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Onehunga Primary School

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Welcome to Onehunga Primary School

Tuesday 31 MarchYou can link to the latest letter to families here.Tuesday 24 March

Learning At Home

There is now home learning for each team shared via this  page - OPS Communication Page - COVID-19

From this page you can link to the ‘Launch Page For Families’ and to your child’s team page. Please check this page regularly for updates.At this stage all learning will be for classes in a team, rather than class by class. We have provided a series of Home Learning boards (which are the same for each team at this stage) which you might like to use with your children. 

We will continue to develop the learning from home we are providing. This will be updated to each team’s page. 

We know that not every family has access to a printer or devices for each child. 

We will have photocopied pages of the home learning for each team in boxes outside the office (beside Room 1 and the office inside the school) for those who don't have access to computers, devices or printers.

All new messages to families will be shared from the Launch Page For OPS Families which is linked to this page. They will also be shared here and on our facebook page.
Monday 23  March, 2020

Kia ora koutou

I have written to all families following the announcement from the Prime Minister. An updated version was shared this evening
You can find the letter at this link

This letter has been shared as a link as we will update information about exactly what ‘essential workers’ means as we receive clarification, directly into the document.

Please feel free to come in and see me, call me or email me at if you have any questions.


Ngā mihi

Viki Holley
Onehunga Primary School

122 Arthur St, Onehunga, 
Auckland 1061

ph 09-636 6256
22 MarchLink to update sent to families21 March, 2020

Following the Prime Ministers message today we want to assure families that as a school we have plans in place in relation to learning at home.

We have had a greater number of children away than usual and believe this will increase.
The advice we have received most recently is that it is still ok to be at school.

Our teachers are being contacted and asked for home learning. We are prepared for this and will share our plans via Facebook, email and our website on Monday.

If your children will be away on Monday, please email or phone 636 6256 and leave a message.

Viki Holley

Health Updates

Thursday 19 March, 2020

Kia ora

We understand that many of you will have questions and concerns at the moment related to your own and your child’s safety in relation to Coronavirus - COVID-19. Our aim is to keep families informed and updated as we receive information from our reliable sources - the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. Our preference is to do this in an online format (email) as this is the most quick and efficient way to do this.

If you have received this in printed form rather than by email, please contact our office urgently with an email address or mobile number that we can use to communicate with your family when there are any updates or information we need to send to families between newsletters.

If you wish to receive updates at a different email address than the one you received this at, please contact our office

Our school staff and leadership remain well prepared for the possibility there might be a case in our community. If that were to occur we are confident we can put our plans in place and know we will be supported by regional health authorities and the Ministry of Education.

I am sure you are all keen to do what you can to prevent the risk of infection. The best preventative steps are:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments

  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention

  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish

  • get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Our school We CARE values continue to play an important part in all our activities.  A reminder they are 

Cooperation - working together

Act - safely and responsibility

Respect - people, places and things

Empathy - walking in someone else shoes

It is so important we continue to care for and support all members of our wonderful school community, especially those who may be impacted by COVID-19 in some way. 

If you want to know more about COVID-19 please make sure that any reading you are doing is from a reliable source. The Ministry of Health is the best source of information for New Zealand and they update this information regularly -

A reminder that anyone who is ill should not be attending school. 

The COVID-19 symptoms are a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. If anyone has these symptoms and has recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please encourage them to contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or their doctor immediately.

Ngā mihi

Viki Holley

PrincipalOnehunga Primary School

122 Arthur St, Onehunga, 

Auckland 1061

ph 09-636 6256

mob 027 2853878

2020 Back to School Information can be found here. 2020 Stationery List can be found here.

Have you ‘liked’ our Facebook page - ‘Onehunga Primary School’? We recommend this as an effective way to get information in an emergency situation and a good way to hear about things we are doing between newsletters.

Our weekly newsletters go home on a Thursday and outline the most recent events that have occurred and there is a term calendar usually on the back page with the most recent events listed

You can access our newsletter here. If you would like to have an email alert each week with a link to our newsletter sent to you, please email us at to add your name to the email group.

2020 Term dates

Confirmed by our Board of Trustees

Term 1 - 3/2 - 9/4

Term 2 - 28/4 - 3/7

Term 3 - 20/7 - 25/9Term 4 - 12/10 - 17/12

2018 Education Review Office Confirmed Report For Onehunga PrimaryAs many of you will be aware, we had the Education Review Office (ERO) at our school in Term One 2018. ERO is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. We are now able to share the report with you.
The Board of Trustees are really thrilled to see that the significant changes, hard work and professional learning carried out by the staff since the last review was recognised and noted by the ERO team.
The following statements from the report are particularly pleasing to both the BOT and the school:
· School-wide professional learning has contributed to positive student outcomes
· Very good strategic leadership and governance prioritises ongoing improvement and promotes a strong school-wide culture of learning
· Trustees scrutinise school information to inform decision making in the interests of improving student outcomes
· The strong school culture of learning is supporting students to be confident and competent learners
· Children were actively engaged in learning- not just ‘busy' or 'on task’
This last statement is particularly noteworthy, because ERO pointed out that this kind of engagement in learning is an indicator of a highly functioning, great school
Congratulations to our dedicated and passionate staff for the crucial role they played in this review. Special thanks to Viki, who has been the key driver of the professional learning and change that has occurred over the past three years.
As with all ERO reviews, areas for improvement or next steps were identified. The areas which were identified as next steps fit exactly with what we have planned in our charter over 2018 and for the next few years. Actions are already underway in relation to this. See our 2018 Charter and Annual Plan.
You can view the report here.
Ngā mihi nui
Rachel McCarten, Board Chair

Child Protection Policy:

Our Child Protection policy and related procedures in relation to the Vulnerable Children's Act have recently been updated. These are available here.

Online Safety and Use Agreement for family
Our increased use of digital technology and learning in an online environment has meant we needed to update our agreements with families. This agreement has now been sent home for families to complete.  Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any queries.

Complaints Policy:
We ask that all concerns are please directed to the appropriate person in the first instance - class teacher, Team Leader, Deputy Principal or Principal.
If you feel that your concerns have not been addressed a formal complaint can be made. The process for doing this is outlined in our Procedure for Concerns or Complaints

Health and Safety:

There are some important reminders for families related to Health and Safety and keeping children and adults safe in our school. Please do not be offended by these measures. They are simply aiming to keep everyone safe!

  • Please ensure that if you are coming in to school for anything other than a drop off or pick up, you sign in (and out) our visitor book in the office. It is crucial in the case of an emergency that we are aware and can account for all adults in the school.
  • Volunteers helping within the school on a regular basis - e.g. reading volunteers or helpers in class will need to be police vetted. We have just been through this process with all of our parents who went on camp. It simply means completing a form and listing identification on the form. From there, we send it away to be vetted. These forms are available from our office. 

A term calendar can be found within the 'What's Happening' section of our website.

Have you seen our school ENVIRO WikiCheck it out here.

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