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Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:50

News Update: Term 3 Week 10

In this week's edition:
-  Hauora Challenge - 5 Ways to Wellbeing
-  Evolocity Electric Car Challenge
-  Oteora Pest Trapping
-  Dance NZ Made Nationals
-  Toughest Female Team Winners
-  World Vision & Sanitarium Senior Scholarship Award
-  Graeme Dingle Foundation Regional Award
-  YIA 2019 Finalists

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Hauora Challenge - 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Over the past 5 weeks, the Staff at Otumoetai College have been participating in a Hauora Challenge with the aim of bringing attention to our wellbeing and making a conscious effort to set aside time for ourselves. 

The Otumoetai College Hauora Challenge was developed from the Mental Health Foundations 5 ways to wellbeing. The 5 ways to Wellbeing, Ētahi ara e rima ki te ngākau ora, is a set of five simple actions that have been proven to improve wellbeing in everyday life.

Each week staff were to capture a moment (photo) of themselves taking the time to focus on the wellbeing theme of that week. Those photos were then emailed in by Sunday 4 pm for the chance to win some awesome prizes. 

Over the 5 weeks, we had an outstanding 214 entries with magnificent feedback on how exciting, fun, eye-opening, creative and suspenseful the challenge was. Some of the highlights included; the spinning wheel of awesome each Monday morning which helped to decide prize winners, the slideshow display of staff photos/entries for the prior week as well as the laughter, sharing and conversations had around how we used our time this week to focus on ‘Giving’ or ‘Taking Notice’.

The lucky prize winners for each week had the option to choose from two Hauora pamper prizes. 

Week 1 - Give theme won by Sandra Boubee (massage voucher)
Week 2 - Be Active theme won by Merwan Ghadiali (Super Cheap Auto voucher)
Week 3 - Keep Learning Theme won by Lesley Hawthorne (gift basket)
Week 4 - Connect theme won by Tania Smythe (bottles of bubbly)
Week 5 - Take Notice theme won by Tapene Mika (2x movie vouchers)

Grand Prize - To be eligible for the grand prize, participants had to have entered all 5 weeks. The grand prize Harbourside dinner voucher was drawn from 12 participants and went to Kathryn Brewer.

Evolocity Electric Car Challenge

“On Saturday 21st September Robert McAdam and I took seven students from my Year 13 Product design class to Hamilton for the Bay of Plenty/Waikato Championships of the Evolocity Electric car challenge.

56 vehicles started and one of our teams consisting of Cameron Hyne, Corey Hirst and Josh Christie won two of the four events. They won the Drag Race, and the Gymkhana.” – Ian Watson. 

Oteora Pest Trapping

On Thursday 19th September students from the Environment Committee and from LEOs set up traps at our Oteora camp site. The traps are the resetting Good Nature traps that can kill over 20 pests before they need new bait and a new CO2 cylinder to power them.

Earlier this year LEOs kindly donated the money (raised though various activities including helping the LIONS) to the Environment group for the traps. There were already two rat traps, set up in 2018, and we added two possum traps and a stoat trap.

The aim of the trapping is to remove the native bird/egg eating pests.

Dance NZ Made Nationals

Holly Thomson, Deija Vukona, Emily Wahab, Alexandra Vanstone, Alexi Gilbert de Rios, Camryn Stent and Elodie Corin travelled to Palmerston North this weekend to compete in the Dance NZ Made National Competition.

Alexandra Vanstone placed 2nd in the Year 13 category with her self choreographed solo. The troupe and solos by Deija and Elodie did not place but the professionalism of their performance was outstanding.

Toughest Female Team Winners

A few weeks ago some of our Year 13 students competed in the Rotorua Tough Guy n Gal 6km Mud Run.

Three of our girls came away with 1st place for the Toughest Female Team and were awarded a beautiful trophy each to keep. 


Huge congratulations to Courtney Lun, Kebriah Newman & Toni Power.

World Vision & Sanitarium Senior Scholarship Awards

Otumoetai College, as one of the top performing schools in the 40 Hour Famine, has been awarded one of the 30 World Vision and Sanitarium Senior Scholarship Awards.

The recipient attends a fully paid 3.5 day conference where the focus is on understanding social justice issues, leadership skills and examining ways to mobilise their peers to take action. Sessions will be led by some World Vision experts in development, advocacy and emergency response and there will be speakers who are recognised as NZ leaders in Social Justice Issues.

Our recipient this year is Emily Ardern who meets the criteria of having proven leadership skills, demonstrated a passion for social justice and has had significant involvement in leading the 40 Hour Famine at Otumoetai College. Well done and congratulations Emily.

Graeme Dingle Foundation Regional Award

Josh Peacock received the Regional award from the Graeme Dingle Foundation on Wednesday the 18th of September.

This award recognises Josh's amazing communication and leadership skills that grew throughout his experience as a Peer Mentor in the Stars program.  Josh is an excellent role model to the year nines and other students, following through with his three term commitment to mentor 9KTB.

Congratulations Josh, looking forward to seeing you on the mentoring committee next year.” – Karyn Winters.

YIA 2019 Finalists

Our YIA 2019 finalists received their prizes along with Rugby World Cup shirts compliments of Mark Henderson, a former Otumoetai College student and son of Stewart Henderson our ex-Physics teacher. Mark currently works for Adidas in the US and was in Tauranga attending the Groundswell Festival for Innovation at the same time as YIA.

We appreciate his support of innovation and his generous gift.

 Samantha Reyes, Alaya Callinan, Annabel King & Sarah Latus.





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