Principal's Message

By Rebecca Meek | Posted: Thursday April 7, 2022

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

Our Vision is for our school to be a place of positive energy - this is something that you will feel as you enter our grounds, and as you talk with our students and their parents. 

What a brilliant day for our Duathlon and great to see so many of our whanau. Congratulations to all students who participated today and well done to those students who placed in their year levels. A huge thank you to Becky Kingan and Sharon Wilson for their organisation of the Duathlon and to our parents who helped cooked the BBQ. We appreciate all you do!

As part of our charter this year Our Mission Statement is “To prepare students to be active participants who will contribute to their community”.

Our goals for 2022 are;

  • Prioritising and sustaining a caring culture of inclusivity.

  • Curriculum review informed by data, observations and teaching inquiry.

  • Implement our evaluative processes which identify practices that most effectively support positive outcomes for all learners.

  • Commitment to collaboratively pursue the achievement goals of the Waitaki Ara Kahui Ako.

We are constantly looking for, and finding opportunities for our students to do that while they are here, with the hope that this will set them up to continue to give to their community beyond their time at OIS. Students enjoy making connections with their wider community and more importantly, it puts learning into a valuable context. Next week our year teams are heading out to have a look at what is happening with Forrester Heights at Cape Wanbrow which was given to the community.

At OIS we have a diverse range of students from a number of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. We all work hard to live up to our IDEAL values, and we value that each and every one of us have different opinions and experiences that we bring, and these are what makes us unique. It is important to understand that how we view and respond to situations often reflects the experiences and views we have. While we celebrate students individuality, it is also important that we remember to be respectful of others who may have different opinions to ours. While we don’t all have to agree, we do have to be prepared to listen and respond in a respectful manner.

This week we have welcomed back a number of staff and students who have been isolated. Rest assured that we are still continuing to keep our Health and Safety measures in place. We had our first outdoor assembly this week and our students have enjoyed spending lunchtime together.

School Contributions are due by 30 April and all families who have paid their contributions by this date will go in the draw to win one of two $100 New World Vouchers.Thank you to those families who have already paid.


When picking up your child after school can we ask that you park down Arundel Street rather than coming into OIS or parking on Pembroke Street.

You must not park on yellow lines or bus stops so please don’t be offended if you get asked by a staff member to move on.

Cell phones

OIS students are able to bring their cellphones to school however, these need to be put in the cellphone box provided by their class teacher at the start of the day - phones will be returned to them at the end of the school day. The school takes no responsibility for the liability of students phones so it is important that students follow this rule, as we have had phones go missing out of bags. 

If your child is found with a phone on them during the day the phone will be handed in to the office and a parent will be asked to come and collect it. While I know that this is an inconvenience, we do ask that you support us with this. You don’t have to be in any hurry to pick the phone up.

Kind regards

Rebecca Meek


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