Successful Learning For All

We believe a co-educational secondary education provides the environment for learning the skills and developing the attitudes which best prepares students of both genders for adult life. The College has a Learning Centre staffed by teachers & teacher aides who are committed to identifying learning needs and assisting mainstream students to manage their learning, either in our specialised Learning Centre, or in the classroom. The centre arranges and supervises Correspondence School courses where these are appropriate for students. The centre also monitors our GATE and Literacy programmes. At each of Year levels 9 and 10 there is at least one Home Room class catering for a limited number of students. They are taught the N.Z. Curriculum, at the appropriate level, by a small team of specialised staff. There is a Special Needs Unit catering for Year 9 to 13 students with identified severe needs. The unit is staffed by specialist teachers. A Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) provides an additional service to support both students and teachers, primarily at junior level.

Growing Top Scholars

Our central focus is the successful delivery of a curriculum which develops the key competencies identified in the New Zealand curriculum and which allows for increased specialisation as students move  through the senior school. We have a proud history of academic honours. Identified students at Years 9 and 10 are placed in Advanced Learner classes for one or all of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies and Technology. As the timetable allows, very able-gifted students will be given the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest through individual study. These programmes will be delivered through subject faculties and co-ordinated by the Learning Centre. The programmes will involve students learning to work independently on in-depth studies. Students will also be encouraged to enter a range of national competitions which are available in the Arts, Social Sciences, Mathematics, the Physical Sciences, History, English and Computing.

Advanced Learner Programme

**Advanced Learner Programme Slideshow outlining the Advanced Learner Programme**
Click here to view Advanced Learner Programme Information

Course Selection

Considerable effort goes into helping students make the most appropriate course choices. Each year we have a "Subject Selection Week" during which extra time is devoted to planning future courses with individual students. A subject choice evening provides an opportunity for parents to come and discuss courses further with Heads of Departments and Deans.

Multi-Level Studies

Senior students may, where appropriate, undertake a course which includes subjects from Year 11 and/or Year 12 and/or Year 13. For example, a Year 12 student may be studying NCEA Level 2 English,Art, Geography and Drama, National Certificate Hospitality and NCEA Level 1 Mathematics.

National Qualifications

Otumoetai College is committed to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement NCEA Level 1, NCEA Level 2, NCEA Level 3 and Scholarship. Individual subject Unit Standards can be credited toward NCEA or a range of National Certificates. Currently these are:
National Certificate in Employment Skills
National Certificate in Hospitality (Introductory Cookery) Level 2
National Certificate in Building, Construction & Allied Trades
National Certificate in Tourism & Travel Level 2
National Certificate in Digital Technology Level 2
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology Level 1
National Certificate in Business Administration

Work at Home

Every student is expected to do school work at home on a regular basis, whether it be completing specific assignments or completion and revision of class work. Regular patterns of work should be established in Years 9 and 10 in preparation for the increasing demands in the senior school. Work to be completed at home which is set by teachers should be recorded in the Student Diary.

Parents can assist their children and the school by:

  • taking an interest in work done at home
  • checking the Student Diary regularly
  • helping students to plan their time effectively
  • roviding a quiet place for study

In Years 9 & 10 programmes are structured so that within a 25 hour teaching week that students cover the relevant level objectives from the eight essential learning areas of the revised NZ Curriculum.

In Years 11 to 13 courses are structured so that students cover the level 6, 7 and 8 objectives from the NZ curriculum framework. These courses are assessed to Achievement or Unit Standard for National Certificates.

The NZ Curriculum