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September Newsletter Out Now

posted 19 Sep 2019, 19:40 by OC Web

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College Notices

posted 27 Aug 2019, 20:30 by OC Web   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 20:47 ]

Mufti Day this Friday, 30 August - money raised is for the Girl Up group which raises money for girls in developing countries.  The theme is RAINBOW.

Reminder - Derived Grade Exams will be taking place in Week 9 - 16-20 September.  These exams/assessments are extremely important as they can be used for a guideline on external examinations should a student be sick or unable to attend these exams.

Spirit of Adventure

posted 27 Aug 2019, 19:36 by OC Web   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 19:52 ]

Earlier in the year Kyla Tawhara-Royal and Jesse Green had the adventure of a lifetime. They were both awarded scholarships to participate in a ten day voyage on the Spirit of Adventure.

After flying to Auckland on 15 May they joined around 30 other young people on board – family for the next ten days - and sailed out of Auckland harbour. The voyage took them around the bays and islands of the Coromandel, Auckland and Great Barrier Island. There were many opportunities to explore the islands on foot when the Spirit of Adventure anchored offshore and the students paddled across to the islands. Jesse said that a six hour tramp around Great Barrier Island was a huge highlight.

Sailing and navigation lessons were only a small part of what was on offer during their time on board. Both students felt that their biggest challenge was overcoming a fear of heights – necessary in order to scale the, scarily high, mast of the ship. They also felt that learning to sail on their own in small boats was a very cool experience.

Kyla and Jesse both spoke of the enduring friendships they had made whilst on board. They felt that their communication skills had improved immensely, and their ability to get on with other people and turn strangers into friends was something that they would take with them into life after kura. Kyla commented that it was great to be able to share the voyage with other Māori students – getting a sense of each others’ iwi and how that enriched their time on board.

They both enjoyed the routine of life on the ship – getting up early to go swimming and then carrying out their duties on board, learning new things and getting to know new people - it was all part of a truly memorable experience. Jesse thanked the Spirit of Adventure Trust Scholarship for making the trip possible. Kyla wished to thank Stuart and Mary Pritchard for providing their Spirit of Adventure Sailing/Leadership Scholarship which allowed her to take part in the voyage and she strongly encouraged other students to apply for this scholarship in coming years, saying she felt the benefits were really worthwhile.

Congratulations to our Junior Boys Basketball Team

posted 27 Aug 2019, 19:33 by OC Web   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 19:38 ]

Congratulations to the team who won their Division 4 Final 36-35 against Rongotai.

Community Notice - Tennis

posted 27 Aug 2019, 19:19 by OC Web   [ updated 27 Aug 2019, 19:21 ]

Open day at Haruatai Park Courts.  Click image to enlarge.  Anyone interested in playing Saturday interclub should contact Matt - 020 4770036 or mattandmariette@gmail.com.

August Newsletter Out Now

posted 14 Aug 2019, 22:00 by OC Web   [ updated 14 Aug 2019, 22:02 ]

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June/July Newsletter Out Now

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Strikes cancelled. Early Finish on Tuesday 25 June for PUM

posted 18 Jun 2019, 21:52 by OC Web   [ updated 18 Jun 2019, 21:53 ]

To: Ōtaki College Parents/Caregivers and students
Tena koutou katoa

All scheduled teacher strikes have been cancelled. This includes the whole school strike on Friday 21 June, the Year 11 strike on Tuesday 25 June and the Year 12 strike on Tuesday 2nd July.

There will, however, be a paid union meeting on Tuesday 25 June to discuss the offer made to PPTA by the government. Classes will finish after Kaiarahi Time (11.00am). The Te Horo and Manakau buses will move forward to 11.20am to accommodate this change. The Waitohu bus will run as usual. As all members of the teaching staff will be attending the PUM, special arrangements will have to be made if supervision of students is required – please contact the office if you wish to discuss this.

Ngā mihi,
Andy Fraser, Principal

Mufti Day on Friday - 21 June

posted 18 Jun 2019, 21:47 by OC Web   [ updated 18 Jun 2019, 21:48 ]

As part of Culture Week we are having a Mufti Day on Friday.  There will be a costume parade in houses for house points and a best dressed prize as well.  Students are encouraged to wear costumes that reflect a culture of their choice.

Ōtaki College Board of Trustees' Election Results

posted 18 Jun 2019, 21:38 by OC Web   [ updated 18 Jun 2019, 21:38 ]

On Thursday 13th June the official announcement of the 2019 Ōtaki College Board of Trustees’ election was made. I have great pleasure in welcoming new trustees: Penny Gaylor, Sarah Ropata and Shelley Warwick, and returning trustees Paul Carlyon, Dale Nakhla and Maewa Kaihau (Ngā Hāpū o Ōtaki representative). They join newly elected staff representative, Natasha Simpson, and student representative, Hetal Patel.  I am looking forward to working with the new Board on developing how education will look at Ōtaki College in the future.  
Andy Fraser, Principal

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