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  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS | ocschool

    Accommodation Code of Practice International Student Policies International Policies outcomes: 13 ,14 ,15 ,16 ,17 ,18 ,19 ,20 ,21 ,22 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 lynettebellteach@gmail.com or otamateachristianschool@gmail.com ​ Phone: 09 4318487 ​ Otamatea Christian School 98 Hurndall Street, Maungaturoto Northland New Zealand

  • SCHOOL POLICIES | ocschool

    SCHOOL POLICIES The school policies can be found by clicking on the following links. Please contact the school for more information. Attendance Policy Enrolment Policy E.O.T.C (Education outside the classroom) Policy Equal Employment Opportunities Policy Internet Safety Policy (incl. internet bullying) Physical Restraint Policy Child Protection Policy Health & Safety Policy Privacy Policy Stand down & Suspension Policy Vulnerable Children Policy

  • OUR TEAM | ocschool

    OUR TEAM ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Mark Bell is our Principal, Administrator, Senior Learning Centre Teacher/Supervisor, and Boys Dean. ​ Paul Chambers is our School Pastor and Chairman of the Board of Governors. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Our Board of Governors members are: ​ Paul Chambers Chairman Mark Bell Principal/school Rep. Philip Leaf Finance / Parent Rep. James Rout Maintenance / Policies Kayley Polwart Secretary / Enrollment / Advertising Paul McCarroll Community Rep. David Cooper Parent Rep. ​ Our School Monitor is Tamara Rout . We also have volunteer Readers and Helpers in the school who we greatly value and appreciate their time and effort. OUR TEAM

  • NEWSLETTER / LATEST NEWS | ocschool

    Newsletters: Please click here for the latest newsletter. 2021 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:

  • 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. if you have any queries please contact the office on (09) 431 8487. Please click here to view our current school fees. Fees increase a minimum of 2% annually.

  • ACHEIVEMENTS | ocschool

    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2021 Year 13 student Arjan won the National level heavy weight steer overall champion, and National level overall grand champion steer hook at the Future Beef National Competition held in Manawatu May 2021. Well done Arjan, we are all very proud of you! Also our year 13 student Tyga achieved her Grade 7 music in singing with Trinity College, awesome work, well done Tyga! 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 here for the results, and pictures below. Aaron Tennent and Chloe Leaf, starting, before the mud... And after... Cross Country 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. ​ 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... Congratulations 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!!! ATHLETICS 2019 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 here to see our school results. A special recognition goes to the following students for their overall outstanding achievements, and sportsmanship: Outstanding Achievement: Arjan Pedersen Grace Cullen Jireh Cullen Chloe Leaf Kayla Leaf Brooke Chambers ​ A BIG 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... 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! Congratulations 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! STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2018 Cross Country with Excellere College was held Friday 1st June 2018. Please click here 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! ​ For photos, please see our "latest news " tab. 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! Athletics with Living Way School and Home-school was held Monday, 26th march 2018. Please click here to see the results for track events and here for field events. Our school done very well! Congratulations goes to our new record holders: ​ Tegan Leaf 400m Track 14-15yr Girls Chloe Leaf High jump 11-13yr Girls, and Discus 11-13yr Girls Estella Hinsch High jump 9-10yr Girls, and Discus 9-10yr Girls. ​ ​ For photos, please see our "latest news " tab. Congratulations to all of our little star swimmers! These wonderful students all received a certificate from the 2018 Swim School here in Maungaturoto, well done! Recognition goes to Arjan Pederson, 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 curriculum 2021 NEWSLETTERS 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS E.R.O REPORT 2018 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 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 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: otamateachristianschool@gmail.com Success! Message received. Send

  • MORE INFORMATION | ocschool

    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 here for information on uniforms. For more information, or to order, please contact the school office.

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