COVID-19 Alert Level One Guidelines

Kia ora Ōtūmoetai Primary School Community & Whānau

The COVID-19 Alert Level One Guidelines for OPS from 09/06/2020 are as follow:

Guidelines for Parents/Caregivers

  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • There are no specific public health requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school and all students must attend school.
  • We are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register.
  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

There are key public health measures - Golden Rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools this means:

  • If children are sick, they MUST stay home (phone Healthline or your GP and get tested if you have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Who needs to stay away?
    Unless directed by the Medical Officer of Health, the only people who need to stay away are those who are:
    • Unwell
    • Self-isolating (at the request of health authorities)
    • Waiting for COVID test results
     Everyone else should be at school.
    Anyone who is a contact of a ‘close contact’ is not required to self-isolate.  Close contacts are self-isolating as a precaution only, and will monitor for symptoms.
  • If children arrive at school sick, parents will be called and asked to collect their child.
  • If children are going to be away from school for any reason, parents are asked to text the school absentee phone - 027-5842592
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands will be provided in bathrooms & classrooms.
  • We will regularly disinfect shared surfaces.


Kind regards
Zara McIndoe



Welcome to Ōtūmoetai Primary School!

Tēnā koutou! A very warm welcome to all students, families and visitors to our school website. Ōtūmoetai Primary is a school bursting with enthusiastic children, dedicated and hard working staff, friendly and involved families and a supportive and committed PTA and BOT all working together towards our school vision of ‘Actively Involved Learners’.

We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School and 2019 saw the exciting launch of School Houses.

We are excited about continuing our successful journey with you. Our school vision is 'Actively Involved Learners' - this pertains to children, staff, parents, community and whānau. Please get involved in our school - our success depends on the support and involvement of all stakeholders. We look forward to welcoming you to school events, assemblies, class trips, community/whānau meetings and information evenings. We encourage your involvement as classroom helpers, PTA and BOT members, sports coaches and managers and in contributing to school reviews, surveys and school fundraisers. Most importantly, thank you for your involvement with your child and for having your child/ren prepared for school - spending quality time with them, reading to them, having them at school on time, providing them with healthy lunches, ensuring that their uniforms are named, supporting them with homework, sport and extracurricular activities and for being your child’s number one advocate.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, Engari he toa takitini.
Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

If you are new to our area feel free to email or phone to make an appointment to meet with us if you are interested in learning more about our school. We would be happy to meet with you.

Ngā Mihi Nui
Zara McIndoe

Term Dates

Year Term Start Finish
2020 Term 3 Monday 20 July Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October Wednesday 16 December

TECT Grant 2018

The children and staff of OPS wish to thank the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust for their assistance in purchasing 145 new HP chromebooks, which allows us to have a 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students in Weka Team, and frees up more chromebooks for use in the middle school. TECT footed half of the bill, which made this purchase possible.


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