Message from The Principal
||Principal Dave Randell....
"Otumoetai College is a leading co-educational school with a reputation for excellence in terms of academic, sporting and cultural success.
It is a school that provides a quality, broad-based education, promotes high achievement through independent learning, and helps students experience personal success."
Otumoetai College is a leading co-educational school with a reputation for excellence in terms of academic, sporting and cultural success. The school provides a quality broad based education, promotes high achievement through independent learning and helps the students experience personal success.
The general aims of the school are:
Sporting and cultural participation with success
Knowledge of our bicultural heritage
Otumoetai College is a school where students are encouraged to do their best, regardless of their abilities, where proper conduct is expected, and where a broad range of student interest is accommodated.
Co-educational, State School established 1965; Year 9 to Year 13
Our predicted roll for 2013 is 1930, and 72 international fee-paying students. Otumoetai College is the managing school for three Alternative Education Providers and has an off-site Teen Parents Unit at the BOP Polytechnic.
Ethnic mix of student body:
European - 80%
Maori - 17%
Other - 3%
Senior Leadership Team consists of:
Principal and four Deputy Principals, supported by Faculty Leaders, Deans and Senior Administrators.
One of five state secondary schools in Tauranga (the others are Papamoa College, Mt Maunganui College, Tauranga Boys’ College and Tauranga Girls’ College). The other close secondary schools are Bethlehem College (an integrated Christian School) and Aquinas College (an integrated Catholic School and Kura (Bethlehem)).
Over the past 12 years the College has had major upgrade of facilities in the Science, Technology, Library, Business, Computing, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Special Needs Unit, computer graphic Art suite, Health / P.E. Sport pavilion, remodelled Administration and Performing Arts area (includes Music / Drama) and a new staffroom), Art Block and added ablutions block for the Maori Department.
The Whare Wananga, Okohanga, was officially opened February 2002. This is complimented with a Whare Kai.
2 large gymnasiums including squash courts, climbing wall, weight lifting and dance rooms.
Roofed on-site community swimming pool
Extensive sports field and an Astroturf court surface.
A Health & Wellness / International Student Centre.
The College and community have a strong expectation of success.
The College has a reputation of excellence in Music, both vocal and instrumental, and is renowned for high quality Stage and Musical productions. The College regularly represents New Zealand at the International Concert Band competitions usually held in either Australia or Hawaii (2012). There are also International tours planned for sporting and cultural experiences.
The School offers an extensive range of sporting activities, with 50 codes available to students, and teams frequently featuring at top national level. The school competes on average in 25 national sporting competitions annually with a record of success.
There is an excellent Pastoral Care structure with an effective student support programme in operation and every effort is made to reduce the possible impersonal nature of such a large school.
The College has many innovative learning programmes, which include, Transition to work, Gateway, a comprehensive outdoor education programme, Learning Centre for Excellence, Multi-Level options, Special Needs and a programme for Learning Support and Advanced Learners.
The College, in conjunction with the local Intermediate and Primary school, has embarked on a close relationship, enhancing the learning opportunities of all its students.
Above all, you will gain the impression that Otumoetai College is a school where people care, with a well-balanced curriculum, modern facilities and a dedicated, visionary and highly qualified teaching staff.
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