Year 7 and 8 Syndicate
The Year 7 and 8 syndicate is designed to provide a sense of belonging both socially and in learning, and a sense of unity as a group in the wider school. Currently there are 6 classes, three Year 7 and and three Year 8 classes. Each Year 7 class bears the name of a local maunga - Pukenui, Pukehuia and Tokatoka. To provide some continuity from primary school and to give our Intermediate students that continuing sense of belonging, each class has a Homeroom teacher, who, within the constraints of timetabling, teach more than one core curriculum subject (English Maths and Social Studies), for these classes. Most core classes are in the Year 7 and 8 area which also has a shared common learning area. We have our own playground just for the Year 7 and 8s to choose to play in if they wish. Pastoral care is provided by the Homeroom teacher, the whanau teacher and the iwi Dean.
Otamatea offers a variety of education outside the classroom experiences, (EOTC) for the Year 7 and 8s with many sporting events throughout the year, social studies trips, National Young Leaders’ day and more. The Year 7s begin the year with an on-site overnight camp at our local marae and the end of the year brings activities week where the Year 7s participate in a variety of fun activities out of school and the Year 8s head off to a 3 day camp.
The Years 7 and 8 areas of learning are: English ( 5 periods /week), Mathematics (5 periods / week), Social Studies (3 periods / week), Science (2 periods / week), Physical Education and Health (2 periods / week), Maori (1 period / week), Chinese (1 period / week), and rotation subjects - Drama, Music, Art, Wood and Metal Tech, Food Tech, Digital Technology, Graphics.