Newsletter Term 3, Week 1

Otautau School 30th July 2021


Welcome Back - Nau mai, hoki mai

I hope you have all enjoyed a mid-winter break as a family. Last term we had plenty of illness going around so let’s hope having the two week break has helped to break the cycle.

Over the coming weeks the school will be busy preparing for our school performance at Polyfest. This is a big task getting all students to perform together on stage and our teachers - Miss Dickson, Mrs McDonald and Mrs Bell are doing a great job coordinating all of this. For many students it will be their first time performing on a big stage and we look forward to seeing them all perform in three weeks time.

Positive Education

Please see below our school-wide expectations relating to our positive education program. It is still fantastic to see all the students coming through the principal’s door buzzing to tell me what they have completed their Tau Cards for.

At the end of last term 83% of the school had completed 10 Tau cards for the year and 36% of the school had completed 15 Tau Cards for the year earning their Bronze Certificate. Keep up the great work.

  • Manager Be organised, responsible and ready to learn
  • Friendly Be kind and respectful - to self, others and environment
  • Active Try/Do your best in all aspects of school life
  • Thinker Make good choices by reflecting, solve problems and use strategies


Tau Cards Rewards - Week 1


The Kapa Haka School wide and Kapa Haka group are performing at Polyfest on Wednesday 25th August, 12.20pm at Stadium Southland. We would love some support in fixing and making our poi before our big day. Also we would like some helpers for the day to help with costumes and makeup. If you are interested in helping, that would be amazing.

It is fantastic that our whole school is performing at Polyfest this year. The whole school will be performing 4 songs and then the Kapa Haka group will be performing a further 6 songs. Supporters and spectators will need to pay a Gold Coin Koha when arriving at Polyfest. More details will come out sooner to performance.


Today we supported the Red, Black and White Day - Casual Friday.

On this day we used the colours of the Blair Vining Sport Foundation.

This event is to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital.

The hospital was founded by the community for the community. Once completed, it will provide free services to those in the Southern half of NZ who are unable to access care through the public or private health systems.

Today we raised $239.20 for the Southland Charity Hospital.

Well done Otautau Community.


These are student led conferences and children and expected to attend.

They will be happening on:

Monday 16th August 1pm - 7pm

Wednesday 18th August 3.15pm - 5pm

Bookings will open online on Monday - A link will be sent out on the school app.


Buses will run at this time.


Here are some of our Room 6 Maker Space from the last weeks of Term 2 and some ‘school holidays’ stories that we have written this week. Welcome back to Term 3 Otautau.

Whats happening Term 3 .......


Wed 4th Wheels on Wednesday

9th-12th Year 8 Technology, Winton

Tues 10th Year 5/6 Netball @ Otautau Courts

Wed 11th Year 7/8 Netball @ Takitimu School

Fri 13th School Speech Finals

Mon 16th Learning Conferences - School finishes 12.30pm

Tues 17th Southland Year 5/6 Netball @ Stadium Southland

Wed 17th Southland Year 7/8 Netball @ Stadium Southland

Wed 18th Learning Conferences 3 - 5pm

Thurs 19th Speech Finals @ Hauroko School

Wed 25th Polyfest - whole school performing

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