Newsletter - Term 1, Week 4

Friday, 4th March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Well done to all our students who took part in the swimming lessons provided by Johnston Waters over the past three weeks. There have been massive gains in students swimming ability and endurance over this time. Comments have been made around what a great bunch of swimmers we have here in Otautau. This is so pleasing to hear as we are surrounded by water and learning to swim is something that should be important to us all. Our plan is to continue this relationship with Johnston Waters and run swimming lessons again in Term 1 next year. We will be finding funding sources for this during the year as we all know quality swimming lessons do come at a cost.

A big that you must go again to the 'Otautau Medical Trust' for funding these lessons for this year - you are an amazing Trust that do great things for our community.

'Get to Know You Conferences'

We are planning to run our 'Get to Know You Conferences' within the next three weeks. We will send out information around what this will look like this year and how you can attend these conferences. This is an important part of our reporting process as both whanau and teachers are able to share information about a child that will support their learning as the year goes on.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

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Attendance Matters

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We have just gone through our first attendance analysis of the year. Overall, we have 72% of the school who have achieved '90%+' attendance for the year. This is very similar to this time last year where we had 75% attendance. We understand that over the next couple of months we may experience an increase of students away. The school will monitor those students who do not have 'justified' reasons for their absence and make plans to support their re-engagement to school.

Tier 1 Attendance = 90-100 percent attendance

Tier 2 Attendance = 80-89 percent attendance

Tier 3 Attendance = less that 80 percent attendance

Positive Behaviour Tau Cards - Week 4

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Tauken Draw

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What a fantastic time the students have had with swimming. I have been so proud of the accomplishments that our students have made over the past 3 weeks with the 10 sessions of swimming with Johnstone Waters. Brittany has made a fantastic job but it all comes down to our tamariki. They have listened, participated and executed the skills they learned. Tino pai!

Swimming sports last Friday showed off some talents and gave an end to our swimming this term. Again our tamariki were amazing.

So for 2022 here are our Swimming Champions.

Swimming Champions 2022

Rm 7 - Boston Bell and Beauden Drake

Rm 5 - Cole Auld and Tessa Edge

Rm 6 - Harper Morris and Karsten Tyler

Rm 4 - Indiana Blumenthal and Toby Nicol

Rm 8 - Tristan Morris and Sarah Ingram

10 yr old - Jaxon McFadzien and Laura Paterson

11 yr old - Asher Bell and Alice Egan

12 yr old - Carter Holdaway and Sophie Dahlenburg

Again congratulations to all our swimmers. You are all amazing.

Virtual Assembly

Today we held our second virtual assembly within our school. In a world where we have to think and do things differently our classrooms are using zoom to connect virtually with each other. Below are some screenshots from the assembly.

This week in Room 6

Hi all,

Huge apologies for not listing the TAU points for the last two weeks. I have been learning new things and had forget.

The children have been magic to work with and are all happy and settled.

The photos are of some art work we have done using manipulating clay where they have created bodies with the skills they needed for their swimming. E.g straight legs, feet, straight bodies on the water.

They enjoyed this art work very much and there were some very detailed examples.



Thank you Britney for teaching the Tree house at the swimming pool. And a big thank you for the lollipops that you gave us. (We hope you give the lollipops back to Maureen!)

Year 7 - Vision Testing


The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health team, Southern District Health will be visiting your school to screen all year seven students for distance vision on

  • Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.


Otautau Rugby Club - Junior Rugby Registrations

For all junior players this year intending to play rugby for Otautau (A, B, C and D grades) please complete the link below to register your child.

Winton Football Club Inc

Our ‘have a go’ session will be held on Thursday 17 March 2022 at 4pm at Moore’s Reserve. For ages 4yrs upwards but there is a NZ Football requirement that anyone over 12yrs 3months of age needs a covid vaccine pass which includes any adults involved in the session at this present time. Enquiries can be made to

Winton Bridge Club

Enjoy playing cards and enjoy mentally challenging games as well as have time to develop a new interest? - perhaps bridge is for you. A 10 week lesson course starts on Wednesday 16th March 2022 at the Winton Bridge Club. Please contact for the full details. A Covid vaccine pass is required at this stage.
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