Newsletter No. 04

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 21st March 2024

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

This fortnight has seen some excellent successes in the sporting field. We had a large group of students attend Franklin swimming events where they did extremely well. Our girls relay team took out the shield for Year 5 and 6. Four of our students also went through to Auckland Champs. In equestrian, three of our girls have won the Secondary schools competition, which sees them head to Australia to compete later in the year. We are extremely proud of our students and how well they have done.

Some of our Year 5 and 6 students worked on their leadership skills with their last session with NZ police for Road Patrol. They are extremely excited to use their skills to help keep our students safe. It is important that you encourage your children to use the crossing, the visibility down the road is poor and a car may not see them crossing if they are not on the crossing. We have been working with the council to improve safety around the school gate, but we also need each adult to do their part.

On the 25th of March there are paid union meetings for our Primary (Year 1-8) teachers. The trips to Wero will still go ahead on this day. The rest of the junior school students may see adapted classroom programs to cater for extra students as we cater for these meetings.

The careers expo is this evening, it is a great opportunity for students to see what is out there for pathways after graduation. I strongly encourage our high school students to go along, having a clear path of where you might like to work after school is an important motivator for success in school. The evening is at the Pukekohe Indian Hall starting at 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is starting to get a little bit cooler in the mornings now, and there are a few options students have for keeping warm. The polar fleece jumper and soft shell jackets are available from the warehouse. Students are also welcome to wear a long sleeve thermal or plain t-shirt under their shirts. Under the blue polo the long sleeve needs to be plain black or navy, and under the white shirt, the long sleeve needs to be white. We know that non uniform hoodies are popular with students, however they are not uniform and should not be worn to school, sports teams hoodies are also not acceptable. We appreciate your support in ensuring that our students show whaanaungatanga by wearing our uniform correctly.

Finally I would like to wish the students heading off to Central North Island Area Schools Coaching Clinic the best of luck. This is a unique opportunity that OAS Year 11-13 students can participate in, which helps them to develop their skills in their chosen sport. Students always find the experience hugely rewarding and many friendships that are formed at the event, continue long after it is finished.

Enjoy the rest of your week and the easter break at the end of next week

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Non -Uniform day : Thursday 28th March 2024

Fundraising for CNI Area Schools Coaching Clinic


A family is looking for a responsible person to assist in looking after an 8 year old boy after school 2-3 days a week in September. The job would include picking the child up from OAS and transporting them home, then looking after them until the parents are home. If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Emma on 027 498 3311.

Autumn Holiday Programme

Ready, set, go! Bookings now open for April holidays!
An array of exciting activities awaits with Wizarding World, KAS Bake-Off, CSI Day and Tag-tastic! Plus a trip to see Kung Fu Panda 4 at the movies, Hamilton Zoo and Lawn Bowls (8yrs & up) or a Storyteller (5yrs & up)!
Open Monday to Friday 7am-6pm.
For more information & to make your bookings visit:
Any questions please contact our office on 09 236 4078
MSD Social Sector Level 3 Accreditation

WINZ Subsidies available for eligible families

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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