Newsletter Term 2, Week 3

Otautau School 21st May 2021


What a week of mixed weather we have had!!!! It was great to see all our campers head away earlier in the week looking forward to their adventures in Dunedin. I'm sure those who came back yesterday (and the group coming back today) will need a well deserved rest.

Next week (Thursday) is our school cross-country. More information will come out early next week around the timing and organisation for this event.

Breakfast Club:

It's great to see our school breakfast club going strong. Don't forget that any child can come to the Breakfast Club. The food we offer is; weettbix, milk, yoghurt, fruit, milo and museli bars. Currently, we have around 25 students a day attending breakfast which is fantastic to see. A big thank you to KidsCan NZ and Otautau Four Square for helping us to make this such a great success.


A big thank you must go our to Amber and her fantastic team of workers on the Friends of School committee. This week we raised $1600 at our local quiz night. This was a great effort considering the short notice we had to organise this event. It was great to see close to 19 teams and members from our school community attending this event.

School Consultation

In June and July we will be engaging with our whanau around the Relationships and Sexulaity Curriculum as well as holding our Whanau Hui looking at the Principles of Tiriti o Waitangi [Partnership, Protection and Participation].

More information to come out about these huis closer to the time. The information we gather from these huis help us to inform our decision making and planning for 2022 and beyond.

PINK SHIRT DAY - Monday 24th May

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora - Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Let's all stand together and stop bullying. Over the past week many schools, workplaces and social media sites are banding together and supporting Pink Shirt Day putting a stop to bullying. Bullying is a term that is often used and at times misunderstood. We at Otautau School have a definition of what bullying is and processes in place to teach, stop and have interventions in place to support children who have been bullied.

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Please contact the school if your child is going to be away. The easiest way is through the School App or you can phone the school office 225 8320.

If there is no reason given for a child's absence they will be marked as truant!!


These forms need to be returned to the school office please. If the forms are not returned by the end of Term 2 then students will not be able to access the bus service in Term 3.


Please remember to make sure your child has a vest on them when they leave home each morning. We will do the same at the end of each day before they leave to go home.


Junior Syndicate Friday Afternoons

This Term the Junior school are having a ‘Wider Curriculum’ afternoon, where the children from Rooms 4,5,6 and 7 are put into mixed groups and each Friday get to spend the afternoon in each of these classrooms. Mrs Bell is teaching music and games, Mrs McDonald is teaching science and discovery, Miss Jane is teaching Art and Science and Mrs Morris is teaching STEAM/Maker space. This week will be our second week. Which class did your child go to today?

Smile Afterschool Program - Starting Monday 24 May

Hi my name is Sadie Wech, I am an ex-Otautau pupil, graduated high school at Central Southland College and am having a studying gap year.

Smile is a program I have created for children to learn new and exciting skills for self-development and growth. This program about is all the issues children have that I have found over the years, I have always wanted to learn but never was taught the skills.

"Smile" is a free program that guides children into learning new life skills, from growing their own vegetables, gardening, cooking, to the importance of healthy eating, exercise and biomechanics. Children will learn self-development skills that target the way we think as individuals, how they think, learning skills within mediation, how to overcome judgement, how to be proud of who you are, empathy, overcoming fears, gaining confidence within self/around others, and much more.

This program is about developing and sharing bonds with each other, while growing them into amazing people collectively, but as strong, healthy and unique individuals. I am here to help spread positivity and to share and develop their passions, teaching them new and exciting things like learning about cultures, languages, art, singing, dancing, and most importantly having the most fun possible, an area full of smiles.

Where: Otautau School - Multi-purpose room

When: Mondays

Time: 3:30-4:20 ⇒ Children yr 1-4

4:30 - 5:30 ⇒ Children yr 5-8

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School Frontage Development

Over the coming months you will see a new development/project starting. This will be a new entrance way for the school - where people enter and exit our main entrance. The first stage (this year) will be the building on the brick structure, signage and concrete area. Over the next two years we will be moving onto stage 2 and 3 which will be the seating and planter area. Below is a design sketch of what we are proposing. To fund stage 2 and 3 the school is going to run a 'Buy a Brick' campaign where families can purchase a brick where their name will go on the inside of the wall. More information about this will be out shortly.
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Upcoming Events

  • 27th May - School Cross Country
  • 28th May - School Assembly
  • 31st May - National Young Leaders Day Dunedin
  • 2nd-3rd June - Room 6 Camp
  • 4th June - TEACHER ONLY DAY
  • 7th June - Queens Birthday Holiday
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