Newsletter No. 02


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GJ Gardner Homes - Franklin / Papakura is excited to release a generous fundraising referral offer to the Onewhero School Community. With titles due in Kaipo Heights in September, the new development offers large sections with options for elevated views. With pre-priced house and land packages available or the option to design your own dream home, contact the friendly team at GJ Gardner Papakura/Franklin.

For every unconditional build contract entered into before the end of September MJB construction will donate $2500 to the school, so please be sure to mention Onewhero Area School.

If you are interested in more information please email

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

The last couple of weeks have been a great start to the school year with swimming sports and tabloid sports for our older students going ahead. The students practiced their house chants to build house spirit which we heard across the school on the day. Well done to all those who participated.

Our first assembly this year had a focus on student leadership. All students at OAS can show leadership through their actions every day, and there are many pathways for students to become involved in the school and show leadership. Badges were given out to our senior leaders and to our year 6 house leaders, with the year 8’s still to be done. This year our senior house leaders will work closely with their junior counterparts to organise termly house events. This term’s house event is a quiz which will be held on the last day of term.

At this assembly we also introduced the new house flags, each fortnight the current winning house flag is flown on the flagpole, well done to Hillary, the current lead house.

Assemblies are held fortnightly in our school hall on Monday at 2:30pm. Parents and community are welcome to attend. The next assembly is on 6th March.

The school has done well in 2022 NCEA results, placing our students above the national averages. 75.6% of students enrolled throughout the year for Level 1 achieved, 87.8% of Level 2, and 72.7% of Level 3, Almost half of our Level 1 and 3 students achieved with merit or excellence endorsement. One student gained an outstanding achievement in their scholarship exam for biology. NCEA endorsement certificates will be handed out at assembly this term.

Our Kapa Haka students performed at the Vintage Cars Day as a fundraiser for them. They looked fantastic in their new uniform shirts. These students demonstrated our school values and represented our school with pride.

Have a great weekend

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

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School Lockers

Students that wish to hire a locker for the year can come to office at break 1 only to arrange this. These are now available, please bring in your own lock and $20.00 cash/eftpos or pay online to the school account.

Whole School Assembly - Monday 6th March at 2.30pm in the School Hall

Non-Uniform Day & Bake Sale Sale - Thursday, 17th March Fundraising for CNI Coaching Clinic

Onewhero Area School Swimming Sports 2023


8 years and under

1st - Pippa Missen

2nd - Isla Cathcart

3rd - Isla Johnson

9 years

1st - Malaika Klay

2nd - Ella Fleming

3rd = Bridget Baldwin

= Ruby Watkinson

10 years

1st - Ava Johnstone

2nd - Ella Morgan

3rd - Trelise Shorter

Year 7

1st - Kayla Lee

2nd - Hayley Pedersen

3rd - Ketia Aldworth

Year 8

1st - Regan Harlick

2nd - Emma Cathcart

3rd - Kiriana Ronaki

Junior Girls

1st - Kaitlyn Payne

2nd - Stella Jones

3rd - Niamh Maloney

Intermediate Girls

1st - Larni Ronaki

2nd - Paiton Taylor

3rd - Georgia Haarhoff

Senior Girls

1st - Megan Pearson

2nd - Ashlee Greathead

3rd - Ruby Cameron


8 years and under

1st = Dominic McCabe

1st =- Kurt Kerslake

3rd = Lewis Holmes

9 years

1st = Olly Greaves

2nd = Ira Dwen

= Zac Smith

10 years

1st - Themba Clay

2nd = Owen Hope

= Alex Arnett

Year 7

1st - Stanley Foote

2nd - Max Morgan

3rd - Nico Dwen

Year 8

1st - Ricky Maitland

2nd - Aidan Taylor

3rd - Jake Johnstone

Junior Boys

1st - Tutewehiwehi Ronaki

2nd - Billy Gillam

3rd - Jason Scott

Intermediate Boys

1st - Joel Jenkins

2nd - Josh Shaw

3rd - Riley Harlick

Senior Boys

1st - Joe Thackham

2nd - Blake Bovill

3rd - Charlie Mead

AND…. The HOUSE POINTS for Swimming Sports were…

Hillary - 1384 Te Kanawa - 917 Ngarimu - 898 Rutherford - 637

TABLOIDS: Friday 24th Feb

WOWee… What a day it was for Senior School Tabloids- Not sure what the actual temperature was, but brrrrr!!!!!!!!!!

Very very proud of the students that got involved and got wet for their HOUSE and showed their school pride by getting stuck in.

To start with - the relays:

Year 4 - 6:

(3 boys and 3 girls)

1st - Hillary 2nd - Ngarimu 3rd - Rutherford 4th - Te Kanawa

Year 7 and 8:

(3 boys and 3 girls)

1st - Hillary 2nd - Te Kanawa 3rd - Ngarimu 4th - Rutherford

Years 9-13:

(4 boys and 4 girls)

1st - Ngarimu 2nd - Hillary 3rd - Te Kanawa 4th - Rutherford


Flying Squadron:

(1 boy and 1 girl from every year - 4-13)

1st - Ngarimu 2nd - Hillary 3rd - Te Kanawa 4th - Rutherford

We also managed to get another couple of fun relays done before the hypothermia set in! He he.

The Rugby Jersey Relay and The Plank Race.

We are hoping to have the Junior Tabloids one day soon when it is a tad warmer for our smaller students!


Hillary - 1499 Ngarimu - 998 Te Kanawa - 997 Rutherford - 692

We do have lots of cool photos taken by our school photographers! We are hoping to be able to share some on FB soon.

After School Drama

From week seven this term we will be holding drama activities after school for students with an interest in the dramatic arts. The group will meet once a week, after school, and take part in activities that encourage the students to develop their drama skills, and to explore ideas using drama as a form of expression. The group will be supported by a selection of teachers and senior students, together the group will create three short plays that will be performed as part of the school’s Arts and Culture Evening, in the school hall in term three.

After School Drama is open to all students from throughout the school, aged from eight years old and above.

The group will meet in learning hub on Monday afternoons from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Our first sessions will take place on Monday 13th of March. After School Drama will continue throughout the year until The Arts and Culture Evening in term three.

Students wishing to take part can collect a form to register form the school’s office, these need to be filled out and returned by Friday March 10th.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Mr Jordan at the school (ph) 2328866


Kia ora whaanau!

Onewhero Area School is getting ready to once again welcome short term International Student Groups to our school after three years of Covid.

This is an exciting opportunity for our students as well as for the whole community to learn about different cultures, games, food etc through connection and friendships. We host groups from 6 to 30 students at a time, from four days to 6 weeks.

For these exchanges to go ahead, we need host families that are wanting to open their hearts and homes to these students and show them our kiwi way of life. Homestay families will be compensated for their costs and effort ($280 per student per week or $40 per night). We try to host students 2 per family, but sometimes there might also be single placements.

If you are keen to host, you need to be able to offer them a room with a bed, desk etc and provide meals and transport to and from school. (School busses may be an option) You need to treat them as part of your family.

Interested families will need to be police vetted under the vulnerable children's act, and approved by the school. By hosting these students, you will be part of our homestay families group and be invited to cultural parties etc. It is a great way to connect with likeminded families and a fantastic way for your children to learn about other cultures. Most International students love interacting with young children and playing games with them.

Full support will be given from our International Student coordinator.

We are keen to hear from families, couples and singles who may be keen to be part of this!

If you are interested to find out more without any obligations whatsoever, please click on this link to request more information:

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Kia ora,

Our OAS Sport website is updated weekly.

At the moment registrations are open for basketball and rugby.

Netball registrations have closed and teams will be announced at the end of this week.

OAS SPORT Website:


We communicate through the following channels:

1/ Our Newsletter, sent out to all email addresses in our school database. If you change your email address, please inform the school office.

2/ School app – it is important to download the school app and register for the alerts you wish to keep up to date with. (ie ALL sport, or specified sport).

3/ Kamar notices ; for students, read out at the start of the day. These notices are also visible for parents in the school app and via the website.

4/ School Facebook page and website.

5/ School Instagram page (more directed to students and a celebration of sport).

6/ For specific tournaments and opportunities, letters and permission slips will be handed out to the students. Please return permission slips before the cut off deadline or your child may not be able to participate. This is because of our own registration deadlines to event organisers, organisation of transport arrangements and Risk Assessment preparation deadlines, all of which will need to be done well before the event.

6/ General sports info is on our Sport website, accessible via the school website.


RUGBY 2023

ALL players YEAR 9 and ABOVE, can only play rugby through the secondary schools system, NOT through club. Therefor if your child is year 9 or above, YOU NEED TO REGISTER THEM FOR RUGBY THROUGH SCHOOL.

Grading of the team, or players will be done once we have an idea what sort of players we have for that year.

Rugby registrations close on 17 March. Please register via


Basketball registrations are OPEN:

Basketball at Onewhero is played in term 2 and 3. Anyone from year 5 to year 13 can play basketball at Onewhero school. Trainings are held once per week in the school gym, either during break time for the younger ones, or after school for the more senior players.
Games are played weekly at the Pukekohe Rec Center on Friday nights for year 5/6 and 7/8, and Thursday nights for our Junior year 9/10 and Senior Yr 11-13 grades. Some grades are based on ages, rather than school years.

We are looking at sending one of our junior boys teams to the College Sport competition at Bruce Pulman. These games are played on Thursday night as well.
We encourage everyone boys or girls, keen to play basketball for the school to register. Teams will be based on ages and/or genders and ability. Trials may be needed.

We are also looking at the possibility of sending a boys basketball team to the NZ AIMS games this year. This is for year 7/8 boys.

If your child is keen to be part of this, please indicate on the form


9 Years & Under - Birth years 2014 & 2015
11 Years & Under Potentially 2 Divisions for Term 2- Birth years 2012 & 2013
14 Years & Under Div 1 & Div 2- Birth years 2010, 2011
$180 for 2 terms (this includes a $30 refundable uniform bond)

Secondary school grades ( birth years 2008 and earlier)
$170 for the season (this includes a $30 refundable uniform bond)

Fees need to be paid online to the OAS Trust Account
ANZ 06 0405 0217064 00 reference: name and Basketball fees

Registrations close: 24 March 2023 Fees due: 6 April 2022
Fees that are not paid by due date, will result in the cancellation of your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Franklin basketball also charges an annual affiliation fee in 2023 of $25 per player. This needs to be paid directly to Franklin Basketball. Players also need to register their affiliation directly with Franklin Basketball online. YOU CAN ONLY PLAY FOR THE SCHOOL TEAMS IF ALSO AFFILIATED WITH FBB.

This does not apply to the team playing at Bruce Pulman. However, we might be able to arrange van transport for this team in which case an extra $25 per player will apply to cover this.


We are still looking for a few year 5/6 players. If your child is keen to give netball a go, and hasn’t registered yet, please email

All netball fees are due by 7 March.

Fees for 2023:
Year 5-8: $170 (includes $30 refundable uniform bond)
Year 9-13: $190 (includes $30 refundable uniform bond)


Our FREE 8 week netball initiation program for our youngest students in year 1 and 2 has been going well. There is still room for more children! And YES this includes boys!

The purpose of this program is to 'Explore' Netball. The aim is for players to catch, pass and shoot from day one, providing a fun introduction to Netball.

This will start Wednesday 8th February and run weekly from 3.15pm to 4pm.

Last day will be 5th April 2023.

The sessions will be run by Natalie Smith and we will need some parent helpers each week to assist. No netball experience necessary.

Parents will need to register their children via this link please:

NZ Modern School of Music

Looking for a fun activity?

Enquire now about in-school guitar/ ukulele lessons for term one 2023.

Fun, creative and convenient. All levels. Learn to play your favourite songs!

One on one lessons or buddy up with a friend.

Opportunity to enter into local music competitions and music exams.

Limited numbers, so be quick!

Contact Donna Allely for lesson information.

Phone 021 1858553




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 white boys shirt size 12 x 2 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 :


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Rural Youth & Adult Literacy Trust

Rural Youth And Literacy Trust is a not for profit organization with our office based in Port Waikato.

We offer free reading and writing lessons for teenagers 13 years and older and adults that living in rural areas (or who are otherwise isolated) and cant get into a main Literacy centre for whatever reason. Tuition is free and our tutors can coach students over the phone or Zoom.

0800 891 339

Boost Your Learning

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.

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Outdoor / water opportunity for girls and boys aged 14 and 15 years old

Tuakau District Sea Scouts has a reputation for providing fun activities outdoors for our young people / rangatahi. With us, youth learn amazing life-skills and meet other like-minded young people from all over the region and the country.

We have a long list of ex-Venturers who have found that Scouting looks great on their CV's and provides glowing references. Most Venturers stay with us until they are 18.5 years.

Venturers meet on Thursday evenings during terms and there are often weekend activities that take them all over the place. Learn or get better at kayaking, sailing, rowing, camping, tramping.

We respect that these are busy years at school and we try to help our young people learn work-life balance.

I look forward to answering your questions or welcoming you along to try us out.

Nga mihi nui, Bridget

Group Leader / Venturer Leader

Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts

09 2328250 / 022 6011615

Dates ahead:

26 Feb - Kayak Leader Certificate - Leaders & Vents 16+

10-12 Mar - Northland Regatta - Scouts & Venturers

26 Mar - Sailing training day - Scouts & Vents

7-10 Apr - Auckland Regatta - Scouts & Venturers


21-23 Apr - Camp @ Waikaretu - Cubs

30 Dec-7 Jan - Jamboree - Scouts (11-15yrs on 30 Dec)

Free Junior Chess Coaching Days

Good Afternoon all our Counties Chess Club is hosting 5 FREE open Junior Chess Coaching Days for all levels of player ,Coaching this weekend will be provided by the number 1 ranked New Zealand under 18 women’s player who is a member of our Chess Club.

As I said these Free days start this Saturday the 11th February and will continue on the 25th February, the 11th March, and 1st and 15th April to be held at the Counties Chess Club rooms at the Mauku Victory Hall at 430 Union Road Mauku ,they all start at 10am and finish at 12pm (midday) these are opportunities to learn how to play or improve anyone’s Chess ability.

This invitation also means that if anyone just wants to come and checkout our setup, they are more than Welcome to do so.Tea,Coffee and Biscuits provided.

We look forward to introducing or improving the great game of Chess to anyone that is keen to learn.


Ron Lanning

President Counties Chess Club

Mobile 0272128232

Our Club website is

Our Facebook Group Page

2023 Fully Funded Outward Bound Courses for students with physical disabilities

Enrolments are now open for the following Outward Bound courses for secondary school students with physical disabilities. These courses run once a year in April.

These courses are fully funded.
The only cost to students is getting a pre-course medical done by a GP and getting themselves to and from Picton via bus, ferry, personal vehicle or air.

These 8 day courses and are based in the Marlborough Sounds. Students build confidence, resilience, and make new friends through activities such as sailing, waka ama, ropes course, and camping.


A course for physically disabled youth (13 to 16yrs) to attend with a parent or caregiver.

Fri 7 - Fri 14 April 2023


An 8 day course for physically disabled people aged 16-17 years.

Thur 20 - Thur 27 April 2023

To find out more see or contact us:


Freephone: 0800 688 927

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Rising Stars - Pukekohe Performing Arts Youth Theatre

Term One is underway!


Wednesdays – 5-6pm ages 8-11yrs

Wednesdays – 6-7pm ages 12-17yrs

Tutor: Hayley Va’a

Cost: $150 per child per term

Discount available if more than one child is enrolled in the same term.

For more info and enrolment form please send an email to:

Harrington Theatre, 2 Harrington Ave, Pukekohe

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Pukekohe Performing Arts - Mary Poppins Jr 14th-22nd April 2023

Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing.

Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on magical adventures! Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it”.

Tickets available at from 17 March.

Dandelions and Dragonflies

We provide:

- High teacher to child ratios

- All meals, nappies, wipes

- Free play and structure

- Preparation for school programme

- Individual Learning portfolios

- Primary caregivers for infants

- Support for children with allergies

- Participation in school activities like Ag Day

- A recently renovated fresh and homely environment

- A very large outdoor space to explore

- Extended operating hours of Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm

- Care from 3 months to 5 years

The Centre was initially operating on a standard Probationary Licence as a newly re-opened Centre, but in November 2022 easily passed its Ministry of Education Full Licencing Review. Enrolments have continued to grow steadily and the Centre is now fully staffed and bustling.

To find out more or to arrange a Centre Visit, please contact:

Dandelions and Dragonflies

Centre Manager, Kerryn Smith


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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


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