Monday, 13 May 2019 14:11

News Update: Term 2 Week 3

In this week's edition:
-  Sports Science L3 - Avantidrome
-  AL Camp
-  Trip to Spain
-  Business Management L3 - Horticulture Industry

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Sports Science L3 - Avantidrome

Year 13 Sports Science students enjoyed a day of Sports Science testing and cycling at the Avanti-drome in Cambridge last week.

Jade Stafford scored the highest Vo2 Max (oxygen uptake capacity) the Exercise Physiologist had ever seen in his lab!


AL Camp

Advanced Learner Camp was held between 6 – 8th May at Totara Spring’s Camp, Matamata.

"As we stepped off the bus at Totara Springs, we were immediately greeted by a sense of excitement for the days to come.

Throughout the camp, we experienced a myriad of fun activities such as abseiling, crate climbing, go-karting, Top Town, and a giant foam slide!

Presenting fascinating issues and topics like the dangers of social media and epigenetics, Dr Deb Stevens challenged us to push the boundaries of our thinking and open our minds to new moral questions.

Delicious food and friendly staff made our experience even more enjoyable. Not to mention all of the new friends and memories that we made. We will never forget AL Camp 2019". - Zoe Russell and Sandra Taing

Trip to Spain

"After a massive journey, we arrived at our hostel in the heart of Barcelona. We freshened up, and then went to grab some tapas at a local restaurant.

The next day we got up early to meet with our guide who took us on a walking/metro (subway) tour of the various Gaudi architecture. These included Casa Milá and culminated in the amazing Sagrada Familia. We walked around the outside, grabbed some more tapas and then did our inside tour.

The massive church is truly a wonder of the world; covered in intricate details all representing bible stories. After this, we caught the metro and went to the famous Parc Guell.

Day 2 was a free day on the intinerary, so the boys headed off to the famous Camp Nou home of FC Barcelona. It is the second largest stadium in the world, and although there was no game on it was epic. The club has a rich and inclusive history, built on playing a beautiful style of football.

The girls tried to get some shopping done! The next day we flew to Malaga on the south coast. Once there, we were whisked off to Nerja, a beautiful white washed town on the coast with beautiful beaches and narrow cobbled streets. We headed straight for the language school, where the students meet up with their host families who they would stay with for the remainder of the trip.

The students stayed in pairs or threes and had fun communicating by any means necessary with their host families who spoke minimal English. From then on, on weekdays the students’ mornings were spent at the language school with their teacher Marco.

The learning was intensive and literally hands on, as often they would go out to the market, the supermarket, or walk the streets in order to put their Spanish to the test. Every weekday afternoon had either an excursion or activity planned. These included; salsa dancing, paella making, a trip to an old Moorish village, and a trip to the world famous caves of Nerja, which contain the world’s largest stalactite.

While in Nerja there were two day drips. The first was to Granada, where we toured around La Alhambra, which is a Moorish palace with incredibly intricate designs, which was at one time the centre of the muslim world when the Moors ruled Spain.

The other trip was to Malaga, where we toured an old Moorish castle or Alcazaba, which was built on Roman ruins. The Roman amphitheatre still clearly visible at the bottom.

Next was the cathedral and finally a live football match between Malaga FC and Extremadura. Unfortunately, the hosts lost 2-1, but the atmosphere was amazing.

On the last day the students graduated and were awarded certificates, which told them what level their Spanish was at. While in Nerja it was Easter, and we were lucky enough to witness the Easter processions.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip with the right balance of culture, history, everyday life, churros, tapas, beach time, shopping and the odd siesta chucked in for good measure". – Leo Wilson.

 Alcazaba Malaga Castle  -  Inside Malaga Cathedral  -  Paella making!

 At the footy Malaga FC vs Extremadura  -  Dining out 

 Proper Spanish breakfast  -  Receiving end of school certificates

 Sagrada Familia

Business Management L3 - Horticulture Industry

The Bay of Plenty horticulture industry, in collaboration with Priority One/Instep, gave students in the Bay the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the horticulture industry and the many exciting career opportunities that exist within the local area.

Otumoetai College Y13 Business Management students had the chance to visit innovative businesses such as Mount Pac and Jenkins Freshpac Systems.

They also completed personality profiling by Savvy HR to see how their personal attributes might fit into the workplace.

This trip gave the students some insight to the scale of these business’s operations and also how their career paths may enable to work for these companies.



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