Monday 17th September, 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa

This is the last newsletter of the term. It has been such a wonderful term with so many amazing opportunities for our students and so much learning going on. We are looking forward to our last two weeks of school and our Celebration of Learning on our last day of school. We welcome all of the community to come along to it. It is on Friday, 28th September at 2pm.

 So much fun at Top Team Challenge!

So much fun at Top Team Challenge!

As you probably know, staff and student wellbeing is very important to us at Omihi. I want to share an incredible resource with you - This has a number of resources, activities and ideas for parents and teachers around our tamariki’s wellbeing. We would love you to have a look.

I am heading up to Auckland for a conference for Beginning Principals for the first 4 days of the holidays and then George and I are heading away to get some sunshine and find some adventures. I look forward to hearing about everyone’s holidays and hope there is some time for you to just relax and enjoy time with your children without the busyness of school activities.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Principal’s Award
The last Principal’s award went to….Tom Hazeldine!

The Omihi Mega Job
We are looking for a bus driver, cleaner and gardener! Hours are:
Bus driver - 10 hours per week (part time in term 4, then full time in 2019)
Cleaner - 7 hours per week (start 2019)
Gardener - 2 hours per week (start immediately)
This could be one person or three people. If you are interested, please let me know.

 Wonderful learning during Te wiki o te reo Maori.

Wonderful learning during Te wiki o te reo Maori.

Working bee
We are holding a working bee on Saturday 29th September from 9-11am. I will send out a google doc this week so you can put your name down if you are available. If you aren’t available on that day, we are happy for you to come in anytime. We need a good spruce up of the gardens before our new gardener starts.

Kiwisport Day - Tuesday 18th September
Here is the transport info for Tuesday. All parents are very welcome to come along and watch. We are leaving school at 9.45am to Scargill Domain and will be finishing about 1pm. Children need to have their school hat and please apply sunscreen in the morning. We will have some with us as well. The school bus will run as normal.

Greta Valley School Production
Greta Valley School have kindly asked us along to their production dress rehearsal on Wednesday 19th September. Our Year 5-8 children will be going along to this during the day.

Amberley Library and Preschool
On Thursday 20th September the year 0-2 children will be visiting Amberley library and also Little Oaks Preschool. On Friday 21st September year 3-5 children will be visiting the library and visiting Amberley Preschool to share their picture books they have written.

Mindfulness Workshop
The second workshop for staff, parents and community is on Tuesday 25th September from 3.30-5.30pm.

Kapahaka Festival - Year 3-8
We are very excited to be participating in our first Kapahaka Festival with Greta Valley School on Thursday 27th September at 10.20am. We would love support for this in the audience, so if you haven’t got a ticket yet, please send along $5 to school. If you can’t go, maybe a grandparent or friend might like to go. I will send out transport info for this later in the week.

School Photos
School photos will be taken in the morning of the last day of term. There will be a photo of each class and a whole school photo. We will also be getting photos taken in the classes that day of children working to update our website photos. The class and school photos will be for sale at the beginning of term 4.

Dates for 2019
School starts - Tuesday 29th January
School finishes - Friday 13th December

Raffle Prizes
Thank you for the support with this so far! Please send along any raffle prizes to school by the end of term.

Community Notices

Waiau Pig Hunt - 19th, 20th, 21st October. For more information, click here.

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Maree Lucas
Monday 3rd September, 2018

Kia ora Koutou

Thank you to those parents who were able to get to Strum, Strike and Blow last week.  What an amazing night!  We were so proud of our students.  It was a fantastic experience for them to be playing alongside 1200 other children.  A big thank you to Jennie, Jane and Kat for all the hard work that went into it.

 Our new Kapahaka uniforms.

Our new Kapahaka uniforms.

On Friday our staff all attended our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) Teacher only day at Oxford Area School.  There were 13 schools and over 200 teachers.  One of the standouts for me was the keynote speaker - Marshall Diggs.  He talked about Literacy and teaching boys.  As we know every child is different, but boys do learn differently to girls and it was great to listen to his ideas and reflect on our own practise.  There are some pretty amazing things happening in our school, but we can always be reflective and look at ways of improving.  These are some of the points I found most interesting:

  • Give boys the headline, not the whole paragraph
  • Competition gets them excited
  • Boys learn best with short and sharp exercises
  • Who are their male role models?  Do they see men writing for fun?
  • Are there spaces where boys like to learn?
  • What novels are they reading?  What will engage them?
  • Be firm, fair and fun
  • How much talking is happening in a lesson?  More writing, less talking.
  • It's about writing mileage
  • Relationships with our students is a priority
  • Learning is more important than the result
  • Align the curriculum with the child, put the child at the centre

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Classroom Names
We have had Di Collier in from Tuahiwi Marae to help us find out about our cultural narrative.  It's been a great learning experience for our students and we look forward to sharing with you more information about what we learnt of the Omihi area.  As part of this process Di has helped us to come up with names for our three classrooms.  Our school is situated in the valley between the mountains and the sea, so the classrooms are going to be named appropriately.  She has given us two names for each classroom and we would like you to help us choose which ones to use.  Can you please email me your preference for the three classroom names.

Mountain cliff – tūpari or karahiwi
Valley – awaawa or āwhārua
Sea – paemoana or aumoana

3 Way Learning Conferences
These are next Monday and Tuesday.  Here is the timetable to book in your time.

Kapahaka Festival
This is for the Year 3-8 children on Thursday 27th September.  The students will be performing at Ohoka School at 10.20am.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through us.  If you would like to come, please send money along this week.  Each child can purchase a maximum of two tickets.  The ones that are left over next week will be given back for other schools to purchase.

Top Team Challenge - Year 5-8 - Tuesday 11th September
This is at the Amberley Domain and has been postponed until next Tuesday 11th September.  We will be leaving school at 12.15pm.  Children need a change of clothes and a towel.  The Go Bus will pick the Waikuku children up at the domain at 3.15pm.  I will put a message on Facebook in the morning if it is cancelled. 

Parent Liaison
The BOT would like to have a couple of parents who are the 'go to' parents when new families start and also to help organise baking, etc for families when needed.  Genevieve on our BOT is going to be one of these people.  Is there someone that would like to work with her?  Please let me know.

Preschooler Morning
We welcome all preschoolers and parents to our preschooler morning on Wednesday 12th September from 9-11am.  

Chinese Students
We need one more family to host a chinese student (and maybe their parent) in term 1 next year.  If you are able to do this, please let me know.

Omihi Library
A reminder that our library is open for the community every Tuesday from 1-2pm.

Size 7 Redband Gumboots
There are a pair of these that have been left in our junior class.  If they are yours, please let Jennie know.

UP Programme and Assembly
This Friday there will be a presentation from our students who have been involved in our UP programme with the horses at 1.45pm.  Straight after that there is our junior assembly at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along to both.

Raffle Prizes
If you have anything you would like to donate to our school raffle, please let me know -


Community Notices

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Omihi Community Hall help wanted:

Prep of the floor - Wednesday the 5th of September (from 10am) - 6 helpers
Laying of carpet tiles - Thursday the 6th of September (from 9.30am) - 10 helpers (most of the day if possible)

I can promise scones… and jam + cream for morning teas/afternoon teas.  Any helpers would be appreciated and if they can give me an indication of names and dates that would be great.

Thank you , Emma Dormer

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Maree Lucas
Monday 20th August, 2018

Kia ora Koutou

We had an amazing day up at Mt Lyford last week. Thank you to all the parents that were able to come up with us.  What a wonderful community day and so great to see our students improving every time.  We look forward to the next one in a couple of weeks.

I am currently in Hanmer Springs on the annual Canterbury Primary Principal's Conference.  Our focus is on Disruption (disrupting our thinking around leadership) and our keynote speaker is Tony Burkin.  I look forward to reporting back in the next newsletter from my new learning.

Nga mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Principal's Award
The latest Principal's award went to....Angus Barnes!

Strum, Strike and Blow Festival - Wednesday 29th August
This is coming around very quickly and the children are sounding great on their glockenspiels and ukuleles!  We now have enough transport for the day.  Here is the transport info.   Children need to be back at the arena by 6.30pm that night.  We will let you know the meeting place after we have been there during the day.  It is $5 for parents to watch - please have cash. Students need to wear school uniform and have a pair of black/dark sunglasses and a cushion to sit on.

Omihi Community Hall Opening
We are very excited to see the Omihi Community Hall nearly finished.  This is a huge asset for our school as we will be able to utilise it for productions, assemblies, prize givings, etc.  As our school grows, it is great to have a big space for us to invite our whanau and community into.  They are having an opening night celebration on the 29th September.  I have included the information below in the community notices.  George and I will be going.  If you are going and haven't got a group to go with, it would be great to get an Omihi School table together.  Let me know if you would like to join our table.

Teacher Only Day
A reminder that on Friday 31st August we have a teacher only day with our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning).  There are 13 schools coming together at Oxford Area School for Professional Development, which is very exciting.

Year 6-8 Mt Grey Walk - Wednesday 22nd August
We will be leaving school at 9am.  Children need to take their morning tea and a drink bottle.  We will be back before lunchtime.

If there are any Y5-8 children interested in playing competition tennis in Term 4 please let Megan know at This competition is held on Wednesday afternoons.

Also if you are interested in tennis coaching in term 4, please let Megan know.  Last year a tennis coach came into school once a week and took lessons throughout the day for all age groups.  These are private lessons, so Megan organises the payment of these from parents.

Naked Baker Pies
A big thank you to Ingrid for organising the Naked Baker Pies fundraiser.  A lot of students took advantage of this and now have money taken off their camp fees.  Also thank you to Jaz, Megan and Amy for helping Ingrid to give out all the pies when they arrived.

Pet Day
In term 4 we have our annual pet day.  There is Agri Sports in the morning, run by Leighton and pet day in the afternoon.  Last year one of our parents ran this.  Her daughter has now left the school, so we are looking for someone to take it over.  If you are available, please let me know.  Tracy is happy to talk through what needs to happen on the day with the new organiser.

Raffle Prizes
We are starting to organise our annual raffle for term 4.  We have two main fundraisers each year - our raffle and our bike/run race.  We need to start gathering prizes for our raffle.  If you have anything you would like to donate, please let me know or drop it off to school.  We will promote any sponsors on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.  Last year we managed to raise $5000 through the raffle, so we are hoping to do this again.  Our two fundraisers help to support our BOT funded third teacher.

Community Notices

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Omihi Community Hall Opening Night Dinner
We invite our wider community to our opening night.  If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Maree on or 021 77 6864.  We are also looking for a couple of volunteers for the event:

  • We need a photographer on the night to take some photos as guests arrive.  
  • We would also like some flowers for decoration on the night. 

If you are happy to donate some flowers for decoration or take some photos, please contact Maree.


What exactly is ARC? It is a mystery adventure race where parent and child aged 5-13 race together, locate and complete 10 mystery challenges; racing the clock and all the other family teams. A team is made up of two people- an adult (over 17yrs); Dad or Mum or a relative or family friend and a child aged between 5 and 13 years of age.

The challenges range from physical (like tug-of-war) to mental (like a memory challenge) to knowledge based (like current affairs).  Are you game enough to give it a go? Want to win your entry?   We will be refunding a couple of team entries at random for those that have entered... so enter now!

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Maree Lucas
Monday 6th August, 2018

Kia ora Koutou

It's been a great week for me as I've been teaching in the senior classroom all of last week and this week I am teaching in the juniors with Miss Dickson.  Kat and Jennie have had amazing opportunities to do some travelling, which has worked out really well for me.  Even though I teach in the classroom a lot, it's normally no more than 2 days in a row, so it has been a real treat and makes me miss teaching!  Plus it reminds me what outstanding students we have.  They really are such a delight to teach and I know all of us feel very lucky to have such wonderful, small classes to teach so we can really focus on the individual students.

Nga mihi
Maree Lucas


School Notices

Congratulations to all of the children that performed their speech on Friday.  They should all be very proud of themselves.  The results were as follows:
1st - Alice Pennell
2nd - Alice Barnes and Maggie Hamilton
3rd - Max Croft
Alice.P and Max will now be competing in the Year 7/8 Lions Speech Competition on Tuesday in the Hawarden Hall.

Mainpower $20,000
As you may have seen in our Facebook posts, Mainpower are giving away $20,000 to local schools and organisations.  The more votes we have, the more potential we have of winning some of this.  If you have 30 seconds spare could you please go onto their website and vote for Omihi School -

New Staff
I would like to welcome Paula Hawkins, our new Teaching Assistant.  Paula is supporting children for a couple of hours a day from Monday to Thursday each week.

Teacher's Strike
The teachers are going on strike on Wednesday 15th August for the whole day.  The BOT have decided to close the school, so there will be no school on that day.  Thank you very much for your support, as it wasn't an easy decision for teachers to make.

Strum, Strike and Blow Festival - Wednesday 29th August
We still need some help with transport on this day.  If you are available to take a car in, please let me know.

School of Rock
If your child would like music lessons at school, please contact from School of Rock.  Matt is currently teaching students at school, but he does need a couple more to make it worthwhile driving out from Christchurch.

Relationship with China
The Hurunui Council have developed a sister relationship with the Changping District, Beijing  and Honghu City, Hubei.  I have been working with the Council and their liaison to build that relationship with Omihi School as well.  Through this we have managed to organise free Mandarin lessons next year.  We have also opened up our school for Chinese students to visit.  My goal is for us to have students come and be a part of our school, learn about our NZ culture and then at some stage for some of our students to go over to China to learn about their culture. 

There is an opportunity for some students to come to our school early next year for a short trip.  We are looking at taking 5 students, so would need home stays for these children and possibly their parents for one week.  They are fee paying students, so if you had a child stay or a child and parent stay, you would be paid for this.  The parents would be doing activities with the other Chinese parents during the day and the children would attend school.  If you are interested in finding out more about this, please email me -

School Doc Policies
Each term we review our policies and ask for parent input.  This term we are reviewing the following:
* Behaviour management
* Complaints
Please go to and use the username 'omihi' and password 'glenmark'.

Mufti Day - Friday 10th August
This Friday is our Kidscan Mufti Day.  The theme is 'crazy kids'.  Children need to bring along a gold coin donation.

Naked Baker Pies
These will be delivered to school on Friday.  If there aren't too many, we will send them home with the children.  If you know you have ordered a lot, please can you pick them up on Friday.  Ingrid would also like 2 helpers to sort them all out at 1.15pm.  If you can help, please email Ingrid on

Community Notices

16th August 2018, 7.30PM
Sister District Relationships
Changping China and Hurunui District
Enquiries     Jennie Wells 0276890688 or 314955
Bev Forrester 314-4195
ALL WELCOME   Gold Coin to cover costs


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Maree Lucas