Newsletter No. 18


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Principals Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

Last week the Year 9’s went on a trip to visit the sites from the Waikato land wars. They had an amazing time learning about the history of the sites. This trip was for the end of their unit of work on the New Zealand land wars in their integrated studies class.

Congratulations to Cruz Kikkert, who raised $2155.60 for cancer with his shave for a cure campaign. We presented Cruz with his certificate at the assembly this week. We are very proud of Cruz and for his efforts and for showing our school values.

On Wednesday we held the River Zone Soccer tournament for Years 3-6. Luckily, the sun came out, and although it was a cold morning, the day was fine. It was great to see our students cheering each other on and displaying our school values. Well done to everyone involved and to the team of staff members who put it all together.

Reports will be sent home next Monday for Years 7-13 and will be on Seesaw for Years 1-6. If you have any questions about your child’s report, please feel free to contact the subject or classroom teacher for extra information. Please note this is a change of date.

This Friday is also our Matariki celebration at Te Kotahitanga Marae. It starts at 6pm. Students presenting or receiving awards need to come in full uniform. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating our student’s successes and finish the evening by eating kai together.

You will have noticed over this year we are publishing photos of events in the school newsletter. We check photo permissions for all students that are identifiable in the photos. If a student does not have permission a smiley face image will be placed over the student’s face, so that we can continue to use group photos. If you wish to know whether your child has permission or not, or if you would like to change the permission, please contact the office.

A big thank you to Gallagher for sponsoring the gate for our horticulture area. Our students are grateful for the support of you have shown them. (photo below)

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

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Year 9 Land Wars Unit Trip

In Integrated Studies this term, we have been focusing on the New Zealand Land Wars. We started the unit off by looking at all the battles that make up the NZ Wars. The students put together a presentation and created a model of their battle site. The creativity of our students is outstanding!

To finish off the unit, we put together an overnight trip, taking all the Year 9 students to see the sites of the Waikato Invasion. We started at Pokeno, and made our way down to Rangiriri on the first day. With stops at Mercer, Whangamarino and Meremere in between. We were lucky enough to be able to stay at Horahora Marae in Rangiriri for the night. For some of our students this was their first experience of staying on a Marae, and by all accounts they enjoyed it!

The second day saw us up at dawn, ready to see some more battle sites. First stop was Ngaruawahia. It was a quick stop, as it was very foggy and cold!! Then it was back on the bus and down to Te Awamutu. Here we visited the Museum for a korero about the sites and battles that happened in the area. The museum guides then showed us to the sites at Rangiaowhia and Orakau. We all learnt allot of challenging history at these stops. Then after a quick refuel at McDonalds, we were off to our last stop at Pirongia. Here we met with Matua’s lecturer from University Matua Kereti. The stories he was able to tell us were out of this world!

The students also really enjoyed the Alexandra Redoubt as it was the most intact and allowed for lots of role play. Overall, it was a great trip!

Year 10 Market Day - Tuesday 6th July

The Year 10 students are hosting a market day next week where they will be selling a range of products and services at Break 1. This is part of a unit of learning where the students have developed a business plan based on a product idea their group has developed to sell to at the market day.

Most products are between 50c and $3, so we encourage students to bring along some coins and support the students with their business enterprise. Stalls will be at different locations around the school, but mainly on the junior courts.

We will be letting the students of Year 1-3 out of class 20 minutes early so that they can buy some products without having to queue with older students.

Here is the list of businesses and products that will be available on the day:

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OAS Speech Competition Winners

Year 5/6 - Lilia Peach - "Screen Time"

Year 7/8 - Faith Gilchrist - "Why It Is Good To Have Flatulence"

Year 9 - Jessica Downs - "This Is Me"

Year 10 - Kyle Webster - "World Hunger Needs To Stop"

Year 11 - Tanika van Dijk - "Procrastination Is The Problem"

Congratulations to all the students who participated this week in the school speech finals. There were some wonderful speeches.

The following students were placed and both will be attending the Franklin Speech Competition at Pukekohe Hill School. Lilia Peach on 6th July and Faith Gilchrist on 7th July.

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 )

NZMSM 2021 Music Competition Results for Piano, Guitar and Ukulele

This year Onewhero Area School entered students in piano, guitar and ukulele.

Congratulations to all who braved the stage, and after many weeks of preparation, their dedication is reflected in the outstanding results. And a very special thanks to all the parents for your tremendous support. Well done- you are all awesome!

1st – 1st place medal winner, 2nd – 2nd place medal winner, 3rd – 3rd place medal winner

VHC – very highly commended HC – Highly commended


Thomas Kerr – 1st Test Piece, 3rd Own Selection

Robert Kerr – Test Piece HC

Kayla Lee – Test Piece HC

Elme Fourie – Own Selection HC

Kanya Kawerau-Wilson – Test Piece VHC, Sight Reading VHC


Hollie Mahoney - Caroline Zeeman Trophy Ukulele 9 Years and over 1st Rock my Uke and 2nd I’m Yours

Hayley Pedersen -1st Riptide, 2nd Rock my uke

Donna Allely Trophy Ukulele Duet Open Hollie Mahoney and Bethany Mahoney Happier


Hollie Mahoney – Budapest, GR2 c 10 & 11 years 2nd

Kaitlin Payne – Memories, GR3 Guitar Restricted 12 years and over 1st Trophy winner

Hayley Pedersen Strum and Sing 10 years and under trophy, Radioactive 1st place, Mellow Yellow VHC, Ode to Joy 1st, Christine MacKay Trophy Guitar Sing and Strum 10 years and under

Jessica Shortt – Sailing 2nd, Sight Reading 3rd, Yellow Submarine VHC, Chasing Cars VHC

Reagan Kelsall – Sailing VHC, Sight Reading HC, Ode to Joy VHC

Woodham Family Trophy Guitar Duet 12 years and under Reagan Kelsall and Jessica Shortt

Jason Scott – Songwriting VHC, Sight Reading HC, We will rock you HC, Sur le Pont d Avigon VHC

Kanya Kawerau-Wilson- My Love 3rd, Sight Reading VHC, Homeward Bound 1st, East Coast 1st, When I am 64 VHC, Blackbird 1st, Helen Braithwaithe Trophy Winner

Alana Tombleson - Valse 1st, Sight Reading VHC, Sandra Grey Trophy Guitar Duet 12 years and under Alana Tombleson and Bethany Mahoney, Cover me in sunshine, When I am 64 VHC,

Maia Hine-Anderson All I want 1st Music Mania Trophy Guitar Sing and Strum 1st equal Maia Hine -Anderson /Bethany Mahoney, Song writer My Hearts on Paper 2nd, Annie’s Song 3rd

Donna Allely and Mary Lang

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

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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

NZ Defence Force

Army Reserve Information Evening – Manukau

Thursday 1st July, 6-7pm; Defence Careers Manukau Office, Level 1, Westfield Manukau City, 1 Leyton Way, Manukau.

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.

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.

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

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

Unitec Holiday Programs

Design and Contemporary Arts and Performing and Screen Arts workshops for 15-19 year olds in the July school holidays. Bookings for our July School Holiday workshops close on the 7th of July, however we encourage you to book in as early as possible so you don't miss out.

Acting for Stage and Screen (14th & 15th July) Due to popular demand, we have opened up another Acting workshop
Thinking acting may be the life for you? Keen to know more about how we train at one of Aotearoa’s top drama schools? The Unitec Performing and Screen arts acting programme is offering a two-day workshop designed to give you a taste of the acting life. The workshop will provide you with an introduction to acting training including live performance skills and working in front of the camera. You will work with industry professionals and highly experienced acting tutors.

Mural Painting (23rd July)
Come along to a one-day Stencil art workshop and learn the basics of using spray paint. You'll be taught by local graffiti artist ‘Berst’.

Make your own YouTube title sequence (21st - 22nd July)
In this two-day workshop you will experience a tour of Adobe’s After Effects and Green Screen processes in creating a title sequence for your own YouTube channel. In this course we will explore how to sequence images, create multi-layered video compositions, and work with particles. By the end of this two day experience you will have your own Motion Graphic title sequence to take on the world.

Tactile Worlds (21st - 22nd July)
This fun two-day workshop will introduce students to a breadth of materials and processes associated with sculptural practice. We will consider the performative object typically associated with artist Erwin Wurm then construct large scale structures using a range of materials, card and clay.

Screen Bites (15th July)

Learn about jobs in film and television industry. Combine creative and technical skills in this hands-on workshop where you'll work in collaboration to write, produce, shoot and edit a short project.

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.

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 J

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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.

7 July

Year 7/8 Franklin Hockey Tournament

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


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