Great start to the year!

Kia ora OVS whanau and caregivers,

Just a quick touch base after a great start to our 2023 school year.

It has been an absolute pleasure to meet so many of you and your children over the last couple of days, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for such a warm reception. I would also like to acknowledge Terry, the staff, the board and you, our parents, for the special culture that is evident here at Otaika Valley School. This doesn’t happen by chance, it takes dedication, hard work and the right philosophy. I feel privileged to be your new principal, and greatly look forward to building on our kura’s obvious successes.

To that end I would like to keep you updated with a few opportunities to make your children aware of.


  • Guitar lessons are on offer here at school. This may be either individually or in a group of two students.
  • In addition we are now also making Keyboard/Piano lessons available. Both of these happen during class time and if you would like to find out more, or enrol your child/ren in either of these opportunities, please contact the school office.


  • The school will be entering a yr4/5/6  student basketball team in the Whangarei miniball competition commencing in week 3 of this term. There will be a meeting next Wed at morning tea for all students interested in putting their names forward.


  • Please put our meet the teacher evening on your calendar. This is scheduled for week 3, Thursday 16th February, 6-7pm. There will be a newsletter out early next week with specific details.
  • We are a Sunsmart school – please ensure your child has a hat at school. No hat means play in the shade.
  • Swimming – All classes swim daily please ensure your child has togs, a towel and a bag to put their wet gear in after swimming.

Lastly, I hope the weather plays ball for us all and you get the chance to enjoy the Waitangi long weekend. I for one am watching the fishing forecast with great interest!

I look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday, and will be attempting to continue my name learning mission.

Noho ora mai r​​ā

Rick Sayer


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