Monday, 21 June 2021 08:27

News Update: Term 2 Week 8

In this week's edition:
-  Matariki Art Competition
-  Summerhill Leadership Academy Graduates
-  Year 13 Analytical Chemistry Competition
-  Security Cameras 

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Matariki Art Competition

Ngā mihi nui to our judges Susan Blakemore, Sarah-Jane Smith, Bobby Ketu, Stephen Tisch and Waiari Kohu-Matika (from the Creative Arts Committee).

Our winners were:
1st: Aroha Stock - Maumahara
2nd: Rose Mayhead - Connection
3rd: Liv Hawkins - Tirohanga

People's Choice: Charlotte Spearman - Tiny Feet

Committee Choice: Sarah Carter - Wahine o Matariki

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Ruamano Committee. With a special thanks to Nyssa Poffley, Andrew Rapley and Debbie Ngata.

Ruamano Committee - Lana Moore

1st: Aroha Stock - Maumahara

2nd: Rose Mayhead - Connection

3rd: Liv Hawkins - Tirohanga

People's Choice: Charlotte Spearman - Tiny Feet

Committee Choice: Sarah Carter - Wahine o Matariki

Summerhill Leadership Academy Graduates

Recently Benjamin Wood, Amelie Duffy and Jasleen Bagga were joined by students from around the Bay of Plenty for their graduation from the Summerhill Leadership Academy. This was a 4 month programme designed to develop leadership in youth that was founded by David and Chloe Bleckley, the original owners of Summer Hill Farm.

Students had to face multiple challenges in the programme including speeches, physical challenges, supporting the community, goal setting and looking deep into themselves. One of the challenges was a 'The Apprentice' style challenge with profits from their businesses going to support children in the Democratic Republic of Congo who were displaced by volcanic activity.

Amelie graduated with Merit, Jasleen and Benjamin with Excellence! All were presented with their graduation packs by the hon. Todd Muller, MP. The pack includes a reference from Todd Muller and certificates.

Each of our wonderful Ōtūmoetai students had the honor of giving thank you speeches to the supporters of the programme, showing their amazing confidence and skill at public speaking. 

Amelie Duffy, Jasleen Bagga and Benjamin Wood.


Todd Muller presenting a graduation pack to Jasleen.

Benjamin thanking the Deputy Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty District Council, John Scrimgeour.


Amelie thanking Kristine, a Tutor.

Year 13 Analytical Chemistry Competition

On Tuesday 22 June, four year 13 students travelled to The University of Waikato to compete in the Year 13 Analytical Chemistry Competition.

The students were Milan Pricken, Rosie Gordon, Alex Freeman and Tea Grinlinton. They spent the morning carrying out practical work, including gravimetric analysis and a titration, and the afternoon completing calculations.

They did a fantastic job and were awarded third place! Congratulations to the team!

Security Cameras

The school has installed 6 new security cameras. These cameras cover the main quad, the access way to the gully (at the rear of the school), the accessway to the gully (from the school field), as well as cameras on the exterior of the toilet blocks.

The cameras are excellent deterrents against incidents occurring during and outside of school hours, whether that is unacceptable behaviour, unauthorised access, or vandalism.


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