Onewhero Area School

Newsletter No. 10 - 7th May 2021

Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 2. Over the break the hall has been completed and the senior courts have been turfed. The carvings for our Maaori class are almost complete, so we are working on planning an opening/blessing ceremony for all the new areas of our work. This ceremony will be on the 31st of May in the morning. It would be great to have you all come, so save the day.

In Room 4 they have been working on poems for autumn. See the photos below.

Over the break, some of our senior leaders attended the Tuakau ANZAC ceremony. Torrin beautifully read a poem about the farmers that went to war. Emily and Kimberley presented the wreath on behalf of the school. The next day 11 of the senior leaders headed to Great Barrier for leadership camp. They learnt a lot of new skills and developed their ability to work as a team.

Next week on Thursday is a teacher only day. This teacher only day is for our staff to learn about some of the changes to NCEA that are happening. Our junior teachers are working on planning and resources for their units, and some are attending professional development in phonics. Our middle school teachers are working on the agency programs.

Ngaa mihi

Rebecca Bills


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Year 10 Mathematics Trip:

Onewhero Area School has once again signed up to be involved in the Secondary Schools Employer Partnerships (SSEP). Smart Waikato SSEP are formal relationships where employers from priority industries in the Waikato region work with teachers at Year 9/10 level to create ‘real world’ learning opportunities for students.

During the SSEP programme business representatives come into the classroom to show how they apply what students are learning in the classroom in their everyday work. Students also go on workplace visits hosted by employer partners to see their classroom learning being applied in real work situations. In addition to gaining a better understanding of the school subject, students meet a range of business representatives from different industries and are introduced to a wide range of careers. This supports students when thinking about their future careers and school subject choices.

The Mathematics Department have been working with Dempsey Wood, a company that specialises in Civil Infrastructure and Subdivision. They are a long standing company, being in business for 27 years. Dempsey Wood are behind a development at 161-169 Park Estate, Rosehill, Papakura.

On Thursday the 8th April the Year 10 cohort travelled to Rosehill, students went around the subdivision to look at various aspects of the development and to learn how Mathematics is used everyday in many ways.

A big thank you to Dempsey Wood for putting on a great day!


Road Safety Education Program

Year 11-13 students have the opportunity to attend a one day RYDA Road Safety Education Program on Tuesday 18th May. The program, specifically designed for this age group, aims to increase an understanding of road safety issues including risk factors, educate students about rights and responsibilities on the road and equip them with the tools they need to choose behaviors that lead to safer outcomes on NZ roads. NB: Students do not need to have their licence to take part in the program; the course does not teach technical driving skills.

The cost of the program is fully subsidized by Rotary Clubs, co-founding sponsors BOC and NZ Steel, and major partner Bridgestone, and the Onewhero Area School STAR programme. We also thank COGS Waikato West and Trust Waikato for supporting the program.

Permission letters will be sent home this week. Please discuss this opportunity with your teenager. This is an awesome opportunity for them to gain valuable information and knowledge through an award winning program. If you would like further information please see the attached flyer or visit If you have any questions or concerns please contact Pam McArley on

NZ College of Chiropractic

NZ College of Chiropractic are holding an Open Day on Saturday 15th May at their Mt Wellington campus. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a career in chiropractic, explore the campus, meet students and staff, hear about the program, campus life and admissions pathway. To register visit or phone 09 3839869 or email

Waikato University Open Day

Waikato University are holding Open Days for prospective students and their families. Explore study options, take campus tours, attend mini lectures, information sessions, accommodation tours, talk to faculty staff and current students, and get a taste of student life at Waikato Uni. Hamilton Campus Friday 21st May. Tauranga Campus Friday 28th May. To register or for further information visit

Dunedin Tertiary Open Day

Otago University and Otago Polytechnic are holding their Open Days Sunday 23 & Monday 24th May. Explore study options, take campus tours, attend mini lectures, information sessions, accommodation tours, talk to faculty staff and current students, and get a taste of student life in Dunedin. To register or for further information visit

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.

Hamilton, Hamilton Boys High School, Tuesday 25th May, 5.30 – 7.30pm.

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

Auckland, University of Otago Auckland Office, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

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

Victoria University of Wellington

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

NZ Defence Force

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.

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
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OAS Sport 2021:


Rugby season is kicking off this Saturday! We have two Onewhero school teams competing this year. Our First XV are playing in the Counties Manukau Championship grade and our U13 boys team will be playing in the Thames Valley competition.

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.

Good luck to both teams! Go hard boys!


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

Our Year 7/8 and Year 5/6 teams will be starting their games on Friday 21 May.

Lunchtime trainings:

Monday Break 1: Year 7/8 Mixed

Tuesday Break 1: AIMS boys basketball

Wednesday Break 1: Open Girls

Friday Break 1: Year 5/6


Our Hockey team has fused with Strathallan for their first few weeks of 11 aside hockey. Their competition is starting Monday with a game at Strathallan. 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 then 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.

18 July to 23 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

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

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:

Parenting Toolbox for Teens:

We are pleased to have another two courses being offered this year.

26th May to 30th June

25th August to 29th September

All these courses are on a Wednesday evening 6pm to 8:30pm at our Community Hub, 201 King Street, Pukekohe.

This is a great course focusing on building positive relationships and helping parents develop new ways to communicate and work with their teens.