Call us at

092352741

Mail us at

admin@otaua.school.nz

Location

55 Maioro Rd, RD2 Waiuku 2682

About Us

Welcome to Otaua!

Welcome to Otaua School! Ours is a decile 8 rural school, originally established in 1895. We have experienced a great deal of growth over the last five years. In order to maintain our current level of staffing (eight classrooms), like every other school, we must make up for numbers that go over the course of the year. We cater for children from Year 1 to Year 8. Many of our children's parents were pupils at Otaua School and therefore have a history with us.

Our Principal is Mrs Carol Graham who has held this position since 2012. She is supported by the Deputy Principal, Mrs Jocelyn Brodie.

 

In our younger classes we have Mrs Shea Malloy in R1 with Year 0/1; Mrs Jocelyn Brodie in R2 with Year 2/3; Mrs Anna Parsonson in R3 with Year 1/2; Mrs Carrie Whyte in R7 with Year 2/3. Our senior syndicate consists of Mrs Alison O'Regan in R4 with Year 4/5; Ms Janina Smith in R5 with Year 7/8; Ms Bridget Poa in R6 with Year 7/8; and Mrs Karen Pavletich in R8 with Year 5/6.

We have Mrs Mandy Burns and Mrs Renee Barton working in the learning support role.

Mr Glenn Morse is our caretaker/handyman (two days per week) and if you listened to him, all he does is do the same thing over and over again, moving things from one part of the school to another and back again! Seriously though, there has been a bit of that with having had four of our classrooms completely refurbished in 2014. Glenn comes in two days a week and brings many skills with him.

Mrs Maria Kelsey is the first person you usually see when you come to our school. She runs our school office, our school accounts, our sickbay and a myriad of other things.  This year we also have Mrs Sally Roden coming in on a Thursday while Mrs Kelsey is managing our gardens and nature warriors.

Otaua School has a big place in the history of this area. Although we are only about 6 minutes from the Waiuku township we have managed to maintain our school's rural feel. We are lucky to have a supportive school community - an active PTA, Calf Club committee and our Board of Trustees. Our Board of Trustees chair is Mr Gavin Roden and the chairperson of the PTA this year is Mrs Sharon Griffiths.

Any questions - give us a ring!

Absences

If a child is to be absent on a given day, parents are asked to communicate this to the school before school begins by : a note to the classroom teacher; a message via a sibling; a phone call to our office 235 2741; an email admin@otaua.school.nz; text message to 027 316 2422; a class dojo message to your child's teacher or using the school app will ensure we get your message somehow! This enables us to know who is in our care each day and to check on the whereabouts of unexplained absentees. Please write a note or call in and let us know if you have a genuine reason for wanting your child/ren to leave early from school. We have a sign out book in our office and every child leaving during the school day must be signed out/in. When families are taking their children out of school during the term for family holidays or overseas travel, please inform the principal in writing. These letters are required for roll audit purposes.

Assemblies

These are generally held at 1.40pm every second Friday and are run by the house leaders/classes. A timetable is done at the beginning of each term. There are often valid reasons for change to this timetable so it is not 'set in concrete'. The venue is usually the MP room and parents are welcome.

Banking

The children are able to bank with the ASB through the school. There is a 'banking box' in the foyer by the office. You will need to collect enrolment forms to set up a bank account for the school office.

Bible in Schools

Religious instruction takes place on Fridays at 12.00pm for the juniors then a voluntary group of seniors during lunchtime.. Currently this is held in the library. It is run by a team of specially prepared helpers (not trained teachers). During this time the school is open, but closed for instruction. The teachings are interdenominational. Those juniors who do not attend are supervised in a classroom and there is always a staff member that accompanies the children to Bible.

Book Club

Scholastic NZ book Club offers a means of buying paperback editions of good quality books at reasonable prices. These brochures are given out to the children as they arrive at school. money and orders for books you would like to purchase should be handed in to Mrs Kelsey in the office by the due date specified.

Bus

Many of our students travel to and from school by bus. This generally arrives here around 8.10am and leaves at the end of the day as soon as the duty teacher has checked the names off the bus list. It helps us when you let us know that your child/ren may or may not be travelling by bus on any particular day. A sensible standard of behaviour is expected on the bus and we have senior students as bus monitors. There is a behaviour monitoring system in place for poor behaviour. This attracts a fee of $40 per term for one child/$60 per term for two or more children

Calf Club

This is an annual focus and has long been a tradition at Otaua School. This is traditionally held on the first Saturday back after the term 3 holidays.

Cell Phones

Children who bring cellphones to school are required to leave these in a particular container in the school office before school. They can then be collected at the end of the school day.

Damage

Should there be any intentional damage to school equipment we will ask for reimbursement for repair costs from parents/caregivers of the child/ren involved.

Dental Care

Our children attend the Waiuku Dental Clinic at View Rd. Appointments are made through there.

Donation

This is reviewed by the BOT annually for budget needs not funded by the MOE.

One child          - $60.00

Two children    - $80.00

Three or more  - $100.00

Early Childhood Education

The Otaua-Aka Aka Playcentre is situated next to the school. For further information please contact the playcentre ph 2352845.

Enrolments & Pre-School visits

Enrolment forms and information are available from the school office. New parents are welcome to make a time to meet the principal, talk about your children and have a look around the school. Parents of children about to turn 5 are welcome to make pre-school visit days/times with Mrs Malloy, our New Entrant teacher. Parents enrolling children are asked to provide a birth certificate to verify age, and immunisation record.

First Aid

Our school runs a sick bay to deal with children who are sick or injured. If a child is not well enough to remain in class parents are contacted. If a situation is deemed to be of a serious nature and we are unable to contact the parents, the school will seek medical advice. Any cost incurred through this will be the responsibility of the parents. Most staff have current First Aid certificates. Mrs Kelsey is the head nurse! We also have an AED on site.

Forest

In 2011 our PTA entered a competition through Project Crimson and won a forest makeover! Come and have a look at the fantastic asset we now have for our kids to learn and play in!

Hearing & vision testing

The South Auckland hearing and vision testers visit our school twice a year. If you have concerns about your child, the classroom teacher can arrange for a referral to the Public Health Nurse.

Homework

Homework given will vary depending on the age of the child. Generally homework is given a) to reinforce something that has been taught at school b) to provide extra practice of new/known skills c) as an opportunity to research for further learning. Please feel free to discuss class homework with your child's teacher.

Library

Stocking a school library with quality novels, picture books and reference books is a never ending job! Our library is computerised using the Access-It programme and issuing, returns and stock takes are done electronically. We have a team of student librarians and they are responsible to the teacher in charge of the library. Children from Rooms 4,5,6, 7 & 8 are allowed to borrow one book each at a time and those from Rooms 1,2 & 3 may borrow two. "Lost" books will incur a fee.

Lost Property

This is kept outside Room 3 during the school day. (All uniform items should be named, please)

Lunches

Hot dogs are available on Tuesdays and a lunch menu is available on Fridays for the children to order from. Orders should be put in the lunch container in the classroom in a clearly named envelope with the order on the outside and the money on the inside. Parent volunteers run our lunch scheme assisted by our lunch monitors.

Money Sent to School

Money for lunches, trips, stationery, book orders etc should be enclosed in a named envelope with the reason for the money on the outside if being brought to school by a child. All money should be handed in to Mrs Kelsey in the office.

Newsletters/Notices

A weekly newsletter is usually sent home on Wednesdays. Notices for specific events are sent separately when necessary and each classroom teacher sends a newsletter at the beginning of each term, outlining the topics for the term. There are folders in the school foyer that contain copies of newsletters that are sent out.

Personal Property

Toys, electronic devices, dangerous items and jewellery etc should not be brought to school as they can be easily lost, broken, or stolen and cause unnecessary problems. If your child brings something along these lines to school, please expect that it will be confiscated until such times as a responsible adult can pick it up. This simple rule is for everyone's safety.

Photos

Class, individual and sports team photos are taken at school annually.

Productions

Some years these are a feature dependent on the availability of staff to work on this.

Public Health Nurse

Our area Health Nurse visits our school from time to time and the school can refer children to her if necessary. There are also immunisation programmes carried out at school following parental consent.

Reporting to Parents

Currently we hold a student/parent/teacher conference in term 1; issue a written report in terms 2 & 4 and our teachers from Year 1-4 complete a report at the end of a child's first, second and third year at school as prescribed by National Standards.

School Hours

We are an 8.25am till 2.25 pm school.

Daily timetable

Block 1 - 8.25 to 9.45am        Snack break - 9.45 to 10am

Block 2 - 10.00 to 11.15 am   Snack break - 11.15 to 11.30am

Block 3 - 11.45 to 12.45 pm   Lunch break - 12.45 to 1.30pm

Block 4 - 1.30 to 2.25pm

Special Needs/Abilities

Our SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) is responsible for the Identified Needs register, liaising with outside agencies/parents and referrals. Currently, this is Mrs Jocelyn Brodie.

Speeches

Our Year 5-8 students are involved annually in Speech competitions. Our Year 7/8 winner competes against the winner from the other Waiuku schools at the Rotary Speech contest usually held in July.

Sport

Children are welcome to participate in a wide range of winter and summer sports codes both at club and school level throughout the year. Our school is part of the Waiuku Group (with 8 other schools in our surrounding area). As well as our own sports events, our children who excel have the opportunity to compete against children from other schools in Waiuku area, Franklin Zone and in some instances Interzone Sports in Auckland. We are very lucky to have committed parents who are always willing to help us out here with transport, supervision and support.

Stationery

Otaua School has stationery packs available at the beginning of the school year. The lists are specifically chosen by the class teacher for each year level and are sent home on the first day of the new term. Packs can be bought through the school. Once orders have been received the children are given their stationery to take home to cover if they wish. Teachers do not expect children to start the year with a complete stationery pack but do ask that children come to school with a pen and pencil. Most teachers don’t start children on their new books until after the first full week.

There is no obligation to buy your stationery from the school, however we have found when we surveyed parents that this is a no fuss, easy and cost effective way to purchase stationery. At the beginning of the year stationery prices from every supplier are very competitive and we are confident that our packs are as competitive and are good quality. The subscription for Mathletics for some year levels is added and currently the school pays for Reading Eggs for classes that use it.

Swimming Pool

During the summer term each class has the opportunity to swim daily.

Technology

Our Years 7/8 students go to View Rd School in Waiuku for Technology approximately once a fortnight. They cycle through hard/soft material technology and visual art with specialist teachers. They are picked up from here by bus at 8.45am and are returned before 2.25pm. A consumable fee applies for the materials they use, over and above the government subsidy. This fee is currently set at $32.50 twice yearly.

Telephone Numbers

We have a phone list for all families. The privacy Act protects this information. Please ensure your details at our school office are current should we need to contact you in the case of illness or accident.

Uniform

Our school has a compulsory uniform. It consists of the following :

a) red polo shirt

b) black shorts/pants/skirt

c) red polar fleece /sweatshirt.

Our PTA funded 90 red and black sports shirts that are issued to children who go out of the school to represent Otaua. These are kept at school.

The New School Year

Stationery packs especially chosen by your child's teacher to meet specific learning requirements will be avaiable for purchase from the school office. At the beginning of the year stationery pricing is extremely competitive and we have sourced the best quality stationery at the best price. Packs will be between $30 and $50 per child(depending on year level) with New Entrant packs which contain chair and book bags being the most expensive.

School Donation remains the same at $60 for one child, $80 for two or $100 for three or more.

Bus Fees for ineligible students are $40 for one child or $60 for two or more per term.

Manual Technology fees for year 7/8 children are paid twice a year and these will be invoiced at the beginning of terms 1 and 3. Fees are $32.50 twice yearly and is used to cover the cost of materials used by the children at View Road School.

Maths Buddy subscriptions will be offered this year for those interested. Cost will be either $27.00 for the full year or $14.00 for the half year.

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Otaua School uniform

Our uniform consists of a red Otaua Polo T, red Otaua Polar Fleece and black bottoms.

Otaua Polo T

$25

Sizes from 4 to Small Adult

Otaua Polar Fleece

$40

Size 4 and 6

 

$45

Size 8 to Small Adult

Otaua Bucket Hat

$15

 

Otaua Beanie

$15

 

Otaua Sports T

$28

 

Otaua Windbreaker Jacket

$40

 

Black Track Pants

$31

 

Black Sports Shorts

$25

 

Bucket Hats: Sunhats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4. We stock Otaua School bucket hats although any hat with good sun protection is acceptable.

Black bottoms: We do not hold stock of black bottoms but from time to time we place bulk orders of track pants and/or sports shorts from our uniform supplier. However any black bottom is acceptable.

Sports T: When children represent Otaua School they are required to wear a Sports T. If children do not have their own Sports T they will be provided with one which is then returned at the end of the event. Parents can purchase Sports T but as we do not hold stock of these orders need to be taken.

Windbreaker: From time to time we offer parents the opportunity to purchase Otaua windbreaker jackets.

We have also offered Long Sleeved Polo T’s on order this year. They are $28 each.

Keep an eye on our newsletters for notice of orders for Black Bottoms, Sports T’s and Windbreakers.