Monday, 15 March 2021 14:16

News Update: Term 1 Week 7

In this week's edition:
-  Tourism Trip to Rotorua
-  Kai & Korero Lunchtimes
-  Rugby Partnership Day & Testing Day
-  Black Ferns Visit
-  Canoe Slalom Success
-  Senior Netball Trials Start 26 March 

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Tourism Trip to Rotorua

On Wednesday 3rd March, tourism students went to Rotorua to learn about two of New Zealand's renowned tourism experiences, Te Puia and white water rafting the Kaituna River with Kaitiaki Adventures.

We were able to learn about different skills used in various tourism work roles, the importance of tikanga Maori customs in tourism, and have an absolute blast at the same time.

Kai & Korero Lunchtimes

"Kai and Korero” is a lunchtime programme run through the Hauora committee at Ōtūmoetai College. The programme originally started as a breakfast idea, where students would come to school early to have breakfast that was provided and chat with others. However, last year a lunchtime initiative was tested to see if it would be more beneficial to our school. Due to the larger number of lunches given out compared to breakfasts, as a committee, we decided to focus our time on “Kai and Korero” - lunchtime edition. 

On Monday’s donated food from Good Neighbour is collected and stored. The student Hauora committee members then help to make the lunches on a Tuesday morning before school. The buns, fruit, snacks and any other delicious food that we have been provided, is given out on a Tuesday at morning tea. We are handing out roughly 30-50 lunches to hungry students and are hoping this number will steadily increase as awareness of the programme grows. 

The reasoning behind our programme is to provide for students in need. Unfortunately, not all students are lucky enough to bring a pre-made lunch to school every day. Without sufficient food, it can be hard for students to concentrate and take full advantage of the opportunities provided within our school. We are hoping that our programme will have a positive impact on students and aid them in their learning. - By Year 13 student Hannah Walpole.


Rugby Partnership Day & Testing Day

“Our recent Partnership Day & Testing Day was a resounding success.

We welcomed and connected with our charity; GOOD NEIGHBOUR who do an amazing job for our community and those in real need.  

Our programme is linking and connecting with our community and positive comments are being conveyed. 

In attendance to deliver their important and lifelong message of giving to our students were:
Jason Rowling:  Board Member and co-founder of Good Neighbour Trust
Simone Gibson:  General Manager
Cam Hill:  Community Impact Manager
Todd Rowling:  Projects Manager

Good Neighbour also provided the rescue food and cooked it for our Students and Whanau. 100 people were catered for. What role models our Good Neighbour friends are.  

In keeping with the message of giving back, our students will be delivering firewood, on Saturday 10 April, organised by Good Neighbour, to those who desperately need warmth this winter. Feel free to contact me if you want to help out.

As always we acknowledge our Key Sponsors:  
Sean Lett from 2WEL, Mark Francis from Tremains and Dean Waddell from Pak’nSave.

We were also provided free powerade, active water and water from COKE. Our legendary Chairperson of a Barbarians Executive, Pete Blackwell sorted this, and as he so often does - delivers.  

Todd Mead needs special acknowledgement, the day flowed with precision. 

We really appreciate all our Parent and Whanau support”. - Richard Brown

Black Ferns Visit

On Wednesday we welcomed Alena Saili, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane and Shakira Baker from the New Zealand Black Ferns.  

They added their high performance knowledge to all our rugby athletes at academy training.

Our Academy is making a difference. We have compared and correlated the data from the tests we ran in early December and repeated at our partnership day on Sunday. 

The results are phenomenal with improvements across the board. Special thanks to Todd Mead for doing the Mathematics and to Kim Whyte for entering the data.

Canoe Slalom Success

Ashton Blair (Year 12 student) has had some great results, in the last month placing 3rd in the New Zealand Open 2021 C1, under 18 men.

Last weekend he also pulled off 1st place in the Oceania Championship 2021, C1 under 18 Men. Ashton did extremely well as he was the last qualifier in the final.

Also as a side note - past student of Otumoetai College, Luuka Jones, also took out the Oceania Open Woman's title.

Ashton Blair 

Senior Netball Trials Start 26 March

Senior Netball trials will be held Friday 26th, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st March, starting at 3.45pm at the netball court.



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