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Latest Letter to families - 14 Aug 2pm



122 Arthur Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061

Telephone 09 636 6256

14 August 2020 1.45pm

To Onehunga Primary School whānau

We are all still waiting for the 5.30pm announcement about what level we will be in after today. We know there is a possibility that Level 3 may be extended, or there may be a move to another level.

Staff have prepared very simple initial printed learning packs which families who need a printed pack are invited to pick up from the school drive way from 3pm today 

The will be also be learning available online

Please maintain safe distancing when collecting packages.

Families are welcome to complete as much, or as little learning as they wish. 

There will also be online learning available in a variety of forms next week. More details will be shared about all learning after the 5.30pm announcement. 

Printed packs will be in boxes labelled…

Year 4-6 - Piwakawaka Tean &  Kereru Team 

Year 3  - Tui Team

Year 2 - Kea Team

Year 0-1 - Kiwi Team

Named Packs if you were phoned  - Families of children who are English Language Learners or receive learning support are being contacted by phone/text by Michelle McKinlay ELL teacher and Brigid McCaffery Special Needs Coordinator. Named packs have been prepared for these children. They are in the box titled “Named packs if you were phoned” Your child will have their named bag in the box.

Ngā mihi

Viki Holley


Onehunga Primary School

122 Arthur St, Onehunga, 

Auckland 1061

ph 09-636 6256

mob 027 2853878

Letter emailed to families 11.15 - 12 August 2020



122 Arthur Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061

Telephone 09 636 6256

12 August 2020

To Onehunga Primary School whānau

We are incredibly appreciative of the many families who made it possible to keep their children at home this morning. Last night’s announcement of a move to Level 3 at 12 midday today has meant that we have had to move quickly today. 

As I said to our staff this morning when we met, we know how to ‘do Level 3’. We already have great successful systems in place which we can easily update and refine.

We only had a very small number of children of essential workers come to school. We continue to support the families who are essential workers (as per the Ministry of Health definition) and are not able to keep their children at home in Level 3. 

If you are an essential worker and have no option except to send your child/children to school at Level 3, please email to let me know that your child/children will be attending school. We will communicate with your family separately to this letter.

This week our communication will continue to be through emailed letters which will also be shared on our OPS Facebook page and OPS website.

Wellbeing of your whānau

The message we initially want to stress to families is that looking after your children and whānau’s wellbeing is the most important focus! 

The messages we shared when we were in Level 3 earlier in the year are still very relevant. 

Learning at home this week

For families who want to continue with learning from home this week, the team home learning/homework which has been sent home for this week already, and is linked below is what we are asking children to carry on with. For some teams this has been weekly, for some teams this has been sent home for the term. 

If this is all completed before the end of the week we encourage your child to do one or more of the following activities at an age appropriate level.

  • Plan the menu for the rest of the week for your family meals - including making a menu

  • Read as often as possible

  • Cook with your family - try new recipes

  • Create and practice a persuasive speech about ways to save water in Auckland (or another topic that your child is passionate about)

  • Make up a series of movements to your favourite song

You are also welcome to go back to the website we created earlier this year (OPS Launch Website For Learning At Home)and select from the learning activities of any team.

Your child has probably already brought home a printed copy of this week’s home learning/homework. You can get a printed copy from outside our office if you need it. 

This week we will continue to send any other letters by email, and add it to our facebook page and website, if we have more information to share.

Ngā mihi

Viki Holley


Onehunga Primary School

122 Arthur St, Onehunga, 

Auckland 1061

ph 09-636 6256

mob 027 2853878


Letter emailed to families
11 August 2020 (10.10pm)
To Onehunga Primary School whānau
As many of you will be aware the Prime Minister announced this evening that from midday tomorrow (Wednesday 12 August), Auckland will be moving to COVID Level 3 status for three days. She announced that schools will be closed for all students other than those children of essential workers.
We ask that you keep your children home all day tomorrow, Wednesday 12th August (rather than from midday, if possible) and for the rest of the week, as per the current directive from the Prime Minister.
If you are an essential worker and need to send your child/children to school at Level 3, please email to let me know that your child/children will be attending school.
Once we have had a chance to communicate with staff we will share information about learning programmes.
SKIDS has advised that it will not be operating for the next three days.
For more information we anticipate that this site will be updated soon.
We will send another letter by email and add it to our facebook page and website tomorrow, once we have more information.
Ngā mihi
Viki Holley
Onehunga Primary School
122 Arthur St, Onehunga,
Auckland 1061
ph 09-636 6256
mob 027 2853878

Welcome to Onehunga Primary School. Welcome back to school on our site!

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 - 14/12

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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