Being the best we can - No limits!

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Principal’s Welcome

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kura Takiwā ō Onewhero. A very warm welcome to Onewhero Area School, a place where we strive to be the best we can be, where no limits are placed on the potential of our young people to thrive and succeed. At Onewhero Area School students are supported by a strong Board of Trustees, staff and community to discover their strengths and talents and develop into young people of good character. Students who attend here are given opportunities to participate in an education that encompasses the whole person including academic, sporting, cultural and other pursuits. Our core values as expressed in the school charter are; Purpose – Ako, Character – Mahi ngā Tahi, and Community – Whanaungatanga. These can be seen as you walk around the school and see students engaged in purposeful learning activities, showing leadership or just cooperating together in the playground. A feature of the school is the positive interaction between junior, middle and senior school students. I would invite anyone interested in exploring the school further to contact me for a tour. We would love to show off our fantastic school!
Ngā mihi nui ki ā koutou

Rebecca Bills

Junior School
Years 0 - 6

Currently, the primary school operates ten classrooms. In Maths there is an emphasis on number knowledge and number strategies starting with addition and subtraction and moving onto multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, and algebra. Emphasis is on mastering the basics.

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Middle School
Years 7 - 10

The Middle years represent a time of huge change for students, in terms of academic performance, social responsibility, behavioural expectations and their physical maturity. Our aim is to manage these changes as effectively as possible, navigating this journey in a way that prepares them for the challenges of Year 11, and beyond. Read more

Senior School
Years 11 - 13

We offer a full programme as would be available in most New Zealand schools. Core National Curriculum subjects, studied in the Middle School, continue into the Senior School. There are specialist teachers in the Arts, Business Education, English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Sciences, Social Sciences and Technology. Read more

Whats happening at Onewhero School?

Latest Notifications

Whaanau hui

Wed Jun 29 10:25am

On Thursday 7th July at 6:30 at Te Kotahitanga Marae we are holding a hui to review the maori education plan. We would like to encourage whaanau to come along and join us. A light supper will be provided and children are welcome.

Kia ora e te whaanau, Matua Rima’s class is cancelled tonight.

Thu Jun 23 04:48pm

Staff sickness update

Wed Jun 22 11:43am

Kia ora whaanau,

We have tried our absolute best to maintain students onsite all term despite experiencing large amounts of staff sickness and a shortage of relievers. However, with all of the Senior Leadership team teaching in classes it is now a health and safety issue to maintain all students on site. Unfortunately we therefore have to ask Year 11-13 to work from home next week ( 27th June to 1st July). These year groups have been selected due to them legally being able to stay at home alone which reduces the impact on families. Also due to the high school having the highest number of staff out. This is not a decision we have made lightly, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Staff have been advised to ensure all Year 11 to 13 students have a full program of learning provided for the week. If you have any questions or concerns about learning please direct them to the subject teacher.

Ngaa mihi


Reminder: Mataariki Celebration 28th June at Te Kotahitanga Marae starting at 6pm and will be followed with kai. See you there

Tue Jun 21 05:24pm

TK 2 is running late due to a tree across the Tuakau Bridge- Port Waikato road.

Tue Jun 21 08:56am

After School Drama

Mon Jun 20 08:47am

After School Drama this Monday (20th June) has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The group will meet again as usual from next Monday (June 27th).

Reminder: Mufti day and sausage sizzle tomorrow. Please bring a gold coin to come in mufti. Sausages in bread for $2 each at Break 1

Thu Jun 16 02:16pm

Oxford Pie Fundraiser

Wed Jun 15 09:22am

Do you need to top up your pie supply for these cold months ahead?

The Student Leaders are running the Oxford Pie fundraiser this year, so are eagerly waiting for your orders.

Family Pies $9.00

5pk Lunch Pies $12.50

6pk Lamingtons $7.00

Plus other yummy items!

If you wish to order, contact a student leader or send your order to Mrs Cochrane

We will also have some forms at the school office too.

Thanks so much for your support!

Strategic review survey

Fri Jun 10 12:45pm

Last week an email was sent out with a survey that the board will be using as part of our strategic review. Thank you to those that have already completed the survey. If you missed it here is the link:

Te Reo lessons with Matua Rima are cancelled tonight. Rima is attending a tangi.

Thu Jun 09 09:09am

Incident on TK6 Bus

Fri Jun 03 04:54pm

There has been an accident on the TK6 bus that goes to Tuakau, this afternoon. All of our students are safe and have been checked over by emergency staff. Parents have been phoned for a handful of students who will be picked up.  A second bus has picked up the majority of students who are currently being taken home. 

For any of our families who require further support please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school.

Uniform Update

Wed Jun 01 02:49pm

We now have our new softshell jackets on the shelves at The Warehouse (see photo). A number of students have already purchased them and they look fantastic!

We also wanted to update you on the school shorts. We are no longer stocking the shorts with the school logo on them. The school shorts are now a plain navy schooltex short – this is a much more economic option.


Mon May 30 09:13am

As we head into the winter months the Ministry of Health are expecting increase cases in COVID and flu. If your child is sick please keep them home. Mask wearing is a requirement on buses for Year 4 and under and is recommended in the classroom.
We are continuing to monitor COVID cases in the our school community, so if your child tests positive please email

Local Curriculum Presentation

Fri May 27 01:55pm

In 2019 we started a project seeking feedback on what is important to our students and school community within our curriculum. Then we had COVID…

But we are getting back to ‘normal’ and a big part of our Annual Plan for 2022 is looking to evaluate what aspects of Local Curriculum we are currently teaching at OAS and where we can look to include more Local Curriculum in our programs.

To keep our school community up to date we have made a short presentation on what a ‘Local Curriculum’ actually means and where we are headed. You can find this video on the School Website. Go to the Curriculum Page > Select “Learning @ OAS’ > Then select the “Local Curriculum’ link, and you will find the video at the top of the page.

Please take a look and if you have any questions feel free to email the office.

TK9 has been delayed leaving school. It has just left.

Thu May 26 04:32pm

Pink Shirt Day this Friday

Tue May 17 09:38pm

This Friday is Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness of bullying and mental health.

It will be a Non-Uniform day for a Gold coin donation – bonus if students can wear something pink!

The Student Leaders are also organising other activities for Break 1 on Friday:

Baking Items – Gold Coin Donation
Pink Friendship Bracelets – Gold Coin Donation
Face Painting
Compliment Stickers
Colouring Competition
All proceeds from the day will be donated to support the Mental Health Foundation.

Uniform Updates

Thu May 05 09:18am

With winter approaching and the temperature cooling we thought it would be helpful to let you know that the lined uniform jackets are on sale at the Warehouse for $35.
We have talked to our uniform supplier and have been told the long skirt should be on the shelves within the next two weeks. We will update you when they are confirmed in stock.

As we head back to school on Monday at orange level here is what you need to know:

Sun May 01 09:58am

As we head back to school on Monday at orange level here is what you need to know:

Parents and visitors are welcomed back on site, however if you are dropping off or picking up we ask that this is done outside the classroom.

Masks in the classroom are recommeneded but not compulsory in years 3 to 13.

Masks on buses are still required.

We can now hold whole school events with parents as spectators.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow

School Uniform reminder.

Tue Apr 26 09:54am

Kia Ora,

We hope all our students are having a good break and will be recharged and ready to go for a positive Term Two.

With just under a week to go until we are heading back to school, it is timely to send a reminder about our uniform expectations at OAS. This will ensure that families have time to pick up any items you may need before the term starts.
Wearing the correct uniform is an important part of how we show pride in our school and demonstrate our school values. It is a visible way of demonstrating our school whakatauki “He waka eke noa” (we are all in the same waka together).

We have attached some posters to remind families of our uniform requirements. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform ready to go from the start of Term Two.
When your child cannot wear a correct uniform item (e.g. wet jumper, broken shoes etc.), please send in a note and we can provide a short-term uniform pass until this can be resolved. When we can, we will replace the non-uniform with a suitable uniform item for the day.

Thank you for your support in ensuring our school and students are showing our school motto of ‘being the best we can – no limits!


Save the date for our Mataariki Maori Culture Success Evening 2022

Tue Apr 12 06:37pm

Once again we will be having our wonderful annual celebration of Maori culture success within our kura. Save the date for Tuesday the 28th June 6-8pm.

See the flyer attached for more details.

Home learning update

Fri Apr 08 12:30pm

Kia ora whaanau,

I am happy to say we are going to make it to the end of the term with everyone back on site. From Monday all students are welcome back to onsite learning. It has been a very challenging term with COVID and we absolutely appreciate the flexibility and support the community has shown, while we tried to keep the school open and running as much as possible. OAS sends a big thank you to our incredible relievers who have supported us over this time, without them we would not have been able to keep going.

We look forward to seeing our students on Monday, have a great weekend.

Ngaa mihi

Rebecca Bills

Non-uniform day tomorrow Friday 8th April. Gold coin donation fundraising for the Student Leaders camp.

Thu Apr 07 11:28am

Tk2 is running late. It hasn’t arrived at school yet, but should arrive in 10 mins.

Mon Apr 04 04:27pm

Update for learning at home

Mon Apr 04 03:32pm

Kia ora Whaanau,

We are pleased to be able to say that we can have the following groups back on site:

Year 9 and 10 are learning back on site from Wednesday 6th

Rooms 1, 3, and 4 are learning back on site from Tuesday 5th.

Unfortunately, we would like to continue to keep Year 5 and 6 learning from home for the rest of this week (4th-8th). However we will provide supervision for students that cannot learn from home.

Ngaa mihi 


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