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Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui.
Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!
Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight.
Being the sign of the [new] year!

Welcome to Matariki. Traditionally, Māori celebrate the start of a new year in mid-winter (May-June). The year begins on the first new moon after the star cluster Matariki rises in the eastern sky. That's why the Māori new year is called Matariki. Matariki is a time to gather with whānau (family) and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future.

Cross Country
Well done to the students who represented the school at the Year 4 - 6 inter-school cross country event yesterday. Thank you to you all for competing hard and displaying our school values at the event. The teachers who went with the students were proud to be associated with the Ham West kids.

Speech Finals
I look forward to the Year 5 - 8 speech finals next Thursday evening. I have organised the judges for the occasion.  We have Don Oliver from Hamilton Central Rotary judging as well as a contingent from Melville High School including ex-Westie Matt Fitisemanu. Well done to all the students who have prepared and given their speech. I know it takes a lot confidence to give a speech and for lots of us it doesn't come easily.

Rescue Helicopters
Last Wednesday afternoon I took a group of boys up to the hospital to visit the rescue helicopter hanger. We were really lucky to be able to talk to 2 crews that man the helicopters - pilot, medic and logistics. It was pouring with rain which made it a little hard to hear but the boys concentrated hard and asked some insightful questions. A big thanks to Loren Haisley for coordinating the visit with me. A great experience for us all. See pics below.

Policy Review
At the last BoT meeting the Bullying Prevention Policy was reviewed.  Over the next couple of weeks I thought I would share some of the content of the policy - see below (the reviewed policy will shortly be added to the school website). I think the main way we can prevent bullying is to continue to promote the living of our school values and implementing restorative practices. Increasingly keeping kids safe online is becoming an important aspect of bullying prevention. 

Our Values:
Ako: we learn together
Manaakitanga: we care for each other
Rangatiratanga: our best always
Kaitiakitanga: guardianship of the environment
Whanaungatanga: we respect each other

Firstly the policy outlines what bullying is.....

Bullying behaviour is not an individual action.
Our school community agrees that:
Bullying is deliberate

Bullying involves a power imbalance
Bullying has an element of repetition
Bullying is harmful
Bullying behaviours can be physical, verbal, or social, and can take place in the physical world or cyber world.
Bullying is not an individual action. It involves up to three parties;
initiators (those doing the bullying),
targets (those being bullied) and
often bystanders (those who witness the bullying).

.... more to follow....

With the cold and wet weather upon us I would ask that children are sent to school in black shoes. I note a number of kids wearing footwear which is not really appropriate at this time of year. Thanks with your support with this.

Judy and Amy dropped in to see me the other day to show me their reptile poster. I asked them if reptiles lay eggs, to which they said yes. I then asked them if chickens lay eggs, to which they again said yes. I then said that chickens must be reptiles, for some reason Judy and Amy weren't happy with this logic and said Mr Penman chickens are birds - lots of fun. See photo below.

Rugby Competition

The Year 5/6 rugby team have their first game next Wednesday after school at Aberdeen School. The draw for the first 3 games are as follows:

ROUND 1.                           ROUND 2.                              ROUND 3.

Aberdeen v Ham West        Glenview v Aberdeen             Glenview v Ham West

Melville v Glenview              Ham West v Melville              Melville v Aberdeen

Mouthguards are a must. I look forward to the home game against Melville Primary on June 26.

Mason Stafford came by the other day to show me a tank he had made. I asked him where he made it and he said at work. He must work somewhere that demands high standards as it is a well built structure as you can see from the photo below.
Sport News/Notices at Hamilton West School
Inter school Cross Country Results Yr 4-6
Kharli McMillan 3rd Place Year 4 grls
Sophia Kilpatrick 6th Place Year 4 girls
Cooper McMorran 1st Place Year 4 boys
Lachlan Hogg 3rd Place Year 4 boys
Cruz Kilpatrick 6th Place Year 4 boys
Charlie Giberson 5th Place Year 5 boys
Rene Johnston-Mackenzie 4th Place Year 6 girls
Miriam Adams 6th Place Year 6 girls
Heta Scott 1st Place Year 6 boys
Toi Scott 3rd Place Year 6 boys
Ben Thomson 4th Place Year 6 boys
Archie Joll 5th Place Year 6 boys

Netball Draw 13th June 2019
Rototuna Diamonds vs Ham West Thunder 4:00:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 4
Newstead Magics vs Ham West Ferns 5:30:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 1
Ham West Flames vs Noera Anahera 5:30:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 9

Netball Draw 15th June 2019
Maeroa Y7 Falcons vs Ham West Titans 8:30:00 AM Minogue Park: Court 12
BYE   Ham West Assassins  
Saints United 8B vs Ham West Destroyers 9:30:00 AM Minogue Park: Court 15

Netball Report
Yesterday the vixens played a solid game with no subs. Coming away with 2-2 draw against Marian magic. Miss Holly was player of the day (see photo below). A special mention to our vixens whanau for stepping up and taking the team to the game plus reffing as I was sick, plus Hamilton netball contacted me to express how impressed they were to see so many dads there supporting their girls at netball. Well done vixens-Kate (coach) 

Hockey Draws 14th & 15th June 2019
14/06/19 5:30pm Ham West Pukeko's v. Ngahinapouri 1st XI GHC 1
15/06/19 11:15am Ham West Kiwis v. Whitikahu Fighting Hawks St Pauls HB
15/06/19 11:15am Ham West Tuis v. Whitikahu Green Sticks St Pauls HA
15/06/19 8:00am Ham West Jnr Pukekos v. Tamahere Junior Sticks GHC 1 RB12

Football results for Saturday 8 June 2019
Ham West Phoenix 6 POD: Hannah and Henry
Ham West Rangers 6 POD: Cameron and Taylor Bigham
Ham West Rovers POD: Archie Peart.  POM: Taylor Driver
Game 1 beat Cambridge Pumas 2-0
Game 2 drew against Cambridge Pumas 0-0
Ham West Dynamites beat Glenview Galaxy 3-1.  POD: Allegra Sales
Ham West Strikers beat the Northern Utd Malaga 4-0.  POD: Dean Stirling and Manelisi Ndiweni
Ham West Rockets lost against Western Utd Chiefs 0-5.  POD: Josiah Gilbert.  POM: Lachie Johnson Elder
Ham West Kingz lost against Claudlands Rovers Renegades 1-3.  POD: Couper Meads
Football draws for Saturday 15 June 2019
Ham West Phoenix 6 - Discovery Park 9am Start
Ham West Rangers 6 –Discovery Park 9am Start  
Ham West Rovers not confirmed. TBA
Game 1 vs 
Game 2 vs
Ham West Dynamites vs Te Kowhai Boys @ 10am Willow Brook Park
Ham West Strikers vs Cambridge Phoenix @ 1015am John Kerkhof Park
Ham West Rockets vs Woodstock Wolves @ 9am Hamilton West School
Ham West Kingz vs Paeroa Rangers @ 10:30am Hamilton West School

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.

Books went home with students last term. All books that have not been paid for need to be returned to the office ASAP so we can check the students name off our list. If you would like to purchase the book please follow the instructions on the envelope it came in.

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.

Important Dates for Term 2 2019
Date  Event
18/06/2019  Cultural Day
20/06/2019  Ham West Speech Finals - Year 5-8
01-05/07/2019  Year 7 & 8 Sports Camp
 Year 6 trip to Rotorua
 School Art Day
05/07/2019  Last day of Term 2 - Reports come home with students
Community Notices/Advertising
Hamilton Moving Together transport survey
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Results from the survey will help in the building of a transport plan for the city which will help decide where and how to invest in transport and public places. Take the survey at
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Did you know that there is a magic letter? The letter e has magical powers when on the end of a word.  Its job is to make the vowel say its long name. kit becomes kite, cut become cute, mad becomes made.  Find out more about our literacy programme and how we can help your child. For enquires call: Claire Howarth (MEd. First Class Hons) or Kimmy Crampton (BEd Primary) M: 027 404 2101. W: FB: E:
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