Newsletter No. 13


Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

This week we celebrated the 40 years of service to education Mr Rowe and Mrs Pollock have given to Onewhero Area School. We are lucky to have two great teachers as part of our school community. OAS wants to express their gratitude for their service, and may it continue for years to come.

Onewhero Area School also celebrated 40 years since it was renamed Onewhero Area School.

We also celebrated science week this week. Students participated in daily quizzes and competitions all encouraging participation in the sciences.

As part of our review processes, we are wanting to see if you are getting the information you need around student achievement. Here is a quick 3 question survey. Please take a couple of minutes to fill it in. It is important we hear from as many parents and caregivers as possible.

Lastly just a couple of reminders, the school ground blessing is on the 31st of May at 7am, please RSVP for catering.

We are holding a wellbeing curriculum hui and feedback session on Monday 14th of June at 6:30pm in the Junior Learning Centre. Please make sure you have looked at the draft curriculum and come with ideas around things we have missed or could improve on.

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I wanted to provide a couple of quick updates for our community from the BOT.

Firstly thank you to Rachel Hagan for her support to our school and BOT over the last 2 years. Rachel has made the tough decision to take a step back from her role as a BOT member due to existing commitments and our meeting on Tuesday was her last. Rachel has been a strong supportive voice for our school and her governance expertise as an ECE Head Teacher (amongst other things) will be missed by us all. We have really enjoyed serving with Rachel and will communicate next steps around this vacancy in due course.

Most of our BOT and SLT met with ERO for a professional development workshop on Tuesday 18 May to understand the new MOE process for evaluating schools from 2021. We were excited to understand how this will benefit our students and believe there will be some clear opportunities to lift student achievement and wellbeing by focusing on clear strategic areas moving forward. Next steps will be ERO visiting our school and conducting a review with SLT and staff to build a baseline plan and then helping to formulate relevant and achievable goals. Rebecca will provide further context for you soon.

As always feel free to reach out to me


Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School - BOT

Cheques Exiting the Banking System:

As you are probably aware the Banks are in the process of exiting cheques from the Banking system. We have been notified by ANZ, that they will no longer accept cheques as of 31st May 2021. Therefore, as a School, we are no longer able to accept cheques as a payment option. We accept Eftpos and Cash at the School Office, with Internet Banking being our preferred method of payment. The details for this are;

Onewhero Area School

Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees


Please put your child’s name as a reference and the reason for the payment.

Thanks and kind regards

Vikky Millin

Matariki Trophies:

Please return any Matariki trophies to the office asap in order to have them ready for awards in a few weeks.

APOPO – The next day

In the past few years Aotearoa – New Zealand has unfortunately led the world in youth suicide statistics. Much has been written and talked about, but what can actually be done locally to help our students and community? Using the analogy of a cliff, we do not want to have an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to pick up the pieces there. We want to build metaphorical fences at the top of the cliff. Even better we want to build those fences hundreds of metres back from the edge of that metaphorical cliff.

At Onewhero Area School, we are about to embark on a programme called Āpōpō – The Next Day. The programme equips our students with some basic and effective tools so that they can feel confident in their role of supporting those around them. We want to give our students the skills to become an even better family member or friend.

We will deliver the programme to our Year 12 and 13 students next week on Wednesday 2 June.

The Āpōpō programme delivers helpful information, tips and tools presented by trained facilitators. It is super interactive, involving games, activities and opportunities for participants to practice what they’ve learned through the use of role-playing in a safe environment.

Āpōpō provides tools for helping our friends, our whanau and ourselves. It looks at the warning signs of someone who is struggling and it emphasises the power and practice of listening. It recognises the importance of asking questions in a safe space, explores the concept, ‘Safe for now’, it teaches skills that anyone can utilise, regardless of their qualification and embraces a holistic approach to health.

Āpōpō is about seeking to add to “the village” of help that already exists and empower youth to become part of that village. Through the learning, it should allow students to improve their relationships with friends and remove some of the stereotypes around talking about how we feel. We expect that it will provide opportunities for our kids to recognise certain behaviours early, ask good questions and then get their friend to the rest of “the village” for more professional help.

There will be a letter which goes to all yr12 and 13 students this week with more information. If you have any questions please email me at

Year 10 Careers Week:

Last week was very busy for the Year 10 cohort with the Careers Week. We had a range of presenters come into the school including;

  • The Young Workers Resource Centre (YWRC) who talked about rights and responsibilities in the work place.
  • Hemi Aldworth who used to be the school caretaker and is now a Fire Fighter talked about the Fire Service.
  • Two police women came and discussed careers in the NZ Police.
  • Two representatives from the Navy and Army talked about careers in the defence force.

On Wednesday the students participated in work experience in a range of local businesses, and those that couldn’t secure a placement were taken to Wintec in Hamilton to see the campus.

On Thursday the whole Year 10 group went to the Careers Expo at the ASB showgrounds where there were lots of stalls for the students to talk to people about different universities, tertiary providers, and training organisations.

What a fantastic week for our students, and we would really like to send a warm thank you to everyone who made this possible and contributed to the week. This provides valuable insights for our students as they start to make decisions for their futures.

Attached are some photos from the week.

Level 3 Geography Trip to Sunset Beach 20th May:

Last week the Level 3 Geography students had a day trip to Okariha/Sunset Beach. The purpose of this trip was to gather data on various coastal processes and investigate the erosion near the car park. We were super lucky with the weather – it rained on the way out there and as soon as we parked it stopped! We had a great day, busy and tiring but successful. Thanks to Pam McArley for being the assistant teacher!

Level One Geography trip - Opuatia Stream 14th May

On the 14th May the Level One Geography students had a day trip to investigate the changes that occur along the Opuatia Stream. This is a significant local tributary into the Waikato River, and the learning further supports their understanding of the Waikato Awa as our local taonga. We had a great day, starting at the source of the Opuatia Stream on the Ritchie’s farm, then collecting data near the start of Ponganui Road, and finally collecting data at Churchill Road where the stream enters the Waikato River. What a change! We saw Koi Carp, and different land use, so now the students need to write up their findings, Well done team Level 1 Geo!

Onewhero Ag Day 2021 - Saturday 2nd October:

Onewhero Ag Day Volunteers Meeting

Monday 31 May, 7.00pm

Ag Days, or Calf Clubs, are an annual tradition for rural schools and encourage children to learn about the care of animals by rearing a lamb, goat, calf and/or chickens. Onewhero Ag Day is organised each year by a group of parents who take great joy in keeping this tradition alive.

Half of our Ag Day Committee (including the Ag Day Coordinator) have moved on to other endeavours. This means we need some new and enthusiastic parents to step up and take ownership of the event. The Committee works in partnership with the school (they organise the indoor exhibits, food stalls and refreshments).

To spread the workload, there are five main roles that need to be filled:

  • Ag Day Coordinator - Communicate information to the school and wider community and manage the whole event.
  • Sponsorship Coordinator - Communicate with potential sponsors (from June), manage donated items, and ensure sponsors are properly acknowledged.
  • Prizegiving Coordinator - Order trophies and ribbons, collate results, oversee prizegiving, and arrange engraving of trophies.
  • Spud in the Bucket Coordinator - Advertise the competition (from June), take entries (via online form), purchase seed potatoes and buckets (or arrange sponsorship), organise distribution and return of potatoes and buckets, process entries and collate results.
  • Chicken Coordinator - Advertise the sale of baby chickens (from June), take orders (via online form), organise pick-up and distribution of baby chickens and feed packs.

The parents who have left the Committee are happy to share their knowledge to ensure Ag Day continues to be a success, and the kids don’t miss out on a unique rural experience. If you're keen and able to help make Ag Day a fantastic event for the kids and community, then come along to the volunteers meeting to find out more. If you're unable to make the meeting, but can help organise Ag Day, then please email

IMPORTANT … If we do not get enough volunteers to coordinate the event, then Onewhero Ag Day 2021 is unlikely to go ahead.


Job Opportunities

There has been a number of job opportunities come through in the last week. You can also follow the Onewhero Area School Careers facebook page for further job opportunities and career information.

Fitter/Welder Engineer Apprenticeship PPP Industries in Tuakau are looking for an apprentice to join their team as a fitter/welder/engineer. PPP have been manufacturing meal feeding systems, mineral dispensers and dairy shed equipment since the late 1960’s.

Candidates will need to have basic Math & English and a desire to learn. A C.V is not essential, a letter would suffice. Please send this to:

Trainee Arborist Counties Power are looking for someone who enjoys working outdoors and is keen to join their Vegetation team and train as an Arborist. For full details or to apply see their Seek advert:

Tiler Apprenticeship

SB Tiling are looking for someone to join their team as a Tiling Apprentice. Entry level position in established Pukekohe based floor and wall tiling business. Some heavy lifting required. Ability to follow instructions essential. Drivers licence an advantage. If you are honest, reliable and keen to learn email your CV with covering letter to or message for more details Vicki Soppet 021858573.

Customer Service (Retail) Hannahs Shoes Pukekohe are currently looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person to join their team. This is a part time position, which can lead to extra hours when available, and potential career positions too. The current position is a weekend role, and shifts are: Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday 10.30am – 2pm.

We are looking for someone with flair, personality, confidence and care.

As a Hannahs team member you will: be required to provide excellent customer service, strive to achieve individual and team targets, go the extra mile to provide customers with friendly and helpful knowledge, maintain merchandising standards, be a team player who demonstrates initiative.

All and full training will be provided. Please bring a cover letter and cv into store, attention: Karina Grayson.

Applicants for the position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Labourer/Welder Assistant Olsen Welding Ltd is a family owned mobile welding company, specializing in water and gas pipeline welding, pump and pipe work installation as well as structural and general fabrication works. Our people are our most valuable asset and due to expansion, we have an exciting opportunity available for experienced labourers or non-experienced school leavers interested in an exciting career in the Welding industry.

This position is a full time role, working on different projects from our Otahuhu workshop and also on site around the Auckland region.

Requirements include:

• Hold a NZ Drivers licence. The ability to drive a manual is an advantage

• The ability to get on well with team members

• Are able to follow correct procedures and take directions

• Be Self-motivated

• Be Reliable and Punctual

• Be able to work flexible work hours

• Hold a valid passport – no drug convictions

• Strong work ethics

• Hold the ability to work independently

• Great time management

• Drive and ambition to succeed

• Competent Communicator, able to contribute to team problem solving

• Strong commitment to Healthy and Safety, this is of paramount importance and critical to the success of any project we have at Olsen Welding Ltd

Full Training is given to the successful Applicant, duties Include and not limited to:

• Assisting Welders

• Grinding

• Gas Cutting

• Working from supervised plans

• Confined Space works

• Safety spotter of other team members

• Driving company vehicles and ensuring their upkeep

• Assembly of valves

• Grouting

• External Pipe wrapping with protective tape coatings

• Completing pre starts and hazard identification procedures

• Welding Certificate Courses for those interested in furthering a career in pipe welding.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic team and are interested, let’s talk. Olsen Welding Limited, has a solid forward workload and consistent overtime, we are a drug-free environment and successful candidates will require Pre-employment drug testing, which we provide.

To Apply for this job please forward your CV and cover letter to

Dairy Farm Worker Duties include milking, moving stock, electric fences, fencing, weed spraying, tractor work* and general farm work as required. Fixed term initially potentially leading to permanent full time for the right person. Accommodation may be available. *Training will be given including tractor and quad bike qualifications.

If you are interested or you would like further information please contact me

Otago University Primary or ECE Teaching Presentation

On Thursday 27 May from 5.30 until 6.30 pm an information evening on the Bachelor of Teaching will be livestreamed, which is a great opportunity for prospective students to learn about studying for primary or early childhood teaching.

For further information please see

NZ Defence Force

Defence Force Information Evening – Pukekohe

Thursday 3rd June, 6-7pm; RSA Franklin, 17 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe

Defence Force Information Evening – Manukau

Thursday 1st July, 6-7pm; Defence Careers Manukau Office, Level 1, Westfield Manukau City, 1 Leyton Way, Manukau

NZDF are currently recruiting for:

Airforce Airmen – applications close 30 August; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Aircraft technician * Armament technician * Aviation fuel specialist * Firefighter * Intelligence specialist * Medic * Logistics specialist

Navy Officers – applications close 20 July; training starts 17 January 2022.

*Hydrographic survey officer * Mine clearance diving officer * Supply officer * Warfare officer

Army Soliders – applications close 4 October; training starts 14 February 2022.

*Ammunition technician * Armoured combat specialist * Chef * Combat driver * Communication systems operator * Electronic warfare operator * Electronics technician * Infantry * Medic * Movement operator * Operational support and information specialist * Steward * Supply technician

Army Officers – applications close 20 July; training starts 9 January 2022.

*Army officer

For further information please visit or phone 08001FORCE.

Appointments can also be made with a recruiter at the Manukau Recruiting Office, Level 1 Westfield Shopping Centre, Manukau City Mall; phone 09 2360040.

Law at Otago Presentation

Otago University are holding a Law presentation for Year 12 and 13 students considering studying Law. This is a great opportunity to find out if studying law at Otago is the right fit for you.

Auckland, Aorere College, Thursday 10th June, 2.30-4.30pm.

Auckland, University of Otago Auckland Office, Thursday 10th June, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

To register please email or phone 03 470 4611. For further information please visit

Victoria University of Wellington Information Evening

Victoria University are holding an Information Evening in Auckland, Thursday 10th June, 6-8.30pm at the Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland. This is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to find out more about studying in Wellington. Academics, accommodation staff and current university students will be there to answer any questions and share their experiences. To register please see or for further information please email

Otago University Information Evening

Otago University are holding an Information Evening in Auckland, on Tuesday 22nd June, 6.30-8pm at the Ellerslie Events Centre. This is agreat opportunity for prospective students and their families to hear about Otago University, including accommodation, scholarships and study options.

Tuesday 22nd June, 6.30 – 8pm

Guineas Ballroom 1 & 2, Level 3, Ellerslie Event Centre, 100 Ascot Avenue, Ellerslie. Entrance through Gate3, via Ascot Avenue (off Greenlane East), Auckland. Free on-site parking.

Manukau Institute of Technology Experience Days

Bookings are now open for Year 11-13 who are interested in attending a MIT Experience Day. Experience Days are free of charge and designed to give students a taste of tertiary study at MIT. These days are practical with a series of hands on activities and run from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Baking, culinary and hospitality - Monday 12 July;

Early Childhood Education - Tuesday 13 July;

Primary Teaching - Tuesday 13 July;

Nursing - Tuesday 13 July or Wednesday 14 July;

Sport - Wednesday 14 July.

Places are limited so please book early, either online or see Pam at the Careers Office.

Crown Institute of Studies

Crown are holding a series of Open Days for future students to find out more about working in the Hospitality, Business, Travel & Tourism, and Computing industries, as well as the courses they offer. 22 June, 13 July and 6 August. Visit anytime from 9am to 2pm at their Auckland Campus, 80 Anzac Avenue, Auckland City. Please call into the Careers Office for an Information Booklet or visit for further details.

Telford Taster Camps

If you are interested in discovering what it is like to live and learn at Telford then these three day action packed camps are for you. Agriculture, Rural Veterinary Tech or Equine. 13-17 July, or 5-9 October, or 7-11 December. For more information email or call 0800 835 367 or see

If you have any questions or would like further information on any of the above, please feel free to contact Pam McArley on

OAS Sport 2021:

Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:



WITH VOLLEYBALL WAIKATO – Alexandro Mariano and Anke van Dijk

Starting TUESDAY 8 JUNE for 5 weeks until the end of term 3.15pm-4.45pm

ALL GIRLS Year 7-10 welcome.

Cost is $30 for the 5 sessions (registrations will be online on sport website under “volleyball”). Payable at the school office.

JUNIOR TEAMS (years 8-10) will be made at the start of term 3 and training will commence for the Junior season then.

Come and see if indoor volleyball is the sport for you at the VOLLEYBALL WAIKATO sessions.


For all draws, match info, ladder and results in the Counties Manukau competition, parents and players should download the My Rugby app on their phone.



Our Senior boys and Open Girls have started their secondary school league at Franklin Basketball. For all draws and results click here:


Open Girls manager: Kristin Glass 0272396634

Senior Boys manager: Andrea Wareham 027 3268665

Junior games:

Draw and results click here:

U11 yr 5/6 manager: Stacey Mahoney 021885711

U14 yr 7/8 mixed manager: Anna Ronaki 0212455117

U14 yr 7/8 AIMS manager: Kirsten Eady 021885359

Good luck to all players!

Lunchtime trainings have started, please remind your children to attend:

Monday Break 1: Year 7/8 Mixed After school: Open girls

Tuesday Break 1: AIMS boys basketball

Wednesday Break 1: Open Girls After school: AIMS boys

Friday Break 1: Year 5/6

Teams are on the website now. If your child’s name is not on there, and he/she still wishes to play, please contact Anke van Dijk.


Our Hockey team has fused with Strathallan for their first few weeks of 11 aside hockey. Their competition has started. Trainings are Wednesday after school at the Tuakau College Hockey Turf. Any players still wanting to join or give hockey a try, you are more than welcome!

For draws and results:

Good luck to all players! Have fun!

Sport Dates 2021

A lot of dates have been added to the school calendar so far. More will be added as information becomes available. Please check the calendar regularly for any updates.

25 June

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

27 July-28 July

Photolife sport photos

5 – 10 September

AIMS Tournament Week

16-17 September

Whangamata Sports Exchange Years 9-13

22-26 November

Junior Volleyball Championships

General Information:

New Uniform (available at school office):


Polar Fleece Vests (size 8, 10) $15.00

Cargo Shorts (size 4 - 1 only left) $22.90

Culottes (size 4, 8, 10, 12, 14) $26.60


Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 10, 12, 14,) $22.90

Boys & Girls belt loop shorts (size 76, 96, 100, 104, 108) $22.90

Boys & Girls trousers (size 76, 80) $30.70

Girls poly viscose skirt (size 52, 57, 92, 97) $39.20

Boys short sleeve white shirt (size 12 x 3 only) $33.90

Boys & Girls blue polo shirt (size M x 2 only) $25.90

Second Hand School Uniform:

Thank you to the families that have donated second hand school uniform to sell. All money raised is being used to purchase new books in the Junior School. If you have any old uniforms, they can be dropped at the school office.

We still have lots of items for sale. You can come to Room 7 at 3:00 on Mondays to have a look, or send an email to to request items. Each item is $10 and can be paid in cash or by internet banking to 06 0405 0217064 00. Please reference child’s name and “2nd hand uniform”

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.

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

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  • virus removal
  • business documents
  • sales - new & used
  • data recovery
  • internet security
  • networks
  • tuition

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