Ohau School, RD 20 Muhunoa East Road, Levin

Thank you to our PTA for helping fund the special performance we had here at school on Friday. The Kahurangi Dance Company was something different for the children to enjoy – and they sure did. I personally thought they were one of the best guest shows we have had at school. Using a combination of kapahaka and drama, the Kahurangi Maori

 

Enrolments

We encourage parents and children to visit our school to have a good look around and discuss what our school can offer your child/ren before enrolling. The Principal is happy to discuss all enrolments, come into the office or ring for an appointment.

To enrol new entrants, we require a copy of a birth certificate and an immunisation certificate.

School operates an enrolment scheme.  Full details of the zone boundaries are available from the school office.

New Entrants

All pre-school children, from the age of four and a half and in consultation with the New Entrant teacher and Principal, who will be attending Ohau School, are able to attend a weekly session on Friday 8:50am–11am in the New Entrants room.

The policy on attendance by new entrant children is that they will attend the same school hours as the rest of the school, 8.50am to 2:40pm.

If, however, a child is becoming over-tired as a result of their new environment, the occasional late start or day’s rest is encouraged.​

Student Support

We have programmes and systems in place to support all students with a wide range of needs.

Living Above the Line
A positive support structure to help children make positive changes in behaviour. We deal with all issues with a positive response.

Learning Support
Very specific programmes designed to raise achievement.

Nga Whetu
A part-time teacher is employed to work with small groups.

Extension Programmes
We have extension classes in Literature and Mathematics for high achieving Year 6-8 students. This is taken by a very experienced part-time teacher.

Student Councillors
Representatives from each class that meet regularly to organise fun activities for students. These include having Wheels days where students can ride their bikes, scooters, skates etc during breaks or Themed Dress-up days.

Student Support Group
Volunteers who give up their own time to support students, who may find socialising difficult. Big thanks for community support from our furniture movers north shore team in Auckland who moved us here from our old location. Their furniture movers trade me page  is available for booking 

Curriculum
  • Assessment Data is analysed and programmes implemented to address areas of need.
  • Academic achievement is acknowledged with many awards presented during the year and at The Annual Prizegiving, including monetary schloarships.
  • The school currently offers Extension programmes where possible, as well as a very comprehensive Learning Assistance Programme for those children who experience a wide range of learning difficulties.
  • The School has redesigned the Curriculum and Assessment programme. We continue to do this through rigorous self review and Professional Development.
  • Ohau now offers Inquiry Learning Model for Curriculum Delivery.

School Record

Technology

Once a week Year 7 and 8 students travel to Levin Intermediate for Technology lessons. These lessons involve practical hands-on learning in Food Technology, Clothing Textiles, Hard Materials and Art. Students attend approximately ten lessons in each class and are given the opportunity to learn a range of skills from specialist teachers. During these lessons they will produce a variety of products that will be assessed and then allowed to be taken home. The 2019 annual charge for each student is $110 which covers the cost of the materials.

Languages

We believe that in the 21st Century students need to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages and explore different world views in relation to their own. (The New Zealand Curriculum) How are we going to achieve this? We will: create supportive learning environments with task based activities. provide students with a range of activities involving listening, speaking, viewing, presenting and performing. make links with other schools to share the culture of the language being taught. make links with cultures associated with the language being taught.

Kapahaka

Kapahaka or Maori Performing Arts is an important part of our programme at Ohau School. It has become increasingly popular among our students with around 40 students in the Junior group and another 40 in the Senior group, which is almost half of our school roll. Both Maori and non-Maori students alike, enjoy the opportunity to participate. Our group is highly regarded and is often invited to open community functions.