Newsletter - Term 1 Week 6

Friday, 17th March 2023

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

We are wanting to get some feedback on how useful you have found the swimming lessons that we gained funding for this term. Below is a link to give us a quick comment on how you have found it. These comments will help shape the evaluation report that we send back to the fund holder.

We are also wanting to gather your thoughts on how much you value swimming lessons at school and whether you wish for them to continue.

Western Athleitcs

Well done to all our competitors who took part in the Western Athletics meet at Takitimu Primary School on Wednesday. We have some very talented athletes at our school and I can't wait to follow their progress in the coming weeks at the Southland Athletic Sports.

Front Entrance Way

You may have noticed that the front entrance way is getting very close to being finished. We are now in the final stages of getting the gate and fences back in place. The aim is that at the start of Term 2 we will be able to start our 'Buy a Brick' fiundraiser to complete Stage 2 of the project. I know some of you expressed an interest a few years back and we will get back in contact with those people.

Once the Front Entrance Way is completed the school buses will go back to parking at the school bus stop in the mornings and afternoons.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Completed Tau cards this week

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Term 1 happenings...

Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd March - Year 7 Technology at Winton

Sat 25th March - Southland Athletics at Surrey Park

Mon 27th – Wed 29th March - Year 7/8 Camp to Queenstown

Thurs 30th March - Board of Trustees meeting

Mon 3rd - Wed 5th April - Year 6 camp to Borland Lodge

Mon 3rd April - GRIP leadership course at Gore

Thurs 6th April - TERM 1 ENDS

Mon 24th April - TERM 2 STARTS

Tues 25th April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY


Below is a list of the records that were broken on Athletics Day, our school Champions and the results.


9yr old

Paige Nicol High Jump 1.14m

Toby Nicol Shot Put 8.75m

12 yr old

Kauri Rangi Nerf Throw 45.12m

Maia Rogers Nerf Throw 31.43m

Zia Williams High Jump 1.38m


5yr old

1st 2nd 3rd

Flynn Petch, Maia Carran, Hannah Wang

Angus Ryan, Baillie Auld, Khalid Aliu

6yr old

Tessa Edge, Khloe-Lee Hetet, Nadia Paterson

Jack Morris, Luca Hutchison, Noah Joyce, Xid Mag-abo

7yr old

Zoey Proctor, Esme Campbell, Chloe McDonald

Flynn Jamieson, Leo Hollis, Jimmy Baird

8yr old

Isabelle Hurley, Harper Morris, Andi Mabao

Patrick Levett, Casey Flett, Alex Byron

9yr old

Paige Nicol, Indiana Blumenthal, Isla Taylor

Frank Henderson, Toby Nicol, Monty Bell

10yr old

Indie-Marie Nicol, Leanna Domingo, Nevaeh Fox

Matt Baird, Tristan Morris, Riley Jamieson

11yr old

Laura Paterson, Sophia Sexton, Lexi Carr

Russell Edge, Leighton Francis, Xander Campbell, Tame Rapira

12yr old

Zia Williams, Alice Egan, Maia Rogers

Kauri Rangi, Markus Tabang, Blake Jones

Southland Athletics

Below are the Southland competitors for Southland Athletics, Saturday 25th March. More information will be given to competitors next week.
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Missing at Touch

A black padded jacket was left at touch last Monday, if anyone picked this up could they please drop off at the School office. Thanks


Tree House

This week the Tree House has explored where our special planet was in the Solar System. We have created Solar System Hats to help us remember the order of the planets. Our Jigaree art has been displayed in our room and we are proud of the shapes, lines and patterns we have created in our pieces of art.

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Room 6

In addition to our normal classroom programme we have added Maker space into our routine. Before we could do this, the children learnt how painting is managed in Room 6. We did our Emu bird paintings as an introduction to painting and colour. There were many excited conversations about how to make certain colours, as they were only given the primary colours. We are very proud of how our birds have turned out. Watch this space to see our future Maker space creations.

Room 8

Happy St Patricks Day! Today Room 8 made Leprechaun traps. First we designed a trap and had to include something in the trap to attract a Leprechaun. We had lots of fun and deep thinking while we made these. Lots of students worked together and problem solved to create their trap. We are proud of our creations.

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School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00
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BRICKCLUB - At the Otautau Southland District Council Library

These run fortnightly on a Monday

27th Feb

13th March

27th March

Commencing term 2

24th April and fortnightly thereafter

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Otautau School Policies

Username: “otautau” Password: “otautauschool”

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