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  • Otamatea Christian School

    Welcome to OTAMATEA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Tomorrow's Community Leaders For Life 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 Excellent Rural Environment Qualified and Experienced Teachers Year 12 student essay on the A.C.E system 2021 NEWSLETTERS 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS E.R.O REPORT 2018 PROSPECTUS FUTURE ENROLMENTS Please click if you are interested in enrolment at our school. here ​L ​ ​ 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 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 ACADEMICALLY we are: Integrity & Stewardship Teachable Creative & Innovative Engaged & Motivated Diligent & Responsible FIND US We thank you for your interest in our school. If you would like more information, or to enrol, please contact us: ​ 98 Hurndall St Maungaturoto 0520 (Behind Congregational Church) New Zealand OPENING HOURS: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 3pm Phone: 09) 431 8487 Email: Success! Message received. Send Please leave this field empty.

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  • SCHOOL FEES | ocschool

    SCHOOL FEES We endeavour to keep the fees at a level that is as affordable as possible. An account is sent out monthly and payment is due on 20th of the following month. An automatic payment or internet payment is our preference. Twice a year you will be charged for any stationery that your child has been issued at school and at that time the actual paces done by your child will be calculated and charged accordingly. The fees are based on 60 paces a year but some children do more than this. Mrs Kayley Polwart is responsible for this job so if you have any queries please contact her on (09) 431 8487. Please click to view our current school fees. Fees increase a minimum of 2% annually. here


    Please click for the latest newsletter. Newsletters: here 2020 Latest News: PET DAY 2020! We had a fantastic day for Pet day, everyone made a great effort with their various entries of cakes, flowers, farm animals and pets! It was terrific to see our year 12 senior student Arjan stepping into a judges role for the lambs and calves, he did a wonderful job! Our senior students also stepped up to cook and run the cafe, well done, it was very impressive! Congratulations to all our winners, please see some pictures from the day, below: This week (21/9/20) our middle school have been working on soap carving! Here's a beautiful flower carved by 13yr old Phebe Polwart... Three of our students entered into the Whangarei Performing Arts competition held over the weekend and they did very well. Congratulations to Fiona, MJ & Tyga for their efforts - their results are on our achievements page... Top: Phebe and Estella's game: Fantastic World of Sums and more and Kayla and Fiona's game: Froggy. Below (left to right): Chloe Leaf, Arjan Pedersen, Braden Leaf, Estella Hinsch, Chris Reid, Joshua Polwart and Fiona Yue all doing some GREAT intercepting during our weekly netball training. OUR JUNIORS PREPPING FOR BEEHIVES OUR SENIORS YR 7 AND UP BOARD GAMES... PLAYING NETBALL... Our Junior/Intermediates are learning about bees and tending to beehives, thanks to the Bees in Schools Program with Tahi NZ! Below right: Chloe Polwart, Kayla Leaf and Luke Rout in their bee suits! The year that was 2019... October was our annual pet day. We had lots of fun, thank you to all the helpers and organisers on the day. Please see pictures below: June 2019 has been a very busy month, with cross country (pictures on our achievements page), Matariki festival at Matakohe museum, the barn dance, and more to come...please see some pictures below from these events. The Paparoa Lions district speech contest were held Monday 20th May. Congratulations to Braden Leaf, Phebe Polwart, Fiona Yue and Chloe Polwart, who all made it to the contest. A special acknowledgement to Braden, who came second, Phebe - third and Chloe - third. Well done!!! Welcome back to a new year! We congratulate Majestic and Tyga on their Music Trinity College Exams - MJ passed Grade 3 singing with merit, and Tyga passed Grade 5 singing with merit, well done girls!

  • ACHEIVEMENTS | ocschool

    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2020 Well done to our students who entered into the Northland Performing Arts Competition over the weeked (18-20 Sept. 2020): MJ - received a very highly commended, 4 x commended and scored over 80% in all her marks for singing Fiona - received 3rd place in piano - sight reading and 3rd place in piano - own selection Tyga - received a 1st, 2x 2nds, 3x 3rds, a commended and a very highly commended for singing, and also received two trophies - the McDonald cup for scoring 1st place in the 16/ 17 yr old Oratorios, and the Voice Studio cup is chosen by the Adjudicator for someone who has potential and who they want to encourage! STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2019 Congratulations to Brooke Chambers, who won player of the year for Kaipara Knights Grade 10 soccer team, well done! - September 2019 Congratulations to Majestic and Tyga, who competed over the weekend at the Northland Performing Arts Competition, Majestic was in the Northern Advocate - her picture is below...September 2019 Congratulations to Fiona Yue for her award (with merit) in passing grade one music theory with Trinity College, and to Joshua Polwart for his award in passing grade four music theory, well done! Tough Guy & Gal Challenge was held on Friday 28th June, our seniors did very well! Congratulations to those who participated, and a special mention to Chloe Leaf, who came 2nd in the female yr9-11 division, and 11th female overall! Please see for the results, and pictures below. here Aaron Tennent and Chloe Leaf, starting, before the mud... And after... at Excellere College was held on Thursday 13 June 2019. We competed with both Excellere and Whangarei Adventist School, and overall as a small school, we did great and represented our school very well! The following are our school's overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. Congratulations to our winners, and all of our students who participated and put in their best effort! Pictures below. Cross Country ​ Year 3 girls: Year 4 girls: Year 5 girls: Paige Chambers - 2nd Laura Cullen - 2nd Brooke Chambers - 2nd Grace Cullen - 3rd ​ Year 6 boys: Year 6 girls: Year 7 boys: Jireh Cullen - 1st Kayla Leaf - 1st Braden Leaf - 2nd ​ Year 9 boys: Under 16 girls: Open girls (16 & over): Aaron Tennent - 2nd Chloe Leaf - 1st Tegan Leaf - 1st YEAR ONE... YEAR TWO... YEAR THREE... YEAR FOUR... YEAR FIVE... YEAR SIX... YEAR SEVEN... YEAR EIGHT... YEAR NINE & TEN... YEAR ELEVEN & TWELVE... to our district speech contest participants - Braden Leaf, Phebe Polwart, Fiona Yue and Chloe Polwart. Braden came 2nd, Phebe - 3rd and Chloe - 3rd, for their overall age groups, well done!!! Congratulations was a great success for our school. We were invited to participate with the CHEW home-schoolers athletics day, where there were 80 participants. Our students all did very well, and above all, we were very impressed with their behaviour, sportsmanship and attitudes, well done! Please click to see our school results. A special recognition goes to the following students for their overall outstanding achievements, and sportsmanship: ATHLETICS 2019 here Outstanding Achievement: Arjan Pedersen Grace Cullen Jireh Cullen Chloe Leaf Kayla Leaf Brooke Chambers ​ A thank you to the home-schoolers for inviting and including us, and to all the volunteers and parent helpers on the day! Please see pictures of the day below... BIG Sportsmanship and great attitude: Estella Hinsch Fiona Yue Savannah Rout Congratulations to Fiona for her outstanding achievement in the Northland Piano Competitions. Fiona scored 1st equal in the overall highest points for sight reading. This is not just in her age group but out of all of the competitors, across all age groups! Well done Fiona! to MJ and Tyga for passing their Trinity College music Exams! Tyga passed her Grade 5 singing with merit, and MJ passed her Grade 4 singing with merit. Well done girls! We are so very blessed to have your wonderful gifts in our school! Congratulations STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2018 with Excellere College was held Friday 1st June 2018. Please click to see the results. Our school done very well! Congratulations to all of our children who participated, we had 17 children there, and 13 got in the top 3 placings for their race! Cross Country here ​ For photos, please see our " " tab. latest news Well done to our school contestants in the Paparoa Speech Contest May 2018: John Hampshire, Estella Hinsch and Phebe Polwart. You all got over your nerves and produced a wonderful effort! Congratulations goes to John Hampshire, who came first in the senior section! John delivered a great speech on Peer Pressure. John has a great gifting in this area, and this will help him go very far in the future. Well done John! with Living Way School and Home-school was held Monday, 26th march 2018. Please click to see the results for track events and for field events. Our school done very well! Congratulations goes to our new record holders: Athletics here here ​ 400m Track 14-15yr Girls Tegan Leaf High jump 11-13yr Girls, and Discus 11-13yr Girls Chloe Leaf High jump 9-10yr Girls, and Discus 9-10yr Girls. Estella Hinsch ​ ​ For photos, please see our " " tab. latest news Congratulations to all of our These wonderful students all received a certificate from the 2018 Swim School here in Maungaturoto, well done! little star swimmers! Recognition goes to for his efforts and outstanding acheivements in Agri-culture. Just a few of his awards pictured below, well done Arjan, we look forward to what the new year brings! Arjan Pederson,


    HORSE SWING FUNDRAISER Heading 1 Recently we were blessed with excess stock of these horse swings. Thank you to the very generous person who donated the swings! As a result, we are selling them as a fundraiser for the school. These are brand new, very unique indoor & outdoor horse swings. The indoor swing starts at $30. There are single and double outdoor frames available for an extra $20 & $40, but there is limited stock of these, so please act quickly if you would like an outdoor frame. Freight Auckland - Wellington $20, South Island $25. Please see below for more information. 2018

  • A.C.E CURRICULUM | ocschool

    curriculum is being used at all levels. ACE is an American curriculum that is complemented with New Zealand content. Christian moral standards and truths are integrated throughout all subjects. ) Accelerated Christian Education (ACE ​ Children are assessed and graded on the basis of their achievement level in each major subject, rather than on their age. This means less able students are not so likely to develop low self esteem and more able students can be more fully extended. ​ The educational philosophy of ACE is that children read rather than listen to gain knowledge, and that the “teacher” supervises that learning. Because the system is self-instructional, the supervisors can focus their attention on individual children and the specific areas where assistance is needed. ACE has an excellent program for teaching young children to read; “Reading Readiness” and ABC’s which use a phonetic approach to the alphabet. ​ Once children are able to read, they are presented in each subject with a series of instructional workbooks (PACE’s). The concepts and knowledge in each PACE build upon each other. Each PACE is mastered before a student moves up to the next one, thus eliminating gaps in learning. ​ Senior students, upon completion of a subject, receive credits, which when enough have accrued, qualify them for an ACE Certificate. Students from Year 7 to Year 10 are also extended in the afternoon into many areas to develop the gifts God has given them. They participate in National Student Convention and have a choice of participating in South Pacific Convention and International Convention competing against other A.C.E students around the world in a wide variety of disciplines in Academics, Athletics, Visual Arts, Manual Arts, Performance Arts, Media Arts, Music – vocal and instrumental. about the Accelerated Christian Education Program More ​ The Accelerated Christian Education program is a total package, self-instructional curriculum covering all grade levels and core subjects from Kindergarten through to Year 13. For over 20 years the A.C.E. curriculum has been successfully used by thousands of students in NZ. It is now used in over 7,000 Christian schools in over 100 countries as well as being used by thousands of homeschooling families. ​ Each subject is presented in a series of self-instructional workbooks, called PACEs, progressively graduated so that new concepts and truths build upon previously mastered ones. An 80% pass mark is required in each PACE before a student is permitted to proceed to the next PACE. Twelve PACEs represent one year’s work in each subject. ​ Christian World View All educational curriculum in its content and prescribed methodology presents a particular philosophical position or world view. Public education presents a secular or humanistic world view. The philosophy behind the A.C.E. curriculum is built on basic biblical principles so that students are taught to see life from God’s point of view as they study the standard subjects of English, Science, Social Studies etc. Biblical values and concepts considered foundational to successful living are conveyed throughout the curriculum in such a way as to become life-shaping influences. A.C.E. is nondenominational. ​ Built on Five Basic Laws of Learning The following five principals under gird the A.C.E system of learning: Students must be placed at the academic level in each subject where they can perform. Reasonable goals must be set each school day. Students must be controlled and motivated. Learning must be measurable. Learning must be rewarded. Meets Individual Needs One of the main principles of the A.C.E. curriculum is that students work at their own achievement level and this can differ from subject to subject. On completing diagnostic tests to determine learning gaps and achievement levels, each student is given an individual academic prescription that will meet his individual needs ensuring that he works at his own achievement level. The nature of the curriculum also allows students to work at their own pace according to their own ability. It is able to meet the individual needs of each student. ​ Mastery Based Learning Advancement through the A.C.E. programme is attained only through learning. Only when a student has sufficiently mastered the contents of a PACE can he advance to the next PACE in the full scope and sequence curriculum. ​ Procedures There are various procedures built into the A.C.E. programme. These procedures when properly utilised can produce the following results: Daily goal setting Students taking responsibility for their own learning A high standard of quality control Mastery of concepts Continual and consistent assessment of student’s learning Good work habits Academic excellence ​ Self-Instructional Initially the student learns to read using our phonics based programme. Then they read to learn. The student is responsible for setting goals and completing them. The Supervisor (Teacher) is there to clarify and assist the student as needed as well as encourage, motivate and discipline according to procedures if required. Work not completed goes home as homework and parents are expected to supervise their children to complete their work. ​ Character Development One of the features of the A.C.E. curriculum is that it incorporates character building and wisdom principles. Christian truths and Biblical principles are integrated through all subjects. Each PACE promotes one of sixty character traits identifiable in the life of Christ and these are reinforced by a Scripture passage. ​ A.C.E CERTIFICATE RECOGNITION Secondary Qualification ​ A.C.E. offers several of its own secondary qualifications based on various credit requirements. The highest of these has been assessed by the NZ Vice Chancellors’ Committee and holders are eligible to be considered for admission ‘ad eundem statum’ (at the same status) at entrance level by a NZ university. A student must complete 12 PACEs per subject commencing at PACE level 1085 to gain a credit towards an A.C.E. Certificate. ​ Certificate of Academic Achievement NZ Year 13: 29 credits ​ A letter from the Chair of the New Zealand Vice-chancellor’s Committee’s Subcommittee on Entrance states: “That students who have obtained the A.C.E. Year 13 Certificate of Academic Achievement, including 4 subjects designated Year 13/Seventh Form level, may be granted admission ad eundem statum at entrance level” Students who achieve a Year 13 Academic Certificate with 5 subjects at the year 13 Level and with a minimum average of 93% in those 5 subjects will be awarded this certificate with honours. The A.C.E. Academic council of New Zealand considers this to be at least at an A Bursary level. ​ Certificate of Academic Achievement NZ Year 12: 23 credits ​ Another letter from the Academic Officer of the New Zealand Vice-chancellor’s Committee states: “If any of your home-schooling families are using the Accelerated Christian Education Programme, I am happy to advise you that this has already been assessed by the NZVCC and a student achieving a Year 12 Certificate is eligible to be considered for provisional entrance by a New Zealand university.” Many students have also gained entrance into a number of overseas institutes of higher learning. The following is a list of the A.C.E. Certificates available in New Zealand: NZ Certificate of Achievement (minimum 5 credits) NZ Certificate of Achievement Level 1 (15 credits) NZ Certificate of Achievement Level 2 (20 credits) NZ Certificate of Achievement Level 3 (25 credits) NZ Year 11 Certificate of Academic Achievement (17 credits) NZ Year 12 Certificate of Academic Achievement (23 credits) NZ Year 13 Certificate of Academic Achievement (29 credits There are printed guidelines for each of these certificates.


    Accommodation Code of Practice International Student Policies International Policies outcomes International Prospectus Principal's Welcome For more information on our international students programme, or to enrol, please contact our international students’ director – Lynette Bell at or ​ Phone: 09 4318487 ​ Otamatea Christian School 98 Hurndall Street, Maungaturoto Northland New Zealand

  • MORE INFORMATION | ocschool

    SCHOOL POLICIES The school policies can be found . Please contact the school for more information. here SCHOOL RULES ​ The school has a number of rules about what can be brought to or worn to school. This is to keep our uniform tidy and to prevent competition and distraction amongst students. Following school rules is an opportunity to learn to obey and build character. Whatever we do later in life, it is governed by rules which we must learn to follow or face the consequences. Please help to keep up our school’s standards by supporting our rules. Non-Uniform Clothing Increasingly students are wearing non-uniform items to school. Non-uniform clothing worn at school may be confiscated for the rest of the term, and children may be sent home. ​ Hair Students hair must be clean and tidy at all times with no extremes of fashion acceptable, e.g. Mohawks, dreadlocks, corn rows, rat’s tails, man buns, unnatural coloured hair, shaved sections etc. Long hair must be tied back away from the face. All hair ties must be school colours. The way students present themselves must be of a business office setting. ​ Electronic devices Any student bringing a cell phone or Ipad to school must give it to Mr Bell to lock in the drawer until after school. Students found playing on devices during school will have them confiscated. ​ Make Up, Nail Polish and Jewellery No makeup or fingernail polish is to be worn to school. Students wearing makeup will have to wash it off with soap and water. Students needing to use the schools nail polish remover will be charged a dollar towards replacing it. The only Jewelry allowed at school are small gold or silver ear studs that can have a stone of the school colours (red, white and navy blue) or a necklace with a small cross. Incorrect Jewelry will be confiscated. ​ UNIFORM Please click for information on uniforms. For more information, or to order, please contact the school office. here


    Principal’s Address ​ Thank you for your interest in our school. I look forward to welcoming new students and international students who are motivated to experience Christian Education in a New Zealand rural setting. ​ 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 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. 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 • To have enquiring minds, a sense of discipline, co-operation and responsibility. • To develop an appreciation of their cultural background, a capacity for leadership and 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 have chosen 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 Bell Principal