Hamilton West School Weekly Newsletter
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Quote for the week
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence"
Helen Keller
Welcome to a new term at Hamilton West School. Lets hope the warm weather lasts. This term we welcome Sarah Fisk to the teaching staff at the school. I caught up with Sarah with her class yesterday and they were all hard at work - see photo below.

Welcome also to the new students and students who joined us on Monday. I enjoyed Charlie (Room 9) bringing his little brother Connor (Room 7) who was having his first day at Ham West into see me on Monday morning - see photo of the three of us below

Brake Road Safety Week - ROAD SAFETY WEEK 2018 - 7-13 May 2018
This year Road Safety Week focuses on seat belts and distractions, with the theme Belt on, Phone off - Make it a habit. I have asked the teachers to incorporate aspect of the resources provided through Brake Road Safety in their programme next week.
Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to kickstart road safety campaigns and activities in your organisation and community. Read more about the Week at

I hope you enjoyed getting your first school report at the end of term 1. The teachers are now preparing to develop the reports covering term 2. One of the great things about the new report is that it can be developed ongoing during the term. I hope you found the covering letter I sent home with the report informative. If you would like to provide feedback on the report format please contact me - drop by my office or send me an email

Outdoor Classroom
Our Outdoor Classroom was planted over the holidays as the result of a combined working bee held on the first Saturday of the holidays. We had members of Hamilton Central Rotary, teachers, parents and students there to plant the trees and flowering plants. You will be interested to know the the trees and plants were paid for by a donation from Hamilton Central Rotary, individual Ham West families (and their contacts),a member of our alumni and the Student Council. A big thanks to all those who contributed to the planting. We now need to do some weed spraying, sow some more grass and wait for it to grow. See photos below

On Monday morning a group of us (parents, staff & students) attended a powhiri for Mr O'Donnell at his new school. It was a wonderful occasion, I personally really enjoyed it and I offered our hand of friendship to Gordonton School and suggested we do somethings together as full primary schools in the future. See photo below.
Sport News at Hamilton West School
Hockey umpires needed!!
Our hockey season is due to start next weekend. We currently only have one umpire (year 3/4 team). We need an umpire for the two year 5/6 teams and the intermediate team. Can you please let me know if you can help or if you know of anyone who could help. We can't play without an umpire!  Jaimie -

Sports Fees
Sports fees for all winter sports codes need to be paid now as the invoices from the various governing bodies are coming and need to be paid. 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 childs name and details of what you are paying for.

Manakitanga please folks - teachers and sports administrators have put a lot of time into getting our sports teams organised and are directed by the rules and timelines set for each code. Please show manakitanga when contacting those running our sports programme, we cannot always meet your requests for a number of reasons including closing dates for registration of teams - which requires names of players. 

Red Socks 
The red sports socks have arrived and are on sale at the office - cost $13.50

Mouth guards
Mouth guards are for sale in the office- $5.00 - also student councilors will be selling them outside the office tomorrow and Friday, before and after school.

Fair Play at Hamilton West School
Our Fair Play contract is available on the school website and the Leaders of Sport and Mr Penman will talk about our Fair Play expectations at assemblies over the next 2 weeks. 

Sports Reports and Photos
Coaches Managers / parents / players  from our sports teams are welcome to send sports reports and photos to the office to be included in the sports section of the newsletter.  House Captains will also be undertaking interviews with players to include in the newsletter.

Welcome to the Football Season for 2018.
Saturday 5 May 2018
Ham West Strikers vs Ngahinapouri Hawks @ 10.00am Ham West School 2
Ham West Rockets vs Huntly Thistle Rampage @ 11.00am Huntly Domain 5
Ham West Kingz vs Hillcrest Vikings @ 10.15am Jansen Park J3
Ham West Phoenix vs Te Kauwhata College @ 09.30am Te Kauwhata College
Draws for Ham West Rovers and Ham West Dynamites are not available at present.
Please remember that Football fees are now due, $70 per child.  Please pay at the office or via internet banking.

Netball practice for Year 6 Ham West Assassins and Year 7 Ham West Titans on Wed 2nd May after school until 4.30pm. More details will be provided by coach Teresa Hansen.

Netball Hot Shots - practice Wednesday lunchtime next week.

Netball competitions start over the next couple of weeks.

Competition starts Saturday 11th May. 

School Notices/BOT/PTA Notices
Scholastic/Lucky Book Club
Last day for orders Wednesday 16th May.  Please make cheques payable to scholastic NOT Hamilton West School.

PTA meeting
Monday 7th May, at 7.30pm in the staffroom.   All new people welcome to come along.

Entertainment Books
This fundraiser is currently in progress. The 2017 book expires on June 1, 2018.  Now is the time to purchase the new book or digital app.
Go to to find out more details and to purchase the book or app.  If your child has bought a book home and you do not want it, now is the time for it to be returned to the office.  Thank you to all that have brought a book to date, your support is gratefully received

Sausage Sizzle
Friday's. Cost $2 per sausage.

Important dates for Term 2 - 2018
30/05/2018 Year 5-8 Cross Country 10am
Year 3-4 Cross Country 1.30pm
01/06/2018 Team Photos
04/06/2018 Queens Birthday – School Closed
06/06/2018 Year 1-2 Cross Country 2pm
15/06/2018 Matariki
21/06/2018 Snr/Int Speech Finals
03/07/2018 School Interviews
04/07/2018 School Interviews
05/07/2018 Reports go home to parents
06/07/2018 End of Term 2
Community Notices/Advertising
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Hamilton West School
36 Hammond St
Hamilton, Wko 3240
New Zealand

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