Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:58

News Update: Term 4 Week 1

In this week's edition:
-  Young Innovator Awards 2020 Workshop & Results
-  Tauranga Harbour City Lions Book Sale
-  Kura Kai Support
-  Have a Go at Rowing! - 17 October
-  Mindfit NZ
-  Stars National Award

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Young Innovator Award 2020 Workshop & Results

Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience. This year our students were tasked with finding solutions to issues arising during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Ōtūmoetai College submitted the most junior and senior entries compared with other participating schools and the following students made the final: Jack McClutchie, Sania Harmine, Charo Heijnen, Harleen Bains, Samantha Doets, Sharon Liu, Danielle Severinsen, Alyssa Gardiner, Karlia Taylor, Robert Unsworth, Ocean Mangat, Amelia Shorter, Ella Douglas, Mae Grinlinton, Alaya Callinan, Sarah Latus & Annabel King.

Congratulations everyone!  Students did an amazing job completing their submissions during lockdown. A big thank you to the following science teachers: Sally Price, Sarah Hudspith and Mark Simpson - your support was greatly appreciated by our students and myself (Ceri Blears Woodcock)

On Tuesday October 13th, our finalists attended a workshop at the University of Waikato in Tauranga with Vaughan Fergusson - founder of Vend, serial entrepreneur and do-er of impossible deeds, to explore their innovative strengths. Students were challenged to come up with an innovative solution to controlling pests in the bush.  In collaboration with peers from other schools, students designed, made prototypes and presented to the audience their ideas.

The workshop highlighted the importance of developing a range of skills, which our students are refining through project-based learning opportunities provided each term in the Science Department.


On Thursday, October 15th our finalists attended the awards evening held at Classic Flyers.
Congratulations to the following teams: 

People's Choice Award: Jack McClutchie
- Hands On - A trolley handle cover.
Jack won a $200 Bayfair Shopping Centre gift card

Senior 3rd place: Street Shop - Sarah Latus
- A proposed business tool for supermarkets to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a weekly grocery delivery.
Sarah was the YIA 2019 senior winner and she takes home $500.

Senior 1st place: CheckD - Alaya Callinan
- To create a device and app to help track moles at home.
Alaya will receive valuable internship experiences with some of the Bay’s top innovative businesses plus prize money of $2000. 


Junior Finalists:

Access-A-Sink - Ella Douglas & Mae Grinlinton
- Portable Handsfree Handwashing Station.
Sink Pods (Soapy Ink Pods) - Ocean Mangat & Amelia Shorter
- A small amount of liquid soap cased in a water-soluble pod casing with colour indicators showing how you have washed your hands. 
Helper - Alyssa Gardiner, Karlia Taylor & Robert Unsworth
An app containing all the necessary elements a student needs to baby sit a child virtually.
Colour Changing Heat Soap - Harleen Bains, Samantha Doets, Sharon Liu & Danielle Severinsen
- Colour changing heat soap to help wash hands properly.
Touch Safe Tissues - Sania Harmine & Charo Heijnen
To create a product that enables people to press the pedestrian stop light button safely Senior Finalists.
Fit For All - Annabel King
A fitness app which helps people to stay active and healthy at home with a range of workouts/ways to exercise, customised fitness routine, simple recipes, and challenges to do with friends and family.


Alaya and Sarah receiving their awards with Vaughan Fergusson.

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.  

These next few weeks (up until Friday 30th October) will be your last chance to 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.

Click here for the recent article. 

Kura Kai Support

Kura Kai is a New Zealand volunteer organisation. They have kindly donated a freezer to the College and are filling it with donated meals for distribution to whānau within our school. Thank you to the wonderful team of people and all their hard mahi.

Makaia Carr from Kura Kai.

Have a Go at Rowing! - 17 October

Come along and have a go at Rowing - Saturday 17 October - 10am. Held at the Tauranga Rowing Club, located in Memorial Park, Devonport Road, Tauranga.

Now is a perfect time to take up rowing as a summer sport and keep your fitness up! Rowing is one of New Zealand’s premier sports. It’s a great way to keep fit, have fun and make life long friends.
Interested? Download below for more information and contact Tracey Fellingham 021 874 143 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DownloadHave a Go at Rowing! 

Mindfit NZ

Ex-student Jess Harnett has developed a website for people to use to find Wellbeing and Mental Health services/apps in their area.

The site has been launched now

It will be an invaluable resource for our students and parents.

Find the help you need when you need it through Mindfit, New Zealand’s one-stop hub for finding mental health services and support.

“At Mindfit NZ, we believe people shouldn’t have to wait until it’s almost too late to get the help they need when there are so many organisations out there offering accessible and affordable treatments that people just don’t know about. Whether your mental wellbeing is suffering, you simply wish to stay mentally fit, or you’re supporting someone and don’t know how, Mindfit provides the filter function to help you find the right services from the start of your search”.

Stars National Award

“Kia Ora koutou!

Our superstar student Sharna Steer was awarded our National Excellence Award in Auckland this week and the event was live streamed.

Out of the 3 recipients of the award, Sharna was selected by our National Support Office to speak. Despite her nerves, she spoke so eloquently and confidently and it’s clear to see, her words came from the heart.

If you would like to see her receive her award, below is the YouTube link to the recorded live stream. Skip to 1:29:30 to watch her speak.” - Jade Raumati (Stars Coordinator) 


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