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

Return of School Chromebooks and Laptops 2022:

Mon Nov 28 01:05pm

If you have the loan of an Onewhero Chromebook or Laptop, they are due back to school by Thursday 1st December at the latest.

If students are in school they should hand it to their classroom teacher on or before 1st December.
Senior students doing NCEA external exams may hand their device in to the school office or the ICTArea on the day of their last exam.
If you have finished your school work for 2022 please hand it in ASAP
All returns should include Device + Charger + Bag


Onewhero Area School Technicians


Ag day survey

Mon Nov 28 11:33am

We are seeking feedback on the Ag day to help in planning for next year. Please take a couple of minutes to answer this short survey, even if you didn’t have a child entered.

Kia Ora Whaanau,

Wed Nov 23 06:56pm

This is just a reminder about the two teacher only days we have coming up. While both of these have been on the calendar and in the newsletter, we thought it might be helpful to send a reminder.

The first TOD is this Friday the 25th November.

The second TOD is next Friday the 2nd December.


Values and Academic Prizegiving’s

Tue Nov 22 12:05pm

Kia Ora,

Just a reminder of our two Prize giving’s which are coming up.

The Values Prizegiving is on Thursday the 1st December starting at 7pm (please arrive from 6.30pm to be seated). This Prizegiving is where we celebrate students who have demonstrated our school values positively throughout the year and put effort into everything they do. We also present many of our Major Awards and Trophies at this Prize Giving, particularly for demonstrating leadership, citizenship and effort.

The Academic Prizegiving is on Tuesday the 6th December starting at 7pm (please arrive from 6.30pm to be seated). This Prizegiving is where we celebrate students who have achieved at a high level academically and where we present major academic awards and the School Dux.

It would be wonderful to see as many of our school community as possible at both of these special events to help us celebrate the success our students have had this year.

As these are formal events the dress code for students is correct and tidy uniform.

Ngaa Mihi


Sports prizegiving tonight at 6.30pm

Wed Nov 09 10:44am

Kia ora, this is a reminder that Sports prizegiving is tonight in the hall at 6.30pm. This is a celebration of all school sports. If you have played sport for the school, this is for you, though everyone is welcome of course. The dress code is smart casual, (collared shirts for senior boys), full school uniform with shoes is also suitable.
We hope to see you there!

Year 7 and 8 will be back on site on Monday. Thank you keeping them home today, we greatly appreciate your support.

Fri Nov 04 05:08pm


Thu Nov 03 03:18pm

Kia ora te whaanau,

This afternoon we have had multiple staff test positive for COVID, and have had a small number of notifications for students who also have COVID. We have spent the afternoon trying to find relievers to cover staff, however even the relief agency is unable to supply us with relievers tomorrow. Unfortunately because of this we would like to ask that any students in Year 7 and 8 who can work from home tomorrow, please do, as this would be greatly appreciated due to being unable to cover all the classes. Students in Year 7 and 8 who come to school tomorrow will be put all in one class to do work for the day, so will not follow their normal timetable. 

Please watch your children carefully for COVID symptoms and if they present with any, please test them. If your child tests positive for COVID it would be helpful for you to let the office know through the usual attendance channels, so that we can continue to monitor the spread through the school. It would also be helpful to remind your children to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day to reduce the spread. Currently household contacts are not required to isolate, only the person with COVID. We appreciate your support as we continue to combat this illness.

We will review our situation tomorrow morning and communicate any other relevant information to you before the end of the day.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for our annual Ag Day. It is a cash only event.

Fri Oct 28 06:45pm

ATHLETICS DAY apopo!!! (tomorrow) Nau mai haere mai.

Thu Oct 27 05:36pm

Students can wear house colours to school – no uniform needed.
Please also bring hats, sunscreen, warm clothes, water and kai and a towel to sit on… be prepared for all types of weather!

We will try to start as close to 9am as possible.
Boys will be on track events in the morning
Girls will be on field events in the morning
Then… break in the middle of the day, and swap around.

There will be programs for you to pick up from the new wooden deck area – We ask if whaanau can sit in this area or down by the finish line please. Or you a free to wonder around the field events too.
Students will be asked to sit in the designated area at the front of the school only while on track events!

We are looking forward to a fantastic day with everyone!

(and then another one on Saturday for Ag Day!)

Sport achievement nominations

Thu Oct 27 08:51am

Nominations for representative players and major sporting achievements are now open and close end of this week. If your child has played sport at a regional or national representative level, or has achieved in any sport at a high level, please let us know by filling in the form on this link>click here

Bus Message

Wed Oct 26 03:13pm

TK4 has broken down. A replacement bus is being sent to school but will be approximately 50minutes away. All students who get off before Klondyke Road have been able to get onto TK1. All other students will be supervised until the replacement bus arrives at school or may be picked up from the senior courts at the front of school. We will update you as soon as the replacement bus arrives.

Ag day Hamper Raffle

Tue Oct 18 02:15pm

We would appreciate your support in donating 2 non perishable food/grocery items towards these hampers, and will give families 10 tickets to sell at $2 each to family and friends. These will be given out to students by their teachers and can be sold over the holidays. 

Grocery items to be dropped off at school by Friday 21st October.

Power update

Fri Sep 30 11:10am

We have been advised that the power will be off for a longer period of time. Due to the school having no water we now are required to close. Parents are asked to go to the office to sign their children out. Students who are Year 9 and below will require an adult to be able to leave or permission from their caregiver to walk home if they live close to the school. We will hold any students on site who cannot be collected and the buses will run for these students at the end of the day.

Power outage

Fri Sep 30 09:47am

Kia ora e te whaanau,

We are currently experiencing a power outage which has been off for 40mins. Counties power are unable to tell us how long it will be before the power is back up. Power being off is a health and safety issue as we have no water for toilets. We will be making a decision at 11am as to whether the school can remain open. This decision will be communicated on the facebook page and app.

Power outage

Fri Sep 30 09:46am

Kia ora e te whaanau,

We are currently experiencing a power outage which has been off for 40mins. Counties power are unable to tell us how long it will be before the power is back up. Power being off is a health and safety issue as we have no water for toilets. We will be making a decision at 11am as to whether the school can remain open. This decision will be communicated on the facebook page and app.

Mufti day and bake sale this Friday

Wed Sep 21 11:03am

On Friday there will be a mufti day and bake sale organized by our Junior Volleyball team to raise funds for their North Island Junior volleyball championships trip in November. Please bring a gold coin if you want to come in Mufti!
The bake sale will be held break 1 and there will be many yummy treats for sale. Please support our year 9/10 volleyball girls!

COVID update

Tue Sep 13 08:57am

With the government’s decision to remove the traffic light system for COVID, it is no longer recommended to wear masks in school settings. However, if your children wish to do so they are more than welcome. Household contacts are no longer required to isolate; however, they are asked to test each day for 5 days instead. If your child tests positive for COVID they are still required to isolate for 7 days.


Wed Sep 07 10:36am

Morena e te whaanau,

Our student management system is currently not working, therefore we are having to do attendance manually today. If your child is away today could you please notify us via the app or phone. Thank you for your support.

Water notice

Fri Sep 02 10:08am

Water notice:

After advice from the Ministry and as a precautionary measure after a notification of a water born illness, we have decided to close the water fountains while we retest our water source and taps. We have water filters that students can use to fill their bottles in the meantime. 

Senior Course Open Evening

Thu Sep 01 10:41am

Just a reminder about our Senior Course Open evening on the 6th September.


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