Newsletter No. 11


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Principal's Message

Kia ora Whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 3. It is great to have everyone back. Thank you to all the whaanau that completed the community survey. Here are some of the themes we heard from you. In describing the school, we are a small rural school that goes from Year 1 to Year 13. We are friendly, fun, supportive, and approachable. We are in a place of positive change and development with new leadership taking place.

On supporting your children to have success in school, we heard you would like us to ensure all students no matter where they are at are pushed to do better, you would also like to know more about the learning happening in each class.

For communication, you feel whole school communication has improved, however sometimes with all the different media it is difficult to know where to go. You would like more communication at the classroom level.

For the school values, in general the displaying of our values is improving, the waka cards are well known and having positive effects for your children. You would like us to continue to work on this, for consistency across the whole school.

Our students in their surveys and discussions told us they generally like the school and feel happy at break times. They are motivated to learn when they have something exciting or practical coming up. They feel their teachers care about them and show this when they ask about things not to do with the class learning, for example personal interests, and events. They like choice in their work and feel they would like more support when they need extra help. They like camps and trips as it helps them build relationships with each other and staff.

On the 24th of August the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team will be meeting to review the data collected from the community, students, and staff and from this we will begin to create the new 3 year strategic plan (what used to to be called the charter). This plan will be shared with you once finalised. In the next few weeks an infographic will be released to help clarify our communication channels and how they are used.

Lastly on the staff front, Matua Kramer spent some time in Wellington at the end of the term as a member of the NZQA review panel for Outdoor Education Leadership (OEL). This is a fantastic opportunity to see and a member of our school leading educational changes they review the NCEA standards so that they incorporate te ao maaori.

Also with staff we say goodbye to Carolyn Cossey on the 24th of August, she is heading to Pukekohe High to work as a specialist teacher in learning support. We wish her all the best. Monica Dunn will be taking on Carolyn’s role and starts with us on the 24th. We welcomed Camilla Cameron to Room 15 this term, she will be with us through to the end of the year.

Good luck to all our sports teams this week, have great games and represent our school well.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School


GJ Gardner Homes - Franklin / Papakura is excited to release a generous fundraising referral offer to the Onewhero School Community. With titles due in Kaipo Heights in September, the new development offers large sections with options for elevated views. With pre-priced house and land packages available or the option to design your own dream home, contact the friendly team at GJ Gardner Papakura/Franklin.

For every unconditional build contract entered into before the end of September MJB construction will donate $2500 to the school, so please be sure to mention Onewhero Area School.

If you are interested in more information please email


Issue No. 5 closes 11th August 2022. For all Loop Orders there is a special running for this issue only as follows :

When you spend over $30 you receive 1 free book,

over $50 2 free books,

over $70 3 free books.

When you end your order these options should appear.

Speech Winners Year 5 & 6

We are very excited to share the speech winners for the Year 5&6 syndicate.

1st Stanley Foote

2nd Haydn O’Neill

3rd Charlize Bouverie

River Zone Soccer Results

On Wednesday 29th June, we held the River Zone Soccer, a competition with 5 schools in the area. It was a brilliant day of soccer even on one of the bleakest of days! The rain almost stayed away for us to complete the day, it was a shame to not be able to do the prizegiving, however the results are as follows:

Year 5&6 A: Rugby Field

1st Onewhero 1

2nd Tuakau 1

3rd = Pukekawa 2 and Onewhero 2

Year 5&6 B: Side Rugby field

1st. Tuakau 2

2nd Tuakau 3

3rd Onewhero 3

Year 3&4:

1st Tuakau 1

2nd Pukekawa 1

3rd Te Puaha

Congratulations to all on a wonderful day, it was great to see kids out there with huge smiles, showing sportsmanship and the values all day long!

Guitar and Ukulele Tuition

20 minute lessons. You can enjoy learning to play an instrument. All pupils have the opportunity to enter competitions or sit music exams if they wish or choose to play for fun!! Contact Donna Allely, 021 185 8553, (BTchg, NZMSM Diploma).


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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Boost Your Learning

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students.

Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.

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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


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