Newsletter No. 10


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Principal's Message

Kia ora Whaanau,

Thank you to those who attended our annual Mataariki evening celebrating maaori success. It was so good to see everyone there and showing pride for our student’s accomplishments. Congratulations to everyone who received an award. Also thank you to the staff and community members for their time and energy in organising the evening. Thank you to OSPA for lending us your boards. It was an awesome night.

From Term 3 home learning will only be able to be used as part of a ‘return to full attendance plan’ which is created as a partnership between the school and the whaanau and meets the criteria set by the Ministry of Education. If you or your child have concerns about attending school please contact the Deputy Principal for the child’s year level. The only other time is when the school is required to have students home due to COVID or health and safety due to staffing. Advice from the Ministry of Education is that students should be attending school regularly on site.

Deputy Principal Year 1-6 pastoral care- Demelza

Deputy Principal Year 7-10 pastoral care- Darren

Deputy Principal Year 11-13 pastoral care- Tess

On Thursday 7th July at 6:30 at Te Kotahitanga Marae we are holding a hui to review the maori education plan. We would like to encourage whaanau to come along and join us. A light supper will be provided and children are welcome.

This week on Thursday our Year 10’s will help plant 75 fruit trees in the Onewhero Domain as part of our community partnership. This is a great way for these students to show our school value of Whanaungatanga.

Next week is the last week of the term, so enjoy the holiday break and we will see you all next term.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

BOT Update from the Arts Department Report

Every month the BOT receives a report from a department within the school for feedback on what has gone well, or not so well, provide updates on the curriculum and talks to how we could align resources. We were incredibly impressed with the effort that went into the arts department report, which is led by Charles Jordan and wanted to share some of the insights with the community.

Highlights for the Board were how programs recognised our diversity and reflected our uniqueness through the wide array of arts mediums that our students have access too. It was great to hear about the success and pleasing NCEA results our students achieved last year and the incredible efforts our arts Kaiako (teachers) go to, to ensure access to resources and ultimately successful work. They open the doors at lunchtimes for seniors to practice, provide weekly night classes, after-school music programs and holiday workshops, to support our seniors to be their best.

Within the wider school it was exciting to hear about the specialist music programme being implemented with new music teacher Lisa McLeod working with years 1-6, creating lots of future drummers. And work has started integrating student agency, positive teaching programs, tikanga Māori and Mātauranga of our local history, mythology, and whakapapa, into our arts curriculum.

The art department also provides an after-school drama club, creating the backdrop to the Arts and Culture evening, and facilitates work that the year 8's put into creating the OAS Christmas parade float each year.

Some budget requests that have recently been approved by the board were well received. The portable extension to the school stage will be a great asset, allowing flexibility and modernising our stage set up and safety.

Overall, we hope that our students, Whānau and wider community can see what a fantastic department we have, and a real asset to Onewhero Area School.

Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School BOT


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 or come along to their open day on site on the 3rd of July from 11am.
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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).

NZMSM 43rd Annual Music Competition 2022

14 students from Onewhero Area School took part in the NZ Modern School of Music's 43rd Annual Music Competition held in Pukekohe on 10th and 11th June 2022.

Guitarists were Maia Hine-Anderson, Kanya Kawerau-Wilson, Jessica Shortt, Reagan Kelsall, Jason Scott, Ethan Buchanan-Smith, Jade Watkinson, Layla Haskins, Hayley Pedersen, John McGowan, Max Morgan, Charlize Bouverie.

Hayley competed in the ukulele and vocals, and Daniel Carlyle played ukulele.

It was a musical showcase with over 400 piano/keyboard and over 200 guitar performances.

Congratulations to all students who braved the stage and enjoyed performing. Here are their excellent results:

Maia Hine-Anderson : Peg Riley Memorial Trophy for Songwriting, Strum and Sing 13 years and over, 3rd, Yellow; 3rd La Seine

Kanya Kawerau-Wilson : Helen Braithwaite Trophy for Guitar - open, Open Memory piece, 2nd, Test Get Back, 2nd; Starry Starry Night, 1st

Hayley Pedersen : Caroline Zeeman Trophy for Ukulele 9&10 years, Uke 9&10 years 1st, Kereru I see you, 1st I'm Yours

Guitar 10 years and under, 3rd, Three Little Birds, VHC Frere Jacques, 3rd Afterglow; Melody, VHC, Sur le Pont d'Avignon

Layla Haskins : 10 years and under sing and strum HC, Three Little Birds; 10& 11 Years Restricted We will rock you, HC

Max Morgan : 10&11 years Restricted, VHC, Horse with no name

John McGowan : Strum and sing 10 years and under HC, Three Little Birds, HC, Frere Jacques; HC, Sur Le pont d'A vignon

Daniel Carlyle : Ukulele Aroha Nui 3rd, 11 years and over, 3rd Counting Stars

Ethan Buchanan-Smith : 12 years and over restricted, 2nd Ode to Joy

Max Morgan : 10 &11 years Restricted, VHC, Horse with no name

Reagan Kelsall : 12 years and under, Strum and sing HC Budapest; Melody, 3rd, Michael row the boat ashore; Test HC, Aura Lee

Jessica Shortt : 12 years and under, Strum and sing VHC, Budapest; VHC, Fast Car; Melody, VHC, Song of Joy; Test VHC, Aura Lee

Jason Scott : 12 years, Melody, HC, Song of Joy; Test, HC, Aura Lee

Jade Watkinson : 10&11 years, 3rd, Zombie

Charlize Bouverie : 10 &11 years, Frere Jacques

It was a great day. Thank you to all the families for their support during the build up and on the day at the competition.

Kind Regards

Donna Allely

NZMSM Guitar and Ukulele Teacher


Please have your child check the lost property. All named items have been returned to students but we still have a substantial amount of unnamed items including shoes.


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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Come and dance and have a laugh. Very casual atmosphere. 2 classes available every week. Tuesday & Thursday at Tuakau Town Hall, 70 George Street 7-8pm. Gold coin entry.
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Parenting For Teens:

We have an upcoming Parenting for Teens course starting up soon. The confirmed dates are 01st June – 06th July 2022.

Some of the topics Include;

  • Building strong relationships
  • Different parenting styles
  • Understanding your teenager
  • Having fun as a family
  • Managing emotional changes
  • Connecting with your teen
  • Setting family boundaries

To book a spot the parents need to email me or ring our office 09 238 6233.

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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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