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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 | 23rd September

Fri Sep 23 03:08pm



Golf Year 5-8

Fri Sep 23 01:41pm


Golf Form

Touch Southland Development Teams

Wed Sep 21 03:17pm

Touch Southland are now taking registration’s for Junior Development teams for more information and to register your child click here

Register Junior Development Teams

Touch Southland are 4 to 5 girls short in the year 5&6 team and the same as the year 7&8 girls.

The year 7&8 boys also 4 to 5 players short.


Newsletter | 16th September

Fri Sep 16 03:37pm



Important Message about Seesaw

Thu Sep 15 11:15am

Some of you may have found some disturbing images on your Seesaw account.  This seems to be a problem that is world wide.  Seesaw have sent us a message this morning. If this does not work for you or you are still having any problems please don’t hesitate to ask.

Message Below

Dear Seesaw customers,

We are writing to let you know about a distressing incident that occurred earlier today, the actions we are taking, and how seriously the entire Seesaw team takes this problem.


This morning, it was brought to our attention that a link to an inappropriate image was being shared via the Messages feature. This incident was led by an outside actor and occurred as a result of a coordinated attempt to guess user account passwords (sometimes known as a ‘credential stuffing’ attack). An isolated number of Seesaw user accounts were compromised and we’ve proactively notified these users and reset their passwords. 

We have taken immediate action to contain and address these issues. The safety and privacy of our teachers, students, and families is our number one priority and we are taking this extremely seriously. We turned OFF Messages temporarily for all users while we investigated and are enabling it again today after taking the following actions to ensure the security of accounts:

We removed the inappropriate message from accounts where it was sent and have coordinated with Bit.ly to ensure that the link to the image is no longer accessible.
We have proactively reset the passwords of any users who had their account compromised and these users were notified of their password reset.
We have taken measures to prevent additional accounts from being compromised.
Any user can always reset their password at: https://app.seesaw.me/#/reset_password
We are following up with impacted customers with more specific details about which accounts, if any, were compromised.
Our team continues to monitor the situation and we will continue to provide frequent updates and details on https://status.seesaw.me/. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

The Seesaw Team

Otautau School Board Election Results

Wed Sep 14 11:55am


Board Election Results

Newsletter | 9th September

Fri Sep 09 03:26pm



Term 4 Touch

Sun Sep 04 07:34pm

This term the entry fee for touch rugby is  $24 and the first competition game begins on Monday 31st October  The last game of touch is scheduled for Monday 5th December.

This term the touch module is only open to Years 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, & 7/8. 

Registration Form


Term 3 Week 6 Newsletter

Fri Sep 02 03:06pm



Just a reminder that the School Board of Trustees Election closes at 4pm on Wednesday 7th September. Please get your votes in.

Thu Sep 01 10:06am

Newsletter | Friday 26th August

Fri Aug 26 03:43pm



Kapa Haka

Mon Aug 22 05:48pm

Kia Ora e te Whānau/family of our Kapa Haka Group

Polyfest is on Wednesday 24th August.  Our group is performing at 12 noon.  Please be seated around 20 minutes before this if you are coming in to support our performance. 

Some reminders:

All students must bring a packed lunch and drink bottle in their school bag.
All students must have a high vis vest.
$5 cost for the bus, this must be paid by Wednesday. 

The kids have been working hard and they are excited to perform at the Polyfest this year, the first time in three years.

Ngā Mihi

Jaime, Anna and Carolyn

Newsletter – 19 August

Fri Aug 19 03:05pm



Term 3 Week 3 – 12 August

Fri Aug 12 02:47pm




Tue Aug 09 06:12pm

Polyfest is not far away

Please read letter attached and double check your child is taking part.


Scot’s Gap Bus

Mon Aug 08 09:01am

Scot’s Gap bus will be running 15-20 minutes late this morning do to mechanical issues.

Newsletter- 5 August

Fri Aug 05 03:55pm



Yr 7/8 Western Netball

Tue Aug 02 10:10am

Western Tournament on Thursday 11th August at Takitimu Primary School 

Please fill out the below form.

Yr 7/8 Form

Year 5/6 Western Netball

Tue Aug 02 10:04am

Western Tournament on Wednesday 10th August at Aparima College.  

Please fill in the below form.

Yr 5/6 Form

Newsletter | 29th July 2022

Fri Jul 29 06:24pm



C & D rugby practice is canceled today.

Thu Jul 28 01:37pm

School Photos Friday

Thu Jul 28 12:02pm

Reminder that school photos are tomorrow – Please make sure you child/ren are in their correct uniform.

If you have a preschooler and you would like a family photo  taken with school siblings – these will be taken between 8.30-9am. 

If you have indicated that you would like a family photo of your school children, these will taken later.


Student Conferences –

Wed Jul 27 12:25pm

These will be held on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th August

Monday 15th – 3.15 – 6pm

Tuesday 16th – 1pm to 6.30pm

Please click on the link below to book online or call the school office.



Student Conferences bookings

REMINDER – SCHOOL PHOTOS this Friday 29th July.

Mon Jul 25 03:50pm

If you are wanting to family photo of your children please go to the link below and fill out the form.

Individual and class photos will be taken of all the children

Family Photos consent

Welcome to Term 3

Sun Jul 24 05:19pm



Newsletter | Friday 8th July 2022

Fri Jul 08 03:02pm



Reminder No Fish & Chips tomorrow. Friends of the school will be running a BBQ.

Thu Jul 07 02:42pm

This Friday FoS will be running a School Canteen click the Canteen List below to find their menu.

Tue Jul 05 11:08am


Canteen List

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


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