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Otautau School is sited on Elles Road Otautau, Western Southland (40 minutes drive from Invercargill).  The school currently has a roll of 170 students.   Otautau services the dairy industry in the Otautau region and many of our families work on dairy farms.
Otautau School is a U4 school with a decile rating of 6.  We have 7 well resourced classrooms which are modern and flexible learning spaces.  Our focus is on the holistic development of the learner, therefore we believe the areas of competencies, learning and wellbeing are all equally important in the development of the child.

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Newsletter – Term 2, Week 9 Public  |   Last edited July 1, 2022

Fri Jul 01 04:01pm



Otautau B, C & D rugby practice has been cancelled for today.

Thu Jun 30 02:55pm

Reminder that Mac & cheese lunch is available next Wed 6th not tomorrow.

Tue Jun 28 12:46pm

Newsletter | 23rd June 2022

Thu Jun 23 03:02pm



FoS Pie Fundraiser Pick up

Tue Jun 21 07:49pm

Pies to be collected this Thursday from the front school gate.  If you can’t make it please let Amber know as there is no storage.

Newsletter | 17th June 2022

Fri Jun 17 03:12pm



Raffle Tickets

Thu Jun 16 11:44am

All grocery raffle tickets need to be returned to school by tomorrow (Friday 17 June).  Please put tickets and money into the box at the office.  Thank you for supporting our school.

Newsletter | 10th June 2022

Fri Jun 10 02:54pm



Newsletter – Term 2 Week 5

Fri Jun 03 02:59pm



Western Cross Country

Thu Jun 02 08:31am

Western Cross Country is all go today with the first race starting at 1pm.

The Mobile coffee van will be the only hot food/drink operating today due to the weather forecast and the later timing of the race.

We look forward to seeing you all later on.

Western Cross Country tomorrow – Mobile Coffee Van onsite

Wed Jun 01 06:48pm

The Mobile coffee van will be onsite from 11.30am tomorrow during the Western Cross Country.  Kids can purchase a hot chocolate for $5 at lunch time.

Bayswater Bus

Mon May 30 04:29pm

The bus has broken down at Ingrams.   Isobel is on route to pick up the children in Ian’s bus and drop them off.  They will be about 15 minutes late.

Newsletter – 27 May

Fri May 27 02:54pm




Wed May 25 12:11pm

Sausages at Cross Country – The FoS will be running a sausage sizzle for lunch before cross country.  Each student can get one free sausage and if they would like another, it will be $2.

Grocery Raffle – Thank you so much for all the sold raffle cards that have come back to school.  Lots of students are earning house points for sold raffle cards.  You still have a couple more weeks to sell these and return the card and money to the school office.

Kai Pai fundraiser – The Friends of the School are selling family pies and mini pies through Kai Pai pies.  Please go onto the School Facebook page for details if you are able to sell some.  It’s an easy process.

Cross Country tomorrow – updated information

Wed May 25 11:51am


Cross Country Info

Newsletter | 20th May 2022

Fri May 20 03:53pm



Hot chocolates will be available to purchase on Friday mornings before school this term starting this Friday. $2 each.

Wed May 18 01:06pm

Otautau School Pink Shirt Day will be Friday 27 May this year. Gold coin donation.

Tue May 17 04:28pm

Newsletter | 13th May 2022

Fri May 13 03:21pm



Year 7/8 Camp

Fri May 13 02:14pm

Year 7/8 campers will be back at school by 2pm.

Year 5/6 Camp

Fri May 13 02:00pm

Year 5/6 campers will be arriving back to school around 2.30pm.

Newsletter | 6th May 2022

Fri May 06 04:01pm



Newsletter | 14th April 2022

Thu Apr 14 02:56pm



School lunches

Wed Apr 13 07:46pm

Supervalue will be operating their normal Friday lunch order tomorrow – being the last day for the term.

Reminder for Room 8 (Christina McDonald’s Class)

Wed Apr 13 04:36pm

Just a reminder that Room 8 are learning from home tomorrow.  It is unfortunate that they haven’t been able to finish the term as they may have liked but we look forward to moving into a new normal from next term.


Chrinstina McDonalds – Room 8

Wed Apr 13 08:20am

We have been notified this morning that Christina will now be away for the rest of the term.  We’ll try and manage cover today (but for those of you who have a child in Christina’s class if you are able to keep your child home today that would be a great help).

We will be moving Christina’s class to home learning tomorrow, Thursday, 14 April.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (Students in Room 4 – Mrs Bell’s Class)

Mon Apr 11 12:37pm

Due to staffing shortages and being unable to staff the school safely we will be moving Room 4 (Mrs Anna Bell’s) class to online learning for the period of 1 day (Tuesday, 12 April). Information on what the online learning will look like for the class will be sent out via the class seesaw app.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,.

This week….

Sun Apr 10 08:12pm

There will be no one in the office this week as I am isolating at home and Simon will also be working from home also. I will be checking my emails and phone messages regularly, so if you need to contact the school or have any messages please email on: office@otautau.school.nz or leave a message on the school phone.

Thank you.





Newsletter | 8th April 2022

Fri Apr 08 03:08pm




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