Newsletter No. 05

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 10th April 2024

Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of Term 1 already. This term we have celebrated many successes for our students in a range of fields. Over the last fortnight this has continued with ex student Cordelia Gallagher receiving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh certificate over the weekend. What an amazing accomplishment. We are very proud of her.

Our Year 5-8 students were very fortunate to attend Wero to participate in a water safety activity. The students represented our school well and had an incredible time. Our Year 9 students attended their NZ wars trip for Integrated Studies program that saw them visit important sites of the Waikato wars.

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen an increase in nuisance behaviour in the school grounds outside of school hours. This has led to an increase in security callouts when door handles are interfered with and extra work for our staff in cleaning up. We ask that if your children come on site outside of school hours they respect our school property and display our school values. One of the great aspects of our school is the ability for the community to use the grounds on weekends and evenings and we would not want this to change due to the behaviour of a few. We appreciate your support in this matter and know that collectively we can keep our school grounds great.

Term 2 is the start of our winter months. The holiday period is a great time to check all uniforms and ensure your children have everything they need. This is particularly important for those that like to wear hoodies as these are not part of our school uniform.

From Term 2 our new policy for personal devices will be in place. It is very similar to the old policy, however, it does see all students unable to use devices at break times. The policy was recently emailed out in an update email for Term 2.

Finally we say goodbye to Mr Singh at the end of this term as he goes to work closer to home. We wish him all the best with his new journey.

We hope you have a great break and we will see you back in the new term.

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message From The Board:

Teenaa koutou katoa,

At our March Board meeting, we were impressed by the caliber of reporting to the Board by our Heads of Departments for Languages, Mrs. Suzanne Amodeo, and the Careers Report from Pam McArley and Fiona Gower.

Each year the Board is taken aback by the breadth of courses and opportunities that our Careers department supports, encourages, and provides for our students and the variety of life skills that are introduced. Having past OAS students speak of their careers journey is a great initiative making the most of what is uniquely part of being an area school.
The driving and road educational day was of great interest and enthusiastically supported by Board members!

It was great to understand what exciting opportunities are offered at OAS and this resulting in apprenticeships, qualifications, and employment, via Gateway, Trades Academy, STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resources) and Te Kura-Correspondence. The department encourages Whaanau to get involved and attending the Franklin Schools Carees Expo is a fantastic way to see what is on offer or contact Pam McArley or Fiona Gower.

The Board enjoyed reading about the successes for the Language Department, with increased numbers of students achieving Merit and Excellence across all year levels. Targeting students with a variety of texts to spark interest and engage our students was good to hear and that the department was particularly focused on improving our students' writing skills.

We appreciate the effort and time our Heads of Departments put into writing these reports and the insights we can share with our community. We are lucky to have such dedicated teachers and staff!

The Board was then presented with our annual student achievement data from 2023. The greatest achievements for our years 1-10 were consistently achieving above National averages, in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and seeing good gains being made by our most at risk students. The outcomes for our boys and our Māori students were of continued concern, and that Writing was the area of learning that needed the most focus. Post Covid disruptions, these results in Writing are reflected throughout the country. Our Board was comfortable with the Annual Plan that was presented, addressing these issues and goals to improve outcomes for all our students.

For our NCEA results for 2023, we sit above National averages across all data, and we were encouraged by the excellent results for our Year 13 students, with a substantial number achieving University Entrance. Every school leaver left with clear pathways, either heading off to employment, apprenticeships, or further educational training. Congratulations to all our OAS students who have worked hard to pursue their passions and careers, from the Board, we wish you the absolute best!

As we wrap up the term, we hope you all enjoyed a lovely break and come back refreshed for the start of Term Two.

Ngaa mihi nui,
Amie Morgan

Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School

🌭 Hot Dog Fundraiser - Friday, April 12th - Break 1 🌭

Get ready for a delicious treat!

The student leadership team is hosting a hot dog fundraiser on Friday, April 12th, during Break 1. Each hot dog is just $4 and comes with your choice of toppings including mustard, cheese, onions, or tomato sauce.
Order forms will be sent to the junior classrooms. Students in year 7 and above can order/pay on the day.
Come support us and enjoy a tasty lunch. See you there!


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

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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