Newsletter 2 Term 4

Onerahi School 26 November 2021

Te Karere o te Tumuaki/Principal's Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

There have been so many exciting things happening at school during these last few weeks.

We have won new gardening equipment through the Garden to Table programme and classes worked in the garden extension with Candace, planting, mulching, and weeding. Children have been helping their teachers to write their reports and reflecting on the year that has been. Staff have been working on carefully placing students in their classes for next year. The pool has been a welcome addition in this warmer weather, and it's lovely to hear the laughter and splashing as children reconnect with water safety and build their confidence. We only have 3 more weeks to go, so keeping routines and regularity is important to support our children to be successful to the end of the year. We appreciate your part in this.

Ngā Mihi Nui

AnnMaree MacGregor


Term Dates 2022

Our term dates for the 2022 school year have been confirmed.

School starts back on the 8th of February next year.

See pic for upcoming dates.

Ka Mau te Wehi

Room 5 won a Northland maths contest run by Sumdog. Ka rawe!

29 Year 4-8 classes participated from all across Northland. 363 children in total! Each child who entered was challenged by 1000 maths problems. Each correct answer added to their class’s overall total. Room 5 won by 81 points. They had 3 students in the top 10 (Devon Duder, Tyson Murray, and Eden Piggott) and 12 students in the top 50. Fantastic effort!


Kirsty's Corner

Kia ora,

Our book character day on the 11th of November was a huge success with many wonderful costumes adorning staff and students alike. Although this took on a slightly different format this year thanks again to Covid restrictions, we would like to thank all of the participants. Special mentions this year went to the following:

Carley Clarke (The Short-sighted Giraffe)

Cyprus Yukich (Slappy Jnr from Goosebumps)

Isaac Read (Lord Smaug from The Hobbit)

Clare Morgan (Pride and Prejudice)

Georgia Zwart (How Kiwi Saved the Forest)

Theo Hamilton (Gangster Granny)

Liam Wright (Wings of Fire)

James Gibbs (Geronimo the Penguin)

Cali-Jane David McClutchie (The story of Reitu and Reipae)

Tiaki Orton (Greg Kinney, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Jean Morgan (Little house on the Prairie)

Patrick Dearn (Minecraft Creeper)

Elise Baldwin (Captain Hook, Peter Pan)

Lottie Beach (Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland)

Lennox Williams (Claude, from The Flying Furballs)

Isabella & Melody Bailey, Lali Liddall (Children of the Forest)

Hazel Potter, Abigail & Maria Wilson, Indigo Murray, Zara Marshall, Lucy Webster (The Babysitters Club)

We have included a gallery that shows sample of these winners. There were just too many to fit!

The library is closed for issuing but open for reading, drawing, origami and board games in the lead up to stocktake. Please return your books by the 3rd of December, have a good search at home and remember to check under your bed for any missing books.

The Hell Pizza reading challenge is still running. Make sure you get your pizza wheels filled before the end of the school year so they can be validated. Pizzas can be redeemed up until the 31st of January.

Kirsty Oliver

School Librarian and Resource Coordinator

Important End of Year information

Year 6 children, if you have not enrolled at an Intermediate School for next year, please do so now. Options for year 7 in the Whangarei area are below. (NB: Some of these may have stopped accepting enrolments for 2022, it will pay to check)

Whangarei Intermediate -

Kamo Intermediate -

Tauroroa Area School -

Pompallier Catholic College -

Tikpunga High School -

Raurimu School -

Parua Bay School (Enrolment zone exists) -

If your child (other than Year 6 children) is not returning to Onerahi School next year can you please inform Carol in the office. You can email her on or either phone 4360521 or text 021 0489221.

If your child or someone else you know is turning 5 in the next few months and is planning to start school at Onerahi next year, please pop in and pick up an enrolment form or let Carol in the office know.

2nd Hand Uniform

The school welcomes donations of 2nd hand uniform. These are then passed on for a very small cost to other families. Our supplies of these go up and down a bit and at the moment we are very short on school shirts. If you have any you no longer need, you can drop these off at the school office.


We ask you please to be considerate to our local businesses when you are parking in the mornings and afternoons to drop off and pick up your children.

Parking at Hammer Hardware and the Onerahi Garage are for customers only. Please do not use these areas when parking for school. We have also noticed that people are parking on the footpath, sometimes two abreast in the front of Hammer Hardware. This is not a sensible or safe option.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 02 December - Rm 31 Year 5 overnight at school
  • Friday 03 December - Last day for return of library books
  • Monday 06 December - Year 5 & 6 Athletics
  • Wednesday 08 December - Yr 6 Graduation day (students only, filmed for whanau)
  • Friday 10 December - Final reports and yearbooks come home with students
  • Tuesday 14th December - Road Patrollers Celebration
  • Friday 17 December - Final day of Term 4
  • Tuesday 8 Feb 2022 - First day of Term 1

Accord Teacher Only Days 2022

The remaining three days will be held in 2022 on Thursday 03 and Friday 04 February (Students will start school on Tuesday 08 February after Waitangi day), and on Thursday the 23rd of June, prior to the national Matariki holiday.



It's certainly getting hotter! The sun can burn quickly and easily at this time of year and sunblock is encouraged. A reminder to all parents that in Term 1 and Term 4, hats are compulsory while our tamariki are outside. We would like all of these items to be clearly named so they can be returned to your children should they be left behind. Each term we do a last call for found property to be claimed or it is donated.


School gates open 8:15am

School begins 9.00am

1st Play Break 11:00-11:30am

2nd Play Break 1:30-2:00pm

School finishes 3.00pm

School gates close 3:15pm

There are two eating breaks within the day, taken at times that suit each class. Please ask your child's teacher when their times are.


Medication: If your child requires medication be brought to or kept at school, please be aware that due to health and safety concerns, this must be kept secure in the school sick bay. It is not to be kept in children’s schoolbags during the day. This is to protect the safety of not only the child requiring the medication but also all other students. All medication requires an accompanying permission/approval form signed by their parent or caregiver. This includes epi-pens for allergy management, inhalers for asthma or any other medication your child requires on a short-term or as needed basis.

Community Notices

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