Friday, 09 August 2019 14:55

News Update: Term 3 Week 4

In this week's edition:
-  Year 8 Orientation Evening
-  Regional Spelling Bee Success
-  Snow Camp - L2 Sport Science
-  Dance NZ Made Solos
-  Dance NZ Made Regional Champions
-  The Night is Young - 21 August 7.30pm
-  Elite Sports Awards - Self-Nomination Form

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Year 8 Orientation Evening

The annual Otumoetai College Orientation Evening was held last Wednesday. Our local Kaumatua Tu Piahana opening the event in the Performing Arts Centre with a karakia.

Parents and their Year 8 children then heard reflections on school life from Head Students Alex Blair and Makayla Wadsworth and Year 9 students Alyssa Gardiner and Marcus Adams. Mr Russell Gordon concluded the speeches with a warm invitation to new families to join the college in 2020.

Tour groups were guided from the PAC and made their way around department stations - the Arts, Technology, Science, Maths, English, Social Science, Languages, Business, Sport and Physical Education. At each station, Year 8 students had the opportunity to learn more about what the school offered and also try out practical, fun activities.

At the end of the tour, parents enjoyed a hot drink at the library while completing enrolment forms.

Regional Spelling Bee Success

By Julie Secker

"I took seven students to the Spelling Bee Island Regional Finals in Hamilton, all Year 10.

We had two hard rounds in a row where five of our students got out (oh the pain), but both Megan Lake and Annabel King held strong and made it to the final ten.

In short, when the competition was over, Megan Lake was still in the top three!!! She now goes through to the National Final in Wellington in November where she will have a chance to win the Champion Speller Trophy and $5000 towards her studies. 

Congratulations to Megan, she did so well to make it into the top 20 spellers in NZ".

Please click here for the article.


Snow Camp - L2 Sport Science

On Thursday and Friday last week 42 Level 2 Sport Science students travelled to Mount Ruapehu. On Thursday Whakapapa snow field was closed so we drove to Turoa. Students had a two hour lesson after which some were able to manage the Movenpick and Park Lane runs.

On Friday students started with a lesson at Ruapehu which was differentiated into ability groups.

It was amazing to see the huge learning that occurred, most had never been on the snow before. The highlight was the seeing the huge smiles on faces and hearing “Miss, Miss, all I want is to get some speed and some height.”

I’m sure many of these novice snow boarders will be returning to the mountain. Most have already surpassed their teachers in ability and skill.

Dance NZ Made Solos

For the solo section of dance NZ Made Interschool Competition, our Otumoetai College girls were stunning and looked amazing.

Most placed in the top 3 of year levels, with Alex Vanstone and Tazmyn Newman winning their sections.

To top it off Tazmyn, Deija Vukona, and Bethan Gilbert-De Rios were awarded national nominations (out of 4) to represent Tauranga schools in Palmerston North next month. A huge congratulations!

Dance NZ Made Regional Champions

"Otumoetai College had an extremely successful day at Dance NZ Made Interschool Competition yesterday. They all participated in some very challenging workshops during the day. Then Competed in the evening.

Our Year 11 group competing in the Year 11-13 section came 2nd.

Our Open section contemporary group placed 2nd with the Lyrical winning.

Then out of 16 group entries our Lyrical Group won Tauranga Regional Champions. 

Lyrical girls Brodie Lander, Alyssa Alexander, Kaylee Marjoribanks, Tazmyn Newman, Deiji Vukona, Emilie Wahab. These girls will head to Palmerston North next month.

A huge thanks to Kim Schumacher for all her hard work and dedication with all our competition troupes this year.” – Jane Harnett.

The Night is Young - 21 August 7.30pm

The Night is Young 2019 is an interschool music performance at Baycourt Theatre, Wednesday 21 August at 7.30pm.

Otumoetai College has students participating in this concert. Throughout the performance, there will be a huge variety of all areas of the performing arts presented on the stage.

Tickets are available from Baycourt Theatre or Ticketek.

Elite Sports Awards - Self Nomination Form

For the 2019 Sports Awards the Sports Office has decided to use a form for students to self-nominate for the Elite Sports Awards.

We have so many amazing athletes and want everyone to have the chance to put themselves forward for the top Sports Awards.

Please fill out the following form here… Elite Sports Awards – Self Nomination

We will follow up with an email in regards to what we need from you for your nomination to go forward to the committee.

Nga Mihi
Sport Office Staff


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