Wednesday, 16 August 2017 10:22

News Update: Term 3 Week 4

 In this week's edition:

-  Young Innovator Awards 2017
-  IFFS - Duke of Edinburgh Award-Boseong (James) Kim
-  Model United Nations
-  Photographic Competition Winner - Nicole Cameron
-  Dance Group Regional Champions
-  Year 13 Sports Science
-  Spelling Bee
-  Year 12 Sports Science

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Young Innovator Awards 2017

This year we had a record number of entries for Young Innovator Awards.  Great effort everybody!
The YIA is a local awards programme for students in Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty to promote innovation.  They had a record number of 500 entrants with over 200 ideas. Students were tasked with identifying a problem, then designing an idea for an innovative product or service that could solve the issue.

Finalists for Otumoetai College.  Junior section: Zora Dunlop, Flynn McLaughlin, Josh Peacocke, Emily Mahon, Alex Annan and Alex Freeman. Senior section: Grace Blissett.
Our finalists attended a workshop to design a Nike shoe led by Wade Flanagan.  One of our students wrote:
“On the 8th of August, the finalists of the Young Innovators Awards travelled to the University of Waikato Adams Centre to develop shoes with the help of Wade Flanagan. After coming up with a lot of ideas for the particular shoe, we made up concepts of how it was going to work while other in the group made prototypes.”

At the awards ceremony Emily Mahon was crowned winner of the junior section. Emily’s idea was a Pressurised Steering Wheel Cover to stop texting while driving.
The prize comprised of a YIA Technology Scholarship which involves work experience worth $10,000 which is sponsored by Beca, and $1000 towards any new innovative technology.

 First International Student to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award

Boseong (James) Kim is to be commended for being awarded a Bronze Award. The International Department are very proud of his achievement.

This is James' story:
"I am not a big walker, but I do have a nice story about my journey towards my Duke of Edinburgh tramping award. While doing the tramping I have experienced health improvements, conquered personal challenges and enjoyed myself very much. Sometimes I really thought I wanted to give up. However, my big supporter - mum - helped me when I was in a slump and I finally achieved my goal! Waikaremoana and Waitawheta are two places I have tramped and both I would highly recommend you go and visit. You will be overwhelmed by the wonderful view of nature. By doing the Duke of Edinburgh you will feel yourself become more mature. The biggest advantage is it will help you to push yourself physically and mentally. Therefore, if you are confused about doing a Duke of Edinburgh I really would like to say 'Do not hesitate to do this, just join in. It will be the greatest experience of your life!'

Model United Nations Update

On Saturday, Otumoetai had a team in the second Senior Model United Nations Security Council event at the Council Chambers. Around 18 teams from the Bay of Plenty and Western Bay of Plenty were represented.
The issue being debated was the question of Economic Disparity. Our country was China. The team members were Ben Kennerley (Year 12), Carys Robson and William Raisbeck (both Year 13).
Our team showed consistent, strong knowledge of their country and the United Nations rules. They worked exceptionally well together as a team and had a very high standard of public speaking.
After a long day, the judges decided that instead of an overall winner, they would award first equal to the top four teams, which included Otumoetai. We also got most popular team (as voted by the other teams).
In addition, Brooke Harris (Year 13) was brilliant as co-chair of the event for the day.


Photographic Competition Winner

Congratulations to Nicole Cameron who won first prize for Level 2 in the NZ Board of Geography Teachers' field work national photographic competition. Her task was to produce a photograph of a unique geographic environment from the field and provide a written analysis of how the environment reflects geographic concepts.

Dance Group - Regional Champions

We have had outstanding success at this years Dance NZ Made inter school competition held yesterday at Bay Court.

In the solo division (all self choreographed):  
Year 11  Champion:   Maeve Stutcliffe / Runner Up  Alexander Vanstone / 2nd Runner Up  Kyra Howell 
Year 12  Runner Up:  Ruby May
Year 13  Champion:   Chloe Thompson

Overall top scores over 28 competitors Maeve and Alexander - invited to compete at Nationals in Palmerston North

Group Competition:
Year 11-13 Champions Otumoetai College
Overall Champions out of 18 Performances Otumoetai College Year 11-13 Group
Top Choreography Award 20/20  Alexander Vanstone and Alexi Gilbert-De Rios for group dance choreography.

These students have worked extremely hard on all their routines giving them excellence NCEA credits as well. Super impressed with these young performers.


Year 13 Sports Science

The 13 Sports Science class recently completed a fun and tiring training day in Whakatane, as part of their preparation for the upcoming Tough Guy and Gal mud race. Everybody stepped out of their comfort zones, stretched themselves to the limit and rose to the challenge.

Spelling Bee

On 9th August Ms Ward and Ms Secker went with 8 students to Hamilton for the Regional Finals of the NZ Spelling Bee.  There were over 40 students there, so we had a good chance of making it into the top 3!  But the words were very hard - we were aghast!  Slowly our students got eliminated, however the last one standing was Alexandra Reyes, who almost made it into the top three but just got out on a very difficult work (perigee). Most of all, all of our students conducted themselves admirably and we were proud, even though we did not get anyone through to the final.  Next year! 

Year 9 and 10 Top Spellers

Year 12 Sports Science Snow Trip

Last week saw the sports Science students completing their Risk Management Assessment down at Whakapapa.  The weather was great for this purpose as it was windy, snow, wet and even sunny all in the space of two days.  An awesome trip.



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