Newsletter No. 14

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 22nd September 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora whaanau,

Last week, we had a valuable road patrol training session with Year 4 and 5 students. It's crucial for our young learners to understand road safety, and this leadership opportunity supports them to help our students navigate the street safely. In Term 4 our current road patrol students will be working with the 2024 team to support them as they step into the role. The 2023 team have done an excellent job, they are diligent and well mannered and enthusiastic about their job. Thanks for being fantastic role models. We've been collaborating with the regional council to address the congestion issue at our gate during morning and afternoon rush hours. We kindly request that you encourage your children to use the designated crossing to safely cross the road. It is of utmost importance for the safety of our students.

On Thursday, the police will return to conduct a session with our Year 10 students on vaping and drug awareness. This is an important topic for teenagers, and we encourage open discussions at home as well. If you have concerns about your child vaping or using drugs, please contact the school counselor for support.

A highlight for me this week was talking with our Year 3 and 4 students who actively engaged in hunting for fossils as part of their living world unit. It's heartwarming to see our young explorers' enthusiasm for science and nature. This hands-on experience fostered a deeper understanding of the world around us and brought learning to life. We may have some future archaeologists in this group.

Our students have been diligently practicing for Arts and Culture night this week. Please join us on either Wednesday or Thursday to witness the incredible talent and artwork our students have to offer. It promises to be a night filled with creativity and inspiration. No doubt, Mr Jordan’s incredible paper mache props will feature in the evening performances.

We are pleased to announce that the property painting for this year is now complete, and our school grounds are looking fantastic. Thank you for your support in keeping our school environment beautiful and welcoming. If you are in the school grounds over the holidays, please help us to keep them looking great.

Thank you to everyone for your support of our school over this term, have a wonderful break and we will see you in Term 4.

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message from the Board:

Teena koutou katoa

We would like to thank our outgoing student representative Lei Clarke for his outstanding contribution to our board. He has provided insight into the implications of certain board decisions on our students which we have found incredibly helpful. He has provided the board with honest, focused and detailed feedback and has shown dedication by always showing up. Thank you Lei. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours. We look forward to welcoming our new student representative at our next board meeting in October.

We also have our mid-term parent elections happening in November, with nominations opening from 22 September 2023. We would love a mix of skills and experience to join our board. If you have been thinking about nominating yourself or someone else, but you have some questions, please feel free to talk with me, our principal or another board member. My email address is and I am also happy to have a chat over the phone.

We have had a fantastic response to our community consultation survey. Thank you to everyone who has put in their feedback. We value all feedback that is received, and the feedback will be used to update our strategic and annual plans for 2024. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take a moment to share your feedback through the following link:

We will be drawing a name for the food hamper on Friday 22 September 2023, so make sure you complete your feedback by Thursday!

Enjoy the school holidays and the start of daylight savings!
Ngaa mihi

Ashlea Murphy
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School BOT
Wednesday and Thursday night 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).

School Sports Assembly

Friday 22nd September 1pm
We are holding our End of Term Sports Assembly this Friday to celebrate our Cross Country runners, share sporting achievements and information regarding sport at OAS coming up for the rest of the year.
Parents are welcome to attend the assembly on Friday in the School Hall.

International Student Ambassadors

Our students have been enjoying the cultural exchanges our International groups bring to the school. We have hosted groups from China, Japan and Korea so far, with one more group from Thailand coming in term 4.To enhance the experience of our International program, to extend selected student's interests and to help them develop their leadership skills, we are looking for 2 or 3 Year 9-13 students to become International student ambassadors. These students will help with hosting our groups here at school, and form an approachable link between the International students and the happenings at school. They will be our student representatives, be involved in the International program, help host the group's exhibitions and performances and generally be the "go to" students for our International visitors as well as our student buddies.

If you have a student year 9-13, keen to be apart of this select group and develop their hosting and leadership skills, please encourage them to apply. Email:

Tell us about your qualities, your interest in different cultures, what you would bring to the program and what you would hope to get out of it.
Ag day Updates

We are only 3 weeks away from Ag Day so it’s time to increase the training, brushing, grooming and prep for your animals. Leading courses are on our FB page and the school holidays are a good time to get in a few more practices. Also, don't forget about your Spud in the Bucket and Great Garden grow off. Make sure they are in a nice sunny spot and have enough (but not too much) water!

Keep an eye out for Seesaw notices about donations for our school raffles. These can either be a non perishable food item, or a beauty/ homeware item or even better, BOTH! These can be handed to class teachers or given to the office, to be raffled off on the day.

We also have a Volunteers list for all the small but very helpful tasks that make the day a success. Jobs like helping to put up marquees in the morning, organizing lunch for the Judges or manning a table for a few hours, all make a huge difference on the day. Each family could do one task, so email, PM or sign up on the Volunteers register via Seesaw today. Thanks!

Key dates for Ag Day:

● All raffle items donated by Tuesday 10th October
● 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

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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