In Otumatua we work collaboratively to provide the children with the best experiences we can. We use the Halswell ACTIVE curriculum and the Halswell Values to help us develop young adolescents who show a Growth Mindset in all areas of their life. Our supportive environment is designed to assist children in being self directed learners who are prepared to face the challenge of high school and life beyond.

We have a focus on:

  • Inquiry learning – encouraging decision making and information literacy skills
  • Numeracy – including integrated maths
  • Literacy – reading for comprehension and understanding, as well as speaking with confidence
  • Integrating ICT into programmes where applicable
  • Expanding our experiences and developing personal skills and interests
  • Acknowledging New Zealand’s biculturalism by integrating tikanga and Te Reo into our learning programmes and by providing regular Whanau afternoons.
  • Developing future leaders

Leadership Opportunities:

  • School leaders – School Leaders, Secretary, Treasurer, Communication, Safety, Library, Cultural, International and Environmental leaders
  • Buddy classes
  • Kapa Haka leaders
  • Road Patrol
  • Environmental Group
  • Librarians
  • House Captains

We offer:

  • Many musical opportunities – Orchestra, Senior Choir, Vocal Group, Jazz Band, School Production
  • Technology at Hillmorton – textiles, woodwork, metalwork, home economics as well as additional classes in subjects such as computing, drama, visual art and science
  • Hagley Sport – a weekly competition over winter
  • EOTC – Wainui / Aoraki Mt Cook, Sailing, Ski trip
  • Languages – introduction to either Spanish or Japanese
  • A range of competition opportunities – e.g. Cantamath, Jump Jam, Speech Competitions, sports competitions at Zone and Canterbury level, Literacy Quiz, Science Competition, Current Events Quiz
  • Young Leaders’ Conference to help develop our school leaders’ abilities
  • ICAS Competitions (Digital Technology, Science, Writing, Spelling, English, Mathematics)
  • Regular Whanau afternoons where all of our students teach various concepts to the rest of the school, incorporating tikanga and te Reo

The Teachers

Miss Lisa Dovey : Team Leader / T40 Teacher
Miss Lisa Dovey
Team Leader / T40 Teacher
Mr Ben Qauqau : T41 Teacher
Mr Ben Qauqau
T41 Teacher
Sally Craw : T42 Teacher
Sally Craw
T42 Teacher
Leanne Spicer : T42 Teacher
Leanne Spicer
T42 Teacher
Kelsey Bush : T43 Teacher
Kelsey Bush
T43 Teacher
Ms Sarah Dyer : T44 Teacher
Ms Sarah Dyer
T44 Teacher
Mrs Mandy Dellaca : T45 Teacher
Mrs Mandy Dellaca
T45 Teacher
Mrs Kim Wilson : T45 Teacher
Mrs Kim Wilson
T45 Teacher

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