Principal's Message...

By Debbie Halkett | Posted: Friday May 24, 2024

Our Purpose: To prepare students to be active participants who will contribute to their community.

Tēnā koutou katoa, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka

With another week drawing to a close, I am incredibly proud of our students, and the way they have stepped up to the IDEAL values that we live by at OIS.

With the weather cooling down, especially in the morning, it is important that students don't arrive at school before 8.30 am. Thank you for ensuring your child is wearing the correct school uniform. Your child is allowed to wear a jacket outside at break times as long as they have an OIS blue jersey or polar fleece underneath. We do have a school jacket for sale at the school office however, this is not compulsory. Students are able to wear long grey dress pants on cold days.


Regular school attendance is pivotal for academic success and overall development. We know that consistency of attendance ensures an uninterrupted flow of learning, offering new opportunities to expand knowledge, engage with peers, and interact with teachers. In addition, by being present consistently, students establish strong foundations, build habits, and set themselves up for success in high school. As a parent the biggest way we can support our student's education is by ensuring that they are attending school every day, please make school a priority for your child.

If you require any support with getting your child to school and please make contact with your child’s teacher. The Public Health Nurse, Youthline Counsellor, Truancy Officer, and Learning Support coordinators are only too happy to support our tamariki regularly attending school.

If your child is sick, it is important that you contact the school office. If your child is going to be late for any reason they must sign in when they get to school. A reminder school starts at 8.45 am each morning.

Winter Sport

Seeing so many families at basketball, netball, and hockey over the last few weeks has been wonderful. Again, thank you to the parents who have helped manage and support our teams. Today in assembly I spoke to the students about Fairplay, whether this be at the weekend or after school sports or during class time. It is important that our students hold the IDEAL values at all times. However, we know at times that there can be misunderstandings and if and when it happens please don’t hesitate to be in touch with the teacher in charge of that sporting code.

Rebecca Meek, Principal