Junior School (Years 9 & 10)

Tēnā koutou katoa, 

Our Year 9 and Year 10 students have made a wonderful start to the year. Thank you to all our whanau who have contributed to preparing our young Kōtuku as they continue their flight through education.  

We are here to help and assist as much as possible. Please contact us should you have a question or need support with your child at school. The foundation of our school and whanau relationships are very important to ensure your child’s success. Please be involved as much as possible. Year 9 we are starting five exciting years together and Year 10 you are only at the second stage of your journey thus we have much work to do. 

If there are any Juniors who still need to purchase stationery items please contact the appropriate Dean to inform us when this can be done. Uniform can be purchased year-round (for ALL students) from NZ Uniforms – 5/20 Lambie Drive, Manukau. Telephone: (09) 9506747. At this time of the year one of our Ōtāhuhu College bucket hats is essential. 

Year 9 Dean – Mr Hollice Palelei  (09) 963 4051 

Year 10 Dean – Ms Livia-Kate Pearce (09) 963 4052 

Assistant Head of Junior School – Mrs Nano Tupou (09) 963 4037 

*Learning Conversations:  

A really great way to check in with your child’s learning is to ask some questions about the learning going on in the class. Start the learning conversation today! 

  • Ask your Year 9 student to explain the whakatauki “He kōtuku rerenga tahi” and how it is significant to them as a student at Ōtāhuhu College. 
  • Ask your Year 10 student to tell you about the first topic in each of their subject areas.  
  • Check one exercise book and ask for an explanation about the learning recorded. 


Kia Tamatane 


Moana Va’aelua – Deputy Principal Junior School