Friday, 28 May 2021 14:38

News Update: Term 2 Week 5

In this week's edition:
-  All Black Coach Visit & Fundraising Evening
-  Big Angry Success
-  School of Rock Fans!
-  Avantidrome Trip
-  National Gumboot Day Last Week
-  Careers Newsletter

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All Black Coach Visit & Fundraising Evening

Ōtūmoetai Barbarians, 1st XV have made a flying start to the 2021 rugby season scoring 219 points in their first four matches and only conceding 24.

Adding further momentum to our rugby programme and giving the 1st XV a boost, the Barbarians welcomed back All Black Coach Ian Foster for another team training on Wednesday, the 2nd of June.

Our rugby programme is not just about on field results, we aspire to promote rugby, grow numbers, foster a love for the game, connect with our community, give back and embed life-long values into our players. Naturally, on field success is important too but we are bigger than that explains Head Coach, Richard Brown.

Yesterday's training, taken by Fozzie was exceptional. Ian was relational, engaging and humorous. Our players found him truly inspirational. The training was watched by many students and athletes from the school and students from Ōtūmoetai Intermediate. Parents and whanau of our community were also in attendance.  

Later that same evening, The Barbarians Advisory Committee held their annual corporate fundraising event with:  “The Big 3 of NZ Rugby”  – Ian Foster, Sam Cane and Mark Robinson. The function, held at The Mount Maunganui Golf Club was an overwhelming success, raising approximately $40,000. Money raised goes towards growing our game, via our academy, hardship grants, internal tours, replacing gear, providing apparel for all players and importantly giving some away. Some of the evenings proceeds go to Good Neighbour.  

The Barbarians are looking to develop quality rugby players and good young people. We have partnered with local charity, GOOD NEIGHBOUR and our players and parents support the charity by offering support for community projects. The team wants to do well on the field, but we want to contribute off the field and make a difference, says Brown.  

Ōtūmoetai Barbarians Advisory Group Chairman, Pete Blackwell, reflected on the start to the season and paid credit to Ian Foster’s support of our 2020 fundraiser.

"This year we have aimed to increase the profile of rugby. Fozzie’s involvement in 2020 and the money we raised through our fundraiser, in addition, to our generous sponsors, old boys, Sean Lett  (2Wel and Hydra), Dean Waddell (Pak n Save, Cameron Road) and Mark Francis (Tremains Real Estate), we started a Rugby Academy.

We had approximately 50 students, both male and female, completing strength and conditioning training and incorporated rugby skills with specialist coaches into the programme. We are fitter this year, developing our skills and knowledge of the game and working harder to develop a sustainable rugby programme. The First XV have started well and we are building depth with our junior programme which is also encouraging.”

Instrumental in the success of the 2021 evening was Bryce Lawrence, Pete Blackwell and Paul Geoghegan. They are loyal servants of goodwill and do what they do for the right reasons. Their community connections, organisation and vision ensured for an evening of entertainment and success, says Brown.

Big Angry Success

Congratulations to Big Angry, the first place winners in the band category of the Bay of Plenty regional Smokefree Rockquest.

Big Angry is made up of Nixon Ririnui, Jack Baker, Ashton Blair, Ben Watson and non-performing writer, Noah Davis (whose incredible commitment to the school production of School of Rock meant he could not be on stage with the lads). 

Big Angry also took out the ZM Best Song award at the BOP Regional Final.

Can't wait for the Auckland finals in September! Fingers crossed that they are among those selected to take part.

Click here for the full article

School of Rock Fans!

Ōtūmoetai College received this amazing feedback from a family…

“Just a note to say we took our 3 eldest kids and their friend to see the show on Saturday night after seeing it advertised - we don’t know any students at the school. 

We were all super impressed and had such a great time.

Sunday morning we made a usual trip to Fergusson park for dog walking and coffees - the kids were delighted to spot the cast!

They hassled them for photos and asked lots of questions. Your students were patient, kind, and more than happy to indulge our kids with pics and calling them by their characters names!

Well done - on a fantastic show and a fantastic bunch of kids. We couldn’t be more impressed and can’t wait for our 5 to join your community when they are older!

Thanks again, Siobhan & Dean (Seth, Ember, Asher, Cam & Charlie)"

Young fans pictured with Sydney Doake (Summer Hathaway), Devan Steyn (Dewey Finn), Rose Mould (Rosalie Mullins) & Tom Voller (Ned Schneebly).

Avantidrome Trip

Last week, the Level 3 Sports Science students enjoyed an action packed day at the Avantidrome in Cambridge. Waikato University Masters students led the students through a number of fitness tests to measure power, speed and endurance. 

Two lucky volunteers also did a V02 max. test. The students also learnt how to ride around the track and were lucky enough to watch the NZ cycle team train at lunchtime.

National Gumboot Day Last Week

Gumboot Friday aims to raise awareness for Mental Health and encourages our community to join the conversation around free counselling for young people in New Zealand.

It was a great day in the sun with music and the Gumboot Throwing Competition last Friday.

Furthest Gumboot Throw Results:
Zachaia Tarawa (Ōtanewainuku) - 1st Senior Boy - 29m
Angel Jackson (Pūwhenua) - 1st= Senior Girl - 19.23m
Rhianna Loughnan (Karewa) - 1st= Senior Girl - 18.46m
Taiaho Hunt (Maunganui) - 1st Junior Boy - 25.10m
Dayleze Viljoen (Pūwhenua) - 1st Junior Girl - 21.60m

If you wish to donate you can do so at

100% of donations goes to counselling for young people by registered mental health practitioners.

Careers Newsletter

Included of interest is applying for Halls of Residence Places and our upcoming event, the Tertiary Study - Parent Information Evening. This will be held on Thursday 24 June, 6.00pm-8.30pm in the College Library.

Please register via the newsletter (link below).

Please click here for the latest Careers Newsletter No.7.


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