Newsletter No. 13

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 8th September 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

First and foremost, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the UNISS Netball Team for their performance at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools competition. Your hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship have made us all proud. Well done on representing our school with such enthusiasm and determination.

We are also thrilled to celebrate the achievements of two outstanding ex-students, Alisha Smith and Ashleigh Loo. Alisha has graduated from Victoria University with a Masters in Design Technology with Merit, while Ashleigh has achieved honours in a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology. We wish them both continued success in their future endeavors.

Last week, we hosted our annual Open Evening. It was a fantastic event where student leaders from both the senior and junior school showcased their leadership skills by guiding future families around our school. We look forward to welcoming our new families next year. A reminder that out-of-zone applications for enrolment at OAS will close on the 11th of September. If you know of families interested in joining our school, please direct them to our school website for more information on the application process.

At assembly this week, we were treated to exceptional performances by two groups of our senior music students in preparation for final assessments and the Arts and Culture night being held at the end of the term. Our Arts and Culture nights are a highlight of the school year and I strongly recommend coming on along to hear our talented students.

Our NCEA Evening took place on Tuesday night, marking the beginning of the subject course selection process. Senior course selection is now open. To understand the course selection and timetable process, and to look at course outlines, click on the link:

Have a great weekend.

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message From The Board:

Teenaa koutou katoa

At each Board meeting, we receive a report from a different department or area of the school highlighting what has been happening over the past six to twelve months. At our last Board meeting, we received a report from our technologies department. There were so many examples of the amazing work that is happening within this department and the amazing work being completed by our students. Some of the examples provided were:

-     The projects our years 7 and 8 are completing, where they are making articulated
wooden toys ranging from wooden robots to truck and trailer combinations.
-     Our year 9 students are making a mitre jointed "trinket box" using hand tools for
-     Our year 10 students are making mechanical toys which are based on crank and slider
-     Some of our year 11 students are completing construction projects including making
toolboxes, tables and stools. They will also be helping construct a raised garden bed
involving concreting.
-     Some of our year 12 students are working on an outdoor furniture project which
involves making a Cape Cod chair.
-     Year 10 students had to design plans for an imagined Onewhero Food Festival
showcasing local and cultural foods. Delicious fried bread was made by one student.
-     Some students were provided with the opportunity to put their learning to practice by
catering a morning tea to welcome our international students.
-     Some of our year 12 automotive technology students have been working on Level 2 start
up ignition through MITO. This involves both theory and practical, allowing students to
experience what an apprenticeship may entail.

We have a fantastic technologies department here at Onewhero Area School that offers so much for our students. Thank you to our teachers that have put in a lot of effort and work to teaching and providing these fantastic opportunities for our students.

At the end of this year, on Wednesday 15 November 2023, the Board will hold its mid-term board elections. We will have two parent representative positions to fill.

It is important for our school that we have a range of skills, experience, ethnicities and genders making up our board of trustees. I encourage all of our parents to jump onto the New Zealand School Trustees Association website NZSTA — Home to have a read about what is involved in becoming a board member. Also, please have a look at our school website Board of Trustees - Onewhero Area School that provides more detail about our current board, minutes, strategic plan and policies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at my email address

Ngaa mihi
Ashlea Murphy
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School BOT

Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue No. 6

Closes 7th September 2023

In the last week of this term, we will be staging a big night of entertainment in the school hall, as we present our Arts and Culture Evening.
This is a variety show designed to enable our young people to take the stage in all the different areas of the Performing Arts. The evening will showcase the many different groups and individuals engaging in different areas of the Performing Arts throughout our school, both within and outside the classroom. Students aged from 6 to 17 will be singing, acting, playing musical instruments, and performing in a diverse and imaginative array of acts. There are many behind the scenes duties too, such as directing, lighting, sound and back stage, which are administered by students who are keen to extend their skills and experience.
Many of the school’s different classes and groups will feature in this event. These include students from our senior and middle school Music classes, our junior syndicate and various groups and individuals, including the Kapa Haka group, the Afterschool Drama group, and various bands, singers, and soloists. Several of them will be performing their own original material.
From 6pm on both nights of the show, our Student Leaders will be holding a fund-raising sausage sizzle and bake sale outside the food tech room. This will be a great opportunity for those attending the show, to have a quick bite to eat before the performances commence at 6.30pm. There will also be tea and coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase throughout the evening.
The Arts and Culture Evening will take place on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of September at 6.30pm, in the School Hall.
Entry is $5.00 adults and $2.00 children. (no eftpos available, so all entries and purchases are cash only).

Cross Country 2023

Ag day Updates

We are only 10 days till entries close for our Ad day so it’s time to enter now! If you haven’t already entered, the Google form can be accessed via the school app, seesaw, email, and Facebook page, or this link below:

Did you know that this year we have a brand new trophy for the dog category? That’s right, if you don't have the space to have lambs, goats or calves in your backyard, you can enter your pet dog instead! You will find a course map on our Facebook page, or send us an email and we will get one to you. And with the school holidays coming up there is still plenty of time to get in some training. Send us some photos of your training, or how well your plants are growing and we will post them on our Facebook page.

A huge shout out to Sarah Pointon at Town and Country Veterinary Services for supporting our dog category with spot prizes and Rebecca Bills, our Tumuaki, Principal for the new trophy.

Key dates for Ag Day:
  • Entries for calves, goats, lambs and dogs close 15th September
  • Plants and spuds will be judged at school week of Monday 9th October
  • Ag Day Saturday 14th October, 9am (also General Election voting booths at the school 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:


We are excited to announce our free Have-a-Go swimming carnivals for primary aged children, aimed at supporting the progression from our water safety education program into club swimming.
Working with our Member Swimming Clubs, Swimming Waikato would like to ensure those children who have developed water safety knowledge have the opportunity to connect with their local clubs, with the aim of offering further aquatic opportunities.
Have-a-Go’s are designed to cater for all different levels of swimming ability and to ensure all participants have a fun swimming experience. Kids will also be able to have-a-go at some short races where they will receive a participation ribbon and their official time. All participants will also receive a Swimming Waikato Sports Bag filled with 'Your Next Stroke's' support and plenty more.

Hamilton Have-A-Go Carnival
Sunday 17th September
More info & register:

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

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


Register and pay online for your student's lunch:

Term 3 updated menu:

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