Week 7 Newsletter Term 1 2024

Together We Grow  – Ka Tupu Kotāhi ai Tātou

Kia ora OVS whanau and Caregivers,

Rick is away this week attending the annual Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association Conference, so ’tis I, ‘Official Office-her Jen’, who will be your host for this quick newsletter.


To all the sensational parents who volunteered to transport our students to and from their camps (perhaps enduring some “interesting” in-car entertainment along the way) and of course staying at camp to help out wherever they were needed!

To our incredible PTA for their fundraising achievements and generously contributing towards the cost of all the camps!

To our phenomenal staff who had put so much hard work into planning and organising these camps during their busy schedules to offer your tamariki the best school camp experience possible!

To our awesome students who gave everything a go and perhaps faced and triumphed over some challenges.  From what I hear, students were absolutely fantastic and certainly had loads of fun!

Righto, I hear the photocopier calling me, better get back to it 😀

Have a fantastic week and a wonderful, safe long Easter break everyone.

Noho ora mai,



Star Spot – Celebrating Student Learning @ OVS

Every week at assembly we celebrate super OVS students, and this weeks shout out is to say a huge congratulations to our R.U.R.U award winners from the last two assemblies.
Well done to Eve, Sophia, Connor and Luna.  Awesome Learning!


Star Spot – New students.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Faith and her whanau. Haere mai ki te kura o Ōtāika Valley!


OVS Book Character Dress up Day!!
Thursday 11th of April!
It’s almost here!!  Get creative and dress up as your favourite book character…
After School Care – cancellations  
If your child is booked into After School Care and you want to cancel them out (at short notice/on the day they’re booked in), please contact the office directly instead of messaging Robyn.
Please phone the school on 09 432 2731 or email admin@otaika.school.nz
Last Call for Netball 
So far we have a full Year 3/4 team, however no coach as yet.  If anyone is interested in coaching this team, please get in touch with Jen asap.
Unfortunately we don’t have a Year 1/2 and Year 5/6 team, nor coaches for either team.  If you would like information about the netball season, please see Jen in the office or email admin@otaika.school.nz
Registrations close next week on Thursday 4th April.
Please only register your child who will commit to playing the full season.

Easter Tuesday (School holiday only)

Just a reminder that school will be closed on Tuesday 2nd April.

According to the Ministry of Education’s website, it states…

“The Tuesday following Easter Monday is a school holiday (but not a statutory holiday), meaning schools must not be open.

The terms and holidays are usually set so that Easter occurs during the first term break and the Easter Tuesday school holiday goes unnoticed. However, in some years Easter falls much earlier than usual such as in 1997, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2021 and 2024.

To have the first 2-week break at Easter in those years would shorten the first term to only 8 or 9 weeks (instead of around 12 weeks). In turn, this would mean that at least 1 of the other 3 terms would have to be longer.

The Minister aims to set 4 terms of reasonably uniform length. This means that in years when Easter falls particularly early, all or some of the Easter break will be during the first term”.


Dates 2024
Easter break – Please note. Friday 29 March – Tuesday 2 April school is closed. We resume on
                           Wednesday 3rd April.
Book Character Dress up Day – Thursday 11 April
End of Term 1 – Friday 12 April
Term 1: 7 February –  April 12.
Term 2: 29 April – 5 July
Term 3: 22 July – 27 September
Term 4: 14 October – 18 December


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