School Description

Ōtūmoetai Primary School is a Decile 6 contributing primary school catering for academic, social, emotional, cultural and physical needs of Y1-6 children in the Ōtūmoetai area.

Our roll grows to approximately 580 - 600 by the end of each year. Ōtūmoetai Primary School was established in 1895 and continues to play an integral part in the Ōtūmoetai community.

Our children represent a range of ethnicities and they bring a rich diversity to our school. We recognise the very important part parents play as their children’s first teachers and for their continuing support of their children’s learning. Our school’s special qualities include: PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning), School Houses, The Code of Practice for International Students, a focus on Wellbeing, Reading, Writing, Maths and The Arts, high quality physical education including many opportunities for children to be involved in school sports teams and activities.

Ōtūmoetai Primary School is a very well-resourced school with a strong connectedness to our local community through participation with the Ōtūmoetai community and stakeholders.

Our Vision & Logo

Our Vision for the young people of Ōtūmoetai Primary School is that we are ‘Actively Involved Learners.’  

Our school logo symbolises the oak tree situated on the corner of Ōtumoetai Road and Sherwood Street which was planted when our school opened on this site in 1895. The logo also shows representation of  Ōtūmoetai hill - the puke or hill that we travel up each day to reach our school. The koru within the hill represents the waters of the sleeping tide of the Ōtūmoetai harbour.

Ōtūmoetai has a special meaning.

‘O’ - means the place of, ‘tu’ -  means standing still, ‘moe’- means sleeping And ‘tai' - means tide - So...Ōtūmoetai means 'the place of the sleeping tide.'

Our Values

Our CARE Values are Confident, Adventurous, Respectful and Encouraging.

Confident - Manawanui

Adventurous - Maia

Respectful - Manaaki

Encouraging – Whakamana

Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles are based on the New Zealand Curriculum Principles Ministry of Education (2007) of:

  • High Expectations
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Learning to Learn
  • Coherence
  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Inclusion
  • Community Engagement
  • Future Focus