Welcome to Otamatea High School                  

Kia ora tatou,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you from Otamatea High School.  Central to our kaupapa at Otamatea is the concept of The OTA Way (Our Safety, Total Respect, Always Learning).  The OTA Way provides a platform of high expectations for both students and staff. 

We are a relatively small, rural school striving to offer a wide range of curriculum subjects in order to ‘meet the learning needs of all of our students’.  New features of our curriculum in 2015 are offering NCEA credits to all Year 10 students, Farnet video conferencing, the introduction of a composite Year 7 and 8 class focussed on accelerating literacy and numeracy for selected learners and the development of a Hospitality Academy.

Otamatea High School has the advantage of having close relationships with our contributing schools (Maungaturoto Primary School, Kaiwaka Primary School, Paparoa Primary School, Waipu Primary School, Mangawhai Beach School, Matakohe School, Tinopai School) allowing for a smooth transition for junior students into the high school setting.  Our Year 7 and 8 syndicate has been successfully developed to cater for the intermediate years, including a balance of homeroom classes and specialist subjects.  The syndicate area includes a playground development and an upgraded modern learning environment and break out space.

The conclusion of our recent ERO report was a positive endorsement of the hard work and dedication of our staff: “Otamatea High School is well led, managed and governed. Leaders and teachers review the quality of teaching and pastoral care so that students learn and achieve in a supportive and affirming environment. Student achievement, including that of Māori students, continues to improve.”   

Students are encouraged to become involved in the life of the school through a variety of activities including sporting, cultural, and the arts.  Flagships of the school include the Duke of Edinburgh programme where students are supported to work towards and complete their Gold Hillary Award, our annual OTA Arts Festival the Smokefree Rockquest competitions, and our annual participation in the Relay for Life fundraising event.  I am very proud of the many and varied achievements of Otamatea High School students. 

Rachel Clothier-Simmonds