Newsletter - Term 2, Week 7

Friday, 17th June 2022


Kia ora koutou,

This week our school (along with many other surrounding schools) were hit by significant illness. It was predicted this year that the flu season would have a significant impact on student health and wellbeing. The best we can do at present is to enable our students to have plenty of rest and down time while they recover. While this normally impacts students for a day or two but we are seeing students being struck down for longer periods of time - 5 days or more.

Winter Weather Decisions

Just a reminder that as we head into winter we will make calls around snow days or buses being affected by ice early on in the mornings (6.30am). Any decisions to close the school for the day or buses having a later start will be made via our school app and school Facebook page.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Completed Tau Cards this week

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Spinning Wheel Winners

Young Einsteins Quiz challenge

We had 2 teams attend the Young Einsteins Quiz Challenge this week at Winton School

Well done to the Otautau HOG RIDAs Madison, Haden, Ben and Piers on getting 2nd in the Year 7/8 section.

Whats happening this Term.........

  • 27th-30th June Year 8 Technology Winton
  • 4th-7th July Year 7 Technology Winton
  • 7th July - Board Meeting 7.30pm
  • 8th July End of Term
  • 25th July Term 3
  • 8th Aug - FoS Meeting 7.30pm staffroom

Year 8 NYLD fundraiser

Lunches available

Wednesday 22nd June - Soup & Toasties $4

Wednesday 6th July - Mac & Cheese $5


There has been some lovely friendly Tau activities happening inside in Room 6 on these wet days. We have been doing some new phonics and visual processing games following our Mahi (work). Playing teachers seems to be the favourite game, for some, during breaks.

Southland Cross Country

Well done to all those children competing today at Waimumu.

Congratulations to Indie Nicol 5th and Tristan Morris 10th in their age groups. Great acheivement guys!

2022 School Board Elections - September 2022

School Board Elections are coming up in September. We require more parents to put themselves forward to go on our Board, as a number of our parent representatives are stepping down at this election.

Our current board members are: Anna Nicolson, Tash Jamieson, Willie Swale and Scott Watson.

Please think seriously about this opportunity to support our students. If you have any questions or to show your interest please contact one of our current Board Members.

What are school boards?

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a school board which is the Crown entity responsible for the governance of the school.

The board:

  • ensures every student can reach their highest possible standard in student achievement
  • is the employer of all staff in the school
  • sets the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, whānau, staff, students and the wider school community
  • is responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration

Click on the link below for a Guide to the role of School Boards.

Message from Friends of the School


Thank you so much for all the raffle tickets that have been sold. Please can you return tickets by Friday 17 June.

All classes will be asked to donate a food item for our grocery hampers. Class teachers will have notices to hand out with the information this week.

The pie fundraiser has been very successful. We have sold over $8000 of pies. Again a huge thank you to all those who have got on board with this. This will be an annual fundraiser.

Help wanted….

We are looking for a parent who can manage the candy floss machine bookings. This will include taking bookings and organising the machine and materials pickup. Please contact Amber if you are interested 027 410 2031

Coming up

Wednesday 29 June - Quiz night @ Otautau Hotel

Friday 8 July - Canteen and BBQ (last day of term)

Saturday 5 November - Dave Upfold Hypnotist @ Otautau Sports Complex

Our next meeting will be Monday 8 August, 7:30 in the staff room at School. Everyone is welcome.

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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


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