Newsletter No. 20


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 3. We hope you all enjoyed some family time and the students are back refreshed and ready from another packed term. Last term we finished with a fantastic positivity afternoon. It really highlighted the uniqueness of the school with the Year 1-13 students interacting positively with each other and enjoying spending time together. This term we will continue the focus with the students working towards another goal as well as individual, small group, and whole class rewards.

This term we have conferences in week three. They are a great time to get everyone around the table and have discussions about learning. If you can’t meet on those days, please contact the teachers directly to arrange another time. They can also meet via zoom or a phone call if that is more convenient.

We have a teacher only day on the 10th of August. This is one of the assigned days for our NCEA teachers to receive development in the upcoming changes to NCEA. The Junior teachers will be working with our Mathematics mentors.

This term we also have cross country, our culture and art evening, and ag day. The dates for these events can be found in the school calendar on the app or website.

We have welcomed two new teachers to our staff this term. Demelza Zandbergen joins the SLT as Deputy Principal of student achievement, Year 1-6 Pastoral care, and SENCO. Miriam Curnow joins the Mathematics department. Welcome to them and their families.

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Expressions of interest - Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy:

We have a casual vacancy position available which we are seeking expressions of interest for. Our aim is to fill this position through a selection process. We are seeking a person who believes they have a skillset that will benefit the school and work towards achieving the School Vision and Charter through effective Governance.

If becoming a trustee is of interest to you and you would like to be considered please complete an ‘Eligibility-declaration’ form. Forms are available from the school office or contact the office to request an email copy,

The completed form along with a supporting statement advising why you think you would suit this position should then be emailed to the Board Secretary or drop your application in to the school office. Please note the remainder term on the Board for this casual vacancy is to November 2023.

Applications for the casual vacancy close at 3pm, 13th August. If you have any queries at all or would like more information about what being a trustee entails and the time commitment in being a trustee please email the Board Chair, Owein Greaves

Student Conferences:

Student Led Conferences will be held on Monday 8th August at 3:15 until 5:30 and on Wednesday 11th August at 3:15 until 7:30. The sessions are 15 minutes long.

The purpose of these meetings is for your child to discuss their progress and next steps in each learning area. If you are unavailable to attend, zoom conferences and phone conferences can also be booked directly through your child’s teacher. If for some reason you cannot attend your conference time please email the teacher directly, email addresses can be accessed through the App or on our School website.

If you have any further questions before the event, please contact Demelza Zandbergen –

To book your conferences please click on the link below.

using the code: mmgb5

OAS Ball 2021

Hey everyone,

The 2021 ball planning is moving quickly and we have settled on a date and place for our ball. The year 11-13 ball is going to be on Saturday 25th September and it will take place at Pukekohe Park Raceway. Both in school application forms and outside partner application forms will be given out during Whanau class this week and need to be handed in at the office by Friday 6th August.

We are currently finalising the cost but we require payment either online or directly to the school office before Friday 17th September, this can be paid in installments. Once all application forms have been collected we will announce a finalised cost.

If you have any questions please contact me at

Thank you,

Jessica, Kimberley, Chloe, Jaime and Dylan ( 2021 ball committee )

General Reminders:

It is great to have had a good break over the school holidays and all our students seem refreshed and ready for a great term ahead. Given that it is the start of the term we want to send out a couple of reminders to keep the positive behaviour going.


Having a school uniform is a really important way for us to show whanaungatanga, and demonstrate that our students are part of the OAS team. We do have a school uniform guideline and policy (you can access this via the school website) and it is greatly appreciated when whanau support their children to be the best they can! At this time of the year with the cold and the wet, it can be tempting for students to bring in non-uniform sweat-shirts, jackets and shoes. We do understand that at times there will be accidents or misplacements of items, and in this case just send in a note with your child explaining the reason for the non-uniform item. Here is a reminder of our uniform policy:

Year 1 to Year 8 for all seasons:

  • Royal blue school polo shirt
  • Navy blue long pants with school logo
  • or Navy blue shorts
    or Navy blue culottes (girls)
    School sweatshirt (royal blue)
  • PE Top (royal blue, or house colours) optional
  • All blacks shoes or sandals
    (No Jandals or boots to be worn)
  • Black or navy socks to be worn with shoes
    (no football socks or similar)
  • School hat / cap or plain black or navy blue cap (compulsory in summer)
  • School Beanie or plain black or navy blue beanie (optional, winter only)
  • School Jacket (optional)

Year 9 to 13 for all seasons:

  • White school shirt or blouse or royal blue polo shirt
  • Navy blue long pants with school logo
    or navy blue shorts
    or navy blue skirt
  • School sweatshirt (royal blue)
    or Navy blue fleece jacket (years 11 to 13)
  • black or navy ankle socks to be worn with shoes
    or black stockings (girls)
    (no football socks or similar)
  • All black shoes or sandals
    (no jandals or boots for anyone. No sports shoes with colour other than black)
  • PE Top (royal blue or house colours) compulsory and black shorts
  • School hat / cap or plain black or navy blue cap (optional)
  • School beanie or plain black or navy blue beanie (optional, winter only)
  • School Jacket (optional)

Mobile Phones

We thought it would also be a good time half way through the year to send out a reminder to students and their families that there is a clear mobile phone policy which guides the use of phones during school time. The purpose of this is to support students concentration on learning during class time. The following expectations apply:

Years 0-10:

No visible Mobile phones allowed at Onewhero Area School. OAS does not allow Years 0-10 students to use a Mobile phone at school for any reason. If a student brings a phone to school it must be kept out of sight and turned off until the end of the school day. If a student is observed with a mobile phone any time before 3pm, the phone will be confiscated and the student must hand it to the staff member immediately when asked.

Years 11-13:

Mobile phones allowed at school but not allowed in class If a student does bring a mobile phone to school, the following guidelines apply:

• Students must turn their phones and keep them out of sight while in class.

• Mobile phones may be used at break times only (this does not include between classes), although we advise against this. If a staff member observes a student with a Mobile phone any time outside of break times, the phone will be confiscated and the student must hand it to the staff member immediately when asked.

Tessa Ritchie

Acting Deputy Principal


Job Opportunities

Concrete Labourer, Foundation and Form Work

Full time work based in North Waikato / South Auckland. Concrete and foundation labourer. On the job training will be provided to a junior or school leaver. Job includes prepping and placing concrete for house foundations, driveways, footpaths etc.

We need:

• People who actually want to work and are reliable, punctual and physically fit as heavy lifting is involved

• Get on well with others and have a great attitude to learn, develop and work in a team

• Be available to work Monday to Friday with possible Saturday work – hours vary from early morning starts

depending on the job

• Be safety conscious (First Aid Certificate would be preferable) as power tools and heavy machinery are used

on job site

• Have a class 1 drivers licence (at least learners licence)

We offer:

• Permanent, reliable and rewarding work that comes with some perks and an awesome Boss

• We will pay you every week on time a competitive rate depending on experience and attitude

• On-going training and development opportunities will be provided for the right person

• Full PPE and some company work clothes will be provided

• Health and Safety Training

To register your interest and provide us with your experience please email by 6 August 2021

Mechanical Apprentice

Firstgas group are looking to employee a Mechanical Apprentice starting the beginning of 2022. This position is open to both males and females, but we are particularly interested in attracting more females into trades and into what is currently a very male dominated side of our business. At our last apprentice intake (2020) we employed five apprentices of which three were females.

The position will be based in Auckland and be supported by both our Auckland and Hamilton technician teams.

Below are links to Competenz who will be the provider of the qualification and training, and the Firstgas website.

For further information and/or contact details please email Pam on

Franklin Vets Career Evening

Thinking of a career in Veterinary or Vet Nursing? Franklin Vets are holding a Career Information Evening for anyone aged 15yo and older, on Wednesday 28th July, 7 - 8.30pm, at their Pukekohe Clinic, 86 Harris Street. Please RSVP to Spaces are limited.

Otago University Virtual Open Day

The University of Otago is hosting a Virtual Open Day on Thursday 29 July from 3:30 to 7:30pm. Attending Virtual Open Day is a great option to help you explore all that Otago has to offer even if you can’t make it to our campus in-person. You’ll find virtually everything you need to know about living and learning at Otago in our virtual expo hall:

  • Peek inside and explore each of our 14 residential colleges
  • See the Dunedin campus for yourself – take a virtual campus tour
  • Learn about scholarships and other key services available to students
  • Check out over 100 short presentations from academic programmes and courses
  • Tune into the Virtual Open Day LIVE segment to hear about life at Otago from those who know it best – our students.

Our helpful staff will also be on hand throughout the event to answer your questions via live chat. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to interact with the University of Otago and learn more about course options, scholarships, accommodation and other services available at Otago.

Register to attend Virtual Open Day

Virtual Open Day Facebook event

Massey University Open Days

Our Virtual Open Days will have all the information that you and your whānau need to discover the variety of subjects, courses and programmes available at Massey University. This is also an opportunity to engage with our support staff online to help you make decisions around the next steps in your educational journey. Friday 30 July 2021, 9:00am - 04:00pm and Saturday 31 July 2021, 9:00am - 04:00pm.

At our Campus Visit Days we invite you, your friends and whanau to physically tour our campuses and see some of our facilities. These are designed to complement your Virtual Open Days experience, showing you what the campus has to offer and an opportunity to meet staff in person. Manawatu Campus Visit Day Wednesday 4 August, 11am to 2pm. Wellington Campus Visit Day Friday 20th August, 9am to 2pm. Auckland Campus Visit Day Saturday 21st August, 11am to 2pm.

Auckland University Education & Social Work Experience Days

The Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Auckland are holding Student Experience days in early August!

Epsom campus Tuesday 3 August, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Tai Tonga campus : Thursday 5 August, 10am – 2pm

Any interested Year 12 and 13 students can register for a fun and informative day where they can learn about our undergraduate programmes, experience a bit of campus life, find out about our student support services and meet some current students. There will be spot prizes, campus tours and activities too! For further information please see the attached flier.

To register :

Chiropractic Information Evening

NZ College of Chiropractic are holding an Information Evening for interested senior students and their families to learn about a career in chiropractic. Wednesday 4th August, 7-9pm at Aituz Chiropractic, 274 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton. To register or for further information

NZ Defence Force

Force Information Evening, Thursday 5th August, 6-7pm, Defence Careers 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 * Communications & information systems technician *Electronic technician (aviation) * Intelligence specialist * Logistics specialist * Medic * RNZAF security forces

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

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

Army Officers – applications close 14 September 2021; training starts 10 January 2022.

*Army officers

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

*Combat system specialist * Communications warfare specialist * Cryptologic technician * Diver *Electronic technician * Hydrographic operator * Marine technician * Medic * Seamanship combat specialist * Steward

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

*Hydrographic survey officer * Mine clearance diving officer * Warfare 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.

Otago University Radiation Therapy Information Evening

Are you interested in finding out more about studying Radiation Therapy? Otago University are holding a Virtual Information Evening on Thursday 5th August, 5-6pm. To register or for further information see

Women in Trade Event

Do you like problem solving? Do you want a job that keeps you active? Are you interested in how things are built? Come and find your new career at the 2021 Womens in Trade Conference, Thursday 19th August, 3pm at the Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau. For tickets or further information please see

Victoria University Open Day

Victoria University of Wellington are holding their on campus Open Day on Friday 20th August. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the courses and accommodation available at Victoria as well as explore the campuses. To register or to find out further information please see

AUT Live Open Day

You are invited to AUT LIVE on Saturday 28 August. Join us to explore your study options at AUT’s open day on the City Campus in Auckland’s CBD. Attend detailed info sessions, discover our world-class facilities, and meet exceptional academic staff who will guide you on your university journey in 2022 and beyond. Register now to join us for AUT LIVE to make sure you receive updates and information about the event.

Auckland University Open Day

Open Day On Campus Saturday 28 August, 9am–3pm.

Whether you know exactly what you want to study, or are yet to decide, our Open Day is a great chance to explore study options and career opportunities. Meet and talk with our staff and current students, and experience what it’s like to be a student on campus. We encourage interested students to register now for updates in the lead-up to Open Day.

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.

Keystone Scholarships

Keystone School Leaver Scholarships are now open for Year 13 students looking to study a degree relating to the property and construction sector. Applications close 13 August. For further details see

Otago University Health Science Scholarship

The University of Otago, Māori Health Workforce Development Unit is pleased to inform that applications for the Tū Kahika pathways scholarship are now open. Tū Kahika is a one year preparation course that prepares Māori students academically for their first year of tertiary study and a future career in Māori health. Tū Kahika students receive guaranteed accommodation in a Residential College, and financial assistance towards tuition fees and accommodation costs. The main requirement is that students have a aspiration in a career in health. Studying science subjects at level 2 and 3, and their involvement or interest in te Ao Māori will strengthen their application however we strongly encourage all students with aspirations in health.

For further information please refer to the link below. Applications close 15th of August, 2021.

CV Templates and Interview Preparation

MoneyHub has useful resources covering CVs ( and practice questions for interviews (

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:


14 of our senior students were selected in April to represent the Central North Island Area Schools sporting teams at the National Tournament in Dunedin last week.

They were:

Torrin Linkhorn and Taine Hira – Rugby

Anouk van Dijk, Amber Wareham, Tanika van Dijk – Netball A and Volleyball

Kyra Hewitt and Chloe Hagan – Netball B and Volleyball

Emily Reese – Football and Volleyball

Hayden Reese and Ashleigh Downs – Football

Finlayson Smith and Thaya Shaw - Basketball

Maddison Bradley – Volleyball

Lei Clarke – Golf

They played the Top of the South Island, Bottom of the South and Top of the North. On the final day, the best players are selected for the North Island Team to play the South Island.

These athletes were selected for the North Island teams:

Finlayson and Thaya - NI basketball team

Amber, Anouk and Tanika - NI Netball A and NI Volleyball teams

Emily - NI Football and NI Volleyball team

Kyra and Chloe – NI Netball B team

Torrin - NI Rugby team

Hayden and Ashleigh - NI Football team

Maddison - NI Volleyball team

We remained unbeaten in Netball A and B, Girls Volleyball, Girls Football and Basketball in both the Central North Island Team AND the North Island teams!

A special Congratulations to the following students, who were named in the NZ Area Schools Tournament Teams at the final prizegiving:








We would like to remind parents that sports communicate is through the following channels:

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

2/ 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

2/ School Facebook page and website

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

4/ 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)

5/ 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

Please visit our school sport website for all regular updates:


Our annual sports exchange with Whangamata will take place on 16 and 17 September. It is Whangamata’s turn to host us this year. Due to number restraints, the exchange will only be for year 9-13.

At the moment, the number of students they can accommodate is only just under 40.

Muster sheets are up in the gym. Students need to write their name for the sports they wish to represent our school in.

As we will have more students interested then there are places, priority will be given to students who are capable players in at least 2, 3 or 4 sports, who currently play sport for our school, who display our school values in their every day school life, and who will overall be great ambassadors for our school.

For some teams, trials may be held.

Communications with the students is through Kamar Notices, which are read out at 8.50am every day.


We have 2 junior volleyball teams entered for this year’s season. Trainings have started this week on Tuesday afternoon 3.15-4.30pm.

Please let the coaches know if your child cannot make it to training.

Games will start on Thursday 23 September and go through until end of November.

Junior Volleyball champs will be attended by Junior A team from 22-26 November


Training for next season starts this coming Monday 2 August at 7.30AM!


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:

To register:


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.

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:


Waikato District Council are currently undertaking a review on how effective the current representation arrangements are within our District. As a consequence of this review, ward and community boards boundaries are likely to change. Following consultation with interest groups, we have come up with an initial proposal that is likely to effect your community. There is a current proposal to split the current Onewhero/Tuakau Community Board and replace the “western” side of the river with a community committee. We NEED to hear whether you agree or disagree with this. If you disagree, we want to hear what you WOULD like to see. We are now taking submissions - you have until Friday 20th August 5pm to enter a submission. Council facilitated community drop-in sessions have been planned for Tuesday 3rd August, Pukekawa Hall 6pm and Tuesday 10th August 5.30pm Tuakau Town Hall. Please come along, be informed and ask your questions of staff and councillors. Please follow the link to find out more; or alternatively I am available through email;<>

Many thanks

Carolyn Eyre

Onewhero/Te Akau ward councillor

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