Newsletter No. 12

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 25th August 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Congratulations to the phenomenal First XV Rugby team for their triumphant final at Pukekohe stadium last Friday night! Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and we're incredibly proud of your achievement this season. The Under 14’s Rugby team also made their final and displayed perseverance and dedication this season. They went down 36-22 to Pukekohe High. It was an outstanding effort and I am sure they will be back to give it a go again next year.
A warm konnichiwa to our visiting Japanese students who have joined us for an exciting week of cultural exchange. I am sure they will enjoy all the activities we have planned for them, and our students will gain insight into Japanese culture. Let's make their stay unforgettable!

Don't forget to have your voice heard! Kindly complete the community check-in survey, which is an essential part of shaping our upcoming annual plan. Your input matters, and together we can make a difference. Click on the link to complete it: Thank you to the families who have completed the survey to date, your ideas have been extremely helpful.
Please remember Friday, August 25th! It's a Teacher Only Day where our educators will immerse themselves in Universal Design for Learning professional development. This training will empower them to craft lessons that cater to diverse student needs, ensuring an enriching learning experience for all. Universal design philosophy has been incorporated into the design of the new NCEA standards and aligns with our school philosophy of supporting all students to succeed at school. If you wish to find out more about Universal Design for Learning here is a link to more information:
Thank you for being a part of our vibrant and dynamic community. Your engagement makes all the difference!

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills


Friday 25th August 2023

Non-Uniform Day : Friday 1st September 2023

Fundraising for Student Leadership Camp


If your child is in year 3 or 4, and wants to learn how to play netball, please register them for the upcoming Future Ferns Netball season.
Competition starts on Friday 15 September and runs for 7 weeks at Pukekohe Netball Center. Netball sessions will be once per week after school.
To register, click here:

Ag day Updates

Our training day last Friday was a real hit, with some very well behaved dogs, lambs and calves volunteering their skills, strutting their stuff! Many of our students came away with some great tips and tricks and it was excellent having the course setup to see this all working first hand. Thank you to the committee members and volunteers who helped make this happen. There are copies of the leading courses on the Onewhero Ag day Facebook page, but if you have any questions about this, we have a team of seasoned Ag Day experts ready on hand. Feel free to send questions to our email, or facebook page.

A huge shout out to PGG Wrightsons Pukekohe who came out to support this. They have lots of calf covers and feeders in store to help you get the best from your Ag day animals.

A reminder that animal entries close Friday 15th September. We are starting to see them coming through, so if you are thinking about entering Daisy, or Rosemary, get onto it now!

Google forms can be accessed via school app, seesaw, email, and FaceBook page in case you have yet to enter or this link:

Key dates for Ag Day:
  • Entries for Calves, Goats, and Lambs and dogs close 15th September
  • Plants and spuds will be judged at school week of Monday 9th October
  • Ag Day Saturday 14tth October, 9am (Voting booths at the hall)
  • Group day 2nd November @ Onewhero Rugby Club


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


Register and pay online for your student's lunch:

Term 3 updated menu:

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