Monday, 25 June 2018 09:47

News Update: Term 2 Week 9

In this week's edition:
EOL Space Weather Balloon Project
-  Year 9 Social Studies Class Trip
-  Enterprise teams at the Seriously Good Foodshow
-  Teacher Aide Position Available
-  Matariki Kite Day: 26 June - 5.30-7pm
-  Year 9 Science - Cow Eye Dissection
-  Northern Regional Girls Senior Underwater Hockey Championships

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EOL Space Weather Balloon Project

On Friday June 22nd, eight students and two teachers from Otumoetai College launched the first ever space weather balloon from an Ohaupo sports ground, with the help of teams from Earth to Space Calculus (USA) and EOL. It was one degree Celsius when we arrived just a little after 8am.  The Seven Sharp crew were not far behind and stayed with us for the whole day, filming our progress.  The balloon was launched at around 11am with Daniel Lee’s electronic container attached, within which, two petri dishes, one open and one closed were fixed.  EOL’s Bleep mascot and Seven Sharp’s mic sock were also aboard.  The balloon transversed east, exploded and finally landed in swap land in Te Puke.  LandSAR, our students, EOL and Seven Sharp tramped off to find the payload, which, whilst a little wet, was still intact.  The whole experience was exhilarating.
Students: Siddhartha Gurung, Mathew Hock, Micela Steed, James Courtney, Nicole Blears Woodcock, Daniel Lee, Daniel O'Connor, Seb Lemberg  Teachers: Ceri Blears-Woodcock  & Mark Simpson.
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Year 9 Social Studies Class Trips

Two Year 9 Social Studies classes who have been studying local history around the Te Papa Peninsula went on field trips last week. They focused their learning around the events at the Otamataha Pa and the Mission Station. They visited sites including The Elms, the Monmouth Redoubt, Te Urunga (waka) and the Matariki Pou on the Strand. They finished their day at the Mission Cemetery, where the students commemorated the lives of the Brown family and the early settlers, and the lives lost at the battles at Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) and at Te Ranga. The students and their teachers wish to give grateful thanks to the Elms Trust for their expert guides and warm hospitality. These were wonderful days full of learning.

Otumoetai College Young Enterprise teams to launch their products at:-

The Seriously Good Foodshow

Four Young Enterprise teams will be launching their products at The Seriously Good Food Show in Tauranga on the 30th June and 1st July.
The Young Enterprise Companies and products are:

Little Koko -  creating an all natural fruit roll ups that use organic coconut syrup as a sweetener, which is exceptionally better for you than white sugar and honey.

Tilks NZ - creating a coconut based spread which is an alternative to other spreads such as nutella and jam

Ember - creating cheese boards which represent the Bay.

BerryGood - creating a blueberry chocolate and raising awareness for prostate cancer

We would like to thank Bay Events for their sponsorship in supporting these students. For more information about this event please go to:

Or for more information regarding the products, please contact the Business department.

 Teacher Aide Position

Otumoetai College requires a Teacher Aide available for relief work for the Special Needs Department. 
Relevant experience preferred.

Please send cover letter and CV to:

Caly Pillay
Otumoetai College
PO Box 8033, Cherrywood
Tauranga 3145
Ph (07) 576 2316 ext 752
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Nau mai Matariki. Kia rere te manuaute!! 

Matariki Kite Day

As part of a range of activities for Matariki, students were invited to fly kites on Friday 22 Jun 2018, either ones they brought from home or made in class. A large number of students in Year 9 and year 10 constructed kites in Science during the week. One topic for Year 9 is Space so linking with star constellations and Matariki (or Pleiades) was a good fit.  Year 10 have been studying Forces again linking nicely to the activity of kite flying. The weather was great, although a slight lack of wind at the start, by the time the bell went at the end of lunch it was perfect. 
Ancient Māori kite flying traditions have a highly symbolic connection to Matariki. The kites traditionally represent a vessel to send messages of love and mourning to those who have passed and become stars.
The next significant Matariki event is the art exhibition on 26 June starting 5:30pm. Come and visit!


Year 9 Science - Cow Eye Dissection 

David Parlane from Otumoetai Optometrists visited two Year 9 Science classes to help with their Cow’s Eye Dissection last week, on Tuesday and Thursday (19 & 21 Jun 18). The students have been studying light and how the eye works. It was a special experience for the classes to have David as a guest lecturer. He started by explaining the difference in the vision of Human and Cows using a standard eye chart. The class then went on to dissect the eyes with David presenting captivating information and great anecdotes from his work and study as an Optometrist. Sharing his knowledge through working with eyes for thirty years David explained how the iris and lenses worked, how the colour in the human iris forms before birth and showed how tough the white outside of the eye (Sclera) is. He also talked about some problems we might have, for example as you get older your lenses don’t work as well because they lose flexibility. 
The students were fascinated learning about how much blood their eyes needed. Each eye needs slightly more than an arm’s equivalence of blood to work properly. About 25% of our brain function is dedicated to vision. The students learnt how light enters the cones and rods of the retina, which detect colours and brightness sending signals to your brain down the optic nerve. Key differences were that cows cannot see shapes very well with the average cow only being able to make out the top letter on an eye vision chart at 6 meters. Cows however can see 310 degrees, their eyes work mostly independently and they see very well at night so that they can avoid predators. Whereas humans can see about 180 degrees with the eyes working together giving depth perception so they can catch their prey. Eagles and hawks, on the other hand, can see the bottom vision chart line (that a human with great vision can make out at 6m) from a whopping 11 kilometres away.
A great big “Thanks” to David Parlane for giving up his mornings to help our students to learn about how the eye works.

Northern Regional Girls Senior Underwater Hockey Championships

The Otumoetai Girls Underwater Hockey team were one of ten teams competing in the Senior Girls Grade at the Northern Regional Secondary Senior Underwater Hockey Championships held at Baywave on June 23rd and 24th.
They drew the harder of the two pools, being up against Epsom Girls Grammar and Mahurangi College, both schools noted for their strength in Underwater Hockey and the eventual winners and runners up, respectively, of the Senior Girls Competition.  The Otumoetai girls worked hard, playing well together under the co-captains of Sam Keene and Adriana Lipinski with Adriana ‘s efforts being recognised by being awarded the team’s Most Valuable Player for the tournament.  The girls had some convincing wins and ended up 5th overall in the tournament. It was great team effort particularly considering three of their players are still only of Junior age.






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