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Monday, 09 March 2020 13:05

News Update: Term 1 Week 6

In this week's edition:
-  Colours Day - Kaimai House
-  Register for Swimming Sports
-  YouthCHAT for Year 9 Students
-  College Tutor Superstar
-  Year 12 Hospitality Class
-  Robotics Nationals
-  Maui the Magnificent 18 & 19 March
-  Happy Harbour Fun Day 21 March

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Colours Day - Kaimai House

Some great photos from Colours Day last week - Kaimai House!


Register for Swimming Sports

Take the opportunity, get involved! Otumoetai College Swimming Sports will be held at Otumoetai Pool on Friday 27th March 2020, starting at 8.45am.

Register on the google form here.  Ask your form teacher to forward the entry form.

House Points up for Grabs for Year 9 & 10.
1pt for every event you enter then: 1st = 5pts, 2nd = 3pts, 3rd = 2pts, 4th = 1pt.

EVENTS: You must enter a MIN of 3 and MAX of 5

  • 1, 2, 4 or 8 Lengths Freestyle
  • 1 or 2 Lengths Backstroke
  • 1 or 2 Lengths Breaststroke
  • 1 Length Butterfly
  • Medley (4 x 1 Length - Back, Breast, Fly, Free)

YouthCHAT for Year 9 Students

During Term 1 Year 9 students will be offered the opportunity to complete a YouthCHAT survey. YouthCHAT is a cloud based screening tool developed by the University of Auckland which enables students to explore their health and lifestyle.

Otumoetai College is undertaking a joint project with the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation to trial YouthCHAT and provide counselling support. 

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. YouthCHAT results can only be accessed by the School Nurse Kate Vaaulu and the Counselling team, and all results will be held confidentially. If students are at risk or harm to themselves or others, staff will work with students and parents/ guardians.

If you have any concerns about YouthCHAT please contact Kate Vaaulu, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

College Tutor Superstar

Our Itinerant Guitar Tutor Joel Shadbolt, is lead singer and guitarist for L.A.B. They have reached #1 in the NZ Top 40 with their single "In the Air". Great news! 

Year 12 Hospitality Class

Fish and chip pizza, hangi pizza and mince pie pizza were some of the innovative ideas to emerge in our Level Two Hospitality class recently.

We discovered as a class that some students had not had the opportunity to try kumara or even experience a hangi. This led to a discussion about the flavours that reflected the diverse cultures in our class.

The idea was to present typical flavours of our culture in a pizza. We think we did a great job - nori topped pizza anyone?

Robotics Nationals

Students recently had a great Robotics tournament, they displayed exemplary sportsmanship on and off the field.

The two Year 9 teams had a good learning experience at their first tournament.

The A Team (Year 12 &13), B Team (Year 11) and C Team (Year 10) did very well in the qualifiers to reach the quarter finals. 

C Team beat the A Team and went on to the semis with the B team. A series of unfortunate events led to both teams ending their run in the semis, but a busy and enjoyable weekend was had by all.

Maui the Magnificent 18 & 19 March

Kia ora hapori whānui, Students from Bellevue School have been working tirelessly to produce a spectacle not to be missed. 

The Primary Students will be showcasing New Zealand’s most famous Maori myth, ‘Maui the Magnificent’. It will be showing on Wednesday 18 March Thursday 19 March at the Bethlehem Performing Arts Centre.

This highly anticipated event will commence at 7pm and is one not to be missed. There is also a matinee show.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

DownloadMaui the Magnificent Production 

Happy Harbour Fun Day 21 March

FREE Family Event - Find out what makes Tauranga Moana great! Saturday 21st March Memorial Park, 11th Ave. Events run from 1pm - 7.30pm.

Check out the activities here.

Last modified on Friday, 20 March 2020 09:57