Monday, 31 August 2020 12:19

News Update: Term 3 Week 7

In this week's edition:
-  Student Volunteer Award Gold Recipient
-  Attendance Reminder
-  Health Expo for Year 10 Students
-  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - 14-20 Sept
-  Ultimate Surf Camp

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Student Volunteer Award Gold Recipient

Congratulations to Caitlin Byrne who is our 4th GOLD recipient for the Student Volunteer Award.

This is a National Award which recognises service to others. To achieve the Gold Pin, Caitlin volunteered 500 hours of service to our community. Caitlin started logging her hours from 2017.

It has been a gradual and rewarding process to volunteer for the following organisations: 

  • Coaching Youth, fundamental Football skills at Ferguson Park
  • Coaching Otumoetai College students
  • Refereeing Football and providing key notes to players so they can enhance their play
  • Refereeing Futsal at the National Aims Games
  • Supporting Women’s Football fundraisers
  • Supporting underprivileged children during Christmas festivities
  • Running Holiday Clinics on Football fundamentals

Caitlin’s volunteerism has greatly impacted the Youth of Tauranga.

Otumoetai College thanks Caitlin for her service to others.  What a tremendous achievement from a humble, talented student. We wish her every success in her chosen future pathways.


Attendance Reminder


  • Under the Education Act, attendance at school is compulsory unless a student is unable to attend because of sickness, danger of infection, sudden and serious illness of a parent, severe stress or bereavement.
  • In order to maximise learning opportunities our students will have full attendance.
  • Families/ whanua / caregiver should call or email the school, to inform the attendance officer of the reason for a justified absence.
  • The family / whanua / caregiver of any student who is absent from two consecutive periods at the start of the day, without explanation, will receive a text message alerting them to the absence.
  • Absences which have not been explained on the day by phone call, email or text should be explained with a note or email to a student’s form teacher when the student returns to school.
  • On missing an assessment students must provide a medical certificate.
  • Leave is granted for students going to a doctor/dentist, but they and/or their parents must bring a note/appointment card to the Attendance officer to obtain a leave pass.

Long term absences:

  • The Ministry of Education does not grant leave. In the case of long term absences (holidays/overseas travel) the family/ caregiver must  write a letter to the Principal requesting leave well in advance of any planned absence.

Health Expo for Year 10 Students

On the 3rd of September the Year 12 Health Studies students ran a Health Expo for Year 10 students. The Year 12s had surveyed Year 10s to determine what was affecting their well-being. 

From this data they chose a well-being issue to target. Stalls included: Peer Influence, Body Image, Health & Unhealthy Relationships, Vaping and Alcohol Use, Nutrition and the high sugar in foods. Alongside this we also had health promotion agencies from our community like the Heart Foundation, Salvation Army with a focus on gambling and Pacifica Community Trust with a focus on the 'five ways to well-being' for improved mental health. 

Year 10s were given a 'coffee card' on entry which they had to get stamped by six stalls to go in the draw for spot prizes. The Year 12 students were great role models to the Year 10s using their knowledge and experience to empower the Year 10s to make positive choices for their well-being.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - 14-20 Sept

Mauri ora ki a tātou.

It’s that awesome time of year that we can all make a conscious decision to grow our use of te reo Māori, the native and official language of our country. 

Ruamano Exec Committee and Poutama will be rolling out activities, resources, and opportunities between now and then to begin building for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Bring it into your day. 

Ma te whakarongo, ka mohio. Ma te mohio, ka mārama. Ma te mārama, ka mātau. Ma te mātau, ka ora.

By listening we know. By knowing we understand. By understanding we become knowledgeable. By knowledge we thrive.


Ultimate Surf Camp

Interested in school holiday Surf Camp for 1 or 2 weeks? Monday - Friday 8.30am - 1.00pm. Check out the poster below for more details.

DownloadSouth Pacific Surf Camp 


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