Newsletter - Term 3, Week 4

Friday, 19 August 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Breakfast in Schools

It is great to see so many children coming to breakfast in school lately. Many come for their second breakfast of the day and enjoy the social interaction that happens while the students are eating their breakfast.

Breakfast in school is for any child to utilise. They don't need to turn up everyday they can come and go as they please.

Kapa Haka

All the best must go to our wonderful Kapa Haka group next week. Otautau School continues to have a strong following for kapa haka within the school and their enthusiasm and dedication is amazing to see.

I look forward to coming to support them next week in Invercargill.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Attendance Project

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In the above graph you will be able to see the regular attendance rates (90% or greater) for our National Priority groups (Male, Female, Maori, Asian). As you can see from the graph our Maori group have continued to drop throughout the year and as a group their regular attendance rate is sitting at just 22% (meaning we only have 22% of Maori students attending school 90% or more of the time). Over the next 6 weeks the school will be identifying students to become part of a project to increase attendance and engagement rates.

We totally understand that we have had Covid and flu illnesses this year but our regular attendance rates should still be higher than this.

Our aim is to get these rates closer to what our school target is for the year and have 82% of Maori students attending school regularly by the end of the year.

Letters will be coming home today for those students who have been identified to take part in the project and it will start next week (and will continue until the end of the term).

I will look forward to sharing the progress data as we move through the term.

School Speech Competition

Congratulations to all the finalists who presented their speeches at the School Speech Competition held today.

Well done to the following students:-

YEAR 5 & 6 → 1st - Laura Paterson

2nd - Adler Menor

3rd - Indie-Marie Nicol

YEAR 7 & 8 → 1st - Bailey Jamieson

2nd - Madison Heta

3rd - Ciara Henry

The first two placegetters in each year group will progress to the Western Speech Cluster Competition at Waiau Area School next Friday.

We wish them every success in this competition.

School Office

Julie will be on sick leave for the next couple of months. Office hours will be from 8.30-9am and 2-3pm emails and phone messages will be cleared during the day.

Completed Tau Cards this week

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Kapa Haka

Next week (Wednesday, 24 August) our amazing Kapa Haka group will be performing at the Murihuku Polyfest at ILT Stadium. They will be traveling by bus to and from this event. Each child is asked to pay $5 as a contribution towards the cost of the bus. If you haven't done this yet could you please pay either online or to the school office by next Wednesday.

We will be performing at 12.00pm and our group will be on stage for 20 minutes.

It would be great to see as many parents there as possible. This is the first time in a couple of years we have had this opportunity again so please come along and support your child.


Classroom Happenings...

Room 3

Week 4 in Room 3 - Photos this week include: our PALs activity with Brooke and Maia, Lexi bringing her puppies to visit, building and testing the weight holding ability of our suspension bridges.

Room 4 - Spring Flower Art

Summer Football

Winton Football will again host this popular event on Thursdays throughout term 4, first day is Thursday 20 October 2022. Schools are encouraged to make up teams, two grades in primary school level, Yr 1-5 and yr 6-8, with year 9s plus included in the adult competition, but I can usually find room for individual players needing a team. Junior games start at 5.30pm and adults from 6.30pm with two games per team each night. Registrations will be called for at the start of next month, but any enquiries can be sent to

Otautau School is looking to enter teams in this competition this year and a googleform will go out to register player interest.

School Board of Trustees Elections

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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
Otautau School Policies

Username: “otautau” Password: “otautauschool”


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