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Week 7

Westie’s News

Term 1, Week 7, 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  

Despite a cold and damp start to the week, the children have enjoyed a variety of sporting opportunities. Firstly, the Girls SMASH Cricket enjoyed another round of coaching and we are seeing great talent amongst them.

The North Otago Swimming Championships was represented well by Weston School with many children entering into a number of events. Well done to all of those who participated. Thank you very much to Mrs Jo Mortimer who organised this event for our school.


We have a very important message for parents and this concerns the safety of your children:

The gate beside the bike shed will no longer be used by children leaving school. We are asking all children, regardless of having a bike or scooter, to leave the main school entrance by the school crossing.

We need to ensure children are not crossing in front of the school buses or between parked cars by the busy intersection of Percy and Charles Street. This has always been the Weston School rule but many teachers are noticing children choosing to cross here. Please do not park in this area and ask your child to cross the road - this is very dangerous and goes against our school rules.

We appreciate your support in this matter. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the school.

It is a joint responsibility.

Weston School has four values that our community decided was really important for children to learn. They are showing respect for community, others and property, developing responsibility and accountability for actions, showing curiosity in their world around them by wanting to know how things work and why they happen, and lastly aiming to develop an attitude to identify and practice opportunities for excellence so that they aim high and try their best.

This term our value is RESPECT.

We need to ask the question what is respect and how do we model and teach this to our children? This is a very important one as I sometimes feel that with all the changes in society that schools are almost like a last bastion. It is a place that like Gandalf the Grey we need to put our staff firmly on the ground and say you shall not pass! By that I mean that some of the behaviours that we see on TV or Social Media will not be accepted by me, or our teachers, our school and I hope, our parents and community too.

So how do you help a child learn RESPECT?

Firstly I would like to say as teachers we don’t consider ourselves a child’s friend. We are their teacher and we are the adult in the relationship. As parents I do not believe you are your child’s friend. They are your child and you are the adult in the relationship. Your job as a parent and adults as it is ours as teachers, while we have your child, is to teach them how to function in our world. This means that children need to behave respectfully to all adults not just their parents or the one teacher that teaches them.

Children aren’t born with inbuilt values. They learn them from their parents and the community including school that they live in and associate with. So by my reckoning we all have the responsibility to teach our children to be respectful. Respect is not just manners. It is about learning how to care about, listen to, learn from others and develop strong relationships. Then our children develop a sense of respect of self and for self.

My challenge to our parents, family and whanau.

We need to acknowledge that we live in a busy world and we are busy people. Sometimes we don’t respond as quickly as we should to behaviours that need correcting. This can happen at school too. Something else that has happened is a change in attitude towards our children. We tend to become very defensive over our children. Our own parents were less defensive and looked at us in a more realistic light. They knew that behaviour is just behaviour and it either needs to be encouraged or corrected. They also knew that it takes a village to raise a child.

So let’s work together - remember if you walk past it you have accepted it. Instead let’s all of us, as adults, reinforce positive respectful behaviour and make sure that we are correcting disrespectful behaviour. We all know what this looks like.

Together we are strong so let’s create strong respectful future citizens by working together.

Nga mihi nui

Nicky Ryan

Otago Anniversary Day Monday 20 March.

No School this day - it is a statutory holiday.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Please note ….

Year 7-8 Tech at OIS - Next week

Tuesday - Friday

All students are required to wear closed footwear and long hair needs to be tied back.  Pencil case to be taken and this needs to include pens, pencils and glue stick.  Please advise your student's teacher directly of any alternative transport arrangements e.g. dropping off/picking up at O.I.S. or early collection etc.

Welcome to Weston School

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        Alex Newton                 Addison Familton


Kowhai - Charlie Cranston, Te Ahu Wooldridge

Kauri - Cooper Manson, Natsumi Ramos

Tuatara - Eli Braid, Keira Wilson

Tauhou - Isaac Yeates, Mia McLaren

Pukeko 1 -  Levi George, Zoe Denize

Pukeko 2 - Laura Aker, Harry Brosnan

Kea - Taliyah Mathewson, Flynn Hayes

Kohuhu - Billy McCabe, Brooke Taylor

Nga Kau Taki - William Loe, Liam Direen

Ruma Rahi - Emma Spittle, Josiah Yarnton

Excellence Awards

Principal's Awards:

Levi George, Joel Carter, William Loe, Beau Familton

What's been happening at Weston School

Swimming Sports - The Weston School Swimming sports were held on Friday 10th March 2017 and the North Otago Swimming Sports on Wednesday the 15th of March.

Congratulations to all of the children who competed in the Weston and the North Otago Swimming Sports - it is great to see students participating.

North Otago Placings:-

Lucy Mavor - 1st, 8 yr Freestyle

3rd, 8 yr Breaststroke

1st, 8 yr Butterfly

Lloyd Fellowes - 2nd, 10 yr Freestyle

2nd - 10 yr Backstroke

3rd, 10 yr Butterfly

2nd, 10 yr Individual medley

Samuel Petrie - 1st, 11 yr Freestyle

1st, 11 yr Backstroke

1st, 11 yr Breaststroke

1st, 11 yr Butterfly

1st, 11yr Individual medley

Jesse Cope - 3rd, 11 yr Freestyle

3rd, 11 yr Backstroke

3rd, 11 yr Individual medley

Kate Mortimer - 2nd, 10yr Backstroke

3rd, 10 yr Breaststroke

3rd, 10 yr Individual medley

Samuel Petrie, Olivia Mavor, Emily Mavor and Lloyd Fellowes - 1st 10/11 yr relay

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Oamaru Multisport Club - Triathlon & Duathlon Series

Weston School student results

Triathlon Individual

Lloyd Fellowes - 1st, 10 yr Boys

Emma Spittle - 1st, 10 yr Girls

Duathlon Individual

Jesse Cope - 1st, 11 yr Boys

Sophie Spittle - 2nd, 9 yr Girls

Breanna Kingan - 3rd, 9 yr Girls

Bridget Spittle - 1st, 7 yr Girls

Well done!

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Exclusively list and sell your property with LJ Hooker, nominate Weston School at the time of listing and our school will receive a $200 donation and the property owner will receive a $200 voucher.  You don’t have to be part of Weston School or in the Weston area either it could be anyone (a grandparent, friend etc…who is selling/buying).  

You just have to nominate our school!  Photo of Sheryl Heta, LJ Hooker, presenting a cheque to Nicky for a percentage of the sales in the Weston School zone over the last 3 months.  Thanks LJ Hooker!  

Coming up at Weston School

Kiwis for Kiwi

Kowhai, Kauri, Tuatara and Tauhou classrooms have joined ‘Kiwi for Kiwis’ - check out the site for this with the link below.

We want to be able to help protect our Kiwi that are under drastic threat from stoats, ferrets, weasels, cats and dogs. To help do this we are baking delicious ‘Kiwi’ biscuits and cupcakes to sell on Friday the 31st of March for $1.00 each.

Money raised could go towards:

$30 = one trap

$50 = a Kiwi chick health check

$75 = Kiwi avoidance dog training

$100 = predator control for 1 year

Please support this cause and help save our Kiwi!

Cupcakes and biscuits will be sold at morning tea time outside the staffroom.


Scholastic Book Orders

Forms have been sent home with children today.  If you wish to make an order please do so by Friday the 24th of March.  Orders can be made online or return your order in a named envelope to the Yellow Scholastic Box in the School Office.

Otago Primary School Swimming Sports - Otago Primary School Swimming Sports are to be held Sat 25th of March at the Moana Pool in Dunedin.  Good luck to all of our swimmers!

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 in immediately please.


Starship Fundraiser - Friday 7 April -Dress up day: Dress up as a T.V, Movie or Music STAR. Gold coin donation.  

Organised by Miss Lexie McDonald.


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

NO ASSEMBLY next week our next Assembly will be held on  Friday 7 April, 1:40pm in the Weston Hall.  Parents are most welcome to join us.

School Uniform and Hats - The Uniform Shop will be open again on Wednesday the 29th 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.

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Baking equipment donation - Thank you to Wendy McCoy for the donation of baking items to the School.  They are greatly appreciated and will be well used!

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.

Operation Sugar -

Operation Sugar  which is an organisation devoted to supplying free cakes and photography to celebrate birthdays of children who have serious health issues.

Our local representative is Kelly Harvey from Tutu Hill Cakes, 43 Tutu Hill Road.

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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

Galleon Easter Bunny Family Tournament March 12 - April 2

International Race Relations Dinner - Saturday 25 March 2017

JAB North Otago Contacts

Kakanui School Big Beach Day - Saturday 1 April

Kakanui School Big Beach Day Colouring Competitions

Parenting Toolbox Programme for the Middle Years at the Weston Church