Monday, 22 July 2019 11:36

News Update: Term 3 Week 1

In this week's edition:
-  Waikato Culinary Competition Results
-  Winner for the 2019 National Youth Art Awards
-  Youth Parliament 2019
-  Play it Strange Song Writing Competition
-  Yr 12 & 13 Business Management Update
-  Stars Community Service Projects
-  Give Rowing A Go! 

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Waikato Culinary Competition Results

By Lauren May.

Sarah Ensor and Shayla Holloway teamed up to enter the fiercely contested Mystery Box class.

This was a massive undertaking! 3 heats of 10 teams. They attend a briefing with chief judges where they are given a limited list of ingredients. From this they have 45 minutes to come up with a dish, write a work plan and menu description.

Then they enter the kitchens where their ingredients are waiting on their bench. They then have 1 hour to make their plan come to fruition. A really challenging class and these two students worked hard (albeit far too relaxed for my nerves) to produce an outstanding dish.

They used a range of equipment, techniques and fabulous flavour combinations. They overcame their nerves and an over that didn’t work to present their dish with 3 seconds to spare!! Capsicum and spinach stuffed chicken served with a zesty carrot purée and Pommes Anna.  OUTSTANDING!!!


Our girls represented the College with pride and it was a joy to see them work so hard and under such immense pressure - especially up against 558 competitors!! 

With the live cook in the Healthy Lunch class the brief was about as broad as it could get!  Talise Miller made a spectacular spinach and cauliflower pasta (from scratch). Eva Griffin-Jones made Vietnamese Pork Belly Bao Buns (also from scratch). Two of the three judges at the end approached me to express how impressed they were with just how much they both got through in the one hour time period! Talise was awarded a very high Bronze. Eva not only won Silver, she also took out the title of ‘Top of Class’ - an excellent achievement! 

Alex Higgins took on the Savoury Pizza class where competitors bought in a hand made dough and invented a pizza to wow the judges. Alex’s concept was outstanding and once she got over her nerves and took a breath or two she competed with determination and attention to detail. Her Mexican pizza with beautifully medium-rare seared steak strips, a tortilla bowl, salsa and sour cream blew everyone away. She was awarded a well deserved Silver. 

Anika Stowers entered the static Savoury Pie class. Competitors create a Savoury pie for a minimum of 4 portions (20cm). Her concept was a Chicken and Roast Mushroom with Spinach pie with a lattice top. Again a hotly contested class and she gained a well deserved Bronze.

Cold Desserts was a tough class this year and of the 80 competitors only a very small number of medals distributed. The students have worked hard to produce some stunning concepts and awesome achievement in competing.

All in all, this was an extremely successful year at the Waikato Culinary Fare. 

Overall Results:
Sarah Ensor
- Gold (Mystery Box)
Shayla Holloway - Gold (Mystery Box)
Eva Griffin-Jones - Silver (Healthy Lunch - Top of Class)
Alex Higgins - Silver (Healthy Lunch)
Talise Miller - Bronze (Healthy Lunch)
Anika Stowers - Bronze (Savoury Pie)
Alex Thomson - Bronze (Cold Desserts)
Stella Martyn - Bronze (Cold Desserts)
Kayley MacDonald - Bronze (Cold Desserts)
Natalia Steens - Merit (Cold Desserts)
Sophie Dobbs - Merit (Cold Desserts)
Georgia Armstrong - Merit (Cold Desserts)
Brooke Usherwood – Merit (Cold Desserts)

Winner for the 2019 National Youth Art Awards

The prize winners have been chosen for the The Waikato Society of Arts Annual National Youth Art Award 2019, 18 July–19 August, ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton.

Huge congratulations to Caitlin Flood who won the 15-19 Midland MRI Grand Prize with her portrait “Bare”.

All young artists in New Zealand between the ages of 15 and 25 were invited to enter this prestigious competition, 140 artists entered this year.

The 83 finalists have their work on show to the public, for a month, at ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton.

This was a selected show and the judge this year is Margaret Aull, formerly from Tumu Herenga Toi - Curator Manager Ahua Gallery at New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, before this she was Poutiaki Toi - Art Collection Curator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Margaret Aull studied her Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, in Auckland.

See for more information about this event.

"Bare" - By Caitlin Flood.

Youth Parliament 2019

Fantastic speech by Bay of Plenty Youth MP Makayla Wadsworth during#NZYouthParliament's Sustainable Energy Bill. Good to hear over 80% of youth in the BOP support more action to mitigate climate change.

During the last week of the holidays Makayla Wadsworth went down to Parliament to represent the Bay of Plenty in her position as Youth MP for BOP.

There, she spoke on the urgent action needed for climate change, met with politicians including the PM and was on the justice select committee looking at ways to prevent intergeneration offending.

Makayla's favourite part was declaring the climate emergency and meeting with representatives of the Pacific and Maori community to understand the system changes that need to occur to end systematic inequity.

“I could not be more proud of my Youth MP Makayla Wadsworth for her speech during#NZYouthParliament's Sustainable Energy Bill. She is so right when she says "Let our contribution to the environment go beyond reusable coffee cups and low energy light bulbs. As we look to the future of tomorrow, let's push towards a cleaner and greener Aotearoa.” – Angie Warren-Clark MP.

View Makayla’s speech here…

Play it Strange Song Writing Competition

Great news from the Play it Strange Song Writing Competition.

The following students have made it in to the Top 40 which means they have won a trip to a recording studio to have their original songs professionally recorded, and released later in the year.

Rebecca Wallis and Eden Exelby – “Far from Me”
Katrina Porter – “Opportunity”
Caitlin Turner, Liam Turner, Olivia Turner – “You Are Us”

Well done and congratulations!

Yr 12 & 13 Business Management Update

The Y12 and Y13 Business Management classes have been planning their businesses, pitching their ideas and producing products to sell over the last two terms. Sales will continue into Term Three. 

See below for some of their current products. 

Bumble  - A Y12 Young Enterprise group who are passionate about making a difference to the environment through the decrease of plastic use, are producing beeswax bags - an alternative to sealable plastic bags.

They also recently had a class from Bellevue Primary School come into the College, to educate the younger students about how to make beeswax wraps themselves - with each student taking home a beeswax wrap to use in their lunchbox. 

To order a bag please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check them out on Instagram (@bumble_bags) or facebook (Bumble Beeswax bags).


Allure Beauty n Co  Allure Beauty has created a natural, eco-friendly and sustainable lip scrub. The product is sold in small glass jars instead of plastic.

Their launch was on 22nd July at the Lions Market – Historic Village. The lip scrub is $6 per unit and 50c of every unit will be donated to project Jonah.

Facebook: allure beauty n co, Instagram: @allurebeautynco


Sacred Label  - Creates multipurpose scarves and sashes to promote women empowerment and body positivity. Both of our products are multipurpose with many uses such as bag ties, neckties, hair ties and hairpieces, dog collars, neck scarves and scarf tops. 10% of gross profits will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.  

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ph: 0275220592, Instagram: sacredlabelx, Facebook: sacredlabel.


SEAD  - Is all about changing lives for others! We have created hand made hair scarves and scrunchies using drawings from children in the Ruel Foundation, a crisis center in the Philippines. SEAD has created a trendy hair accessory that people love to wear and feel good in and in the end we are donating 70% of our profits back to the foundation to help all the kids in need. 

Our Instagram is SEAD_YES, our Facebook is SEAD.YES and our website is


These Young Enterprise students will also be selling their products at "Our Place" Tauranga on the 10th August from 11am, alongside other Young Enterprise teams from the region.

Stars Community Service Projects

See below a recap of all the Stars Community Service Projects for Year 9 Form Classes that happened during the last week of term 2.






Students made many toys from Stars t-shirts and other resources for cats and dogs. These have not yet been delivered. I am hoping to have a member of the SPCA come out to the college and collect them during a Stars form Period.


Otumoetai Playcentre

Unfortunately cancelled as there was not enough work here for three classes to complete. The class has made RAK cards to pass out to community members and will be helping look after our Starsopoly Board participants as well as set up and pack down.



Students went and completed a Jump Jam session with the primary kids. Everyone really enjoyed himself or herself.



Students helped James raise funds and bike for Project K. Students who were unable to bike ride, completed a clean-up underneath the Randall Stands. This was something that many classes identified as something the school needed help with.



The rain did not put these students off doing some amazing hard work. The Tauranga City Council presented students with recycling options in town, which native wildlife are affected by rubbish and a short history of how long these clean-ups have been active. In a short window of blue skies, students collected quite a mound of rubbish including tyres, bottles and general debris throughout the Matua Salt Marsh. This is a project that can be completed every year, with or without involving the city council.






Sanford was unable to take part however, students went to a local beach with Dan and collected rubbish.


Otumoetai Playcentre

A brand new load of fresh sand was moved into the sandpit thanks to these students. Many were taking part in a kapa haka competition, but student present worked really hard ensuring all the outdoor toys were clean and suitable for use next term.



Cancelled due to rain


Otumoetai Playcentre

Students cleaned up and disinfected over 100 plastic animals and bugs along with dolls, fake food and puzzles. They also cleaned out the “river” which was overgrown with weeds and not useable, planted and weeded the vegie garden and scrubbed all the windows.



These students were very successful in leading a school wide food bank drive. Last year, over 200 items collected and this year, it was well over 450 items! They set themselves a goal, created an amazing action plan of speaking at assemblies and directly to form classes. KTO also redid the standards for the Breast Cancer Foundations Night Walk on Papamoa Hills with fluro tape.



Changed their lesson plan on the fly do to the rain, playing indoor tag and other games to the primary students delight.



These students worked hard on their lesson plan, ensuring activities would work in rain or sun. The students had a great time playing with the primary school kids. They created dances and played games with students from 5 years of age.






Cancelled due to rain




Give Rowing A Go!

All students (Year 8+) interested in Rowing are welcome to give it a go on Sunday 11th August, Sunday 18th August & Sunday 1st September from 1.00-3.30pm.

Click for further information on 

DownloadGive Rowing A Go Aug-Sept 2019 

Address is 372 Wairoa Rd, Wairoa, Tauranga (or enter "Bay Coast Rowing Club" into Google Maps).


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