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Tuesday, 03 November 2020 11:52

News Update: Term 4 Week 5

In this week's edition:
-  Big Day Out
-  Uniform Review Community Consultation
-  Senior Sports Awards 2020
-  Students Help Tauranga Community Foodbank
-  Cricket Selection Success for Student
-  Ngatai Rd Cycleway Survey

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Big Day Out

Wednesday 4th November was the last session for Year 9 PE extension for the year. A great way to end. Each student left with a 3 hour service to complete for someone who helps them out.

Below are some photos from our Big Day Out.


Uniform Review Community Consultation

At Ōtūmoetai College we are continuously working to provide the best possible education experience for our students. 

Uniform is an important part of a school’s identity. It reinforces who we are as a community and helps allow students to feel pride in their school. It also helps prepare students for life after school where many will have to dress smartly for work. Therefore, a change to a smarter uniform will have a positive impact on the culture of Ōtūmoetai College.

We have formed a Uniform Committee and will be consulting with parents/caregivers, staff and students regarding proposed uniform ideas and we would welcome your view.

We would appreciate you completing the short survey by Friday 27th November to aid in our consultation process. This survey link has also been emailed to parents/caregivers, staff and students.

Click here to complete the Uniform Survey

Senior Sports Awards 2020

The Senior Sports Awards were held on Tuesday 3rd November. 

After a very tough year for sport as a result of COVID-19 it was great to acknowledge and celebrate the sporting success of our students. 

This year, as so many events were cancelled, Elite Awards were selected from Year 12 & 13 students and it was based on their senior years at Otumoetai College. However, all other awards were based on what was completed in students year groups and teams this year. 

The Junior Sports Awards will be incorporated into the Junior Award Assemblies on Friday 11th December.

Elite Award recipients - Sports Boy of the Year - Ashton Gordon & Sports Girl of the Year - Olivia Cummings.

Elite Award recipients - Bob Addison Cup - Joint Award to Rose Akkerman & Lilly Muspratt.
Crowther Cup - Zachary Reeder.

Students Help Tauranga Community Foodbank

Our Year 11 Food Technology and Horticulture students worked together to develop recipe cards for the Tauranga Community Foodbank and also donated ingredients for food parcels.

What a great initiative, well done!

Click here for the full article.

Cricket Selection Success for Student

Year 10 student Joel Griffiths has been selected for the Northern Districts Invitational 11, a representative team made up of players from the area of which there are three from the Bay of Plenty catchment.

He will be now training with the greater Coastlands Junior Secondary School squad (Yrs 9 and 10) and playing in the Northern Districts Tournament which is held in Gisborne from Nov 30th – Dec 4th, where they will face off with the best young cricketers from the other New Zealand regions.

Last year Joel finished the season with just short of 900 runs including 4 x 50+ innings most of which were not out. He has a batting average across all age groups of 92 runs per innings. As a bowler he was second in wickets taken (including a 5 wicket bag) and won the Otumoetai Cadets Award for Most Improved Player. He is now bowling at a speed that frightens most club level batsmen (between 110 - 120km/ph) at the age of 15, which is fast for his age! 

Joel Griffith will be a young cricketer to watch out for in the future.

Ngatai Rd Cycleway Survey

Message from Tauranga City Council

Ngatai Road runs along the Otumoetai foreshore, and is a key connection between the flourishing communities of Bellevue, Matua, Otumoetai and the central city. We’ve been looking at different ways to make Ngatai Road safer and easier for everyone, including improvements aimed to support those who walk, scooter, cycle and use public transport between Otumoetai Road and Charles Street. With three schools in the area, we are especially mindful of the safety of our children going to and from school.

The Ngatai Road Project is part of the Tauranga Cycle Plan, which is the blueprint for building safe, connected cycleways that get more people riding bikes, more often. Since its completion in May 2020, it has been well used, averaging around 730 riders a week. 

However, a recent survey targeted at schoolchildren and their parents showed us that 46% of the people travelling on Ngatai Road don’t feel safe. Based on this feedback, we’ve made changes to our plan and would like to know what you think.

Below is a link to a short survey, your feedback will not only help us know whether you support these changes, but will also help us plan and design safer facilities for our communities in the future.

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