Newsletter No. 15


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

OAS would like to congratulate Fiona for her Queen’s birthday honour. It is fabulous to see a member of our community recognised for her hard work for rural communities. Thank you Fiona for all that you do.

OAS was also lucky to receive several Fluro vests and jackets for our school, through a facebook competition for Pro Tect Traffic . Thank you so much for the jackets and vests they will keep our students and staff warm and visible.

Next week we have ERO (Education Review Office) in the school doing a baseline data collection process with our staff. We are part of the new ERO process where they work with the school to improve our internal evaluation capability. From next week’s visit the school will work with ERO to plan our path forward as well as looking at the support ERO can provide us. For more information around their new processes, click on the link: here

Over this term our staff have been reviewing our behaviour management processes and revisiting restorative practices. (See behaviour flow chart) As a PB4L school we approach behavioural issues from an education perspective first, meaning we teach students how to behave in each setting. (See all setting matrix) Restorative practises do not mean that we talk and move on. Part of the restorative process is that outcomes are formed that students are required to meet. The difference between restorative and punitive is that it is done with the students rather than to them. It also addresses the relational side of behaviour. However as a school we still recognise from time to time we will need to use statutory (stand downs and suspensions) outcomes, particularly in cases where what has been done is illegal. For more information please see the link: here. If you have concerns about your child we encourage you to come in and discuss them with us. Please see below for who the best person to contact is:

Year 1-6: Behavioural or learning concerns please see the classroom teacher in the first instance, then if it is not resolved see Mrs Amodeo.

Year 7-10: Behavioural concerns see the whaanau teacher in the first instance, then see the team leader Mr Watson or the Dean Mr Donald, then if it is still unresolved see Mr Mann. For learning concerns see the subject teacher first, then Mr Watson or the Head of the Department, then if it is still unresolved see Mr Mann.

Year 11-13: Behavioural concerns see the whaanau teacher in the first instance, then if it is still unresolved see Jamie. For learning concerns see the subject teacher first, then the Head of the Department, then if it is still unresolved see Jamie.

It is through working together that we will see the best from our students and we will be the best we can be - no limits.

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

OAS Uniform Policy:

Kia Ora Koutou - I hope you’re enjoying the short week. The BOT recently received some feedback from a group of parents and students around the OAS uniform policy - with questions and comments around ensuring it is relevant and reflective of our community and NZ Society.

After a robust discussion during the meeting, a sub committee of board members met and reviewed a number of policies from a range of schools to present back to the wider BOT.

In light of those discussions, we strongly believe school and community input into our uniform policy is required, to ensure it is currently fit for purpose and will be seeking feedback in the Uniform/Dress Policy review which is scheduled for Term One next year (2022) - Rebecca will be sending out further details later in the year.

Where uniform/dress code breaches are addressed with our students, it is done because this is a policy that the OAS BOT have mandated and we are relying on your support to uphold this.

Onewhero Area School has chosen to have a school uniform to create a sense of unity, pride and community - Whanaungatanga.

As always we welcome any feedback on any school policy and look forward to engaging you on our uniform policy early next year.


Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School - BOT

"CRUZ - Shaves For A Cure"

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On Tuesday 15th June, Year 3 student, Cruz Kikkert will be shaving his hair after four years of growing it for "Shave For A Cure". In support the junior school are invited to wear a CRAZY WIG at the shave.

The shave will be taking place at 12.30pm on the junior courts. Members of the community are welcome to come and support Cruz.

Matariki Trophies:

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

Yr 9-13 Tooth Group Dental:

Kia Ora!

As we move forward into 2021, our team would like to thank you for allowing the opportunity to provide quality on-site mobile dentistry to your child.

The Ministry of Health and DHB have an obligation to ensure all students under the age of 18 have access to FREE dental care. Our team of clinical experts take pride as we play our part, providing oral health services, helping to empower and improve the smiles and wellbeing of the adolescents of Onewhero Area School.

What is your child entitled to?

All students up until their 18th birthday (who are eligible and meet the criteria) can access FREE basic dental care. The dental care is provided on-site at Onewhero Area School so your child's experience is as seamless and convenient as possible.

These services include:


Radiographs (if required)

Preventative treatment such as fluoride application and fissure sealants
Scale and Polish
Restorative treatment (white fillings)
Non orthodontic extractions

Root canal treatment

Increased awareness of good oral health practices including a FREE Oral Health Kit

How Do I Enrol or Decline the service available to my child?
Enrolling or declining the service is simple! Simply click the link here

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 is organised each year by a group of parents who take great joy in keeping this tradition alive. THANK YOU to the parents who have stepped up and volunteered to organise Onewhero Ag Day this year! Maree Pedersen has generously agreed to be our 2021 Ag Day Coordinator. Please support Maree and the Ag Day Committee when help is requested nearer Ag Day.

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

We are now taking orders for chickens! The baby chickens are $5.00 each and it is best to order at least two chickens for comfort and warmth. You must be able to collect your chickens from Onewhero Area School at 3.00pm during the week starting 5 July (DAY TO BE CONFIRMED). Please note that students cannot take the chickens home on the school buses.

Simply order your baby chickens online at ANYONE can order chickens from the school. They do not have to enter their chickens in Ag Day, so ask your friends and family too!

Chicken rearing instructions will be provided in case you're not familiar with their needs.

Orders close Friday 20 June. Payment must be received by Monday 23 June.

Spud in the Bucket

Year 1-8 students will have the opportunity to enter Ag Day’s Spud in the Bucket competition, with awards for the BIGGEST potato and greatest volume of potatoes up for grabs. Each bucket of potatoes is ‘weighed in’ the day before Ag Day. Entries will open soon… watch this space!

Important Dates

20 June 2021 … Chicken orders close

28 June 2021 … Ag Day Committee meeting, 7pm - all welcome!

5-9 July 2021 … Baby chickens ready for collection (day to be confirmed)

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

Follow the Onewhero Area School Careers facebook page for further job opportunities and career information.

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.

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

NZ Defence Force

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.

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

Canterbury University Information Evening

Canterbury University are holding an Information Evening in Hamilton on Thursday 17th June, 6pm at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, for future students and their families. Find out about degree and course information, scholarships, accommodation and student support. Register at

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. Thursday 17 June 4.30pm, Wednesday 21 July 4.30pm, Wednesday 17 November 4.30pm. To register or for further details please see

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 a great 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.

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

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.

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-4.30pm

ALL GIRLS Year 7 up, beginners and intermediates welcome.

Cost is $30 for the 5 sessions

Payable at the school office.

To register: CLICK

JUNIOR TEAMS (year8-10) 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 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.

25 June

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

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.

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

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Community Notices:

It’s Time to Recognise Outstanding Teachers

New Zealand’s longest running teaching awards are encouraging parents, and all school community members to nominate extraordinary educators who have displayed outstanding dedication, passion and creativity in the past year.

For 27 years the Futurity Investment Group supported, National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) has recognised Australia and New Zealand’s most inspirational educators.

This year, NEiTA is recognising the critical role early childhood, primary and secondary teachers and principals have played in children’s lives throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Futurity CEO, Ross Higgins said the annual NEiTA Awards are an important opportunity to shine a light on the nation’s exceptional teachers – and in so doing help elevate the teaching profession as a whole.

“There are many talented, committed and caring teachers in kura classrooms all over New Zealand who are unsung heroes. They deserve to be recognised,” Mr Higgins said.

Education changes lives but the best teachers truly transform futures. With the challenges triggered by COVID-19, the best teachers adapted their practice for remote learning, finding new ways to engage and enthuse students.

Recent research commissioned by Futurity Investment Group found 64 per cent of parents believe teachers are not sufficiently recognised1. The lack of recognition is one reason many young teachers leave the profession.

NEiTA is the perfect way for students, parents, teachers and principals to celebrate an extraordinary educator by nominating them for an award.

NEiTA Foundation Chairman, Allen Blewitt said the opportunity for the community to nominate outstanding teachers sets NEiTA apart.

“It is wonderful parents and school community members have the opportunity to nominate and recognise inspirational educators who are making an outstanding contribution to the lives of their children,” Mr Blewitt said.

And fellow educators also have the chance to elevate an unsung hero. Teaching is a collegiate profession, with sharing of practice a key part of professional development. In 2021, NEiTA introduces Teacher Mentor Awards for educators who have made a difference in the professional life of a peer.

“NEiTA is a tangible way for all members of Australian and New Zealand communities to publicly recognise and applaud inspirational educators, teachers and school principals and give them the opportunity to win a $5,000 or $10,000 professional development grant.”

Nominations can be made until 18 August 2021 via

Media contact

For further information or to arrange an interview with Futurity CEO Ross Higgins, NEiTA Chairman Allen Blewitt, or a past NEiTA NZ Award recipient please contact:

Penny Hartill


Hartill PR

021 721 424


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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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