Tuesday 23rd October, 2018

Tena Koutou

I hope everyone had a lovely break over the holidays. George and I certainly found some beautiful spots in Hawaii and had a fantastic break away. I am going to Wellington this afternoon for the New Zealand Principal’s Conference until Friday, so I look forward to reporting back with my learnings when I return.

We have a lot going on this term, so please keep up to date with the calendar. We look forward to seeing our community at our upcoming events, such as pet day.


Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas, Principal - principal@omihi.school.nz

School Notices

Principal’s Award
The last Principal’s award went to……India Wilkie!

Omihi Raffle
Our raffle is back for 2018. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on https://givealittle.co.nz/org/omihischool or at our school office or from any of our students. Each student is asked to sell 10 tickets. There are more tickets if they want to sell more than 10. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who have donated all of our prizes. Prizes will be drawn on the 3/12/18 at our final BOT meeting.

Pet Day - Wednesday 31st October
Please have entry forms back by Friday 26th October. We invite our whole community to be a part of this event. We still need one more cake for the judges. Please let me know if you can make one. This is the timetable for the day:
9.30 - 11.30am - Agri Sports (morning tea in the middle)
11.30am - Early lunch
12.00pm - Pets arrive
12.30pm - Judging begins
1.30pm - Lamb drinking race
1.45pm - Fancy Dress competition
2.30pm - Prize giving

Mainpower Community Funding
We are very excited and grateful to Mainpower for giving us $1,000 from their Community Funding. This will go towards our outdoor play equipment.

Cups and Trophies
If your child received a cup or trophy last year, can you please send it back to school.

Sun hats
A reminder that our school sun hats must be worn everyday.

Bus run
Please can you make sure you let either myself or the classroom teacher know if your child is not going to be on the bus. Last week there were a lot of children staying at school for tennis, but we hadn’t heard from any parents.

Teachers for 2019
I would like to firstly acknowledge the fantastic work that Jane and Kathy have done this year by stepping up and creating such a successful classroom in Year 3-5.  They did not apply for 2019, but we hope to see them back relieving here next year.

The teachers for 2019 are:
Year 0-2 - Jennie Manson (3.5 days a week)
Year 3-5 - Sally Mickleson (5 days a week)
Year 6-8 - Kat Hanna (4 days a week)

The BOT and I really value having 3 classrooms and have put considerable money into making this happen again for 2019.  Our bike race and raffle are a big part of making this happen. I will be working in the senior and middle class each week and will also be covering release across all three classes. 

Here is a note from Sally:
Kia ora. 

I am very excited about joining the Omihi whānau and becoming part of the team.  

I recently graduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Environment and Society, Majoring in Water Management and I am currently at Canterbury University completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching.

I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Central North Island and after completing my primary school years, I finished my education at Woodford House in the Hawkes Bay.  A mix of both farming and urban lifestyles has been beneficial to me and I feel most at home in a rural environment.

I enjoy fly-fishing, skiing and hiking and I have a real passion for teaching and learning. 

I have always aspired to secure a teaching position at a rural school and after working in the district last summer, I was thrilled to learn that a position had become available at Omihi.

I have no doubt I will be joining a highly motivated team and I look forward to becoming a part of your community and meeting you all soon. 

Ngā mihi, 

Small School Athletics - Year 4-8
This is on Thursday 1st November at Waipara School. Kat will forward you the timetable and I will share the transport info later this week.

School Policies
Our term 4 policy to review is - Improving Educational Outcomes for Māori Students. We would love your feedback on this.
Please go to http://omihi.schooldocs.co.nz/. Username: omihi. Password: glenmark

Field of Remembrance Day - Tuesday 30th October
The Year 6-8 children will attend this in Amberley and will visit the library while they are there. We will leave school at 9.10am and return around 11.30am. We need one extra car for transport. If you are available, please let me know.

Tennis Lessons
Cath wasn’t able to start tennis lessons today, so they are starting next week and will be on Mondays, not Tuesday.

Community Notices

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Maree Lucas