A day in the Life At OJC

The Te Wana cafe area, the Matanginui Courtyard, and Library are open from 8:00am for learners to prepare for their day or if learners wish to utilise this time to get ahead on learning or meet with school groups to progress projects. 

 The OJC 2018 TARDIS



The OJC timetable is affectionately known as the 'TARDIS'. Our time at school is set-up with a simple framework that both Learning Coaches and Learners can use to maximise their learning in the areas that they need support with or extension on. The four colours on the TARDIS reflect how each time period during the day is spent for 2018. 

Orange | MAC & Kainga time :

This part of the week is spent working on personal goals and development in the areas of Social-Emotional Learning,  Metacognition, and Hauora. Learners at OJC are expected to "Learn to Learn" and manage themselves as young people preparing for the world of Sr. College Education and beyond. This time is used to teach these advanced learning skills, to track and monitor our learners progress and achievement, and to set and track personal learning goals for the week. MAC & Kainga time is in place to help our learners and families navigate life at middle school and the transition from primary school learner to teen while ensuring that each learner is supported by a Mentor & Advising Learning Coach who knows them and their family well. 

Blue | Whanau Ora Time:

Whanau Ora  - or The Health of our Whanau|Family - is in place every day to ensure that the well-being of each learner is supported and developed. Tween and Teen neuroscience tells us that young brains function and learn best when they engage in some form of physical activity and exercise daily. OJC learners are able to choose sport and activity options each term to keep them active and encourage them to try new things and get our of their comfort zone and develop resilience and grit.  Whanau Ora learning also focuses on the hauora|wellbeing dimensions of Te Whare Tapa Wha and supports our learner's understanding of how to support and maintain a personalised approach to their own wellbeing. To learn a little more about how physical activity and wellbeing affect learning and the brain check out this clip from Harvard Professor John Ratey, MD Psychiatrist.

Red | Literacy & Numeacy Lab time:

Junior College Literacy and Numeracy learning are core skills that will support success in all curriculum areas at Junior and Senior College. Each day OJC learners take part in personalised literacy and numeracy programming that targets any gaps they may have in these areas, and pushes them to excel in their existing areas of excellence. Labs and workshops are run to ensure the learners are developing the abilities in reading, writing and maths, while learning guides and personalised coaching sessions are completed in class and at home to develop self-direction and learning management skills and strategies.

Green | TAIP (Transdisciplinary authentic inquiry project) Time: 

Each learner at OJC will cover the New Zealand curriculum and complete the OJC graduate profile assessment badges during TAIP time. Our Learning Coaches plan to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are covered for each learner through learning experiences and expeditions during TAIP time. They then work to drive deeper learning by supporting projects which connect learners existing knowledge and interests with real world contexts, people, and problems. All learners will work on a project that covers a minimum of three curriculum areas and has authentic outcomes. TAIP offers opportunities for learners to collaborate, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, sharpen their ability to connect knowledge areas, connect and network with businesses and other professionals, and enhance their curiosity about the world and their futures.

Each term learners are given options within the TAIP curriculum to engage with each Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum. Their progress is monitored in each of these learning areas through the OJC digital badging assessments which occur at the end of each term.