Newsletter No. 19


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

The last week of term has been a great week, despite the cold weather students have been engaged in a number of activities outside. On Tuesday the Year 10 students held their market day as their final part of their business unit. This unit of work has given our students a taste of what running a business is like, developing an item to sell, gathering stakeholder information, advertising and promotion, production, and customer service.

The students have started their practises for the jump jam house challenge that we will hold next term. These events always highlight one of the special characteristics of our school with students from Year 1 to Year 13 learning alongside each other.

Our positive behaviour day is on Friday. Students have earned their non uniform day and their sausage sizzle. They are also well on their way to earning the activity in the afternoon. A big thank you goes to Mad Butcher in Pukekohe for providing the sausages at a low rate. Sausages will be handed out at the end of period 3.

Last Friday night we held our 6th annual Matariki awards at Te Kotahitanga Marae. It was great to see whaanau and community members attend the event and support our students in celebrating Te ao maaori. Thank you to the marae and whaanau for doing the catering, the food was delicious as always.

Have a great break and we will see you all in the new term.

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

Message From The Board Chair:

I was privileged to attend Matariki at Te Kotahitanga Marae on Friday and share in the celebrations with our students and teachers. It was inspiring listening to the various pepeha spoken so well by our students as young as 5. It is no easy feat standing up in front of a crowd and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves. I would like to thank the teachers and students involved in arranging the event, and our community for their support.

We will be starting our out of zone enrolment process in term 3, and looking to offer 50 spaces for students across the various year groups (excluding year 10 where there are no spaces available). If you, or any other parent are keen to enrol an out of zone student could you please contact our office staff to complete the relevant forms. You do not need to wait until we open the ballot and I would encourage you to enrol now. Please spread the word, as we are committed to filling these spaces and sharing our fantastic school with more students for 2022. To find out more about the out of zone enrolment process please click on the following link:

As always please reach out to me with any questions.


Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School - BOT

Fast and Furious 5 “Pukekohe Push”

After an amalgamation season of 11 aside hockey with Strathallan, the magnificent seven went to Pukekohe to embark on a fast 5 Hockey tournament.

Northern tundra like conditions did nothing to dampen the spirit of Onewhero hockey, under the misty spotlights of the Counties Manukau hockey centre our enthusiastic players went undefeated.

Our first epic was against the South Auckland power house of Alfriston college. In the words of lightning McQueen, “I am speed”. A flying start and seven goals in a first half that set the tone for the rest of the tournament. Epic saves from Connor Nicholson, who is a fearsome and brave goalie. Sam Gaunt was tireless and caused all sorts of problems for the defence. Dylan Joy ran hard, was always available to turn defense into attack and had endless attempts at goal, converting many. A professionally conservative second half, where accurate passing saved energy for future games, leaving us with an 8 - 0 margin. Tidy.

The second pool match was against a team that had beaten us in the regular season, many opposition players are known to the team and it was played with a great sense of fair play and camaraderie, Eden Christian School was about to test our resolve.

Our most improved player of the year is Lani Martin, who has developed her defensive skills and is reliable and enthusiastic in her first year of hockey, well done Lani.

Aaron Watson had a great game and covered in defense and attack, showing a willingness to be a complete team player, passing with accuracy and running with boundless energy. By the end of the tournament he would have many assists and a couple of goals as well.

A tough tussle ensued, with the team in blue winning out 6 -3.

Only the slimmest of margins of goal difference kept us out of the Gold medal match. So now we faced Eden’s top team for the bronze. Manager extraordinaire Nic Nicholson’s many contributions also include snakes and a welcomed extra in freezing conditions.

Great umpiring from an unbiased Tyler Nicholson and injured defensive star Cameron Vickers who has had an amazing season. Connor had many great saves and in this game at a vital moment he pulled out a stop worthy of mention and a whack on the leg, it’s a goalie thing! Lance Watson saved his best game for last, he has grown in confidence all season, passing with authority, defending tirelessly and willing to do what's needed, awesome.

Sam and Dylan kept our noses in front with solid goals. Adam Kelly had his magic moment with the goal of the tournament, slick passing and a flying Adam finishing with aplomb. Back of the net, Goal!

Bronze! 6 -2

Many thanks to Nic and all the whanau supporters who are making my first season in Hockey and the team's season a brilliant experience.

OAS Ball 2021

Hey everyone,

The 2021 ball committee is well underway and we are currently planning our amazing ball! At the moment we are finalising dates, visiting venues and pricing our tickets and we are looking at September time to host the ball, hopefully in some warmer weather!!

Thank you all for your patience, we will keep you updated in the following weeks via the newsletter and if you have an questions don't hesitate to contact me at

Thank you,

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

Australian Mathematics Competition

Entries are now open for the Australian Mathematics Competition. This is open to any students from Year 5 to Year 13. Please see your classroom teacher or Mrs Bovill in the Mathematics Department for an entry form. The fee this year is $7 per student.

Please get your form and money ($7) into the office or pay via internet banking referencing Australian Maths and childs name, by the end of this term. OAS Trust Account 06-0405-0217064-00.

The competition will be held sometime between Wednesday 4th August and Friday 6th August and as it is completed online students will need to have their own device.

Gayle Bovill

HOD Mathematics


Job Opportunities

Customer Service/Yard Person

ITM Tuakau are currently looking for staff, preferably school leavers, to work in customer service and their yard.

Training includes Forklift licence and Truck driver’s licence. This is a full time position.

Please phone ITM Tuakau for further details or call in to ITM Tuakau to apply.

Swim School Teacher

Fulton Swim School are currently seeking more Swim Teachers at all of our Auckland pools - Patumahoe, Puni, and Botany. This is a great opportunity for those aged 16 years and above. Due to growth within Fulton Swim School they are opening up more classes and need to get trainees trained and ready to be teachers before they enter our busy season. To apply visit

Trainee Arborist

Counties Power are on the hunt for a mature and sensible individual who is keen to train as an arborist. They cover the full costs of all training for the successful trainee. This is a 2-3 year qualification including truck licences, digger, tracks and roller endorsements. Holding a minimum restricted drivers licence, or about to gain restricted, would be a requirement.

For further information see advert in Seek

Auckland University Future Students Evening

Senior Students considering attending Auckland University are invited, along with their parents/caregiver to attend our South Auckland Future Students Evening. The event will take place in the heart of South Auckland at our new campus - Te Papa Ako o Tai Tonga, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau (close to Westfield Manukau).

Date and time: Wednesday 7 July from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The event will start at 6:30pm with a formal welcome and a presentation to our guests. The presentation will be an introduction to our university which will include information on entry requirements, programmes, support services and so on.We do encourage all students who are considering studying at a university to attend our event alongside their parents/whānau. We will have representatives across all faculties attending this event.

To register please visit:

Manukau Institute of Technology Enrolment Day

On Saturday 10 July we have our MIT Enrolment Day, focused on prospective students with the following objectives:

  • To complete their current application process.
  • Those who have yet to apply and wish to.

Saturday 10 July, 10am-12pm @ MIT Manukau Campus, corner Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue. Free parking at Campus Carpark 10am -2pm.

For further information please visit

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.

NZ School of Tourism Open Days

NZST are running an Open Week/Day which is a great opportunity for interested Year 12/13 students to come into our campuses themselves to see first-hand what our students are up to and learn more about our courses.

New Zealand School of Tourism Airport Campus – 3 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland Airport

Monday 19th July – Friday 23rd July 2021

New Zealand School of Tourism, Elite School of Beauty & Spa and Cut Above Academy – 360 Queen Street, Auckland CBD. Wednesday 28th July ONLY

Any interested Year 12/13 students can register for these at the below links;



Cut Above

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

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 Tokerau campus: Wednesday 4 August, 9am – 2pm

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 :

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.

NZ Defence Force

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.

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.

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:


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:


This course covers the basics of the rules, Individual Officiating Techniques and court mechanics. The content is delivered over two sessions, Part 1 and Part 2

AGES 7 and above

WHEN: Part 1: Tuesday 20 July 10am – 1pm

Part 2: Wednesday 21 July OR Thursday 22 July 11 am – 1pm

At Franklin Rec Center


PHOTO LIFE Sport Photos Wednesday 28 July

A draft outline for the day is below.

It would be great if we could have coaches and managers in the photo as well if at all possible.

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When: Monday to Friday 9 am – 1pm

Where: Franklin Pool and Leisure Centre

Who: Kids aged 11-17 years

How much: FREE!!

Sign in between 8.30am-9.00am, BYO lunch and water bottle

Each day will involve basketball skills and games with a lunch break around 11.30am

A paper registration form will also be required to be completed upon drop off for funding purposes.

Kids can be signed up for as few or as many days as you like

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.

17 July to 22 July

NZ Area Schools Tournament – Dunedin

28 July

Photolife sport photos

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:

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Waikato Muisc registration forms can be obtained for school office

Onewhero Daycare

Hi, for a number of months we have been working towards re-opening the Onewhero daycare. We’ve renovated the building including putting in a Commercial Kitchen so we can provide meals. We’ve been through a Resource Consent process with Council so that we can offer places to under two year-olds which weren’t previously available. We’re also extending the operating hours to full-day care to cater to working parents. We’re working really hard to make this a high quality centre.

We’re now starting to hire staff to help us on that journey. You can find the job advert to apply online either by searching on keyword ‘Dandelions’ at or you can find the job advert link on our Facebook page DandelionsAndDragonfliesOnewhero and follow us there for future updates.

Ngā mihi nui

Stephen Darby


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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


Register and pay online for your student's lunch:

See new menu below:

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