Newsletter No. 18

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 1st December 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te Whaanau,

This fortnight began the week of celebrations as we head into prize giving season. We celebrated the Year 6 graduation evening with joy and pride. The night acknowledged the milestone our Year 6 students have reached as they move into the middle part of our school and their intermediate learning years.

Last night, we gathered to honor our outstanding athletes at the Sports Prize Giving ceremony. It was a time to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship displayed by our students. Congratulations to all the winners and participants for making our school proud.

We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who attended the recent health consultation hui. Your presence and active participation contributed to meaningful discussions about the well-being of our students and their health education. If you were unable to attend the hui and would like to feedback on our curriculum please see the following link: Health Curriculum Consultation

Lastly we would like to thank our North Fuel for Schools Program partners for their generosity. As a result of your support we have purchased a new ki o rahi kit and a primary play pack for our school physical education program. The total value of the sports gear is $1000. The North Fuel schools sponsorship initiative aims to provide essential resources to support education in our region. Local farmers, contractors, and businesses that are North Fuel customers nominate a school for their points to go to, the school uses these points to make purchases for our students. Thank you to the local businesses for supporting our school.

Have a great weekend,

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message from the Board Presiding Member:

Tēnā koutou katoa,

With Ashlea Murphy stepping down last month, I would like to introduce myself as the new
Presiding Member of the Board of Trustees for Onewhero Area School, Amie Morgan. I have
been on the Board since 2020, and am a familiar face to many. With 3 children at Onewhero
Area School, and a new Horticultural business, I have a passion for education and striving for the best. As Presiding Member, I am committed to uniting our team, and seeing our vision become our actions. We are looking for opportunities to set ourselves apart as a Kura, to take advantage of every learning opportunity, and share our successes.

On the 15th November our school elections closed, so it is my pleasure to welcome Shelley
Bradley to the role as parent representative and returning board member Derwyn Fail. We also
warmly welcome Aroha Kukutai who is co-opted to the board as our Whaanau Rep. Along with
thousands of other New Zealanders, we volunteer our time and serve our community, because
we know we are stronger together. Thank you to each of you for making this commitment to our school, our students, our staff, and community. With these elections concluded I would like to thank Ashlea Murphy and Graham Eskdale for their hard work and dedication to their positions. We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

As we come to the end of the 2023 school year we look forward to celebrating all our successes, and excellent accomplishments. We have students representing our school to the highest level academically, in sports, and in serving others. Our prizegivings have always been a great example of the breath our Onewhero students cover, from calculus to textile fabrics, from NZ’s best motocross riders to volleyball, from Duke of Edinburgh to Volunteer Firefighters. For a small rural school we definitely punch well above our weight.

Congratulations to all our students who are on stage at the awards evenings over the coming week. To get there, we have wonderful teachers who encourage and drive our students to reach their best. We want to acknowledge and thank them for every time they have gone the extra mile to support our students and hope you enjoy celebrating these successes too. He tino pai tō mahi!

Ngaa mihi nui
Amie Morgan
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School BOT

Tuakau Christmas Parade

This Saturday our school will be putting a float in the Tuakau Christmas Parade. All students are invited 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.

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, and Nemo and old Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse etc.

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 2nd. 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.

We would love to have lots of our students travelling onboard our float in the parade.

If you have any enquiries or would like to help out with putting the float together, please contact me (Charles Jordan) . It can be a big job assembling the float before the parade, so any assistance we can receive would be much appreciated.

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

Values & Academic Prizegiving 2023

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

Mathematics Department

In Term Four 10Tui have been putting into practice some of the learning they did earlier in the year on Measurement and Trigonometry and have applied it to the BMX/Mountain biking track in the Onewhero Domain.

They have been learning about the Sine wave and the curvature of the track along with measurements of length, area and volume (to work out amounts of soils needed to build up rollers and jumps etc). We also incorporated a bit of science and looked at the different layers of sediment in the soil.

Alan Donald offered his expertise on biking tracks and his services to work with this class. Alan is also a very capable and passionate mathematician.

This has helped get the Mathematics Department thinking about incorporating more local resources into our teaching and also UDL (Universal Design for Learning), making learning meet the needs and abilities of all learners and making learning more accessible.

The Mathematics Department is also part of the Secondary School Employer Partnership Programme (SSEP). This programme is a way of making connections to what is learnt in school with what is needed in the workforce. If any local businesses would like to come on board and work with the school please contact Gayle Bovill

Students investigating the Sine curve
Mr Donald showing students how to take a soil sample
Students clearing the track
Loading up the wheel barrows to move the dirt
Moving dirt to make rollers
Making a berm


In July seven students sat the Australian Mathematics Competition. There were some very pleasing results. Robert and Thomas Kerr gained Distinction which meant they scored in the top 20% in New Zealand in their respective year levels. One student received a Credit award (top 55%) and the remaining four students all gained Proficiency ( a preset score). Well done to everyone who entered.

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Guitar, ukulele and bass lessons. Spaces available for 2024. Contact me for a free trial lesson before the end of term. All abilities and ages are welcome. Option for Solo or Buddy lessons. Please ring Donna Allely 021 185 8553 or email NZ Modern School of Music


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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