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On behalf of Hamilton West School, I would like to welcome Miss Taylor to our teaching staff. She has taken up the teaching responsibilities in Room 11. See photo below

Paid Union Meeting 
Today (Wednesday 8th May Week 2) school will close at 12:30 to allow the teachers to attend their paid union meeting. 

Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews are coming up again in week 4.  This is your chance to meet with your childs teacher to talk about their progress across the curriculum and key competencies.

To book an interview go to and enter the code 6nryf (this is case sensitive).  Select your child's class and a time that works for you.  If you dont have access to the internet you can see Vic or Yolanda in the office and they will book a time for you.  Interviews are on:  Tuesday 21st May 3.15-7.15pm and Wednesday 22nd May 3.15pm - 5.45pm. 

With winter approaching it is timely to remind whanau of our winter uniform expectations.  Boys may wear black pants and girls may wear stockings/tights under their skirt/skort for extra warmth.  Black thermals may also be worn underneath the uniform, out of sight.  Please note:  track pants are not part of our school uniform.

We are extremely lucky here at Ham West that many whanau gift uniform back to us when/if their child(ren) leave our school.  Therefore we may be able to help some whanau with uniform items.  We are currently sorting through all our donated items - watch this space!

Hamilton West School Board of Trustees’ election notice

Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations has been posted to all eligible voters.

You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed.

Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 24 May 2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.

The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours from the 8 May.

There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Yolanda Baird - Returning Officer

School Disco
This Thursday (9 May) is our first disco for the year!
Our theme is.....School House Colours.  Students are encouraged to come dressed in their House Colours. There will be competitions and spot prizes on the day/night.

Year 0-4
This year we are offering snack packs to our Juniors.  These will consist of a drink, popcorn, lollies and glow stick.  $3 per pack.

Year 5-8
Pizza slices will be available for $2. Please leave cellphones at home.

Pink shirt Day - Bullying Prevention
This year we will again celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17th May. Pink Shirt Day focuses on stopping bullying and spreading kindness. The Student Council are organising a mufti-day (gold coin donation) with the proceeds going to sports equipment to be available for kids at lunchtime and inside games for wet days. Our senior leaders will be out and about on Friday promoting Manaakitanga and staff will run some fun activities for the students to enjoy each others company.

Hamilton West School Band 2019
We recently held auditions for this year's school band. And with the fantastic level of musical talent we have at Hamilton West, it was very hard to narrow it down and select this year's band members.

Thank you to all who auditioned and congratulations to the successful auditionees:
River Morrison - Drums
Gabe Sales - Keyboards
Elijah Blodwell - Guitar
Cori Solofa - Guitar
Emma Chapman - Vocals

Yesterday we had the Year 1 classes visit the Hamilton Zoo and the Year 5 classes visit the Kiwi House in Otorohanga. Reports from teachers, student and parent helpers were that they were very worthwhile EOTC outings. Thanks to the teachers and parent helpers for making this opportunity available to the students involved. 

Mindful Parenting workshop

Jo Wall (a school parent) is providing an introductory workshop on Mindful Parenting on Monday, 13th May at 6:30 -8.00 pm in the school library.

Rather than promoting a particular style of parenting, being mindful helps us to have greater awareness of what is happening in any given interaction, for us and for the child.  Increased awareness can be a useful step in the process of changing a parenting habit, if we wish to. No judgement here! Additionally the workshop will look at what the Hamilton West children are covering in their ‘Pause, Breathe, Smile’ programme and apply it to parenting skills and strategies.  

Come along on the night, or contact Jo Wall with any queries; or 021 266 5657

Blankets Needed
"Give a Kid a Blanket Waikato" are back, collecting winter warmth for needy local families. If you have any:
- blankets 
- duvets, esp inners
- sheets
- pillows/slips
- children's pyjamas
that are no longer needed, please bring them to the school to be redistributed to children that will otherwise sleep cold this winter. Time to declutter! 
Many thanks.

Your school's families were incredibly generous last year, and we really appreciate you facilitating the collection. 

Mr Jesse away for the second half of term 2
For those that don't yet know, I will be playing a role in the multi-award winning Broadway Musical ‘Once’ (Based on the breakout film of the same name)

This is a fully professional production and it is said to be an outstanding and moving show. It is is the only show on Broadway to have music that won the Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award and Tony Award® - making it one of the most celebrated modern musicals in the world.

This does mean I will be absent from school for the second half of term 2 (Week 6 onward) as I will be based in Auckland.

I want to make special mention of and thank Mark for his continued and gracious support of me and my creative pursuits which are wide, varied and sometimes surprising to even me! Without his support and encouragement, this would literally not even be possible. Thank you, Mark.

If anyone is keen to make the trip up to see the show details can be found here:

Facebook Page:

Ticket Info: ONCE - THE MUSICAL: June 27 – July 14: ASB Waterfront Theatre: Tickets on sale now:

Friday Pie Day
As of next Friday, 17 May, students will be able to order a pie and drink combo for lunch for $4. Pie flavours are mince and cheese OR chicken.  Drinks are Aqualite flavoured water, either mango or peach flavoured.  All money is to be paid directly to the classroom teacher first thing in the morning.

Parent help needed - Sausage Sizzle
The Intermediate area would like to start up a weekly sausage sizzle for lunch on a Wednesday. We would love some parent support with this, so if you can help, can you please email Help would involve purchasing bread and sausages weekly, cooking and serving, with a few students helping. All money fundraised will go towards supporting any trips, camps and activities that we do outside of the classroom.

Thanks - Intermediate Teachers. 

The third payment of $500 is due Friday 3 May.  
A private facebook page has been set up to communicate with whanau.  This page will also have the information around our fundraising events.  Please find the link below.  Parents/Immediate caregivers of those travelling only please.
Facebook HamWest Samoa Group Link:

Totara Springs Sports Camp - Year 7 & 8
The balance owing on Sports Camp is due in to the office no later than Friday 24 May.  

Sport News/Notices at Hamilton West School
Netball Draw Saturday 11th May 2019
CMS 7A vs  Ham West Titans  Minogue Park:   Court 2  11th May 2019   8:30am
Te Rapa Primary Raiders vs  Ham West   Assassins  Minogue Park:   Court 11  11th May 2019   8:30am
Ham West Destroyers vs  RHS 8 Lightning  Minogue Park:   Court 14  11th May 2019   9:30am

Hockey Draws


Ham West Kererus
Ham West jnr Pukekos
Ham West Kiwis

Pukete Seals
Homeschool Tigers Dev

11-May 11:15am Ham West Tuis v. St Columbas The Cannons GHC 1 HA
10-May 6:00pm Ham West Pukeko's v. Matamata Int Blue GHC 2

Mouth guards
The school office has junior mouth guards available for sale for $5 each.  There are no senior mouthguards left.  There are also school sports socks available to purchase for $13.50 each.

Football results for Saturday 4 May 2019
POD rangers - Cameron and Jackson 
POD Phoenix - Flynn and jasper 

Ham West Rovers POD: Yori Mochida 
Game 1 drew Glenview Storm 2-2
Game 2 lost to Glenview Panthers 0-1

Ham West Dynamites lost to Marist Magic
Ham West Strikers lost to St Joseph’s Fairfield 0-4. POD: Maxime Latteur Ham West Rockets beat Gordonton Mavericks 5-0. POD: Cooper Watt Ham West Kingz lost to Gordonton Thunderbolt 10-2. POD: Tyler Bromley

Football draws for Saturday 11 May 2019
Ham West Phoenix 6 – Glenview Park 11.30am Start Ham West Rangers 6 – Glenview Park 11.30am Start

Ham West Rovers
Game 1 vs Northern Utd Sharks@ 11am Discovery Park
Game 2 vs Northern Utd Hawkes @ 11.25am Discovery Park

Ham West Dynamites vs Northern Utd Venezuela @ 10.15am Ham West School
Ham West Strikers vs Northern Utd Villarreal @ 9am Ham West School
Ham West Rockets vs Ngahinepouri Hawks @ 9:30am Reid Park
Ham West Kingz Bye

Sports Fees
Sports fees for all winter sports codes need to be paid as soon as possible, so we can pay the invoices from the various governing bodies. If you are unsure of the amount please email the office. If you can't pay in full please make an arrangement at the office to pay it off.  Bank account details as follows: Hamilton West School BOT 03-1556-0042665-00.  If paying by internet banking please make sure you include your child's name and details of what sport you are paying for.

Sports Practices
I enjoyed being out and about around the school last week after school and seeing all the kids involved in sports practice. See photos below.

Books went home with students last term.  If you would like to buy it just follow the instructions on the envelope. Orders for extra books (for friends or family) can be sent through to Leanne at

If you do not want to buy the book please return it, in its envelope, to the big box in the office as soon as possible. We can then check the students name off our list.

If you would like to purchase a digital copy instead please return the book and follow the link to buy your digital version:…

The book costs $65 and gets you over $20,000 worth of offers! It’s amazing how quickly the savings add up, and you can even keep track of your savings on the digital app version.

Notices with permission slips will be going home today for your student to bring on the day.

THEME - School house colours: Come dressed in your House colours. There will be House competitions and spot prizes.
COST : $1 entry per child

Junior Disco:
Yr 0-4 from 3:15pm-4:30pm
We are offering snack packs (drink, bag of popcorn, bag of lollies and a glow product) for Juniors to avoid the long lines for food. There will be a limited number of these, but more than last year, and they will be $3 each. Other single food items will also be available for purchase.

Senior Disco:
Yr 5-8 from 6pm-8pm
We are offering slices of Domino's pizza for $2. Flavours on offer will be Pepperoni, Hawaiian and Simply Cheese. Other single food items will also be available for purchase.

We will be starting the Chess Club up again this term, meeting each Thursday lunch time in the back room of the school hall. The club is intended to improve the skills of those who 
have at least a basic understanding of the rules of chess already, and who might like to take part in some junior / inter-school competitions in the future. Keen beginners are welcome also, but will be expected to participate in the lessons, when run.

I have designed and commissioned a custom made chess demo/teaching board for the 
lessons, which will make things a lot easier to illustrate. We hope to have that ready in 2-3 

If you have any queries, please contact Douaine,

Lost black school jacket Named Ira singhal Size 8. Please return to Room 14.

Important Dates for Term 2 2019
Date  Event
08/05/2019  Paid Union Teacher Meeting – school closing at 12.30
 Ham West Disco
 PTA Meeting
17/05/2019  Pink Shirt Day
21/05/2019  Cross Country Year 1-6
21/05/2019  Parent - Teacher Interviews
 Parent - Teacher Interviews
 Parent Whanau Group Hui
 Postponement Date - Y1-6 Cross Country
 BOT Meeting
31/05/2019  Team Photos
10/06/2019  Matariki Day
11/06/2019  Interschool Cross Country - Year 5-6
18/06/2019  Cultural Day
20/06/2019  Ham West Speech Finals
26/06/2019  Rhode St Sports Exchange
01-05/07/2019  Year 7 & 8 Sports Camp
02/07/2019  Year 6 trip to Rotorua
05/07/2019  Last day of Term 2 - Reports come home with students
Community Notices/Advertising
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Hamilton, Wko 3240
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