Newsletter - Term 1 Week 5

Friday, 10th March 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

School Closed - Thursday 16 March 2023

Primary and Secondary Schools across the country will be closed for instruction next Thursday 16 March.

Our tamariki need a quality education. And we want to give that to them.

Unfortunately, the funding for our schools is not enough for us to give us the time we would like to support all our kids to thrive.

We need to attract and retain educators by ensuring that teaching is a valued and attractive profession.

Principals and teachers in primary and area schools have considered at length offers from the government to settle our respective collective agreements.

The offers did not meet our expectations, nor make sufficient steps towards the changes we need for our children to succeed.

You may have seen that we voted to take industrial action on 16 March.

It’s the last thing we wanted to do. And the decision was not taken lightly.

We felt that this was the only way the government would listen and recognise that when they support our children to learn and succeed, we are supporting whānau and communities to thrive.

We look forward to another great year in 2023 – and together with your support, building the case for better investment in our tamariki.

Western Athletics

All the best to all our students going to Western Athletics on Monday at Takitimu Primary School. I look forward to going up and supporting our students and watching them perform to the best of their abilities.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Completed Tau cards this week

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Term 1 happenings...

Mon 13th March - Western Athletics at Nightcaps

Thurs 16th March - SCHOOL CLOSED

Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd March - Year 7 Technology at Winton

Sat 25th March - Southland Athletics at Surrey Park

Mon 27th – Wed 29th March - Year 7/8 Camp to Queenstown

Thurs 30th March - Board of Trustees meeting

Mon 3rd - Wed 5th April - Year 6 camp to Borland Lodge

Mon 3rd April - GRIP leadership course at Gore

Thurs 6th April - TERM 1 ENDS

Mon 24th April - TERM 2 STARTS

Tues 25th April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY

Western Athletics - Monday 13 March 2023

Congratulations to all of our athletes who have gained entry to Western Athletics at Takitimu School School on Monday 13th March. All children who do not have rides to the event will need to be at Otautau School ready to leave at 7:45am so they can be transported to the event. The first event begins at Takitimu at 8:45. For information at the venue please approach the ‘Information Gazebo’ on site.

Events Schedule below

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Room 6

Half way through the term already! Very hard to believe! We are very busy settling into routine in Room 6 and have completed our family/whanau art for our Mihi’s. It has been lovely to hear all the tamariki sharing their whanau with us. The two pieces of art we did were watercolor pencils and chalk pastels. Please feel free to come and have a look next time you are here picking up or dropping off your children, we would love to see you

Room 9

Year 7s taking Room 5 children for games

The Tree House

This week the Tree-House has been looking at our planet. We made some rockets to launch to the moon and we also had Eden, Georgie, Cassidy and Jax join us for their first school visits.

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Year 8 Technology

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
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Otautau Netball Trials

Otautau Netball Trials
Tuesday 14th March
Otautau Sports Complex 3.30pm
Juniors year 8 and under

See you there. If you are unable to make the trials and want to play please contact
Kat Petch 0277022291

BRICKCLUB - At the Otautau Southland District Council Library

These run fortnightly on a Monday

27th Feb

13th March

27th March

Commencing term 2

24th April and fortnightly thereafter

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Otautau School Policies

Username: “otautau” Password: “otautauschool”

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