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

By Belinda Hirst | Posted: Tuesday June 21, 2022

You may have seen our Facebook post last Friday explaining how our tamariki brought 740 (ish) cans to donate to the Oamaru Foodbank. WOW, what an effort, again whanau have stood up and supported our community. We could not be more proud of Oamaru Intermediate.


Tuesday was our Matariki celebration of a hangi, this was an excellent event. We have a Matariki video on Facebook, that shows some excellent moments captured. We must pass on a HUGE THANK YOU for the support with our Matariki celebrations and give a special mention to:

  • Mike Mullins

  • New World Waitaki

  • Plunket Electrical

  • Waitaki Boys’ High School

  • Pozzobon Catering

  • Our families who provided vegetables and wood

  • Those people that gave their time organising the food

Year 8 Campers

We had a huge uptake of raffle tickets, which proved to be a beneficial fundraiser for camp this year. This year our students are heading to camp in their classes, these camps are an exciting opportunity for students. We do expect 100% participation from all of our students. Please get in touch with your child’s classroom teacher if you need support with fundraising or getting your child to camp. We want to help you to ensure that your child is part of this awesome opportunity.

Interschool week

We are aware that a number of students have brothers or sisters who will be participating in the Interschool week. We do ask if your child is going to one of these events, that a parent/caregiver sign your child out from school and let your child’s teacher know. This year OIS will be taking a small group of Year 8 students who play rugby to attend the match. 

Lost items at school

We appreciate that nothing can be more upsetting than items of uniform going missing from school. Once we are aware of something missing the first port of call is to check our lost property. If anything has a name clearly written on it, then it is returned to their classroom ASAP. We also put a notice in our daily notices if we have no luck the following day. If the item is named then we are able to do a uniform check to ensure that other students haven’t picked it up. Our lost property is located in the Learning Centre and we often have a number of items over there. While we do encourage students to be self-managing we totally understand from time to time they leave things. Please ensure that all items of uniform are well named, especially shoes.

Forrester Heights assembly

Last week at our school assembly, we celebrated our Year 8 students who put submissions into the Waitaki District Council regarding Forrester Heights. Gary Kircher came to the assembly and shared how impressed he was with the quality of submissions and how well students spoke who gave verbal submissions. This is a perfect example of our students speaking up and using their voices to make a difference in our community.

With another week that has drawn to an end, we reflect on another week full of opportunities.

  • Year 8 students participating in our Youthline programme

  • After school Music and Art programmes running

  • Tahuna and James Hargest Exchange trials/practices for a number of sports teams

  • Kapa Haka

  • Matariki celebrations: assembly, hangi

On a final note, it never ceases to amaze us how generous our community is. This week we asked for donations for our hangi. A huge thank you for your support in donating products for this. We are very conscious that in the last two years we have had limited opportunities for whanau to come together as one so it was lovely to see some of you in the morning while we set the hangi and at lunchtime to eat it. We really do appreciate your support.

“He waka eke noa” We are all in this together.

Belinda Hirst, Deputy Principal