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- SCHOOL FEES | ocschool
- Otamatea Christian School
SERVICES Welcome to OTAMATEA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Heading 2 Tomorrow's Community Leaders For Life Cyclone Gabrielle REBUILD EPHESIANS 2: 19-22 Otamatea Christian School is a private, Co-ed, Non denominational, Christian School with a friendly family atmosphere that hums with industrious students focused on their learning and eager to explore their giftings. Prospectus Hi I am Mark Bell the Principal of Otamatea Christian School. Click on the picture to read my welcome message. A.C.E Academic Christian Education Specialised New Entrant Programme Warm Family Atmosphere Small Teacher to Child Ratios Year 1 to Year 13 International Students Approved Specialised Distance Learning Programme Excellent Rural Environment Qualified and Experienced Teachers Year 12 student essay on the A.C.E curriculum 2021 E.R.O REPORT E.R.O stated in their last report that Otamatea Christian School "is a physically and emotionally safe place for students". This is evident in our warm and friendly atmosphere. PROSPECTUS FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL - SCHOOL FUNDRAISER OUR SCHOOL We teach a great curriculum, and we also have lots of fun outdoors, cooking, making puppet shows, community gardening... ABOUT US ABOUT US Vision: “Tomorrow’s Community Leaders for Life” The vision of our school is based on the school motto: “Grace and Truth/Wisdom and Faith.” We wish to deliver a Christian education to our students that equips them spiritually and academically to lead, impact positively and shine the light of Christ on the lives of each other, local community and beyond. School Mission Statement: Otamatea Christian School has a threefold mission: To affirm basic Christian values by training students in the way they should go To equip students to lead others To provide a quality academic education How we do this : By providing an education that fosters spiritual and academic growth as well as releasing the talents of each student for God’s service. By providing support to Christian families in the education and training of their children, in the ways of the Lord. By providing an education, that develops responsible, mature and balanced young people with a view of life fashioned and unified by GOD’S WORD. By promoting and teaching the lordship of JESUS CHRIST, the fullness of the HOLY SPIRIT and the ultimate authority of GOD’S WORD in all aspects of the school. Our Values SPIRITUALLY we strive for: Grace & Truth Wisdom & Faith Honouring & Serving Integrity & Stewardship ACADEMICALLY we are: Teachable Creative & Innovative Engaged & Motivated Diligent & Responsible CONTACT FIND US CONTACT FORM We thank you for your interest in our school. If you would like more information, or to enrol, please contact us by filling in the contact form. 98 Hurndall St Maungaturoto 0520 (Behind Congregational Church) New Zealand Success! Message received. Send OPENING HOURS: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 3pm Phone: 09) 431 8487
- TERM DATES | ocschool
2023 school terms and holidays 2023 school term dates for New Zealand primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Term 1 Tuesday, 31 January : School begins. Wednesday, 1 February: PTA Meeting Tuesday: 7 February Parent Meeting Thursday, 6 April: Term 1 ends. Term 2 Wednesday, 26th April: School begins. Athletics (TBC) 1st -31st May,: Student Convention Online Registration, Invoicing and Payments due. 1st - 16th June, Student Convention Online Submissions due. Friday, 30 June: Term 2 ends. Term 3 Monday, 17 July: School begins. Cross Country (TBC) Friday 22, September: Term 3 ends. Term 4 starts Monday 9 October Information Evening 16 October End date to be decided but no later than Wednesday 20 December SCHOOL TERM DATES 2023
- PRINCIPALS ADDRESS | ocschool
Otamatea Christian School is an independent Christian, co-educational school with a warm family atmosphere and an emphasis on character training, values education and high academic standards. Our school has a fine record of providing opportunities for all students who are determined to succeed and who wish to achieve to their full potential. Our senior students strive to achieve a variety of certificates including our High School Advanced Certificate and our Certificate of Achievement with Level 3 endorsements which are both accepted as university entrance for Universities and Tertiary Institutes throughout New Zealand. We aim to assist our students to take full responsibility for their learning and behaviour and we know that quality learning comes from a close partnership between home and school. As a school we encourage parents and caregivers to be an integral part of the school. We have qualified caring staff who encourage all students: • To aim for excellence • To work towards achieving their God-given potential in all areas including the arts, sports and academics. • To have enquiring minds, a sense of discipline, co-operation and responsibility. • To develop an appreciation of their cultural background, a capacity for leadership, concern and respect for others. • To demonstrate high standards of honesty, integrity, courtesy, tolerance and loyalty. • To prepare for future tertiary and vocational opportunities and to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for their chosen career. I look forward to meeting students who join our school family and have chosen OCS as their educational provider whether you are a day student, an international visitor or working from home as a distance learner. I know that your association with Otamatea Christian School will be challenging, stimulating and rewarding throughout your educational journey.
- Application to Enrol - Distance Learning | ocschool
Please complete the online application below, or click here for the printable version. Application for Enrollment - Distance Learning Student's First Name: Student's Last Name: Student's preferred name: Address & Postcode: Postal Address (if different): Home Phone: Mobile Phone: Birth date: Age: Ethnicity: Iwi: Male/Female: Present Year Level: Last early childhood centre or school attended: Father's name: Occupation: Email: Personal Mobile: Address & Postcode: Mother's name: Occupation: Email: Personal Mobile: Address & Postcode: Person responsible for student at home: Previous experience using A.C.E Pace's (Yes/No) Father, Christian Y/N Mother, Christian Y/N When: Level: Church Attended: Does student have special needs / medical conditions: Please indicate general academic acheivement of student's previous work: Has your child ever been suspended, dismissed, or refused enrollment to any other school: Reason for choosing Otamatea Christian School's Distance Learning Programme: I agree that if my child is admitted for enrolment to Otamatea Christian School’s Distance Learning Programme, I will insist that he / She complies to the programme, discipline, and other requirements of the school. Signed Caregiver 1 (Father) Clear Date Signed Caregiver 2 (Mother) Clear Date Where did you hear about OCS Distance learning Send Your enrollment form has been successfully sent.
- International Principals Welcome | ocschool
Thank you for your interest in our school. I look forward to welcoming international students from all over the world who are motivated to experience New Zealand education and who will respond to the challenge of hard work along with involvement and participation in academic, sporting and cultural activities. Otamatea Christian School is a small, Christian, co-educational Year 1-13 school with a warm family atmosphere and an emphasis on character training, values education and high academic standards. Our school has a fine record of providing opportunities for all students who are determined to succeed and who wish to achieve to their full potential. Our senior students strive for the A.C.E Academic Year 12 and Year 13 certificate of Christian Education which is accepted as entry level into New Zealand Universities and Tertiary Institutes throughout New Zealand. We aim to assist our students to take full responsibility for their learning and behaviour and we know that quality learning comes from a close partnership between home and school. All students are encouraged to: • aim for excellence • work towards achieving their God-given potential in all areas • have enquiring minds, a sense of discipline, co-operation and responsibility. • develop an appreciation of their cultural background, a capacity for leadership, concern and respect for others. • demonstrate high standards of honesty, integrity, courtesy, tolerance and loyalty. • prepare for future tertiary and vocational opportunities and to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for their chosen career. I welcome you to our school and congratulate you on your choice of New Zealand as an educational destination and I hope that the association with Otamatea Christian School will be challenging and rewarding throughout your stay in our country. Mark James Bell - Principal
- SENIOR CURRICULUM | ocschool
SENIOR PROGRAM OF STUDY Year 11 to Year 13 Levels 1,2 and 3 Pre-Requisites: Core Mathematics, Core English, Core Word Building and Core Literature, Core Science and Core Social Studies (Paces 1085-1096) English: Etymology, Word Building, Speech, The Art of Story telling, English I, II, III, IV and V, English Composition I and 2, Mathematics: Business Math, Algebra I and II, Senior Mathematics 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, College Math and Accounting Social Sciences: Modern History, History of Civilisation, Collectivism, American Government, American History, World History Projects, World History, World Geography, New Zealand Social Studies Science: Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Bible and Science Health: Nutrition Science, Health Business Studies: General Business, Keyboard Skills, Economics, Business Mathematics, Accounting The Arts: Visual Art, Music Christian Studies: Christian Counselling Christian World View Biographies of Christians Missions Christian Growth Life of Christ NT Church History OT Survey Successful Living Other Curriculum Offered: (Additional charges will apply) Languages: (Rosetta Stone) Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (American), English(British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian(Farsi), Polish, Portuguese(Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese The Arts: Singing (Trinity College Exams) Drama (Trinity College Exams) Guitar Lessons Te Kura: New Zealand Correspondence School (Choice Manual 2017) http://www.tekura.school.nz/subjects-and-courses/ http://www.tekura.school.nz/assets/Publications-non-curriculum/Choice.pdf Note: There is no Christian Content in these subjects. The school does not take responsibility for the curriculum content. It is up to parents to discern whether the subjects are suitable for their child/children. If content in some subjects is not suitable to the character of the school, then the content will not be admissible at school. Students enrolled under the correspondence school are counted as ‘Dual Enrolement” students. This is supplementary to the A.C.E program. Students can study things we cannot offer at a senior level, for example – Te Reo, New Zealand Accounting and Business Studies, Home Economics, Legal Studies, Media Studies, Primary Production, Performing Arts etc. Please look online if you are interested and then let the school know for enrolement purposes. It is best to enroll at the end of each school year for the following year. Be aware that not all subjects can be or will be credited towards an A.C.E certificate as this needs to be applied for, however, they can be added to your child’s Academic Record and used as part of their Curriculum Vitae.
- SCHOOL HISTORY | ocschool
HISTORY Background In 1986, the pastor of the Maungaturoto Congregational Church, Robert Steedman was experiencing the struggles of raising a family who attended the local school. Dissatisfied, he and his wife Lynelle figured there must be a better way to educate children to think and live Christianly. They searched and discovered schools starting up around the country using Accelerated Christian Education. Together with Malcolm Cullen, also of the Congregational Church, they met and were inspired by Ross Davies, Ken Francis and Dick Gordon who were operating a school at Kamo and Alan O’Neil at Dargaville. They decided to do the same. During the first term of 1987, Debra Windsor, who would be the first senior supervisor, lived at Kamo and worked with Ken Francis to learn all about how ACE operated. They proceeded to set up a school board under the church elders and began planning a school to operate at the church. In due course they opened Otamatea Christian School on April 22, 1987. The initial student body consisted of 14 primary school aged children, mostly from the Maungatoroto Congregational Church and the Assemblies of God. In the following year there were 28 students in the school. Gradually they extended the top age of the student body up into the secondary school. The Accelerated Christian education style was working well for them. There was a real sense that school was an extension of family life as parents were integrally involved in the running of the school. Additional Buildings In 1991 a building was brought in and attached to the back of the church to provide additional classroom space. In 2004 an attractive purpose built school building was constructed at the back of the property freeing up the church building. School Staffing The Steedmans left at the end of 1991 at which time Les Gribben became the principal. Les faithfully continued in this role until he handed the baton to Lynette Bell in 2009. Lynette Bell continued to ‘Stay the Course’ and grow the school to 43 students during her time as principal. She believed in releasing the talents and gifts students had been blessed with and opened the school to those that would not be able to afford Christian Education through the introduction of Scholarships and Sponsorship. She served in this role for 6 years until 2015 where she handed over the leadership of the school to her husband, Mark Bell. Mark Bell has been working in the school since 2011. Both Lynette and Mark are called to the Mission Field of providing a strong Bible based Christian Education in our area. They work as a team and hold a passionate vision for Christian Education in which all core subjects are infused with scripture and guided by the word of God. School Community During the time the school has been open, there has been a cross-section of Christian families and non-Christian families and children that have participated fully in the school community. Notably there have been families while based at the Youth With a Mission base at Paparoa contributing to the school community. There is a continuing warm and supportive relationship built up with the other churches in the district. The school has been a valuable contributor to the fellowship of ACE schools and home educators, being actively involved with conferences and conventions, and the local NZACS regional events. Teachers and volunteers from parents, to grandparents, to friends of the school, willingly give of their time and are a blessing to those lives they touch. Conclusion Otamatea Christian School still remains an independent school. Faith and Trust in God are paramount to its smooth running spiritually, physically and financially. Since the early days many students have passed through our school and have achieved outstanding results in their chosen paths including tertiary education. In recent years students that have been through our school have ended up studying medicine, law, physiotherapy, genetics. Some students have gone on to be teachers, nurses or linguists. Other occupations that our students are called to include engineering, building, architecture, social work and building. Otamatea Christian School has been a wonderful example of a community of faithful families educating their children in the knowledge of the Lord and a shining light to those members of the community that have come through its doors in times of storm and uncertainty. Especially in recent years non Christian children and families that have joined our school community have given their lives to Christ. Thus the school has transitioned from a school essentially focused on discipleship to a school also focused on evangelism of those that do not know Christ.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS | ocschool
Study In NZ New Zealand is a prosperous, modern country with a stable government. It’s a safe place to work and study while exploring our rich natural clean green environment and cultural heritage. New Zealand provides a wealth of opportunities at a competitive price to other first world destinations Student’s safety and care comes first. New Zealand has a strict code of practice for the care of international students. Picturesque Location Otamatea Christian School is set in a Rural Northland town of Maungaturoto on the shores of the Kaipara harbour between the cities of Auckland and Whangarei. The temperatures are subtropical with summer temperatures averaging 20°C (68°F) and mild winters of 11°C (51°F) making it a comfortable environment to study and experience the country. The air is clean and fresh, the land is green and the night sky is full of stars. The rural setting and close proximity to two coasts and two cities offers an exciting range of activities Study Our rural backdrop is the perfect place to focus on education without the distractions of a big city. The school is small so international students quickly become friends with the New Zealand students and quickly develop their conversational English. The school focuses on learning. Qualifications OCS has very high standards requiring students to score 80% to pass. Over the last 5 years 100% of our graduate students have gained university entrance. Students work on individual work plans with one on one teaching. International students language skills benefit greatly from our American phonic based educational resources. International Student Accommodation Students 10 years old and under must stay with a parent or legal guardian. There are homes to be rented or purchased in Maungaturoto. The school can direct you to local land agents if you require. Students over 10 years old can stay with a parent or legal guardian, living with a designated caregiver, or in a home stay situation organised by parents or the school. The student’s accommodation must meet the International Student Code of Practice requirements and will be checked regularly for student safety and wellbeing. Ministry of Education Code of Practice Otamatea Christian School has agreed to observe and to be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education and undertakes to comply with the accommodation provisions set out in part 6 of practice for the pastoral care of international students. Copies of the Code are available on request from the School Office or click on the following link to download a copy from the NZQA Website - http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/ Copies in a variety of languages are also available on this link. Please click here for international school fees. For more information on our international students programme, or to enrol, please contact our international students’ director – Lynette Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Phone: 09 4318487 Otamatea Christian School 98 Hurndall Street, Maungaturoto Northland New Zealand
- DONATIONS | ocschool
Friends of the School Notification HOW TO DONATE Otamatea Christian School is a small, rural based Northland private Christian school which relies on donations to operate. We are passionate about providing the opportunity for children in our area to receive a sound Biblically based education. We are aiming to provide an education system that works alongside parents in the education of their children and that creates opportunities for all children to attend and flourish no matter what their socio economic background or education level is. Regular donations, lump sum donations or bequests, will be warmly accepted as a blessing and will go toward the day to day running of the school, staffing, meeting the the educational, and learning needs of our students. It will also be put towards development of the giftings some students show as well as to help fund families that struggle financially with fees, uniform, school trips, workbooks and other school related costs. If you wish to donate you can donate by pressing the icon above through Friends of the School.
- SCHOOL GARDEN | ocschool
OUR SCHOOL GARDEN About At Otamatea Christian School, we are enthusiastic about the environment and growing fresh vegetables and fruit for our students to eat, and also to share with our school families and the community! We have a large area dedicated to vegetable gardens, and on the perimeter of our school field, and dotted around the school property, there are various fruit trees. We are also part of Tahi NZ "bees in schools" programme. Tahi NZ have put beehives in our back paddock, and are teaching groups of students beehive keeping. The students get to keep some honey for themselves, and Tahi NZ give honey to the school, and provide suits for the students! A large part of the school property is our school nature reserve. Here the children learn about natives, various trees, plants, weed and pest control.
- NEWSLETTER / LATEST NEWS | ocschool
Newsletters: Please click here for the latest newsletter. 2022 Latest News: Pet Day We had a wonderful day, with lots of fun, friends and fellowship! Everyone worked hard, and our students did great in their entered events! Thank you to all the helpers, organisers and judges on the day! See photos below... ATHLETICS & CROSS COUNTRY DAYS This year we had the privilege of hosting our annual sports days joined with the local home-schoolers! We had fantastic weather and great competition. Children got to catch up with friends, and create new friendships. Below are a few photos from the events. Athletics: Cross Country 2021: