Monday, 17 February 2020 08:28

News Update: Term 1 Week 3

In this week's edition:
-  Marine Studies Sea Exploration
-  Blessing of Kōpurererua for Rowing
-  Queen & Bee Gees Tribute Concert including Birdhouse!
-  STS Student Exchange Information

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Marine Studies Sea Exploration

Marine studies students had an enjoyable and informative day out on the water learning about sea life with Dolphin Seafaris NZ.

After seeing huge pods of Dolphins, Gannets, little blue penguins, kina, and lots of other species, students left inspired and enthusiastic for the year to come.


Blessing of Kōpurererua for Rowing

“On Monday 17th of Feb, we welcomed a new double skiff into our school and the Ōtūmoetai College Rowing Club.

A pōwhiri welcomed our new waka onto our school marae and into our whare Okohanga, carried on by our school rowers, and accompanied by coaches, managers, administrators and supports of our school's rowing club.

During the pōwhiri our kaumātua Koro Tūmatawhao Pearson blessed our new waka and in doing so named it after the Kōpurererua River; a significant source of water and life from our school's pepehā.

He explained the significance of this name and its origins of being created by Taurikura who's thrashing tail carved the rivers bends, but also that the water that filled it came from two sources. Similarly, being powered by two rowers, this waka will bring together the mana of two energies into one exciting display of strength, power, and representation of Ōtūmoetai College. 

We look forward to hearing stories of the successes of Kōpurererua and its crew!

Mauri ora.” – Bobby Ketu

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Queen & Bee Gees Tribute Concert including Birdhouse!

Otumoetai College band Birdhouse are part of the supporting act at the “Queen and Bee Gee's” tribute performance at Western Avenue Reserve, Omokoroa on Saturday 7th March 2020.

They will be performing with the Tauranga Boys College Band 'Ignite' in a BATTLE OF THE BANDS competition. Also featuring is Coup de Ville. 

Come along for a great evening and support our talented students!  Music from 5pm – 10pm, gates open at 4.30pm.

Bring your own picnic and sealed water bottles. Food and alcohol available on site.

Ticket prices: Adults $40 (Gate Sales $45), Children Under 5 FREE, 5 – 7 years of age $10 (Gate Sales $15), Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children $90 (Gate Sales $110).

Corporate Tables: $1200 per table of 10, two drinks vouchers per person, fully catered.

Tickets available from Eventfinda

DownloadQueen and Bee Gees Tribute Concert Omokoroa 7 March 2020 

STS Student Exchange Information

Online information meetings

  • Live from the USA – Saturday 14th March at 10.30am – 11.30am
  • General High School Exchange Information Session – Thursday 16th April at 7pm – 8pm

Our information meetings are about one hour long and will also give you a chance to ask questions. Sign up on our website here!

European 2-in-1 Exchange:  Experience two European countries during your exchange year - The new High School 2-in-1 programme gives you the unique opportunity to spend each semester of your high school exchange in a different country. You can learn an extra language, gain insight into yet another culture and make even more international friends.

Applications still open for August 2020

  • Applications are still open for August 2020 - deadlines are fast approaching so contact us ASAP!

December 2020 short-term exchanges:  Not wanting to miss any school? Consider a short-term exchange departing in December once you have completed exams.

Short-term exchanges are available to these destinations: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden & Canada.

Host Families Needed:  If you want to experience another culture without leaving New Zealand contact STS today

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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