Monday, 14 September 2020 08:27

News Update: Term 3 Week 9

In this week's edition:
-  Sad News
-  Winning with Dignity - First XV Rugby
-  BOP Itinerant Music Scholarship Competition
-  The Gift of Giving - Street Kai
-  Mental Health Awareness Week
-  Gumboot Friday - 25 Sept
-  Tauranga Harbour City Lions Book Sale

Latest Sports News

Sad News

I wanted to share with you the sad news that Kay Gatfield passed away Sunday afternoon. 

She died peacefully, surrounded by family. 

In the words of Margaret Waaka, "Kay's calm, unflappable manner and her dry sense of humour will be missed by her colleagues in the English department and many of her former students, who remember "Gatty" with affection". 

Moe mai ra, Whaea. - Russell Gordon

Winning with Dignity - First XV Rugby

Congratulations on retaining the prestigious Odlins Cup! Successfully defending the cup three times in a season is a very commendable achievement, one that all players should be very proud of. We can now store it in our trophy cabinet for the summer.  

Our opponents today were desperate for a win, this would have placed them in a semi-final too, as such, they played with a mentality and intensity that made winning this fixture very difficult. Under the circumstances, a 34-17 over Tauranga Boys' College was outstanding.  More importantly, was how you were respectful and humble at the end of the game. That's true character. Winning with dignity is very important, well done lads.

All of you performed magnificently. All players run onto the field with the goal of doing their very best and that is all the coaches can ask for. Thank you.

We all have our little moments during the game when things don't go perfectly, coaches, managers and supporters included, but we all bounce back and endeavour to do our best for the team.

Speaking of which: Team First is a theme we have, it helps build culture. Jacob Tawa and Kharn Johnson were perfect examples today. Both playing in positions unfamiliar to them.  Never once did they complain - they just did the Mahi and got the job done. Thanks guys. - Richard Brown

BOP Itinerant Music Scholarship Competition

Noah Davis and Sarah Latus competed recently in the BOP Itinerant Music Scholarship Competition.

Noah came first in his category, winning the Esmer Rickard trophy, and Sarah Latus came 3rd.

They are both brilliant pianists and we wish them well in their future musical endeavours.

The Gift of Giving - Street Kai

Year 9 Food Technology students decided on their own Context for learning in Term Three. A number of our students watched the recent Good Sorts segment on TVNZ. 

They liked the support they saw Street Kai giving people in our community and asked if there was a way they could support the organisation. This led to a brainstorm of ideas, research, testing and trialing to produce a product that would benefit the people supported by Street Kai. 

The result was over 300 individually wrapped biscuits with personalised messages being delivered to Street Kai. Our students’ contribution and the empathy they showed for others was a fantastic outcome for everyone involved. 

Mental Health Awareness Week

In New Zealand, Mental Health Awareness Week will be held on 21–27 September.

The Ōtūmoetai College Student Hauora Committee have put together a plan for the week that aims to build on our well-being, encourage discussion around mental health and helps to take a closer look into what well-being might look like for each of us. 

This year hasn’t been easy. Many of us have had to reconsider the experiences, actions and surroundings that make us feel good, stay well, and uplift our well-being.

Look out for a range of activities that you can get involved in throughout the week either during form time, intervals or lunch.

Gumboot Friday - 25 Sept

Ōtūmoetai College Gumboot Friday is on Friday the 25th of September. 

This is to highlight and raise awareness for depression. The gumboots represent that having depression is like walking through mud every day. 

So put on your gumboots and show your support. (Note: this is not a mufti day just gumboots).

Tauranga Habour City Lions Book Sale

Ōtūmoetai College is working with the Tauranga Harbour City Lions Club and their annual Book Sale at the Tauranga Racecourse on the 6th to the 8th of November.  

Please drop off your good quality, clean, readable books and jigsaws only for their sale.  

Drop off your books and jigsaws in the foyer to the Performing Arts Centre from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

We thank the Tauranga Harbour City Lions Club for their ongoing donations to support special projects within the school.

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