Newsletter - Term 3, Week 8

Friday, 16th September 2022

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A Message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

In light of what has been in the media over the past 24 hours regarding a photographer that has been working in schools, we can confirm that our school has used this company this year. We apologise to our community for this and we are looking to book a new photographer in 2023 and have taken steps to ensure that our files cannot be accessed now and into the future (by the photographer). The photographer is not taking part in the processing of our photos (and is no longer part of the photography business).

At all times our students were safe and supervised while the photographer was on site with multiple adults present. We will work closely with the new photography company in 2023 around safety checking and police vetting any of their employees that come on site to take the photos.

Completed Tau Cards this week

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Board Election Results 2022

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School Photos

School photo orders are due back at school by Friday 23rd September.

After this date you will need to deal with the photographers directly.

Thank you



Our yearly book fair begins on Tuesday 20th September. The fair is being held in the library and will be open to all members of the public from 8.00 to 8.30 am, and 3.00 to 3.30 pm daily. The final day will be on Wednesday 28th September. This is a fantastic opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.

Book Week

This will run from Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th September

This week is all about enjoying books through a variety of fun activities.

Friday 30th September

Children to dress up as their favourite book character.

A book themed shared Lunch will be held in their house groups. Children are asked to bring a small plate of finger food which could be something that their book character might eat. (More information next week)

At 1.30pm the whole school will parade down the main street (weather permitting) followed by a prize giving back at school.

What's happening this term.....


Tuesday 20th - Book Fair starts in library

Wednesday 21st - Wig Wednesday - gold coin donation

Friday 23rd - Photo Orders Due

Monday 26th - Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

Tuesday 27th-30th - Book Week

Friday 30th - Book Character dress up and parade

Friday 30th - END OF TERM

Monday 17th October - TERM 4 STARTS

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

Classroom Happenings...


Another busy week in Room 5. We have started buddy reading with others in the class and the children enjoy hearing other stories from their friends. It’s a great way to build up reading mileage and practice reading skills. We have been talking about Queen Elizabeth in the class a little bit about her long life and long reign. We enjoyed hearing some music earlier in the week and had fun dancing and singing along. A couple of weeks ago we had a taste of cricket.

Room 6

In Room 6 we are well into our Maker Space (Technology) creating for the year. We plan, or copy from a planner, make, reflect and then make changes or create something new. We are all at different stages, as we are for all our learning. You can ask your children whether they are a newbie, beginner, trainee, pro or guru for Maker Space. We hope you are enjoying our creations each week.

This week’s creations are: Mason Calvert’s dog box, Harper Morris’s castle, Flynn Jamieson’s farm, Rylee-rae Manahi-McColl’s giraffe (Rylee’s guru for using the hot glue gun was Taree Drake), Madeline Thomas’s treasure chest and Jean-Luc Joubert’s jet pack (Happy birthday Jean-Luc!).

Mufti Day - Wednesday 21st September

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Touch Module & Winton 5 a side Football Module

Below are links for google forms to be filled out for those who wish to take part in the Touch module or 5 a side Football Module in Term 4.

Details are available when you click on the link. The link has also been sent out on the School App.

Touch Module Term 4

This will be held on Mondays after school in Term 4. Details in the link. Forms must be completed by Friday 30th September. Payment is due by the end of Term 3.

Winton 5 a side Football Module

This will be held on Thursday evenings at Winton in Term 4. Details in the link. Forms must be completed by Friday 23rd September. Payment is due by the end of term.

Jonty Carran 10s Tournament 2022

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Otautau School Policies

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