Tuesday, 15 October 2019 10:07

News Update: Term 4 Week 1

In this week's edition:
-  Sainte Anne Montreal Visit
-  Synchronised Swimming National Win
-  STS - Host Families Needed

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Sainte Anne Montreal Visit

Six senior students, accompanied by Mrs Brown, visited Montreal for two weeks as part of our sister school relationship with them. This exchange has been happening for six years now.

Sainte Anne’s is a private, French speaking, co-educational school similar in size to ours. The buildings are striking. The buildings are 5 storeys and contain internal walkways linking the blocks due to the snow and minus 30 degree temperatures they get in winter.

The Pavillon Sainte-Anne (main pavilion) is the eldest of the five buildings on the campus, built of stones extracted from the nearby Lachine Canal as early as 1861. The building is in the shape of the letter E and is divided into three sections. The building is famous for its architectural features such as the large dome which can be seen from miles away. The central wing is a library. The rest of the building is divided on either side of the chapel. 

We were in classes some of the time but we rode in the iconic yellow school bus on many adventures. We were taken to Ottawa the capital city of Canada, to Mont Tremblant ski resort where the colours of autumn were experienced, to a sugar shack to see how maple syrup is made, to an indoor ice skating rink where Nikayla showed her expertise and up Mont Royale to see the city from a vantage point and where we learnt the French/English history of the area.

We toured the old part of downtown Montreal and saw the Olympic Stadium. .Independently we went by train to Quebec City where we stayed in the old quarter and wandered streets that could have been in Paris.

While in Montreal the students were hosted by families who will be visiting our school in March next year. The host families were very generous with their time and support given to our students. Our students look forward to when their new friends visit here but in the meantime due to the wonders of technology they maintain regular contact with them.

Synchronised Swimming National Win

Sophie Black and Chloe Boyt (both Year 9 students at Otumoetai College) came back from the National Artistic Swimming Nationals held in Dunedin with First Place in the Secondary Schools Duet section. They also placed First in the 13/14/15 Team (in team of 8) and the Open Free Combo (in team of 10).

The event attracted over 170 athletes from around NZ and international competitors from Sydney, Brisbane and New Caledonia. Tauranga Synchro achieved their best results ever.

Both girls also train with the NZ Pikopiko Team (11-15 yrs) that will be travelling to the Asia-Pacific Open held in Malaysia in November. Well done!

  Chloe Boyt and Sophie Black.

STS - Host Families Needed

STS (Start Your Journey) are looking for caring host families to welcome students from Europe arriving to New Zealand in January 2020.

If you and your family want to experience another culture through hosting please call 0800 991 991 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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