Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:41

News Update: Term 3 Week 10

In this week's edition:
-  Stars Peer Mentor National Winner
-  Dance NZ Made Finals
-  Football & Futsal Congratulations

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Stars Peer Mentor National Winner

“Kiaora koutou!

The Graeme Dingle Foundation runs an Annual Excellence Awards. Here in the Bay of Plenty, we run a Regional Awards night, but every year our organisation also hosts a National Awards night.

This year, Year 13 student Sharna Steer, who was a Peer Mentor with 9ELR, won the Stars Peer Mentor Excellence Award for the region, and will be presented with her award at our postponed ceremony in November. Following this, I put through a nomination for Sharna for the National Award - only 3 Peer Mentors across the country receive this. With a Letter of Support from Y9 form teacher Ellen Rombouts as well as a testimony from Sharna herself, I put through the strongest nomination I could for her.

Congratulations to Sharna, who is one of the three students who have taken out the award!

Sharna has been an exceptional mentor this year and has gone above and beyond in her duties and has worked hard to earn this recognition. The time, effort, care and support she has given her Y9 students this year has been outstanding. She will receive her award on October 14 at a ceremony in Auckland in front of many high profile personalities, as well as our co-founder, Graeme Dingle.

This is super exciting not only for Sharna, the STARS Programme and the Graeme Dingle Foundation here in the Bay, but also for the school. It puts Ōtūmoetai College on the Graeme Dingle Foundation map in a huge way.

I'm so proud of Sharna and all she has achieved.” - Ngā mihi, Jade Raumati (Stars Coordinator)

Our National winner Sharna Steer, pictured with Jade Raumati, Adi Cummings & Dan Allen-Gordon.

The 2020 STARS Graduation.

Dance NZ Made Finals

Last weekend 12 students went with Mrs Harnett to compete at the Dance NZ Made finals in Palmerston North. One troupe competed in the year 11-13 category and one in the Open category. 

The year 11-13 dance (Blinding Lights) was choreographed by the students, with ex-student Jess Harnett choreographing the Open category dance (Break The Mould). Both troupes danced extremely well and were a credit to the College. Although they didn't place at National level, they gave it 100% and Blinding Lights retain their title as regional champions. 

Congratulations to all involved and a big thank you to Mrs Harnett for all of the time and energy she has given to these students this year.


Football & Futsal Congratulations

Congratulations to our Year 13 student Lilly Muspratt.

She has been picked for the New Zealand Under 20s Football selection camp and also the New Zealand Futsal Ferns selection camp too!


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