Otumoetai College

Total School Roll: 2011
Number of International Students:86
Year Levels: 9-13
Curriculum: NCEA 
Number of International Department Staff:7

The District

Otumoetai College is one of six state secondary schools in the Tauranga District. Tauranga is a small city (population 130,000) on the sunny, warm coast of the Bay of Plenty and is surrounded by rural farm and horticultural land. The Port of Tauranga exports kiwifruit, oranges and many other fruits to all parts of the world. Flowers and timber are also important exports. Tauranga is also a popular recreation area for water sports – surfing, water ski-ing, swimming, wind surfing and sailing.

The City

Tauranga is a very beautiful, friendly, peaceful and safe city in which to live. Tauranga has no traffic problems and students walk or bike to school.

The school enrols only a few international students, a limit of 80 at any one time. Parents can expect that the students who come to study here will join New Zealand classes and make New Zealand friends. They live in New Zealand homes as part of our families and are well looked after.

Otumoetai College

Otumoetai is a Maori word meaning ‘The standing (tu) sleeping (moe) tide (tai)’ refers to the tide which may be rough outside the entrance but when it comes into the harbour then it’s calm. Otumoetai College is a high school of 2,000 students, both boys and girls, funded by the government.

Auckland Grammar School provides secondary education from Form Three to Form Seven (Year 9-13) for boys only.  Auckland Grammar School is located close to central Auckland, on the northern slopes of Mt Eden. The campus totals 15.2 hectares and the School features buildings of very interesting and complementary architecture. These range from the iconic Spanish mission-style main building, opened in 1916, to a modern sports pavilion opened in 2007.

The Curriculum

Otumoetai College enrols students from Year 9 when students are about 13 years old, to Year 13 when they are between 17 and 19 years old.  In Years 9 and 10 students follow a broad general education; in Year 11 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 1 (NCEA), in Year 12 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 2 (NCEA), and in Year 13 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 3 (NCEA) to qualify for entry to University degree courses.  Year 13 students can be prepared for Level 4 (NCEA) and the scholarship examinations.  The school offers a full range of NCEA subjects in Year 13.

Special programmes of International English for Curriculum Support (IECS) and, International English at different levels are available for international students. 


Otumoetai College can offer International Students the following services:

  • An Established International Student Programme
  • Specialist English language tuition (ESOL) in small classes
  • A Director of International Students to provide guidance and pastoral care
  • A wide range of academic and practical subjects
  • Full homestay accommodation with local families
  • An International Student Centre providing fax and email
  • Counselling and Academic Support
  • An orientation programme

Please see below for a virtual College Tour 






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