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- Otamatea Christian School
Pet Day, Flower Day, Cake Competition Welcome to Otamatea Christian School Our Next Event will be our School Cross Country .Home Schooling Students Welcome Date: 1st November Time: 9 to 3 Thank You for Coming 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 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 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 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. Friday 22, September: Term 3 ends. Term 4 starts Monday 9 October Pet Day 16 October start 8.45 a.m Cross Country 1st November, Week 4, 8.45 am start. End date to be decided but no later than Wednesday 20 December SCHOOL TERM DATES 2023
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- DONATE | ocschool
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- 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.
- FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL | ocschool
Become a friend of the school with regular donations, lump sum donations or bequests, by filling out our contact details form and donating online to: BANK DETAILS 02-0484-0105879-00 REFERENCE OCSGIFT CODE Your name Donations are tax deductible for NZ residents Contact Information First Name Last Name Email Street Address Street Address Line 2 City Region/State/Province Postal / Zip code Country Country Code Phone Additional Info > Thanks for submitting!
- KAPAHAKA | ocschool
KAPAHAKA We involve the whole school in our Kapahaka group, so we have a fairly large group (currently 30 students approx.) from 5 yrs old up to 16 years. Our school Kapahaka group has only been going for a little while, despite this, the students have embraced their cultural learning and are performing extremely well, with a lot of great comments and feedback from our audiences. Over the last few years, we have performed at various places, and every year at our school prize giving. We teach waiata (songs) that support our schools' ethics and values, and our aim is to impute Wairua Tapu (God's Holy Spirit) and God's message through our performances.
- 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.
- 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 Fees - Distance Learning | ocschool
Distance learning fees for the 2023 As an independent school, OCS is a non-profit organisation that operates independently of the government. Operating costs of the school are covered by tuition fees and donations. All fees are in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax of 15%. The School reserves the right to change fees at any time. Where possible, one term’s notice of the expected increase will be provided. Distance Learning: $6,000.00 per annum $1,500.00 per quarter Curriculum Resources and Stationery: $600.00 per annum $150.00 per quarter