Newsletter Monday 21st August, 2017






Kia ora koutou

It's been lovely to have some warm weather over the past couple of weeks so the children can get out in the break times and play.  I love how well they play together and how creative they are with games they make up.  One thing that I have observed over the past four weeks is how inclusive and respectful all of the children are.  No one is left out and they all look out for each one big family.  The children all have the ability and opportunity to be confident young people.  I did laugh when one of the Year 1's told off one of the Year 8's for being on her skateboard inside!

Miss Richards and some of the lovely junior pupils.

This week I am in Hanmer Springs for two days for the Canterbury Principal's Conference.  The focus is Hauora - Health and Wellbeing.  This is such an important part of our world.  I look forward to learning and gaining information to help our children, teachers and myself as Principal.  We will also be hearing from a lecturer from the University of Canterbury about her research that she has carried out around how the earthquakes have affected children.  I will report back on my learnings in the next newsletter.

Have a lovely week,

Ngā mihi

Maree Lucas
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School Notices

Three Way Learning Conferences
These are coming up on Monday 11th September, Tuesday 12th September and Wednesday 13th September after school.  There will be a booking form that goes out to parents next week to secure a time. The children will be leading these conferences and sharing their learning with parents.  There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and talk to the teachers during these.  It is so important for children to be a part of these conversations and take ownership of their learning.

We are really sad to announce that Jaz Lotz will be leaving Omihi School at the end of the year.  Jaz is going overseas to do her OE and teach in the UK.  It is a very exciting time for Jaz, but also a great loss for Omihi.  We would like to thank Jaz for all of her hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and positivity that she brings to our school.

Friday Fossil Point lunches
These seem to be really popular.  Please continue to get your orders in by Thursday at 3pm.  If you miss the cut off, feel free to email me, as I try to put the orders in on Friday morning.

Daffodil Day
A reminder it is Daffodil Day this Friday to support the Cancer Society.  We ask that children bring along a gold coin donation and can dress in yellow/green.

Dental Visits
We will be having the Community Dental Service at school on Wednesday 6th September.  Please also see the following information from the Dental assistant - Dental Info.

Ski Trip
The first ski trip was a great success!  Fantastic planning from Jaz and the children loved it on the day.  We are looking forward to our next trip on Thursday 31st August.  I will put a message on the Facebook page as soon as we hear from Mt Lyford as to whether it is on.  The postponement date is Thursday 14th September.  If you haven't let me know if your child is going, please do so asap.

Year 5-8 Top Team Challenge
This is happening this Wednesday from 1pm at the Amberley domain.  We welcome parents to come and watch.  This is a fun day with the local schools.

Red Cross
Year 4-8 children are having Red Cross training this Tuesday.  There are so many important skills for children to know, especially for those children who are out and about regularly on farms.

School of Rock
At this stage we haven't got enough children interested to make it viable for School of Rock to come out.  If your child is keen and you haven't notified me, please do so asap.  I am contacting local schools to see if they would be interested in teaming up with us.

Community Notices

The Omihi BOT would like to invite you to a community event.  Feel free to share this with your friends and family:

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The Hurunui Theatre Group presents: “Fiddler on the Roof”

Book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Brock.Licensed by Music Theatre International.

  • Waipara Memorial Hall:  August 24 – September 2; Thursday to Saturday

  • Matinee August 26

  • Tickets at Sally Mac’s, Waikari Auto Services

For more info plus online bookings go to

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Maree Lucas