Otamatea High School boasts a strong department of extremely well-qualified and experienced teaching staff of eight people who are dedicated to the teaching of students in their charge through teaching as inquiry and Inquiry learning principles, using best practice and best evidence synthesis monitoring, of all students' performance.
We are totally inclusive in our teaching approach, centering on the individual learning needs of groups of students such as Maori, Pasifika, Asian, Gifted and Talented, and Special Needs students. The latter are catered from through the SENCO in the Learning Centre where they enjoy individual one-on-one support by teacher aides, with the oversight of the class teacher concerned, and using learning programmes best suited for their learning styles and requirements.
We are fortunate to have our student body range in levels from Year 7 seamlessly through to NCEA Level 3 and Scholarhsip at Year 13. Our curriculum is synonymous with the New Zealand Curriculum and our programmes cater for a wide variety of literature tastes and incorporate rich texts and an emphasis on literacy improvement across the modes of Making Meaning and Creating Meaning. One of the highlights every year includes the Lions Club and Rotary Club speech competitions, as well as the Otamatea High School speech competitions which are well-supported by caregivers and members of the local community. Student writing is of a very high standard at all levels and selections of the best texts are published in the School magazine annually and on school open days.