

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.

Girls Super Smash Cricket

Girls Super Smash Cricket has come to Weston every Tuesday this term!  This is a Cricket NZ Initiative throughout the country to promote the game of cricket to girls.  It is quick fire format with 6 over games.  Weston has 6 teams who are fighting for house points!  Sam Bastin and Francois Mostert organise the games with some of our senior boys officiating.  Girls involved please bring your t-shirt for next week's game.     

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Weston Boys Cricket Team

Weston Boys Vs Maniototo Combined

The Weston Boys Cricket Team set off early on a glorious day last Tuesday to Naesby to play Maniototo Area School.  The boys went into bat first making a total of 180 runs a fantastic total score for Maniototo to chase.  Liam Mavor top scored with 70 runs and Liam Direen made a valiant effort totaling 45 runs (despite feeling car sick!). Maniototo came into bat making a steady start to their innings.  The young rookie Angus Loe made the difference on the day taking 3 for 34 and in the end Weston restricted runs to 155 for 4 off their 20 overs.

From Matt Hannagan


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Weston Boys Vs Balmacewen

Yesterday the Weston Boys met Balmacewen in the quarter-final playoffs for the National Cup qualifier.  This time they had the pleasure of playing at home on the Weston Oval on a magnificent North Otago day.  Balmacewen won the toss and chose to bat first.  Weston bowled admirably allowing very few extras with quick and accurate approach towards their fielding.  The bowling attack was a great team effort, Liam Mavor 2 for 8 off 4, Liam Direen 2 for 11 off 4, Samuel Petrie 1 for 17 off 4 and William Loe with 2 for 9 off 4 overs leading the attack.  Balmacewen totaled 72 for 7.  Our boys were confident they could chase this total.  Balmacewen produced an equally tight bowling display taking out 8 wickets restricting Weston to 52 runs.  Despite a good effort towards the end by Jesse Cope who scored 9 runs in quick succession.  The boys can be proud of their effort as the opposition was skilled, we learnt a lot from the experience.

From Matt Hannagan




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Weston School are very appreciative of the parent helpers who assisted with transport to the Maniototo game, to those who umpired, scored, set up the field, prepared the wicket and supported the children.

A special thanks to Balmacewen Intermediate for travelling up to play these games.  It was appreciated and we enjoyed hosting these home games.  

Coming up at Weston School

Classcraft and home learning -

Our meeting on Classcraft sparked a discussion on home learning. Yes, your children have activities they can pursue at home. They are rewarded for this learning with Classcraft­ points.  Your child can access their Hauora Homework in three ways:

1.       Log into their school gmail account and follow the link their teacher sent.

2.       Go to their google docs and type in Hauora (it will pop up)

3.       Follow the link on Classcraft.

Remember you child is encouraged to be working on the Key Competency “MANAGING SELF’ with this home learning. They are in the senior team now and can do this.

Our homework is based in the cloud so can be accessed anywhere.

The work they produce may also be in the cloud, through a doc or slides. This can be shared with their class at any time so the old way of handing in homework is no longer what you can expect.

Our school has been using Google Docs since 2012 with students. We take it for granted and forget that parents may not understand this process. So….

An information night on Google Docs will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 6.00 p.m. in Caron’s classroom.  Come and have a play!

Come and see what the kids can do (it may pay to bring a child for their gmail account!).

 We hope this clears up some questions.  Caron Sullivan.

Weston School Swimming Sports, Year 4-8 students - The Weston School Swimming sports for students from Year 4-8 will be held on Friday 10th March 2017, from 9am–12:30pm.  Buses will be leaving from school at 9am sharp, please make sure children are here nice and early on this day.  Swimmers who qualify for North Otago Swimming Sports will be informed on Weston Swimming Sports day.  The North Otago Swimming Sports will be held on Wednesday the 15th of March 8:45am-12 noon.

SWIMMING TIMEKEEPERS NEEDED PLEASE!!!  Contact the School Office if you are able to help.

Otago Primary School Swimming Sports - Otago Primary School Swimming Sports are to be held Sat 25th of March at the Moana Pool in Dunedin.  Times from our Weston School Swimming Sports will be used as entry times but as entries shut on the same day we will need to know on the day if your child is interested in attending.  Children who went last year will already have a newsletter to bring home, however those who qualify on the day will be notified.

HPV vaccinations - Vaccinations will commence for Year 8 students with consent on Friday the 17th of March at 9am.  Please return forms urgently if you have not already for consent or nonconsent.

Hockey - Permission slips have been sent home with children that have shown interest in playing Hockey for Weston School this year.  Please find attached link with notice.

Forms to be returned by Friday 10 March please.


Ruma Rahi Blog site - Please find link below for Carons Ruma Rahi blog site….

Next Assembly - Friday 10 March, 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.  

School Uniform and Hats - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 15th of March from 2:30-3:30pm.  It will be open every second Wednesday.  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!


Thank you to the Garrett family for the donation of pea straw to the school for our garden.  It is greatly appreciated.

Valley Sport Registrations

Valley JAB Rugby Registrations - Thursday 16 March

Valley Junior Netball Registrations  - Wednesday 8 March

ICAS Exams - last chance to enter!

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. Entries to be received no later than Friday 10 March.  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

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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.  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

Five Forks Exciting New Trail Ride - 25 and 26 March 2017

Impact Youth Beach Day - Sat 4 March

JAB North Otago Contacts

Kiwi Kids Tryathlon Entry Form - March 2017

Galleon Family Complex Childrens Day - 5 March

NBL Basketball Game - Sat 4 March Oamaru

Parenting Toolbox Programme at the Weston Church March, April, May