Newsletter No. 08


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

We hope you enjoyed King’s birthday weekend and were able to spend time together. Yesterday our teachers attended the Franklin Schools teacher only day at the Due drop Centre in Manukau. Dr Russel Bishop presented on improving māori achievement, Te Kahu Rollerston presented on his experiences in education and writing, Alison Davies presented on literacy, and Te Radar presented on the power of stories. It was a fantastic day up-skilling all our educators in the greater area.

We have recently received our attendance report from the Ministry of Education for Term 1. It is great to see an almost 20% increase in students attending school more than 90% of the time. We have also seen a decrease in truancy (absence where no notification is given to the school). It was interesting to note that Monday is our lowest attendance day in the week. Being absent on a Monday can create extra stress for students as they feel a step behind all week. It would be great if we can work together to increase attendance on Mondays.

Out of zone enrollments for Term 3 and 4 this year close towards the end of the month (24th June) if you know of people wanting to join our school this year, please point them to the school website or office for enrolment forms.

Our Matariki celebration is getting closer. Thursday 27th June we will be celebrating Matariki. The students will participate in workshops throughout the day and then play a ki o rahi tournament in the afternoon. Please join us after school for a community ki o rahi competition, which will be followed by hangi and a jam session of music. Register your interest here:

This week we welcome Shona Hagan as the new sports coordinator. We are excited to have her join our team.

Lastly the report cycle is well underway, the Year 1-6 reports are released through seesaw and the Year 7-13 are emailed through kamar. Usually these are sent on Friday, however this year they will be sent on Thursday 27th June due to Matariki public holiday being Friday 28th June.

Have a great weekend

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message From The Board:

Tena koutou katoa,

I would like to introduce myself as the presiding member of the Board of Trustees while Amie is on leave for three months, alongside Derwyn Fail as deputy presiding member.

We are well on our way into Term 2 now and the Board was impressed at the level of detail and information in the reports from the Head of Department for PE and the Student Council gave us at our May meeting.

It is clear that the teachers are passionate about teaching a variety of sports to the students as well as challenging them. There have been students taking leadership roles with the junior students. It's great to see so many trips being planned for them.

The teachers are doing a fantastic job adapting to and keeping up with all the NCEA changes.

The Student Council report was put together by Johanna Tapia. The thought and work that went into that report was incredible. The level of detail in the report, including the Canteen Survey Report, was outstanding.

The Student Council has 12 student members ranging from years 7 to 13. They are there to represent and advocate for students. Their first project, "Be Heard" campaign, is to make the Student Council known throughout the school and are planning on ways where students can have a voice and be heard. Once that is up and running, their next project is their "Volunteering Campaign". As well as that, another focus they have is giving back to the community by "walking the talk", where they are coming up with ways of showing their appreciation and to "acknowledge what the community does for our school". Awesome work Student Council. We look forward to seeing your campaigns succeed throughout the rest of the year.

It's great to see the carpark markings on the road outside our school.

With the purchase of another smaller vehicle that has now been sign-written, we have been able to send students to various events, including:

· Beauty Therapy course in Hamilton.
· Women in Trade at Manukau.
· Science Experience at Waikato University.
· Leadership Academy days at Waikato University.

Without this vehicle, we wouldn't have been able to send as many students to these events as we have.

The Board is open to and encourages feedback from our community. Please feel free to reach out if you have any feedback to pass on.

Nga mihi nui,

Shelley Bradley
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School

PhotoLife School Photos

School class / portrait photos are due to be taken on Thursday 6th June and sibling / team photos on Friday 7th June. Copies are available via the student stand at the office.

Non -Uniform day : Friday 14th June 2024

Fundraising for AIMS Games.

Ice creams & sausage sizzle on the day.

Order forms will be sent to junior classrooms.


Grow potatoes in a bucket!

-Open to all Year 1-8 students at Onewhero Area School.
- Entry is $5.00 (you get to keep your potatoes and the bucket after Ag Day).
- All entries will receive a seed potato and a bucket, handed out on Friday 28 June 2024.
- Spud in the Bucket will be judged the day before Ag Day.
- The potato plant must be still growing at the time of judging.
Do not remove the plant from the bucket.
- There will be Junior, Intermediate and Senior awards for the Greatest Collective Weight of Spuds.
- A trophy will be awarded to the student with the heaviest potato!

Onewhero Ag Day will be held on Saturday 19 October 2024 at Onewhero Area School.
Entry forms available at the office.
Return your entry form and $5.00 entry fee to the school office by Tuesday 18 June 2024.
Please email the Onewhero Ag Day Committee via if you have any questions.


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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