Newsletter No. 10


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

We have finished the term with our annual haka house competition, with the students having a haka challenge in their house groups. This is a great activity that supports our students to learn our school haka while also providing some friendly house competition.

Over the last few weeks we have completed a student voice gathering project. This project allows us to find out from our students how they see their learning at school and provides the school with opportunities to grow. 119 students participated in the Year 9-13 general survey and 97 students participated in the Year 3-8 general survey. This information was combined with discussion groups with randomly selected students in different year groups. The information we gathered from students was analyzed and discussed by staff. We identified opportunities for growth and started brainstorming ideas that can be actioned. This work will continue over the next term and will form part of the planning for next year as well.

Student conferences are in week 2 and 3 of next term. These appointments are really important to support student achievement at school. They are a dedicated time for the teacher and yourself to sit and discuss your child’s learning. We encourage students to also be part of the discussion as it is about them and their view is an important aspect to consider. To book your conferences head to If neither of the two days work for you feel free to contact teachers directly to organise a different time, this could be a phone conference if it is difficult for you to get to school.

Ag day entries for animals are now open. Use the following link to register your animals. Registration closes on the 20th of September, no late entries are accepted.

We hope you all have a great winter break and we will see you all in Term 3.

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message from the Board:

Teena koutou katoa,

There has been a good improvement in attendance at OAS. At this time of the year, with so many illnesses around, it is great to see attendance of rangatahi has improved over the year.

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 horticultural department. The garden spaces outside of the science/senior classes have been used for growing vegetables and the like. Six students attended Climate Camp 2024 for three days and they were involved with several amazing climate change focused activities with other secondary school students across the district. A team of four students competed in the Maara kai Challenge 2024. This was the first time our school had entered into this competition and the students did really well showcasing the produce that had been grown at our school. It's great to see a programme so closely linked to our region.

We also received a report regarding the writing project in the primary school that is being developed as writing is an area of concern, not only at OAS, but nationally as well. There is a focus on encouraging the creation and development of ideas as this seems to be an initial stumbling block. There is a lot of hard work going into this project to enable our rangatahi to achieve their best results.

We also received a report regarding the curriculum leadership for Years 1-8. This year the Junior Team are working to create coherence, clarity and consistency. There was a trip to Vector Wero for years 5-8 which sounded like a lot of fun. Bek Galloway has been helping guide the team as well as developing GROW:

Grounded in Purpose
Responsive & Relational
Ownership & Empowerment
Woven & Connected

As term 2 comes to an end, we hope you all have a fantastic holiday!

Nga mihi nui,

Shelley Bradley
Presiding Member

It’s that time of the year again 🐐

For-sale new born baby kid -Goats-
Breed - Can be a mix between Saanen x Toggenburg x Nubian

Boys and Girls available

$30 each or 2 for $50

Great for AG/Calf Club Day
Mostly white but can also get coloured ones (uncommon) but we do get them.

*** Please note they haven’t been born yet, they are due in a few weeks. Perfect for school holidays!***

Pick up Te Kauwhata, can meet in Pukekohe & other places but depends on day and time.

Contact Rachel
0210 555 285

Australian Mathematics Competition

If you are wanting to enter for the Australian Mathematics Competition (open to Year 5 and above), entries close Friday Week 1 next term.

Please see your teacher or Mrs Bovill in Room 18 for a form.


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, Rachel Hagan
(09) 242-9100

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