Newsletter Term 2, Week 10

Otautau School 9th July 2021


Well done everyone on a great first half of the year. Everyone has been busy and fully engaged in learning and getting involved in a wide variety of activities.

Today you will have received your child's report for the first half of the year. If you have any questions regarding the report then please make contact with your child's teacher early on next term. Our student-led conferences will take place in Term 3 on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th August.

Rest up

As we come to the half way stage of the year I think we all need to spend the next few weeks re-charging our batteries and recovering from any illnesses that may be going around. We have seen different viruses sweep through the school causing many absences. Let's hope we can all begin Term 3 free of illness and ready to kick back into learning again.



Tauken Prizes at assembly today

Cassey Soriano - School Cap

Sativa Sycamore - Ice Block

Blake Jones - School Cap

Lee Davis - Hot chip lunch

Hayley Tyler - Mufti day for class

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What is Matariki? Matariki is to celebrate the Maori New Year. Matariki is also named the Seven Sisters. Matariki is a cluster of bright luminous stars. We celebrate by sharing kai, telling stories and looking at the stars. Next year matariki is going to become a public holiday. I like Matariki because it’s a time to make kites and fly them.

By Aislin Campbell


Matariki celebrates the Maori New Year. Matariki is a cluster of stars called the Seven Sisters. But some people think there are nine of them. Near June or July you might see them gleaming in the sky. How can you celebrate Matariki? Sharing kai (food), arts and crafts, games, making kites and having fun. This Friday our school (Otautau) is celebrating by having a big feast, games and also activities at our school. Next year every New Zealand School will get a day off (like a mini holiday). The thing I like about dazzling Matariki is spending time with my family and friends.

By Stephanie Paterson


The Maori New Year Matariki. Matariki is the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters shine so bright and you can see them in the sky. The Seven Sisters are a cluster of stars. We celebrate Matariki by eating kai and singing. When you look up you can see them in the sky.

By Tyler Smith


Matariki is a group of stars that come out one time a year. It is the Maori New Year. The group of stars is called the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters shine so bright it looks like they are glowing. Next year all the schools are getting the Matariki day off. We celebrate it by sharing kai. On Friday we are having a shared lunch in house groups and doing activities for the Matariki celebration. I am excited for Friday because we get to do fun activities.

By Paige Nicol.


Matariki is the Maori New Year. Matariki is a celebration about the Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters are stars. You can see the Seven Sisters in the night. They are a group and they travel with each other. I like Matariki because we do fun activities, have yummy kai and have a celebration.

By Monty Bell


Matariki is the Maori New Year. The Matariki stars only come once a year. There are seven sisters and they come out at night. It is bad luck if you cannot see them. If you can see them it is good luck. The Seven Sisters are so bright you can see them. I like to celebrate Matariki because you get to share food. Students at school always celebrate and do lots of art for Matariki. I like the art from students because they have Seven Sisters in the dark.

By Kai Rutherford


What is Matariki? It is the Maori New Year. The stars are called a cluster of seven sisters. They normally come out in June or July. At school we make kites, we weave and we do arts and crafts. Next year when it is Matariki, New Zealand is going to become a public holiday to celebrate. When you look at the stars they are glowing and sparkling so bright. What do you like about Matariki?

By Pippa Joyce


Room 5 has been busy practicing our Mihis and we have created some artwork to show our place in the world. We included our mountain (Takitimu), the star clusters of Matariki and the Southern Cross, along with Korus, which represent our family.

Here are a couple of our Mihis to listen to. The students are learning to give feedback to others, both positive and constructive. It is a great learning experience.

There was lots of excitement when we had a lightning storm the other week. We stopped what we were doing and watched from the window. Lots of fun!

We are looking forward to a two week break and then back for another busy and fun term, which includes Polyfest.


Here are our Maker Space creations and our clue writing from this week. Read our clues and see if you can guess what we are?

What am I? I start with t. I am very tall. You can see me everywhere. I am a light green colour and brown colour. I am outside in the dirt. Parts of me can move. People climb me so much.

By William Edge.

What am I? I can be any colour. I am small. I can climb. You can not use me as a hat. You can eat me. You can find me in a African desert. I also live in rainforests. I am hard to find. I can not swim. I am a type of lizard and I start with c.

By Frank Henderson.

I have 2 eyes. I have a big tummy. I eat grass. I am brown. I am a boy. I eat swedes in the winter. I look like a cow. What am I?

By Eli.

What am I? My name starts with I. You can put me on your foot. You can not wash me. I have laces on me. I only move on ice. You don’t use me when you don’t have any ice around. You will need to practise using me. I am fun to use.

Answers: William’s tree, Frank’s chameleon, Eli’s bull, India’s ice skate and


A big thank you to the parents, kids and community members who contributed baking towards last Friday's cake stall 'Baking for Bailey'. It was a massive success raising $1,030 for Baileys Family and a great experience for our kids to learn the value of kindness.
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Book Sale

10th & 11th July and 16th & 17th July 2021

10am - 4pm

Otautau Catholic Parish Centre (opposite Western Motors)

If anyone would like to donate books to the Museum Book Sale, these can be dropped off at the Southland District Council offices.

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