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OC Pool Solar Heating Retrofit Video (RE-POSTED WITH CORRECT LINK)

posted by OC Web   [ updated ]

The work on retrofitting our Pool with Solar Heating panels has been completed. See this video on YouTube

ŌC Win St Bernards Football Exchange

posted 8 Aug 2017, 21:21 by OC Web   [ updated 8 Aug 2017, 21:21 ]

This annual exchange has been running since 2005.  ŌC won the trophy on Wednesday for the first time in many years, beating St Bernards 4-3.  It is always a pleasure to host St Bernards at an occasion both teams look forward to.  Congratulations to all players.

August Newsletter Out Now

posted 8 Aug 2017, 17:38 by OC Web   [ updated 8 Aug 2017, 17:40 ]

Click here to open.  (Once in browser)

OC DRAMA PRODUCTION ***Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June***

posted 19 Jun 2017, 16:32 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 16:47 ]

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 6:30-8:30pm Ōtaki College Hall (Koha entry)


A very short history of the world - 5 students undertake a history project at school only to be taken on a "live experience" tour guide by a talking axolotl. In a turbulent ride as they travel back (and forward) in time, can they escape the grips of a tyrant pirate and other strangers? Belt up! You're in for a ride (NCEA Level 2 Drama Students)

Fight or flight - A bus breaks down on the way to Auckland. 8 strangers on board enter a deserted home nearby and so begins the questions. Who can be trusted? (NCEA Level 3 Drama Students)

June Newsletter

posted 6 Jun 2017, 21:35 by OC Web   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 21:47 ]

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June Newsletter out now.  Click here to open (once in browser).

Lux Festival

posted 16 May 2017, 17:02 by OC Web   [ updated 16 May 2017, 20:42 ]

At the beginning of Term One Ōtaki College was approached by the Lux Festival of Lights organisers to have one of our classes involved in making a sculpture. Only ten schools were asked in the Wellington area.  In the words of the organisers "in this project, technology and art merge, ushering the kids into the future".

During Term One, Jess Weichler, a media arts educator from “Media Box” came up from Wellington each week to work with the students. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs Deborah Hadlum, students then followed up on what had been started in class.
The skills involved included coding electrical circuits to get light colours, construction and using recycled materials.
Students used the theme of family for the artwork. They created an entrance to a home, made from wire netting and decorated with recycled plastic, bottles, and symbols that represented themselves, family and their culture. At the base of the entrance is a welcome mat. This has a frame made from recycled material to represent grass and in the middle is a flax mat. Words in Māori and English are written on bottle tops and express family and values that are important.

The College would like to thank the staff from the Council for setting up the installation in the Ōtaki Memorial Hall foyer and for organising an excellent opening evening on Thursday 11th May.  We also thank Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki for their support.  Click here to see photos of the project in its development phase.  Click here to read the article on stuff by Adam Poulopoulis which provides further detail on the background and construction of the installation. 

May Newsletter Out Now

posted 10 May 2017, 20:15 by OC Web   [ updated 10 May 2017, 20:18 ]

May Newsletter out now.  Click here to open (once in browser).

Issues Raised by '13 Reasons Why' - websites that provide support for teenage mental health and wellbeing

posted 10 May 2017, 20:05 by OC Web   [ updated 10 May 2017, 20:06 ]

There has been recent media coverage about Netflix's new series '13 Reasons Why'. We are aware that a number of our students have viewed this series over the holiday period. The series focuses on the issue of suicide. The Mental Health Foundation and the NZ Association of Counsellors have voiced concerns about the messages portrayed in the programme.

As a college we have been involved in discussions with the Ministry of Education regarding our response with students. The Ministry are encouraging schools to share the following link from the Mental health Foundation with parents.
https;//thespinoff.co.nz/parenting/20-4-2017/13-conversations-to-have-about-13-reasons-why

It seems timely to recommend the following websites which focus on the mental health and well being of youth.

The Lowdown http://www.thelowdown.co.nz
This is a great website for young people who are experiencing depression. It helps young New Zealanders understand and recover from depression and was designed specifically to support young people. It offers a texting and e mail service, along with some great role models talking about how they have worked through mental illness.

SPARX https://www.sparx.org.nz/
SPARX is a programme that healps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, stressed or depressed.

Real http://www.real.org.nz
Real is about supporting young people to enjoy life and feel great about their futures- to grow confidence, realise their potential and aim for their dreams.

Depression helpline http://www.depression.org.nz
This website includes an online depression self-test and online self management journal.

If parents would like to discuss this further feel free to contact Jo McInerney, Guidance Counsellor, extension 716.

Fake OC Email Alert

posted 11 Apr 2017, 15:47 by OC Web   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 15:48 ]

Recently, we have been made aware that a fake Otaki College email scam is making its way around our school community. The email sender address has this fake "Otaki College" address: teacher@otakicollege-school-nz.co. Please note that a genuine Otaki College email address looks like this: teacher@otakicollege.school.nz

If you receive an email from a fake Otaki College address, avoid clicking on any links contained in the email, do not open any attachments, and delete it immediately (if using Gmail, make sure it is deleted permanently by removing it from the Bin/Trash as well).

If you require further information regarding this email scam, please contact Mr Chris Magill: cmg@otakicollege.school.nz.

Hort Block Working Bee Video

posted 28 Mar 2017, 18:00 by OC Web   [ updated 29 Mar 2017, 12:25 ]

Check out a Video of the recent Hort Block Working Bee... This video is shot in 360° panorama format, so remember to move around the video with your mouse.

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