Newsletter - Term 4, Week 2

Friday, 28th October 2022

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

The school has certainly been a hive of activity over the past week with athletics, technology challenges and everyone getting ready for our up-coming Pet Day. Over the weekend I am sure you will be helping your child prepare crafts and helping to get their pet(s) ready for the big day. I look forward to seeing everyone here on Monday for what is one of our busiest community days of the year.

Jonty Tackle 10s

We are again hosting and running the Jonty 10s rugby tournament at school this year. The date for this tournament is Friday, 18 November. We have around 13 boys teams and 9 girls teams entered this year which will will see well over 200 students taking part in this great event. If you manage to get some free time on that day we would love to see you at school supporting our boys and girls team.


Completed Tau Cards this week

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Pet Day

  • Children come in mufti
  • Buses will run at the usual time in the morning and afternoon
  • Children and animals do not have to be at school till 10am, but are more than welcome to come at the usual time.
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PET DAY - Pet Registration

Pet Day will be held on Monday 31st October this year. Could any child that is bringing a Pet along for the day, please click on the button below to indicate what Pet they will be bringing.

Classroom happenings...

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Room 5

Another busy start to the term for Room 5. Fun at athletics day on the slide, waiting for our turn at discus. We went for a walk to look at the Otautau Sign, to see what features of our area are on the sign. This week two students needed to get new pencils, as they had used theirs up. A first for me as a teacher, as pencils usually get lost, not used up!

Room 6

Hard to believe that we are already two weeks into term 4 already! Here are some of our Room 6 Maker space creations from this term. Alexis Nagelkerken and Casey Flett’s lego creation (Hotel and Maze), Mason Calvert’s machine gun, Harper Morris’s mini chest, Jean Luc Joubert’s sniper rifle, Rylee rae’s puppy bed and Maddy Thomas’s school bag and cellphone.

Touch Draw - Monday 31st October

We have not received the Touch draw for Monday as yet. We will post it on Facebook and the school app on Monday morning. The draw is also available on touch southland website or the link below. Games will be played between 4 - 5.30pm

Fern Fuel for Schools

A big thank you to the following businesses that have contributed to the Fuel for Schools programme. The school has now earned $1,143 to use to purchase technology, sports, literacy or music package.

GJ & SP Carran Limited

KL & LA Evans

PJ & BD Rutherford

M Spain Ltd

G O Farming Ltd

Fenham Downs Ltd

Ellis Dairies Ltd

Brown & Rule Limited

Otautau Primary School

Wrektek Industries

Western Fencing Limited

Kinsale Farms Limited No 1

Riverflat Farming

Opio Dairy Limited Partnership

Dillon Dairies Limited

LB Henderson & JM Allen Partnership

FoS fundraiser - 5th November

If would be great to see as many Otautau School families as possible support this fundraiser. The school will receive free entry into the pool for all of 2023 during school hours. This will enable the children to get more swimming time.

What's happening ................


Monday 31st - Pet Day


Tuesday 1st - TEACHER ONLY DAY

Saturday 5th - Dave Upfold Hypnotist

Friday 18th - Jonty Carran Memorial tackle 10's

Frozen Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Our Frozen Cookie Dough fundraiser has launched. Please see the letter we have sent home/emailed or just head to to sign up for a fundraising page so you can start selling and help us fundraise. We are raising funds towards the cost for our Year 7 students to attend Leadership Courses. Funds raised will go into a kitty towards covering the cost of the entry fees, transport and activities. In the past students/whanau have made a real effort to fundraise to ensure we can book rich leadership course experiences for current and future students. Once you have a page setup, share it with friends and family.

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

Jonty Carran 10s Tournament 2022

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