Newsletter No. 16

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 3rd November 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te Whaanau,

It's been an eventful fortnight at OAS, with wild weather dominating the discussions. We're hoping for a return of the sun and clear skies in the days to come.

This week marked the final week for our seniors as they embark on their exam leave. We want to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication throughout this year. We wish them all the best in their upcoming exams. We especially would like to acknowledge our graduating class of Year 13’s. Thank you for your contribution to our school and the leadership you have shown this year. We wish you all the best for your future endeavors and look forward to hearing about your future successes.

The rest of the school is abuzz with final assessments for the year. Our Year 10 students are currently working hard on their NCEA co-requisite assessments, a crucial step in their educational journey. Meanwhile, our students in Years 3-9 are participating in PATs (Progressive Achievement Tests) for reading and mathematics. These assessments help us track their progress and provide valuable insights for further improvement.

Despite the unsettled weather and multiple postponements, we managed to successfully host our much-anticipated Athletics Day. Like the sun, our students' enthusiasm and sportsmanship shone through, making it a day to remember. We're proud of all the participants and their commitment to the event.

A quick reminder that November 17th is a Teacher Only Day at OAS. Our dedicated staff will be hard at work, collaborating with the PB4L (Positive Behavior for Learning) team. The focus of the day will be on supporting students in tier two (students who need individual or small group support) and planning for the year ahead. This day is crucial in our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible education for our students. For more information on PB4L please see the following link

We hope you have a great weekend,
Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

OAS BOT Elections

Parent Election voting papers need to be delivered to The Returning Officer at Onewhero Area School, 29 Hall Road, Onewhero before 4pm on 15 November 2023.
Postal votes must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 5 days after the date of the election. Try to post it as early as possible as New Zealand Post has reduced postal delivery days in most areas.

The 4 candidate statements are available for viewing at the school office.

Tracey Paton
Returning Officer

Leavers 2023

Please inform the school office if your child/ren will be leaving us at the end of 2023, excluding Year 13. You can either phone the school or email

Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue No. 7

Closes 10th November 2023

Teacher Only Day Friday 17th November 2023

Values & Academic Prizegiving 2023

Values Prizegiving - Friday 8th December 6.30pm
Academic Prizegiving - Wednesday 13th December 6.30pm

Sports Prizegiving 2023

We will be holding our Sports Prizegiving on Tuesday 28th November at 6.30pm. We would like to use this opportunity to celebrate all our students' sporting achievements, including those gained outside of the school environment. If your child has had success in their sport this year, please email us with the details. by Monday 20th November 2023.

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 Thursday 17th of October 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. We are also able to run an Adult group 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

Dandelions and Dragonflies Childcare

and Early Learning Centre

We provide:
  • High teacher to child ratios
  • All meals, nappies, wipes
  • Free play and structure
  • Preparation for school programme
  • Individual learning portfolios
  • Primary caregivers for infants
  • Support for children with allergies
  • Participation in school activities like Ag Day
  • A recently renovated fresh and homely environment
  • A very large outdoor space to explore
  • Extended operating hours of Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Care from 3 months to 5 years
The Centre was initially operating on a standard Probationary Licence as a newly re-opened Centre, but in November 2022 easily passed its Ministry of Education Full Licencing Review. Enrolments have continued to grow steadily and the Centre is now fully staffed and bustling.

To find out more or to arrange a Centre visit, please contact:
Dandelions and Dragonflies
Centre Manager, Kerryn Smith
(09) 242-9100


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