Newsletter No. 06


Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Welcome back to Term 2. It’s been a great start back. Over the holidays the senior student leaders had their leadership camp at Raglan. They enjoyed the team building activities and surf lessons that helped them build their confidence and leadership skills.

On Friday last week some of our Year 11 and 12 students participated in the Agrifuture clash of the colleges. We competed against large secondary schools and were able to hold our own. Our students participated well in all the activities and represented our school with pride. For the second year in a row, we took home the Teamwork and Spirit award. Congratulations to all the students who participated.

This week a group of our students from the Year 10 Horticulture class have been attending the Horticulture Climate Camp. Horticulture is a new subject at OAS that we are developing through the year levels. The camp they are attending provides opportunities for our students to learn more about horticulture and to interact with like minded students from other schools.

Ag day has been set for the 19th of October. Ag day is our annual event that celebrates our rural roots. It’s a great day and a major fundraiser for the school. We are holding an Ag day committee meeting on Monday 13th at 7pm in the staffroom. If you would like to be part of the committee please come along. If you can offer any time or help or sponsorship but can’t be part of the committee we would greatly appreciate it and like to hear from you. Email to let us know.

The Ministry of Education has released new guidelines for when a child should stay home due to illness. As we enter the winter months we know sickness will prevent some students from attending school, but sometimes it is hard to know if your child is well enough for school. If you are unsure as to whether your child should come to school or not, see the link to help you determine if your child should attend.

You may have noticed the painted lines for parking outside the school. This work is part of a partnership with the council to help make the road safer for our students. The visibility up the road has been a serious hazard for our students and the new parking helps to ensure drivers and pedestrians can see. The pick up of students is now spread out over a longer distance making it safer for students leaving the school. Please continue to encourage your children to use the crossing, as this ensures everyone is able to get home safely.

We hope you have a great weekend

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Message from the Board:

Teena koutou katoa,

Just like our rangatahi at OAS, our Board also continues to learn and grow. At our April Board meeting we had the privilege of doing some development and training with Karen Williams from the Ministry of Education who specialises in supporting schools adopting the PB4L program (Positive Behavior for Learning).
Karen spent her time giving us a run down of the program, how it is implemented and what our Board can do to support it. We have had PB4L in place for a number of years, in the last 3 years more funding and support has been allocated by the Board to have this program embedded and implemented throughout the school. It was great to have a Q & A session afterwards to understand the next steps and what else we can do as a Board to support the school.

A great place for our community to start is to check out the link below, or go to the Ministry page
The school have committed to holding a community evening this year, to help inform whaanau, and be able to answer any questions you may have about our waka cards, restorative practices or what can be adapted at home.

Our April meeting also had a fantastic report from our Middle school team, headed by Camilla Cameron. She highlighted the continued mahi that has gone into strengthening our Year 7 & 8 classes, and how well they are collaborating together to improve learning outcomes for our Tamariki, and aligned more with years 1-6. We are excited to see more EOTC (education outside the classroom) experiences being planned for and look forward to hearing about these throughout the year. Thank you, Middle School team, for your hard work and great report.
For the next three months Shelley Bradley will be stepping into the role of Acting Presiding Member whilst I am on leave. Shelley’s contact details are:

Ngaa mihi nui
Amie Morgan
Presiding Member
Onewhero Area School


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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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