Newsletter - Term 3, Week 8

Friday, 23rd September 2022

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Completed Tau Cards this week

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This will run from Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th September

This week is all about enjoying books through a variety of fun activities.

See below for all the information for the next Friday.

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Our yearly book fair has begin on. The fair is being held in the library and will be open to all members of the public from 8.00 to 8.30 am, and 3.00 to 3.30 pm daily. The final day will be on Wednesday 28th September. This is a fantastic opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.

Otautau School Athletics Day

Wednesday 19th October (postponement - next fine day)

Children can come dressed in House colours for the day.

FOS barbecue available

Coffee van - CASH ONLY

Helpers: To make this day run smoothly, we require extra hands to help with recording and measuring. If you are available please let your child's class teacher know through Seesaw or send a message to Julie at the office. Thanks.

Wig Wednesday

On Wednesday our students had Wig Wednesday to support the child cancer foundation. The students raised $218.80

There were some really great hair do ups and wigs being worn by the students and some staff.


Gym teams are participating in the Southland Gymnastic Festival this Sunday in Invercargill.

Good luck everyone.

What's happening ................


Monday 26th - Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

Tuesday 27th-30th - Book Week

Friday 30th - Book Character dress up and parade

Friday 30th - END OF TERM


Monday 17th - TERM 4 STARTS

Wednesday 19th - School Athletics

Monday 24th - Labour Day holiday

Thursday 27th - Western Athletics

Monday 31st - Pet Day


Tuesday 1st - TEACHER ONLY DAY

Saturday 5th - Dave Upfold Hypnotist

Friday 18th - Jonty Carran Memorial tackle 10's

Frozen Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Our Frozen Cookie Dough fundraiser has launched. Please see the letter we have sent home/emailed or just head to to sign up for a fundraising page so you can start selling and help us fundraise. We are raising funds towards the cost for our Year 7 students to attend Leadership Courses. Funds raised will go into a kitty towards covering the cost of the entry fees, transport and activities. In the past students/whanau have made a real effort to fundraise to ensure we can book rich leadership course experiences for current and future students. Once you have a page setup, share it with friends and family.

Friends of the School (FOS) update

Our AGM was held this week with all office bearing roles filled. New faces are always welcome. The FOS is busy planning for some exciting Term 4 events.

Pet Day - 31st October

Hypnotist Event - 5th November

Athletics Day and Jonty Carran Tackle Tens - FOS will be running a BBQ and canteen.

Next FOS Meeting - 17th October @ 7.30pm at the School

Classroom Happenings...


Junior Speeches

Room 6

What a week! John Parson came to speak to us on Tuesday about how we can keep ourselves safe and have the ‘power’ while on devices. We now know about the traffic light warnings on the games and dvds we watch and play. It was surprising how many of our young tamariki knew some of the teenage/adult games and how fidgety (dopamine) they got when they told John about them. We learnt the four rules if we are playing online games - Be kind (like we would in the playground), don’t share our personal information (age, school, where we live), Trust our inner butterflies, If someone is mean online to us we: zip it, lock it and keep it in our pocket (don’t talk back) but then go and tell an adult that we trust. John said the best way we can keep our tamariki safe is to keep devices out of the bedrooms and monitor what they are watching, especially on Youtube. Then on Wednesday we had our Wacky Hair and Poetry Celebration day and we were so very proud of all our tamariki sharing their poems.

Our Maker space creations this week: Esme Campbell’s Owl tree, Leo Philp’s Laptop, Karsten Tyler’s kittens, Hunter Quinn’s penguins and Taree Drake’s giraffe.

Power Up

Room 9 are taking part in the Wonder Project and are inquiring about the question ‘ I wonder how to power a brighter future?’ So far they have looked at kinetic and potential energy as well as energy transformation and transfer. We made circuits using copper tape, LED lights and batteries. Before the end of the term the students will investigate the journey of electricity as it travels from generation to community.

They are working with an ambassador that is an electrical engineer, who comes in via Teams to help and support the students in the STEM journey.

Next term the students will be making mini windmills and have to Power up a town.

The Year 8 students have enjoyed their time away from school in technology. Some students made circuits to make speaker boxes in electronics and others were sewing making pillows, hacky sacks and wheat bags.

Touch Module Term 4 Registration

This will be held on Mondays after school in Term 4. Details in the link. Forms must be completed by Friday 30th September. Payment is due by the end of Term 3.

School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00

Jonty Carran 10s Tournament 2022

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