Newsletter No. 15

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 20th October 2023

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te Whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 4. It's great to see the sun out. The last week of Term 3 brought us the eagerly awaited Annual Arts and Culture Night. The school hall was abuzz with excitement as it was filled to capacity on both nights. Our talented students showcased their creativity and passion for the arts, leaving the audience in awe. It was a remarkable celebration of the artistic talents within our school community.
This term we started the term with our Annual Ag Day, which was a tremendous success. The event drew a large crowd, and it was wonderful to see the community coming together to celebrate agriculture and the rural way of life. A special shoutout goes to our seniors who played an essential role in stewarding and helping with various tasks. Your dedication and hard work were greatly appreciated. Also a big thank you to our Ag Day committee who have spent many hours over the year preparing for the event. The amount of time you have spent on this event is hugely appreciated.
We're grateful for the active participation of our community in our recent community consultation. We received an impressive 114 responses, which reflects the strong engagement and commitment of our school community. Your valuable input is instrumental in shaping the future of our school, and we appreciate your contributions. Congratulations to Phillip Muir, the lucky winner of the hamper. We hope you enjoy your prize!
As we transition into Term 4, we would like to remind all students and parents about our summer uniform expectations. Students are encouraged to wear the summer uniform, and this includes the option of black sandals (no jandals, please) for footwear. For students in Years 1-6, it is mandatory to wear hats when outside to ensure sun protection and safety.
With exams on the horizon, senior students have a limited amount of time left for preparation. Parents will be notified if your child is required to stay at school to complete assessments or receive additional support to ensure their success. We encourage both students and parents to communicate closely with their teachers during this crucial period to ensure our students meet their goals.

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Onewhero Area School Board Elections

Student Election Results Declaration

Student representative votes:

Scott, Nathan 28

Tapia, Johanna 56

Invalid Votes 25

I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Johanna Tapia

Tracey Paton
Returning Officer

Athletics Day Friday 27th October 2023

Teacher Only Day Friday 17th November 2023

Values & Academic Prizegiving 2023

Values Prizegiving - Friday 8th December 6.30pm
Academic Prizegiving - Wednesday 13th 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.
Ag Day Updates

On Saturday we were thrilled to have hosted a very successful Ag Day, with more entries than last year across all categories, new options to participate with bake and growing competitions, and the introduction of food trucks and market stalls, which were a real hit!

This year the committee started our planning in January with a fantastic group of volunteers, going above and beyond to make our Ag Day so successful. Our committee consisted of:

Alaina Boag, Alana Baldwin, Anja Martin, Emma Wilson, Heliza Payne, Kerryn Smith, Maree Pedersen, Rebecca Bills, Rebekah Peach, Veneen Williams and myself, Amie Morgan. 

A special mention to staff and volunteers who manned raffle and food stalls on the day, Stacey Ingram and Lee-Anne Annemans for all their office expertise, Pam McArley for her assistance with data entry and problem solving, Mrs Gray and her hospitality students for lovely coffee, and cake judging, and last but not least, the junior school staff who not only supported students to create some amazing art pieces, but also collected raffle items, made announcements and got their rooms looking beautiful till late on Friday afternoon!  So, to each and every one of you, thank you!

We will send out surveys to entrants about how the day went and any improvements that we can make for next year.  Keep in mind, this is an annual event so if you can volunteer some time to make this happen, or have feedback but are not an entrant, please get in touch either through our Ag Day Facebook page or send us an email. 

This year we are hosting Group Day on Thursday 2nd November at the Onewhero Rugby club.  If your child came 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in animal categories, excluding fancy dress and dog, we invite you to represent our school.  Details will be sent out to all those that registered on Ag Day, but again, get in touch if you did not do so on Saturday.  We also ask that if you have not handed in your yellow Ag Day tags, please drop them off at the office.
Key dates for Ag Day:
  • Group Day 2nd November @ Onewhero Rugby Club

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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Term 3 updated menu:

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