Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:35

News Update: Term 3 Week 5

In this week's edition:
-  Pin'd Creative Showcase
-  NZ Uniform Closed for 2 Day Stocktake
-  2018 National Hospitality Championships
-  12SPSC Snow Trip 9th-10th August
-  Spelling Bee Success
-  Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run Event
-  18th Rotorua Chinese Speech Competition 

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Pin'd Creative Showcase

The Pin’d Creative Showcase is a fashion design competition open to garments and textile art designed by intermediate and secondary school textile students.

This event was held on the 11th August at Baycourt, and our students did extremely well. If you see any of these students please congratulate them on their creative talent! They did such a great job! A few photos below.

Denim – Highly Commended Year 10 Zora Dunlop
Print & Graphics - 1st Year 10 Amber Jarden
I see Red - 1st Year 10 Meg Downing
My Decade - 1st Charlotte Cameron and Highly Commended Ellie Jory
Woven & Twisted – Highly Commended Kesha Kansara
Glamour – Highly Commended Campbell Tito
Steam Punk - 1st Beier Lu
Parent & Child - 1st Yuyu SanoBianco Collins
Wearable Art - 2nd Leena van Leeuwen, 3rd Lucie Ward, Highly Commended Alessa Nadasdy & Hinemoa Reweti
Supreme Design Award - 3rd Beier Lu & Highly Commended Gemma Barker


NZ Uniforms Closed for 2 Day Stocktake

We would like to advise parents that the NZ Uniforms store will be closed on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of August for stocktake. The store will be open on Friday 31st August for business as usual. 

2018 National Hospitality Championships

It's been an awesome couple of days in Auckland at the ASB Showgrounds Arena at the 2018 National Hospitality Championships. This is a National competition for chefs from around the country right from Secondary School students, Polytech students, apprentices up to experienced chefs from industry who are at the top of their game. The calibre of work was outstanding across the board and it was an awesome experience for our students to not only compete, but to rub shoulders with some of the leaders in the industry.

Eva Griffin-Jones - SILVER MEDAL for her Classic French omelette filled with goats cheese and thyme and garlic infused caramelised red onion.

Eva Griffin-Jones - GOLD MEDAL for the Innovative scone class - Blue Cheese, pecan, spinach and orange zest scones served with a caramelised onion relish infused with Dilmah lively lime and orange tea. (Innovation entry).

Ruby Cording - SILVER MEDAL for the entry into the Pasta and Mushroom class where all elements including the pasta had to be made from scratch within one hour. Ruby made a chicken, mushroom, spinach and feta tortellini served with a mushroom consomme infused with Dilmah ginger tea topped with parmesan foam, crispy chicken skin and a parmesan crisp. (Innovation entry).

Ruby Cording - Runner up Dilmah Innovation award $100 cash prize and Tea! This was an award that competitors from across the 4 days of competition entered - again from top chefs right down to secondary students.There were almost 100 entries and Ruby was Runner Up.  A phenomenal achievement - especially since her oven stopped working mid-cook!

Both girls have done an outstanding job and cooked under pressure, in a public arena where the pressure and environment rattles even the hardiest chefs. Please congratulate them if you see them!


12SPSC Snow Trip 9th-10th August

 At 5.15am Thursday morning 35 Yr 12 SPSC students and 4 staff loaded the bus for Whakapapa Ski Fields.  The aim of the trip was to:  Apply Risk Management theory into practice. Earlier class learning consisted of:  Snow code practices, Risk Management strategies relating to, People, Equipment and Environment and writing up a ‘Risk Analysis Management’ plan.
The windy, and wettish conditions on Thursday gave our students a first hand experience of the need to have the right equipment and the right learning for enjoying the mountain.  It was great to see so many new snowboarders tackling the slopes, chairs and t-bars. Those experienced skiers and snowboarders were also challenged by experienced instructors.

Student comments: 

“It was great to learn a new skill and experience a new sport.  Definitely something I’m considering doing again."

“Best trip ever, the best part was the freedom to go and do whatever you wanted to. I wouldn’t change a thing."

"It was good having two lessons on the first day because I was able to learn new things and our leader showed me new tracks I hadn’t been on before. It was good getting to do what we wanted on the second day. We could rest when we wanted to and we made a snow man."

Spelling Bee Success

Julie Secker took 14 students to the Regional Finals of the NZ Spelling Bee in Hamilton. Caitlin Reid made it through to the National Final in Wellington later this year. Most schools have no more than one in the final round, if they are lucky. Otumoetai College had three in the final seven - Cameron Paratene (Year 9!), Caitlin Reid, and Carla Roberts (Megan Lake and Arwen Thamm had just got out in the second to last round).

Cailtin will get to fly down there with her mum, all expenses paid, and compete for $5000. Caitlin has never been to Wellington before so it was all the more exciting for her. Our students were outstanding in their behaviour and positive attitude the whole time, and particularly supportive of each other.

Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run Event

On Friday 17th August, over 40 Health and Physical Education Students competed against over 1000 other students in the 6km Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run at Lakes Ranch, Rotorua. The course included obstacles, lakes, lots of hills and lots of mud! Everyone ran well, gained 4 NCEA credits, had a great time and we got some impressive results - Blake Miller - 1st, Liam Miller - 3rd, Zedek Macklow - 6th and Santi Tyson - 13th female.

18th Rotorua Chinese Speech Competition

On Friday 17th August Dani Reyes, Chrystal Yang and Dewni Fernando ably represented the College at the 18th Rotorua Chinese Speech competition. The competition included students from a large number of BOP schools, both juniors and seniors, from Year 5 up to Year 13. The standard of the speeches was very high.

After only two terms of after hours Mandarin lessons with Shasha Wu, our Mandarin Learning Assistant, this was an impressive performance by the girls. Many congratulations to them for having the courage and determination to deliver a speech in a second language and many thanks to Shasha for her invaluable teaching and coaching time with our Mandarin learners.


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