Newsletter 3 Term 1

Onerahi School Thursday 6 April 2023

Te Karere o te Tumuaki/Principal's Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

What a fantastic Term 1 we have had despite the couple of interruptions. No doubt your children have their own favourite highlight of the term but mine would have to be the whole school Hātea Loop walk. What a great day for getting together with lots of whānau, extended family and our tamariki, getting some excercise and enjoying our local environment. It is rich in learning. A small group of staff have been using this loop walk regularly for their own wellbeing and in the month of March we recorded our kilometres and raised funds for North Haven Hospice through the 90 More Miles fundraiser. Our goal was 88kms each and we are proud to say that we actually walked 1,175 kms collectively (average of 235 per person) during March and contributed to the substantial amount raised across Tai Tokerau.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you give your tamariki in their learning journey, as well as our staff, as we all work together for the best outcomes for our ākonga. Now it is time to rest, recharge the batteries and enjoy some whānau time over the holidays. I am excited to have all my children and grandchildren home over the next couple of weeks. It has been some time since we were last all together. Enjoy the break, and we will see you all after Anzac Day as staff are having a day of professional learning on Monday the 24th of April.

Nga manaakitanga

AnnMaree MacGregor


From the Board /Ngà Poari Kaitiaki ō te kura

Kia ora Whānau, Students, and Staff

On behalf of the board, I would like to express my gratitude for your dedication and hard work this term. Our accomplishments are a result of the efforts of our staff, the support of our families, and the enthusiasm of our students. Our teachers have created a safe and nurturing learning environment for our students, and I am proud to see our young people thriving and growing.

As we approach the Easter break, I wish you a happy and restful holiday. We look forward to continuing our work together in the new term.

Thank you,

Ngā mihi nui

Richard Pollard
Presiding Member/Board Chair

Whole School Loop Walk

On Tuesday the 28th of March, all of Onerahi Primary School, from the Nest to the Seniors walked the Town Basin Loop. There were waves of blue on land! We appreciate the support from our community which allowed us to undertake this trip, and are so proud of the way our students represented our school. Along the trip, students learned about significant parts of the history of Whangarei, plans for the future and enjoyed discussions around the communal spaces and their purpose. They undertook learning tasks along the way, as well as enoying the sunshine, fresh air and movement opportunities. A huge thank you from us to all involved from staff to students to the many many parent/whānau helpers.


We have been advised that due to staff shortages, the Dental Clinic in Onerahi will be closed until further notice. All appointments for dental treatment should be booked via 0800 MYTEETH.

Garden to Table

What a fantastic start to this years Garden to Table programme. Students and teachers have weeded, mulched, harvested, chopped, cooked and eaten a range of delicious kai. We now have this programme running with 3 of our senior classes on a regular basis and are looking towards rolling it out to others throughout the year. We have also had a teachers' evening with our year 5 and 6 teachers to develop their knowledge of the programme and ways they can integrate it into their regular classroom learning.

If you have any unwanted table cloths or vases the tamariki would love these as it creates an awesome atmosphere when we sit down at the long tables for our shared kai.

If you are a keen gardener or chef or would just love to get involved please contact the school as we are always keen for an extra set of hands on Monday and Tuesday's.

Or if you are one of those lucky folk with a garden or chickens that produces a glut of a certain type of produce please let the office know as we would appreciate the additional produce to our school garden.


Stylez from Room 12 has been an amazing Kaitiaki in our community this term, picking up rubbish in our community on her way to school in the morning. This term, Room 12 have been learning about the impact that we have on our waterways and learning about water quality with the support of Whitebait Connection. This mahi inspired Stylez to take action and make changes where she could. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe.

Kokonga o Kirsty/Kirsty's Corner

Kia ora,

I cannot believe this term is almost over already!
We have had a busy term in the Library with the new breaktime librarians setting up their routines, Chess has been a very popular break time activity and Clare and Emily have got Lego club up and running on Fridays which has been very well attended.

Sadly we said goodbye to Deb the Therapy dog who has been coming in to read with students. We have happily welcomed Brooke the Therapy dog into the library to read with some lucky tamariki in her place.

There have been 2201 books issued from the library so far this term (as of the 31st of March)
The most popular book this term has been Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier with 12 issues
Our most prolific reader is Stylez who has issued 26 books this term!

I look forward to next term!


Kirsty Oliver

Librarian/Resource Coordinator

Onerahi School

WPSSA Swimming Sports

Recently we sent a cohort of swimmers, who had placed well in our swimming sports, off to compete at the WPSSA Swimming Sports event held at Whangarei Intermediate school. They gave it their all, coming up against some tough competition from a number of schools and we are proud of the way they represented Onerahi Primary. One of our swimmers from Rm 3 shares her account of the trip.

"On Wednesday 15th some other students and I went to WIS. It was a lovely day. We went for the swimming sport championship. I was very nervous and scared because when I went to dive, I thought I would belly flop. My mum and dad said it was a good dive. I was so happy. Although I came second to last, I am still proud of myself. I had the best time ever! - Taimania Wensor

Ko Wai Tātou - Who are We?

Many of our staff are familiar to our whānau but we would also love for you to get to know other regular faces at Onerahi Primary. This year we were lucky enough to gain time with an MLA (Mandarin Language Assistant) for the first time in a few years. You may have heard your child speak of Jin Wei, and we thought you might like to know a little more about him.
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Complaints and Concerns

Each year we like to let new families know, and remind others, of our procedure for any complaints or concerns you have at Onerahi Primary. Please see the flowchart below.
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Uniform Repairs

We are fortunate to have an offer out to whānau of our Onerahi Primary School akonga from a local lady - Maureen Dunphy. She is more than happy to undertake minor uniform repairs, such as button replacements and hem repairs, free of charge. If this is something you would be keen to utilize, uniforms can be dropped in to the school office on a Wednesday. This will begin in term 2. Repairs will be done as soon as possible and uniforms dropped back to the school. They will then be returned to tamariki to bring home.

Healthy Kai

Alongside our Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy lunches in schools - programme, whānau are asked to provide additional snacks for their children to eat during the day. Our school has a healthy eating policy, and we ask whānau to support this, by avoiding highly processed foods or those with little or no nutritional value. We have children at our school with allergies to different foods, that we need to keep in mind also. When it comes to celebrating our tamariki's birthday, we respectfully ask that all treats, cakes etc be kept for outside of school times. The school has a nutrition policy and water is the expected drink at school. We would prefer not to see juice, fizzy and sugary drinks as they are not helpful when tamariki are trying to learn.


On Church Street, we have a dedicated pedestrian crossing, patrolled each day before and after school by our responsible road patrollers and their adult support.

The speed limit in this area is 40km/hr. Cars should not exceed this speed and also be prepared to stop when approaching the crossing. When at a pedestrian crossing controlled by signs, it is not mandatory to stop unless the sign is out. Our students are trained to put the sign out when there is a gap in traffic or when people choose to stop.

It is also very important that if you are collecting your child from our Church St entrance you do not park on the yellow lines. Our road patrollers are unlikely to be able to see past your vehicle to check if the road is clear if you have parked over these.

Lets all work together to keep our tamariki safe on their way to and from our kura.

Tino rā nui/Important Dates

  • Thursday 06 April - Last day of Term 1
  • Friday 07 April - Good Friday
  • Monday 24 April - Staff only day
  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac day
  • Wednesday 26 April - First day of Term 2
  • Monday 29 May - Mid-term cohort entry Term 2
  • Tuesday 30 May - Storylines Tour Author Visit (Ben Brown and Eirlys Hunter)
  • Monday 06 and Tuesday 07 June - Kings Birthday and Onerahi School Term Break
  • Friday 30 June - Last day of Term 2

Reminders/Ngā manatu


Daylight savings has ended and it is starting to cool down. With the Autumn and Winter months (as much as our summer was much the same) tending to have a few wet days, we recommend sending a spare change of clothes with your children each day. This is just in case they discover mud or enjoy the extra water play during the day. Although not compulsory in terms 3 and 4, hats are still strongly advised. We also recommend footwear.


8:15am School gates open to students and whanau

9:00am School begins

11:00-11:30am 1st Play Break

1:30-2:00pm 2nd Play Break

3:00pm School finishes

3:15pm School gates close

There are two eating breaks within the day, taken at times that suit each class. Please ask your child's teacher when their times are. We would like to remind all whanau that during school hours, your child is expected to be present and learning. Where possible, we ask that appointments be scheduled outside of school hours, so as not to impact on your child's learning. We also ask that every effort is made to arrive at school in time for learning at 9am.


Medication: If your child requires medication to be brought or kept at school, please be aware that due to health and safety concerns, this must be kept secure in the school sick bay. It is not to be kept in children’s schoolbags during the day. This is to protect the safety of not only the child requiring the medication but also all other students. All medication requires an accompanying permission/approval form signed by their parent or caregiver. This includes epi-pens for allergy management, inhalers for asthma or any other medication your child requires on a short-term or as needed basis.

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Community Notices/Panui Hapori

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