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Community Notices

Belinda Hirst —

Check out what's happening in the community.

Matt Brien, ex pupil of SKC is running a number of basketball coaching sessions in the upcoming holidays here in Oamaru.Here is the link to a Facebook post that contains more details and a link to register.


Spectacular School Holiday Entertainment from Musical Theatre Oamaru. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. A musical of the famous 1968 movie. Featuring a cast of talented children from our local schools. Friday to Sunday July 23,24,25. Book online with iTICKET. Search Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR Oamaru. Online tickets $10.00 plus Booking Fee.This show is too good to miss. 

OSCAR Holiday Programme - See attached our holiday programme flyer for the upcoming school holidays. OSCAR @ Fenwick is taking bookings for the School Holiday Programme. Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:45pm. $47 for a full day and $32 for a half day. Contact Jessica Shaw on 0211565871 or book directly at https://enrolmy.com/oscar--fenwick

Art Classes are suitable for age 5-15Classes will be 10am-11:30/12ish at the Loft above the collective cafe on harbour street. Contact Luzette 021 077 2149 Or book at luzette.co.nz

We are excited to launch our Discovery Trail through the Ōamaru Public Gardens! Come and join us on the first day of the July school holidays to grab a free sausage and a free map of this self-guided Geopark Discovery Trail.

Bring the whole family and visit us at the Ōamaru Public Gardens carpark on Chelmer Street to grab your free map and have a fun time exploring and learning about some of the features in the Public Gardens. The trail is designed to introduce families to some basic map reading skills and the geological and social histories that are reflected in the Ōamaru Gardens!

When: Monday 12 July, 11am-1pm
Where: Ōamaru Public Gardens, Chelmer St Carpark

Please note that this is a self-guided event. Safety first! Be aware of open water including waterways and ponds. Be mindful of other pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in the Gardens. Supervise children at all times.

After this launch event, the free map will be available at the Ōamaru Public Library and at the Aquatic Centre in Ōamaru.

Waitaki Boys Basketball 2021 Present Belles and Balls Fundraising Evening - 7 August, 2021. Formal dress, Band - Heavy Feathers, Auctions and Raffles $700/Table max of 10 persons. To book a table text Mel 021 560921. See attached Poster!

The North Otago Rock & Mineral Club is holding our 50th Gemstone, Jewellery and Craft Fair on 10th & 11th July 2021.
It is a community event that may be of interest to your pupils and
teachers. We were hoping that you may mention it in your school
newsletter, notice boards or online notices.There are great gift ideas as well as displays and information. Stall holders from around NZ come back to Oamaru every year. There will be lots of stalls catering for children and adults. 
A special exhibit at the show is the fantastic, easy to use, microEYE
Discovery Microscope: www.microeyeinteractive.com

See attached poster for the Rock & Mineral Club Fair below.

What’s on at the Forrester Gallery


Holiday Guide

Winter School Holiday Entertainment Guide


We have 2 activities set up in Creation Stations in the Forrester gallery for people of all ages to do. Please find more information in the flyer attached. Thanks to those of you who have shared them in your newsletters already.

Science Extension Enrichment Programme

The NZ Marine Studies Centre Staff and the Aquavan are coming to Oamaru to deliver a Science Extension & Enrichment programme for Pasifika students in Y6-8. The programme, offered in the last week of term 3, provide opportunities for students to investigate our connections to the local marine environment. This programme will be run in conjunction with the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony.

School Engagement Survey

This is a 2 minute survey for the Annual Report that was sent this out last week via survey monkey. I am sorry about the timing of this but if you could complete that would be wonderful. If you think I missed you and you would like to complete one please ask and I will send you the link.


11 June to 22 August 2021

Jenny Miller was a potter who lived in Oamaru during the 1980s. She brought fun and fantasy to pottery in Oamaru with no regard for practicality.

This exhibition brings Jenny’s works out of our collection stores and into our Vault Gallery to bring a bit of fun into your visit.


26 June to 22 August 2021

Rod Eales splits her time between painting and teaching. Her painting interests have always centred around the history of New Zealand still-life, and Portrait of an Icon: The Crown Lynn Swan showcases this interest.

Through this exhibition Rod explores the narrative of the Crown Lynn Swans’ journey from prized possession, to junk, to collectable antique, all while considering our attitudes towards New Zealand’s colonial heritage. This core theme is represented in still-life images that are intense in colour, depth, tone and luminosity.

Drawing workshop:

5.30pm - 7pm, Thursday 15 July 2021

Forrester Gallery

$10/person, for ages 13+

Contact Forrester Gallery to book your spot


19 June- 22 August 2021

Indigo is an artist led informal collaboration of eight Central Otago artists.

It presents a model of a group of artists with differing practices working together to curate their own shows in such a way as to allow a narrative to develop between the works.


5 June to 11 July 2021

Šárka Cibulcová is a multi-talented Czech artist living in Ōamaru. Her work draws heavily on nature, reminding her to slow down and reconnect with the outdoors. Through her work she creates a kind of garden that she hopes inspires viewers to look more carefully at the world around them.

Trust you are getting through the term ok, keeping warm and happy.