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End of Term
Term 2 is quickly coming to an end - the term closes on Friday 5th July.  Term 3 begins on Monday 22nd July.

Year 8 Report
Next week when reports go home the Year 8 students will receive a new report we are calling a Testimonial Report. The reason we are doing this is to help the Year 8's prepare their applications to their selected high school/s. We hope you find this alteration to our reporting schedule valuable. 

Matariki Celebrations
Over the last week there have been lots of Matariki celebrations going on around the school. See some stories from Room 7 below and a photo of the writers at the bottom.

Stories from our students about Matariki
Little Kiwi was sleeping in his burrow something was different.  The moon was shining in Kiwis burrow.  He woke up his friends and his friends said go back to sleep, but Kiwi stayed awake in the night.  Little Kiwi said to owl wake up owl.  Little Kiwi ran on and woke up spider.  Little kiwi woke up Tui.  I was just singing in my dreams.  He went to the beach.  The other animals followed  and  then they waited at the beach.  They waited and waited until the seven stars and they were bright. 
By Zayne Alsaffar.

One day little kiwis burrow got lit up by the moon and woke him up and he said it was coming and rushed off to tell all his friends that it is coming.  He told Weka and Weka said go back to sleep but he didnt. Come hurry up said kiwi ok lets go and kiwi went to tell all of his other friends Ruru, Tui and Katipo .  "Lets go" .  They got to the  beach and waited and waited and waited until the seven stars turned up and then they said "lets party" and they did.  They danced and got whanau and had a party.   
By Arthur Wall.

Yesterday the Year 7 whanau group had a hangi to culminate their Matariki celebrations, very yum it was too. Thanks to the teachers for providing this opportunity for our students, and to whanau for bringing along the veges. See photo below.

See also photo of Kingston from Room 9 who is very proud of his Matariki stars.
Tuakana Teina
Tuakana Teina is an important aspect of life at Hamilton West School where older students look out for the younger ones. I saw it working brilliantly yesterday when I visited Room 2 (Year 1 students) who were working with Room 26 (Year 7 students). They were having a wonderful time with the older ones, who were helping with the Matariki art activity being done. See photo below.

Sports Equipment
I have noticed a lot more sports equipment being used around school at break times. This is due to the Student Cuncil purchasing equipment for each class to use at playtime and lunchtime. Thanks to the Student Council and to Ms Hartley for organising the purchase of the gear. 

Skool Loop App
We are super excited to announce that we now have a school app.  This user-friendly app streamlines all of our communications, newsletters, notices etc to you, the parents, in one easy way!  The school app allows whanau to:
  • have important school information easily accessible on your Smart Phone
  • send notification to the office if your child(ren) is/are absent (starting next week)
  • access all school newsletters 
  • access our school calendar which has all important dates whanau need to be aware of (starting term three)
  • give permission for their child(ren) to attend trips therefore replacing paper notices (starting term three)
  • see important notices pertaining to your child(ren)
Please go into your App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android) and download the 'Skool Loop App' - this is a free download.  From there, follow the links and select Hamilton West School.  Then you're in!! Allowing notifications enables you to get an alert every time something new is added to the app.  Please email Ms Hartley at should you experience any difficulties or have any queries.

Sports Camp
For the first time we have a group of our intermediate students heading off to Sports Camp at Totora Springs in Matamata. This is the result of a consultation meeting we had at the end of last year with Year 6 & 7 students and parents. There was a lot of interest in the Sports off we go. Thanks to Ms Hartley for organising this opportunity for our Intermediate students, and to Mr Drury for accompanying our students on this trip for the week. I look forward to hearing about this experience.

Art Celebration Day - Thursday 4 July
Hamilton West will be having an art day to celebrate the artists we have been learning about this term. Art will be displayed in classrooms and we’d love for parents to come and join in on our art day and view the art from 1.30pm. During this day, different art activities will be happening in classes. These could come from any area of the Arts curriculum. This is also a dress up day where students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite artist - this could be a singer, artist, actor, musician.
You are welcome to come in before 1.30 pm and have lunch with your child/ren. Individual teachers will also let you know if there is a shared lunch that day. We look forward to seeing you on the Art Celebration Day.

Speech Finalists - 2019 Winner
Congratulations to all the contestants in the speech finals last week, you all did yourselves proud.
Our winners for 2019:
Year 5: Shanvi Kumar,
Year 6: Jean Ayson
Year 7: Natalie Keesing-Kerrison
Year 8: Nikhil Naicker

Well done to our winners, I look forward to you doing your speeches at the Hamilton Central Rotary meeting next Monday. Nice photo of the judges and winners below.

Policy Review
As indicated last week I will share another extract from our Bullying Prevention Policy this week. Again I say that the best bullying prevention strategy we have is to live our school values.

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

Some things we can do to respond to bullying .....what our policy suggests

3. Bullying Response, for when bullying occurs 

We recognise the importance of consistently responding to all behaviour management incidents, including bullying and whenever possible use restorative practices to repair the relationships of those involved.

We will support anyone who has been affected by, engaged in or witnessed bullying behaviour.
1. All reported incidents of bullying will be taken seriously and followed up as appropriate
2. An appropriate adult will support the affected students by:

  • reassuring that they have done the right thing in reporting the incident
  • using the assessment matrix, record a description of what happened and assess the level of severity
  • using the quick reference guide, responding to bullying incidents to activate the response and action needed

3. We will involve parents and whānau as early as possible and as appropriate

4. All serious incidents will be escalated to senior management and we will seek advice and involvement from outside agencies

5. We will provide appropriate support for targets, bystanders and initiators of bullying behaviour

6. We will regularly monitor all incidents of bullying and identify patterns of behaviour.

Just a reminder that all medical forms for students and parents travelling to Samoa in October, are due back before the end of this week (28 June).

PrettySmart Presentation
At the beginning of next term, 26 July, we have Angela Barnett coming in to deliver a presentation to our Year 7 & 8 girls, called PrettySmart.  This presentation teaches girls how to be confident in their own skin and see through the 1.3 trillion dollar beauty industry that will tell them they are not enough. It teaches them to be pretty smart about media, pretty cautious on social media and pretty kind to themselves and others about appearance.  Angela's presentation has received hugely positive feedback from other schools.  This particular comment was one of my favourites.

“Angela’s Pretty Smart presentation was an engaging way to equip our students with the knowledge and confidence to be critical consumers of the beauty industry.  Her body positive message resonated with our students.  Her fast-paced, informative and humorous approach to an issue so important to young people is helping to “raise body warriors, not body worriers.”

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.

Sport News/Notices at Hamilton West School
Rugby Competition

ROUND 2.                                                ROUND 3.

Glenview v Aberdeen                              Glenview v Ham West

Ham West v Melville (cancelled)              Melville v Aberdeen

Mouthguards are a must. 

Netball Draw Thursday 27th June 2019
Ham West Thunder vs Fairfield Force 4:00:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 2
Gordonton Dauntless Year 6 vs Ham West Flames 5:30:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 10
Rototuna Flyers vs Ham West Ferns 5:30:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 14

Netball Draw Saturday 29th June
Ham West Titans vs St Peter's 7B 8:30:00 AM Minogue Park: Court 11
Ham West Assassins vs Saints United Navy 9:30:00 AM Minogue Park: Court 18
Ham West Destroyers vs Southwell School Citrine 9:30:00 AM Minogue Park: Court 17

Hockey Draws  28th & 29th June 2019
28-Jun 5:30pm Matamata Int Blue v. Ham West Pukeko's Matamata Coll
29-Jun 8:00am Ham West Jnr Pukekos v. Whatawhata Panthers GHC 1 RB07
29-Jun 10:45am Pukete Squirrels v. Ham West Kiwis GHC 2 HA
29-Jun 10:45am Ham West Tuis v. Homeschool Tigers Dev GHC 1 HC
29-Jun 9:00am Vardon Volts v. Ham West Kererus GHC 1 QD

Football results for Saturday 22 June 2019  
Ham West Phoenix POD: Flynn Wilson and Jasper Peart   
Ham West Rangers POD: Connor Giberson and Zayne 
Ham West Rovers  POD: Cyril Chand.  POM: Jackson 
Game 1 beat Gordonton Torpedoes 4-0 
Game 2 beat Gordonton Torpedoes 4-3 

Ham West Dynamites  Bye 
Ham West Strikers beat Ngaruawahia Utd Noise 10-1 POD: Xavier Fairley-King 
Ham West Rockets lost to Morrinsville Lions 2-3 POD: Lachlan Payne 
Ham West Kingz lost to Cambridge Rebels 2-4 POD: Troy Stirling 

Football draws for Saturday 29 June 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 Huntly Thistle Raptors @ 9am Huntly Domain 
Game 2 vs Ngaruawahia Utd Nuggets@ 9:25am Huntly Domain 

Ham West Dynamites vs Raglan Morays @ 9am Papahua Reserve, Raglan  
Ham West Strikers vs Western Utd Crawshaw Vipers @ 9am Hamilton West School 
Ham West Rockets vs Hamilton Wanderers Hawks @ 9am Raymond Park 
Ham West Kingz Matamata Eagles @ 9:30am 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.

We had four of our football teams playing at home last Saturday morning so I dropped down to school to watch some of the games. What a great atmosphere there was, lots of kids and whanau enjoying the games. There was even a sausage sizzle. See the photos below of a player of the day and teams shaking hands.


BoT News
At the first meeting of the new Board of Trustees yesterday I was elected as the Chairperson. This is my third stint as a BoT member at Hamilton West School. I look forward to working with the other trustees in the interests of the students of Hamilton West School and their families. I also look forward to supporting our Principal Mark Penman in his role as CEO of the school. I thank our departing Board members for their contribution to the school, Rachel, John and Stephen have provided great service to the school as trustees.    
Cameron Old - Chairperson Hamilton West BoT

The Chess Club runs every Tuesday at lunch time in the school hall. There are spot prizes for those who figure out the challenges, play well with others, answer the quick-fire questions, etc.

We are hoping to have some of our Chess Club members participate in the Term 3 regional tournaments at the end of September. Our chess coach, Douaine Simmons, will be hosting two coaching workshops over the school holidays for those who are interested.

At present, we plan to run them on the first and second Monday afternoons - 8th and 15th July - from 2:30-4:30pm, in one of the classrooms. If you are interested in attending, please email your contact details as soon as possible to Douaine at so we can let you know if the sessions are going ahead and which classroom they will be in. These coaching sessions will be free, so please take advantage of them, if you are able to attend.

If you have any queries, please email Douaine or phone him on 027-290 4546.

Important Dates for Term 2 2019
Date  Event
01-05/07/2019  Year 7 & 8 Sports Camp
 Year 6 trip to Rotorua
 School Art Day
 Last day of Term 2 - Reports come home with students
 Term 3 Starts
Community Notices/Advertising
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