Monday, 08 May 2017 08:06

News Update - Term 2 Week 1

Here is our first new format weekly newsletter with news about the many trips which took place during the recent school holidays. For the latest Sports News click here.

Montreal trip


In April eight students and Mrs Leslie attended the International Secondary School Congress in Montreal Canada.
We were hosted by students from College Sainte Anne and attended a conference on The Ideal School.

Presentations were made with students from 15 countries working together in small groups to design the perfect school. Otumoetai students were certainly to the fore and many of the Ideal Schools contained aspects already existing in our school. After the conference we visited Ottawa and Quebec City.

Physics trip to Europe


Eight students and I visited Paris, Geneva, Bern, Biel, and Munich. Taking in and actively interacting with Science with CERN, Tokomak, Muhleberg Nuclear Power Plant, Einstein's Haus (Bern), Deutches Museum, World Meteorological Organisation, and BMW World. We also visited the major sites and landmarks in the cities including Euro Disney, Eiffel Tower, Dachau, and the Glockenspiel Tower.

We had an outstanding trip, a lot of personal growth and scientific learning took place. Students will be able to implement key learning ideas into class which is exciting. They all represented the school with pride. Safely used public transport and improved their German and French. A wonderful trip.

Great Barrier Trip


 Term One saw two Year 10 camps depart for Great Barrier Island. Camps ran over 16 days, based at the Hillary Outdoors Centre in the beautiful Karaka Bay. Focus for the camps was to give students responsibility, decision making opportunities and the chance to work closely others.

A fantastic opportunity and experience for the 60 Otumoetai College students, who made the most of the numerous challenges each day threw at them and had a brilliant time.

Mexico Trip

After a long year of fundraising raising over $53,000 from a quiz night, raffles, marshalling, table waiting to name but a few of the numerous activities, on Good Friday the group departed.  27 students, 2 teachers and 5 parents embarked on a trip to build two homes for needy families in Mexico.  In the slum areas, known as colonias south of Tijuana, families survive on a few dollars a day and many homes are created from broken pallets, pieces of ply and tarpaulins with dirt floors. 

The team worked extremely hard and within three days the houses had been fully constructed. Each house was equipped with some essential equipment e.g. beds.  Each house was presented to their new owners in a very moving house dedication ceremony.  Not many dry eyes, as each family spoke to the group so sincerely about their gratitude they felt for this gift of a lifetime.  The team also visited another colonia and provided a hot dog lunch for over 250 residents. 

Finally we visited an orphanage which is providing a secure and safe home to a group of children. Another lunch and pinata was provided and a donation to ensure that food and essentials can be provided for these needy young people for a little longer.  A great experience and a taste of a wider world and some of its inequities. 


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