Friday, 14 September 2018 13:15

News Update: Term 3 Week 9

In this week's edition:
-  Senior Art Exhibition
-  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Unity
-  Triathlon: Otumoetai College Quartet Compete in NZ U19 Team
-  What's the Deal in Business
-  Do you have a PGG Wrightson Ltd Account?
-  International Trip to the Waitomo and Ruakuri Caves & Kiwi House
-  FREE Computing Course 

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Senior Art Exhibition

This years Senior Art Exhibition displayed a range of painting, design, photography, fashion and sculpture, allowing students to feel comfortable exploring a variety of Art practices and styles.

Providing a motivating environment where students could produce and exhibit their artwork was a key factor to our Visual Arts committee, as we chose to be inclusive of all artworks submitted from students ranging from 11 up to year 13.

The exhibition itself was complemented by the relaxed and social atmosphere created by the catering, wine and live band music that was well appreciated by those parents and students attending, further the people's choice award went to Year 13 student, Kelsey Russell, whose photographs depicting World War 2 won her a $100 Gordon Harris voucher.

The second place went to Lena Min who received Art supplies provided by the College Art Department. Overall, the exhibition illustrated our schools passion for Art, highlighting each students individual style and the range of creative practices through our senior year levels.

Fuschia Kent-Ward

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Unity 

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori brought with it so much unity, learning and fun this year at our kura. Our school's Ruamano committee organised daily events which went school wide in helping promote Māori Language Week 2018. Its been awesome to see the effort the entire society of Aotearoa is putting into the celebration as well. Kā mau te wehi Aotearoa!!

We have been lucky to have EastPack Ltd, a local Kiwifruit and Avocado packing company sponsor our celebrations with merchandise for daily spot-prizes and $60 worth of Warehouse vouchers as our big awards. We were also lucky to be sent daily reo tools and video's from EastPack which were shared out to staff as we learn te reo Māori together. 

Ki a Eastpack, tēnei he tuku mihi atu ki a koutou mo te aroha i hōmai ki tō mātou kura o Otūmoetai. Ngā mihinui!!

Although we know that Māori language week is every week, it is awesome to have a week set aside to celebrate it and help make speaking reo natural and normal for everyone as Ngāti Aotearoa (New Zealanders).

With 'Moko the World Māne", "Mana Check Tūrei", "Wairua Wenerei", "Māori Theatre Taite", and "Tuck in Rāpare", we had students across school and the community engage with our Poutama@OTC instagram page as well as our Poutama website to showcase there involvement. No reira, if you havent already, check it out, see whats gone on and whats coming up as well.

Mauri ora ki te hāpori nei, me kī, ki a tātou katoa te kura, te whanau, huri noa Tauranga Moana!!

Ruamano & Poutama @ OTC

Triathlon: Otumoetai College Quartet Compete in NZ U19 Team

Here are the great results from the Worlds Triathlon Champs held at the Gold Coast - Blake Miller came 10th in the 16-19 year sprint.

Liam Miller came 13th in the 18 -19 year triathlon. Olivia Cummings came in 36th & Jade Stafford 27th (these results yet to be confirmed).

Jade Stafford

Olivia Cummings

Please click here for the previous article about the event.

What's the Deal in Business?

Three Otumoetai Young Enterprise teams joined other businesses at the Little Big Markets on Saturday in Papamoa. This was a great chance for these students to sell their products that they have been working on all year.

Companies included Tilks NZ selling their Salted Caramel Coconut spread, BBSplash selling their bath bombs with collectible toys inside and Wider Horizons selling their Te Reo number knowledge set with audio trigger image technology.

A great day was had by all. Thank you for those that attended and supported these students. For any further information regarding these products, please contact the Business department.

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International Trip to the Waitomo and Ruakuri Caves & Kiwi House

On Friday we did an International trip to the Waitomo and Ruakuri Caves and the Kiwi House. At Waitomo the students had a look at a Kiwi favourite - glowworms.

They then went onto the Ruakuri Caves where they were able to see an old mining cave and finally to the Kiwi House to see our New Zealand native birds. Though some of the students missed out on the famous Kiwi bird they saw plenty of our NZ natives. The students had a great time, mixing with some students who they have not spoken to before and were able to do a classic Kiwi trip.

Thank you to the teachers who organised this and those who went along to help!

Thank you to Aurelie Turbang one of our students who took the photo of the birds and the caves (she was amazing with her photographs!)

FREE Computing Course

Toi-ohomai is offering a FREE Certificate in Computing – Level 2, which is based around cloud computing.

There are a lot of parents out there who are unsure about the tools that their children may be learning/using within the school classroom, and this 12 week course will help parents to understand a little more about using Google Apps (Gmail, Docs, Sheets etc), basic trouble shooting, cyber security, privacy and social media.

Some of our classes are also tailored around school hours, to enable parents of children to attend while the kids are at school.

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