Newsletter No. 14


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

This Monday we had the blessing for our school grounds and unveiled the new carvings for the Maaori class. Although it was a cold morning it was great to see community members attend. Rhys Shaw created the carving, he has done an amazing job depicting Ngaa Hau E Whaa, the compass directions east, west, north and south. This is symbolic of including everyone. Thank you to Rhys for his work and in helping to install them on the classroom. We are very proud to have this taonga in our school.

This week is Mr Cairns last week. Sarah Knight joins us next week to cover the classes until the end of the term, when we will be joined by Mrs Miriam Currow. Miriam is coming from Auckland Girls Grammar to join our Mathematics department.

We would like to congratulate Alistair Webster who has won the 2020 Te Kura Award for excellence in NCEA L1 Legal Studies -He tohu kairangi mo Te Akoranga Taha Ture NCEA L1. This is a fantastic achievement and we are extremely proud of his efforts. Well done Alistair.

As part of our review processes we are wanting to see if you are getting the information you need around student achievement. Here is a quick 3 question survey. Please take a couple of minutes to fill it in. It is important we hear from as many parents and caregivers as possible.

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

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Matariki Trophies:

Please return any Matariki trophies to the office asap in order to have them ready for awards in a few weeks.

Yr 9-13 Tooth Group Dental:

Kia Ora!

As we move forward into 2021, our team would like to thank you for allowing the opportunity to provide quality on-site mobile dentistry to your child.

The Ministry of Health and DHB have an obligation to ensure all students under the age of 18 have access to FREE dental care. Our team of clinical experts take pride as we play our part, providing oral health services, helping to empower and improve the smiles and wellbeing of the adolescents of Onewhero Area School.

What is your child entitled to?

All students up until their 18th birthday (who are eligible and meet the criteria) can access FREE basic dental care. The dental care is provided on-site at Onewhero Area School so your child's experience is as seamless and convenient as possible.

These services include:


Radiographs (if required)

Preventative treatment such as fluoride application and fissure sealants
Scale and Polish
Restorative treatment (white fillings)
Non orthodontic extractions

Root canal treatment

Increased awareness of good oral health practices including a FREE Oral Health Kit

How Do I Enrol or Decline the service available to my child?
Enrolling or declining the service is simple! Simply click the link here


Job Opportunities

There has been a number of job opportunities come through in the last week. You can also follow the Onewhero Area School Careers facebook page for further job opportunities and career information.

Fitter/Welder Engineer Apprenticeship PPP Industries in Tuakau are looking for an apprentice to join their team as a fitter/welder/engineer. PPP have been manufacturing meal feeding systems, mineral dispensers and dairy shed equipment since the late 1960’s.

Candidates will need to have basic Math & English and a desire to learn. A C.V is not essential, a letter would suffice. Please send this to:

Tiler Apprenticeship

SB Tiling are looking for someone to join their team as a Tiling Apprentice. Entry level position in established Pukekohe based floor and wall tiling business. Some heavy lifting required. Ability to follow instructions essential. Drivers licence an advantage. If you are honest, reliable and keen to learn email your CV with covering letter to or message for more details Vicki Soppet 021858573.

Customer Service (Retail) Hannahs Shoes Pukekohe are currently looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person to join their team. This is a part time position, which can lead to extra hours when available, and potential career positions too. The current position is a weekend role, and shifts are: Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday 10.30am – 2pm.

We are looking for someone with flair, personality, confidence and care.

As a Hannahs team member you will: be required to provide excellent customer service, strive to achieve individual and team targets, go the extra mile to provide customers with friendly and helpful knowledge, maintain merchandising standards, be a team player who demonstrates initiative.

All and full training will be provided. Please bring a cover letter and cv into store, attention: Karina Grayson.

Applicants for the position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Labourer/Welder Assistant Olsen Welding Ltd is a family owned mobile welding company, specializing in water and gas pipeline welding, pump and pipe work installation as well as structural and general fabrication works. Our people are our most valuable asset and due to expansion, we have an exciting opportunity available for experienced labourers or non-experienced school leavers interested in an exciting career in the Welding industry.

This position is a full time role, working on different projects from our Otahuhu workshop and also on site around the Auckland region.

Requirements include: Hold a NZ Drivers licence. The ability to drive a manual is an advantage • The ability to get on well with team members • Are able to follow correct procedures and take directions • Be Self-motivated • Be Reliable and Punctual • Be able to work flexible work hours • Hold a valid passport – no drug convictions • Strong work ethics • Hold the ability to work independently • Great time management • Drive and ambition to succeed • Competent Communicator, able to contribute to team problem solving • Strong commitment to Healthy and Safety, this is of paramount importance and critical to the success of any project we have at Olsen Welding Ltd

Full Training is given to the successful Applicate, duties Include and not limited to: • Assisting Welders • Grinding • Gas Cutting • Working from supervised plans • Confined Space works • Safety spotter of other team members • Driving company vehicles and ensuring their upkeep • Assembly of valves • Grouting • External Pipe wrapping with protective tape coatings • Completing pre starts and hazard identification procedures • Welding Certificate Courses for those interested in furthering a career in pipe welding.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic team and are interested, let’s talk. Olsen Welding Limited, has a solid forward workload and consistent overtime, we are a drug-free environment and successful candidates will require Pre-employment drug testing, which we provide.

To Apply for this job please forward your CV and cover letter to

Dairy Farm Worker Duties include milking, moving stock, electric fences, fencing, weed spraying, tractor work* and general farm work as required. Fixed term initially potentially leading to permanent full time for the right person. Accommodation may be available. *Training will be given including tractor and quad bike qualifications.

If you are interested or you would like further information please contact me

Otago University Primary or ECE Teaching Presentation

On Thursday 27 May from 5.30 until 6.30 pm an information evening on the Bachelor of Teaching will be livestreamed, which is a great opportunity for prospective students to learn about studying for primary or early childhood teaching.

For further information please see

NZ Defence Force

Defence Force Information Evening – Pukekohe

Thursday 3rd June, 6-7pm; RSA Franklin, 17 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe

Defence Force Information Evening – Manukau

Thursday 1st July, 6-7pm; Defence Careers Manukau Office, Level 1, Westfield Manukau City, 1 Leyton Way, Manukau

NZDF are currently recruiting for:

Airforce Airmen – applications close 30 August; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Aircraft technician * Armament technician * Aviation fuel specialist * Firefighter * Intelligence specialist * Medic * Logistics specialist

Navy Officers – applications close 20 July; training starts 17 January 2022.

*Hydrographic survey officer * Mine clearance diving officer * Supply officer * Warfare officer

Army Soliders – applications close 4 October; training starts 14 February 2022.

*Ammunition technician * Armoured combat specialist * Chef * Combat driver * Communication systems operator * Electronic warfare operator * Electronics technician * Infantry * Medic * Movement operator * Operational support and information specialist * Steward * Supply technician

Army Officers – applications close 20 July; training starts 9 January 2022.

*Army officer

For further information please visit or phone 08001FORCE.

Appointments can also be made with a recruiter at the Manukau Recruiting Office, Level 1 Westfield Shopping Centre, Manukau City Mall; phone 09 2360040.

Law at Otago Presentation

Otago University are holding a Law presentation for Year 12 and 13 students considering studying Law. This is a great opportunity to find out if studying law at Otago is the right fit for you.

Auckland, Aorere College, Thursday 10th June, 2.30-4.30pm.

Auckland, University of Otago Auckland Office, Thursday 10th June, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

To register please email or phone 03 470 4611. For further information please visit

Victoria University of Wellington Information Evening

Victoria University are holding an Information Evening in Auckland, Thursday 10th June, 6-8.30pm at the Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland. This is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to find out more about studying in Wellington. Academics, accommodation staff and current university students will be there to answer any questions and share their experiences. To register please see or for further information please email

Canterbury University Information Evening

Canterbury University are holding an Information Evening in Hamilton on Thursday 17th June, 6pm at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, for future students and their families. Find out about degree and course information, scholarships, accommodation and student support. Register at

Radiation Therapy

Otago University are hosting a series of tours through the Auckland City Hospital Cancer Centre, for Year 12/13 students interested in studying Radiation Therapy. Thursday 17 June 4.30pm, Wednesday 21 July 4.30pm, Wednesday 17 November 4.30pm. To register or for further details please see

Otago University Information Evening

Otago University are holding an Information Evening in Auckland, on Tuesday 22nd June, 6.30-8pm at the Ellerslie Events Centre. This is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to hear about Otago University, including accommodation, scholarships and study options.

Tuesday 22nd June, 6.30 – 8pm

Guineas Ballroom 1 & 2, Level 3, Ellerslie Event Centre, 100 Ascot Avenue, Ellerslie. Entrance through Gate3, via Ascot Avenue (off Greenlane East), Auckland. Free on-site parking.

Manukau Institute of Technology Experience Days

Bookings are now open for Year 11-13 who are interested in attending a MIT Experience Day. Experience Days are free of charge and designed to give students a taste of tertiary study at MIT. These days are practical with a series of hands on activities and run from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Baking, culinary and hospitality - Monday 12 July;

Early Childhood Education - Tuesday 13 July;

Primary Teaching - Tuesday 13 July;

Nursing - Tuesday 13 July or Wednesday 14 July;

Sport - Wednesday 14 July.

Places are limited so please book early, either online or see Pam at the Careers Office.

Telford Taster Camps

If you are interested in discovering what it is like to live and learn at Telford then these three day action packed camps are for you. Agriculture, Rural Veterinary Tech or Equine. 13-17 July, or 5-9 October, or 7-11 December. For more information email or call 0800 835 367 or see

Tertiary Scholarships

MoneyHub, a personal finance website, has a comprehensive guide to school leaver university scholarships. The resource is extensively for 2021's Year 13 students:
We would strongly recommend any Year 13 student considering tertiary studies in 2022 to start looking at available scholarships now. Generally applications close in August.

If you have any questions or would like further information on any of the above, please feel free to contact Pam McArley on

OAS Sport 2021:

Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:



WITH VOLLEYBALL WAIKATO – Alexandro Mariano and Anke van Dijk

Starting TUESDAY 8 JUNE for 5 weeks until the end of term 3.15pm-4.30pm

ALL GIRLS Year 7-10 welcome.

Cost is $30 for the 5 sessions

Payable at the school office.

To register: CLICK

JUNIOR TEAMS (year8-10) will be made at the start of term 3 and training will commence for the Junior season then.

Come and see if indoor volleyball is the sport for you at the VOLLEYBALL WAIKATO sessions.


For all draws, match info, ladder and results in the Counties Manukau completion, parents and players should download the My Rugby app on their phone.


Our Senior boys and Open Girls have started their secondary school league at Franklin Basketball. For all draws and results click here:


Open Girls manager: Kristin Glass 0272396634

Senior Boys manager: Andrea Wareham 027 3268665

Junior games:

Draw and results click here:

U11 yr 5/6 manager: Stacey Mahoney 021885711

U14 yr 7/8 mixed manager: Anna Ronaki 0212455117

U14 yr 7/8 AIMS manager: Kirsten Eady 021885359

Good luck to all players!

Lunchtime trainings have started, please remind your children to attend:

Monday Break 1: Year 7/8 Mixed After school: Open girls

Tuesday Break 1: AIMS boys basketball

Wednesday Break 1: Open Girls After school: AIMS boys

Friday Break 1: Year 5/6

Teams are on the website now. If your child’s name is not on there, and he/she still wishes to play, please contact Anke van Dijk.


Our Hockey team has fused with Strathallan for their first few weeks of 11 aside hockey. Their competition has started. Trainings are Wednesday after school at the Tuakau College Hockey Turf. Any players still wanting to join or give hockey a try, you are more than welcome!

For draws and results:

Good luck to all players! Have fun!

Sport Dates 2021

A lot of dates have been added to the school calendar so far. More will be added as information becomes available. Please check the calendar regularly for any updates.

25 June

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

27 July-28 July

Photolife sport photos

5 – 10 September

AIMS Tournament Week

16-17 September

Whangamata Sports Exchange Years 9-13

22-26 November

Junior Volleyball Championships

General Information:

New Uniform (available at school office):


Polar Fleece Vests (size 8, 10) $15.00

Cargo Shorts (size 4 - 1 only left) $22.90

Culottes (size 4, 8, 10, 12, 14) $26.60


Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 10, 12, 14,) $22.90

Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 76, 96, 100, 104, 108) $22.90

Boys & Girls trousers (size 76, 80) $30.70

Girls poly viscose skirt (size 52, 57, 92, 97) $39.20

Boys short sleeve white shirt (size 12 x 3 only) $33.90

Boys & Girls blue polo shirt (size M x 2 only) $25.90

Second Hand School Uniform:

Thank you to the families that have donated second hand school uniform to sell. All money raised is being used to purchase new books in the Junior School. If you have any old uniforms, they can be dropped at the school office.

We still have lots of items for sale. You can come to Room 7 at 3:00 on Mondays to have a look, or send an email to to request items. Each item is $10 and can be paid in cash or by internet banking to 06 0405 0217064 00. Please reference child’s name and “2nd hand uniform”

Auckland Regional Dental Service:

Kia ora

For information about the Children’s Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service) during COVID-19, please refer to our website:

Our website will always contain the most up-to-date information for our service at each Alert Level.

Due on site at OAS Term 4.

Kind regards

The Children Community’s Dental Service

Computer & Network Engineer:

J & D Computer Services - Jane Young

Phone: 09 2328 007 Mobile: 021 067 1195

Email: Web:

We offer a wide range of services to help you get the most out out your computers...

  • computer repair & upgrading
  • virus removal
  • business documents
  • sales - new & used
  • data recovery
  • internet security
  • networks
  • tuition

Community Notices:

It’s Time to Recognise Outstanding Teachers

New Zealand’s longest running teaching awards are encouraging parents, and all school community members to nominate extraordinary educators who have displayed outstanding dedication, passion and creativity in the past year.

For 27 years the Futurity Investment Group supported, National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) has recognised Australia and New Zealand’s most inspirational educators.

This year, NEiTA is recognising the critical role early childhood, primary and secondary teachers and principals have played in children’s lives throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Futurity CEO, Ross Higgins said the annual NEiTA Awards are an important opportunity to shine a light on the nation’s exceptional teachers – and in so doing help elevate the teaching profession as a whole.

“There are many talented, committed and caring teachers in kura classrooms all over New Zealand who are unsung heroes. They deserve to be recognised,” Mr Higgins said.

Education changes lives but the best teachers truly transform futures. With the challenges triggered by COVID-19, the best teachers adapted their practice for remote learning, finding new ways to engage and enthuse students.

Recent research commissioned by Futurity Investment Group found 64 per cent of parents believe teachers are not sufficiently recognised1. The lack of recognition is one reason many young teachers leave the profession.

NEiTA is the perfect way for students, parents, teachers and principals to celebrate an extraordinary educator by nominating them for an award.

NEiTA Foundation Chairman, Allen Blewitt said the opportunity for the community to nominate outstanding teachers sets NEiTA apart.

“It is wonderful parents and school community members have the opportunity to nominate and recognise inspirational educators who are making an outstanding contribution to the lives of their children,” Mr Blewitt said.

And fellow educators also have the chance to elevate an unsung hero. Teaching is a collegiate profession, with sharing of practice a key part of professional development. In 2021, NEiTA introduces Teacher Mentor Awards for educators who have made a difference in the professional life of a peer.

“NEiTA is a tangible way for all members of Australian and New Zealand communities to publicly recognise and applaud inspirational educators, teachers and school principals and give them the opportunity to win a $5,000 or $10,000 professional development grant.”

Nominations can be made until 18 August 2021 via

Media contact

For further information or to arrange an interview with Futurity CEO Ross Higgins, NEiTA Chairman Allen Blewitt, or a past NEiTA NZ Award recipient please contact:

Penny Hartill


Hartill PR

021 721 424

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NEW - Edventure Holiday Programme

We are excited to announce that Edventure TRONBOTS - Robotics will be running alongside our other holiday programmes including Edventure Everyday, Outdoors, and D&D. A programme for everyone these holidays. 5-13 yr olds, a mixture of onsite activities and field trips, Planned and run by teachers, Safe and fun! Also running these holidays Edventure Young Explorers Camp. pick up locations throughout Waikato, Auckland and BOP.

From $45 per day, OSCAR available, @Berkley.

more info and book online at


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