Newsletter No. 17

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 17th November 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te Whaanau,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. As we navigate through the end of another busy fortnight.

In the last two weeks we hosted Group Day on November 2nd which was a tremendous success. The atmosphere was vibrant, and the feedback from our community, judges, and sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to making this day a memorable one. One aspect that stood out during Group Day was the exceptional politeness of our students. Many participants, judges, and sponsors took the time to express their appreciation for the respectful and courteous behavior displayed by our students throughout the event. It is truly heartening to see our students embodying the values we hold dear. Moreover, the presence of older students offering their assistance added a special touch to the day. Their willingness to help and guide their younger peers did not go unnoticed. We believe this intergenerational collaboration enhances the sense of community within our school. A special thank you goes out to the dedicated parents who volunteered their time and support to ensure the smooth running of Group Day. Your contributions behind the scenes did not go unnoticed, and we are immensely grateful for your commitment to making our school events a success.

Amidst the hustle and bustle, we took a moment to celebrate the graduating class of 2023 at our annual Leavers Dinner. It was a joyous evening filled with laughter, reminiscences, and a sense of accomplishment. We extend our warmest congratulations to our graduates and express our gratitude for the mark they've left on our school community. To all our school leavers, as you embark on new journeys, we extend our heartfelt best wishes. May your futures be filled with success, growth, and fulfillment. Remember, you will always be a part of the Onewhero Area School family, and we look forward to hearing about your achievements in the years to come.

This week marked an enriching Careers Week for our Year 10 students. We were fortunate to host guest visitors from a variety of organizations, providing invaluable support for our students' learning. The week culminated in two days of work experience, offering hands-on insights into various career paths. We are grateful to the professionals who generously shared their time and expertise, helping to inspire our students as they explore their future opportunities.

We recently received an update from the council regarding the ongoing work at the Onewhero Domain. Unfortunately, the completion date has been extended, and the project is now expected to finish in February of next year. For more detailed information and updates, we encourage you to visit the council website and check their Facebook page. These platforms will provide the latest news and any changes to the project timeline.

In the interest of the safety of our students, we would like to reiterate the importance of ensuring the main visitor entry gate is closed behind you when entering and exiting the school during school hours. Your cooperation in adhering to this safety measure is crucial, and we appreciate your ongoing commitment to the well-being of our school community.

Please note the change in date for the academic prizegiving is now on Monday 11th of December.

We hope you all have a relaxing weekend

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Christmas Parade

Our school will be entering a float into the Tuakau Christmas Parade again this year. All students are welcome to come along and ride on the float if they would like to. We especially encourage our younger students to take part in this event, as it can be quite a fun and exciting experience at that age.

This year for our float we have a Hollywood theme planned. We will be referencing such things as the Oscar Awards, red carpets and limousines. We will also feature characters from famous movies, particularly all the animated ones such as Shrek, Toy Story and old Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse etc.

All students are encouraged to come and travel on the float, room 1 to 4 students will receive a note over next few weeks inviting them to come and be part of this event. Those travelling on the float are encouraged to dress as popular movie characters or in fancy clothes as if attending a red carpet event, or to simply wear bright colours.

The Tuakau Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday December the 3rd. Our float will be assembled in St Stephens Avenue from 11.30am. We hope to have all of our students on board by 1.30pm in time for the judging. The parade will begin at 2pm.

If you have any enquiries or would like to help put the float together please contact me (Charles Jordan)

OAS Matariki Trophies

need to be returned to

the school office now please

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

Teacher Only Day Friday 17th November 2023

Values & Academic Prizegiving 2023

Values Prizegiving - Friday 8th December 6.30pm
Academic Prizegiving - Monday 11th 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.


Anyone who’s played the board game Cluedo will be familiar with Wadsworth the butler, Yvette the French maid, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs White, Mr Green, Colonel Mustard, Mrs Peacock and Mr Boddy.
They’re all coming to life at Onewhero Society of Performing Arts’ OSPA Theatre from 8 – 17 December, featuring students from Waiuku College, Pukekohe High School, Onewhero Area School and Hauraki Plains College. On top of that, the director, Caitlyn Lovatt, attends AGC Strathallan, so that’s five schools represented. Caitlyn is making her directing debut with Clue.
Set In Washington DC in the 1950’s in the era of McCarthyism, Clue is a classic ‘whodunit’ murder mystery, full of hidden identities, false accusations, loads of weapons and bodies, all taking place in the somewhat sinister Boddy Manor on a dark and stormy night.
McCarthyism is defined as “a vociferous campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950-4.” Many of the accused were blacklisted or lost their jobs, though most did not in fact belong to the Communist Party.
Clue is the first full-scale youth production presented by OSPA, with all the actors and director aged between 12 – 17, and yet more involved with lighting, sound and photography.
Family, friends and schoolmates of the cast and crew won’t want to miss seeing and supporting these talented young people:

Daniel Carlyle Onewhero Area School Wadsworth
Ally Escott Onewhero Area School Yvette
Evie Talor Hauraki Plains College Miss Scarlet
Amy de Klerk Waiuku College Professor Plum
Hugo Raven Pukekohe High School Mr Green
Aimee Johnston-Biggs Hauraki Plains College Mrs White
Shannon Gill Waiuku College Colonel Mustard
Lachlan De Morgan Onewhero Area School Mr Boddy/The Motorist
Alyssa Gilchrist Onewhero Area School Cook/Singing Telegram Girl
Jade Watkinson Onewhero Area School Policeman
Tyler Nicholson Onewhero Area School Lighting
Reilly Joy Onewhero Area School Sound
Meme Olson Onewhero Area School Photography

Tickets are on sale now at – adults $20, school pupils $10. Cash sales also available at The Urban Market, 214 King Street, Pukekohe and The Goodness Grocer, 11 Queen Street, Waiuku.
Show times are 7.30pm on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December, and 2.00pm on both Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th at OSPA Theatre, 14 Hall Road, Onewhero.

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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