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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: Are back to school by 3 December

Wed Dec 08 10:03am


However we have to modify this recall a little this year to accommodate bubbles.

If students are in school they should hand it to their classroom teacher on or before 3rd December.
Senior students doing NCEA external exams may hand their device in at the exam centre  on the day of their last exam.
If students are not in school and not in exams we ask caregivers to take care of devices over summer and students to hand them to our student technician in the first week back for a check over and system update.
Caregivers of students in y3 to 8 are asked to lock the school owned devices away after 10th of December as online learning will finish on that date.
All returns should include Device + Charger + Bag

Onewhero Area School Technicians


Stationery Lists for 2022

Tue Dec 07 03:30pm

Back to school is simple with our class lists on Get in before the end of the year to get a free family whiteboard organiser from OfficeMax.  Shop your child’s stationery on

Values Prize Giving 2021

Tue Dec 07 12:46pm

The Values Prizegiving for 2021 has been posted on the School Facebook Page and is also available to view on the home page of the Onewhero Area School website. We hope you enjoy it!

Students who are the recipients of the Major Awards will receive their certificate in the post in the next few days. The trophies are still with the engraver due to Lockdown delays, but please feel free to come and take a photo with them early in 2022.

All other certificates will be handed out at the start of school in 2022.

Newsletter No. 23

Thu Dec 02 09:32am



TK3 has arrived late it is leaving school now.

Mon Nov 29 03:26pm

SPORT PRIZEGIVING 2021 will go live per facebook link next Tuesday 30 November in the afternoon.

Fri Nov 26 10:46am

If you have been involved with ANY sport at OAS, make sure you watch the presentation with your family. Play it on your smart tv or desk top computer to enjoy the full version! (play backs on smart phones might not give the full version)

Pick up of medals and certificates is Friday 3 December from 2-4pm outside the gate.

School Magazine

Mon Nov 22 12:02pm

Please complete the form attached to indicate if you would like a copy of the 2021 magazine for your family (one copy per family).School Magazine


Wed Nov 17 09:57am

We are looking forward to welcoming some of our Year 1-10 students back on Monday. Just a reminder if you are not sending your child back please contact the office so that you do not get attendance messages. Also for those who are attending masks need to be worn by students Year 4 and above and all students must wear masks on the bus. The school grounds remain closed to parents, so please contact the office if you need to get in touch.

Sport prizegiving .;

Tue Nov 16 02:58pm

If your child has played sport at a representative level, please email with details before Friday This category is based on self nomination.

Update return to school

Fri Nov 12 12:40pm

Kia ora Whaanau,

Thank you for your patience while we worked through a plan for returning to school. Please click on the link to read about the return school plan for OAS.

Return to school

Return to school Survey

Thu Nov 11 02:23pm

Thank you to the whaanau that have completed our survey for returning to school, 104 families in Years 1-8 have responded which is fantastic. With the Minister’s announcement yesterday including Years 9-10 I would like to ask Year 9 and 10 whaanau to also complete the survey. We are currently working on plans for returning to school and will communicate these to everyone tomorrow.

Survey form

Prize giving Trophy Returns

Tue Nov 09 01:18pm

As we start to prepare for our 2021 prize giving, we need to get all the trophies that were handed out at last years prize giving back in, so that we can get them engraved for the new recipients. If you have a trophy in your household, could you please arrange to return it to school no later that next Friday the 19th November. As we are unable to have parents and caregivers on site at the moment could you please drop the trophy into the “Trophy Box” which is located in the gym foyer. Any trophies returned directly by a student can be delivered to the school office.

Many thanks for your assistance with their prompt return.

Potential Return of Years 1-8

Tue Nov 09 12:53pm

Kia ora whaanau,

On Wednesday the Ministry of Education will be providing information around the potential return to school for Years 1-8. We understand that for many families the idea of their children returning to school at this time is too much of a risk, while others are happy to send them back. The following form has been designed to gain where your current thinking is at, so that we can begin to look at different plans once the announcement has been made. If you have children in Years 1-8 please complete the short form to help us with our decision making. More information will be sent out later in the week once plans have been completed.
Potential return of Year 1-8
Ngaa mihi
Rebecca Bills


Onewhero Ag Day 2021

Mon Nov 08 09:53am

Onewhero Ag Day 2021
Onewhero Ag Day was unable to go ahead, but we did have an online celebration to acknowledge and share the kids’ efforts in rearing and caring for their animals. Check out the album on the Onewhero Ag Day Facebook page …

Return of Sport uniforms, collection of Sport hoodies and Scholastic books:

Mon Nov 01 04:35pm

Kia ora. Outside the school gym, we will have a contactless system set up for the return of Sport Uniforms and collection of hoodies and scholastics books on the following days/times:
TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER (tomorrow) from 1-3.15pm:
All return of Sport Uniforms and collection of Sport hoodies
All return of Sport Uniforms, collection of Sport hoodies AND
collection of Orders of Scholastics Books.
$30 Uniform bonds will be returned once sport uniforms are received in good order.
Hockey – tops and maybe jacket
Rugby – shorts and jacket
Netball dresses
Basketball – Singlets and shorts

Ag day spud in a bucket

Mon Nov 01 03:40pm

Good afternoon,

Thank you for entering the Onewhero Ag Day Spud in the Bucket competition. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride for our Ag Day events this year. Hopefully, your potato plants are thriving and ready to be harvested! (Even if it is later than expected).

Despite there not being an actual Ag Day event this year, we will go ahead and finish our Potato competition with a weigh in this Friday 5th of November!
Judging will take place on Friday at the Onewhero Domain outside the Rugby Club Rooms. To accomodate everyone we have set the time from 4-6pm. Please follow all Covid-19 regulations when entering the Domain.
Please bring your bucket in during the allocated time above and it will be weighed straight away and returned to you.
Make sure your bucket has your name written clearly on it.
The potato plant must be still growing at the time of judging. Do not remove the plant or any dirt from the bucket.
There will be Junior, Intermediate and Senior awards for the Greatest Collective Weight of Spuds. (Buckets are colour coded, so we know which category you are in.)
A trophy will be awarded to the student with the heaviest potato!
Your spuds are yours to keep, eat and enjoy.
Please email us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your fabulous spuds on Friday!

From the Ag day team

Update for Year 11-13 students and registered bubble students

Wed Oct 27 10:14am

Kia ora Whaanau,

The Board of Trustees met last night and has decided to go ahead and open the school tomorrow for all Year 11-13 students and registered bubble school students under the age of 14. We recognise that for some whaanau and students the thought of returning to school while there are cases could cause anxiety, we would like to reassure you that if you prefer to keep your child learning at home, then online learning will still be provided for all students. If your child is in Years 11-13 and going to remain learning at home could you please let the office know, so that you do not get unnecessary absence messages.

We would also like to stress the importance of following the MInistry of Health guidelines. If you have been asked to be tested, please remain at home until a negative test has been returned. If you or a member of your household has been told to isolate, then please do not attend school. If your child has symptoms, again please get tested and do not attend school. Any student that attends school and is sick will be sent home.

The school grounds are still closed to whaanau, if you need to pick up your child early, please call the office to arrange this. The office is closed, however the phone and administrative emails will be answered.

We have had some questions around the school photo backs. This is the information we have received from the company: The date has been extended, the date for ordering is now  31st October: Photos ordered before 31st October are delivered to school free (as a bulk). If parents want to order after 31st October they will have to pay $6 for delivery to their home.

We look forward to having students back on site tomorrow. 

Border crossing update

Tue Oct 26 10:32am

Over the weekend the Ministry of Health has changed it’s ruling on students crossing the border to attend school. If you live in the Level 2 area and your child is in Years 11-13 or is registered for bubble school they are now able to cross the border for the purposes of learning on site. Once we are open, the bus run will go as normal so students travelling on the bus do not require anything. If your child does not travel on the bus and is crossing a border they will need a letter from the school to get an exemption. Please contact and we will email the letter to you. Students crossing the border do not require a test to do so. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Kia ora whaanau,

Mon Oct 25 05:55pm

With the announcement of a Covid case in Tuakau, Onewhero Area school has decided to close the school for all on site learning as a precautionary measure for our community. Therefore no students will be able to access the site for learning on the 26th or 27th of October. On the 27th we will re-evaluate the information and determine whether opening on the 28th will be safe for our community. In the meantime there is a testing station at Escott Road in Tuakau, and we encourage anyone with symptoms to get tested. We also encourage you to keep an eye on the locations of interest. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but feel that we need to take a cautious approach at this time.
Ngaa mihi
Rebecca Bills and Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees

Canteen Closed

Sun Oct 24 12:23pm

We have had advice from our Canteen provider, that they are unable to open at this stage. For all Year 11-13 students returning to school next week, please ensure that they bring lunch to school with them as they will not be able to purchase lunch from the Canteen.

Thanks and we are looking forward to seeing these students on site on Tuesday




Wed Oct 20 07:49pm

Today the Minister of Education announced Year 11-13 students will start back at school on the 26th of October. Tomorrow afternoon communication will be emailed out to parents with information on how this will look. We appreciate your patience as we work though the requirements to ensure everyone is kept safe.

Y10 Spirit of NZ fundraising

Thu Oct 14 09:50am

We have a group of ten awesome Y10 students who are scheduled to go on a 5 day Y10 Spirit of NZ voyage on the 19th November. 

They need to raise significance funds to make this happen, so the team have come up with a couple of great fundraising activities that you can help support them with. One is to buy some top quality stainless steel pegs, and the other is a donation of any scrap metal you might have about. Please find the advertisements attached about who to contact if you are interested in supporting either of these fundraising activities.

Please note that if the voyage cannot go ahead on the date planned due to lockdown – the Spirit of NZ team plan to make this poissible at a later date – and all funds raised will still go towards this.

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Kia ora Whaanau, We hope you have been able to enjoy the break. Today the following was emailed to all parents. Please read.

Wed Oct 13 02:40pm


Kia ora whaanau,

Fri Oct 01 05:51pm

We have made it to the end of Term 3, so online learning will stop over the next two weeks. Hopefully we will see you all back onsite next term. In the meantime stay safe and enjoy the break. See you Term 4.

Reminder: Last day to order school photos and get free delivery is Monday 27th September.

Thu Sep 23 12:42pm

Further changes to NCEA announced for Auckland Schools

Wed Sep 22 03:21pm

Good afternoon,

Please find attached new changes announced today by NZQA for NCEA qualification for Auckland schools. This is to account for the continued disruption to students learning due to the lock down. 

Oops – here it is!

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Mon Sep 20 06:22pm

Kia ora Whaanau,

Today the Prime Minister announced that Auckland would move to Level 3 at midnight on Tuesday 21st. This will mean as of Wednesday 22nd, we will have an onsite bubble for students who have no other alternative supervision. As the Prime Minister said this is not an opening of the school, and if you can keep your children home please do. Parents who have registered their child for the onsite bubble will receive an email tomorrow that explains the expectations for onsite learning. Please ensure you talk to your child about these expectations to prepare them for onsite learning. All online learning will continue until the 2nd of October, when school holidays begin.

School Photos

Fri Sep 17 10:12am

You should have received an email from the school informing you that you are now able to order your child’s photos online with PhotoLife. You have until 27th September to take advantage of the free delivery. If you did not receive an email it could be because your email address is not up to date with school, it has gone to your junk mail or you simply do not have an email address. Please use the contacts, either PhotoLife (09) 2621040 or to enable you to order your photo.

Ag day

Fri Sep 17 10:01am

Happy Friday everyone!
We hope you’re all keeping well in your Alert Level 4 bubbles. We were fortunate to be able to postpone Onewhero Ag Day until Saturday 30 October, and are working on a contingency plan should we be at Alert Level 2 on the day. We’re reviewing the situation again on Monday 27 September and will let you know if anything changes.
We have received 68 animal entries to Onewhero Ag Day so far! Anyone else who would like to enter an animal, should do so by the end of TODAY. Simply complete and submit the online entry form at
Entry is open to Onewhero Area School students in Years 1-8, and preschool-aged children who live in the school’s zone.
School-aged children are permitted to enter one animal (lamb, goat, calf or dog) PLUS chickens. Preschool-aged children (3-4 yrs) are permitted to enter a lamb or a goat, which they parade/lead before the main event.
Calves born after 24 June 2021, and lambs and goats born after 1 July 2021 are eligible for entry in this year’s Ag Day, as are dogs, and the chickens *that were ordered through the school in Term Two*.
Remember, entries close TODAY


Thu Sep 16 01:31pm

Kia ora Whaanau,

Thank you to all those who participated in our Maaori moment zoom. What an awesome turnout and a great expression of whanaungatanga. 

We are well underway with planning for Level 3 and our on site bubbles. Thank you to those that have already completed the survey for Level 3 site attendance. If you intend for your child to be on site you must complete the survey. We will be unable to take any student that has not been registered as there is set up that is required for each individual child. Here is the link for the form to complete: Form

For those that haven’t seen the advertisement from the BoT I have added it below:

Maori Community Representative – Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees

Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees is seeking expressions of interest for the above co-opted position on our school Board.

We are seeking applications from people who believe they have a skillset that will benefit the school and work towards achieving the School Vision and Charter through effective Governance. In addition to this, someone that can represent our local Maori families in support of the Board around student achievement and wellbeing. 

If becoming a trustee is of interest to you and you would like to be considered please complete an ‘Eligibility-declaration’ form.  Please email to request a copy of the form.

The completed form along with a supporting statement advising why you think you would suit this position should then be emailed to the Board Secretary

Applications for this co-opted role close at 12noon, 24th September 2021. If  you have any queries at all or would like more information about what being a trustee entails and the time commitment in being a member please email the Board Chair, Owein Greaves:

Important information for NCEA students. This message is being resent today, as some people did not receive this last week.

Wed Sep 15 02:18pm

Kia ora whaanau,

As many of you will be aware NZQA have announced some important changes to allow learning recognition credits for our NCEA students due to the lockdown. Here is the latest information from the Ministry:

Changes to NCEA for 2021

Because being in COVID-19 lockdown has affected learning and assessment, changes have been made to NCEA, NZ Scholarship and University Entrance. These changes help give students a fair opportunity to gain the qualification they are aiming for.

These changes will take effect if your school is in Alert Level 3 or 4 for a total of 20 or more school days this year.

What does this mean for students?

The more credits you achieve the more you are entitled to.

For every 5 credits you achieve through internal or external assessment, you are entitled to 1 extra credit. These extra credits are called Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs)
Up to 10 of your LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 80 you need for NCEA Level 1.
Up to 8 LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 60 you need at Level 2 and Level 3.
Endorsements are still achievable.

To get a certificate endorsement you will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.
To get a course endorsement you will need 12 credits at Achieved or Merit or Excellence level in a course, rather than 14. You still need to achieve at least 3 credits in externals and 3 in internals.
Your LRCs don’t come with Merit or Excellence, so they can’t count towards an endorsement.

University Entrance has been adjusted.

For 2021 the UE requirements have been adjusted from 14 down to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. You still need to have NCEA Level 3 and the usual literacy and numeracy standards.
You’ve got more time to study.

Most portfolio due dates and exams for NCEA and Scholarship have been moved later, to give more time for students to learn and prepare.

What do I need to do?

Keep working to make sure that you achieve as many standards as you can. Your teachers will help you to track your progress.

You don’t need to do anything else to get your LRCs. NZQA will do the calculations before you get your results.

Make sure that you know when your portfolios are due, and double check the new exam timetable.

If you need any more information, talk to Mrs. Ritchie or ring NZQA on 0800 697 296.

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