Newsletter No. 09


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Principal's Message

Kia ora Whaanau,

Preparations have been underway for our Matariki celebration at Te Kotahitanga Marae on the 28th. These nights are always a fabulous celebration of te ao maaori and I highly recommend coming along.

Last week I met with the Community Board to table our concerns around the safety of our road at pick up and drop off times. After that I met with the Waikato District Council’s road safety officer who has gone away to come up with some plans around what could be done to make the road safe. Our main concerns are around how narrow the road gets making it hard for cars to pass in both directions and the poor visibility particularly on the school side for cars pulling out of car spaces. A big thank you to Rosemarie and Carolyn who have been helping us with this issue. There are a few things we can do now that would help, the first encouraging students to use the crossing rather than walking out behind or between the buses, parking opposite the hall rather than in the end of the rugby driveway (this is where the buses turn), and if you have young children meeting them on the school side of the road and crossing with them as they cannot be seen. Your help with these small things would be greatly appreciated and will ensure our students and drivers all stay safe. The road will be changing to 40km as per the council's change to all roads around schools and school signs will be put up. As of now we do not have a date for when this will happen.

We are also working with the Waikato Council to plant 75 fruit trees around the domain area. Plans are underway for a group of students to help plant the trees as part of our work with connecting to the community.

This week we gathered voice from our students as part of our internal reviews for PB4L. We used a general survey as well as targeted group discussion to hear what our students are thinking. The information from this will help contribute to the picture of where the school is at and what we need to work on next. The community survey is still open so if you haven’t completed it please take a few minutes to do so. Here is the link

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Anna Ronaki who has been appointed HOD of PE and Health. Justine, who has been on maternity leave, is going to work as a facilitator for healthy schools. We wish Justine all the best with her new adventure.

Have a great weekend

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

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Matariki Maaori Achievement Awards 2022

Save the date:

When: Tuesday June 28, 2022

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Te Kotahitanga Marae

85 Te Kumi Road, Te Kohanga

Further details to follow ~ Nau Mai Haere Mai ~ All Welcome


Please have your child check the lost property. All named items have been returned to students but we still have a substantial amount of unnamed items including shoes.


Junior shorts – size 4 x 1 only $22.90

Junior culottes – sizes : 4/8/10/12/14 $26.60

Junior polar fleece vests – sizes : 8/10 $15.00

Skirts (can be worn from Year 7) – sizes : 52/57/92/97 $39.20

Senior shorts (have button/zip) sizes : 10/12/14/76/96/100/104/108 $22.90

Senior trousers (have button/zip) sizes : 76/80 $30.70

Senior blue polo size medium x 2 only $25.90

Senior white boys shirt size 12 x 3 only $33.90

We also have the PE tops available in every house colour.

Sizing : 5-6/7-8/9-10/11-12/13-14/Small/Medium/Large $36.00

Please feel free to send your child up to the office to try anything on for sizing if you are unsure. Payment can be made online or at the office. You can contact us on

Please name every item of clothing so if it ends up in our lost property the office staff can return it to your child.

We also have a second hand uniform department which is run by Brenda McLean in Room 7. She is available for you to visit on Mondays only from 3pm. If you would like to know what is available please email her on :

Community Notices:


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Port Waikato Blueprints

Thank you for participating in the recent public questionnaire and/or public workshop for the Local Area Blueprint for the community of Port Waikato. We really value your input!

Our recent engagement with you through the Local Area Blueprint questionnaire and public workshop highlighted some of the key ideas your community.

We have done some work in the background with your ideas and are ready to come to you to confirm the priorities of these ideas you put forward.

We will be hosting a public drop-in session at Sunset Beach Community Hub, on Tuesday 21 June 2022 come along anytime between 3pm and 7pm.

You will be able to discuss and confirm your priorities in a public drop-in session.

If you are unable to pop along on to the public drop in session, there will be an opportunity to participate online ( from Monday 20th June and will close Thursday 23 June 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask

Girl Guiding NZ

Are you passionate about supporting local girls to develop their confidence, push their boundaries, discover their passions and make new friends? Girl Guiding NZ are seeking Volunteers 18yr+ to support our Saturday Events running in Pokeno June- September. Register your interest at

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Come and dance and have a laugh. Very casual atmosphere. 2 classes available every week. Tuesday & Thursday at Tuakau Town Hall, 70 George Street 7-8pm. Gold coin entry.
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Parenting For Teens:

We have an upcoming Parenting for Teens course starting up soon. The confirmed dates are 01st June – 06th July 2022.

Some of the topics Include;

  • Building strong relationships
  • Different parenting styles
  • Understanding your teenager
  • Having fun as a family
  • Managing emotional changes
  • Connecting with your teen
  • Setting family boundaries

To book a spot the parents need to email me or ring our office 09 238 6233.

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Dandelions and Dragonflies

The Childcare and Early Learning Centre on the school grounds has now been fully renovated. We’ve extended the operating hours and are now open Mon-Fri from 7:30am-5:30pm. We’ve also been through all the licencing requirements to now be able to provide spaces for babies for the first time, so we can cater from 3 month olds through to 5 year olds. We’ve also installed a Commercial Kitchen and hired a Qualified Chef to provide nutritious meals to children for the first time.

To find out more or to arrange a Centre Visit, please contact:

Dandelions and Dragonflies

Centre Manager, Jade Lane

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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


Register and pay online for your student's lunch:

See new Term 2 2022 menu below:

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