News Update: Term 2 Week 7

In this week's edition:
-  Tauranga Dance Incorporated Competition
-  Traffic Congestion on School Grounds
-  Level 2 Marine Studies Trip
-  Ngā Manu Kōrero ki Ruātoki 2021
-  Regional Chamber Music Competition
- - The National Youth Health & Wellbeing Survey - 25 June
-  Entrepreneur in the Spotlight
-  40hr Famine - Week 8
-  Financial Happenings

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Tauranga Dance Incorporated Competition

Dance Troupes competed at the Tauranga Dance Incorporated Competition at Baycourt Theatre on Saturday. We danced in the Interschool category.

Our Lyrical Senior Troupe won with our Junior Contemporary Troupe placing 3rd and our Junior Hip Hop right behind with Very Highly Commended.


Traffic Congestion on School Grounds

We have had a few incidents recently when safety of our students has been an issue due to parents dropping off or picking up students on the school grounds. It is therefore timely to remind parents of the following guidelines:

  1. If possible, please drop off or pick up your student outside of the school grounds. If dropping off, this can be done in the bus stop at the front of the school, or on the other side of the road and the student can use the pedestrian crossing. If picking up a student, please arrange a suitable pick up point in the surrounding area.

  2. If you need to drive into the main gate – DO NOT STOP HERE TO DROP OFF OR PICK UP. This is a “No Stopping at all Times” area and a build up of traffic happens quickly. You are required to drive through to the larger main area behind the bus stop to drop off or pick up your student.

  3. Please also be mindful of the speed you travel whilst on the school grounds as students can quickly appear from side doors and from behind buildings.


No Stopping at any time in the main entrance to Ōtūmoetai College. 

Level 2 Marine Studies Trip

"Our Level 2 Marine Studies class visited the University of Waikato Field Station at Sulphur Point to learn more about the ongoing rehabilitation of the Astrolabe Reef after the MV Rena wreck in 2011.  

We heard from Dr Phil Ross, who also showed students an excellent underwater video of the reef and wreck site showing the marine life that has repopulated the reef. We then went to see algae growing in huge tanks that are part of a large-scale experiment to look at using these algae to help cleanup our wastewater.

This was followed by a brief stop at the Harbour Bridge Marina to learn about biosecurity for invasive pests that hitch a ride on the hulls of visiting ships. Thanks to Kim Beaton and the team at the Field Station for their hospitality and sharing their knowledge with us". 

- Mr Simon Sheppard.

Learning at the algae tanks, Sulphur Point Research Station.

Studying organisms attached to the underside of the wharf.

Ngā Manu Kōrero ki Ruātoki 2021

Ko te kai a te rangatira he kōrero! The sustenance of chiefs is words! 

On Friday 4th June Ōtūmoetai College participated in the 55th anniversary of the Manu Kōrero Regional Speech competition. Our speakers and supporters who attended this event represented our kura with great pride.

A big mihi again to Taiawatea Matika and Wairaka Ormsby for their courage and tremendous efforts in competing in the Junior Maori and Junior English categories. We also need to acknowledge their whanau who encouraged them to speak on behalf of their own hapu and iwi. Ka mau te wehi kōrua! 

Overall, it was a successful day in Ruātoki because one of our students won the overall 1st prize in the Korimako Senior English category. “Let me be the rangatahi today and I’ll be the rangatira tomorrow” was her winning speech topic. Her powerful message took the audience and judges away with awe and admiration. She will be representing Ōtūmoetai College at the secondary school National competition that will take place in Palmerston North September 21-23. 

We hope her kōrero will continue to awaken and inspire all people towards the growth of Te Ao Māori. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koe Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs! Congratulations e hine. Tiria ō kupu ki te ao!

Wairaka Ormsby & Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs.

Nga tauira o te kohu. Our supporters.

Taiawatea Matika & Wairaka Ormsby.

Regional Chamber Music Competition

A number of Ōtūmoetai College students performed at the Regional Chamber Music New Zealand competition this week, which took place at Wesley Methodist Church.

Groups and students were...
Ōtūmoetai College Guitar Group - Abby King, Matthew Hock, Sharon Liu, Sera Sung, Erin Chua, Samantha Reyes, Griffin Clode, Kiera Bourgeois.
In-flute-eNZa - Imogen Lowe, Hannah McNabb, Erin Chua.
Ōtūmoetai Quartet - Ella Quarmby, Rebecca Mahon, Domino Gouw, Sophie Hock.
Ōtūmoetai Trio - Imogen Lowe, Domino Gouw, Rebecca Mahon.

These students all performed exceptionally and represented our college, hard! 

The guitar group were given the adjudicators award ($120) and In-Flute-eNZa were given a Highly Commended ($40). 

Many thanks go to to Craig's Investment Partners for their financial contributions! - The National Youth Health & Wellbeing Survey

Our school has been selected to take part in, a nationwide survey of young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The survey will provide important information about what it is like to be a young person in Aotearoa. The results from our school and 150 others around the country will inform future government youth health and wellbeing policy.

One class in each year group will be randomly selected to complete the survey during school time with a researcher and youth worker. is completely anonymous and young people will not be asked to give their names or other identifying information. The survey is not compulsory and students do not have to take part.

We will send whānau and students from participating classes information sheets with more details. We encourage you to discuss participation in the survey to help your student decide whether or not to participate.

The information sheet has instructions for opting out. Students from our school will be completing the survey on Friday 25 June.

More information about the survey can be found at or if you have questions you can contact Tim Rowland or Tara Pond at Malatest International on 0800 002 577 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entrepreneur in the Spotlight

Check out this great article by Venture Centre about our Year 13 Business Management student Rachel Dunn.

Full article here.

40hr Famine - Week 8

This year our school is once again participating in World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine. We have numerous activities lined up over the next week (week 8) including the annual sausage sizzle and bake sale, an orange themed mufti day, photo booth and sponge throw. All for a gold coin donation.

Our goal is to raise $8000 as a school, with the money raised being sent to support children in sub-Saharan Africa who have been detrimentally affected by the hunger pandemic caused by the fallout from COVID-19. 

If you would like to support this terrific cause, the link to the schools fundraising page is:

Financial Happenings

Firstly, as from the 1st July 2021 the College will no longer be able to accept cheques.

Secondly, we are pleased to announce that we now have payWave (contactless payments) available on all our Eftpos Terminals at the College – this includes the Canteen. We will take debit cards only in the Canteen as currently the College incurs a high fee on every credit card transaction. However, payment of school related accounts can continue to be paid by either debit or credit card.

Please note that the College will not accept any liability if your child uses your card without your knowledge to make purchases at the College.


Last modified on Monday, 21 June 2021 11:20