'Learn by Doing - Mā te Mahi kā Ako’


Click on the Link Above for the Level 3 Update from Mrs Graham

Welcome to Otaua School.

We are a small rural school located near the
Waiuku Forest. We are surrounded by stunning countryside, close to the Waikato River and Karioitahi Beach.

Historically our school has had a unique connection to the land in Otaua. That is both an historical connection (the portage, significant to the Maori in days gone by, and the dairy factory in Otaua) and a present connection through our farming families, and through the work we do as an Enviroschool. Because of this connection we have named our 4 house groups based around this environment. They are Swamp, River, Coast and Harbour.

Otaua School is 126 years old! The school was originally established in 1895 and was called Maioro school, and was located a little further up Maioro Road. The original school building is now part of the Waiuku Museum.

We currently have 180 students from NE to Year 8.

Our 8 classrooms are named after NZ native birds:

Room 1 Piwakawaka

Room 2 Kea

Room 3 Ruru

Room 4 Kiwi Kingdom

Room 5 Korimako Ako

Room 6 Kereru Cove

Room 7 Pukekos Nest

Room 8 Tui

R8 is a brand new class opening up at the start of Term 2 2021. This class will occupy the Junior Team Shared Space while our new modular classrooms are being built. Once these are completed the classrooms will have a small shuffle around, so watch this space!

In Term 1 of 2021 we had a brand new admin block open. This is a great space for the office and administration staff to work together. The PTA are also about to start a fabulous renovation on our colourful playground so watch this space for updates!

''At Otaua School we want all our students to be self-assured, connected, actively involved lifelong learners. '

Citizenship - Help make things better; respect authority and obey laws; protect the environment; be active in the community.

Fairness - Take turns and share; play by the rules, avoid blaming others; listen to the ideas of others

Responsibility - Practice self control; be accountable for your choices; finish what you begin; do your best and keep trying.

Trustworthiness - Be honest and reliable; be loyal to friends and family; always do the right thing; never lie, cheat or steal.

2021 Term Dates

Term One

Tuesday 2 February to Friday 16 April 2021
100 Half days)

Monday 8 February - Waitangi Day Observed

Friday 2 April - Good Friday

Monday 5 April - Easter Monday

Tuesday 6 April - Easter Tuesday

Term Two

Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July 2021
98 half days)

Monday 7 June - Queen’s Birthday

Term Three

Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October 2021
100 half days)

Term Four

Monday 18 October to Friday 17 December 2021
82 half days)
Monday 25 October - Labour Day