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News Roundup 13 August

40 Hour Famine Prestigious Award    

From her early days in Year 9, Amy Charman-Moore displayed a passion for social justice. Not only that, she demonstrated strong organisational and leadership skills that signaled potential for high leadership positions in the Senior school.

Margaret Keam, her Year 9 Social Studies teacher, remembers Amy as “a cheerful, enthusiastic, and totally reliable student who displayed huge amounts of initiative”.  These qualities have only grown over her five years at  Ōtūmoetai  College. Backed with her drive and passion, Amy was given the leadership of the 40 Hour Famine this year at our school – and what an amazing job she did. Like any good leader knows, powerful leadership involves inspiration and delegation.

The number of students involved and the range of opportunities in this year’s fundraising efforts can be attributed to Amy’s exceptional leadership. So much so that World Vision New Zealand have awarded her with the World Vision Big Hearted/Te Manawa Award for 2021.

This prestigious award recognises one student in Aotearoa who embodies a heart for justice through the 40 Hour Famine.

According to World Vision, “Amy is an active leader and displays the true essence of Global Citizenship. Her efforts have impacted Ōtūmoetai College, other student leaders across the country, and of course the many children in need in sub-Saharan Africa through World Vision’s work. She deserves this national award as she went beyond just being a student organiser, she challenged her fellow students to educate themselves about the World Vision 40 Hour Famine fundraiser, she went out to local businesses and gained numerous sponsors while spreading the heart of World Vision.” 

Well done Amy. We are so proud of you and we will watch with interest to see what amazing things you are going to achieve in the future to impact and transform communities nationally and globally.

Pin’d Creative Showcase

On Saturday 7th August we had 57 entries in the Pin’d Creative Showcase event, held at Baycourt Theatre. What a show it was! I am so proud of all of the students who attended, they really did Ōtūmoetai College proud! 

We came home with the most amazing awards. – Charlotte Armstrong 

STREETWEAR – YEAR 11 (cash prize/vouchers)
Maia Latham – 2nd place
Gloria Kim – 3rd place
Hope Allen – Highly Commended
Lily Collier – Highly Commended
Renee Daniels – Highly Commended

PRECIOUS METALS – YEAR 12/13 (cash prize)
Katie Caldwell – 1st place

VINTAGE Year 12/13 (cash prize)
Nia Friis (Year 12) – 1st place
Alyssa Gaensicke (Year 13) – 3rd place

(This is judged by the owners of Bernina, a sewing machine worth $2,000 is awarded to the winner). It went to the amazing Nia Friis! Nia was also offered free lessons at Bernina.

Alyssa Gaensicke (Year 13)

Maia Latham

GOWN OF THE YEAR (trophy/cash)
Nia Friis

Nia Friis – Runner Up

Toi Wearable Art Competition

A huge congratulations to Maddy Duncan, Paige Martley, Charlotte Reid, Rhea Lal and Mia McGrath in Year 9. These talented students entered the Toi Wearable Art Competition and won the Sustainable Garment Award at the National judging –  Evolutionised DNA.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff and Heather Palmer from World of WearableArt and the team at Bernina were pleased to let us know that these students won the sustainable garment award.

This design team has won a WOW prize pack, which will be sent out in October. They will also receive a trophy and certificate.

Toi Wearable Art received over 225 entries from around the country, their biggest year yet. Every student involved should be very proud of what they created – WOW had a near impossible task on their hands narrowing down the Top 10. There were some sensational garments created!

Hokonui – Fashion Competition in Gore

Sandra Taing (Year 12) entered into the Streetwear section in Hokonui and came home with Highly Commended.

Dance NZ Made Solo Duo Success

Congratulations to all our Dancers who were amazing at this recent event with just about everyone placing.

Top scorers overall and champions for age level:
Kaylee Marjoribanks – Yr 11
Kaitlyn Napier – Yr 10
Holly Fitzgerald – Yr 9 

These girls will represent Ōtūmoetai College at the Nationals in Palmerston North.

Other placings Solos:
Saskia 2nd – Yr 9
Ashleigh Strawn 2nd – Yr 11
Annabel King 2nd – Yr 12
Emily Wahab 3rd – Yr 12

Chiara Giacon and Stevie Green 2nd – Yr 11-13

Congratulations to our 1st XV Rugby Team – Undefeated Champions in 2021!
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