Newsletter Term 3, Week 3

Otautau School 13th August 2021



What a great effort today by all our speech finalists in Year 5/6 and Year 7/8. Public speaking is never easy and is a great skill to master at a young age. I was really impressed by the quality of speeches and the diversity of topics. Good luck to all the winners who now go onto the Western Cluster finals next week at Hauroko Valley School.

Staff changes - Term 4

With Amy Morris going on Maternity Leave at the conclusion of Term 3 we have Paula Stewart teaching in Room 6 for Term 4. The students will be familiar with Paula as she spent a number of weeks relieving in Room 6 during Term 1.

Isobel Dahlenburg will be working as an extra Learning Assistant during Term 3. We have secured some extra funding and she will be working with individuals and groups of children supporting their learning in the classroom.

Physical Education, Health and Relationships and Sexuality Consultation

This year we are required to consult with our community around the PE, Health and Relationships and Sexuality Curriculum. The government have put in new guidelines around the Relationships and Sexuality Curriculum and we wish to get your feedback before we decide and plan on how this will be implemented at Otautau School. Please click on the link below and answer the questions. Your feedback here will help guide us on what we will be covering within the new guidelines.



Bookings are now open to book a time for your child's Learning Conference.

Bookings can be made my clicking the link below. You can also contact Julie at the office and she will make a booking for you.

These are student led conferences and children are expected to attend.

They will be happening on:

Monday 16th August 1pm - 7pm

Wednesday 18th August 3.15pm - 5pm


Buses will run at this time.
Student Led Conference Booking

Click here to book your appointment time. Children need to attend with their parents/caregivers


Congratulations to all the finalists who presented their speeches at the School Speech Competition held today.

Well done to the following students:-

YEAR 5 & 6 → 1st - Laura Paterson

2nd - Thomas Carr

3rd - Madison Anderson

YEAR 7 & 8 → 1st - Madison Heta

2nd - Bailey Jamieson

3rd - Haden Wang

The first two placegetters in each year group will progress to the Western Speech Cluster Competition at Hauroko Valley School next Thursday.

We wish them every success in this competition.


Here are some of the Maker space creations that Room 6 students have completed this week.


Mindfulness Activities in Room 4 this week...


Well done to all our students who have competed this week in the Year 7/8 and Year 5/6 netball.

The Otautau Keas were placed runner up, at the Yr 5/6 competition and the Year 8 team won the Yr 7/8 competition.

Thank you to all the parents who helped to coach, transport and umpire on these days.

It was great to see such sportsmanship and team work taking place.

Our next tournaments will take place next week.


Southland Netball

Year 5/6 Tuesday 17th August

Year 7/8 Wednesday 18th August

There is a $9 entry fee for play in this tournament at the Stadium Southland.

Please make sure this is paid either to the office or online by 13th August.

Whats happening Term 3 .......


Mon 16th Learning Conferences - School finishes 12.30pm

Tues 17th Southland Year 5/6 Netball @ Stadium Southland

Wed 18th Southland Year 7/8 Netball @ Stadium Southland

Wed 18th Learning Conferences 3 - 5pm

Thurs 19th Speech Finals @ Hauroko School 6pm

Wed 25th Polyfest - whole school performing

30th - 2nd Sept - Technology Year 7s

1st October - End of Term

18th October - Term 2 Starts

22nd October - Pet Day

25th October - Labour Day

26th October - TEACHER ONLY DAY

Found at School

Bracelet found at school. Please call into office if this is yours


Summer Football

Winton Football will again host this popular event on Thursdays throughout term 4, first day is Thursday 21 October 2021. Schools are encouraged to make up teams, two grades in primary school level, Yr 1-5 and yr 6-8, with yr 9s plus included in the adult competition, but I can usually find room for individual players needing a team. Junior games start at 5.30pm and adults from 6.30pm with two games per team each night. Registrations will be called for from the end of this month, but any enquiries can be sent to

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