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Week 2/Term 3 2019

Environmentally Friendly Products
Our Enviro Leaders have been researching some environmentally friendly products that they are going to promote and sell this term.  Further details to follow.

Whanau Parents Group Meeting
Our next Whanau meeting for parents will be held next week on Thursday 8 August at 3.15pm in the staffroom.  All welcome to attend.

Online Safety for parents - So, how do you get started? 
Check out our things to think about below. 

1. Set expectations 
Online safety for parents is more important than ever. As young people begin to spend more time online, it's more important then ever to start to teach them how to stay safe! 

Talk to your child about the type of behaviours you'd like them to adopt. For example, how long they should spend online, what apps and social media sites you'd like them to use and what is appropriate content to view. 

This will be different depending on the age of your child, and what you feel comfortable with. Options like parental controls can help, but it needs to be teamed with online safety education. 

2. Understand what they do online 
Talk to your kids about what they're using the internet for. What's involved? Who's in their network? What information do they share? Are they using the internet to learn to communicate and create friendships with others, or to create music or videos? 

Showing an interest in the things they do helps to build your understanding of what their online world looks like, and creates an environment that makes it easier to have more difficult conversations about it in the future. 

For more parenting tips visit If you need help or advice, about any online issue you can contact Netsafe Call 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or email

High School Visits - Year 8 Students
The following dates are now showing on websites as Open Days for interested Year 8 students for 2020.
Hamilton Girls High School - Tuesday 6 August
Hamilton Boys High School - Tuesday 6 August
Hillcrest High School - Wednesday 7 August
Melville High School - Thursday 8 August
Fraser High School - TBC

Please check the school websites for further information, as many are holding parent information evenings on the same day.  If you would like your child to attend an Open Day session during school time, then please let your child's teacher know via email.

Room 23 - Nick Gardner -
Room 24 - Jane Rickman -
Room 28 - Natalie Sullivan -

Polar Fleeces
I have some second hand polar fleeces to go to good homes, if this would help you drop by my office and I'll see if there is one that fits.

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 
  • access all school newsletters 
  • access our school calendar which has all important dates whanau need to be aware of 
  • give permission for their child(ren) to attend trips therefore replacing paper notices 
  • 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.

PrettySmart Presentation
On Friday of last week, we had guest speaker Angela Barnett in to speak with our Year 7 and 8 girls. Angela spoke to the girls on some really important topics; keeping themselves safe, body image and the power of kind words.  Each girl got a little gift to take away also!  Parents of our Year 7 and 8 girls were sent an email following this presentation, which outlined the content and some important follow up questions/discussions to have at home.

Pie Day Friday
Continues this term on Fridays only.  $4 for a combo.  Available pie flavours are either Mince and Cheese or Chicken.  All orders to classroom teachers first thing on a Friday.  Please note that if your child is late to school, they may miss out. 

Sport News/Notices at Hamilton West School 
Year 2 – 6 gymnastics Festival - 29th August 2019. Must have entries in by 9th August. Open to girls and boys competing in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoling 0275428484 or

Rhode Street Sports Exchange - Thursday 1st August - hosted by Hamilton West
Code Team Numbers Coach/Umpire Time
Rugby Int Yr 7/8 10 a side Nicola/Joey TBC 12.30pm-1.15pm
Rugby Yr 5/6 Yr 5/6 10 a side Warren/Brooklyn TBC 1.20pm - 2.05pm
Netball Int Yr 7 Titans 7 a side Teresa/Adam TBC 12.30pm -1.15pm
Netball Yr 5/6 Yr 5 Thunder 6 a side Kat/Angel TBC 1.20pm - 2.05pm
Hockey Yr 5/6 Kiwis 6 a side Alex/Grant TBC 1.20pm- 2.05pm  At Gallaghers 
Football Yr 5/6 Strikers 9 a side   1.20pm - 2.05pm
Basket Ball Int Yr 7/8 Slick Shooters 5 a side Andrew TBC 1.20 - 2.05pm 

Te Rapa Sports Exchange – Wednesday 7th August - hosted by Te Rapa

Sport Team Numbers  Time. 
Rugby Int Yr 7/8 10 a side 11.50am-12.30pm
Rugby Yr 5/6 Yr 5/6 10 a side 11.05am-11.45pm
Netball Int Yr 8 Destroyers  7 a side 11.50am-12.30pm
Netball Yr 5/6 Yr 6 Ferns  6 a side 11.05am-11.45pm
Hockey Int Yr 7/8 Pukekos   6 a side 10.20am -11am
Hockey Yr 5/6 Yr 6 Tuis  6 a side 9.35am-10.15am
Football Int Kingz  9 a side 10.20am-11pm
Football Yr 5/6 Rockets  9 a side 9.35am- 10.15am

Netball report
The year 6 Ham West Ferns played three fast, fun and tough rounds of netball at the Future Ferns Festival in the weekend. There was plenty of action and the girls had a great time developing their skills and socialising with their teammates. The team played well and put in an awesome effort in on the courts (see photo below).

Netball Draws
Thursday 1st August 2019

 Ham West Thunder  vs  Temple view Firebirds  4:00 PM Minogue Park: Court 2
 Noera Anahera  vs  Ham West Ferns  5:30 PM Minogue Park: Court 7

Saturday 3rd August 2019

 Berkley 7 Colts  vs  Ham West Titans  8:30 AM Minogue Park: Court 6
 Fairfield 7 Bronze  vs  Ham West Assassins  8:30 AM Minogue Park: Court 19
 RHS 8 Lightning  vs  Ham West Destroyers  9:30 AM Minogue Park: Court 16

Hockey Draws 

 2-Aug  5:30pm  Te Kowhai Giants  v.  Ham West Pukeko's  SCHC (HBHS)
 3-Aug  10:45am  Ham West Kiwis  v.  Whatawhata Chiefs  GHC 1 HC
 3-Aug  10:45am  Ham West Tuis  v.  Vardon Vipers  GHC 2 HA
 3-Aug  8:00am  Homeschool Mini Tigers   v.  Ham West Jnr Pukekos  GHC 1 RB02
 3-Aug  9:30am  Ham West Kererus  v.  Matangi Magic  GHC 1 QD

Football results for Saturday 27 July 2019

Ham West Phoenix POD: Taylor and Jackson.
Ham West Rangers POD: Levi and Ayoub.
Ham West Rovers  POD: Sabian, POM Cyril
Game 1 beat Raglan Stingrays          3-1
Game 2 beat Western Utd Broncos 2-0
Ham West Dynamites lost to Te Kowhai Boys 1-2.  POD: Roland Liu
Ham West Strikers beat Western Utd Bullets 9-1     POD: Sebastian Visage, POM: Xavier Fairley-King
Ham West Rockets drew with HUFC Pumas    4-4.  POD: Miriam Adams
Ham West Kingz beat Huntly Thistle Slayers   1-0    POD: Couper Mead
Football draw for Saturday 3rd August 2019
Ham West Phoenix 6 – Glenview Park  11.30am Start 
Ham West Rangers 6 – Glenview Park  11.30am Start 
Ham West Rovers  Yet to be confirmed.  Will be on the WAIBOP website late Wednesday afternoon.  Roberta will let the coach know. 
Ham West Dynamites vs Glenview Galaxy @ 9am Hamilton West
Ham West Strikers vs Northern Utd Sevilla @ 11:30am Grosvenor Park
Ham West Rockets vs Te Awamutu Gunners @ 10:15am  Hamilton West
Ham West Kingz vs Northern Utd Saints @ 9am Hamilton West

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.

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.

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

Oxford Pies Fundraiser
Prizes for the Top Ten Sellers! And the top selling class will receive a lunch shout, courtesy 
of Oxford Pies - consisting of a lunch pie and lamington of choice. This will be judged on the 
average class sales.

We sent order forms home with each student at the end of Term 2 for the wonderful and 
delicious range of Oxford Pies products, which are being sold as a fundraiser for our PTA 
projects. Please return your order forms and payments to the school office by Monday 8th 
August. Orders will be delivered to the school for collection on Thursday 22nd August from 
the school hall, between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. Please mark these dates on your calendars 
and note that we cannot store uncollected orders.

Extra order forms can be downloaded from, or you can 
contact Douaine on Ph: 07-839 4478, Mob: 027-290 4546, Email: if you 
would like printed copies.

Prizes will be awarded to our top ten sellers - which include: HP Multifunction Wireless 
Printer/Scanner/Copier; Kiwi Scrabble Set; Custom Personalisable Monopoly Set; 120pc 
Star Wars Art Kit; Calculators; etc. Hopefully you took the opportunity to get some orders in 
over the school holidays. You can get new forms from Douaine if you fill yours up - so, 
happy selling everyone!

A big thanks to Douaine Simmons from Alset Technologies Ltd - IT consultants & computer 
suppliers - for sponsoring the prizes. If you have any computer supply, servicing, installation 
or maintenance needs, contact Alset any time on Ph: 07-839 4478, Mob: 027-290 4546, 

Thank you for supporting our PTA and school fundraising efforts.

Important Dates for Term 3 2019
Date Week Event
31-Jul   2  Rueben the Road Safety Bear visit for Juniors
1-Aug  2  Rhode St Sports Exchange - At HamWest
5-Aug  3  Firefighters - Junior School presentation
5-Aug  3  Year 1 - Library Trip
 HGHS/HBHS Open Day 
 Parent Evening - Samoa
 Hillcrest High School - open day
 Te Rapa Sports Exchange - at Te Rapa
 Melville High School Open Day
 Parent Whanau Meeting - Staffroom
15-Aug  4  School Disco 
 Board of Trustees Meeting
 Closing date for ICAS assessments
 Mid Term Break - School closed
 Yr 7/8 Cross Country
2-6 Sept  7  Tongan Language Week 
9-13 Sept  8  Māori Language Week
 Yr 0-1 Museum Visit
 Yr 7/8 Interschool Cross Country
12-Sep  8  Parent Whanau Meeting - Staffroom
14-Sep  8  PTA Quiz Evening
18-Sep  9  Gordonton Sports Exchange - At Ham West
18-Sep  9  Board of Trustees Meeting
19-Sep  9  WFPSA Speech Finals
27-Sep  10  Last day of term Three - reports home.
Community Notices/Advertising
Piano lessons at your school! Enrol your child in music lessons with Music House by filling out the online enrolment form at   Individual lessons - $245 per 10 week term Pair lessons - $140 per 10 week term Group of 3 - $100 per 10 week term Hire guitar - $15 per month, (3 month min. hire) General enquiries - 078080235 or
This space is available for local business to advertise. Please contact: if you are interested.
WUSHU KUNG FU         
The Best Defence is Self Defence. Hamilton West  School Hall. Monday & Wednesday 6pm–7pm    
Hamilton Wushu Academy NZ.  Phone or Text:  021508281          

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Hamilton West School
36 Hammond St
Hamilton, Wko 3240
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