Greetings from the staff of Otumoetai College.

We trust that this will be the beginning of a happy and worthwhile association with the College for you and your son or daughter.

A successful secondary education is vital as a foundation for life. The modern world is an exciting place for those who are well trained and educated, who have good social and personal skills, who know the importance of commitment and hard work, who are independent and responsible learners, who strive for excellence, and who work best in a co-operative environment.

These goals, clearly expressed in our school mission statement, are for all our students regardless of their background or abilities. Our records show that we are highly successful in achieving these goals. There is an expectation that our students will succeed.

As Otumoetai College is a large school, we focus on the Otumoetai Way and organise the school in such a way that we are able to focus on students individually. Our pastoral care systems, the  Learning Centre,  the  Student  Support and Peer Support programmes, our Advanced Learner and Learning Support classes all make it possible to work with, monitor and care for students as individuals.

Information about students’ achievements and initiatives is provided to parents / caregivers on the College website and also through ‘Contact’ – the  College  newsletter  which  is  published three times per term and  also  available  on the College website. This year from Term 2 onward we will change our newsletter format. We will have a weekly blog on our website and once a term we will publish a 2-page summary newsletter. The Parent Teachers’ Association holds monthly meetings and gives direct support to a variety of school events, for example, the International Food Festival and the biannual Bookarama and Quiz Night.

Our school continues to be redeveloped and this development, along with future planning, has placed the school at the forefront of educational facilities for the twenty-first century.

The school aims to ensure that all students are well prepared to move on to further education or into the workforce. We trust that they will take with them a sense of purpose and self- worth, a love of learning, and an understanding that learning will be lifelong. In other words, they are in the best possible position to live up to our school motto:
Doctrina Vitam Illuminet,
He Akonga te Oranga,
Let Learning Enlighten Life.

D.G. Randell