A supportive environment challenging children to become responsible learners
Omata Primary is a decile 10 state co-educational full primary school (years 1-8), contributing to New Plymouth secondary schools. The school is staffed by 7 classroom teachers. Ancillary staffing comprises a part-time school secretary and part-time teacher aides. The ethnic composition of the school is predominantly Pakeha/European. Maori students account for approximately 7% of the roll with other ethnic groups 7%.
The school comprises the main block, which contains 3 classrooms, toilets, health room, music room, admin and teacher offices, resource room, staff room and a flexible learning space (Kereru) that was created off the back of the block in 2015. In 2007 the library was built next to the bush which connects, via covered area, with the main block. There are also three classrooms by the field connected by decking and a paved courtyard. Each of these rooms has a teacher’s office attached and there are also 4 student toilets, a staff toilet, a resource storage unit and a flexible learning room known as the ‘creative incubator’. Sheds provide storage for wood and gardening equipment. Hard-courts were laid in 2008 at the corner of the field. There is a swimming pool with changing rooms and toilets located on the corner of the site. A Community Hall was opened on site in 1994 and the school has full access to the hall.
Omata School is a well-resourced rural, full primary school situated three kms south-west of New Plymouth on Surf Highway 45.
In 2008 the MoE initiated an enrolment policy for the school. The students are drawn from a zone that is predominantly a semi-rural community stretching from, and including, the edge of the city to Koru Road, incorporating all roads running from the coast to the mountain. There are a number of established family groups in the local area, many extending back three or more generations. There is a high level of employment, with an increasing number of families having two or more employed outside the local Omata area.
The school is the main focal point for community, having many established traditions and strong partnerships with families. The reasonably strong social network among school families and and the small size of the school enables much informal social contact.
The school continues to provide grounds and associated facilities that are available as physical and social focal points. Attention is paid to sustaining natural resources and the bush, with sympathetic playground, garden and outdoor learning spaces.
- Omata School staff will follow the National Education Guidelines that include the National Administration Guidelines and the National Curriculum Framework. In doing so, pupils will receive a balanced education which complies with our legal requirements as an educational facility.
- The Principal and Board of Trustees will lodge a copy of an annually updated Charter in March.
- The school community which identifies with Omata School, will be consulted regularly, as per Consultation Policy. As part of this, parents receive an annual report related to Target Achievements in December. Consultation was undertaken in 2016 for this charter.
- Each year targets to improve student achievement will be identified by
- Analysis of school wide assessment data.
- Information gathered through curriculum reviews.
- In order to achieve target goals, the Board of Trustees will support Senior Leadership to provide appropriate professional development so that significant change can be potentially achieved.
- When developing policies and practices for Omata School every endeavour will be made to reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity including the unique position of Maori. The Board takes all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga Maori and Te Reo for students. This could include dual enrolment at the Correspondence School, the provision of additional resources or utilising the expertise of local iwi personnel or educational advisory staff. NB: To occur should it be felt that the level of Maori able to be provided is inadequate to meet parental expectations.
Out of Zone Enrolment
Would you like your child to join Omata School, but live out of our zone? Here is your chance; we welcome your application.
A special feature of our school is the continuity and quality of education we provide for children from Year 1 to Year 8. We encourage our parents to become actively involved with their children’s education. The Board invited applications from parents wishing to enrol their children, but who are living out of zone. Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.
Contact us to make an application.