Our Vision

Mission

To develop young people who strive always to be the best they can be.

Vision

School:

Is a high performing whānau based learning community that develops confident, connected, collaborative and self-managing learners.

Staff:

Are committed to professional excellence to equip learners with the skills to meet intellectual and personal challenges within a safe, supportive relational environment supported by Positive Behaviour for Learning and Restorative Practices.

Students:

Are confident, collaborative, digitally connected and lifelong learners who display mana by being responsible, honest, respectful members of our community.

Community:

Our school community recognises diversity and the importance of supporting students to understand the bicultural and multicultural society within Aotearoa New Zealand.

World:

We are contributing members of our local, national and global community and work towards sustainability.

Our Core Values

Respect

Whakaute


For self, others and the environment through tolerance, equity, empathy and celebration of diversity


Ōtaki College Pride

Rangatira Te Tū


For self, whānau, ­college and community through an understanding of Te Kawa o Te Ako

Active Learning

Ākonga kamakama


Lifelong ­learning through perseverance, ­inquiry, collaboration and critical ­thinking

Responsibility

Kawenga


For self, others and the environment through thoughtful decision making


Te Kawa o Te Ako

Te Kawa o Te Ako:

Our guiding principles that underpin all we do:

Kotahitanga

The development and maintenance of a unity of purpose and direction.

Pūkengatanga

The preservation, teaching and creation of mātauranga Māori.

Kaitiakitanga

The obligation to foster and protect all living things.

Manaakitanga

The expression of mana-enhancing behaviour towards one another.

Whānaungatanga

The reciprocal rights and responsibilities that flow from the inter-relationships of all living things

Te Reo

The responsibility to ensure the transmission of te reo to future generations.

Whakapapa

The inter-relationships of all living things.

Ūkaipōtanga

The importance of tūrangawaewae, a place where one belongs, feels valued and is able to contribute.

Wairuatanga

The recognition of the intimate spiritual connections that link atua, humankind and nature.

Rangatiratanga

The expression of the attributes of a Rangatira, including humility and leadership by example.