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‘Parents as Career Educators’ Free Seminar on 27 August

posted 19 Aug 2018, 22:27 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Aug 2018, 22:29 ]

‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar – a free event to help parents assist their teens to consider ALL their future career or study options (including work, apprenticeships, university, polytechnic, private providers or other possibilities). Monday 27 August 2018, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Kelson Community Centre, 5a Timaru Grove, Kelson, Lower HuttRegister online at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events

Parents and caregivers of secondary school students (Years 9-13) are invited to a free ‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar on Monday 27 August 2018.

The seminar will provide parents with tips and advice to guide their teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world.

This free seminar will cover: 
- The world of work: looking forward 
- How to make informed career decisions now and in the future 
- How parents can assist 
- Career development resources

Presented by a career consultant from the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC), the seminar will assist parents to help their teens consider all their options, whether this is work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities. (This event is not about study options at UC.)


Reminder: Yvonne Godfrey will be at Ōtaki College on 29th August

posted 19 Aug 2018, 21:00 by OC Web

We are excited by the fact that we have secured Yvonne Godfrey to present at Ōtaki College at 7.30-9.30pm on Wednesday 29th August.  Yvonne is an author, speaker and media personality who will be able to share many insights on parenting young adults.  This is a gold coin koha and we would urge all parents to take this opportunity to listen to an expert on effective parenting and sustaining happy relationships.  No children please.  If you are unable to make the 29th, full details of her tour are listed in the flier (click on the image to open).

The organisers have asked that, to assist with planning, parents complete the online booking which is on the website www.strongerfamilies.co.nz but if you do not have a chance, please come along anyway.

Main Office/Senior Leadership Team in Temporary Accommodation

posted 19 Aug 2018, 20:54 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Aug 2018, 20:54 ]

Over the next week we are readying the Administration Block for its new roof.  This means that the Main Office (Student Centre) and Senior Leadership Team will be in temporary accommodation for the next few months.  Visitors will need to report to the temporary Office to sign in.  The Office will be located in the small workroom, past the staffroom.  If you are in any doubt about finding it, just ask any student or staff member and they will point you in the right direction.  Office staff will then direct you to the areas of the school where you can find Mr Fraser, Ms Lumley, Mr Wood, Ms Brown, Mr McMillan, Ms Doyle and the International Department.  

College Uniform Sales Move to Marlan

posted 19 Aug 2018, 20:34 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Aug 2018, 21:44 ]

As previously advised, we are delighted to announce that Marlan Trading Ltd will be taking over our uniform sales from 1st September.  Marlan’s ­trading hours are 9.30-4.30 Mon-Friday and 10.00-3.00 Saturday and Sunday. They are situated at 176 Main Highway, Ōtaki.
There will be no uniform sales at College from 20 August until 1st September due to our need to move all stock to Marlan.  We apologise for this inconvenience but we feel that it will be of enormous benefit to parents to be able to buy uniform at weekends.  We would like to thank Marlan for taking over the sourcing, storage and sale of our uniform and look forward to the benefits this collaboration will  bring to families/whānau.  Click here to open the uniform pricelist.

Netball winners

posted 19 Aug 2018, 20:07 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Aug 2018, 20:08 ]

Congratulations to our ŌC Amokura and ŌC Blue netball teams who won the Senior B and Senior C grades at Kāpiti Netball over the weekend.  Our College netball season started at the end of February with an intensive 4 week programme of 8 development and coaching specific sessions for players, managers and coaches, followed by trials and into the season.  This lead-up put our teams in strong position.   

ŌC Netball was lucky this year to be lead by Whaea Maha who has lead from the front and effortlessly and generously passed on her netball knowledge and enthusiasm.  Whaea Maha very deservedly won Kāpiti Netball Coach of the Year. 



July/August Newsletter Out Now

posted 9 Aug 2018, 21:52 by OC Web   [ updated 9 Aug 2018, 21:54 ]

Please follow this link (once in browser) to open our latest Newsletter.

Work Ready Passport

posted 29 May 2018, 22:24 by OC Web   [ updated 29 May 2018, 22:24 ]

The month of May saw Ōtaki College leading the Kāpiti Coast with the first group of students completing the Work Ready Passport for 2018.

The work ready passport helps youth understand what employers are looking for: what aptitudes, attitudes and skills make a potential employee to stand out.

Students who gain the “Work Ready Award” need to provide evidence of being able to work as part of a team, have work experience, be drug free, have a restricted or full drivers licence, understand workplace health and safety applicable to their vocation, be able to manage money and their health, and gain appropriate vocationally aligned qualifications. Students then provide a referee report and have an interview experience with local employers. Employers were so impressed that jobs were offered at the end of the interview process.

This round saw Lance Isaac, Hannah Murphy and Douglas Carkeek awarded with the Work Ready Award. Douglas and Hannah accompanied Deputy Principal, Hamish Wood, to talk to the Kāpiti Rotary group around how the Work Ready Kāpiti workbook has helped them prepared for employment and an interview. The Rotary Group were shown that youth with the Work Ready Award were the gold standard of students ready for employment within the Kāpiti Coast (or further afield).

We are hoping for 20+ students from Ōtaki College to be awarded with the Work Ready Award in 2018. The Work Ready Passport is being promoted, taught or introduced in all Colleges and Kura within the Kāpiti region. 

On Line Gaming Adversely Affecting Engagement

posted 29 May 2018, 22:14 by OC Web   [ updated 29 May 2018, 22:30 ]

It is becoming very apparent that we have a growing number of students that are struggling to engage or stay awake at school during the day. When approached it has been found that this is mainly due to on line gaming that in some cases is going on to 4.00 am in the morning. There is a particular emphasis on the latest game craze of Fortnite.

Parents and Whanau need to be aware that this is taking place so you need to be having some very good conversations with your young people to keep them safe around their internet use.

“Let’s Talk About It”

posted 29 May 2018, 22:04 by OC Web   [ updated 29 May 2018, 22:05 ]

Ōtaki College recently supported the NZ Bully Free week theme of “Let’s talk about it”. As a lead-in, Student Council reps asked their kaiarahi class members some questions related to bullying. The outcomes were then presented in a student led assembly. The Revolution tour gave a powerful performance to students during the week. Key messages were given about reaching out during life’s more difficult times and talking with people who can offer support. For a number of students this was an emotional and thought provoking performance. The week concluded with our annual pink shirt day with a lunchtime barbecue, musical performances and the students and staff forming the words ‘Be Kind’. The money raised funded the Revolution tour and a donation to the Mental Health Foundation.

Success at the Smokefree Rockquest 2018

posted 29 May 2018, 22:01 by OC Web   [ updated 29 May 2018, 22:01 ]

In 2018 Smokefree Rockquest are celebrating 30 years of encouraging young people to write their own songs and play in bands. It is a competition where thousands of young musicians have got their start in performing and composing original songs.  A number of well known New Zealand musicians have got their start in this competition. Ōtaki College have had successful entries in Smokefree Rockquest in the past and in 2018 had two entries in the Solo/Duo section. Frankie Vidulich and Tiana Housiaux-Roderique performed an Anti-bullying song called Speak up and Holly O’Sullivan performed Someone to Love Me. Holly came first in this section and now has the chance to enter the National Final in the Solo/Duo section. This is a huge achievement and is highly exciting for Holly. Previously, Holly and Frankie played with the Te Horo School band, The Vibes, in the bandquest competition and this is a step up for both girls as they have had to write and perform their own original material. Holly will make a video recording of her playing four original songs and will find out in August whether she has made the National Final. We wish Holly all the best and look forward to hearing more from her during the year.

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