Newsletter No. 03


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the first term already.
Firstly I would like to thank all the whaanau that have engaged in our student conferences over the two nights. 30% of whaanau came along which is an improvement on previous years. The connection made in these initial meetings is crucial to the success of your children for the year and we appreciate the effort and time given to attending the meetings. If you were not able to attend either night it is not too late, get in contact with the classroom/whaanau teacher to arrange a phone call or face to face meeting.

We would also like to thank you for your efforts in getting your children to school. The focus on attendance is having a significant impact already and it was exciting to celebrate 28 students who have shown significant improvement in their attendance at assembly. The routine of attending school regularly is vital to student success in school and we appreciate your efforts in ensuring they get to school each day.

Over the last two weeks we have been assessing students in Years 3-10 on PAT (progressive achievement tests). The tests cover reading comprehension, mathematics, listening comprehension, and spelling punctuation and grammar. The high school students also complete a thinking with evidence (science) assessment. Our staff use these assessments to establish students' next learning steps and planning requirements for groups of students. If you have any questions around these assessments please get in contact with the subject/classroom teacher.

Last week I was fortunate to spend a day with our OEL (outdoor educational leadership) course. The students did a 7 hour hike to the summit at Dickies Flat. I was hugely impressed by the way our students stuck together, looked after each other, and encouraged those who were finding it difficult. They also showed amazing manners to the public using the track, moving out of the way to let them through, and even pointing out things to be aware of like slippery rocks, as they passed. It was a privilege to spend the day with these amazing young adults.

Lastly just a reminder that Easter Tuesday is 2nd of April. It’s not often that Easter falls in term time but when it does schools are closed on the Tuesday after Easter. Therefore students get a bit of a longer weekend with school returning on Wednesday 3rd of April.

Have a great weekend

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Non -Uniform day : Thursday 28th March 2024

Fundraising for CNI Area Schools Coaching Clinic


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, other family changes. Our Afterschool Programme starts on 15th of February, held in Pukekohe and runs once a week over 8 weeks. An optional Parent Programme also runs at the same time. 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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