Newsletter Monday 18th September, 2017

Kia ora Koutou

What a wet, miserable day it is today!  Luckily it is still warm and cosy in our classrooms for our Community Evening tonight.  We are very excited about showing off our gorgeous school, but also talking about the exciting things that are happening at Omihi.  We look forward to seeing you tonight at 7pm.


This is the last newsletter for the term and what a busy term it has been!  I feel so lucky and privileged to be Principal at Omihi and have truly loved getting to know our students, staff, parents and community this term.  We have a lot more exciting things planned for term 4, so we will keep you up to date through our fortnightly newsletters, Facebook and Instagram.

Ngā mihi

Maree Lucas
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School Notices

Principal Awards
We give out Principal Awards at each assembly, which happens three times a term.  This term we have had two assemblies so far.  Congratulations to the following students who have received Principal Awards for term 3:

  • Allie Lowry
  • Lily Banks

John Parsons - Cyber Safety
John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant.  He runs workshops all over the country.  I have seen him twice and he is brilliant.  He has very relevant information for our students, right from Year 1 - 8 and he has great tips for parents and teachers on how to keep our children safe online.  John is going to be working with Amberley, Broomfield and Leithfield School in term 4, and they have very kindly said we can join them.  Our students and staff will be part of his workshops, plus he is running a parents session which I highly recommend all parents attend.  The parents session will be at Amberley School on Wednesday 22nd November - time TBC.  For more information on John -  Our school have recently purchased his book and are happy to loan it to parents if you would like to read it.

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Mt Grey Walk
As part of our lead up to camp and getting 'mountain fit', the seniors will be walking up Mt Grey from Lake Janet on Wednesday 27th September at 9am.  Jaz and I would like one parent to accompany us.  Please let me know if you are available.

Waikari School Cultural Festival
While the seniors are walking up Mt Grey, the juniors will be going to the Waikari Cultural Festival at Waikari School on Wednesday 27th September at 11am.  If you are able to take a car to this, please let Jo know.

Personalised Calendars/Diaries/Notepads/Cards
The whole school will be working on a piece of artwork at the beginning of term 4.  This will be used to create personalised calendars, diaries, notepads, cards and mouse pads that parents will be able to purchase.  It is a small fundraiser for the school, but that is not our focus, we thought it might be something that you would all like and appreciate - plus great Christmas presents!  There will be an opportunity in week 3 to order what you would like.

Change of dates
We have had to change our camp dates to a week later: 28 Nov - 1 Dec, which means this clashed with our Grandparents Day.  So Grandparents Day will now be on Tuesday 21st November.  

Kiwisport Sports Day
This is tomorrow at the Waikari Domain for the whole school.  If the weather is terrible, the postponement date is Thursday 21st September.  We will put it on Facebook as soon as we hear.

Omihi School Raffle
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our raffle.  We are starting to get a great prize list together. If you would still like to donate something, please contact me on

School Calendar
Keep up to date with what's going on -

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Community Notices

Safety around Trains

  • Always expect trains from either direction and at any time
  • If you are in a car, always slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing and be prepared to STOP
  • Look out for trains, and obey signs and signals
  • Stay off railway tracks. Only cross the railway at approved railway level crossing points


PGG Wrightson
If you shop at PGG Wrightson, please register at the following website to help raise money for Omihi School - Or contact us and we can register for you.

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Hurunui Foodbanks

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Maree Lucas