Newsletter 1 Term 4

Onerahi School 5 November 2021

Te Karere o te Tumuaki/Principal's Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

It's the end of week 3, a third of the way through the last term of 2021. With the weather we have been having, you would hardly think that summer is on its way. Here is hoping that the weather is a bit kinder by the time we open the pool for water safety in week 6. I am thrilled to see action on the construction of the canopy. It has been a long time coming, with delays, however it should be ready before the end of the year. I would like to thank you all again for cooperating with the protocols required at school at this time, it is very much appreciated.

I hope you are enjoying the regular communications. Your children are enjoying exciting learning inside and outside the classrooms and its always lovely to see their happiness and excitement. Teachers are currently working on the children's end of year reports, and I am looking forward to reading them all before they come home to you. Enjoy a safe and happy weekend.

Nga Mihi Nui

AnnMaree MacGregor



Term 4 has seen us welcome not only a new cohort of new students in Room 20, but also other new students across other school years. We are delighted to have you all here as part of the Onerahi Primary whānau.

We have also welcomed new staff members in Grace Williams - our new Deputy Principal, Karen Johnsen - our new Learning Support Coordinator, and Glenys Westlake - our New Entrant teacher in Ruma Rua Tekau. Emma Boustead, has taken over the teaching in Ruma Waru, as Whaea Maraea is enjoying her time with her new baby. We are happy to have you all aboard and part of our dedicated team.

They may not love me for this, but I have snuck a pic of some of the new staff! From Left: Grace Williams, Karen Johnsen, and Glenys Westlake. Emma, you got lucky!

Ka Mau te Wehi

Many of our Onerahi students took up sports over winter and we have loved the pride and enthusiasm they have shown when sharing moments from these with us. Our pic shows some keen rugby players (Future All Black and Black Fern??) in Waimirirangi and Markus.

Kirsty's Corner

Kia ora,

Next Thursday the 11th of November is our Book Character day. We encourage all students to dress up as their favorite character - there are bound to be a few recognisable ones amongst staff also! There will be prizes awarded to the best costumes. We are looking forward to a great day celebrating our love of learning through books and sharing pictures of our amazing costumes with you.

Congratulations to Loretta who designed the winning poster for our Book Character day. You did a great job! It was tough to choose from the all the entries, with such efforts put into the creation of the posters and we thank all who took the time to create these and entered.

Kirsty Oliver

School Librarian and Resource Co-Ordinator

End of Year information

It is now time to start getting organized for the end of the year and start of 2022.

Could all trophies be returned to school please.

Year 6 children, if you have not enrolled at an Intermediate School for next year, please do so now.

If your child (other than Year 6 children) is not returning to Onerahi School next year can you please inform Carol in the office. You can email her on or either phone 4360521 or text 021 0489221.

If your child or someone else you know is turning 5 in the next few months and is planning to start school at Onerahi next year, please pop in and pick up an enrolment form or let Carol in the office know.


We ask you please to be considerate to our local businesses when you are parking in the mornings and afternoons to drop off and pick up your children.

Parking at Hammer Hardware and the Onerahi Garage are for customers only. Please do not use these areas when parking for school. We have also noticed that people are parking on the footpath, sometimes two abreast in the front of Hammer Hardware. This is not a sensible or safe option.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 11 November - Book Character Day
  • Friday 19 November - Last day for issuing library books
  • Thursday 02 December - Rm 31 Year 5 overnight camp
  • Friday 03 December - Last day for return of library books
  • Friday 10 December - Final reports and yearbooks come home with students
  • Friday 17 December - Final day of Term 4

Accord Teacher Only Days 2022

The remaining three days will be held in 2022 on Thursday 03 and Friday 04 February (Students will start school on Tuesday 08 February after Waitangi day), and on Thursday the 23rd of June, prior to the national Matariki holiday.



The weather is fairly unpredictable still and it is a good idea for children to continue to bring raincoats and a change of clothes along to school. A reminder to all parents also that in Term 1 and Term 4, hats are compulsory while our tamariki are outside. We would like all of these items to be clearly named so they can be returned to your children should they be left behind. Each term we do a last call for found property to be claimed or it is donated.


School gates open 8:15am

School begins 9.00am

1st Play Break 11:00-11:30am

2nd Play Break 1:30-2:00pm

School finishes 3.00pm

School gates close 3:15pm

There are two eating breaks within the day, taken at times that suit each class. Please ask your child's teacher when their times are.


Medication: If your child requires medication be brought to or kept at school, please be aware that due to health and safety concerns, this must be kept secure in the school sick bay. It is not to be kept in children’s schoolbags during the day. This is to protect the safety of not only the child requiring the medication but also all other students. All medication requires an accompanying permission/approval form signed by their parent or caregiver. This includes epi-pens for allergy management, inhalers for asthma or any other medication your child requires on a short-term or as needed basis.

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