Monday, 28 August 2017 11:04

News Update: Term 3 Week 6

In this week's edition:

-  Year 11 Geography Quiz
-  Starsopoly
-  Mathsmind Competition
-  Year 13 Health & Sports Science
-  Young Enterprise
-  Junior MUNA
-  Growing NZ
-  PTA Quiz Night
-  Senior B Boys Basketball
-  World Vision 40 Hour Famine Awards Evening
-  Step Higher Award

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Year 11 Geography Quiz

Otumoetai College Yr 11 Geography Students won the Waikato/BoP region's inter-school geography quiz "Maatangi Whenua". This quiz is part of a National Competition run by the National Subject Association, NZ Board of Geography Teachers. It tests students' geographical knowledge and skills over eight rounds of different challenges.

Students were (in order of photo L to R and wearing their prizes sponsored by Lower)
Patrick Lammas, Alexander Blair and Liam Hock


Commitment to the Otumoetai Way is an integral part of being a member of our Otumoetai College Community. The Stars Programme, provided by the Graeme Dingle Foundation helps facilitate working together and respect for one and all – two of our school values.
This term, the Stars Programme brought the community into the school through playing Starsopoly. Organisations ranging from local businesses, faith based youth groups, Equality Clun, Planned Parenthood and sporting clubs all had squares on a GIANT monopoly board. Year 13 Peer mentors escorted their Year 9 mentees around the board and completed many activities including all option subjects available to Year 10's.
Starsopoly was the final activity for programme provided by the Graeme Dingle Foundation who aims to enhance school culture through positive youth development. Evidence shows that Stars contributes to the well being of the students by helping them gain practical skills and life skills such as: working with others, connecting to their communities, meeting personal achievements, improving relationships with friends and developing relationships with older peers. 


Mathsmind Competition

The Otumoetai College action centre was a hive of activity on Friday 18 August, with students competing in the annual Mathsmind competition.  Over 300 Year 9 and 10 students from schools in the wider Bay of Plenty region attended the exciting event.  The young Mathematicians, placed in teams of four, were aiming to answer 20 challenging questions. The Year 9 top prize was taken out by Mount Maunganui College, and the Year 10 top prize went to John Paul College.  Tauranga Boys College came first overall and Otumoetai College followed with second overall.  It was a great day and everyone had fun doing Mathematics.  

Year 13 Health and Sports Science

The Year 13 Health and Sports Science Students enjoyed a challenging day in Rotorua last Friday at the Tough Guy and Gal mud run. They covered 6km of obstacles, mud, lakes, hills and more mud .... and gained NCEA credits for their efforts.  

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise students from Year 12 and Year 13 Business Management classes will have the opportunity to sell their products at Papamoa Plaza this Saturday 2nd September. Otumoetai College will be participating in the event alongside other competing teams in the region. Through the Young Enterprise Scheme, students learn about business planning and operations, develop a range of personal and business skills, consult with and create networks in their community through creating their own products or services to bring to market.
Please come along between 10am-3pm to support these hardworking entrepreneurial students.

 Junior MUNA

On Saturday, Otumoetai had two teams in the Junior Model United Nations Security Council event at Mount Maunganui College. Around 15 teams from the Bay of Plenty and Western Bay of Plenty were represented.
The issue being debated was the question of Climate Change. Our countries were the USA and Canada. Team USA members were Rose Akkerman, Gijs van Gorp and Jarrod Ong. Team Canada members were Emily Ardern, Raven Peachey, Natalie Hall and Jaylon Paki. All students were Year 10s.
Our teams worked well together and displayed very strong public speaking skills. The USA in particular was involved in a lot of the discussion.
After a long day, a popular vote was taken and team USA came out third. Overall, our students had a lot of fun and enjoyed the day. They are all keen to step up to Senior MUNA next year.

Growing NZ

A group of ten Year 10 students were taken to Arakaki Community Centre, Mount Maunganui, on 29 August to take part in a Growing NZ challenge. Students were tasked to come up with innovated ideas aimed at using modern technology to solve a real problem faced by Primary Industry in New Zealand. Problems ranged from marketing Fava beans (Broad beans), protecting bio diversity from insects that come into the country with imported produce, finding leakages in underground pipes and measuring pasture for livestock to consume.

The ten students were paired, then mixed with pairs of students from other attending schools. The event was a great success with teams from Otumoetai coming up with winning solutions in three of the categories. A robot designed to automate the process of measuring height and density of grass, Fava bean based hummus and an automated system to suffocate peach flies in imports during transportation to New Zealand.

The event was sponsored by Dairy NZ and students were given guidance by industry experts from Dairy, Biosecurity and other Primary Industries.

PTA Quiz Night

The PTA Quiz Night was a truly fun event.  Teams arrived before 7pm dressed as single entities, a good number in elaborate costumes and the evening got off to a great start.  A silent auction was progressed, the food was great, the drink flowed and the Quiz Master - Mr Feutz - challenged everyone's thinking with wonderful questions particularly - the which came first - round.
Thanks PTA for the fun night which made over $5000 for the College. 


Senior B Boys Basketball

Otumoetai College Senior B Boys Basketball team had a successful season in 2017, which culminated last night in an exciting, close Final, beating Mount Maunganui College Senior B Boys at ASB Arena. There was a raucous crowd and an atmosphere that got both teams pumped up and excited.
These boys: Lewis Hofland, Jarrod Meads, Oliver Bowker, Jacob Mills, James Yeardly-Davern, Jonathan Ravu, Josh Stock and Sam Hislop this season always played with heart and true grit. Some of our games saw us with just five players, because boys were away sick, and these boys played hard for four quarters. What I most enjoyed about this season, wasn’t winning, but how these boys played with humility. They listened and worked hard to improve themselves as players. I appreciated their commitment. Thank you boys. Go Oats!
Written by: Mr James Devine


 World Vision 40 Hour Famine Awards Evening

A representative group from the Otumoetai College Advanced Learners' classes were invited to attend the inaugural World Vision 40 Hour Famine Awards evening, held in Auckland this week. Principals, staff and a representative group of students were invited so that they could be honoured for their contribution. Our invite was in recognition of our amazing effort in raising over $6000  - a sum which put us in the top 40 of 380 schools who participated in the upper North Island. Our school's profile at the event was unique - we appeared to be the only school who had a programme run by Years 9 and 10 students. 
One of the guest speakers, Alex Snary (Programme Manager for World Vision NZ) was an ex-student of Otumoetai College, and has offered to return to talk to our students about his experiences in working in senior roles in such places as the Middle East, Nepal and Afghanistan. 
We are very grateful to Lavina Good who assisted us in transporting our students to Auckland. 

Margaret Keam, Amy McAulay, Flora Clarke, Chelsea Good, Rachael Carter, Alex Snary

Step Higher Award

Leaver Kelcy Ballantyne applied for the "Step Higher Award" open to all Waikato University Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars and has won the prestigious award.  The Award involves a three week visit to Nepal in February 2018.  The Award promotes leadership excellence and provides a unique experience.  The winners trek through the Khumbu Valley, Nepal, a stunning part of the Himalayas and the pathway to Mount Everest.  The two/three week trip involves many of Sir Edmund Hillary projects and connecting with the values associated with his efforts and the Hillary Scholarship.




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