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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


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.

Kia ora whaanau, I hope we are all well in our bubbles and aren’t getting too tired of having to stay home. It has been great to see the t

Thu Sep 02 03:13pm


Here are a few updates for events that were planned this term:

From the Ag day committee:

Due to the uncertainty created by the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to postpone Onewhero Ag Day … the event will now be held on Saturday 30 October 2021 (alert levels permitting).

Animal entries are open again. Simply complete the online entry form at Ag day form

Entries will close on Friday 17 September 2021 🙂

We will be reviewing the situation again in another couple of weeks, and will let you know if there are further changes.

From the ball committee:

We are working to postpone the ball to Term 4 as the venue requires us to be at Level 1 for the event to go ahead. An update of the date will be given once it is set.

Practise Exams for NCEA:

Practise exams will be moved to the start of Term 4 to ensure students have time back on site before sitting them.

Level 3: 

In preparation for eventually moving to Level 3 we are asking for indication of your intention for your child to attend school on site. Please complete the form below. A reminder that it is still preferred that learning continues at home at Level 3, however if there is no other adult that can supervise the child then they can be sent to school. Learning at school will be the online program and students will be restricted in what they can and cannot do. You can not send your child to school if they are sick or if they are waiting Covid test results, or if someone in the household is awaiting test results or has Covid.

Level 3 formPlease complete by Monday 6th.

Lastly you will have seen the notices about enrolment. For planning purposes it is good to complete enrolment even if it is an in zone enrolment for 2022. If you do not have access to print the forms or scan them for email, please email the office anyway with the student’s name, age, year level, and address just so we can add them to our planning list.

Kia kaha Whaanau

Mrs Bills


Fri Aug 27 04:18pm

As per the Prime Minister’s announcement today our school will remain at Level 4. The borders are as per previous occasions meaning our area is considered part of the Auckland region. Learning online will continue as per the last week. A review of the level will be announced on Tuesday afternoon after Cabinet meets in the morning.

Learning from home

Wed Aug 25 04:28pm

Kia ora whaanau

We hope that you are all managing to keep safe and well, while enjoying some of the gorgeous weather we have been having.

We know learning is a little different at the moment and we would like to celebrate that by sharing your home learning experiences with other whaanau and with our community.
If you would like to share your learning at home, please send a few images to by 5pm Friday.

 The images will form a part of media that will be on public sites so by sending in images you are giving consent to them being published.

Ag day

Wed Aug 25 03:51pm

Ag Day entries close THIS FRIDAY!

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.

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.

Simply complete the online entry form at form link

Entries close THIS FRIDAY, no exceptions! There’s no excuse for procrastination … enter your child now so they don’t miss out 

PS We will be discussing COVID-19 contingency plans at our next planning meeting on Monday and will provide you with an update soon after. Follow our Facebook page for more information …
Take care and stay safe

Learning packs were delivered today. Check your letterbox if you didn’t see your delivery person.

Wed Aug 25 02:16pm


Mon Aug 23 12:38pm

Kia ora whaanau, 

You should have all had contact with classroom and whaanau teachers in the form of emails, zoom meetings, phone calls, text messages or through social media links. If this is not the case and you require hard materials or devices that were left at school then please contact the school office through email or by phone. The school phone has been redirected to the school cell phone so calls can be received. Today and tomorrow under strict health guidelines a small amount of staff will be going on site to pack up hard material packs and left devices for the students identified as needing them. These items will then be delivered by a team of staff to the students. Our staff will place the packages on the doorstep and knock on the door, please wait until they have moved away from the doorstep before you open the door. If there are things our delivery staff need to know, e.g. you have loose dogs, or there are two houses up your driveway and yours is the one on the left. Then please let the office know so they can pass it on to our delivery team. Please do not be offended if our staff do not stay for long chats, they have many packages to deliver and we would like to be finished by end of day Wednesday so our staff can be back safe in their bubbles. We want to thank you all for your patience and support in getting these items out. He waka eke noa, we are all in this together.

Kia ora Whaanau,

Thu Aug 19 03:05pm

We hope you are all well in your bubbles and are starting to find a routine for learning throughout the day. We are currently working on processes for hard material and device pick up so that when the go ahead comes from the Ministry of Education, we will be ready to go. This is likely to happen next week so watch this space for more information. We know that some people will be finding the lockdown challenging, having structure to the day by planning out specific times for learning, exercise, family time, and time for you to enjoy your favourite hobbies will help reduce stress and anxiety. For other tips on wellbeing click on this link Wellbeing site For our students: Please remember to show our school values, work on your learning, be kind to others, and help your family out. Be the best we can be -No limits. We are all in this together-He waka eke noa. Kia kaha whaanau.

Update: Covid alert level 4

Tue Aug 17 07:54pm

With the evening announcement of moving to Level 4 for at least 3 days and most likely 7 we will move to online learning as of 8:50 am tomorrow and the school premise will be closed as of 11:59 pm tonight. Whaanau teachers will be in touch to ensure students are able to access work. Please see the following link for the expectations for online learning.
Home learning expectations

All trips and school events in the next 3 to 7 days are postponed.

At this stage we can not have devices or hard materials picked up from the school site. If this becomes an option we will share a code for booking pick ups through the school interviews site.

Updates will be shared through the school app and the facebook page over the next few days.

Update for tonight

Tue Aug 17 06:41pm

Many of you will be aware the Prime Minister is making an announcement tonight about the covid case in the community in Auckland. We have decided to go ahead with the arts and culture night, however we are asking that if you are sick that you do not attend. We will have a QR code for our school and a manual sign in for the event and ask that everyone signs in as a precaution. Balancing the hard work our students have put into this evening with the health considerations is always tricky, but we feel with the extra cleaning and tracking we have put in place we are able to hold this event tonight.

Drama After School is finishing 7pm today

Mon Aug 16 02:16pm

Arts & Culture Evening Parking Tuesday evening

Mon Aug 16 01:33pm

For the Tuesday evening performance please do not park outside of the OSPA building as they are holding rehearsals from 7.30pm.

OAS Newsletter No. 22

Thu Aug 12 01:02pm



Reminder: Teacher Only Day is the Tuesday 10th of August

Mon Aug 09 01:27pm

Newsletter No. 21

Thu Aug 05 02:53pm



Student Led Conferences:

Tue Aug 03 11:42am

Student Led Conferences will be held on Monday 9th August  at 3:15 until 5:30 and on Wednesday 11th August at 3:15 until 7:30.  The sessions are 15 minutes long.

The purpose of these meetings is for your child to discuss their progress and next steps in each learning area. If you are unavailable to attend zoom conferences and phone conferences can also be booked directly through your child’s teacher. If for some reason you cannot attend your conference time please email the teacher directly, email addresses can be accessed through the App or on our School website. 

If you have any further questions before the event, please contact Demelza Zandbergen –

To book your conferences please click on the link below.

using the code: mmgb5


As of 7:30am power is on at the school and we will be open as normal.

Tue Aug 03 08:39am

Newsletter No. 20

Thu Jul 29 04:15pm



Expressions of interest – Onewhero Area School Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy:

Thu Jul 29 01:00pm

We have a casual vacancy position available which we are seeking expressions of interest for.  Our aim is to fill this position through a selection process.  We are seeking a person who believes they have a skillset that will benefit the school and work towards achieving the School Vision and Charter through effective Governance.

If becoming a trustee is of interest to you and you would like to be considered please complete an ‘Eligibility-declaration’ form.  Forms are available from the school office or contact the office to request an email copy,

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, or drop your application in to the school office.  Please note the remainder term on the Board for this casual vacancy is to November 2023.

Applications for the casual vacancy close at 3pm, 13th August.   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 trustee please email the Board Chair, Owein Greaves,

The school internet is down for the rest of the day. If you need to contact the office please ring the school cellphone 0273407796.

Wed Jul 28 12:48pm

Sport and team photos are tomorrow, wednesday 28 July. Please find here a link with the times for all teams and groups.

Tue Jul 27 10:40am

Students involved in any teams should bring full clean sport outfit, including tops, shorts, shoes etc. Please be on time!   Click on:  Sport team and group photos 2021

Photolife Sibling Orders

Sun Jul 25 05:06pm

Last day to hand in your form is Tuesday 27th July by 8.50am.  Please collect a form from the office.

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