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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.

May Newsletter Out Now

posted 10 May 2018, 21:42 by OC Web   [ updated 10 May 2018, 21:42 ]

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March Newsletter Out Now

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Community Notice: Support Zeal

posted 6 Mar 2018, 20:08 by OC Web   [ updated 6 Mar 2018, 20:13 ]

Kia ora,

 We’re so fortunate at Zeal to currently be in the running to receive $80,000 towards our care of young people through The Trusts Million Dollar Mission campaign. Every free vote at zeal.nz/vote immediately gives $5 to Zeal (that's the good news).

Right now, we're at just over $14,000 of our $80,000 goal. If we don’t move fast, we’re at risk of losing out on significant funding that will help us provide care and support that changes young people's lives (that's the bad news).

        “If it wasn't for Zeal I would be in prison.” – Dan

Voting is a free, easy and tangible way to make a difference. Can you spare 10 seconds to vote for us?

Simply go to zeal.nz/vote. Every vote is worth $5. You can vote every day, so keep the tab open, keep voting and share with your friends. Every vote makes a difference!
Thanks for your support,
Matt Grey
Zeal CEO


Ka Tito Au - Kupe's Heroic Journey

posted 6 Mar 2018, 20:03 by OC Web   [ updated 6 Mar 2018, 20:04 ]

Thursday 1st March saw the Year 7 to 9 students of Ōtaki College experience a live theatre performance. Through the support of the NZ Festival, we were able to secure a showing of the play 'Ka Tito Au - Kupe's Heroic Journey', written by New Zealand Playwright and author, Apirana Taylor. Students were wowed by the solo performer, Tola Newbery, who through the art of story telling retold the legend of Kupe and his discovery of Aotearoa, New Zealand after pursuing Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, a giant octopus that was endangering his people’s fishing grounds in the Pacific. We were extremely fortunate to also have Apirana Taylor come and watch the show and answer student questions at the end of the performance. It was fantastic to hear Apirana's vision and inspiration for writing the play and also having it performed by one actor. We would like to thank the NZ Festival for bringing this fantastic performance to us, free of charge. 



Sports Update

posted 1 Mar 2018, 18:59 by OC Web   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 18:59 ]

Tuesday saw the beginning of our ŌC Netball Academy. This academy, run by Whaea Maharata, will run over the next four weeks. All students, parents and coaches are welcome to attend. This comprehensive program will see our netballers and coaches well set up for the coming season.

Our College again punched well above its weight at the College Sport Wellington Aquathon - where we won three of the six contestable divisions.



Amazing Opportunity for Four Students to Travel to Scotland - you can help by donating Airpoints DollarsTM

posted 1 Mar 2018, 18:51 by OC Web   [ updated 3 Apr 2018, 21:39 ]



An amazing opportunity has arisen, thanks to Air New Zealand’s AirpointsTM for Schools Programme, for four Ōtaki College students and two staff to travel to Scotland later this year.

To make this happen the College is seeking donations from the public of Airpoints DollarsTM. You can donate any Airpoints Dollars you don’t need, or put your expiring Airpoints Dollars to good use, by visiting www.airpoints.co.nz/schools and going to Ōtaki College. Points can be donated from 1st March to 1st May. You can also make a donation of Airpoints Dollars via the Airpoints Store (www.airpointsstore.co.nz).

The College requires 17,600 Airpoints Dollars to turn this amazing opportunity into reality.

Through the generosity of AirpointsTM members, the students will gain the opportunity to see the world. They will travel to London and then onto Scotland to visit Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen. They will experience at first hand the overseas side of the connections that have been forged between two colleges and two countries as a result of bravery of one man, Captain Archibald Bisset Smith, who lost his life in WWI in an epic sea battle.

Following on from the 100 Year Commemoration of the sinking of the merchant navy vessel SS Otaki and the unveiling of the College’s SS Otaki Centennial Monument by the Governor General last year, the College applied to Air New Zealand’s Airpoints for Schools Programme and was one of the 20 schools selected from over 100 applications. Air New Zealand appreciated the global relationships that had been developed between a small rural college in New Zealand and a Scottish college established in Aberdeen in 1750. The educational opportunities afforded to the four students travelling to England and Scotland convinced Air New Zealand that Otaki College should be one of the lucky 20 schools that went through to the final stage.

Part of the itinerary for the students in London will be visits to the Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum. They will see the Victoria Cross posthumously awarded to Captain Bisset Smith. We are hoping they will have the opportunity to meet Sir Jerry Mateparae, the NZ High Commissioner in London and Mr George Raukawa Fergusson, a former British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

In Scotland they will visit Robert Gordon’s College and see Otaki Shield, the award gifted to RGC by the family of Captain Bisset Smith. It was this award that prompted the New Zealand Shipping Company to offer passage to and from New Zealand to the winner of the award, the Otaki Scholar. This tradition has carried on ever since, except for the years during WWII. Our students will be meeting School Captain and 75th Otaki Scholar, Cameron Stephen, and discovering what it is like to be a student at Robert Gordon’s College. Cameron will be visiting New Zealand in July of this year.

Principal, Andy Fraser, said "I have no doubt that this will be a trip which opens up a new world of possibilities to the students involved. By donating your Airpoints Dollars you will become part of their journey.”

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