Principals Comment

As term 1 draws to a close we can reflect on what has been a very busy and fulfilling eleven weeks.  From day 1 there has been an air of enthusiasm, productivity and enjoyment of school life at Onekawa.

Earlier in the term the Board of Trustees reviewed our Charter Inquiries.  Two inquiries relate to parent engagement.  Board members were especially grateful for the input from our community into Inquiry 4.  'How can we ensure that our Maori children, their whanau, hapu and iwi participate and contribute to their journey of successful learning that embraces taha Maori.'

A highlight for our senior leaders has been a visit to three Christchurch Schools in week 8 (Waitakiri, Merran and West Rolleston Schools).  We greatly admired the effort that has gone into each of the three schools since the earthquakes; their design and the innovative learning opportunities that each school is providing.  We have had many conversations about features that we can include in two new classrooms that are to be built in our school this year.

Wayne Keats, Principal

Onekawa School Board of Trustees By-Election

At the close of nominations, we did not receive any nominations so therefore no one was duly elected at this stage.

Returning Officer, Judith Gardiner

2017 Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees members:         Patrick Everard, Donna Foxall, Megan Pickering (Chairperson).

Principal:  Wayne Keats                      Staff Representative:  Alana Stone  Secretary:  Karen Blackman

Winter Sport

We are currently gearing up for a new season of winter sport with the main winter codes being offered to children.  We greatly appreciate the support of teachers and parents in managing and coaching our teams.


'Schools Out' are our provider of after school care for our school.  The team is based in Room 20, directly in front of the dental clinic.  Schools Out has built a strong reputation in Hawkes Bay and the Bay of Plenty.  They provide a great service for families.  Our school office has information packs.  Pick up a pack if you are interested or phone Mary, Pat or Bill for more information Ph 021330807.

Kura Wero Tournament

The inaugural Kuro Wero sports tournament was held at Maraenui School on 23 March.  This is a new Sport Hawkes Bay initiative where 7 Napier Schools compete in three traditional Maori games (a new game is learnt each term).

Our team of ten year 5 & 6 students showed their strong skills at Tii Uru, finishing third.  They thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning and playing a new game.

EPro 8 Challenge

On 12 April 'The Creators,' a team of six year 5 & 6 children will be representing our school at the semi final of the EPro 8 Challenge.  This follows their first place in the heats which were held earlier in the term.

EPro 8 Challenge is a competition involving teams solving technological challenges using a wide variety of tools and materials.  Team members proved to be excellent problem solvers and a willingness to work collaboratively. 

We wish them well in this next stage of this national competition.


Board of Trustees

Onekawa School Board of Trustees has welcomed three new board members. 

Aroha Magele and Colm Stevens have been selected onto the Board and Amy Orr has been co-opted onto the Board for succession planning.


Megan Pickering - Chairperson

Wayne Keats - Principal

Alana Stone - Staff Rep.

Donna Fox - Trustee

Patrick Everard - Trustee

Aroha Magele - Trustee

Colm Stevens - Trustee

Amy Orr - Trustee

Karen Blackman - Secretary

Our children, their future