Children begin their schooling at Oratia District School in one of our two New Entrant classes (Room 1 and Room 2), where they will remain until their routines for learning are well established. This takes anywhere from four to ten weeks, depending on the child.
They will then be moved (with a group of their friends) to a Year 0/Year 1 class for the remainder of the year. If their birthday falls before May 1 they will be considered a Year 1 student from their first day at school and proceed to Year 2 in the first term of their second year. If their birthday falls on or after May 1 they will be considered Year 0 for the remainder of their first year and proceed to Year 1 in the first term of the following year. This is to ensure that all students spend at least three terms at Year 1 level. If you have any questions please talk to your class teacher or contact our Deputy Principal with responsibility for the Junior School, Pam Thomas.
Potiki (Junior School)
Our Junior School (Years 0, 1 and 2) classes are based in Rooms 1 to 9. To find out more about the Junior School click here.
Arawhata (Middle School)
Our Middle School (Years 3 and 4 composite) classes are split geographically, with Room 10, 11 and 12 down behind the learning center, while the rest of the middle school are in Rooms 13, 14, 15 and 16. To find out more about the Middle School click here.
Tuakana (Senior School)
The Senior School (Years 5 and 6) is situated in Rooms 17 to 19 of the Sunshine Block, as well as Rooms 22, 23 and 24. Room 20 is our music room, and Room 21 is our technology room, where we do cooking and baking and our Out-Of-School Care service is housed. To find out more about the Senior School click here.
Oratia District School is unique in New Zealand in that it has a small side school with a special character of its own. On the Lone Kauri Road near Karekare Beach, Lone Kauri School is attached to the Oratia staffing schedule. It caters for about 30 students from Years 0 to 6, under the direction of teachers Meredith Blackman and Viv Mulgrew. To find our more about Lone Kauri click here.
Many of our classes use blogs as a learning tool. Click here for the links to these blogs.