Thursday, 09 April 2020 13:58

News Update: Term 2 Week 1

In this week's edition:
-  Welcome to Term 2
-  School Health Service for Students
-  Race Unity Speech Awards Competition
-  Financial & Career Smarts FREE Webinar
-  Youthdev Challenge

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Welcome to Term 2

We trust you and your families are keeping well, in the midst of this strange and challenging time. 

As you will recall, Term 1 ended abruptly, two weeks early, under the Level 4 Lockdown directive. For many of you, however, this early closure to the term was a blessed relief from the anxiety of having your children attend school under the threat of Covid-19. 

The rapid move from Level 2 to Level 4 hastened our planning and preparation for Distance Learning. Staff have worked hard over the holiday break to prepare for online learning, in readiness for Wednesday's start to the new term. Each teacher will have been in touch with instructions for how their virtual classrooms will work. Of course this is a radical departure from normality and we appreciate that it will take some time for both teachers and students to settle into new routines and ways of learning. 

We look forward to working with your families remotely until such time as we are back together at Otumoetai College. All the very best for the term.

Ngā mihi nui, Greg Burnard - Deputy Principal


School Health Service for Students

A freephone number has been set up for the Western Bay of Plenty Secondary students (years 9-13) to continue to receive support from school health nurses during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4.  

School Health Services are available on 0800 515 919, Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It will be run by two registered nurses and a GP when required. General health, mental health and sexual health will be covered. 

Students who have COVID-19 health related questions should call Healthline on the dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453.

Race Unity Speech Awards Competition

“This Friday we have three young ladies, Waiari Kohu-Matika, Taila Rikirangi and Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs, competing in the annual Race Unity Speech Awards Competition.

They will be doing this remotely from their bubbles during lockdown and will compete against other young speakers from all over Aotearoa.

We wish Waiari, Taila, and Haylee all the best in their preparations and heats this Friday.

Kia kaha, kia toa ki a koutou ngā mana wāhine o te kura!!” - Bobby Ketu

Financial & Career Smarts FREE Webinar

While the economic fallout of Covid-19 is yet to be fully understood, what we do know is it's likely to make it harder for younger New Zealanders to get ahead than ever before.

Today's school leavers and university graduates will be entering the workforce amid some of the most uncertain times in history.

Hannah and her team of experts from equipMe Now have spent the past three years researching and understanding the issues they face - and the current environment makes them even more critical.

That's why Hannah is hosting a FREE online webinar at 7pm on Monday April 20th.  In this event you will learn:

  • Why young people will have to be more financially astute than their parents
  • Why it will be more difficult to succeed in a post Covid-19 environment
  • The financial implications of not having a plan for the future
  • The power of understanding your strengths
  • The importance of emotional intelligence in financial success

This is must-see event for any parent of senior students aged 16-22 - we invite you to register and watch it together.*

* Note – This event will be recorded and as long as you register you'll receive a link to watch it if you miss the live event.

Register for Webinar here

If you are a motivated student watch this here

If you are a concerned parent watch this here


Youthdev Challenge

Are you an aspiring young developer, coder, or designer?

Gain or grow your technology and coding proficiencies, enhance your problem-solving skills, excel in communication and team collaboration, forge valuable relationships and make a positive difference in your community.

For students aged 16+. This programme provides the chance to apply learning and skills to real-world issues that will have tangible community impact.

Learn more here

How does it work? The Challenge will run for 12 weeks, starting May 2020 until September 2020.

Participation in the Challenge will be done predominately online with some potential face-to-face team participation towards the end of the programme.

Registrations close 4th May 2020.

Apply for a place now here!


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