Ōtaki College News October 2016

R_college_rightR_College-top-rightFrom the Principal

We look forward to working with our community to gain the best outcomes for our young people.

Welcome Back to 2016
Nga Mihi o te Tau Hou

A very happy New Year. 2016 will be a very busy year where we continue to consolidate and build on our ongoing successes. I have been personally very excited to get back to work and look at where to from here. As part of this process we have developed our strategic intent which I have outlined below. This potentially will form the basis for ongoing consultation with our community as we draw near to the development of our next five year College Strategic plan. Please feel free to provide feedback to me on this.

Ōtaki College Strategic Intent

  • Academic achievement is prioritised in the College’s organisation so that every student is given the opportunity to achieve at their highest possible level (all students will leave with at least NCEA level 2).
  • Use sustainability as an integrating context for curriculum, community partnerships, and college practices.
  • Utilise new and emerging technologies to encourage creative, innovative and collaborative learning and teaching.
  • Attract, develop and retain the highest quality staff who share the College’s vision, culture, philosophy, and pedagogical approach.
  • Develop Whanau and community engagement to support, improve and celebrate student learning .

NCEA Results – Ongoing Academic Successes

In the next edition there will be a much more comprehensive breakdown of the 2015 NCEA results but of particular interest to me was the participation data which shows a 98% pass rate in NCEA level 2 for year 12 and year 13 students.

In 2015 we have also achieved a 75% pass rate at level 3 with an increase in merit and excellent endorsements.

This clearly shows that a lot of effort is being made by students and staff to achieve these results.

Congratulations to all students that achieved Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA. Well done!

Property Update

Property Projects in 2016

This year will see us come much closer to fulfilling our property projects. We have recently had our initial meeting with our Architects, Design Group Stapleton Elliot who were responsible for the designing of projects such as Te Takere Library complex in Levin and the revamp of the Kapiti Coast District Council building in Paraparaumu.

We have viewed the concept drawings for the Administration block upgrade and the new Centre of Learning/Library which will be developed on the bottom floor of the 2 story Nelson Block. We are excited by the design concepts. Once designs are finalised we will be moving into the building phase which will commence this year.

Te Whare Hui

Work has been going on over the Christmas holidays to develop Te Whare hui. An addition has been made to the rear and side of the Whare to accommodate an office, storeroom, resource room, toilet 愦灭;amp; shower and a kitchenette. The work has been undertaken by a former student Logan Pue’ who now runs his own company Nail It. Logan has also employed Max Ralston who is another ex-student as an apprentice. It is great to have past students back in the college in another capacity.

Special thanks must go to Rob Kofoed who donated his own time and architectural skills to complete all the design drawings. I would also like to acknowledge Muza Ropata (M愦灭;amp;H Builders) and Hadley Gardner (Gardner Building) for the support they have given to get this project off the ground.

Ōtaki College — A Relational PB4L College and Ministry of Education Model School

Ōtaki College enjoys a safe, supportive and creative learning environment. A strong emphasis is placed on building relationships with students to unlock their dreams and aspirations and allow them to achieve their full potential. The College encourages all students to strive for excellence not only in academic study but also in leadership, sport and cultural pursuits. A strong sense of community is built through the College House system.

Ōtaki College sets high expectations of behaviour at all times through the Schoolwide Positive Behaviour for Learning programme. The work done at the college has been acknowledged now in a number of publications and the Ministry of Education has again requested that the College act as a “model school” in 2016 to support other schools who are wanting to develop a similar culture of care and high expectations. In following publications we will share our expectations with the community.

Did you know?

R_OC_College-CrestOur Crest and Motto

The shield’s shape dates back to knights’ armour in Europe in the middle ages. The wavy lines at the top of the shield represent the ocean and Ōtaki River beside which we live.

The motto “Kia Kaha” means be strong. The sword is the sword of Te Rauparaha, which was connected with the building of Rangiātea.

The Poupou and panels gracing the College front entrance.

They are kaitiaki — guardians of all in the College – and represent the extended College motto: Kia Kaha, kia Maia, kia Manawanui the names of the poupou: Maia (female pou) and Manawanui (male pou), respectively on the East and West sides of the gate. On each side accompanying Maia and Manawanui are panels representing te mana o nga wahine and te mana o nga tane. This reminds us all as we pass through the gates that male and female share mana and need to work collaboratively to make a safe and supportive environment that values gender, culture and diversity.

Ōtaki Scholar/Sander Scholar

FE16_F_OC-ClareClare McInerney-Heather has just returned from her time in Scotland as our most recent Sander Scholar. Simon Mills (Headmaster of Robert Gordon College (RGC)) emailed to report that Clare has been an outstanding ambassador for the college and the Ōtaki community. She has had a wonderful experience spending time at RGC and while there was treated to a tour of the Scottish highlands and the Isle of Skye. Clare stayed with the Head Girl of RGC and has built a strong friendship with her. She was also able to spend time with the 2015 Ōtaki Scholar Benjamin Osugo. As well as the experience of travelling to another part of the world the development of lifelong friendships is becoming an ongoing theme of the exchanges we now have with Robert Gordon College. This is thanks to the ongoing generosity of Shelley McCrae and Sander Ties who make this all possible.

Ōtaki Scholar 2016

We will again be hosting the Ōtaki Scholar this year which is the 99th year since the sinking of the SS Ōtaki in the Atlantic Ocean on 1917. To mark this our murals will be unveiled in the College Hall on March 10th this year which was the date of the epic battle with the German raider Moewe. I would like to acknowledge Chris Parkin (former student) for funding this project and XŌaki Alumni Trust and Wallace Trickett (local artist) for being instrumental in making this all happen.

In 2017 the 100 year commemoration of the sinking of the SS Ōtaki will be remembered with a major ceremony at Robert Gordon College in Aberdeen, Scotland. We are now commencing planning for a similar event to be held in Ōtaki with the possibility of a student exchange for this event being explored