Newsletter No. 03

ONEWHERO AREA SCHOOL - 17th March 2023

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Principal's Message:

Kia ora e te whaanau,

This fortnight saw our students competing at River Zone and Franklin swimming competitions. Well done to all those that represented our school.

Our geography students did their annual trip to Tongariro. The students were well prepared and were rewarded for their hard work when they reached the top and the cloud lifted to an incredible view across the plateau.

Last week we celebrated international book day with a character dress-up and activities in the library. It is great to see the library back to life under the supervision of Londyn. Our junior students participated in a library scavenger hunt and reading activities.

The bus network met last week to discuss the review the Ministry of Education will be starting on our bus routes. The Ministry of Education will be reviewing all eligible students that travel on the buses in the network, which will provide the network with the amount of money the Ministry will fund for buses. The eligibility criteria is as follows:

Students are eligible for transport assistance if they meet all three criteria below.
  1. The student must be enrolled at the nearest appropriate school (mainstream state school, state-integrated school, partnership school, or Māori medium school).
  2. They must live more than a certain distance from the nearest appropriate school(The distance is measured over the shortest public road or pedestrian route from home roadside gate to the school’s front gate).
    • For years 1 to 8 at least 3.2 km
    • For year 9 or above at least 4.8 km
  3. There must be no suitable public transport options. Suitable public transport means that it travels within 2.4 km of the home roadside gate and 2.4 km of the closest appropriate school, and that the student:
    • won't have to be picked up before 7 am
    • can get to school before it starts
    • can be picked up within 1 hour after school finishes
    • doesn't have to change buses more than once on a journey.
It is expected that the review will be completed approximately by the end of Term 2. After the review has been completed the network will work with the Ministry of Education and bus company to review the bus routes. Any possible bus route changes are most likely not to be implemented until 2024 and we will keep you updated as we progress through the review.

Due to family reasons, Mr Curtin will be leaving us at the end of the term. We are saddened to see Mr Curtin leave us and wish him and his family all the best. We are currently in the process of employing a new Digital Technologies teacher.

Lastly, we would like to thank our community for the support you have shown us by keeping your children home on the day of the strike. Striking is always a last resort and not something those in education do very often. Your support has been greatly appreciated.

Ngaa mihi,

Rebecca Bills
Onewhero Area School

Non-Uniform Day & Bake Sale - Friday 17th March Fundraising for CNI Coaching Clinic

Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue No. 2 -

Last day to order 24th March 2023

Franklin Arts Festival

Some artwork produced by students from our school will feature in the Franklin Arts Festival which begins this week. Year seven and eight students from room eleven art have created a collaborative artwork which will be displayed in the schools section of the show. The large oil pastel drawing focuses on the Waikato River as its theme and includes the words of our school's Pao "Waikato Te Awa".

A number of our students also have artworks included in the Youth section of the show.

The Franklin Arts Festival will run from the 18th to the 26th of March in the Pukekohe War Memorial and Franklin Arts Centre on the corner of Massey Avenue and Edinburgh Street.


Kia ora whaanau!
Onewhero Area School is getting ready to once again welcome short term International Student Groups to our school after three years of Covid.

This is an exciting opportunity for our students, as well as for the whole community, to learn about different cultures, games, food etc through connection and friendships. We host groups from 6 to 30 students at a time, from four days to 6 weeks.

For these exchanges to go ahead, we need host families that are wanting to open their hearts and homes to these students and show them our kiwi way of life. Homestay families will be compensated for their costs and effort ($280 per student per week or $40 per night). We try to host students 2 per family, but sometimes there might also be single placements.
If you are keen to host, you need to be able to offer them a room with a bed, desk etc and provide meals and transport to and from school (school buses may be an option). You need to treat them as part of your family.

Interested families will need to be police vetted under the Vulnerable Children's Act, and approved by the school. By hosting these students, you will be part of our homestay families group and be invited to cultural parties etc. It is a great way to connect with like-minded families and a fantastic way for your children to learn about other cultures. Most International students love interacting with young children and playing games with them.
Full support will be given from our International Student coordinator.

We are keen to hear from families, couples and singles who may be keen to be part of this!
If you are interested to find out more, without any obligations whatsoever, please click on this link to request more information:

Riverzone Swimming

There was much excitement at being able to hold the Interschool River Zone Swimming here at Onewhero Area School again, and it turned out to be a wonderfully sunny day.

Our Year 3 - 6 students were supported by Year 8-10, who took the time to display their leadership and work together to help the day run smoothly. A huge thank you to: Dearna Hull, Georgia Haarhoff, Grace van Vught, Iris Foote, Isla Smith, Kaitlyn Payne, Liev Thackham, Nathan Scott, Oleanna Jordan, Reagan Harlick, Regan Hagan, Riley Harlick, Sara Haarhoff, and Vicheara Om for helping with timekeeping, food and students.

All the competitors tried their best and showed the values of our school, and are to be commended on doing the best they can, no limits. The following students were placed and are eligible for Franklin Zone Swimming on 23rd March in these events:

Open Girls: 2nd- Pippa Missen, 3rd- Ava Johnstone
Open Boys: 2nd - Olly Greaves
7 Years Girls Freestyle: 1st - Fern Missen, 2nd - Reegan Crawford, 3rd - Samantha Morgan
8 Years Girls Freestyle: 1st - Pippa Missen, 2nd - Isla Cathcart
9 Years Girls Freestyle: 1st - Malaika Klay
9 Years Boys Freestyle: 2nd - Olly Greaves
10 Years Boys Freestyle: 2nd - Themba Klay
8 Years Girls Breaststroke: 1st - Pippa Missen, 2nd - Isla Cathcart
8 Years Boys Breaststroke: 2nd - Dominic McCabe
9 Years Girls Breaststroke: 2nd - Malaika Klay, 3rd - Riley Wilson
9 Years Boys Breaststroke: 3rd - Dominic Ladd
10 Years Girls Breaststroke: 1st - Ava Johnstone, 3rd - Ella Morgan
10 Years Boys Breaststroke: 1st - Themba Klay
8 YearsGirls Backstroke: 1st - Pippa Missen
8 Years Boys Backstroke: 3rd - Dominic McCabe
9 Years Girls Backstroke: 1st - Malaika Klay, 3rd - Ella Fleming
9 Years Boys Backstroke: 3rd - Olly Greaves
10 Years Girls Backstroke: 2nd - Ava Johnstone
10 Years Boys Backstroke: 2nd - Themba Klay, 3rd - Owen Hope
Open Girls Butterfly: 1st - Pippa Missen, 2nd - Isla Cathcart

The interschool relays at the end of the events were a lot of fun and Onewhero Area School came away with a second and third placing. We look forward to seeing these students competing at our highest Zone level.



Junior culottes – sizes : 4/8/10/12/14 $26.60
Junior polar fleece vests – sizes : 8/10 $15.00
Skirts (can be worn from year 7) – sizes : 52/57/92/97 $39.20
Senior shorts (have button/zip) sizes : 10/12/14/76/96/100/104/108 $22.90
Senior trousers (have button/zip) sizes : 76/80 $30.70
Senior white boys shirt size 12 x 3 only $33.90

We also have the PE tops available in every house colour.
Sizing : 5-6/7-8/9-10/11-12/13-14/Small/Medium/Large $36.00

Please name every item of clothing so if it ends up in our lost property, the office staff can return it to your child.

Please feel free to send your child up to the office to try anything on for sizing if you are unsure. Payment can be made online or at the office.

We also have a second hand uniform department which is run by Brenda McLean in Room 5. She is available for you to visit on Mondays only from 3pm. If you would like to know what is available please email her on :


59th Waimai Bush Sports
Easter Monday April 10th 2023

Held in Reeves’ paddock, Waimai Valley Road, Te Akau.

9.30am is warm up time.
Come to the tent to fill in your entry form and the Entry fee is a donation.
Food for sale on the day is a sausage sizzle.
Spectators – please bring along some gold coins as we are running a collection for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter!
Strictly NO DOGS!

This is a fun, true country equestrian event, with a mixture of games and jumping events covering all age levels (from those little ones who can sit on a pony to the oldies who can still stay on!). No posh gears needed – just a riding helmet and riding boots! We appreciate help at pack up time 😊.
For further information contact: Kate Babington 07 8254590 or Sue Easther 07 8254433.

Rural Youth And Literacy Trust is a not for profit organization with our office based in Port Waikato.
We offer free reading and writing lessons for teenagers 13 years and older and adults that living in rural areas (or who are otherwise isolated) and cant get into a main Literacy centre for whatever reason. Tuition is free and our tutors can coach students over the phone or Zoom.
0800 891 339
Boost Your Learning

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?
Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.
Outdoor water opportunity for Girls & Boys aged 14 & 15 years old

Tuakau District Sea Scouts has a reputation for providing fun activities outdoors for our young people / rangatahi. With us, youth learn amazing life-skills and meet other like-minded young people from all over the region and the country.

We have a long list of ex-Venturers who have found that Scouting looks great on their CV's and provides glowing references. Most Venturers stay with us until they are 18.5 years.
Venturers meet on Thursday evenings during terms and there are often weekend activities that take them all over the place. Learn or get better at kayaking, sailing, rowing, camping, tramping.

We respect that these are busy years at school and we try to help our young people learn work-life balance.

I look forward to answering your questions or welcoming you along to try us out.

Nga mihi nui,
BridgetGroup Leader / Venturer LeaderTuakau Districts Sea Scouts
09 2328250 / 022 6011615

Dates ahead:
26 Feb - Kayak Leader Certificate - Leaders & Vents 16+
10-12 Mar - Northland Regatta - Scouts & Venturers
26 Mar - Sailing training day - Scouts & Vents
7-10 Apr - Auckland Regatta - Scouts & Venturers
21-23 Apr - Camp @ Waikaretu - Cubs
30 Dec-7 Jan - Jamboree - Scouts (11-15yrs on 30 Dec)
Free Junior Chess Coaching Days

Counties Chess Club is hosting 5 FREE open Junior Chess Coaching Days for all levels of player
Free days start this Saturday the 11th February and will continue on the 25th February, the 11th March, and 1st and 15th April to be held at the Counties Chess Club rooms at the Mauku Victory Hall at 430 Union Road Mauku ,they all start at 10am and finish at 12pm (midday) these are opportunities to learn how to play or improve anyone’s Chess ability.
This invitation also means that if anyone just wants to come and checkout our setup, they are more than Welcome to do so. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
We look forward to introducing or improving the great game of Chess to anyone that is keen to learn.
Ron Lanning
President Counties Chess Club
Mobile 0272128232
Our Club website is
Our Facebook Group Page
Pukekohe Performing Arts Youth Theatre
Term One is underway!
Wednesdays – 5-6pm ages 8-11yrs
Wednesdays – 6-7pm ages 12-17yrs
Tutor: Hayley Va’a

Cost: $150 per child per term
Discount available if more than one child is enrolled in the same term.

For more info and enrolment form please send an email to:
Mary Poppins Jr
14 Apr – 22 Apr 2023
Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing.
Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on magical adventures! Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it”.
Tickets available at from 17 March.
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-5:30pm
  • 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


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