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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

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.

TK 1, TK 6, and TK 9 Bus Route

Wed Jul 21 11:17am

Please note there has been a slight adjustment to the bus timetables for TK 1, TK 6, and TK 9. The changes have been made to add Brewster Road to the run.

Use the link to the bus network website to see the time changes.Bus Network Website


These changes will start Term 3.

Newsletter No. 19

Thu Jul 08 02:20pm

Positivity Day- Friday 9th July

Wed Jul 07 09:28pm

In addition to a non uniform day on Friday, the students have earned a free sausage sizzle. This will be avaliable at break 2 (delivered to junior classes at the end of Period 3) so please send kai for your child break 1.

Photolife Sibling Order Form

Wed Jul 07 04:15pm

Please collect your order forms from the office and return by Monday 26th July.  Photos are on Tuesday 27th July.

News flash ……..

Wed Jul 07 03:41pm

Positivity Day this Friday 9th July – in addition to a free non-uniform day, the students have also earned a free sausage sizzle.  This will be available at Break 2 (delivered to juniors at the end of Period 3) so please send along kai for Break 1.

Kia ora whaanau

Mon Jul 05 04:26pm

Unfortunately due to power outages and the wifi being down for a large part of the day, hard copies of Year 7-13 reports are unable to be sent home today. We will email reports tonight and hard copies will be sent tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvience this may cause.

Reports for Years 7-13 can also be viewed on the Kamar portal.

OAS Newsletter No. 18

Thu Jul 01 01:07pm

Newsletter No. 17

Thu Jun 24 10:51am

CUPCAKE and BAKE SALE tomorrow FRIDAy Break 1. Please bring some coin and help support our Area School students. Cupcakes and slices $2

Thu Jun 24 09:40am

Onewhero Area School Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative

Wed Jun 23 01:10pm

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Owein Greaves – Board Chair


by: Friday 23rd July 2021

Newsletter No. 16

Fri Jun 18 11:00am

Newsletter No. 15

Thu Jun 10 01:13pm

AIMS Netball – Non-uniform day. Friday 11th June.

Tue Jun 08 03:05pm

AIMS Netball – Non-uniform day. Friday 11th June. Please bring a gold coin to help get our netballers to the AIMS tournament in Tauranga.
Rolled ice creams will be available for $2 per scoop at break one on the junior courts. Dairy free option will be available too.

You are invited to our wellbeing information and feedback night on Monday 14th of June at 6:30pm in the Junior Learning Centre.

Thu Jun 03 08:02pm

Newsletter No. 14

Thu Jun 03 09:37am

Newsletter No. 13

Thu May 27 02:37pm


Onewhero Ag Day

Tue May 25 01:19pm

Onewhero Ag Day Volunteers Meeting … Monday 31 May from 7pm in the school staffroom. We need people to step up and help out, or Ag Day 2021 won’t go ahead. Don’t let your kids miss out on a unique rural experience! Visit the Onewhero Ag Day Facebook page at for more information.

Canteen Error in Newsletter

Thu May 20 03:29pm

Please ignore the food menus as they have been incorrectly given to our school to update the canteen menu.  We will put in the correct ones next week.

Reminder : Pink Shirt Day Friday 21st May

Thu May 20 03:05pm

Gold coin donation. There is a small supply of pink ribbon & stickers for those that don’t have pink clothing.

Newsletter No. 12

Thu May 20 03:04pm

Canteen update:

Sat May 15 11:37am

On Friday afternoon I received the following communication from our canteen supplier:

As part of our 2021 menu strategy, the newly appointed Menu Development Team have been working on the
term 2 and 3 menu adjustments for the Eat Smart menu that is available at your school.
The term 2 Eat Smart menu will be introducing a selection of trialed and tested, new menu items from May
17th. We will also be removing some menu items that have not been popular with your tamariki. The Term 2
Eat Smart menu with said adjustments will be sent out to you at the start of the term.
In addition, we have conducted a comprehensive product costing review in response to the increase of the
minimum wage from $18.90 to $20.00 on 1st April 2021 and the increase to cost of goods from food suppliers.
This will affect the retail price of some items, bringing them back in line with general market trends in the
industry. We have been able to hold our pricing at the Champion Tuckshops steady for a long time, not
increasing them since 2019.
Please see the below links for the menu:


Menu part 2

OAS Newsletter No. 11

Thu May 13 02:35pm

Link for newsletter:


Reminder : Thursday 13th May Teacher Only Day

Wed May 12 04:06pm

Reminder: Thursday is a teacher only day.

Mon May 10 02:50pm

Reminder: Thursday is a teacher only day. This teacher only day is for our staff to learn about some of the changes to NCEA that are happening. Our junior teachers are working on planning and resources for their units, and some are attending professional development in phonics. Our middle school teachers are working on the agency programs.

Newsletter No. 10

Thu May 06 04:24pm

Here is the link:

OAS Newsletter No. 10

Thu May 06 04:19pm

Please click on this link for our new look newsletter.  We have gone to a new system so it will look different.  We will be tweaking it as we learn more.


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