Te Pānui o Otamatea

School Notices 1 September, 2023

Calendar of Events

Friday 1 September - Monday 4 September EOTC AIMS basketball team to Tauranga tournament
Saturday 2 September EOTC Tournament of Minds Team to Diocesan School for Girls
EOTC Drama group to Dargaville Wearable Arts 
Sunday 3 September - Friday 8 September  EOTC AIMS netball team to Tauranga tournament
Monday 4 September Inter-iwi chess competition
EOTC Yr 9 - 13 11 a-side Hockey
Tuesday 5 September Inter-iwi chess competition
OLLA PODRIGA 7pm in the school hall
Year 9 Rural Health Careers actitivies in the library
Wednesday 6 September Inter-iwi chess competition
Options afternoon - parents welcome from 1.30pm - 2.30pm and from 4.10pm - 4.50pm
Thursday 7 September EOTC Yr 9 - 13 Badminton at Northland Badminton Centre
Business studies Market day at school 
Friday 8 September Inter-iwi chess competition
Monday 11 September - Tuesday 12 September L3HOSP to MIT in Auckland
Monday 11 September Inter-iwi Rippa Rugby
Senior Gateway students to Tara Iti
EOTC Yr 9 - 13 11 a-side Hockey
Tuesday 12 September Inter-iwi Rippa Rugby
Wednesday 13 September Inter-iwi Rippa Rugby
EOTC U16 Boy's Rugby game after school
Thursday 14 September Inter-iwi Rippa Rugby
Election day for 2024 Student Trustee Board of Trustees
VA-8 and VA-10 assessments (Yr 8 and Yr 10)
Friday 15 September Inter-iwi Rippa Rugby
VA-8 and VA-10 assessments (Yr 8 and Yr 10)
Media Studies Film Festival  5pm - 7pm
2024 Prefect nominations close
Sunday 17 September  EOTC L2PHED NorthCloud run at Whangarei Basin

View our full School Calendar here

zFrom the Senior Leadership Team

Congratulations to our senior netball team who have finished in the top four in their grade at the UNISS tournament in Hamilton. Otamatea were seeded 13 so this is an outstanding result which will see them promoted to the B grade next year. Our boys basketball team are currently playing their tournament in Palmerston North and at the time of writing had won two from four, losing only to two of the top school teams in the country, as they continue to impress on the court. All the best to our two junior AIMS teams who head off to Tauranga for their basketball and netball tournaments this coming week. Hopefully they can emulate the success of the senior teams.

A huge congratulations to Denika Clooney who finished first overall in the Bay of Islands Beast Secondary Schools challenge last Friday, with a winning time of 28 minutes 43 seconds. The event is a 6km off-road, cross-country course filled with steep hills, treacherous terrain, and mud pits that push competitors to the limit. Well done to the nearly 80 students from Otamatea High School who participated - an outstanding effort. Well done also to our clay target shooting team of Aaron Harrison, Aaron Westlake, Kellan Antunovich, Connor Alcock and Matai Hartles who won the Open Teams Trophy at the Northland Championships event last Saturday. Aaron Harrison and Aaron Westlake were also the skeet pairs trophy winners.

Please support our amazing talent show, Olla Podriga, which is on Tuesday night here at school in the hall. This is one of the most popular evenings on our calendar and our students have been putting in many hours of practice getting ready for their performances. Students can also support Market Day on Thursday where senior students will be selling all sorts of delicious treats and other items in the hall as part of their business studies course. 

Nominations for 2024 prefect positions are now open, and close on Friday the 15th September. Students can collect their nomination forms from the main office. Shortlisted candidates for the head prefect positions will be filmed early next term answering questions on why students should vote for them, and these will be shown to all students during whānau time, before the whole school (and staff) vote. The only exception to this process is the selection of the student rep on the board of trustees. Voting for those nominated will be on Thursday the 14th September. All prefects will be announced at our senior prize-giving which is on Friday the 3rd November.

Recently, students of 9S and 9H were randomly selected to represent New Zealand in an international study to identify global trends in mathematics and science.  New Zealand has been participating in this study for 30 years now.  Yesterday, the students completed 2 assessments in the hall and filled out a questionnaire.  The maths and science teachers of these classes were also asked to complete a survey, as was our principal, Mr Smyth.

Whānau of Y10-12 students should have received an email about our option choice process, including a link to the 2024 Course Directory. The first round of option sheets will go out this Wednesday, where students are asked to rank their options. Please remember that we are also hosting an Option afternoon in our hall this Wednesday 6th September, which caregivers of Y10-12 students are encouraged to attend. You are welcome to visit at any of the times listed below, but the after school slots will be much less busy. 

12:30-1pm      Year 12 students                                    1pm-1:30 Year 11 students                                  1:30-2pm Year 10 students
2pm-2:30pm   Any students/whānau welcome - Hall closes from 2:30 - 4:10pm.                                     4:10-4:50 Any students/whānau welcome.

The MCAT assessment is coming up fast for those students who are sitting it and should be putting in lots of revision. For all other senior students exams are in week 10 and revision should be well under way. The maths tutorials are still being offered at the first interval on Tuesdays and Thursdays in D1 and are open to all students. The mathematics department will be running an inter-iwi competition for years 7-10 students in week 2 of term 4. If students are interested in taking part in this they should see their iwi captains. More information will be available early in term 4.

Congratulations to the Ngāpuhi debating team who have won the inter-iwi debating competition for 2023. The team (Asha Bridge, Aaron Harrison, Sophie Van Harlingen and Tayten Smart) beat Whātua (Charlotte Bygrave, Felix Le mesurier-Cowbourne, Bayden Puke and Margaret Dunn) by convincing the adjudicators that "Qualifications are far better than experience".  Debating increases confidence in public speaking and research skills and allows participants to see different perspectives as they often have to argue a point they might not necessarily agree with.  Opportunities to be part of Debating here at Otamatea High School come up regularly.  Students should keep an eye on the notices so they are aware when debating events come up.

If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s learning you are advised to email their teachers directly. All our teachers' email addresses are on our website in the 'Our Staff' section.

A reminder that it is illegal to vape at school or on the school buses. We take a very strict approach to students who breach this law, which could result in stand-downs, or suspensions for repeat offenders. Many vapes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can harm brain development in teenagers, affecting memory, attention, and the ability to learn. Students who vape are putting themselves at risk of lifelong serious health issues, including the long-lasting effect of exposing their developing brains to nicotine. Please ensure that your child is not bringing vaping devices to school. For more information on vaping, please see this link

School news

Mr Buksh will run after-school tutorials for Y11 students revising for the upcoming CAT (AS 91027) mathematics examination. The next session will be on  Thursday, 7th September in B1 from 3.30-4.45 pm. Students from Mr Buksh and Mr Weston's  L1MATA classes are encouraged to attend.

Examination Supervisors The 2023 NCEA examinations take place between Monday 6th November and November 30th.
Some of our examination sessions are very large and require extra supervisors.  If you are interested in helping or would like to find out more information, please could you contact:  Sarah Bearne: sarah.bearne@otamatea.school.nz     These are paid positions, training is provided. Police vetting is required.

We are currently seeking exam assistants - reader/writers for the upcoming end of year exams. Some of our students need support to show their best efforts during the end of year exams. If you are available during the school day in November, and have good basic literacy skills please contact the Learning Support Coordinator by email: jessica.whitehead@otamatea.school.nz, or contact the school office to leave a message with your details. Police vetting is required, training is provided and this is a paid role.

Term 4 sports events and training registrations open now.  All students have been sent an email to their school email address with a google form included. This form needs to be completed if students wish to take part in term 4 sports.

Sporting Achievements  Has your child succeeded in any sports this year? There are sporting nomination forms available at the HUB for students to complete to ensure sporting achievement recognition. These forms will also be used to select the end of year prize giving major awards/trophies.The form can be emailed to be completed. Please email tina.holst@otamatea.school.nz.

Round the Loop Race Our hugely popular annual race is on Friday 13th October. More details and how students can register can be found here.

Community Notices

Pet Day 2023
The date for Pet Day this year is Friday 13 October, Pet Day is open to all Otamatea High School students – you can rear and compete a Lamb, Calf or Chicken.  For further information or to enter contact Pepe: jimandpep@xtra.co.nz  Entries close last Friday of term 3.