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Otumoetai Primary School is a Decile 6 contributing 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 to be actively involved learners. 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 - Confident/Maia, Adventurous/Manawanui, Respectful/Manaaki and Encouraging/Whakamana.

Our classroom programmes reflect the need for our children 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.

We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning School. More information about PB4L is available here.

Other information parents may find useful

SCHOOL ENROLMENTS:

Our school is governed by an Enrolment Scheme, details of which are available from the school office. The Board/school has a priority of ensuring that the siblings of children already attending OPS are also able to attend the school. This may still be governed by the number of enrolments from in zone families. Children living within the school zone have an automatic right of enrolment.

SCHOOL OPERATING HOURS:

The school hours are as follows:

Teaching Block 1 8.55am - 10.40am
Morning Interval 10.40am - 11.00am
Teaching Block 2 11.00am - 12.30pm
Lunch Break 12.30pm - 1.25pm
Teaching Block 3 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Children should arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.45 am.  A bell will ring at 8.30am allowing children to enter classrooms. All children must leave the school grounds at the end of the day by 3.15 p.m. unless supervised by an adult. Before and after school care is provided by OPEYS.

SCHOOL ORGANISATION:

General:
This school is organised into five teaching teams, with four to seven classes in each.  These teams cover Year 1 (Tui), Year 1 & 2 (Kiwi), Year 2 & 3 (Pukeko), Year 3 & 4 (Kea) and Year 5 & 6 (Weka).

ABSENCE/ATTENDANCE

If children are away from school for any reason we are, by law, required to have an explanation from parents. Unexplained absences will be referred to the Truancy Service.
Students who arrive after the 8.55 am bell must report to the office before heading to class.

ACCIDENT/SICKNESS AT SCHOOL:

In the case of illness, the child concerned will be made as comfortable as possible in the medical room and the parent notified. Minor accidents will be treated at school using the first aid material available in the medical room. More serious accidents will necessitate immediate notification of parents or doctor.
If your child has any special medical condition, or medication, please ensure we know about it. No pills or medicines should be placed in a lunch box or school bag. 

CLOTHING/LOST PROPERTY:

If something has been lost please feel free to come and look through the found items in the lost property cupboard in A Blocks.

COOL BANANAS:

The Cool Bananas programme is a non-denominational Christian values based programme that teams attend on a rotational basis throughout the year. If you do not wish your child to take part in this programme please indicate on the enrolment form or notify the class teacher.

COMMUNICATION / NEWSLETTERS:

The newsletter is distributed with the eldest child each Tuesday and is posted on our school website www.ops.school.nz every week.  We have a school FACEBOOK page which we encourage parents to ‘like’

CUSTODY OF STUDENTS:

Please inform the school if there are any changes that relate to the custody of your children and the rights of access to information about your children.  We require a copy of any formal custody arrangements.

HOMEWORK:

It is Otumoetai Primary School’s Policy to have a small amount of homework each day. 
Individual teachers set homework each week with reading and maths the key focus areas.

REPORTING TO PARENTS:

Formal Parent Teacher discussions are held once a year and a written report is issued to most students at mid and end of the year.  We encourage parents to contact the class teacher if they wish to discuss their child’s progress or if they have any concerns.

SPORT

Otumoetai Primary School offers many opportunities for children to be involved in Sport. Please check the website or newsletter for winter and summer sporting codes.

STATIONERY:

At the beginning of the school year stationery is sold in bulk packs only. Children will receive a book list on their first day at school. The office stocks all children’s stationery requirements

UNIFORM

Please see the flyer in the enrolment pack for further information on where to purchase the school uniform.

Map of the school

School Map
CARE
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone: 07-5766751 
Fax: 07-5764170
Email: office@ops.school.nz (office and teaching staff)
Principal: g.opie@ops.school.nz 
Deputies: z.mcindoe@ops.school.nz 
  j.miller@ops.school.nz
Postal: P.O.Box 6046,
Brookfield, 3146
Tauranga, New Zealand.
Physical: 236 Otumoetai Road,
Tauranga, New Zealand.