Newsletter No. 08


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Principal's Message

Kia ora Whaanau,

Wow it is hard to believe we are almost half way through the term already. Last weekend our Duke of Edinburgh students, and others joined community members in planting 5000 daffodil bulbs along the fence lines around the rugby club and triangle. It will be great to see them in the spring. Thank you to the domain board for organising the event.

We welcome Veneen Williams to our team this term as the new teacher in Room 10. We would like to thank Mrs Corkill for the work she has done in Room 10 while we recruited, she has done an amazing job. We also say goodbye to Linda Harwood at the end of this term, Linda has taken a job at Te Kauwhata and we wish her all the best.

Sometime ago the bus shelter on River road was removed after it was hit by a car. Total Span Pukekohe has now replaced the shelter. It was transported and installed by Knight and Dickey. We would like to thank Total Span and Knight and Dicky for their support of the bus network. It was perfect timing to keep our students dry over winter.

On the 14th of June at 6:30pm we will be holding an Ag day meeting. Ag day requires many volunteers to help set it up and run it on the day. The fabulous work of Kate Reese and her team over the years has meant we are well organised for a new team to take over. Come along and see what it is all about.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Message from the Board Chairperson

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable Term 2, and looking forward to our OAS Matariki event later in June.

New Members.

We recently welcomed three new members to the board, Derwyn Fail, Ashlea Murphy and Maddison Bradley. Derwyn was selected as our Parent Rep and brings a range of experience having worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently in information security. With the recent changes to the national education learning priorities (NELPS – you will hear more about them soon) the BOT have co-opted Ashley Murphy onto the BOT to leverage her legal expertise and support the BOT and Rebecca in implementing them into OAS over the coming 18 months. We are lucky to have a diverse and dedicated BOT supporting our school and community and Derwyn and Ash are great parent additions. Lastly welcome to Maddison who was successful in securing the role as our Student Rep until September. Maddison has already been working with us around the surveys for our staff, students and community in respect to our strategic direction (keep an eye out for these soon), and I know she will be a positive and constructive student voice for our school.

Positive Behaviour.

At our recent May BOT meeting we discussed the behaviour of our students at the various ages and stages throughout the school. I wanted to acknowledge in particular the Year 10 students who have had an incredibly settled and positive start to the year - and while we are nearly half way through I have every confidence they will continue in this direction. It was pleasing to see a drop in negative behaviour across the various year groups, and recognition of PB4L (positive behaviour for learning) through our Waka cards.

As mentioned please keep an eye out for a survey Rebecca will be sending out to the community which will help shape the strategic direction of the school for the coming years – if you could please set aside 5 minutes to complete the survey we would appreciate it.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School BOT

Matariki Maaori Achievement Awards 2022

Save the date:

When: Tuesday June 28, 2022

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Te Kotahitanga Marae

85 Te Kumi Road, Te Kohanga

Further details to follow ~ Nau Mai Haere Mai ~ All Welcome

We NOW need you to return your Matariki trophies to the office, in time for June Awards night!


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:

Onewhero Squash Club

This programme is aimed at beginner adults (20 years +).

The offer is for 6 hours of squash coaching, free of charge.

Take a look at the link below for participating clubs and sign-up

Men’s sessions on Sundays 3pm starts on Sunday 12th June

Women’s sessions on Mondays 7pm starts on Monday 13th June

The Beginner Squash programmes are supported by the Local Activation Fund Programme, administered by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

Girl Guiding NZ

Are you passionate about supporting local girls to develop their confidence, push their boundaries, discover their passions and make new friends? Girl Guiding NZ are seeking Volunteers 18yr+ to support our Saturday Events running in Pokeno June- September. Register your interest at

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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


Register and pay online for your student's lunch:

See new Term 2 2022 menu below:

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