NZCER SURVEY OF PARENT OPINION
This year a number of Bluestone parents were randomly selected and invited to give their response about their child's school experience. NZCER has compiled this information and compared it to that gathered from across NZ. You can view this information by clicking on the following link
SUCCESS FOR BLUESTONE IN WRITING
Kate Forbes (Year 7&8 Section) and Josie Bamber (Years 1-3 section) both won their age categories, with Kate also claiming the overall Writers Cup in the Ursula Moray Writing Competition. This is the third year in a row that Bluestone students have won this special competition. Kate's story was published in the Timaru Herald on Saturday.
GREAT RESULTS FOR BLUESTONE AT SC PRIMARY ATHLETICS
Bluestone students performed with distinction at the 2013 SC Primary School Athletics competition.
Arwen Kleinsmith created a new record in the Girls Under 11 Shot Put.
Ronan Galpin won the Boys Premier Senior 100 meters.
Eleven 1st place titles were gained, seven 2nd place titles and six 3rd place titles were won by Bluestone students. What an amazing result!
The full results can be found by clicking on the News Centre tab at the top of this page.
Reports, and classes for 2014, sent home Monday 16 December
Year 8 Celebration Day Thursday 12 December
Whole School at Caroline Bay Friday 13 December
Prize Giving Wednesday 7pm 18 December in TBHS Hall
Last day for school year Thursday 19 December
Student Made ~ Bluestone School Video
Great video about our school proudly made by Jonathon Holmes-Welsh Productions
a year 8 student of Bluestone School.
Otipua Wetlands area for development by Bluestone School
We have adopted an area of the Otipua Wetlands to further develop. The area does have some trees and shrubs planted but these have become very overgrown. We will de-stress these by pulling the grass away from around the bottom of them. We will also do further plantings. This is a long term project so students will be involved in planning what we do. Look under the Our Learning tab and select Otipua Wetlands for pictures of progress and for further detail. If you would like to get involved in this project we would love to hear from you.
Band Quest Success for Bluestone
Congratulations to our Bluestone students on their success in Christchurch against 20 other schools. Bluestone gained two awards. Winners of the best original song. Second overall Band. An amazing result. Music rocks at Bluestone!
Student Safety extending to helmets for those on scooters or skateboards
We are asking all students who ride scooters or skateboards to school to wear a helmet.
If children are involved in an accident the helmet could prevent injury.
Students riding scooters or skateboards on paths need to take extreme care with motorists pulling out of or in to drive ways. Our students need to look and listen and not assume the motorists will stop.
We appreciate the support of parents in discussing this important matter with students. We will also reinforce this through class lessons and through sessions with our Police Education Officers.
Email updates for parents
If as a parent you would like to get emails telling you about important news each week then simply email to email@example.com and in the subject line type Parent Information please
Safety Travel Plan Survey Results
As parents you were asked to complete a survey about your children travelling to and from school.
Students were surveyed for their thoughts.
The results have been collated and will be used to formulate an action plan to address issues.
You can read the collated results by clicking on the link below
Muddy Good Run
The students had a great time taking part in the Rakaia Muddy Good Run.
We look forward to more students taking part in 2014.
SUCCESS FOR BLUESTONE IN READING ASSOCIATION BOOK QUIZ
Bluestone teams won first and third places in the Year 7-8 section.
Bluestone gained second place (just 1 point behind) in the Year 5-6 section.
Huge congratulations to our students as the quiz questions really demanded that children had an excellent and in depth knowledge of books and authors.
Special thanks to staff who prepared our teams, and in particular to Gillian Ross.
Check out the video made by Flynn Parker of the single Butterfly. This song is an original song written by Melissa Pateman.
FLAVA FESTIVAL SUCCESS
Congratulations to our students who gained 1st place in the Performing Arts section, 1st place in the Art section and who won the Most Innovative Award at the Annual Flava Festival. What a wonderful result! Huge thanks to staff who worked with the students, especially Mrs Aldridge, Mrs McKay, Mr Fleming, Mrs Richards, Mr Fennessy and Miss Reihana.
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our board consists of Parent Elected Reps, Iain Bamber, Andrew Dyne, Adrian Gray, Wayne McColl, Leola Smith, Nathan Taylor, and a Staff Rep, Justine Reihana, and Principal, Ian Poulter.
TIMARU WEST SCHOOL REUNION
Timaru West School was established in 1914. In February next year there will be some special celebrations. You can find out about these and registrations can be made all by simply clicking on the Timaru West School Reunion tab on the left hand side of this screen.
You can view the calendar of this year's events by clicking on the Our Information
tag and then the Calendar
THE WEEK THAT WAS
You can view this by clicking on the Our Media tab on our home page.