Newsletter - Term 4, Week 4

Friday, 11th November 2022

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

School Shorts

I have included below a screenshot from the UniformNZ website outlining our range of shorts to wear at school. I have had some feedback from our senior students around the options of wearing more 'sporty' types of shorts. I have asked the group of students to come back to us with some reasons and information as to the 'why' for change. I am happy to take this information to our next board meeting in week 9 to discuss the possibility of having a different type of short to wear - within the policy.

Until then the below is what is expected currently at school. As staff at school we are required to follow the policies set by out board of trustees - and they set the uniform policy. We will be asking those students who aren't wearing the correct uniform next week to comply with this. As always, at this time of year the Year 8 students won't be expected to buy new school uniform items so they are able to wear a different (and suitable) type of uniform item.

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Teachers Paid Union Meeting - Monday 14th November

School will be finishing at 12.30pm on Monday, so staff can attend the meeting.

Buses will run at this time.

If you are unable to pick you child up then there will be limited supervision available at school until 3pm. Please let you child's teacher or office know if they will be staying at school.

Completed Tau Cards this week

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Message from Friends of the School

T H A N K - Y O U

To our awesome FOS committee for the huge build up to the Hypnotist event, all the planning, setting up and running of the event is massive.

To the school families who donated and came along your support is greatly appreciated as we know all the money raised goes into all of our children.

Our sponsors for all the fabulous raffle and auction items.

Raising over $11,000 this will be shared with the school and pool.

It was a fantastic night with loads of laughs and a great time.


Thank you to all of our judges and to Roydon Brown for piping the parade on the day. I know you all took time out of your day to help and it is hugely appreciated. Without you the day wouldn't go ahead. To the parents, students, staff, community and committee members also thank you. It was great to see many families enjoying the day and we were also very lucky with the weather. Any feedback is greatly appreciated, we have some new ideas and look forward to another successful Pet Day next year.


We are looking for volunteers to run the canteen for 1-2 hours from 10.30 - 2ish. Please message Amber if you can help out 027 410 2031.

Also if you are looking to come along to a meeting or join the committee - All welcome. Follow our facebook page for next meeting date.

School Accounts

Accounts have been sent home with your child this week. If you have a balance owing, could these please be paid as soon as possible, as we get near to the end of the school year.

Any problems please contact Julie at the office.

The Year 7 & 8 children will have one more Technology fee of $30 for Term 4. This was not on the account sent out, if this could please be paid before the end of term wouls be much appreciated.

Thank you - Prizegiving Sponsership

We are please to announce that we have 3 new sponsors for our end of year prizegiving books.

Thank you to the following:

Otautau Food Centre

Takitimu Ag Ltd

Otautau Four Square

Thank you also to Westfield Farms for their continued support of the Westfield Sports Scholarship.

Prize Giving Trophy's

If you or a member of you family received an end of year Trophy last year, could these be returned to the school office as soon as possible please for this years Prize giving.

Term dates 2023

Term 1: 7th February - 6th April

Term 2: 24th April - 30th June

Term 3: 17th July - 22nd September

Term 4 - 9th October - 20 December

Touch Draw - Monday 14th November

School will be finishing at 12.30pm
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Classroom happenings...

Room 4 - making fairy bread


Another great week at school and lovely to have a full week in the classroom. Here are some more of Room 6’s fabulous Maker space creations.

Elliot Don’s thumb launcher, Flynn Jamieson’s crayfish net, Hunter Quinn’s kittens, Esme Campbell’s school bag and bits and pieces, and Maddy Thomas’s dog house.

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What's happening ................


Friday 18th - Jonty Carran Memorial tackle 10's

21st - 24th - Year 8 Technology

Wednesday 30th - Mitre 10 Mega Tough Kids


5th - 8th - Year 7 Technology

Friday 16th - Prizegiving | Last day of term

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

Jonty Carran 10s Tournament 2022

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Otautau School Policies

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