What we offer ...
Inclusive Academic Programmes
International students not only have the opportunity to improve their English language skills, but many achieve to a high level in New Zealand’s academic qualifications framework. In recent years two Internationals students, Brian Van from Vietnam and Maurice Parthier from Germany, have attained the Ōtaki College top scholar award (Dux), while Asahi Koizumi from Japan was placed second in his year (Proxime Accessit).
In addition to being top scholar in 2019, Brian Van attained scholarship calculus and was selected as a recipient for the Academic Excellence Award at the annual Wellington International Students’ ceremony at the end of the year.
Students needing additional language assistance can participate in English Language Enrichment classes where they are expected read, write and speak in public
Outdoor Education Programmes
Outdoor Education is a special feature of the College. Full-time qualified outdoor instructors are employed to run exciting, engaging programmes at all levels, from a core programme at Year 10 through to options at senior levels.
Activities utilise the wonderful environment in the Ōtaki region:- bush, rivers, mountains, beach and parks. Overnight trips also take students to locations further afield.
White water kayaking
Challenge ropes course
Alpine skills including sleeping in a snow cave
Leadership in the outdoors
Homestays with local families
New Zealanders are well known for their warm and welcoming attitude to visitors. Nowhere is this more evident than in our small, rural community of Ōtaki. Local families host students in their homes, providing a real taste of kiwi life. The College organises many social events for students and their host families, ensuring that students gain a sense of community and belonging.