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March Newsletter Out Now

posted 15 Mar 2018, 20:33 by OC Web   [ updated 18 Mar 2018, 18:38 ]

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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.”

College Students Representing New Zealand

posted 21 Feb 2018, 19:52 by OC Web   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 18:54 ]

Ōtaki College is excited to announce that two of our students have been chosen to represent New Zealand in Softball and Touch tournaments in the coming months. 
Kiri Winiata Enoka has been selected to play in the NZ U15 ISA (International Softball Academy) team which will tour Sydney in September. Kiri has had a great year of Softball making the Wellington U15 Representative Team, this team won their age group national tournament.
Rangimarie Sturmey has been named in the Touch NZ U16 Touring Development Team for 2018 which will attend the National Youth Championship in Australia. Rangimarie was selected from a pool of 272 of New Zealand’s best youth players - a fantastic achievement.

College Swimming Sports

posted 21 Feb 2018, 19:50 by OC Web   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 20:19 ]

Congratulations to our 2018 swimming champions:

Year 7 girls - Macy Carlyon

Year 7 boys - Isireli Qaranivalu

Year 8 girls - Bailey Cowan

Year 8 boys - Kaahurere Mackay

Year 9 girls - Cadence McHugo

Year 9 boys - Tom van der Sman

Year 10 girls- Krisha Modi

Year 10 boys - Heremaia Cooper

Runner up to Senior Girls Champion - Kiri Winata-Enoka

Senior girls Champion - Daisy Davis

Runner up to Senior boys Champion - Josh Braddock

Senior boys Champion - Damien Doyle


Congratulations to Kaahuere, Heremaia, Cadence, Damien

and Daisy who broke multiple school records on the day. 

Community Notice: Keep warm with free curtains

posted 21 Feb 2018, 19:26 by OC Web   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 20:10 ]

Ōtaki Citizens Advice Bureau|March 5 to 16
Use this link to go to the instructions on how to measure your windows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pztaHvxNVs
For more info call Wellington Curtain Bank: 0508 787824 x 705 or
Ōtaki CAB: 06 364 8664

Community Notice: Junior Rugby League Registration Day: Sunday 25 Feb

posted 21 Feb 2018, 18:24 by OC Web   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 20:14 ]

Whiti Te Ra Junior Rugby League Registration Day: Sunday 25 February from 10.00am - 11.30am at the Ōtaki Domain, Jim Speirs Lane, Ōtaki.  
The Junior Committee and coaches are now taking registrations for the 2018 junior rugby league season.  The coaches will be running children through a number of basic rugby league drills and games.  All ages from 5-17 years are welcome to register.  This year we also have the opportunity for a girls 13s team, this may be a 9 aside team.  If you are new to the club please bring a photocopy of your child's/rens birth certificate or passport.

Fees $40 per child and $20 additional children/siblings

Sausage sizzle and drink afterwards.  Please make sure your child has: water bottle, hat, sun block, running shoes and training gear.

Victor Shelford 027 249 7851
Lisa Shelford 021 185 0709
Clinton Peneha 027 450 7478
Kelly-Anne Ngatai 027 256 7391

February Newsletter Out Now

posted 13 Feb 2018, 20:18 by OC Web   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 20:19 ]

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