Monday 29th April, 2019

Kia ora koutou

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What a lovely two weeks! It is such a great opportunity to recharge and come back refreshed for the new term. George and I went to Samoa in the second week and had a lot of fun exploring both islands.

We are very excited to welcome Liam, Luke, Lachie, Isla and Ze’ev to our Omihi whānau, as well as Tracy and Fi our new bus drivers. A big thanks to my Dad Al who drove the bus for us while Tracy and Fi were getting their licences sorted.

Ngā mihi
Maree Lucas

School Notices

Principal’s Award
The last Principal’s award in term 1 went to….Jeremy Pennell.

School Calendar
Please remember to keep up to date with what is happening on our school calendar on the website.

Literacy Week
This week is Literacy Week. There will be literacy focuses in each of the classes, as well as our trip to Tūranga Library on Wednesday, watching The Tortoise and the Hare at the Omihi Hall on Thursday and our ‘Book Character’ dress up day on Friday. Children do not need to bring a gold coin donation on this day.

Omihi uniform
We have had a chat today about our uniform as we have noticed it is getting a little too relaxed. Please note that children must wear navy on the bottom. These can be shorts, leggings, track pants or culottes. We would rather children didn’t wear rugby shorts or black shorts. They also need to have their navy merino, not black jerseys. If they are wearing a thermal under their polo, it needs to be navy.

We have Omihi jackets and beanies in stock if you would like to purchase any. It is fine for children to wear their own jackets if they don’t have an Omihi one. Sports tops are optional. We will be putting in another order this term as we have had a couple requests. Please email if you would like to order one and what size you would like.

Tūranga Library transport
Here are the transport details for our trip on Wednesday. The Omihi bus will still be running morning and afternoon.

Pita pit and Sushi
There are no lunches this week. Sushi starts next Wednesday and Pita pit will start in week 3. If you would like to order lunches on Wednesdays, you can order online -

Road safety after school
It is getting busier at the gate at 3pm. Children are not allowed to cross the road on their own, especially when the buses are around as it is hard to see. If you aren’t able to park on the school side of the road, then the children must cross the road with you or an adult.

Mufti Day for Ronald McDonald House
This is on Friday 10th May. Please bring along a gold coin donation.

Paid Union Meeting
On Thursday 9th May there are paid union meetings being held for teachers and Principals. We ask that you please pick up your child at 12.30pm on that day. The Omihi bus will leave school at 12.30pm and take all children at once if they haven’t been picked up.

Grandparents Day
We welcome all of our grandparents into our classes on Thursday 16th May from 9.00-10.10am, and then we will enjoy a shared morning tea. Please let me know if you are happy to send along a plate for morning tea.

Tipu Maia Kahui Ako - Community of Learning
Stephen Walters from Rangiora New Life is our new kahui ako Lead Principal this year and myself and Mike Hart from Oxford Area School are the supporting Principals. I have attached Stephen’s term 1 newsletter below for you to see what is happening in our kahui ako.

Reporting to Parents
In the last week of this term you will be receiving your child’s report. We will be reporting on reading, writing, maths and there will also be a general comment. This will be a digital report through LINC ED. You will be sent login details in the middle of the term so you can access them. You will have the option to print them if you want to.

Movie Night Fundraiser
The senior leaders are organising a movie night to fundraise for their school camp. This will be on Friday 21st June at 6pm at school. They will be selling tickets at $5 each for children to come and watch a movie in Paemoana and Awaawa. Parents are invited to bring a plate and come and socialise in Tūpari.

Arthurs Pass Camp Info
Student health forms will be sent home this week. Please send them back by the end of the week. Thank you to everyone who put their name down as a camp parent. Camp parents will be notified this week.

BOT Nominations
Omihi School Board of Trustee Elections are being held this term. This is a fantastic way to be involved in our school community, so please give it some serious thought. Call for nominations open on Friday 10th May and close Friday 24th May. If you would like any information on becoming a trustee, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0272384769. Thanks, Ingrid, BOT Chairperson.

Mindfulness Workshops
We are running two more mindfulness workshops for our staff, parents and community. We have one this term and one in term 3. This term it is on Tuesday 4th June and is from 3.30pm - 5pm. The school are covering the cost, so if you would like to be a part of this, please email me -

William Pike Challenge
William Pike is coming to Leithfield School to talk about his experiences and launch the William Pike Challenge at Leithfield School. This is something we are interested in taking our Year 7/8 students to so we can look at the opportunity for Omihi to be a part of this in the future. I will email all of the Year 7/8 parents to see who is interested. More details are below.

Violet’s Merino and Jacket
Violet has misplaced an Omihi jacket and two merino jerseys. Can you please do a double check of your child’s uniform and make sure they have the correct items.

Community Notices

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Maree Lucas