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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

Students Film PP2Ō Bridge Demolition

posted 11 Jun 2019, 22:56 by OC Web   [ updated 11 Jun 2019, 22:57 ]

Digital Media students are currently working on the latest PP2Ō monthly update. This month they are documenting the demolition of the old north end bridge. Matariki Black, Iraia Sarich and Whetu Rehu-Murchie have been out in the community interviewing people who remember it being built - 81 years ago! Some of the people interviewed remember when County Road was the only way north out of town. And one gentleman could roller skate across the bridge when it was built because cars were 10 minutes apart! 
The film crew were  there on Monday filming the demolition as the bridge came down.


Community Notice - Fitness sessions starting at Ōtaki College

posted 11 Jun 2019, 22:48 by OC Web   [ updated 11 Jun 2019, 22:48 ]

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Regional Teachers' Strike scheduled for 21 June Cancelled

posted 11 Jun 2019, 22:40 by OC Web   [ updated 11 Jun 2019, 22:49 ]

College will be open and all classes will run as usual on Friday 21 June. No decision has yet been made on the Year Level rolling strikes scheduled for Year 11 students on Tuesday 25 June and Year 12 students on Tuesday 2nd July. We will inform you immediately, should these be cancelled.

Āpōpō - talking about youth mental health

posted 5 Jun 2019, 20:08 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 20:09 ]

Come along to this production that explores Youth Suicide and what we can do to offer support to our young people.  Ōtaki College hall, 7.00pm Monday 10th June.  Koha or Gold Coin entry.

Community Emergency Hub meeting Saturday 8 June

posted 5 Jun 2019, 20:04 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 20:04 ]

Click on poster for details.

Students Join Central Pulse Training Session

posted 5 Jun 2019, 19:55 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 19:56 ]

On Wednesday 5th June, a total of approximately 40 star struck, year 9-13 girls from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito, Te Kura Māori o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano and Ōtaki College girls were invited and participated in a special Central Pulse netball training session at Ngā Purapura.

The ŌC Amokura and the ŌC Black netball teams attended the training.

Sandra Edge, Tiana Metuarau, Karin Burger, Sulu Fitzpatrick, Whitney Souness ran the training session, splitting the girls into 4 even year group teams.  Giving all of the girls 4 skills rotations and a game at the end.

Katrina Rore, Maddy Gordon, Ameliaranne Ekenasio were being interviewed by media whilst the girls trained.

The girls loved it and there was learning for everyone.

Mōkori anō kia rere a mihi ki a koutou o Te Wānanga o Raukawa, nā koutou anō i tūwhera ai te tatau mō ngā kōhine o te kāreti nei, ki te tae atu ki tēnei hōtaka whakapakari pūkenga poitarawhiti. E kore rawa ngā mihi e mimiti. 

Thinking Big

posted 5 Jun 2019, 19:44 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 19:45 ]

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded ThinkBig project grants from the Kāpiti Coast District Council.  These grants were awarded to students who demonstrated that their project will create positive change in Kāpiti and beyond.

Two students were granted funds to assist in the activities of the Manukura GPS group.  This group was established in 2019 as a means of building leadership abilities in our senior male students. They work as a group from 7:30-8:30am every morning and complete team building, problem solving, self-identity and community service activities. In addition to the leadership and service benefits of these activities, the group also gives these young men something positive to be a part of and to look forward to each day.

Jacob Gates was granted funds to go towards different items that members can earn through their service to the Manukura group. These will range from small items like wrist bands and shoe laces for regular attendance, through to group hoodies and hats for successfully running community events. Damien Doyle was successful in his application for funding for various leadership activities for the group, including a high ropes course.

The end goal for the group is to have a trophy set up at Senior Prizegiving, to be awarded to the 'Male Leader' of the Year. 

Meleane Nelson-Latu, assisted by Emily Georgetti, was successful in her application to buy a variety of games that can be used in the canteen at break times.  The idea is that this will build a sense of community among students and will provide engaging lunchtime activities, particularly over the winter months.  Meleane envisages some of the games leading to inter-house competitions.

Amelie Prentice noticed that within our society “there is a rampant consumerist culture, which leads to heavy spending on objects that we don’t need or want outside of a trend.  This is particularly noticeable in the fashion industry.  In turn, this causes environmental destruction and shoddy working conditions/pay for workers in developing countries.  In response to this I would like to arrange a community-wide clothing exchange event, helping lessen excessive purchasing and waste.  This grant from KCDC will help to make this possible.”

Sharnee Housiaux-Roderique and Hetal Patel are working on setting up Wellbeing Wednesdays.   Sharnee explained: “This project is based around helping to make our school more involved with our students’ mental health and to talk about other topics that are generally not spoken about.  We are hoping to create safe places for kids to open up and to talk.  We have planned out the next few Wednesdays - they are full of fun activities to build confidence and self-respect.  The funds will go towards sports gear and setting up an arts and crafts area.”

Congratulations to all of these students.  We look forward to seeing you bring these highly worthy projects to fruition.



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