Newsletter No. 08


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,
We welcome some new staff to our school over the next few weeks. Sheryl Wright will join us in the English department at the end of this term. Sharon Aislabie is joining us in Year 7 and 8 and Maria Davis is joining us in Room 6 next term. We will also have a new school counselor in Term 3.

Reports come out in the second to last week of school. The junior reports have started being posted on Seesaw with reading, writing, and mathematics being done each week. Parents' comments on the posts would be greatly appreciated as it encourages students to continue to work on their goals. Years 7-13 reports will be emailed out through Kamar. We strongly encourage you to book interviews with the teachers to discuss the learning your students are doing. The information for booking interviews is attached to the reports.

Over the next two terms we have two sets of community consultation coming. The first is a check in we plan to do annually to see how we are going on the actions of our strategic plan. The second is a health curriculum review that is done every two years. It is really important that we hear from a wide range of our community to ensure the information we receive is representative of our community. This ensures that the actions the school takes aligns with what the whole community would like to see and not just a small group. Please keep an eye out for further information regarding consultation in Term 3.

We are starting to see students using AI to create assessment tasks in high school. Using AI is a form of assessment breach and could result in a student failing their assessment. We would appreciate your help in reinforcing this message in your discussions at home. When a student is suspected of breaching assessment conditions, this is firstly put to the student with an opportunity for them to prove the work is their own or that they have not breached the conditions, this could be as simple as answering a few questions about their work or providing other evidence that their work is their own. It is then up to the discretion of the teacher as to whether it is a breach or not and the outcome that is required.

Lastly the end of term will see a number of celebratory events, we have a Maatariki themed week in the last week of school and next week we have this term’s sporting challenge which will see staff and students compete against each other in netball. These activities are a unique aspect of our area school where we see 5 year olds alongside Year 13. Please feel welcome to join in with our Maatariki celebrations, more information will be out over next week.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills

Message From the Board:

As we are drawing closer to the end of term two, we would like to say thank you to our students, especially our senior school students, for your resilience, understanding and perseverance while studying this year. We can see the incredible effort that you are putting into your school work during a time where there have been a number of disruptions from strike action and sickness.

I thought I would also take the opportunity in this newsletter to briefly explain some of the matters that the Board has been involved with this Term as part of our governance responsibilities:
· Interviewing for new teaching staff;
· Reviewing and approving our 2022 financial statements;
· Reviewing, discussing and updating school policies;
· Making decisions around strike action;
· Discussing the annual plan with our Principal to ensure our school is on track with our
strategic plan;
· Reviewing and discussing attendance and behaviour reports;
· Discussing Board training to ensure we are keeping up to date with changes in Education, as
well as ensuring we are carrying out our governance duties in accordance with legislation;
· Ensuring all property matters, as per our 10 year plan, are carried out.

As always, we welcome feedback from our community to ensure we are governing the school in line with our community’s wants and needs. The school’s website is very informative and provides a range of information from who our 2023 student leaders are to information about our curriculum and our Board minutes.

As part of our scheduled policy reviews, we are currently reviewing all education outside the classroom (“EOTC”) policies. We strongly encourage our community to jump onto our website and take a look at all of our EOTC policies and let us know if you have any feedback. Here is the link to access school policies:

Furthermore, if you would like to be involved in any of the above matters at a Board level, we have a fantastic opportunity for a whaanau board representative to join our Board. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the Board and in providing our school with support in tikanga Maaori, meeting our commitment to te tiriti o Waitangi and supporting the connection between our Maaori community and the school.

Please get in touch with myself at or our principal Rebecca Bills at if you are interested in knowing more or would like to express your interest in the role.

Ashlea Murphy
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School BOT

Strike Action in Term 2, Years 9-13 updated:

Week 8 : Thursday 15th June - Year 12 and 13
Week 9 : Monday 19th June - Year 9 and 10, Tuesday 20th June - Year 11 and 12, Wednesday 21st June - Year 9 and 13, Thursday 22nd June - Year 10 and 11
Week 10 : Monday 26th June - Year 12 and 13, Tuesday 27th June - Year 9 and 10, Wednesday 28th June - Year 11 and 12, Thursday 29th June - Year 9 and 13

Non Uniform Day - Friday 16th June 2023

Fundraising for Duke Of Edinburgh

School PhotoLife Photos

Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th June

  • Class and Portrait Photos 19th June (Y9/10 at home) - will run as scheduled, however the Year 9 and 10 students will have their Whaanau photos taken on Tuesday 20th.

  • Sports and Sibling Photos 20th June (Y11/12 at home) - will run as scheduled and will include the Year 9 and 10 Whaanau classes and portraits. Year 11 and 12 students can come to the school hall for their allocated Sports Photos (an email with the schedule will be sent home).


This term, our students in Year 1-6 are learning about Trade, Make, Do and 7-8; Design, Make, Trade. We are exploring how things are made, bought, and sold. We start by talking about the things we need and the things we want. Then, we learn about numbers like fractions, decimals, and percentages, and how they relate to buying and selling.

We also learn about measuring things and using our creativity to design and make products. We practise writing and speaking in persuasive ways, like making speeches, infomercials and creating advertisements, to convince others to buy our products.

We are learning how to think like entrepreneurs, which means coming up with ideas, developing them into products, and finding ways to sell them. We will have a special day, called Market Day on the last week of term, where we can sell our products either online or at school to the wider community. The money from this goes towards school resources.

By working on our own products for Market Day, we get to use what we have learned in a real-life situation. We understand better how products are made and how to make them appealing to others. We are only halfway through, but we have already learned so much and had a lot of fun!

OAS Staff Vacancies

We are currently looking for a:
  1. Teacher Aide (part-time, fixed term role)
  2. Guidance Counsellor (part-time, permanent role)
  3. Itinerant Music Teacher (part-time, permanent role)
  4. Social Sciences Teacher (full-time, permanent role)
Click on the link to access vacancies :

School Locker Update

Lockers are now outside the Science Lab 1 and are available on a daily basis for sports gear etc. at no charge. Please see the office should you require one and we will provide you with a lock for the day.
Lockers are still available to hire until the end of 2023 at a half year charge of $10.



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AIMS Games (all participants and event)
Year 5/6 and 7/8 Sport days
Equestrian and Motocross (if a parent manager comes forward)

Anke (

Netball (all Saturday teams and Future Ferns)
Volleyball (junior and senior)
CNI Coaching Clinic
National Tournament
Whangamata Sports Exchange

Or email the sports department at:

Ag Day Reminder : Entries Close 16th June 2023

Forms at the student window by office

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by:


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For every unconditional build contract entered into before the end of September MJB construction will donate $2500 to the school, so please be sure to mention Onewhero Area School.

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Kia ora whaanau!
Onewhero Area School is getting ready to once again welcome short term International Student Groups to our school after three years of Covid.
This is an exciting opportunity for our students as well as for the whole community to learn about different cultures, games, food etc through connection and friendships. We host groups from 6 to 30 students at a time, from four days to 6 weeks.

For these exchanges to go ahead, we need host families that are wanting to open their hearts and homes to these students and show them our kiwi way of life. Homestay families will be compensated for their costs and effort ($280 per student per week or $40 per night). We try to host students 2 per family, but sometimes there might also be single placements.
If you are keen to host, you need to be able to offer them a room with a bed, desk etc and provide meals and transport to and from school. (School busses may be an option) You need to treat them as part of your family.

Interested families will need to be police vetted under the vulnerable children's act, and approved by the school. By hosting these students, you will be part of our homestay families group and be invited to cultural parties etc. It is a great way to connect with likeminded families and a fantastic way for your children to learn about other cultures. Most International students love interacting with young children and playing games with them.
Full support will be given from our International Student coordinator.

We are keen to hear from families, couples and singles who may be keen to be part of this!
If you are interested to find out more without any obligations whatsoever, please click on this link to request more information:

New Uniform Available at School Office

Please name every item of clothing so if it ends up in our lost property the office staff can return it to your child.

Junior culottes – sizes : 4/8/10/12/14 $26.60
Junior polar fleece vests – sizes : 8/10 NOW $10.00
Skirts (can be worn from year 7) – sizes : 52/57/92/97 $39.20
Senior shorts (have button/zip) sizes : 10/12/14/76/96/100/104/108 $22.90
Senior trousers (have button/zip) size : 76 x 1 only left $30.70
Senior white boys shirt size 12 x 2 only left $33.90

PE tops : available in every house colour : Hillary / Te Kanawa / Rutherford / Ngarimu
Sizing : 5-6/7-8/9-10/11-12/13-14/Small/Medium/Large . The cost per shirt is $36.00

Sports Hoodies : sample sizes are available to try on at the school office. The cost per hoodie is $50.60 payable at time of ordering either online or at the office.

We also have a second hand uniform department which is run by Brenda McLean in Room 5. She is available for you to visit on Mondays only from 3pm. If you would like to know what is available please email her at:



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