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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.

  • 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!

  • KAPAHAKA | ocschool

    KAPAHAKA Matariki Festival at Matakohe Museum was held on Monday 10 June 2019. This was our very first public performance outside of the school, and our children did very well! A lot of great and positive comments were made on our school's performance, and the Spirit of God was felt by a lot of people! Well done children -, tino pai rawa nga tamariki ma! Here are some pictures from the day: 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. ​

  • 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

  • A.C.E CURRICULUM | ocschool

    Accelerated Christian Education (ACE ) 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. ​ 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. More about the Accelerated Christian Education Program ​ 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.

  • 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.