Otamatea High School, we believe that all students deserve a quality education within a disciplined, safe and supportive environment.
Otamatea High School emphasises the academic curriculum, while also providing a diverse programme of sporting, cultural and social education.
We aim to prepare students for future tertiary study and employment opportunities, to provide them with the qualifications, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career and to contribute fully to our community.
Our contributing primary schools are Paparoa, Mangawhai, Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka, although we we do take students from outside the area, including Matakohe, Tinopai and Waipu.
Despite our comparatively small size, a full range of option subjects is offered at all levels. Of note are tourism, photography, media studies, Primary Industries and Aviation Academies we offer in the senior school. The school also offers Worksills and Gateway programmes.
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The school welcomes International Students and offers high quality Homestays and, if necessary, ESOL programmes to assist them with their studies. We are a signatory to The Code of Practice for the Care of International Students.
The school has well-established specialist facilities, including astroturf courts, Media laboratory with photoshop facilities, a technology suite with access to C.A.D. facilities, state of the art computer rooms and a library with access to the Internet, Sky and research facilities.
The Board of Trustees has undertaken to continually upgrade the school's facilities and classrooms so that the school is maintained to a high standard.
The school has excellent outdoor sports' facilities, including an artificial cricket wicket and practice nets, hockey, rugby and soccer fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a gymnasium. The school also has a modern fitness centre with excellent weight training and aerobic equipment.
We are fortunate in that we have a close relationship with the Maungaturoto Country Club and the Kaiwaka Sports' Association. This enables our students to have access to squash and tennis facilities, bowling greens and a theatre complex. Our Activities' programme, run on a Wednesday afternoon for senior students, ensures that these facilities are well utilised. Pupils at Otamatea High School are very successful academically, with many gaining Merit and Excellence endorsed NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 certificates and Scholarship. Our students' success rates are on a par with those of most other secondary schools, both within our local area and nationally.
The school itself is used extensively by community groups including sports' teams, swimming and athletic clubs, and also by the many people who attend our night classes or belong to our Fitness gymnasium.
We are very proud of how well our students achieve when they attend tertiary courses. Our extensive student WorkLink programme ensures our pupils have all the necessary information to access the course or career of their choice.
The vast majority of students travel to school by bus.
The school colours are blue, white and green and the motto is
"Loyalty and Truth".
Our school Vision is 'Today's learners, tomorrow's leaders', our Tikanga "Caring about each other, caring about learning', while our Mission is "to be the best that we can be".