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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

Kia ora e te whaanau. Lets talk lunches!

Mon Feb 26 05:35pm

We understand that there are some challenges around providing lunches now with our canteen being closed.

This has created an issue with students wanting to use the food technology classroom to ‘cook’ their lunch.

This is not a practical option unfortunately for numerous reasons.

We would appreciate some awhi from whaanau at home, to help us with this, by providing kai that doesn’t need to be ‘cooked’ or heated while we look at possible solutions.


Ngaa mihi,

OAS Staff

Uniform We have a couple of notices about uniforms.

Mon Feb 26 05:33pm

We have noticed an increasing number of students wearing Crocs to school. These are practical shoes and as long as they are black and students wear them with the back strap up they meet our uniform rules. We have had some issues with students losing their Crocs recently, and as they all look exactly the same  – please ensure you carefully label them. We recommend indenting names permanently into the rubber. Please note Jibbitz are not to be worn to school.

As the mornings are getting cooler we have noticed some students wearing non-uniform jumpers and jackets. Please ensure your children have correct uniform jumpers or jackets for school, these are available at The Warehouse. Short term uniform passes can be provided when there is a genuine reason and students have a note from home.

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Fri Feb 23 11:04am



Reminder Notice – Whaanau Teacher Conference

Thu Feb 22 09:23am


Swimming Sports and Tabloids this Week

Mon Feb 19 10:37am

A reminder that Swimming Sports is this Wednesday 21st of Feb. Students must be entered in 2 events to compete. 

Racing starts at approx 9.15am.

We also have swimming tabloids this Friday the 23rd from 11.40am. This is an afternoon of house spirit competition and games in the pool followed by House Swimming Relays at 2pm.

Parents and Whaanau are welcome at both events and we hope to see you there!

Whaanau Teacher Meetings

Tue Feb 13 02:49pm

Kia ora,

We would like to welcome you all to our Whaanau Teacher Conferences for 2024. These are being held on Monday 19th February from 3.30pm-5.30pm and Tuesday 27th February 3.30pm – 7.30pm.
Our first night on Monday 19th February is a more informal night at Te Kotahitanga Marae, everyone is welcome to attend and no bookings are necessary.
Our second evening on Tuesday 27th February follows a more formal format and bookings are required.
Please find attached information about both nights and the link to booking times on Tuesday 27th February.

Ngaa Mihi,

Demelza Zandbergen
Deputy Principal

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Wed Feb 07 11:40am


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Happy new year!

Wed Jan 17 07:13pm

Here is a reminder of a few dates:

Office opens Monday 22nd of Jan

Year 11-13 students only Tuesday 30th of Jan

Year 1-10 students only Wednesday 31st of Jan

Everyone attending Thursday 1st of Feb

Currently we are upgrading our IT systems. Kamar is part of this and log ons may be affected. Please bear with us as we work through the changes.

Basketball 2024: Important changes ahead

Wed Dec 13 01:46pm

Basketball 2024

Kia ora,

Exciting changes to Basketball within Onewhero.  

Basketball is experiencing an increased following throughout NZ, with more children showing an interest in playing than ever before.

After discussions with our dedicated coaches, parents and Franklin Basketball, it has been decided that Onewhero Area School will not be offering basketball for 2024 and instead basketball will transition across to an Onewhero Basketball club, affiliated to Franklin Basketball.

What are the benefits?

Teams offered for U9’s, U11’s, U13’s, Junior and Senior Secondary School teams (Subject to player numbers & coaches). Interest for Future adult teams
Basketball will be offered for Term 1 to Term 4
Club structure will allow for students from other schools and within the community to join
All trainings will be at OAS Gym on a Tuesday afternoon – with times where possible suited to age groups & other sport trainings.
Club will be administered by a small local committee  
OAS will provide playing uniforms, equipment and use of the school gym
Coaches will be supported by Franklin Basketball, offering regular coach the coaches sessions
Assistance with Grant applications and funding opportunities through Franklin Basketball

We envisage that the change to a club environment will ultimately strengthen Basketball within OAS, assisting our students to continue to participate in the AIMS Games and school based tournaments including the NZ National Secondary School tournament in the near future.

While we realise this will be a significant change for some of you, we would ask that you please continue to support Basketball within Onewhero and with us all working together we will provide more opportunities for our tamariki.

Please do not hesitate to email if you have any questions or suggestions.

To move forward to the Onewhero Club administration, we would appreciate it if you could please complete the below “Expressions of Interest Form”. Once returned, we will forward your details to the club committee and they will be in touch with further details for Term 1 2024.


Expressions of Interest

Nga Mihi


Sharon Guard, Anke van Dijk, Keryn Walker

Sports Department – Onewhero Area School


P.S We encourage any parents/members of the community who would like to assist with the committee or managing/coaching opportunities, to please make contact

Netball 2024: Important changes please read!

Wed Dec 13 01:37pm

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REMINDER🏀 😎😊😉 Can we please have all BASKETBALL uniforms in please!!! Also – any other sports uniforms in before Wednesday!!

Mon Dec 11 01:11pm

Values Prizegiving Parking

Wed Dec 06 06:24pm

We are looking forward to celebrating our students success at the Values Prizegiving this Friday 8th December and we hope that we will see a lot of our school community there to celebrate with us. The Hall will open at 6.00pm and we aim to have everyone seated and ready to start at 6.30pm

For those who do come we ask that you park on the SCHOOL SIDE of the Hall as OSPA have the opening night of their production “Clue”. Please avoid parking outside OSPA and the Bowling green to allow their guests access.

Many thanks and we hope to see you on Friday!

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Wed Nov 29 03:32pm


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