It is with great pleasure that I begin my Principalship at Otamarakau School. The school has a great history, reputation and provides many opportunities for students, staff and whanau. I am honoured to take this position and look forward to being part of an excellent team.
Otamarakau School has so much to offer your children and the wider community. Small class sizes are extremely beneficial as each student has more time with their teacher. The Board of Trustees understands this well and has committed funds, in excess of that given by the Ministry of Education, to ensure that classes remain small.
Our teaching staff has a blend of very experienced teachers to those who are recently newly qualified. Our newly qualified teachers bring modern teaching techniques to share within the supportive environment created by our more experienced staff.
Relationships are highly important to me and to the rest of the staff. Building strong connections with the children, families and community is my number one priority. We strongly welcome you to visit the school and contact us as soon as possible if you have any worries. Your first point of contact is the class teacher who will more often than not be able to address concerns and find solutions.
The many sporting and cultural events that the school participates in provides excellent opportunities for every child to find their niche. Whether it be academic, sporting or artistic talent they have, all children will have the chance to shine. We follow positive behaviour management techniques and use restorative practices. We focus on the good, giving praise and rewards that link to our values of AROHA.
Our forward thinking Board of Trustees has the children at the heart of everything they do. At times, we may need help from the community to fundraise or take part in working bees and we thank you for your support in advance.
2021 is going to be a fantastic year full of energy, enthusiasm and achievements. Great kids, great staff, great community. A recipe for success.