Newsletter 1 Term 2
Onerahi School 21 May 2021
Nau mai, haere mai/Welcome
Te Whare Tapa Wha
The Whare offers a useful visual analogy to understand Hauora. Hauora is an integral part of our school strategic plan. Te Whare Tapa Whā was developed by Sir Mason Durie as a way of understanding the interrelated and holistic nature of Hauora. Here is some information about the Te Whare Tapa Wha model:
Each taha (side) of the whare represents one of the four cornerstones of hauora; Hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being), Whānau (social and relational well-being), Tinana (physical well-being) and Wairua (spiritual well-being). These four aspects combine as a whare, within which hauora can be understood and strengthened. All four parts are equally important contributors to overall wellbeing. We encourage you to talk to your children about what their Hauora looks like and the wonderful things they do to build strong, healthy taha in their own whare.
Reo Akonga/Students voice
A Kiwi Story
One morning kiwi was sleeping when he was woken by a terrible noise. He poked his head outside… his home was being destroyed! Just as he thought all was lost, he saw that not all the forest was destroyed. He tried to fly to the forest but he couldn’t. The End
Yr 3 Onerahi Primary School
P.s Check out James’ hand-drawn kiwi!
Walking the Pepeha
“Haaaah” I huffed, half way up the mountain, tiredly taking each breath. “Ahhhh!” screamed Bella in pain. “What, what?” I panted. “I have a foot cramp” answered Bella. We carried on up the hill getting closer and closer to the top finally taking one last big breath. I looked up and I could see the light of the shining sun and a small shack. I knew at that very moment we had reached the top. What a relief! I sprinted to the top of the lookout and gazed out at the amazing view. It took my breath away and I could not believe I had just walked our pepeha. I could see the Hatea awa, our city, and a row of maunga to my right, with the harbour in the distance. Looking around me, I noticed fellow students huffing and puffing as a result of the steep climb. But we all agreed it was worth it. Now for the trip back down…
Yr 6 Onerahi Primary School
Community Consultation on Health Education at Onerahi School
Kia ora e te whanau,
As part of a regular review process we are seeking your feedback on our delivery of the health curriculum. The concept of hauora is at the heart of health education at our school. Children being able to maintain their own wellbeing is developed by exploring healthy relationships, personal beliefs, physical health through exercise and diet, and unpacking emotions. Woven through all these aspects is the crucial role of cultural identity and ensuring students have a strong sense of belonging and tūrangawaewae.
On alternative years we run the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme with the support of the police and Life Education through the Life Education Trust. Both programmes develop important skills and are engaging experiences for our students. Our Year 6 students receive two sessions on pubertal change. These sessions focus on what changes their bodies will be going through, guidance around hygiene, and develop an understanding of what the opposite sex may be experiencing as they go through puberty. Before the pubertal change sessions run, information is sent out to whanau with an option of having their child not take part.
If you have any feedback please either make a time come in and see me, Danny Hamilton, or send an email through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your time. Kia pai to rā!
Ka Mau Te Wehi
Great work Lottie Beech, who recently won a competition run by the SPCA as part of their Kind Matters campaign to design a Catio - a patio for cats. Lottie put a lot of time and thought into her design and its great to see this recognised. She is a keen designer who loves animals and she and her family have been involved with the SPCA in various ways previously.
Check out her winning design. He mahi ataahua!
Also congratulations to Alia Pilcher who submitted the winning entry into the Pak n Save Rally Car colouring competition. She put a lot of time and thought in to her entry. Pai Marika!
From the BOT...
Kia ora Whanau,
Ko Aaron tōku ingoa
Nō Onerahi e noho ana.
Ko Parahaki te maunga
Ko Hatea te awa
Kia mahi tupapaku ahau
Tenei Te mihi kia koutou katou
E mihi ki Te Atua mo tona manaakitanga ki
runga kia tatou
Nō reira Tēna Koutou Tēna Koutou
Tēna Tatou Katoa
I won't beat around the bush, I know a lot of people want to know where we are at with appointing a new principal...
We have gone through a very robust process to ensure we make the right call for our school as we move forward.
We would like to congratulate AnnMaree MacGregor on her appointment as the principal of Onerahi Primary School.
As a Board we are dedicated to working together to ensure we provide the best for all of our students, staff and community. We are excited about our future at Onerahi Primary School.
Board of Trustees
Together We Shape Our Future
Kei hea koutou inaianei/ Where are they now?
"Hi my name is Dion. I started at Onerahi Primary School at the beginning of 2005 and left at the end of 2010. I had some great teachers but my fave was Mr B. He was my year 6 teacher. We had dress up days and we always dressed the same. It was a crack up. Back then the teachers all seemed pretty cool to me. I loved all the sports, and school camps and trips.
I always loved school and even though I have dyslexia, I managed to do ok. I learnt that you can do anything and be anyone you want to be, and even though I sometimes still doubt myself, I think about all the opportunities that I had to give things a go. The awesome friends that I made at primary school are still my best mates and we have been through a lot together. We are still having the best adventures now.
I am now 21 and have just become a fully qualified builder, a job I absolutely love. Sometimes the paperwork was a bit difficult, but you need to ask for help and accept it when it's given. I have also just bought myself my first house and am really looking forward to using my skills to renovate it in the future.
My advice to you is to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, enjoy life and have a blast. Don't worry about what other people think and just be yourself"
On Wednesday the 19th of May our school participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime. We joined other schools from NZ and Australia for a live streamed reading of the book "Give me some space" by the Starlight Children's Foundation, and a presentation by the author Philip Bunting. There was even a reading by an Astronaut - Dr Shannon Walker - from the International Space Station. What an awesome way to engage our children in reading and learning.
Also, we wanted to let you know that the 2021 Hell Pizza reading Challenge has begun. Children are once again able to read 7 books, earn 7 stamps on their wheel, and redeem it for a free pizza. This challenge runs all year long. Encourage your children to participate, we'd love to see them manage a wheel per term!
School librarian and Resource Co-Ordinator
Accord Teacher Only Days
The school is required to have held an additional 6 accord teacher only days by mid 2022. We have held our first one on the 3rd of February, ahead of the start of school and our second one on Thursday the 1st of April ahead of Easter (more on how that went later.) We have scheduled the remaining days for Friday the 4th of June, ahead of Queens birthday weekend and Friday the 27th of August ahead of our Mid-Term break on Monday the 30th August. We ask you to make note of these days as the school will not be open to students and appreciate your support as we continue to develop our practice. The remaining two days will be held in 2022.
ROAD SAFETY ALERT
We have 2 options for school lunches. Both are ordered through your lunchonline account. If you do not yet have an account head to lunchonline.co.nz and sign up to take advantage of this service. Orders must be in by 8am on the day of delivery or they will not be processed. A further reminder to ensure that all student information is updated regularly in your lunchonline account, including room numbers to ensure that ordered lunches reach their recipients quickly and easily on delivery.
There is a range of 6 options for pizzas available, in snack size (7.5 inches). Please note that only these options may be ordered.
Thursdays—West End Sushi
A range of sushi, dumplings and bento-style options will be available.
- Tuesday 25 May - 2nd new entrant visit for mid-term cohort
- Thursday 27 May - Ruma Toru Tekau Ma Tahi (31) cycle trip to town
- Tuesday 01 June - 3rd new entrant visit for mid-term cohort
- Friday 4 June - Accord Teacher only day
- Monday 7 June - Queens Birthday
- Tuesday 8 June - OPS School Holiday
- Wednesday 9 June - Mid-term cohort entry start day
- Thursday 24th June - School Matariki Celebration - more details to come
- Tuesday 6 July - ShowQuest 2021
- Friday 9 July - Last day of Term 2
With the weather turning and cooling and rain becoming more likely we would like to remind you that it is a good idea for children to bring raincoats and a change of clothes along to school. Covered shoes are suggested. We would like all of these items to be clearly named so they can be returned to your children if the weather changes.
School gates open 8:15am
School begins 9.00am
1st Play Break 11:00-11:30am
2nd Play Break 1:30-2:00pm
School finishes 3.00pm
School gates close 3:15pm
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.
Medication: If your child requires medication be brought to 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.