Newsletter - Term 1 Week 4

Friday, 3rd March 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

What a busy day we all had yesterday at the school athletic sports. Thank you to the fantastic turn out of parents we had who came and supported their child and others. What was also wonderful to see is that we had 95% of students attending school today - which is really encouraging as often it is these type of events where kids are absent the most.

As mentioned in last weeks newsletter we are working with Active Southland around how we can run inclusive events that are engaging for all. I am aware that not all parents understand the rationale behind this yet but we will offer the opportunity for parents to come and attend a session with our Active Southland facilitator to go through this with parents. This will be a great opportunity for parents to seek clarification and rationale around why we want to make our activities fun and engaging for all. What was great to see today was kids being busy and having fun at the same time - using athletics as the context.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Completed Tau cards this week

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Athletics Day

Results from the Athletics will be published next week, as we are still running the 200m and 1500m today. More photos are on the schools Facebook page.

Touch Draw - 6th March

At present we have not received the touch draw for Monday. It will be posted on the App and Facebook on Monday or check the Touch Southland website under Western tab.

Entry Fee of $23 is now due.

Term 1 happenings...

Mon 6th -Thurs 9th March - Year 8 Technology at Winton

Mon 13th March - Western Athletics at Nightcaps

Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd March - Year 7 Technology at Winton

Sat 25th March - Southland Athletics at Surrey Park

Mon 27th – Wed 29th March - Year 7/8 Camp to Queenstown

Thurs 30th March - Board of Trustees meeting

Mon 3rd - Wed 5th April - Year 6 camp to Borland Lodge

Mon 3rd April - GRIP leadership course at Gore

Thurs 6th April - TERM 1 ENDS

Mon 24th April - TERM 2 STARTS

Tues 25th April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY


Tree House

Today the Tree House visited our school library and met Julie, our school librarian.

We are very excited to take our first school library book home tonight.


The term seems to be going quickly. Room 6 has been busy this week doing our Whanau (Family) Art for our Mihis. We have drawn the members of our whanau and coloured them using chalk pastels and then again using water coloured pencils. It was fun using the two different types of media (and quite messy). We have also done a colouring-in competition for the A&P show that is coming up this weekend. All of this amongst our ‘normal’ classroom learning programme. Have a lovely weekend, from Room 6.


Room 8

Room 8 had a great day yesterday at athletics. We have also learnt a new maths game which is fun to play with a partner.

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School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00

Friday Lunch Order Menu

Surf to City Family Passes

We have 4 Free Family passes to give away to any families that would like them.

Please see Julie at the office to pick up.

Online registration closes at 4pm on Saturday 11th March, however you can register on the day- even with a free family pass. Pre-registered numbers must be collected before Sunday the 12th from Active Southland reception.


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Winton Football Club

We will be having a ‘have a go’ session for juniors (4-16 yrs old, male and female) previous and new players are welcome.

Date: Thursday 9th March 2023

Time: 4pm

Place: Moore’s Reserve, Winton.

Enquiries can be made to or via facebook Past players can just register with MyComet using their username and password from last year.

BRICKCLUB - At the Otautau Southland District Council Library

These run fortnightly on a Monday

27th Feb

13th March

27th March

Commencing term 2

24th April and fortnightly thereafter

Otautau School Policies

Username: “otautau” Password: “otautauschool”

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