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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 ]

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.

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.

March Newsletter Out Now

posted 23 Mar 2017, 15:01 by OC Web   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 15:03 ]

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

100 Year Commemoration of the sinking of the SS Otaki

posted 12 Mar 2017, 18:55 by OC Web   [ updated 20 Mar 2017, 19:39 ]

Use the link below to open the 100 Year Commemoration of the sinking of the SS Ōtaki booklet (in PDF format). Or use the arrow on the right-hand side of this page to download a copy to your computer.

Watch the VIDEO of the Event

See the Photos

Artwork for Sale

posted 8 Mar 2017, 19:00 by OC Web   [ updated 8 Mar 2017, 19:01 ]



The Maheno was a Union Steam Ship vessel that was converted to a Hospital ship in 1915. She became the most well known ship of that period, surviving the war and converted back to a passenger ship afterwards. It can still be visited as a wreck on Fraser Island.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  The ss Aparima was a ship owned by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand and during WW1 became His Majesties New Zealand Transport vessel number 46, and also a cadet ship in which many were lost when she was torpedoed off the English coast in 1917.
The painting shows her outbound from New Zealand with extra housing for troops and horses, hence the erected canvas vents feeding into the holds.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  The HMS Wahine was owned by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand as a passenger ship, and converted in UK to a minelayer in WW1 as shown. She laid 11,378 mines during this period. She survived the war, was converted back to a passenger ship and then converted again in WW2 to a Troop carrier surviving again and back to passenger ship in peacetime on the overnight Inter island service to Lyttelton from Wellington. In 1951 she was again used as troop carrier this time for the Korean war for Australia but grounded at Masella Reef near Darwin and was declared a total loss on August 15th.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  The ss Marquette was built in Glasgow in 1897. One of five sisters for the Atlantic Transport Line (USA). She was sold to the Red Star Line who operated her between 1905 to 1914. She then became a troop carrier for the British and was acquired back to the ownership of the Atlantic Transport Line. On October 25th 1915 she was torpedoed by German U boat U35 off Greece and sunk taking with her many souls including a contingent of New Zealand nurses. The painting shows her in her Atlantic Transport colours.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00





The HMS Queen Mary was considered to be the champion gunnery at the Battle of Jutland, however in the end she succumbed to heavy shell fire during the fierce battle on May 30th 1916. The German ships Seydlitz and Derfflinger concentrated fire power on her and at 16.26 hrs she blew up taking with her 1,266 officers and men. The painting shows her at her prime at earlier engagements in WW1.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  The ss Marama was a passenger ship owned by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand that was converted to a Hospital ship during WW1. Like the ss Maheno, she was acquired to assist in the movements of wounded from the battlefields to safety for recuperation. She returned to passenger services after the war ended following her return to New Zealand.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  HMS New Zealand. Battle of Jutland. May 30th 1916.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00
  In 1911 the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand purchased the former ss 'Port Kingston' from Elder Dempster Line and renamed her ss 'Tahiti'. She worked a passenger service to and from Sydney to San Francisco via Wellington and Tahiti. In August 1914 she was converted into a troop ship at Port Chalmers and sailed with a contingent of servicemen on October 16th 1914 as His Majesty's Transport ship number 4, bound for Egypt. She also carried the transport ship number 25 later in the war. The paintings shows her departing New Zealand waters with the troops enjoying the peaceful sun rise over New Zealand, before heading into the storm of war.

Oil on canvas panel
Size 12x24" (with gold leaf frame). Price $850.00

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