Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:52

News Update: Term 3 Week 6

In this week's edition:
-  Waikato Music Festival Success
-  Junior B Hockey Girls Division Win
-  Spelling Bee Results
-  YIA Google Workshop 2018
-  SHREK The Musical NZ Premiere
-  2019 Senior Subject Selection  

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Waikato Music Festival Success

Otumoetai College music students participated in the Itinerant Music Festival held at Waikato University last Friday. There were over 70 groups performing from schools from the Waikato, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty areas, Otumoetai College were well represented with over 50 students performing in Guitar group, String Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.

Our Jazz Band were awarded a Gold, Guitar Group a Silver, String Orchestra and Symphonic Band results are yet to be announced.

Junior B Hockey Girls Division Win

The Junior B Hockey Girls team won their division on Monday! The team dominated Bethlehem College 3rd XI, winning 3 - 0 in front of a large gathering of enthusiastic supporters.

Tea Grinlinton scored 2 of the goals and Estella Rutherford scored the other, off post from a well executed play that verged on perfection in it's execution. Tea Grinlinton was awarded player of the day for her goals, running and tackling and Jennifer Mckinnon was also awarded player of the day for her amazing skill at finding gaps and players to pass to.

The team with their certificates, medals and cup at prizegiving.

Spelling Bee Results

On 14th August, 14 students from our college went to the Regional Spelling Bee in Hamilton. There were about 50 students from the central North Island. After the first round, which was a written test, 5 of our students went through to the oral round: Cameron Paratene, Megan Lake (both Year 9), and Caitlin Reid, Arwen Thamm and Carla Roberts (all year 10).

The words in the oral round were very hard, and yet our 5 stayed in for most rounds - sometimes guessing the letters, but that worked just as well! After one particularly vicious round, there was only one Otumoetai student left standing, and that was Caitlin Reid. She happened to be in the top 3 from this competition, so that put Caitlin through to the final in Wellington, later in the year. Good luck Caitlin!

YIA Google Workshop 2018

On the afternoon of Tuesday August 28th, our YIA 2018 finalists, Zoe Chapman, Leah Graham, Eva Karena, Sam Lubbe, McKenna Parker and science teacher, Ceri Blears Woodcock, attended a workshop run by Head of Google for Education's Suan Yeo.

Using Google’s virtual reality experience, Expeditions, we were transported out of the classroom into another world. We climbed a 3000ft sheer rock face, swam with a whale shark and stood inside a shark cage whilst watching great whites swimming around us.

Next, we travelled to the atmosphere and experienced the aurora borealis, before moving on to explore the 7 new wonders of the world.

Using Google Street View, we created a 360 degree photograph of our surroundings then explored the Eiffel Tower from different perspectives.  We watched virtual reality 360 videos on YouTube and created photos with audio using Google Cardboard.  We completed the workshop by travelling around the world looking at famous monuments and museums through Google Earth and Arts & Culture features.  

It was a whirlwind visit through the world of virtual reality and we thoroughly enjoyed the experiences.

Our students with Suan Yeo.

SHREK The Musical NZ Premiere

From 22nd to 29th September at Bay Court Theatre, the Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL will be performed by Stage Right Theatre trust. Our very own Mrs Rowe is playing Mamma Bear! Imagine her surprise when she discovered how many OTC students were also in the cast, both past and present.

Two of the cast were in year 11 Drama 15 years ago when Mandy Rowe first arrived at the College from the U.K. There are also a number of current year 12 and 13 students involved. Director Toni Henderson’s children all attended Otumoetai College, including her son Mathew Henderson, who is playing the lead role of Shrek.

Mandy Rowe is very happy to see so many students involved. “It’s so great to see our students pursuing their love of performing, out in our community, I feel like a proud Mamma bear!!” The show promises to be a real spectacle with a fire breathing dragon, tap dancing rats and a cross dressing wolf! Tickets are available from Bay Court Theatre or Ticketek, don’t miss out!

2019 Senior Subject Selection

The 2019 Senior Subject Selection process ends this Friday 31st August. Parents must be involved in the decision making process with their children.

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