Onewhero Area School

Newsletter No. 11 - 14th May 2021

Principals Message:

This week we had visitors from various areas of education attend the poowhiri for myself. It was a great example of how amazing our school is, with all students participating in the ceremony. Our students showed our school values, welcoming our visitors and making them feel at home.

This term we will unfortunately say goodbye to three staff members. Mr Brent Cairns is leaving to be with family, Mrs Melanie Foote is heading off to be a teacher for visually impaired students, and Mr Jamie L’Huillier is moving to Christchurch to be Deputy Principal at Lincoln High School. While we are sad to see these teachers leave, we wish them all the best in their new journeys. We thank them for their contribution to our school and know that Onewhero Area School will always have a place in their hearts.

As we move into the wet and colder months, I would like to remind students about the process for uniform passes. Students need to bring a note to explain why they need a uniform pass. If students are feeling cold, they are welcome to wear a dark blue or black long sleeve t-shirts under their polo or a white long sleeve t-shirt under the white shirts. Black stockings can also be worn with the skirts.

Ngaa mihi

Rebecca Bills


Speech for Rebecca Bills Poowhiri by OAS Board Chair, Owein Greaves:

E nga mana...

e nga manuwhiri tuarangi...

e te whanau whanui.....

tena koutou katoa.

Nau mai, haere mai

ki te Kura a Rohe o Onewhero

mo tenei ra miharo

e pa ana ki Rebecca.

Greetings to us all. To all dignitaries, visitors, families and community, welcome to Onewhero Area School for this special occasion regarding Rebecca our new Tumuaki.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the amazing performance by our students – you should all be incredibly proud with the way you represent yourselves and our school - thank you.

As a board, entering into the recruitment process we were mindful that this decision was an incredibly important one, which will shape the future our school and students for years to come. I can with the upmost confidence say that Rebecca is the absolute right choice for this role. She impressed us with her clear vision, passion for student wellbeing, achievement, and genuine drive to make Onewhero Area School the School of choice for ALL of our families. Those that know Rebecca can attest to the fact she is firm, yet fair, willing to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in, and unwaveringly student centric. In my recent discussions with the ministry and local community members (and to the best of my knowledge) Rebecca is one of three women Principals, and without giving her age away, the youngest our school has had in its over 125-year history. This is an exceptional achievement and one that Rebecca should be incredibly proud of.

Rebecca started her teaching career at Fairburn School as a year 5/6 teacher, before heading to Te Mahia School where she taught a combined year 3/4/5 class for over 3 years. She then returned to Fairburn School before joining OAS in 2013 as a classroom teacher in the junior school. Her talent and leadership skills were quickly identified and recognised when Rebecca was promoted to a year 5/6 syndicate leader role in 2014. In 2017 she took a sabbatical and worked as a Mentor for Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities for Massey University where she worked with management teams in many schools, supporting them to implement change. In 2018 Rebecca’s vision, effective leadership, and relationship building were stand out qualities that contributed in her being successful in securing the Deputy Principal of Student Achievement for the school. In her time at OAS Rebecca has been an active participant of change and improvement for our school, leading professional learning groups and initiatives like DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities), assessment and the Maori Education Plan.

The Board view our biggest and most important stakeholders as our students, and I thought it only fitting that we got some on the ground feedback around this important decision. I want to share with you now some of the responses we have received from our students around this appointment.

  1. "Mrs Bills will be an amazing Principal as she is a good leader, is involved with the students and willing to get things done. She stands her ground when the situation calls for it.
  2. Mrs Bills makes the school a really positive place, and we love seeing her walk around and talk to us. She is very interested in what we do.
  3. Mrs Bills is involved with students, and it’s really cool how she has worked her way up from being a teacher, all the way up to being our Principal. She has shown us what hard work can do".

I know Rebecca enjoyed receiving cards from our classes and of note was a beautiful congratulatory poster for her wall from Room 4 who are a year 1 & 2 class. The students took a lot of time and effort to highlight in great detail her amazing collection of shoes and earrings – something she is well known for around the school.

It was great to receive all of this feedback, and as you see Rebecca is committed to ensuring our school succeeds and building strong relationships with staff, students, whanau and community. She has a clear vision for us, a deep passion for our school and I have no doubt that Onewhero Area School will continue to grow and prosper under her leadership.

Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa – we must work together as one for the well-being of everyone.

Please join me in formally welcoming Rebecca / Mrs Bills to this role, and I have every confidence that she will work tirelessly to support us in being the best we can – no limits!

No reira, tena koutou... (Look left)

Tena koutou. (look right)

Tena tatou katoa. (look centre)

Thank You John Andrew Ford:

Just a reminder about the generous loyalty scheme with John Andrew Ford. The school receives a referral fee of $250 for every vehicle sold with our school’s name mentioned. So, if you’re in the market for a vehicle, pop in to John Andrew Ford or email Phil and mention Onewhero Area School. The team there will be sure to look after you with the wonderful service they provide.

All funds received through the scheme this year will be put towards the school’s Shade and Shelter project currently being worked on. Thank you John Andrew Ford for supporting our school in this way.

Cheques Exiting the Banking System:

As you are probably aware the Banks are in the process of exiting cheques from the Banking system. We have been notified by ANZ, that they will no longer accept cheques as of 31st May 2021. Therefore, as a School, we are no longer able to accept cheques as a payment option. We accept Eftpos and Cash at the School Office, with Internet Banking being our preferred method of payment. The details for this are;

Onewhero Area School

Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees


Please put your child’s name as a reference and the reason for the payment.

Thanks and kind regards

Vikky Millin

Year 10 Life Skills Workshop Monday 10th May:

The students in Integrated Studies are currently working on a Life skill and Careers Unit. As part of their learning about Life skills we ran a workshop for them during the lesson on Monday. For these they were working in groups and had to complete a range of activities including;

  • Tying a tie
  • Changing a bayonet and screw in light bulb
  • Ironing a napkin
  • Folding washing (the fitted sheet was a challenge!)
  • Filling in a formal form with a mock IRD number, bank account etc.
  • Addressing and placing a stamp on an envelope
  • Screwing a hook onto a board
  • Learning how to do a proper handshake

Here are some photo’s from the lesson, it was really fun and it was interesting to see what the students found challenging, especially tying a tie and addressing an envelope! Thanks to Annika and Pam for helping out!!


Road Safety Education Program

Year 11-13 students have the opportunity to attend a one day RYDA Road Safety Education Program on Tuesday 18th May. The program, specifically designed for this age group, aims to increase an understanding of road safety issues including risk factors, educate students about rights and responsibilities on the road and equip them with the tools they need to choose behaviors that lead to safer outcomes on NZ roads. NB: Students do not need to have their licence to take part in the program; the course does not teach technical driving skills.

The cost of the program is fully subsidized by Rotary Clubs, co-founding sponsors BOC and NZ Steel, and major partner Bridgestone, and the Onewhero Area School STAR programme. We also thank COGS Waikato West and Trust Waikato for supporting the program.

Permission letters will be sent home this week. Please discuss this opportunity with your teenager. This is an awesome opportunity for them to gain valuable information and knowledge through an award winning program. If you would like further information please see the attached flyer or visit If you have any questions or concerns please contact Pam McArley on

NZ College of Chiropractic

NZ College of Chiropractic are holding an Open Day on Saturday 15th May at their Mt Wellington campus. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a career in chiropractic, explore the campus, meet students and staff, hear about the program, campus life and admissions pathway. To register visit or phone 09 3839869 or email

Auckland University Engineering Info Evenings

Auckland University Faculty of Engineering welcome Year 12 and 13 students along with their whanau to attend one of their information evenings.

Online - Wednesday 19 May; Auckland - Wednesday 19 May or Tuesday 25 May; and Hamilton Monday 24 May.

These sessions include presentations about the Engineering (Honours) degree, application process, scholarships, accommodation and student life.

Spaces are limited so registration is essential. Register at

Massey University Information Evening

Massey University are holding a virtual information evening on their undergraduate programs on Thursday 20th May, 6-9pm. To register please visit

Waikato University Open Day

Waikato University are holding Open Days for prospective students and their families. Explore study options, take campus tours, attend mini lectures, information sessions, accommodation tours, talk to faculty staff and current students, and get a taste of student life at Waikato Uni. Hamilton Campus Friday 21st May. Tauranga Campus Friday 28th May. To register or for further information visit

Dunedin Tertiary Open Day

Otago University and Otago Polytechnic are holding their Open Days Sunday 23 & Monday 24th May. Explore study options, take campus tours, attend mini lectures, information sessions, accommodation tours, talk to faculty staff and current students, and get a taste of student life in Dunedin. To register or for further information visit

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.

Hamilton, Hamilton Boys High School, Tuesday 25th May, 5.30 – 7.30pm.

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

Auckland, University of Otago Auckland Office, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

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

Victoria University of Wellington

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

NZ Defence Force

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.

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.

Crown Institute of Studies

Crown are holding a series of Open Days for future students to find out more about working in the Hospitality, Business, Travel & Tourism, and Computing industries, as well as the courses they offer. 22 June, 13 July and 6 August. Visit anytime from 9am to 2pm at their Auckland Campus, 80 Anzac Avenue, Auckland City. Please call into the Careers Office for an Information Booklet or visit for further details.

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

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

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OAS Sport 2021:

Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:


For all draws, match info, ladder and results in the Counties Manukau competition, 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

Our Year 7/8 and year 5/6 teams will be starting their games on Friday 21 May.

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

Monday Break 1: Year 7/8 Mixed

Tuesday Break 1: AIMS boys basketball

Wednesday Break 1: Open Girls

Friday Break 1: Year 5/6

UNIFORMS for the junior grades will be handed out next week. Please make sure your basketball fees are paid in full or we cannot hand out the uniform.

If you are unsure if you have paid, please contact our office.

Teams will be on the website before the end of this week. 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!


Congratulations to the following boys for making it in our AIMS rugby and basketball teams. We were very impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm shown. Unfortunately we can only take a certain amount of players. I hope those that missed out, will trial again next year.


Liev Thackham

Tutewehiwehi Ronaki

Billy Gillam

Max Smith

Deej Scanlon

Isaiah Henderson

Ethan Buchanan-Smith

Sebastian O'Neil

Riley Harlick

Lucas Hull

Ty Hagan

Joel Jenkins


Connor Anderson

Joseph Eady

Kyle Greaves

Blair Tombleson

Jackson Aldworth

Nathan Carly

George Mead

Nico Hagan

Arapata Luke

Kiwa Daji

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.

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

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”

School Policy Reminder:

A reminder to parents & caregivers that our complaints and concerns policies are available online following the below instructions:

Go to

Search for our school name at the top right of the page.

Username: Onewhero

Password: Onewhero

Type in ‘complaints’ or ‘concerns’ into the search engine on the left.

Go to the policy that best suits your need.

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.

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:

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Free Parenting Helpline:

Parenting Helpline
Do you need specific parenting advice you can implement right away? Are you carrying a lot on your shoulders? Speak to our warm and supportive parenting experts. Call us for support on any parenting issue. Call now for free on 0800 568 856. Available from 9am – 9pm 7 days a week.

Affordable counselling

Do it for yourself and for your family. Our counsellors offer therapy in person and via Zoom. They have helped hundreds of families to restore peace and balance in their lives. Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here:

Parenting Toolbox for Teens:

We are pleased to have another two courses being offered this year.

26th May to 30th June

25th August to 29th September

All these courses are on a Wednesday evening 6pm to 8:30pm at our Community Hub, 201 King Street, Pukekohe.

This is a great course focusing on building positive relationships and helping parents develop new ways to communicate and work with their teens.


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