Kia ora Koutou

Otumoetai Primary School is a Decile 6 contributing school with a history dating back to 1895. We are a well-resourced school and able to provide for the diverse learning needs of a large community and reflect strong traditional values.

We welcome and encourage parent participation and active involvement in all aspects of school life. The school also recognizes and accepts its dual cultural heritage and has in place policies and practices that support both our dual and increasingly multi-cultural heritage.

Actively Involved Learners

Our vision is to encourage our students to be actively involved learners - U ana te ako - and to ensure our students experience success in their learning at levels that are appropriate to their abilities.

Our motto "Work together – Learn together, Mahi Tahi - Ako Tahi" takes on real significance within a community of learners where both teachers and students are learning, where students are encouraged to be interdependent in enquiry, and where new knowledge is being constructed.

CARE kids

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 -


Our classroom programmes reflect the need for our children to receive the best opportunities possible to become self-motivated and successful learners, to be recognised for achievement and diligence and to develop an on-going love of learning.

  • The skills to effectively self manage in different areas of their lives
  • The abilities to relate effectively and respectfully to others in a range of real-life contexts
  • A sense of pride and worth from participating in, and contributing to, the groups to which they belong
  • Abilities to understand and express themselves through a variety of contexts particularly literacy, numeracy, sports/PE, and the creative arts
  • a range of critical and creative thinking strategies and applying them in a diversity of contexts.
  • As C21 learners they will be skilled and confident in the use of a range of technologies and creating, expressing and exploring inquiry in a range of real-life contexts
  • We encourage our students to take risks and accept that both success and failure are paths to learning. In feeling valued as people and for their efforts they will, in turn, show courtesy and respect for others, developing self control and self discipline with high standards of behaviour.
  • And in our school we value relationships built around the values of being confident, adventurous, respectful and encouraging. These four values produce the acronym C.A.R.E and CARE is a key aspect of our school culture. 
  • Our school whakatauki contains this essence:

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata - Goodwill towards others is a precious gift. 

Naumai haere mai - welcome to our school.

Geoff Opie