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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

School Canteen

Thu Jan 27 03:56pm

Just to let you know, the school canteen opens again on Wednesday the 2nd Feb.

For the Y11-13 students returning on Tuesday the 1st, please bring your own lunch.

The Academic Prize Giving for 2021 has now been posted in Facebook and can also be viewed on the School Website.

Thu Dec 09 02:53pm

Congratulations to all the recipients!

The Major award recipients will have their certificates sent in the mail. All other recipients will receive their certificates at the start of next school year.

Trophies are still with the engravers, but students and whanau are welcome to come and take a picture with them at the start of school next year.


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

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