There are a variety of ways in which students at Te Kura o Otari can contribute to the school community.
Senior classes (Tōtara, Ngaio and Kaikōmako) elect Student Council representatives. The student council helps with a range of activities such as helping with the school disco and fundraising events.
A dedicated group of librarians help Johanne in Te Whare Maire. School librarians help at morning tea, lunch and during a class rostered library time. School librarians help issue and return books. Our librarians are avid readers and can help children find good books to read.
Year 6 to 8 students may volunteer to be patrol wardens. School patrol children work at the school crossing before and/or after school. Each term a different senior class is rostered on patrol duty.
Classes and groups of students take turns (volunteer) to work in the mara planting crops, weeding, watering, feeding and harvesting vegetables.
Each class takes turns nominating students to take the panui around every morning, ring the school bell and un-stack the staffroom dishwasher. This is a valuable way of children contributing to their school community and is a way we encourage the use of the 'key competencies' particularly participating and contributing.