Week 8, Newsletter, Term 4 2023

Together We Grow  – Ka Tupu Kotāhi ai Tātou

Kia ora OVS whanau and Caregivers,

Unbelievably it is the end of week 8 already and that means  just 2 action packed weeks to go!  Please make sure you check out the dates and info for these events below…and, you are welcome to join us to celebrate what has been a fantastic year here at OVS.  

Star Spot – Celebrating Student Learning

A huge OVS congratulations to our R.U.R.U award winners.

Well done to Amelia, Shadith, Maverick and Nevaeh! Awesome Learning!



OVS Alumni.
I would like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to previous students from OVS who have gone on to make their mark at Whangarei Boys High. A special mention to:
Niwa Brass
Tai Pullen
Tai Clyde
Reef Sofala
Lee Holder
All 5 of these boys have come from Otaika Valley School and are taking on Prefect roles in 2024, including Deputy head boy and Whanau Captain roles.  Congratulations all of you…we are very proud.
Congratulations Room 4!
Room 4 have won the library ‘Pool Party Picnic’ with the fabulous Darcie. They are in for an afternoon full of fun and surprises.



I would like to acknowledge all our students who participated so well at our recent school athletics day. It was great to see our OVS whanau there as well and we look forward to a bigger and better event next year… parents, consider this plenty of warning about the parent v kids  relay next year …start training now!

Our  students competed well at the Maungakaramea cluster day and it was also a pleasure to go and support our year 5 & 6 students selected to compete at the Whangarei Schools Athletics event on Wednesday. A special well done to Summer Harris who won the year 5 girls high jump. Another great OVS student flying high!


PTA Notices

Raffle – a reminder that raffle booklets were due back today (Friday 1st December).  We still have a few booklets left to sell so please ask Jen if you can sell another one – or even a few tickets.

Purchases – this year Disco, Ag Day and the Milo/Moosie and Juicie days have pretty much covered the Hall Contribution and the Classroom grants so that teachers can buy extra stationery, wet weather games, Ag Day craft supplies etc.
We used some of the reserves to purchase the new sound system for the school.
Raffle money has been tagged to future school camps/trips.

Online fundraising shop – We have created an account with School Fundraising Shop NZ. At the checkout you can select Otaika Valley School and we will get 10% of the value of your purchases! Might be useful for Christmas shopping…

2024 – we are keen to get a few more ideas off the ground next year. We will be having a brainstorming session early in term 1 so if you have any ideas let us know! We’d love to be able to fund some more things around the school (lots of good ideas in the survey last term).
We’re also always keen to hear from anyone happy to help. This doesn’t have to mean attending meetings – if you’re interested in helping at events, like doing grant applications, are happy to write letters/approach businesses for sponsorship we’d love to hear from you 🙂

Dates and Info
Pirate Day….Arrrgggh!
Next Friday 8th is our fantastic Pirate Beach Day.  We leave school promptly at 9.00 in our pirate ships so please have all jnr pirates here by 8.45. The weather is looking promising and  parents and caregivers are all welcome to find their inner pirate and join us!
Don’t forget to fill in your permission slips. Please note (as indicated on the form) you only need to fill in the updated medical and contact information if those details  have recently changed!
Summer Xmas Concert
We are excited to be holding a simple end of year xmas concert for you on Tuesday 12th December at 5.30pm. It will be in the ‘Otaika Opera House’ (Community Hall) and be approximately an hour long. All students are expected to attend and we look forward to seeing you all there to join our celebration.  Please have students at school  by 5.15.
End of year Assembly
Our final assembly for 2023  will be on Thursday 14th of December and will be in the same  format as previous years. This is a staff and students assembly.
Last day of school.
School closes at 12.30 on  Friday 15th of December.
Buses will leave at 12.30 and there is no After School Care on this day.
Library Books
Please return all school library books next week.
Here are the photos from the last game of the year woohoo!

Thank you to all of you for your commitment to and support of our kids playing basketball this term/year!  I hope they had fun. They have developed so much, not just physically within their game skills and fitness, but in their on court communication and team spirit and their confidence.  It has been a pleasure to hang out with them and watch them enjoy this sport.

I will hold a little prizegiving for them in one of the 2 assemblies we have left for the year.
Kind regards,
Pool access for school whanau.
Please watch for details next week. This will be advertised on Monday. We are currently getting a new chlorinator for the swimming season and will advise when this is replaced.

Term 4: Dates for your diary

Friday 1 December – Raffle Tickets due back

Wednesday 6 December – Pool Party Picnic for classroom…

Friday 8 December – Whole school Pirate Beach day

Tuesday 12 December – School Concert and Raffle draw  5.30pm

Wednesday 13 December – Splash Clash  1.00pm

Friday 15 December – End of Term 4 – school finishes at 12.30pm


Dates 2024

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

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