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Week 3

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Term 2, 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  

A special warm welcome to our new learners…

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Casey Winders Nicole McMurtrie

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Einstein

This week I have been thinking about how you as parents can help to reinforce some of our teachings about the wildly important goal. I found a small TED talk clip about some talks coming up. They are focused on thinking about yourself in the future that we are rapidly creating around the world. I have shared the link at the end of this piece.

We know that our lives are always going to be swept up in periods of change.

We know that our children need to be aware of international issues and we need to encourage them to be global citizens who think about our whole world e.g. global warming.

We know our children will need skills to work and engage with each other collaboratively.

We know jobs they chose to engage with will require more understanding of digital systems and intelligent systems.

We know already and in the future that more aspects of their lives will use visual communication.

We know that they will face challenges around sustainability as workers e.g. robotics.

We know that to be a responsible citizen and community member is going to get more complicated as we confront new issues as a society.

Meanwhile I have been impressed that other countries and education systems are also thinking about the impact of the future in learning for our children. I will share a few more of these in the next newsletter

The quote above is very true we cannot have certain knowledge about our future but we can use our imagination.

The future you…

This week we welcomed Janet Pereira and Rachel Davis to our school as a part of our Education Review. It has been a most productive week and included teachers, board members and students as well as the leadership team. The educative talk around our learners and the opportunity provided to both share our journey, produce evidence and participate in high level reflection has been a most productive experience for our school. We thank both Janet and Rachel for the respect of us and the process and the high level questioning. We are tired but we certainly have found this a positive process.

Thank you to those whanau and parents who have returned our Health and PE survey forms. It is interesting to note that many of you have indicated that mental health holds high importance and believe that we need to be teaching programmes that support emotional wellbeing. This is particularly timely with recent information, issues and statistics shared on TV and social media. Watch this space and we will work with community to review the programmes that we have in place and what else would be perceived to support our children's’ mental wellbeing.

Nga mihi nui

Nicky Ryan


Kowhai - Casey Winders, Tami Wollstein

Kauri - Maisie Johnstone, Jean Shin

Tuatara - Leitham Palmer, Pippa McMillan

Tauhou - Ryan Bhagat, Maggie Golding

Pukeko 1 -  Ryley Stevenson, Harry Mavor

Pukeko 2 - Amelia Devon, Ain Shin

Kea - Johanna Schoneveld, Max Oldham

Kohuhu - Korbyn Kira, Sophie Spittle

Nga Kau Taki - Bailey Chapman, Melissa Rawson

Ruma Rahi - Levi Todd, Alexis Cuaresma

Excellence Awards

Principal and Deputy Principal Awards: Tauhou class and Harry King



Thank you to the families who chose Weston School to receive books as part of the Kelloggs promotion at New World South.  We received some lovely books for our School Library.


Royal New Zealand Ballet

Details and permission forms have been sent home to students regarding the Royal New Zealand Ballet workshop to be held at School and then to attend a performance at the Opera House on Tuesday the 20th of June.  Thank you for sending in your notices promptly, we have had an overwhelming response.  More information and details will be sent when we have bus information and further details.

ICAS Exams Coming Up..

Digital Technologies - Tuesday 23 May, Science - Tuesday 30 May

Exam papers from previous years are available from the school office should your child wish to practice.  Students must be present on the assigned date for each exam.  

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

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Help raise funds for Weston School - order your Entertainment Book today!

To order your book click on the link below.


Home and School

Sausage Sizzle $2  - Every Friday this Term.  Order your sausage at 8:40am - Room 10 deck. We need some people to help cook and serve sausages.  Contact Kylie 027 634 3843 if you can help.  If you can help for half an hour with orders on Friday mornings every second Friday please contact Donna 027 36 84 355.  Thank you!

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.  

Kind regards,

Donna Carter, Weston School Home and School

Queens Birthday Weekend

Just a reminder School will be closed on Monday the 5th of June.  

4 Square Lunches

Pizzas are now no longer available from 4 Square as the company who provided them have deleted the line of stock.  Thank you.

Subway price and menu changes

Pricing changes $6 - 6 inch, $9 - Footlong

Chicken strips are now available as a meat option.  Salami is not available.

A bag of sliced apple will be provided instead of a whole apple.

Cookies will still be part of the combo.  

Drink options are now - Mini Pump (water) or Strawberry Fruit crush $2.00 extra.

These changes are now effective.

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.

Fundraiser for ex student Lily Hill to extend her education in Cuba for 2 weeks next year - Wrap, foil and baking paper - see link below for details.

Fire and Steam - part of the Steampunk NZ Festival Weekend Friday 2 June

Waitaki Newcomers Network -

Newcomers Network. New to town? Want to make some friends and join in with our varied activities? Contact Christine on 0272428643.

Waitaki Newcomers Network Coordinator, Supporting Migrants and Newcomers

Abacus House, 102 Thames  Street, Oamaru.  4347544, 0272428643

Meet Jake Bailey - WBHS 19 May

Sport Otago Coaching Seminars

Weston Kids Club Dates for Term 2