Te Pānui o Otamatea

School Notices 26 May, 2023

Calendar of Events


Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June

Inter-iwi Football

Monday 29 May

Inzone Career Coach visit Period 1-5  (Year 11-13)
Storylines Author/Writer workshops Period 4
EOTC Year 9-13 II a-side hockey

Wednesday 31 May

EOTC L1PRIM to Woodleigh tree planting 
EOTC Year 9-13 Mid week football girls and boys teams (after school)

Thursday 1 June

EOTC L2PRIM Waifencing 
Year 12 & 13 Defensive Driving Course Theory at OHS
Year 12 Rostered home (TBC)

Friday 2 June

EOTC Year 9 -13 Basketball girls and boys teams 
Year 10 Boys Stand Up workshop

Sunday 4 - Tuesday 6 June

EOTC Silver group to Mt Tongariro 

Monday 5 June

King's Birthday holiday 

Tuesday 6 June

Staff Only Day - no students to attend school

Wednesday 7 June

EOTC Year 9-13 Mid week football girls and boys teams (after school)
EOTC 10GRTG Rural Designs trip
EOTC Clay Target shooting at Kaikohe

Thursday 8 June 

EOTC Year 7 & 8 / Year 9 & 10 Mathex teams to Whangarei Boys' High School
Year 12 & 13 Defensive Driving Course Theory at OHS
Year 9 Rostered Home (TBC)

Friday 9  June

EOTC L2PRM Waifencing 
EOTC Year 7 & 8 Bream Bay Sports Exchange 
EOTC Year 9 -13 Basketball girls and boys teams afterschool
EOTc Year 9 & 10 boys and girls 3x3 basketball at McKay Stadium

View our full School Calendar here

From the Senior Leadership Team

We have received lovely feedback recently from some of our visitors. The first, a lady from Service IQ, who had not been here since before Covid, could not stop saying what an awesome vibe our school has. Then on Wednesday the ladies doing the vision testing commented that our year 7s had the nicest manners they had heard in a school. It is always wonderful to hear such positive comments about our students, and to hear that they are demonstrating our WAKA values. One of the messages I have discussed with students this week is the importance of respecting diversity, being inclusive of others, and recognising that we can be kind and tolerant of others even if we have different beliefs.

Recent legislative changes now require all schools to have policies on "Reducing Student Distress" and "Minimising Physical Restraint". Schools also need to ensure that parents, caregivers and the school community know about these policies. Please click here to access our school policies. The username is 'otamatea', and the password is 'bickerstaffe'. A reminder that we are also reviewing all of our EOTC policies this term. Your feedback is most welcome.

Teachers' industrial action has been suspended until 30th of May. It means that our Year 13s, who were previously going to be rostered home on Tuesday, will now be at school. We will find out over the next few days if the industrial action will continue after Tuesday and will keep you informed as soon as we receive notification from the PPTA.

Congratulations to all students who have achieved so well recently in their various sports. Our football and basketball teams are playing very well and both recorded big wins recently. A special congratulations goes to Alicia Moir who took out first place in the under 18 girls section of last week’s Northland Scholastic Surf trials. What a fantastic result. This week we had our inter-iwi arts competition running during intervals, and next week is the inter-iwi football competition. These events are excellent opportunities for students to get more involved in the broader life of the school, and to earn house points for their iwi.

Please ensure you are familiar with our uniform regulations (click here for full details). With winter on its way there can be a temptation for hoodies and other non regulation items to be worn to school. Students are expected to wear the correct school uniform at all times, including when on the buses or when walking to and from school. 

We have a staff only day coming up on Tuesday the 6th of June. This follows the King's Birthday public holiday on Monday the 5th. Staff will be doing an UBRS course on this day (Understanding Behaviour and Responding Safely), as well as undertaking training on understanding the new guidelines on reducing student distress and minimising the need for physical restraint.

Winter sports have begun with gumboots, beanies, umbrellas and travel mugs back in business.  We would like to acknowledge all of the whānau, student and staff volunteers that help to provide these opportunities for our students.  Our staff who are regularly out coaching, umpiring and managing Otamatea High School students in their own time include; Samid Buksh, Chris Byars, Alex Linnell, Nikola Kemp, Stephanie Hutchinson, Samara Foster, Helen Anderson, Kay Robinson, Marco Troost, Amy Dempsey, Tina Holst, Bruce Alison, Jess Baker, and Taira Phillips.  We sincerely apologise if we have missed anyone.  A massive thank you on behalf of our students.

All of our senior students will have had their academic mentoring meetings with their whānau teachers last week.  In the booklet that they were given, they will find their NSN (National Student Number) which they can use to set up access to the NZQA website.  This is something that all of our senior students should be familiar with.  The NZQA site is where they can find their record of learning and exam timetables and this is also the site that they will use to access digital exams.  Please encourage your child to set up their access to the NZQA site by going to nzqa.govt.nz and following the prompts to set up access.

School News

The Otamatea High School Surf Team had a great day at Sandy Bay, earlier this month, competing in the 2nd trials event for the Northland Scholastics Surfing. 

Fun 0.5-1.0m waves broke all day and the event was a huge success. Due to the large field of entrants, the contest was run over 2 podiums and surfers battled it out in great conditions. James Ford surfed into the 2nd round of the U14 Boys and showed real class against a much older field of surfers. Alicia Moir surfed in the U18 Girls Finals and surfed some great waves to take the win. Alicia also tied 1st= for the overall U18 Division. 

The Otamatea High School Surf Team is:  Olivia Alcock, Daniel Ford, James Ford, Vann Johnson, Lachie Maher, Alicia Moir, Casey Brooks and Ollie Clarke

Thank you to all the parents who helped out with this event. 

News from the Maths Department

Term 2 has seen Mr Weston joining the maths department. His arrival due to Ms Khan going on maternity leave has meant the students will have an experienced maths teacher in front of them and will allow them to continue making progress towards their goals. Some Year 9 and 10 students will be heading up to Whangarei Boys' High School on the 8th of June to compete in the anual Northland Mathex competition against many other schools from the region. We wish them well for this event. The mathematics department would also like to inform families that they will be starting up tutorials for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays at first interval. Come along if you have questions that you need help with. 

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