Together We Grow – Ka Tupu Kotāhi ai Tātou
Kia ora OVS whanau and Caregivers,
New tamariki (students) to OVS
Welcome to these New OVS Super Stars: Lacey, Luna, Esther and Keira 🙂
Star Spot – Celebrating Student Learning
A huge OVS congratulations to our R.U.R.U award winners.
Well done to Max, Dre and Ivy. Awesome Learning!
The Hero App is a fantastic communication tool that allows teachers to share each student’s work with parents and caregivers digitally. Thank you for downloading the Hero App, and if you are yet to download it (approximately 50% have downloaded so far), please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
Ag & Flower Day
Massive Shout Outs!!
Thank you to:
Our amazing OVS teaching and support staff for their time, commitment and dedication in helping their students to complete their amazing exhibits and displays for the big day!
Whangarei A & P Society – generously sponsoring of the ribbons and engraving of our trophies and cups (please see flyer regarding the big Whangarei A & P Show coming up in December!);
PTA members for their fabulous food tent;
Julia and Zoe for the phenomenal face painting;
Rachael Lafon from Whangarei A & P Society for kindly volunteering her time to judge the Ag animals;
Melanie Hudson (aka The Coffee Girl) for the delicious and much needed coffees;
“Poppa” Allan for driving the students around the track in his spectacular truck and trailer;
Gareth Bourke for the awesome quad bike trailer rides;
Libelle Group for providing their fantastic free school lunches;
Our wonderful Mr T and super sidekick Sid for their hard work preparing the animal pens and field
Asbestos removal has commenced, however more asbestos has been discovered and requires further testing. Until we have the results, work has been stopped.
If you can’t sell your booklet, please return all tickets so that we can pass these on to someone who can.
Nailed it by Victoria B
Brooke Gibson at Ray White
Shoe Pulse Whangarei
To everyone who baked for us – both the cake auctions and the home baking for sale. Thank you to the helpers on the day – Mr T, Alana Lyall, Georgia Shepherd, Lisa, Adam, Nicky, Asher’s Grandma Christine Grimmer, Amy and Lauren.The face painters were amazing! Thank you Julia Tapp and Zoe Quayle. They are known as the Painted Poppets and can be found here. The quad and mini truck was also a huge hit with the kids, a big thank you to Gareth, Rick and Allen Campbell. Thanks also to the Coffee Girl for providing barista coffee and donating a portion of sales to our fundraiser. Thanks to whānau for supporting our fundraising efforts. We made $2160 profit which will go a long way to funding the classroom grants for 2024. Teachers use these to purchase the ‘extras’ (and some necessary things) such as certificates, stickers, decorations, games, baking, STEM activities, extra pencils/pens/stationery, prizes (i.e. for reading challenges etc), lego, glitter etc.
Internet Connection for Home
The Ministry of Education together with Manaiakalani Education Trust and EDOS are supporting school communities by assisting whanau who currently have school aged children and do not have access to the internet. This initiative offers free internet connection and technical support, as well as covering the monthly internet cost until 30 June 2024.
For a household to be eligible…
A household must have at least one child in school year 0 to 15* who routinely stays at the address for parts of every month when they could be expected to do schoolwork.
1. A household would be eligible if a child lives at the address part-time.
e.g. Under a shared custody arrangement, or, routinely for some school days every month as part of the extended whanau.
2. The household shouldn’t already have an Internet connection.
*Years 14 and 15 refer to Teen Parent Units
For more information, please visit https://edos.kiwi/
Broken glass outside school grounds
Please be careful when walking out the school gates as there may be the odd small piece of broken glass on the road, grass verge and perhaps the footpath.
Term 4: Dates for your diary
Friday 10 November – OVS School Athletics Day
Saturday 11 November – Otaika Hall Community Market
Friday 24 November – Whole school zone athletics at Maungakaramea (details to come)
Wednesday 29 November – Year 5/6 WPSSA Athletics (details to come)
Friday 8 December – Whole school Pirate Beach day (details to come)
Tuesday 12 December – School Concert (details to come)
Wednesday 13 December – Splash Clash (details to come)
Friday 15 December – End of Term 4
Please note for your calendar.
Term 1: 7 February – April 12.
Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
Term 4: 14 October – 17 December