Friday, 15 February 2019 09:50

News Update: Term 1 Week 3

In this week's edition:
-  Ed's Fight Continues
-  Join Our Friendly PTA Team!
-  AA Defensive Driving Course Offered
-  Master Hypnotist Show 23rd February
-  The Beat Girls - Tickets on Sale Now!
-  Outward Bound School Holiday Courses
-  New Community Night Market

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Ed's Fight Continues

Otumoetai College staff are continuing with their fundraising efforts to enable Ed Weston to afford the medication that he needs to stay alive.

While over $30,000 has been raised so far, a further instalment of $15,000 dollars is due to the drug company at the beginning of March. If this payment is not made, Ed will no longer continue to receive the last treatment option available to him, a non-funded drug, Ibutrinib which comes at a mind-blowing cost of $7500 per month.

Ed, until recently a beloved Teacher at Otumoetai College, is battling an aggressive form of cancer - Mantle Cell Lymphoma. In September last year, he was informed that his life expectancy would probably not extend much beyond Christmas 2018.  Thankfully, at that time there was one last treatment option available to Ed, Ibutrinib. So far, it appears that this drug is making a significance difference to Ed’s medical situation.

Ed’s quality of life has vastly improved and his optimism continues to shine brighter every day. He has much more energy and has been able to spend time with loved ones. Ed has even started cooking, listening to classical music, painting and reading again.

Ed and his family greatly appreciate the enormous contribution everyone has made towards funding this lifeline. However, Otumoetai staff are aware that the amount raised so far only funds Ed’s treatment for four and a half months.
Every little bit helps!

To donate, please go to

Ed and Joanne Weston.

Join Our Friendly PTA Team!

Otumoetai College PTA are looking for new members to come and join our friendly team.

We meet in the staff room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. 

We raise funds to help benefit the school and pupils in a variety of ways. This has included things such as The International Food Festival, Bookarama, Quiz Nights and other events.

If you are able to spare some time and would love to be involved, please either come long next Wednesday, the 20th Feb at 7.30pm or email the PTA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We would love to hear from you.

AA Defensive Driving Course Offered

The AA Defensive Driving Course is offered by Jon Jenner conveniently at the College over four afternoons.

The cost is $190.00 and includes an AA booklet, 4 x 2 hr classroom sessions + 1 hr in car coaching session in your car (+ $15 in tutor’s car). 

**Restricted Drivers ONLY**

Course Dates + Times:  3.30 – 5.30pm   Venue: Otumoetai College Room K10.

Tuesday 5th March, Thursday 7th March, Tuesday 12th March & Thursday 14th March.

Please contact Jon Jenner for further info and booking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 027 206 7633

Master Hypnotist Show 23rd February

Aquinas GymSports Club & Kapa Haka Group Fundraiser Master Hypnotist Tony Banfield February 23rd At Boys College Graham Young Youth Theatre.

This is going to be an Amazing Event. Book your tickets Today !!! Get a Group of 10 or more people together so you can purchase the discounted price!!!

Tickets at the Door: $20.00 pp. Online $18.00 pp. Online Groups of 10 or more $15.00 pp

Book Now at

The Beat Girls - Tickets on Sale Now!

The Otumoetai Rotary Club is celebrating 50 years and to this end is hosting the BEAT Girls at a celebration function on Saturday 16th March at Classic Flyers.

For a fabulous night out get your tickets now at

The Rotary Club of Otumoetai has done much to support Otumoetai College over the past 50 year period including building all the huts at Oteroa, providing numerous students with the Science Summer School experience and many others.

Money raised from this event will be used to fund another Outward Bound Scholarship.

Outward Bound School Holiday Courses

Outward Bound New Zealand is a not for profit organisation offering outdoor experiential learning courses to New Zealanders young and old. Courses are run from their school in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.

We have two courses coming up in the April School Holidays:

  • Our School Leaders course is offered once a year to current school leaders aged 16-18 years during the April school holidays. The course is aimed at building teen resilience in a fun and healthy environment and connecting young leaders across the country. Places are limited and potential students need to provide evidence of their leadership position.
  • Leaps & Bounds is the ultimate shared adventure for parents/caregiver and their teen (13-15 years). The 8 day course provides a challenging but supportive environment for teens and their parents to develop and strengthen their relationship without any of the usual digital distractions.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or click here 

DownloadOutward Bound NZ School Leaders and Leaps & Bounds | facebook

New Community Night Market

At Bethlehem Hall, 2nd Friday of the Month, 5.30pm-8.30pm.

For those interested in more information please click here 

DownloadCommunity Night Market 


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