Monday, 11 November 2019 12:01

News Update: Term 4 Week 5

In this week's edition:
-  2019 Melbourne Culinary Experience Tour
-  Te Rā Rēhia Kapa Haka Festival - Friday 15 November
-  Oropi Traverse Trip
-  Tennis & Volleyball News
-  Kelcy Taratoa Workshop
-  Host Families Needed

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2019 Melbourne Culinary Experience Tour

At the end of Term 3, 11 senior Food Technology students set off for Melbourne with Mrs May for a week of Culinary Experiences. This kicked off with dinner at the Night market Hawker stalls at Queen Victoria Markets.

Throughout the week the group was exposed to a vast range of activities - mostly food related. They did a walking tour - bites and sights - through the laneways and arcades that make Melbourne what it is! Fabulous coffee, traditional Greek/Cypriot food from a family run restaurant and of course a million selfies! Dinner at Lygon Street - the heart of the Italian precinct and a wander through Chinatown.

They went to Niska - the world's first fully robotic retail store that happens to sell ice cream scooped and served by robots… not a human in sight! There was a Chocoholic walking tour where high tea was served at Om Nom in the Adelphi Hotel - the only fully dessert themed restaurant and hotel where we experienced smoked chocolate ice cream cigars infused with rosemary and served dipped in raspberry gel and a hickory chocolate ash. 

An interactive visit to the Kit Kat Chocolatory saw the students design, build and package their own boutique Kit Kats.

Saturday was a fine dining experience on the Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise, followed by Sunday's High Tea at the Sofitel - Teracotta Warrior themed where students decorated their own solid chocolate warrior with edible chocolate paint.  Lunch at Sushi Train was another highlight - but the choices were difficult with the many and varied flavour combinations!

The Grand Finale was the surprise visit to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. This was a private tour of the restaurant, production and prep kitchens and patisserie, followed by a surprise afternoon tea of liquid nitrogen ice cream and Heston's signature popping candy ice cream toppings.  

The students were outstanding and the experience is one where the memories will last a lifetime!

Te Rā Rēhia Kapa Haka Festival – Friday 15 November

Tēna āno tatou,

Many of you may already be aware of Te Rā Rēhia Kapa Haka Festival happening this Friday at Ōtūmoetai Intermediate. Your children may be involved as well from other schools within our Kāhui Ako (COL). If so, we'll see you there.

This festival showcases local confidence, identity and mana through kapa haka, connection, and festivities; and is welcome to all.

Our rōpu kapa haka, Ngā Pikikōtuku a Ngāti Ranginui, have been preparing to be involved and perform at this festival. They represent their tīpuna, their iwi, hapū, whānau, and our kura, Ōtūmoetai College at 2pm. So if you happen to be free at this time or even throughout the day, feel free to wander down to the Intermediate bottom fields and soak up some atmosphere.

Mauri ora ki a tātou,

Click below for the performance times 

DownloadTe Rā Rēhia Kapa Haka Festival 

Oropi Traverse Trip

Yesterday our Year 11 to 13 International students who are not doing exams enjoyed the day out in Oropi. 

They climbed the Otanewainuku track, then went to the strawberry farm and had a swim at the Oropi Hot Pools. Thank you to Mrs Cox, Mr Ballantyne and Mrs Renwick for looking after the students!

Tennis & Volleyball News

Tennis: Last Friday the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Junior Tennis Championship was held over at the Papamoa Tennis Club. We had four students compete in the event and they all did extremely well.

Year nine student Macy Donaghy was the stand out for Otumoetai College during the day making the final of division one. She had an awesome game but didn’t quite manage to take the win, finishing 2nd in the junior girls.

Joseph Jobe also had a good day, making the semi-final of the division one junior boys (also year nine) but couldn’t quite make the final finishing 4th overall. It was a stunning day and all of the athletes competed extremely well.

Volleyball: The Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Junior Volleyball Championship, round one, was held over last weekend at Trust Power Arena, Mount Maunganui.

After the preliminary rounds the weekend before we had our junior A and B girls teams in the top 12 and the year nine girls in the next group.

In the boys our junior A boys are in the top 10 and the year nine boys in the round below.

It was awesome to see all five teams play some outstanding Volleyball over the weekend with the highlight being the close game between our junior A and B girls who have been training as a big squad in their separate teams for a decent part of the year. Our junior A boys had an awesome weekend winning all four games.

All of our team head into finals next weekend in great positions to get the best placing they can.

Kelcy Tartoa Workshop

On Friday the 8th of November the Art Department took 20 up and coming artists to a workshop at the Tauranga Art Gallery by local artist Kelcy Taratoa. The focus of the workshop was to look at Taratoa's site-specific work in the atrium of the Gallery; exploring the cultural significance of Tukutuku panels on a 7 metre high wall. 

The students used this as inspiration in creating their own artwork. The idea was to work non-representational and focus on geometric shapes and looking at balance and composition.

The method involved cutting coloured card as a starting point and then working in the studio to create paintings inspired by their findings. 

A wonderful trip with some excellent knowledge passed on by Kelcy Taratoa.

 Installation on the floor created by students.

Host Families Needed

Start Your Journey are looking for host families for their students arriving in January 2020.

If you are interested please contact them for more information.





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