Friday, 07 August 2020 14:47

News Update: Term 3 Week 4

In this week's edition:
-  2021 Year 9 Open Evening
-  Competitive Cross Country - 18 August
-  Dance NZ Made Interschool Competition
-  Kiwication Places 2nd in Regional YES Competition Challenge 3
-  Shave for a Cure
-  Food Technology - Product Development Challenge
-  Studio Recordings

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2021 Year 9 Open Evening

The Year 9 Open Evening held last Wednesday evening at the College was an outstanding success. The Evening began with a welcome in the Performing Arts Centre. Parents and students were greeted with a stirring haka performed by the Poutama group. 

Head students Rose Akkerman and Jaylon Paki recounted some of their earliest memories as Year 9s. Erin Walpole and Makaiden Tihema, Year 9s themselves reflected on their recent experience as new students. Our Principal Mr Gordon spoke of our school's focus on 'powerful learning'. 

Our visitors then travelled to 10 department stations. Tours were guided by our Year 12 students who did a brilliant job of keeping the groups moving smoothly. Year 9 student helpers were at each station to demonstrate work and answer questions. Parents were then able to complete enrolments in the library while enjoying a cup of tea.


Competitive Cross Country - 18 August

The Competitive Cross Country event will take place next Tuesday 18th August, period 2 for all competitive runners.
Registrations close this Friday 14th August, 4pm. No late registrations will be accepted.


Dance NZ Made Interschool Competition

"9th August - Our dance students where stunning tonight dancing their solo choreography representing our school.

We were Year 9, 12 and 13 champions (Klarion, Bethan and Judith) with 2nd and 3rds in Year 10, 11 and 12.

Representing our school at Nationals In Palmerston North with the overall top marks are Bethan Gilbert-De Rios and Deija Vukona (Year 12).

10th August -
We had a fantastic day at Dance NZ, participating in workshops and rehearsing our groups. There were a total of 42 students who made us proud.

They all danced incredibly well.
Our Stage Art entry came 2nd.
Our Junior Troupe placed 3rd in the Open category.

Our contemporary Troupe won the Championship in the Open category (a mix of Year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students). 

Our Year 12 girls won the Year 11-13 Championship then they were awarded Overall Regional Champions out of 9 competing schools.

Both these winning troupes will represent Otumoetai College at the National Competition later next month in Palmerston North". - Jane, Mandy and Georgia.



Kiwication Places 2nd in Regional YES Challenge 3

Kiwication, a Young Enterprise Scheme company from Otumoetai College, has recently been announced as the Regional Runner Up of Challenge 3 in the Young Enterprise National Competition. 

Challenge 3 was about how the businesses have been promoting themselves and their products to the general public over the past few months. Of the 25 registered teams in the Bay of Plenty region, Kiwication’s directors are very excited to have been awarded 2nd place and will be taking away $75.00 prize money.

The team has developed a New Zealand-themed board game, Kiwi Quest (featured in the photo below), which takes players around a map of Aotearoa and tasks them with answering trivia-type questions about New Zealand’s history, geography, general facts, flora and fauna, landmarks and Te Reo Māori. Where necessary, QR codes have been added to challenge cards which can be scanned for voice recordings of the correct pronunciation of Te Reo words featured in the game. For more information about Kiwi Quest, feel free to email the Kiwication team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out their website:!

If you would like to follow Kiwication on their Young Enterprise journey, you can find them on the following platforms:


Facebook: @kiwicationbusiness

Watch this space!


Shave for a Cure Success

On Friday the 7th of August, 5 selfless individuals shaved their heads to raise money and awareness for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer.

They were Year 9s Cohen Bruce & Charlie Goodhue, Year 13s Okko Kausalainen & Isaac Smith and Year 13 Dean Mr Joshua Buxton. Together they raised over $2000.

We were lucky enough to have Jonelle Baxter from Media Works to MC our event. She ran an auction where students could bid to shave the hair of one of the participants.

The largest bid came from Year 13's keen to shave Mr Buxton's moustache, with the winning bid reaching $110.

A thank you needs to go to the Health Committee for running the event and in particular Denise Torno, Ella Drake & Paige Gerrish who were key to instigating the event.

Food Technology - Product Development Challenge

Do you suffer with food allergies? Is it difficult to find the perfect sharing platter? Kristy from The Professional Grazers is regularly faced with this problem. She visited a year 10 Food Technology class recently to share one of her stunning platters. 

Kristy presented our students with the opportunity to design a range of allergen free products that could be used on her platters. Our students are keen to come up with ideas for The Professional Grazers and will be busy testing and trialling their ideas for different breads, crackers and dips that will meet their clients needs. We can’t wait to get started.

Studio Recordings

Music students had the opportunity to record their own compositions in a music production studio last weekend.

Completed works will be available for friends and family to download in the next few weeks.



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