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Friday, 06 September 2019 12:56

News Update: Term 3 Week 8

In this week's edition:
-  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Week
-  21st International Youth Forum in Japan
-  Upper North Island Secondary Schools UNISS Netball Championships
-  Silver Win at Underwater Hockey Secondary School Nationals
-  International Students - All Blacks v Tonga

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Week

Message from Te Kura

Tēnā koutou katoa. This year, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will be celebrated from 9-15 September. The theme for 2019 is ‘Kia kaha te reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Te reo Māori is one of the official languages of Aotearoa and an integral part of our national identity. Whatever the reason may be, learning te reo Māori provides great satisfaction, a greater connection with Aotearoa and an enhanced understanding of our culture and society. We are delighted to be able to offer free courses at a time when a growing number of New Zealanders are showing a keen interest in learning te reo Māori, with reports that many community courses are so popular, they have waitlists.

At Te Kura, ākonga learn online and at their own pace. Most ākonga can enrol in our Te Reo Māori and Kaupapa Māori courses for free. To find out more about our courses, please visit our website:

Te Kura offers a wide range of courses for eligible dual-registered students who are attending another school, Alternative Education or Teen Parent Unit. We can form a dual partnership with another education provider. Our relationship coordinators will work closely with you to ensure your students succeed in their studies at Te Kura. Please feel free to contact your regional representative with any queries.

Te Kura also accepts short-term registrations over the summer break. We support learners to gain additional NCEA credits to get into a tertiary course, training, employment or higher level of NCEA the following year. For further information on Summer School and eligibility criteria, please visit:

View the video message for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

21st International Youth Forum in Japan

Deputy Principal Jude Brown and Head Students, Alex Blair, Grace Blissett, Kristian Reid & Makayla Wadsworth recently attended the 21st International Youth Forum in Morioka Japan, over 10 days. This was attended by 19 of the 25 affiliated schools. 11 from different Asian countries but 8 from as far away as Russia, England, France, Canada, Argentina, Australia and USA.

“The theme for the Forum was "Think globally and act locally" - transforming our world using the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Of the 17 goals 3 were selected for the student body this year: aging population, child poverty and gender equality. Our school was grouped with 6 others on the aging society topic. Over several days each group had to create a presentation on their topic.

The presentation was at the huge auditorium on Saturday. It was like an Olympic ceremony where we walked in behind our flag and lined up on stage. There were key note addresses by leading Japanese people and an education address from the DP of a Cambridge High School who were new participants this year.

The student groups presented on their themes and in the afternoon the cultural performances from each country were show cased. Our students sang our school waiata and performed a haka and did it with mana. 

I had the most amazing time. Japan is quite special. Very clean, green and safe. The people are incredibly generous with their time and gifts. The staff from the schools were lovely the hosts were incredibly kind.

The Head Students organised our 24 hours in Tokyo and we packed in so much - Digital Art museum, the ferris wheel, Shibuka crossing, Harajuku, Shiba gardens and temple and the Tokyo tower. We did a lot of walking and negotiated switching of trains and platforms.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go and thank you to all those who have worked so hard in my absence. Ngā mihi nui” – Jude Brown.


Upper North Island Secondary Schools UNISS Netball Championships

"This year's Winter tournament for UNISS was held at North Harbour Netball facility and saw 128 teams competing over the 5 days. Teams are divided into 4 grades (32 each) and we are in B grade. 

The girls had 10 games and resulted in 5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses by 1 goal and 2 losses by 2 goals. Every game was a nail biter and the girls showed incredible resilience and determination to play to the final whistle in every game. The weather was challenging as the rain, wind and cold blasted us but again the girls rose to the challenge. 

Many thanks to Shar Ashdown, Chris Matheson and Lara Richardson for their support and of course the players: Sarah Ensor (Captain), Aimee Cottam, Hailey Cottam, Jess Davie, Rachel Domett, Rosie Hale, Meg Kale, Rhianna Loughnan, Emily Muspratt, Caitlin Oliver, Makaylah Rae & Lucy Schuler." - Lisa Weaver – Coach.

Silver Win at Underwater Hockey Secondary School Nationals

The Otumoetai College Senior Girls Underwater Hockey team returned from the National Secondary Schools Tournament with silver medals.

They had a fabulous tournament especially considering they only had eight players when most school teams had squads of 10 -12 people. Their commitment to training and fitness leading up to the tournament really paid off as they scored 37 goals and only conceded 11. They lost to Nelson Girls College in a closely contested final 4-2, who had beaten them by the same score in their pool round earlier in the tournament. 

Four of the team are Year 13's so this was their last tournament for the college having played together for the last five years.

We are keen to recruit new players to the sport so are holding "Have a go Sessions" at Baywave on Sundays during term time from 5:00 - 5:45pm. 

Boys and girls of all ages welcome, you just need to be a confident swimmer. For more details see the flyer below or check out our facebook page

DownloadUnderwater Hockey Have a Go Flyer 

International Students - All Blacks v Tonga

"Last Saturday some of our International students went to the All Blacks v Tonga game. The All Blacks scored very high!  However, in the last few minutes Tonga managed to score a try to a roaring crowd.

Well done to our students who were awesome at the game!” – Mihi Waaka


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