Newsletter No. 10


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 3. This term is lining up to be another busy term. This week we welcome back Whangamata Area School for our annual sporting competition. The inter school competition involves many of our Year 9 to 13 students who will be competing in a range of sports over Thursday and Friday.

This week we have also had our first student conference night. It is great to see so many families booked in to meet with teachers. The second night is next week on Tuesday and there are still spaces available if you would like to book. If neither of the days worked for you, please contact the classroom teacher to arrange another time to meet or speak on the phone.

This week also saw our first group of international students arrive at the school. Our international students program brings opportunities for our students to learn about other cultures and enriches their interpersonal skills. The school uses the money from international students to provide resources for our school that we otherwise would not be able to have. This year some of the money will contribute towards the covering for half of the senior courts, which will provide shelter for our bus students, an extra space for our PE department, and enable the courts to be used on wet days.

At the end of last term Lilia Peach and Sophia Zandbergen competed at Franklin Speech competitions. Both girls represented our school well. Lilia came 3rd overall and was then asked to present to the Lions Club. Congratulations to both girls for their hard work.

Our new counselor Amber Adams has started this term and has visited classes to explain the referral system and types of things students may wish to talk to her about. If you have concerns for your child’s mental health or feel they need some extra support for dealing with challenges, feel free to contact Amber directly to discuss how she could support. Her email address is

Restorative practice is a part of the school behaviour system where we support students to understand the impact their actions have on others. As part of our ongoing professional development on this we have created standard phrases to use across the school. We are keeping it simple using, own it, fix it, learn from it as our catch phrase. Feel free to use these phrases at home when discussing behaviours. Restorative practices is about working with students to correct behaviour rather than doing it to them. If you wish to learn more about restorative practises or would like to try some of ideas at home here is a link to a video that explains more:

Winter illnesses continue to affect student attendance with almost three quarters of all non-attendance being due to sickness. Please remind your children about hygiene, washing hands, covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and using tissues to blow noses. We continue to ventilate classrooms, have hand sanitizer available, and do daily cleans of all surfaces with disinfectant. It is important if your child is away that we are notified of the absence, regardless of the year level of the student. This can be done by ringing the main office, sending an email, or notifying through the school app. We are currently reviewing our attendance processes to align them with the new Ministry of Education guidelines. One of the new focuses will be a proactive approach to support students who have 5 days or more unjustified absences in a term.

Lastly on the 4th of August we will begin gathering community voice on our progress against the three strategic aims: Successful in learning, Confident in leadership, and Working together. We are particularly seeking concrete ideas on how we can improve, which will help us to formulate next year's annual plan. It is really important for our school that we hear from all parts of our community to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all our students. So please keep a look out for the survey and take the opportunity to share your ideas.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills

Message From The Board:

Teenaa koutou katoa

On behalf of the board I would like to welcome the international students to Onewhero Area School. There was a fantastic poowhiri that was undertaken by our students to welcome our international students.

It is great to see international students back in our school and to know that our students will benefit greatly from the knowledge and culture these students bring and the interaction they will have with these students.

You may have seen the board advertise for a whaanau representative role and we are still looking to appoint someone for this role. If you are interested in knowing more about this role or becoming a board member, please get in touch with either me or our principal. You can contact us at or

Also we have our community feedback form making its way out to the community on Friday 4th of August. We would be grateful to hear from as many of our parents as possible.

Ngaa mihi

Ashlea Murphy
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School BOT

Scholastic Lucky Bookclub Issue No. 5

Closes 1st August 2023

Non-Uniform Day & Ice Cream Day Fundraiser NZ Area Schools

11th August 2023

Whangamata Sports Exchange

Whangamata Sports Exchange THIS Thursday 27th and Friday 28th for years 9-13.

If your child is involved in the sports, they will receive a wrist band that allows them out of class for period 3 and 4 on Thursday and period 1 and 2 on Friday.
There is no cost involved but students participating are asked to bring some baking or fruit to school for our Whangamata guests' lunches. This can be dropped off in the staff room Thursday morning.
Please note some sports are played on Thursday after school.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure they have the correct gear with them for their sports. Mouth guards, uniforms, rugby boots, football boots or sneakers AND shin pads for football etc.
Program is here:

PhotoLife Photos

Your students photos are now ready to be ordered online. You should have been sent an email directly from PhotoLife giving you a shoot code key to enable you to order your photos, (check your junk mail if you have not seen this). If you do not see your email get in contact with the school office for your shoot code key.

Please note that the FREE DELIVERY of your order is now extended to 6th August 2023.
Ag day Updates

Plans are starting to take shape for the Onewhero Ag Day 2023 which is being held Saturday 14 October this year. We are also hosting Group Day on Thursday 2nd November, which are both great opportunities to showcase our wonderful school, and animal rearing skills.

Our vet visit and training day is booked to take place after school on Friday 18th August.
And make sure you put your animal entries in before Friday 15th September.
Check out our facebook page for more details or please email the committee with any questions.

We are excited to announce our key sponsor for Onewhero Ag Day 2023, First National Platinum! Their generous donation makes a significant difference towards getting our courts covered, so our students can benefit from staying dry while waiting for buses, keeping our hall dry as our students enter, and allows for use of the courts and PE all year.

So a huge thank you to the team at First National Platinum!
Their small, yet dynamic sales team, offers full Residential, and Commercial services, and have arguably the best property management team around.

As your local real estate, they are your one stop shop for all your property needs. Whether you are selling your family home, a lifestyle block, an investment property, or wanting a property manager, they are the team to talk to!

As a team they have close to 100 years combined experience- it isn't surprising that they have clients across south Auckland using our sales and rental expertise.
The Great Garden Grow-off!

We are excited to introduce the Great Garden Grow-off to students and the wider community. You will be given a mixed punnet of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers which will be sold at $6.00 each, kindly sponsored by River Road Nursery.
Each student or community member will grow these until October to see if they can grow the biggest and best plant. The seedlings can be transported into a home garden or grown in pots, which can be photographed or brought to the office to show the size and quality of their plants. Plants will be measured on produce, health of overall plant, size and flowers.
There will be 5 categories to compete:
Best Junior Student Years 1-6, Best Y7/8 student, Best Senior Student, Best community entry, Overall Greatest Garden Grower.
Payment is via bank deposit only into the school bank account. No cash or cheques, sorry.
$6.00 per entry.
OAS Board of Trustees

Daily School Lockers Available

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.

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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

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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