Newsletter No. 09


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Maatariki celebration day on Tuesday. It was great to see so many whaanau and community members join us. The buzz from the students as they engaged in their different workshops was an amazing and true representation of what it means to be part of an area school. The ECE also joined us making the day extra special for everyone and showing the family we are. Our older students worked alongside our juniors weaving, creating art, making biscuits, playing ki o rahi, listening to stories, and making candles and messages for those that have passed. At break the school had shared kai with hangi and sausages. The whole school joined back together at the end of the day to acknowledge the messages and do the haka they had been learning over the term. A special moment for me was having some of our 5-year-olds come rushing up to me, dragging older students behind them, wanting to introduce me to their new friends and show me the crafts they had made. I would like to make a special acknowledgement to our kapa haka students who were in the kitchens helping prepare food for the hangi, and to the staff who spent hours sorting resources for activities and preparing for the day. The trophies that would have normally been given out in previous years have been added to our prize giving at the end of the year, so students will still be acknowledged for their work in te reo maaori, tikanga, and whanaungatanga.

A small group of Year 9’s went to Waikato University for a young leader's day. They joined other Year 9’s from around the Waikato area in learning about leadership. This trip is part of our strategic aim 2: confident in leadership, where we seek to develop leadership skills at all levels of the school.

Please make sure you are booking into student/teacher conferences, the bookings are coming in quickly, so make sure you book in before they run out. If you can’t make it on either of the dates, feel free to contact staff directly to arrange an alternative time. If something comes up on the night and you can’t make it, please let the classroom teacher know so they are not waiting for you. Email addresses for staff can be found on the school website or through the app.

Lastly, we wish you all a restful break and look forward to seeing you all back in the new term.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills

Message From The Board:

Teenaa koutou katoa

Over the course of this year, the Board wanted to ensure it was looking at areas it could collectively upskill on to ensure it was adhering to the statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, as well as continuing to stay up to date with changes in education.

The teacher only day that was held in June provided the Board (through our Principal, staff representative and parent representative) with an opportunity to become more familiar with how to manage behaviour through restorative actions (which comes out of the PB4L Restorative Practice used in our school). In addition to, an opportunity to attend a Safer Schools for All session.

PB4L has been in place at our school for several years now and our school focus is on continuing to make our school a physically and emotionally safe place for all of our students, staff and our Board. The PB4L website is a great resource to learn more about the framework and programmes. About PB4L / Welcome - Positive Behaviour for Learning (

The Safer Schools for All session focused on some of the following aspects:
  1. General awareness of the range of sexual orientations and gender identities including appropriate language;
  2. The regulatory framework that requires schools to be proactive in this area;
  3. Data about the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in New Zealand secondary schools; and
  4. Strategies that teachers can use to promote a safe environment for all students.
The feedback from the sessions, provided the Board with a couple of areas it will look at to include more restorative action at a policy level, and look at what changes our school may need to make to be more inclusive.

We do also have our community consultation coming up in Term three. We do ask that all of our community takes the time to provide us with your invaluable feedback.

We hope all of our students and staff get to enjoy some down time over the school holidays, and look forward to seeing everyone back for Term Three.

Ngaa mihi

Ashlea Murphy
Presiding Member Board of Trustees

OAS Staff Vacancies

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

School Locker Update

Daily 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.
Yearly lockers are still available to hire until the end of 2023 at a half year charge of $10.


Franklin Zone Tackle Rugby Day
Last week a group of Year 7 & 8 and Year 6 and below students participated in the Franklin Zone Tackle Rugby Day at the Patumahoe Rugby club. It was a beautiful sunny day and all students participated with great effort and sportsmanship. A special thanks to Kerryn, Stewart & Maymond as parent helpers and also a special thanks to our senior students – Larni, Vanzdale, Robbie and Lenox who also were a huge help on the day.

The Year 7 & 8 Girls/Boys Mixed team competed in the U65kg section and won 3 of their 4 games.

Year 6 & Below Girls/Boys Mixed team competed in the U50kg section played 6 games, with 1 draw and 4 wins.

Well done.

Over the last month Zoe Ross (Yr 9) has competed in the Counties Gymnastics & Tristar Gymnastics Competitions. We would like to congratulate Zoe on her results.

Counties Championship
Step 4 Artistic 1st Floor 14.00 1st, 1st Vault 14.10, 3rd Uneven Bars 12.55, 6th Balance Beam 11.25
Placing 2nd overall and Zoe’s Franklin team placed 3rd.

Tristar Competition
1st Floor 13.90, 2nd Balance Beam 12.16 ,3rd Uneven Bars, 6th Vault 13.133
Placing 2nd overall and Zoe’s Franklin team placed 2nd.

Target Shooting
Earlier this month the Secondary School monthly shoot was held at the Matamata Gun Club.
OAS was represented by Devon Booker (Yr 10). The conditions on the day were pleasant with a bit of a cold breeze blowing through occasionally to the shooters.

Devon put in a solid performance and competed in the Year 9 – 10 category finishing 2nd with 79/90.



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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:

Newsletter Proudly Sponsored by:


GJ Gardner Homes - Franklin / Papakura is excited to release a generous fundraising referral offer to the Onewhero School Community. With titles due in Kaipo Heights in September, the new development offers large sections with options for elevated views. With pre-priced house and land packages available or the option to design your own dream home, contact the friendly team at GJ Gardner Papakura/Franklin.

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.

If you are interested in more information please email


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:


Seasons For Growth

Seasons For Growth is a grief, loss and change Programme for children dealing with challenges in their lives e.g separation, divorce, death or other big family changes. Our Afterschool Programme starts next term on Thursday 27th of July and runs from 4pm-5pm over 8 weeks of the school term. It is held at the St Andrews Church facility in Pukekohe. A Parent Programme also runs at the same time, and an Adult Programme will be running over the term for those interested. For enquiries or enrolments please phone/text Marisa Skilton 021 142 5812, office (09) 238 7228, or contact me at For more info please go to


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