Tuesday, 04 May 2021 14:14

News Update: Term 2 Week 1

In this week's edition:
-  WellBeing Survey Information
-  Ōtūmoetai College Board of Trustees Election
-  Rowing U18 NI Team Selection & Regatta
-  ANZAC Day Speech
-  Jersey Boys Trip
-  Hockey U18 Tauranga Representative Team

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WellBeing Survey Information

In week 5 of term 2 Ōtūmoetai College students will be completing the NZCER (New Zealand Council of Educational Research) WellBeing @ school climate survey which looks at whether we are a safe and caring place in which to learn. 

It focuses on the quality of relationships and whether students are supported to develop social problem -solving skills they will need as successful adults. Remember your own school life - how you were treated by teachers and students had a big impact on how you felt. This then affected whether or how you got involved and were supported to reach your own potential. How people feel is important.

The student and teacher surveys asks everyone how they feel things are going. The common dimensions are: care, safety, respectful relationships, a sense of belonging and contribution, teaching and learning, and the physical environment. ​We don't often ask for this type of information so it would be great if you could open up discussions about how they really do feel about being at Ōtūmoetai College - does everyone have an equal chance to reach their own potential?

This is a New Zealand survey​ supported by the Ministry of Education. Our school will be using this data to inform and develop a relevant well-being plan for the school for the future.

Ōtūmoetai College Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are open for the election of two parent representatives to the board of trustees.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form in the next week and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Sunday 6th June 2021. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.  

Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

Signed: Lesley Hawthorne
Returning Officer

Rowing U18 NI Team Selection & Regatta

Following on from their success at Maadi, Emma Averill and Jenna Brangwynne have been training at Karapiro three times a week after being selected to trial for the U18 North Island team.  

During the second week of the school holidays they attended the trials and Emma was selected to race in both the single scull and the quad for the North Island team against the U18 South Island team.  

The racing was understandably very competitive between the two teams, but this year the South Island team won the Regatta Trophy. Emma finished the fastest North Islander in the single scull.

Emma Averill, front row, centre.
Photographs courtesy of Conrad Blind from pictureshow.co.nz.

ANZAC Day Speech

One of our Year 11 History students, Mikyla Rowe, volunteered to deliver an ANZAC Day speech to a group of 60 residents at The Avenues Retirement Village for this year's commemoration service. 

Mikyla's speech wove in vivid details from her grandfather's experience in Europe during World War II, while also questioning the senselessness of war, where complete strangers fought to the death in a foreign land. 

Her speech was warmly received and afterwards she and her family and Mr Burnard were invited to join the residents for a light supper and the chance to sing along to wartime favourites.

Mikyla Rowe (Year 11) and Deputy Principal Mr Burnard (History Dept.)

Jersey Boys Trip

A group of our drama and music students, currently in intensive rehearsals for our upcoming school production, School of Rock, were lucky enough to make the trip to Auckland's Civic Theatre last week to see Jersey Boys.   

After the show, they were introduced to the cast by former Otumoetai College students Matt Lee, who plays a lead role in the show as Bob Gaudio, and Calista Nelmes, who plays the role of Lorraine.     

This was a chance for Matt to return the favour, having been on a school drama trip to the UK some years ago and meeting the original Jersey Boys cast after a West End performance. 

It won't be long before these drama students will be on the big stage themselves, with the School of Rock opening at Baycourt on 25th May.

Get your School of Rock tickets now, available from Ticketek!!!


Hockey U18 Tauranga Representative Team

Congratulations to our Year 12 students Ayla Johnson, Neisha Moore and Brooke Comeskey.

They have been selected into the U18 Tauranga Hockey Representative Team.


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