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Ōtūmoetai Primary School is a Decile 6 contributing (Year 0-6) school with a history dating back to 1895. We welcome and encourage parent participation and active involvement in all aspects of school life.
Our vision is to encourage our students, staff, parents and whānau to be 'Actively Involved Learners' - Ū ana te ako.
Our school whakatauki embodies our school culture: He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata - Goodwill towards others is a precious gift.
Our school values are the result of in-depth community consultation and reflect our community's aspirations for our children. The CARE acronym encourages our learners to be:
We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School and 2019 sees the exciting launch of School Houses.
Otumoetai Primary is part of the Otūmoetai Kāhui Akō (Community of Learning) meaning that we share best teaching and learning practice and experience across our community of education providers and collectively work within the community to achieve shared goals.
Ōtūmoetai Primary School’s Strategic Goals in 2019 include continuing our high levels of expectation and outcomes in Reading, Writing, Maths & Oral Language. Other focuses for Ōtūmoetai Primary in 2019 include the continuation of student agency (learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to children and driven by their interests).
Another area of focus for students, teachers and families is Wellbeing/Hauora. 2019 will see the introduction of ‘Smiling Mind’ (a web and app-based mindfulness program developed by psychologists and educators to build healthy minds, engaged classrooms and mindful learning environments.)
We are also aware of the importance of Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy and will be making use of Ministry of Education documents and Professional Learning to ensure that our staff are culturally responsive and relationally focused. We want our teachers to encourage children to connect their learning to prior knowledge, cultural experiences, interests and abilities.
Our most recent ERO Report (2015) concluded “Ōtūmoetai School provides high quality, inclusive education in a learning focused environment. Good systems are in place to promote student safety and wellbeing, and there are close and supportive relationships among students, staff and parents. Students achieve very well, and targeted programmes cater for those achieving below expected levels. ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.”
We are excited about continuing our successful journey with you. 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 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 you 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.
Nau mau haere mai - welcome to our school!
Dip Tchg, B.Ed, Postgrad Dip. Ed. Leadership