Newsletter No. 15

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 23rd September 2022

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Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Over the last fortnight it has been amazing to hear about some fabulous successes for our students. Jacob Holmes who is a keen hockey player took on an extra role as a Hockey Umpire for Counties Manukau Hockey Association. He has this year umpired over 40 junior games since the season started and has recently also umpired several adult hockey games including the women's semi-finals. He was awarded the trophy for the Counties Manukau Hockey Association Junior Umpire of the year. This is a stunning achievement for a first year umpire. He also is umpiring the Hockey NZ national Mayhill & Chica Gilmore cups that are taking place in Pukekohe.

Jed Commision competed at a inter-school gymnastics competition and came first for Year 4 boys. Congratulations to both of these students.

On Friday last week the Junior School was pretty lucky to receive 5 beautiful fruit trees from Franklin Says Thanks Team (Geoff Dickey). This was organised by Amber Brewer. We are all looking forward to having extra shade on the back field, and eventually some delicious fruit. Thanks to all the students that helped to plant our new fruit trees.

This week we were privileged to have the Girls 4 Tech in the school. The Year 5 & 6 girls took part in the STEM workshop for girls, which is running worldwide, supporting girls to step up into scientific vocations. They had a wonderful time working out digital, crypto, and algorithmic questions; finding solutions to problems for how technology works. “It was really fun to break codes and understand how to rewrite algorithms to suit different situations,” Ava and Layla of Room 9 reflected. Overall, it was a huge success, and getting a free t-shirt was pretty cool too!

This week we have had a focus in the school on what we say to others, we are asking students to think before they speak, if it isn’t nice, does it need to be said? We would appreciate whaanau discussing this message at home. Term 3 is historically a term where we see a spike in anti social behaviour, and this year has been no different. As a result of some recent incidents we have reviewed processes and will be sharing these with the community through our kamar email system.

A reminder that next Monday is a public holiday for the memorial of Queen Elizabeth the second and there is no school on this day.

Tonight and tomorrow is our Arts and Culture night, if you can, come along and share in celebrating a talented bunch of students. Hall is open at 6pm.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Area School

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Kia Ora Koutou everyone - a couple of updates from the BOT meeting this week. As a reminder our meeting minutes are published on the OAS website under the board section with a month delay to approve them in the following meeting (thank you to Stacey who works tirelessly to record and publish them).

Student Reps. Thank you to Maddison Bradley who completed her term as our BOT student Rep. Maddison’s support over the year, and voice on our strategic planning day was incredibly valuable and has helped to shape our Charter (which is currently being finalised). All the best with your remaining year at OAS Maddison.

We welcomed Lei Clarke as our new Student Rep last night and look forward to working with him over his term on the board.

Whanau Rep

Further to my note last month, with Matua Rima retiring from the BOT, we are seeking expressions of interest for our Whanau Rep. Please reach out to Rebecca or me if this is of interest or for further details on what it entails.

Food and nutrition policy

We have reviewed the food and nutrition policy at the last board meeting and it was identified that energy drinks are coming into school with Year 9-13 students. We would like your support in reducing the amount of energy drinks being consumed by our students when on site or in uniform.


Owein Greaves

Onewhero Area School

Board of Trustees Presiding Member

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Arts and Culture Evening

This is a fabulous night of entertainment designed to enable young people to take the stage in all the different areas of the Performing Arts. The evening will showcase the many different groups and individuals engaging in different areas of the Performing Arts throughout our school; both within and outside the classroom. Students aged from 6 to 17 will be singing, dancing, acting, and playing musical instruments, in a diverse and imaginative array of acts.

Among the different groups and individuals performing are our Senior Music students, our Kapa Haka Group, our Afterschool Drama Group as well as various bands, singers and soloists.

Come along and help us celebrate the Performing Arts in our school.

The Arts and Culture Evening will take place tonight, Wednesday 21st and Thursday day 22nd at 6.30pm, in the Onewhero Community Hall.

Entry is $5.00 adults and $2.00 children




Junior shorts – size 4 x 1 only $22.90

Junior culottes – sizes : 4/8/10/12/14 $26.60

Junior polar fleece vests – sizes : 8/10 $15.00

Skirts (can be worn from Year 7) – sizes : 52/57/92/97 $39.20

Senior shorts (have button/zip) sizes : 10/12/14/76/96/100/104/108 $22.90

Senior trousers (have button/zip) sizes : 76/80 $30.70

Senior blue polo size medium x 1 only $25.90

Senior white boys shirt size 12 x 2 only $33.90

We also have the PE tops available in every house colour.

Sizing : 5-6/7-8/9-10/11-12/13-14/Small/Medium/Large $36.00

Please feel free to send your child up to the office to try anything on for sizing if you are unsure. Payment can be made online or at the office. You can contact us on

Please name every item of clothing so if it ends up in our lost property the office staff can return it to your child.

We also have a second hand uniform department which is run by Brenda McLean in Room 7. She is available for you to visit on Mondays only from 3pm. If you would like to know what is available please email her on :

Community Notices:

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Piano and Vocal Tuition

20 to 30 min lessons available for both Piano or Vocal Lessons with NZMSM Teacher Mary Laing. You can enjoy learning to play a new instrument or find your voice with vocal lessons! Performance Opportunities available as well as music exams if they wish!

Contact: Mary Laing or 021 101 0984

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Boost Your Learning

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students.

Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.

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Dandelions and Dragonflies

The Childcare and Early Learning Centre on the school grounds has now been fully renovated. We’ve extended the operating hours and are now open Mon-Fri from 7:30am-5:30pm. We’ve also been through all the licencing requirements to now be able to provide spaces for babies for the first time, so we can cater from 3 month olds through to 5 year olds. We’ve also installed a Commercial Kitchen and hired a Qualified Chef to provide nutritious meals to children for the first time.

To find out more or to arrange a Centre Visit, please contact:

Dandelions and Dragonflies

Centre Manager, Jade Lane

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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

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