We were delighted to welcome back more tamariki on Wednesday 17 November.

We recommend getting information from the official Government COVID-19 website rather than relying on social media, or the media in general. Families can get advice from https://covid19.govt.nz or by contacting Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453.

Stay safe and well Owairaka.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has shared information about how they can assist families with essential costs - they provided this information in several languages (see below). Please contact MSD for further information, phone 0800 559 009 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm, Saturday.

Tena Koutou Katoa, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Bonjour, Fakaalofa Lahi Atu, Konnichiwa, Taloha Ni, Ayubowan, Ni Hao, Kia Orana, Salaam Alaikum, Hola, Kamusta, Greetings!

Welcome to Owairaka District School where we provide quality education in a very positive environment. We are a multicultural school that values and appreciates students from all cultures. We enjoy learning from each other. We are constantly striving to increase student achievement and offer students a wide range of experiences in order for them to do so.

We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please ring the school office to make a time to come and see us.

Owairaka - A Special Place

Students completed an inquiry about the history of Owairaka.

“Wairaka was a Māori ancestor from the Mt Albert area of Auckland. She was known as one of the beautiful daughters of Toroa, chief of the Ngāti Awa tribe and captain of the Mataatua waka (canoe). Wairaka is remembered for her bravery. She was known as a strong leader of her people. Our school and our mountain are both called Owairaka, meaning it belongs to or is where she (Wairaka) lived”.

As a result of their research, the students produced a school pepeha.

2021 Term 1: 4 February - 16 April, Term 2: 3 May - 9 July, Term 3: 26 July - 1 October, Term 4: 18 October - 15 December

2022 Term 1: 8 February - 14 April (Teacher Only Day), Term 2: 2 May - 8 July, Term 3: 25 July - 30 September, Term 4: 17 October - 20 December