Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:25

News Update: Term 1 Week 9

In this week's edition:
-  Triathlon National Success
-  Interested in Coaching a Netball Team?
-  Swimming Sports Results
-  L3 Biology Trip to Cathedral Cove
-  Family Tennis Challenge
-  International Food Festival Thanks
-  Te Whe Program
-  Senior Model United Nations Security Council Event
-  International Students Attend Chiefs v Hurricanes Game
-  Community Night Market at Bethlehem Hall

Latest Sports News

Triathlon National Success

Otumoetai College students Olivia Cummings (Year 12), Jade Stafford (Year 13) and Grace Blissett (Year 13) achieved outstanding results in the New Zealand Schools Triathlon Championships last week.  

On Friday, Olivia Cummings came 1st in the Under 19's Individual Female, while Jade Stafford gained 2nd place in the Under 19's Individual Male.  

On Saturday, Jade and Olivia joined together with Grace Blissett and a boy from Bethlehem College and won the Tag Team Relay.

Interested in Coaching a Netball Team?

It's that time of the year again and we are looking for coaches for our netball teams.  At the moment we are very thin on the ground.  We require a coach for our Junior 2 team (10A), 9B, Otumoetai Green (year 9 & 10), Prem 2 (Seniors).  

All games will be played on a Friday night in the first round (at 5.15pm - with the possibility of 1 or 2 of the top sections of the Year 10 comp being scheduled in the 6:30pm round depending on numbers).

It would be expected that the Junior 2, 9B's and Prem 2's would have two trainings a week, at a time that would suit you.  We have the dome and a half court in front of the old Gym with lights and shelter so trainings could be whenever it suits you, either after school, in the evenings or even before school!

Please if you have any experience in coaching (even if you don't!) we would welcome you with open arms! 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact Tracy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the sports office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Thank you!

Swimming Sports Results

Swimming Sports was held Thursday 21st March. Well done to all of our participants and thank you to all the helpers involved.


Corey Hirst: Senior Boys 50 Backstroke: 28.47
Jack Daines: Senior Boys 25m Butterfly: 12.43

Senior Boys:

Senior Girls:

Champion: Corey Hirst

Runner up: Jack Daines

Third: Jade Stafford

Champion: Grace Blissett

Runner up: Olivia Cummings

Third: Aroha Schuurmans

Third Equal: Katelyn Smith

Intermediate Boys:

Intermediate Girls:

Champion: Zac Reeder

Runner up: Eli MacPherson

Third: Harry Parkes


Champion: Emily Mahon

Runner Up: Zoe Stubbings

Third: Kiana Rae-Potene

Third Equal: Jasmine Wheeler

Junior Boys:

Junior Girls:

Champion: Jack Todd

Runner Up: Mason Kritz

Third: Max Tumai

Champion: Danielle Fowler

Runner Up: Lulu Johnson

Third: Jade Schumacher

L3 Biology Trip to Cathedral Cove

This week brings to a close the Level 3 Biology study on marine reserves as a way of maintaining biodiversity.

This socio-scientific issue centers around the Mataitai located in Tauranga’s Harbour. Students have been researching the pros and cons of creating a marine reserve in its place.

Their learning has been supported by a two night camp in Hahei where we were able to get “up close and personal” with the biodiversity by snorkelling in Te Whanganui-A-Hei marine reserve and kayaking to Cathedral Cove.

On our last day, we visited the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Center hearing from Keith Woodley about New Zealand’s migratory birds.

With the help of staff and local enthusiasts at the mai-mai, we were lucky enough to see Godwits making their preflight checks in preparation for their impressive journey to the Yellow Sea and then onto the Arctic for summer-time breeding. (Animal migration is a component of an external Standard that is assessed during examinations).

Both Level 3 classes are writing their Internal Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday this week. - Nicola Hawkes

Students kayak on to Cathedral Cove while others enter the marine reserve with masks and snorkels.

Family Tennis Challenge

Tennis anyone?  Come and join in on the New World Mount Tennis Family Challenge where parent and child partner up for a great day of tennis on 14 April at the Mount Tennis Club.  

The tournament will operate diverse grades, hosting doubles partnerships.  Children 10 and over are eligible to play with parents, legal guardians or grandparents and is open to members and non-members. The day will finish with a very sociable BBQ and prize-giving. 

A fantastic family day of tennis!  Further details at or contact Sylvia 0274401488 or Mount Tennis Club.

For more information and the entry form please click here  

DownloadFamily Tennis Challenge 

International Food Festival Thanks

On Friday 22nd March our International students were helping the PTA run International Food Festival.  The students were involved in cooking, making posters and setting up stalls and selling the items from their countries.

For all the parents help and everyone who got involved THANK YOU for including our students. 

This event allows them to showcase their countries and they are able to dress in their costumes from home.  They are able to make new friends and really get involved in the school.


Te Whe Program

On Wednesday 27th March, four of our Year 10 rangatahi had the chance to spend the day at St John as a part of a pilot program for Maori students who are considering a career in health care.

Students from kura across the Bay were invited and our rangatahi worked in groups getting hands-on experience with CPR, IV and medications, wound management, resuscitation kit and tours of an ambulance and the rescue helicopter.

The feedback from students was positive and the program will hopefully run again in 2020.

Ngā mihi nui to the staff at St John, Kia Ora Hauora, Whakapiki Ake for organising the day.

Senior Model United Nations Security Council Event

On Saturday, Otumoetai College had a team in the Senior Model United Nations Security Council event held at the Tauranga Council Chambers. 14 teams from the Bay of Plenty and Western Bay of Plenty were represented.

The issue being debated was the issue of Climate Change. Our country was Germany. The team members were Charlotte Cameron, Amber Harrison and Jarrod Ong (all Year 12).

Despite Charlotte and Amber having never competed in MUNA before, and Jarrod having not competed at a Senior Level, they worked well together as a team and had a high standard of public speaking.

After a long day, the judge awarded Otumoetai College with 3rd place, which was an excellent result considering their level of experience compared with the other teams.

Labour List MP Jan Tinetti pictured with Amber Harrison, Jarrod Ong & Charlotte Cameron.

International Students Attend Chiefs v Hurricanes Game

"On Friday 15th March our International students went to the rugby game in Hamilton - Chiefs v Hurricanes.  For many students this will be the one and only time they are able to watch a rugby game so for them it was an interesting time!  Thank you to the teachers for looking after the students and thank you to the students for being so good!" - Mihi Waaka


Community Night Market at Bethlehem Hall

Interested in the Community Night Market at Bethlehem Hall?

Next Market will be held Friday 12th April from 5.30-8.30pm.

For more information please click here  

DownloadCommunity Night Market at Bethlehem Hall 


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