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Ōtaki College Te Kāreti o Ōtaki

Newsletter No 7, 16 August 2013

Ma te hau tonga e whiu ai au ki ngā puke iri mai o Kāpiti i waho rā. The south wind carries me to the hills of Kāpiti out there....

News and Events Ōtaki Scholar Visit


s Head Boy of Ōtaki College it was my duty and great honour

to host the 70th Ōtaki scholar, Craig Brownhill, from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen. Craig was in Ōtaki for 4 days, during which time we were welcomed onto Raukawa Marae and visited Pukekaraka hill, where we laid wreaths to commemorate the 60th Korean War anniversary. We also spent some time at the Sander tie factory where we were shown the wide range of quality ties produced in Ōtaki . The highlight of the trip for me was our visit to Kapiti Island where we saw a kiwi up close in its natural habitat. This is something I have never seen in the wild before. A huge thanks to John Barrett and Kapiti Island Nature tours for this opportunity and for hosting us for the night. I also enjoyed going to Rangiatea church and learning the history behind this spectacular church

in Ōtaki and how it was rebuilt after being burnt down in 1995. I enjoyed getting to know Craig better and learning about his country and school. I look forward one day to going and visiting him in Aberdeen. I’d like to thank the following people who were responsible for making this visit so enjoyable and full of historic activities: Colin Robertson from the RSA, Sander Ties, Kapiti Island Nature tours, Rupene Waaka and especially Andre Baker for his organisation and also for transporting Craig and I around Ōtaki during Craig’s visit. His passion and wealth of knowledge really helped make Craig’s visit memorable. Nick Putt Head Boy

Japanese School Visit


even action packed days in August saw 18 Japanese students experience a slice of life in Ōtaki . The students, accompanied by their teacher, Kunie Machida, and principal Tatsuhide Mizumura, were from the rural town of Tomioka, Gunma, two hours northwest of Tokyo. A group of students from Ōtaki College had visited them earlier in the year and been hosted by them, so this was an opportunity for Ōtaki College to reciprocate with some good old Kiwi hospitality. While in Ōtaki the students were able to be fully immersed in English speaking and listening by staying in Ōtaki homes and spending time in and around Ōtaki College with activities ranging from archery and rock climbing to making videos of themselves making speeches. Valuable interaction with Kiwi students took place when they spent a day in the Japanese languages classes, and again when they attended a traditional Kiwi BBQ with host families. They also enjoyed being tourists. A day was spent in Wellington, visiting Parliament, Te Papa and the Weta Workshops. Lindale Tourist Centre and Southwards Car Museum were

with host families, teachers and buddies was shared. Japanese and Kiwi tears were shed as the group boarded their bus to go home. The final words uttered where “We’ll be back”. Howard Manins Director, International Students

venues on another day. A tour of Ōtaki had them experiencing beach, bush and Rangiatia Church in the space of two hours. The group were welcomed to Ōtaki College with a formal Māori powhiri which they responded to with a waiata – the Tomioka school song, sung in beautiful two part harmony. Before departing, a farewell function was held where speeches were had, each student received a certificate and a final meal

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From the Principal Ōtaki College Uniform


ver the course of 2013 we have been working on a rationalisation and rebranding plan for the Ōtaki College uniform. This has come about because of the range of uniform options that have led to confusion around “what is the Ōtaki College uniform?” In various newsletters this year we have encouraged parent feedback on this process and we would like to thank you for your contributions in relation to this. Students have also had input into the process. We have now reached a point where we can inform you about the planned phase in of our uniform. There are minimal changes so that the “change process” will be as simple and economical as possible.

example for all other students in the college. The College staff and BOT support the move for year 13 students to wear College uniform in 2014.

gold bands) Stockings (girls – black) Black lace up or slip on school shoes with a heel (NO CANVAS SHOES)

The uniform items will not be compulsory in 2014 but will be phased in over the year. By 2015 we would expect all students to be dressed completely in our College Uniform. The graphics of the College uniform will be placed onto the College website for parents to view.

Senior Uniform Years 11 to 13

Junior Uniform Year 7 to 10

Optional items (junior and senior) Cap (OC design) Beanie (OC design) Scarf (College scarf or plain Navy Blue scarf) A key feature of the change is that Polar fleece (Navy Blue with College there will be both junior and senior Crest) uniforms. The reasons for this are: to Compulsory items develop a rite of passage into the sen- Canterbury Jacket (College Crest) ior school, to signal a time for senior Jersey (new design – gold and white students to start setting an example bands around V neck) for younger students and to emphaPolo Shirt (boys in Blue polo/Girls in sise the leadership role of senior white polo) students in the life of the College. Tartan Skirt (to be at knee length – parents are encouraged to keep As Year 13 is the ultimate year of a good hem to enable this to be let leadership we want to have a unidown to allow for growth) form for Year 13 students that they Socks (girls white with gold and blue can be proud of wearing and that will bands/boys navy blue with white and give them the opportunity to set an

Events (continued)



hree students completed in the Swimming Championships in June: Yuri Taylor, Nicole Taylor and Cassie Lundie. Yuri, a Year 11 student, came 2nd in the Senior Boys 50m freestyle.

his was an exciting match in which St Bernards were winning 3-0 at half time. The Ōtaki team came back with 2 goals in the 2nd half to lose 3-2.


his term the students are working with 3 different guest tutors. Two are from Pump Dance Crew, which is based in Wellington - Libby and Esther. Libby worked with the students in Term 1, and both performed in the show in Wellington that the students went to in Term 2. These tutors are teaching a range of hip hop styles, including breaking, popping, locking and there will also be some aspects of Contemporary Dance included.

Note: there will not be a college PE uniform at this point

College Sport Wellington Swimming Champs

St Bernards vs Ōtaki Soccer Game

Senior Dance Update

Formal Uniform (every day uniform and ALL formal events) College Blazer (as per male graphic on website – navy blue with gold trim with kowhaiwhai on top pocket Jersey (worn optionally under Blazer) White shirt (Boys) or White Blouse (Girls) College tie College Tartan year 13 tie (year 13 and staff only) Black trousers (Boys only) Tartan Skirt Year 11 and 12 (to be at knee length – parents are encouraged to keep a good hem to enable this to be let down to allow for growth) Black Skirt Year 13 (to be at knee length) Stockings (Girls – black) Black lace up or slip on school shoes with a heel (NO CANVAS SHOES) (OR the choice of wearing junior uniform style as outlined above during summer but not at formal functions and events)

forming Arts and I am so grateful she is volunteering her time to come in and share her expertise. Tina began teaching the students a Haka in the last week of Term 2 which she created especially for the students.

class work. We have certainly become a tight knit class!

At the end of the Term we will have a showing for whanau/family. The dance work will combine all the different genres and will give the students credits towards their New Maori Dance assessment.

We are also lucky to have Tina Kaiawe come in on Mondays this Term. Tina is I am delighted with the students an expert in the field of Māori Perparticipation and attitude towards their

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Events (continued) Why I joined the Navy


joined the Navy for a multitude of reasons, mainly for the qualifications and travel opportunities offered. I also

joined due to family tradition. My experience in the RNZN I have recently completed the Navy’s Basic Common Training (BCT) course, which is thirteen weeks of constant, controlled stress, where myself and eighty other young men and women from all over New Zealand were taught everything that a sailor must know, for example: Weapons handling and shooting, sailing, ropework, first aid, sea survival skills, parade drill training, an introduction to damage control, Naval history, OSH, security of belongings etc., discipline, Naval terms and slang, uniform maintenance, and much more. We were also taught about teamwork, the Navy’s three core values; Courage, Comradeship and Commitment, and to be self-reliant and disciplined

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre


n the last school holidays I went to Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in the Wairarapa. I did a taster course to see what it would be like to go there as a student. I found out about it at the Careers Day at Te Takere in Levin. On the course we tried all the different kinds of farming and jobs that you might do on a farm. It was a good experience, you make heaps of mates. I would recommend it! Pat Morrissey, Year 10 Student

sailors. The course is full of challenges, ranging from the Confidence Course at Whangaparaoa’s Tamaki Leadership Centre to the seven metre jump off of a jetty, and the ever-rewarding Physical Training sessions. My next step The next step for me is a thirteenmonth long Basic Branch Training (BBT) course, which is my initial apprenticeship for my chosen trade (Marine Technician), where I learn about the machinery onboard the Ships and improve my basic machining skills. I highly recommend a career in the Navy, and the New Zealand Defence Force to anyone wishing to pursue one. Tyrone Bowler Ex-Ōtaki College Student

Girls 1st Xl

Peer Mediation Service


e have recently carried out James Mackie-Ritchie, Reon Pukefurther training of Peer Metapu, Zoe Matla, Zoe Thomson and diators. The students were trained in Arahia Ngatai. the skills of active listening, conflict resolution and the mediation process. Their attentiveness and willingness to learn the process was brilliant. These students will now be available to assist students in the school with resolving minor conflicts. The students are: Teeana TawhitiWatson, Alice Yung, Alyssa Kata, Lisa-Marie Turner, Shenee Nicholson, Anya George, Andre Kruk, Maikara Hanson-Hand, Stephanie Down, Ashley Tawharu, Kahurangi Sturmey,

New Zealand Business Week


arly Richardson and Morgan Allan, Ōtaki College Year 13 students were selected to attend NZBW in Palmerston North during the first week of the Term Two holidays. Sincere thanks to Ōtaki Rotary, Ōtaki First National and Ōtaki College Home & School Association who sponsored the students. By completing the Business Week course both students have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship, should they wish to pursue a business degree

at Massey University. Karly said “The main activity that ran throughout Business Week was a business simulation that meant we had to make decisions on advertising budgets, ordering and pricing stock, paying dividends and repaying loans.” Morgan added “throughout the week we also competed in our groups in team building activities such as the confidence course at Linton Army camp, Daytona (go carting) and theatre sports. We were visited by many


he Girls won the finals for the region 2-1. They are now in the finals for Wellington. In the words of a parent “It was a great, tough game against Tawa College, but the girls held out and never gave up right to the end when they scored the 2nd goal, which was well deserved. John [Heenan] their coach is just fantastic and all the parents are very proud of him and the girls.”

CEO’s of large companies such as Toyota who talked to us about their experiences in business, as well as owners of locally owned companies. We visited Massey University and listened to Vice Chancellor Steve Maharey who gave an inspirational speech about the university and where he sees business heading in the future.” Both girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and recommended Business Week to any student interested in pursuing a career in business. Page 3

College Notices

Ōtaki Beach Clean-up Day


apiti Pak’nSave are organising a Kapiti Coastline clean-up day on Tuesday September 3. Our college has been given the time slot of 11.301.30. The school on the coast which collects the most Pac’n Save bags of rubbish will win $1000 of Kapiti Pak n Save vouchers. The Home and School Association and Student Council are supporting this event in the hope success may kick start our gala fundraising for 2013. We are allowed a total of 50 students and adults (combined) for the cleanup. If you are keen to be involved on the day please contact Jo McInerney (Guidance Counsellor) at college on extension 716.

Community Notices

Teacher Only Day

College will be closed on Monday 2nd September for a professional development day.

Please ring the Main Office - 364 8204 - if you wish to make arrangements for your children to be supervised on this day. NZQA fees are now overdue. $76.70 per person or $20.00 if student is eligible for financial assistance. All applications for assistance, together with payment must be in by Friday 23rd August.

BoT Policy Review

The BoT policy currently under review is Personnel. If you would like to view and comment on this policy please contact Viv White on vwt@ for a copy.

Friends of the Sander Scholar

Premier Sponsor: Sander Ties

Platinum Sponsors: Rotary Club of Ōtaki McAndrews Menswear

Gold Sponsors:

Castle Rock Foundation Trust - Marlan Trading Garrett Family

Silver Sponsor:

Kapiti Communications Ltd

Bronze Sponsors:

Equine and Farm Veterinary Services Ltd Super Liquor Ōtaki

Check out our website for Term 3 Events

WOT TO WEAR & NOT TO WEAR - Hosted by Suzie Johnson of Oosh Buy tickets now and go in the draw to win the CASH back! Ōtaki Montessori Pre School present an evening of fun and fashion. Wednesday 21st August 2013 at Ōtaki Racecourse, Te Roto Road, Ōtaki. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm Get a group of your friends and come along to this wonderful show! Ticket price $25 Heaps of great raffle and spot prizes, cash bar and great stalls selling wonderful gear on the evening. Checkout our FaceBook page Ōtaki Montessori Pre School Inc or our website Contact Ōtaki Montessori Pre School 3647500, Sala 021751 679 or Vanessa 021 745 903

Otaki Pony Club enrolment day Saturday 31st August 3.00pm. (un-mounted). Te Roto Road, Ōtaki Race Course. For further details please call Angela (06) 3647048. Ōtaki Pony Club is committed to youth equine knowledge and skills in a fun environment.

Kapiti Coast – Kapi Mana 0800 822 673 Budget Cars from $35* *(11days +) Family and Business Cars from $50 day 12 Seater Jumbo Vans from $105 day Furniture Moving Trucks from $105 day Depots at Paraparaumu Rail Paraparaumu Airport Kenepuru Porirua

Cobwebs trust would appreciate any second hand uniform and used clothing. Please leave at the shop on Main St or ring Rod Graham 0274 457545. If nothing has gone in re breakfast clubs…. BREAKFAST CLUBS. Schools and the local churches have established breakfast clubs for all students in Ōtaki. Recently Morena Café has opened in the Presbyterian Church on Mill Rd and is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. For students living in the plateau area the breakfast club operates out of the Baptist Church Hall from 8.15am Monday to Friday. The breakfast club at Ōtaki school has been operating successfully for some years. Breakfast clubs in our area are supported Fonterra, Sanitarium and Cobwebs Trust Ōtaki. Rotary Australia exchange 2014

Singing and Violin Lessons Experienced teacher offering after school lessons. Mondays and Thursdays Ōtaki ; Wednesdays Paraparaumu and Raumati. Rachel: Mobile 021 936 749, Email

Fundraiser for : Cameron Lafrentz.

Scrap metal drive

Cameron is raising funds to take part in the Rotary Australia exchange next year, this consists of a student coming to stay with us for a term starting in April and then Cameron returning to Australia with that student for a term in July. Any scrap metal you have, you would be happy to donate we will come and collect it at a time that suits. The money raised will go towards the costs involved, it is estimated he will need around $5000.00 Any amount will help. Thank you.


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