Canoe Polo

In Term One, for the first time, Awatapu College had two teams compete in the Canoe Polo Regional Secondary School Competition in Levin - a Junior Girls team and a Senior Open team. Both teams played well, and the Junior Girls team came second. This meant that they qualified for the Nationals; an excellent achievement.

In April the Secondary School Nationals were held over three days at The Lido Aquatic Centre. The Junior Girls, who are Ellan Babbage, Sophia Babbage, Helena McLachlan, Annelies Orme, Tayla Saunders, Addi Sawyer, Bianca Trewick and Molly Turnball, played better than even, and finished seventh. We are very proud of them for this great effort, and look forward to competing again next year.

Awatapu College Canoe Polo is grateful to Mr Greg Sawyer for his excellent coaching, and the time and effort he put in helping with equipment.

Festival of Cultures

On 14 - 18 March, Awatapu College celebrated its 14th Annual Festival of Cultures Week where students and staff celebrated the cultural diversity within the school.

Throughout the week, students had the opportunity to try origami, dress up in Kimono, participate in the Amazing Race and taste food from around the world at the Market Day. There was also a Cultural Soiree where international and Kiwi students joined together to showcase their local and international talents.

The week of celebrations concluded on the Friday (International Dress Day) with a full school International Assembly in the morning and a soccer game in the afternoon. This year we had a record number of entries to the International Dress Day with over 100 students and staff participating. It was wonderful to see so many cultures represented. The grand finale to the celebrations was the ever popular soccer game between the Awatapu College All Whites and the Awatapu College Internationals.

In all, over 30 nationalities were represented during the Festival showing the rich tapestry of culture that makes up Awatapu College.

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MISSA 2016

On Saturday 19 March, a team of 27 of Awatapu's finest athletes competed at the Manawatu Inter-Secondary Athletics champs held at the Massey Athletics Track. All of our students competed well and upheld the fine reputation that Awatapu College students have at this event. The team came home with nine titles and eighteen placing's - an outstanding result that we are extremely proud of.

A special congratulation to Hayden Wilson who broke the Para II 200m record, equalled the Para II Long Jump record, won first place in the Para II 100m and 400m, and won third place in the Para II Shotput. An outstanding achievement, Hayden! 

Congratulations to all our athletes who represented Awatapu College at MISSA. We are proud of you all.


Notable results were:

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Athletic Sports 2016

On Friday 11 March the full school attended the annual Awatapu College Athletics Sports held at the Massey Athletics Track. 

Despite the cold, there was some fierce competition among the age groups. Special congratulations to Noah and Zia Macdermid who broke the Intermediate Boys 1500m and Senior Girls 1500m records, respectively. Both students smashed the previous records by over a minute - a fantastic achievement - well done!

Overall it was a great day had by all, with some terrific results from our champions!

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Results for the day were:

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Skating Success

Congratulations to Sam Portch who represented New Zealand in the 2016 Speed Skating Oceania Championships in Timaru over Easter. Sam joined skaters from Australia, USA and Italy over a wide range of ages - with his age group being the biggest. Sam placed 4th in the 10k Points/Elimination race and 4th in the 42k Marathon (with a personal best of 1:21:13). This is a wonderful achievement in a very competitive field. Well done, Sam. 

Maori Connections

On 22 February, Awatapu College students attended a special assembly held by International Maori performer, Bruce Simpson.

Bruce Simpson, a former Awatapu College student, spoke of his extraordinary career showcasing traditional Maori culture across the globe. Students were inspired as he described how his passion for Maori culture has lead him on this incredible journey. Career highlights include performing in front of the Queen and Prince Charles, and performing during the past three Rugby World Cup tournaments.

We are extremely proud of his achievements and grateful for the opportunity to hear of his success.

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