Monday, 17 June 2019 10:14

News Update: Term 2 Week 8

In this week's edition:
-  Welcome to Deputy Principal Greg Burnard
-  Kapa Haka Dress Rehearsal - Wed 26th June at 6pm
-  Art Exhibition by Two Past Students
-  40 Hr Famine Experience - Honami Kamada
-  2019 Analytical Chemistry Competition
-  LGBTQ+ Tauranga Parent Forum
-  Student Exchange Information

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Welcome to Deputy Principal Greg Burnard

“Kia ora koutou! I am delighted to be joining the Otumoetai College community as the new Deputy Principal.

Mr Farthing will be an extremely hard act to follow, however I look forward to the challenge. My wife Jo and I lived for 30 years north of Auckland on the Hibiscus Coast where I taught in 3 local high schools, prior to shifting to the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

Jo moved down to Tauranga in September of last year as Sales Manager for Harcourts Advantage. I subsequently resigned from Whangaparaoa College and followed her down in December.

During my time at Whangaparaoa College I had the roles, severally, of Acting DP, Head of History and Year 10 Dean.

Two of our three adult children currently live in Auckland. Our daughter has just completed her nursing training, our elder son is working as a town planner while the younger son who travelled down with us, is about to depart for the States to study on a rugby scholarship.

I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received from the staff and hope to meet many of the parent body in the near future, as I settle in to the role.” - Greg Burnard

Kapa Haka Dress Rehearsal - Wed 26th June at 6pm

The Kapa Haka Dress Rehearsal will be held next Wednesday 26th June at 6pm in the PAC at Otumoetai College.

$5 entry or free entry with a purchased hangi ticket ($15).

Art Exhibition by Two Past Students

The Resilience Art Exhibition by Jessica Collins & Symphony Rimaha will be held from 6th-21st July at The People’s Gallery – toi ka rere, at The Historic Village, 17th Ave West, Tauranga.

Opening preview is Saturday 6th July at 12pm.


40 Hr Famine Experience - Honami Kamada

Honami has been with us since the beginning of the year and has come from Japan. She is an awesome student who has become involved with the school. Most recently she has participated in the 40 hour famine. Here is what she had to say about it:

"Basically for 40 hours I have to give up something. For example food, phone etc... And raise money for people who are needy. This year we were sponsoring children from South Sudan. I gave up food and phone. The most difficult things is food. I was really hungry when I tried to do the 40 hour famine, but I thought about how does this feel for poor people.

I really liked it. I tried the 40 hour famine because I want to do something for poor people. I want to build schools in developing countries and teach many things for children in the future. So it was a really good experience for me.  I didn't know what the 40 hour famine was at first. I asked my host family and kiwi friends. The 40 hour famine isn't famous in Japan. I really wanted to try. 

I just want to tell people if you do it many people will help you and you can help many people. It is a good experience for you so if you want to try you can do it."

2019 Analytical Chemistry Competition

The 2019 Analytical Chemistry Competition was held at the University of Waikato on Tuesday 11th June.

We took two teams over for the day in our school van. The students were understandably excited about spending the whole day on Chemistry experiments and calculations.

These fine young chemists did themselves and our school proud! One team were placed 4th which was a fantastic achievement, however all of the students involved got a lot out of the day.

“It was great to do an experiment in teams and see how data from two different experiments produce a final result which was finding an equation of an unknown chemical that we were assigned to analyse. Also, I was glad to see people from different schools.”

 Pictured from left to right - Daniel Lee, Alice Cerdeira, Grace Blissett and John Austin.

LGBTQ+ Tauranga Parent Forum

Lines & Gender DynamiX are hosting this one off evening for anyone who is a parent of an LGBTQ+ child.

Wednesday 17th July, 6pm-8pm at the University of Waikato Campus, 101-121 Durham St, Tauranga, Level One.

This will be a safe, public event, hosted by trained and experienced LGBTQ+ professionals, including Julia Linde (Gender DynamiX) Kat Clark (Gender DynamiX & Tedx Tauranga speaker), Jo Kemp (Gender DynamiX & Toi Ohomai educator).

This event is an opportunity for parents to come together, ask questions about the Rainbow community, meet other like-minded peers, share experiences and seek support. 

Please RSVP to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can cater for expected attendance. 

If you have any questions please email Kat at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Exchange Information

The information below is from STS Education – Start Your Journey.

Early Bird Discount - Tomorrow’s adventures at yesterday’s prices!
At the moment we are offering 2020 exchanges at 2019 prices. Apply today for a January or August departure in 2020 and finalise your application before 2nd September to secure the discount!

New website launched
Check out our new website – Explore all of our destinations and find out more on our new website. You could even apply for your exchange today!

Short term December exchanges
Thinking about going on exchange but not wanting to miss any school? How about a 2 or 3 month exchange departing in December to one of the following destinations: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Canada. Get your application in shortly!

Online information meetings
Learn more about an STS exchange! During our information meetings you will receive information about the STS high school programme from one of our experienced staff. Our information meetings are held via Skype about one hour long and will also give you a chance to ask questions. Our next meeting is on the 4th July at 7PM-8PM.  Sign up on our website here:


There are another two organisations linked to Otumoetai College for student exchanges.

They are Rotary

and Your Education


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