Newsletter No. 17


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

Last Friday we said goodbye to Mrs Justine Millen (Wootton) who is heading off on maternity leave for a year. We wish her all the best for her time with her baby. We welcome back Mrs Keryn Walker (Chitty) who will be covering the classes for the year. It is great to have her back on the team. Whaea Anna Ronaki will be acting Head of Department. Also in the staffing front, Mrs Tessa Ritchie will be stepping into acting Deputy Principal of Curriculum for the rest of this year. She brings with her a passion for the local curriculum and will add to our Senior Leadership Team.

As part of our focus on PB4L we are running a positive behaviour day on the last day of term. The students have already earned a non uniform day for their improved efforts around tagging and looking after our school environment. The students have been given ‘coffee cards’ to claim points. Once a card is full it is returned to the Whaanau teacher, the school is aiming to get 2000 points ( That is 400 full ‘coffee cards’) to earn a sausage sizzle, and if they get more than 2000 points an extra surprise will be added. To earn points students need to show our school wide behaviour expectations. No money will be required for the last day of school.

As we hit the flu season and students are tired, please remember that if your child is sick they should stay home. At school we are maintaining healthy hygiene practices to try to reduce the spread of sickness.

Our Year 10 students have been given the opportunity to participate in the Spirit of Adventure this year. Mr Cameron is leading this group. If your child is interested in putting their name forward please get in contact with him. It is an awesome opportunity to develop team and leadership skills outside the classroom. Past students that have participated really enjoyed the experience and saw personal growth in resilience and confidence.

Thank you to the whaanau that filled in the survey on knowing where your child is at. In Years 9-13 we have opened up the comments section of assessments to the Kamar portal. Now when you log into the portal you should be able to see the marks your child has received and any feedback from those assessments. With assessments that are project based the teachers will be writing comments about where your child is at so you can assist with making sure they stay on track.

Lastly in response to feedback we have adapted the school calendar by adding in a community one that has important events for parents to know. You will see that this is now the link to the calendar in the newsletter. Events for students can still be accessed through the app, as are the assessment calendars for NCEA. We are hoping the new community calendar will be easier to view so that parents know what is happening each week.

Have a great weekend and good luck to all the teams playing, represent OAS by "Being the best we can - No limits!"

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Onewhero Area School Board

Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Owein Greaves – Board Chair


by: Friday 23rd July 2021

Australian Mathematics Competition

Entries are now open for the Australian Mathematics Competition. This is open to any students from Year 5 to Year 13. Please see your classroom teacher or Mrs Bovill in the Mathematics Department for an entry form. The fee this year is $7 per student.

Please get your form and money ($7) into the office or pay via internet banking referencing Australian Maths and childs name, by the end of this term. OAS Trust Account 06-0405-0217064-00.

The competition will be held sometime between Wednesday 4th August and Friday 6th August and as it is completed online students will need to have their own device.

Gayle Bovill

HOD Mathematics

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Onewhero Ag Day 2021 – Saturday 2 October

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, dog and/or chickens. The Onewhero Area School Ag Day will be held on Saturday 2 October this year and is open to Year 1-8 students and preschoolers (3yrs+, lambs and goats only).

Onewhero Ag Day Volunteers Meeting
Monday 28 June, 7.00pm

If you're keen and able to help make Ag Day a fantastic event for the kids and community, then come along to the meeting to find out more. We'll meet in the school staff room from 7.00pm. If you're unable to make the meeting, but think you can help out in some small way, then please email

Ag Day Animal Entries

Ag Day is closer than you think! Calves born from 24 June 2021, and lambs and goats born from 1 July 2021 are eligible for entry in this year’s Ag Day, as are dogs, and chickens that are ordered through school (see below). Animal entries will open at the end of Term 2… watch this space!

Chicken Orders

Chicken orders have now CLOSED. If you have ordered baby chickens, remember to collect them next Friday 2 July from school at 3.00pm. You will need to bring a closed box (with air holes), no smaller than a shoe box, to the office before the day of collection. Our Ag Day volunteers box the chickens up during school hours on the day of collection so they are ready to go home with you at 3.00pm.

Please note that students cannot take the chickens home on the school buses.

Those students who are considering showing their chickens at Ag Day will be given a diary to complete while they are rearing their chickens. Just ask for a diary when you collect your chickens. One diary per student.

Spud in the Bucket Competition … Enter Now!

Year 1-8 students have the opportunity to enter the Spud in the Bucket competition again this year, with awards for the Heaviest Potato and Greatest Collective Weight of Spuds up for grabs. Each bucket of potatoes is ‘weighed in’ the day before Ag Day.

Entry forms have been distributed to all Year 1-8 students this week, there are extra copies in the student window and can also be downloaded from

Entries need to be delivered, with the entry fee ($5), to the office by Thursday 1 July. One entry per student. Seed potatoes and buckets will be handed out to entrants on Thursday 8 July.

Important Dates

28 June 2021 … Ag Day Volunteers meeting, 7.00pm - all welcome!

1 July 2021 … Spud in the Bucket entries close

2 July 2021 … Baby chickens ready for collection at 3.00pm

8 July 2021 … Seed potatoes and buckets handed out to Spud in the Bucket entrants

2 October 2021 … Onewhero Ag Day 2021

4 November 2021 … Franklin South Group Day at Mangatangi School

More Information

We will be posting regular updates to the school newsletter and the Ag Day Facebook page ( from now on. If you have any questions, please email


Job Opportunities

Customer Service/Yard Person

ITM Tuakau are currently looking for staff, preferably school leavers, to work in customer service and their yard.

Training includes Forklift licence and Truck driver’s licence. This is a full time position.

Please phone ITM Tuakau for further details or call in to ITM Tuakau to apply.

Auckland University Open Days

Online Open Day Tuesday 29th June

On Campus Open Day Saturday 28th August

Register at

NZ Defence Force

Army Reserve Information Evening – Manukau

Thursday 24th June, 5.30pm; Defence Careers Manukau Office, Level 1, Westfield Manukau City, 1 Leyton Way, Manukau.

The purpose of the New Zealand Army Reserve Force, (ResF), formerly known as the Territorial Force, is to support the Regular Force on operations. We are actively seeking more ResF soldiers for the Artillery, Engineer, Infantry and Logistics regiments, as well as the Medical corps. Training programmes for each unit vary but ResF soldiers typically train one night a week and several weekends per year. A ResF soldier completes a minimum of 20 days’ training per year although many soldiers enjoy the challenge the Service offers and choose to train more. Much of the training occurs outside of university semester time, and ResF soldiers can conceivably earn $15,000 in their first year through their part time employment.

Please see attached flyer for further information and links to register your interest.

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 2021; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Aircraft technician * Avionics technician * Communications & information systems technician * Intelligence specialist * Medic

Army Soliders – applications close 4 October 2021; training starts 14 February 2022.

*Ammunition technician * Armourer * Automotive technician * Chef * Combat driver * Electrical fitter * Electronics technician * Infantry * Medic * Movement operator * Steward * Supply technician

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

*Army officer

Navy Sailors – applications close tbc October 2021; training starts 21 February 2022.

*Combat system specialist * Cryptologic technician * Electronic warfare specialist * Marine technician * Steward

Navy Officers – applications close 20 July 2021; training starts 17 January 2022.

*Hydrographic survey officer * Mine clearance diving 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.

Auckland University Future Students Evening

Senior Students considering attending Auckland University are invited, along with their parents/caregiver to attend our South Auckland Future Students Evening. The event will take place in the heart of South Auckland at our new campus - Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau (close to Westfield Manukau).

Date and time: Wednesday, 7 July from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The event will start at 6:30pm with a formal welcome and a presentation to our guests. The presentation will be an introduction to our university which will include information on entry requirements, programmes, support services and so on.We do encourage all students who are considering studying at a university to attend our event alongside their parents/whānau. We will have representatives across all faculties attending this event.

To register please visit:

Manukau Institute of Technology Enrolment Day

On Saturday 10 July we have our MIT Enrolment Day, focused on prospective students with the following objectives:

  • To complete their current application process.
  • Those who have yet to apply and wish to.

Saturday 10 July, 10am-12pm @ MIT Manukau Campus, corner Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue. Free parking at Campus Carpark 10am -2pm.

For further information please visit

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.

Radiation Therapy

Otago University are hosting a series of tours through the Auckland City Hospital Cancer Centre, for Year 12/13 students interested in studying Radiation Therapy. Wednesday 21 July 4.30pm, Wednesday 17 November 4.30pm. To register or for further details please see

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

Unitec Holiday Programs

Design and Contemporary Arts and Performing and Screen Arts workshops for 15-19 year olds in the July school holidays. Bookings for our July School Holiday workshops close on the 7th of July, however we encourage you to book in as early as possible so you don't miss out.

Acting for Stage and Screen (14th & 15th July) Due to popular demand, we have opened up another Acting workshop
Thinking acting may be the life for you? Keen to know more about how we train at one of Aotearoa’s top drama schools? The Unitec Performing and Screen arts acting programme is offering a two-day workshop designed to give you a taste of the acting life. The workshop will provide you with an introduction to acting training including live performance skills and working in front of the camera. You will work with industry professionals and highly experienced acting tutors.

Mural Painting (23rd July)
Come along to a one-day Stencil art workshop and learn the basics of using spray paint. You'll be taught by local graffiti artist ‘Berst’.

Make your own YouTube title sequence (21st - 22nd July)
In this two-day workshop you will experience a tour of Adobe’s After Effects and Green Screen processes in creating a title sequence for your own YouTube channel. In this course we will explore how to sequence images, create multi-layered video compositions, and work with particles. By the end of this two day experience you will have your own Motion Graphic title sequence to take on the world.

Tactile Worlds (21st - 22nd July)
This fun two-day workshop will introduce students to a breadth of materials and processes associated with sculptural practice. We will consider the performative object typically associated with artist Erwin Wurm then construct large scale structures using a range of materials, card and clay.

Screen Bites (15th July)

Learn about jobs in film and television industry. Combine creative and technical skills in this hands-on workshop where you'll work in collaboration to write, produce, shoot and edit a short project.

Year 13 Key Dates

All tertiary providers have slightly different dates but as a general rule of thumb:

Mid-June – Early-July – Scholarship applications open

1 August – University Accommodation applications open

Mid – End-August – Scholarship applications due

Early-September – 2022 Study Applications open

15 September – Accommodation CCRF due (school reference to support accommodation application)

Mid – End-September – Accommodation offers sent out

Mid-December – 2022 Study Applications close*

*Please check individual provider websites for actual dates for specific scholarships, accommodation and program application deadlines.

Tertiary Scholarships

MoneyHub, a personal finance website, has a comprehensive guide to school leaver university scholarships. The resource is extensively for 2021's Year 13 students:
We would strongly recommend any Year 13 student considering tertiary studies in 2022 to start looking at available scholarships now. Generally applications close in August.

Forestry Scholarship

Nga Karahipi Uru Rakau Forestry Scholarships are now open to applicants who are Maori and/or female, enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science at University of Canterbury or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forestry Engineering at University of Canterbury. Applications close 15 August 2021.

For further details see or email or phone 0800 00 83 33.

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:


Come and buy some yummy cupcakes and slices from our Area Schools athletes who are fundraising for their trip to Dunedin. $2 each


A big thank you from the sports department to all our coaches and managers for giving up their time this year to help our students play the sport they love!

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Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:


For all draws, match info, ladder and results in the Counties Manukau completion, 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:

Junior games:

Draw and results click here:


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!


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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.

22 June

AIMS Rugby tackle day

7 July

Year 7/8 Franklin Hockey Tournament

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

28 July

Photolife sport photos

5 August

Year 7/8 Franklin Netball Tournament

5 – 10 September

AIMS Tournament Week

16-17 September

Whangamata Sports Exchange Years 9-13

18-19-20 November

Auckland Junior Volleyball Championships

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.

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

Community Notices:

Onewhero Daycare

Hi, for a number of months we have been working towards re-opening the Onewhero daycare. We’ve renovated the building including putting in a Commercial Kitchen so we can provide meals. We’ve been through a Resource Consent process with Council so that we can offer places to under two year-olds which weren’t previously available. We’re also extending the operating hours to full-day care to cater to working parents. We’re working really hard to make this a high quality centre.

We’re now starting to hire staff to help us on that journey. You can find the job advert to apply online either by searching on keyword ‘Dandelions’ at or you can find the job advert link on our Facebook page DandelionsAndDragonfliesOnewhero and follow us there for future updates.

Ngā mihi nui

Stephen Darby


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NEW - Edventure Holiday Programme

We are excited to announce that Edventure TRONBOTS - Robotics will be running alongside our other holiday programmes including Edventure Everyday, Outdoors, and D&D. A programme for everyone these holidays. 5-13 yr olds, a mixture of onsite activities and field trips, Planned and run by teachers, Safe and fun! Also running these holidays Edventure Young Explorers Camp. pick up locations throughout Waikato, Auckland and BOP.

From $45 per day, OSCAR available, @Berkley.

more info and book online at


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