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Monday, 01 July 2019 09:00

News Update: Term 2 Week 10

In this week's edition:
-  Mr Bruce Farthing Retires
-  Ed Weston's Memorial Service
Smokefree Rockquest Success
 Otumoetai College Rowing Fundraiser
-  Spelling Bee for Upcoming Regionals
 Five Day Spirit Trophy Voyage
 Table Tennis Tournament

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Mr Bruce Farthing Retires

Mr Bruce Farthing retires this week following 35 years loyal service to Otumoetai College.

There are so many qualities that set him apart and which underpin his attitude to work, and to the students and colleagues he has so dutifully served.

His tireless work ethic, his dedication to his school, his students, staff and his community; his passion for the Social Sciences, and his love for, and of, learning. His outstanding classroom practice is a legacy in itself.

What has remained true all of this time, is that he has unfailingly kept students and colleagues at the heart of his decision making. 

Simply put, the contribution he has made to Otumoetai College has been first class.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. - Russell Gordon


Photos from Bruce Farthing’s Retirement Function held on the 29th June.

Ed Weston's Memorial Service

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of current and ex students, staff, friends and family celebrated Ed Weston’s life in the Performing Arts Centre.

Until forced to retired last year due to his battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Ed was a beloved English Teacher at Otumoetai College.

He dedicated nearly 24 years of his life to the College and to his students, touching the lives of thousands over his career.

The Memorial Service was both a touching tribute to Ed, and a chance for the College to collectively mourn his passing.

Thank you Coach for all your years of service to the College and to the wider community. Your legacy will live on.

Smokefree Rockquest Success

A very successful night for our bands at the BOP Regional final of the Smokefree Rockquest.

1st Place - Delta (Jerome Morris, Emily Ardern, Kristian Reid, Eden Exelby, Ben Thompson). They have the opportunity to audition for the National Final.

3rd Place - Suds (Sloane McNamara, Jahvis Stantiall, Flynn McLaughlin)

and a smashing performance from Birdhouse (Noah Davis, Nixon Ririnui, Jack Baker, Ashton Blair, Connor Doyle).

Ongoing support of these students and their musical ventures is greatly appreciated.

They will all be performing at the Music Department concert this Wednesday at 5:45-7.30pm in the PAC if you are keen on checking them out.

Otumoetai College Rowing Fundraiser

Please click below for further information to support the College Rowing Team - Tea Towel & Apron Fundraiser.

DownloadOtumoetai College Teatowel Fundraiser 


Spelling Bee for Upcoming Regionals

The Spelling Bee was on held on the 18th June. The following ten students made it through to the Regional Spelling Bee in Hamilton in early August.  

Megan Lake - 92, Samantha Reyes - 87, Annabel King - 84, Nadia Harmine - 83, Eva Karena - 83, Astrid Parlane - 83, Sapphire Redwood - 80, Alaya Callinan - 79, Georgia Murray - 78, Emily Wahab - 78 (the number after their name is their score out of 100).

250 students from New Zealand schools made it through to the Regional Final in Hamilton, and we had 10 of those students.

Five Day Spirit Trophy Voyage

Wednesday 26th  June to Monday 1st July 2019 - By Sandra Boubee.

It was my absolute privilege to be part of the ‘Spirit Journey’ with this group of 10 students. After Day One and Two the team’s sped to gather, uncoordinated paddle strokes, interesting language and tears, which proved the challenge ahead would be great. I didn’t think they’d make it.

However, the outcome would be forever if they made it work.  And work they did, each participant bringing something of themselves: humour, empathy, song, common sense, innovation, resilience, leadership. 

On the last day, their flag which was deep in meaning and reflection flew above all others, their song was sung with heart and pride. 

Each student had their own personal reason for taking up this challenge and each finished with huge smiles, self-belief and a new set of friends. The magic of the Spirit had ‘done it's thing’.

As Amelie so rightly put it, “the trophy lasts for a year but the experience will be with us for a lifetime”.

A huge thank you must go to the Otumoetai Rotary Club, Otumoetai Sports Department and Otumoetai College for supporting this trip.

Table Tennis Tournament

Honami Kamada most recently took part in the Table Tennis tournament last week. She enjoyed it and had a good time. She also managed to pick up two medals.

For someone from another country it can be very difficult so we are very impressed she gave it a go!  Thank you to her table tennis partner Anya Hawkins for looking after her.



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