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Otatara, a semi-rural residential area with a population of 3,000 residents is situated in a bush and beach area five-ten kilometres west of Invercargill between the New River Estuary and Oreti Beach.   Otatara Primary School is a U5 contributing state co-educational school with a roll of around 300, 15% of whom are Maori or Pasifika.   

We endeavour to provide a safe, caring, inclusive and stimulating learning environment where learners achieve success.  Numeracy and literacy are priority areas with the remaining learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum taught through team rotations and an inquiry based approach. Teachers provide differentiated programmes to support learners to work towards realising their potential.

The school has a total of 14 teaching spaces, plus a library, and is staffed by a team of around 18 teachers, a school secretary, 2 teacher-aides, a librarian/ICT support person, and a part-time caretaker.  The school’s picturesque grounds are surrounded by a native bush reserve and a golf course. A covered heated swimming pool is on-site and adjoining the school site is a large community centre and a kindergarten with which the school has a close connection. The school fosters and maintains a positive partnership with the community, reflected in the community support of school events.  Facilities are available to the community out of school hours and are used by various clubs, organisations and families.     

Comments from our ERO report

  1. Otatara School has a strong culture of ongoing improvement and high expectations. Teachers are very focussed on the students and their learning. Students, teachers, senior leaders and trustees strive for excellence, inline with the school’s vision.

  2. There are caring and respectful relationships between students and teachers, and among the students.

  3. Students can talk about how well they are learning and what they need to do to improve. Teachers value what they say.

  4. Students are well supported to develop confidence as learners and to take an active part in their school. Teachers work closely with the students to create a positive tone on and beyond the classroom. Students benefit from the strong learning partnerships with their teachers and other students. Teachers are continually developing programmes and practices to challenge and extend the students.

  5. Maori students have opportunities to develop their leadership in a variety of contexts, including kapa haka. Students told ERO that they feel privileged to be Maori at school.

  6. The school’s curriculum is very responsive to students’ needs and interests. Teachers have developed a more flexible framework to guide the delivery of the inquiry approach to learning. This provides students with well-structured opportunities for research in relevant contexts.

  7. Teachers know their students well and provide targeted teaching for individuals and small groups. They closely monitor students’ progress and achievement.

  8. Trustees, senior leaders and teachers are very committed to ongoing improvement.


Otatara School, in partnership with its community, provides educational opportunities in a caring environment, which motivate and challenge children.

Connected, self managing learners, striving for excellence

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