Newsletter No. 06


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

We have had a busy few weeks here at school with great learning and successes happening across the school.

We are very proud of Devon Booker who is a member of the Franklin Combined Schools Claybird Shooting team. Devon competed at the Taupo competition last week scoring 83/90. He then competed for second place and won. Devon is now second in the Junior Shooters category. Congratulations Devon on your success.

We have had a focus on learning to be an upstander this week as we celebrate Pink Shirt day, in support of mental health. You can support this learning by talking about being kind humans and about making the right decisions to do the right thing even when it is hard. On Friday students are welcome to wear pink in recognition of the day.

We have been lucky enough to make it through to the voting stage to win new basketball hoops for the school. You can help us to win by heading to the following webpage and voting for our school.
We have many basketball teams in the school and it would be lovely to provide them with quality hoops to practice on. Feel free to share the link with friends and family so we can get their votes as well. A big thank you to Annika and the basketball students for creating our proposal and entry.

If you have a student in years 11-13 you may have received a notification of credits being published in our student management system. It is an automatic notification that comes through email that will tell you the mark your student has received. To receive the notification you do have to have a current email address in our student management system, so if your email has changed please let us know. This along with the attendance reports are part of our actions to support communication between home and school.

Lastly last week we celebrated science week, with students participating in quizzes and poster competitions. Students earned house points for their entry as well as for overall winners. The week was led by our student science ambassadors who visited classrooms and supported students to engage in the learning of science. Thank you to Mr Cameron for overseeing the week and congratulations to all those who participated.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills

Strike Action In Term 2, Years 9-13:

Week 2 : Thursday 4th May - Year 11
Week 3 : Tuesday 9th May - Year 12, Thursday 11th May - Year 13
Week 4 : Tuesday 16th May - Year 9, Wednesday 17th May - Year 10
Week 5 : Thursday 25th May - Year 11
Week 6 : Tuesday 30th May - Year 13, Thursday 1st June - Year 12
Week 7 : Tuesday 6th June - Year 10, Thursday 8th June - Year 9

Franklin Schools' Career Expo

We are very pleased to once again be co-hosting the upcoming Franklin Schools Career Expo. Thursday 25th May, 5.30-7.30pm at the Pukekohe Indian Association Hall, Ward Street, Pukekohe. All students, parents, whanau and community are welcome to attend this free event. This is a great opportunity to explore possible tertiary study options, career pathways, apprenticeships and employment.
Our year 5/6 syndicate headed off to Ngaruawahia Christian Yougth Camp, which was the perfect setting for an exhilarating three-day adventure for our group of courageous and determined students.
The camp was a transformative experience for our students, filled with adventure and self-discovery. The zip lining, rock climbing, kayaking, slacklining, crate climbing, raft building and mud sliding activities not only provided thrilling moments but also revealed the true character of our students. Their courage, determination, and persistence were on full display throughout the three days, creating a strong bond within the group and leaving them with cherished memories. These experiences will undoubtedly help to shape their lives and serve as a reminder of their ability to overcome obstacles, embrace challenges, and approach life with enthusiasm.
As we reflect upon our time at camp, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our whanau for their immense support and assistance. Without their encouragement, dedication, and contributions; our camp would not have been possible. So a huge thank you to all involved.

PhotoLife School Photos

School team/group photos are due to be taken on Wednesday 31st May and class photos on Thursday 1st June. If you require a sibling order form these are being sent home with the eldest child in the family next Monday 22nd May, via the classroom (please check bags). Copies are available via the student stand in the office.



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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:

Important info RE AIMS BASKETBALL 2023
AIMS Boys basketball trials will be on Monday 22 May at 3.30pm.
This is for ALL boys currently playing basketball and wanting to represent our school at the AIMS Games in Mount Maunganui from 3-8 September.
Players wanting to be in this team will need to commit to all trainings (starting this term on Mondays) and playing with this team in the Franklin Basketball competition for term 3.
By registering your child for the trials, you agree to make them available for all trainings and games as per above. You agree to commit to the team and pay all fees associated with the competition and the participation at AIMS games.
(Aims games approx. costing $580 for the week) This includes accommodation, participations, all food and all transport.

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) sizes : 76/80 $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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