Shooting Stars

Congratulations to Jessica Burgess-Smith and Kerrin Stuart who competed in the Teams of Ten shooting competition at the North Island Teams Championship on 14-15 May. 

Over 160 shooters from around the North Island competed in the event held at the newly renovated Hutt Valley facility.

Jessica, who shoots in the Manawatu 1 team, and Kerrin, who shoots in the Manawatu 2 team, both won their respective competitions - the first time both Manawatu teams have won both trophies on offer. This is an incredible achievement, well done!

For more details, please click here to read the Stuff article.

Also over the last few weeks, Kerrin has won C Grade at the Poroutawhao Club Open, Awahuri Open and Hutt Valley Open and Jessica has won A Grade at the Awahuri Open and Hutt Valley Open and was 3rd at Poroutawhao. This is a great achievement, well done!

Cross Country

Congratulations to all our athletes who participated in the School Cross Country held on Tuesday, 10 May. This year we had a fantastic turn out in both the competitive and non-competitive events. A special congratulation to all our winners and the Junior A Netball team who won the teams challenge.

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Year 12 Tongariro Trip

In April, the Year 13 Geography class went on the annual trip to Tongariro. The first day started well, with the group setting off for lunch in Taihape. After a good rest, the group travelled to the first data collection site. Here the students' skills were tested, collecting both vegetation and soil data, and soon after they were bound for Mt Ruapehu. Here the group went out to explore the Lord of the Rings setting of Mead's Wall and then settle into the lodge for a good night's rest.

Day two started off with a layer of mist creeping up Mt Ruapehu. The day will be remembered for the sheer amount of rain that fell during the morning! With the Tongariro walk looking unlikely, the group set off to Taranaki Falls with a few stops for data collection. This was followed by a trip to the Takaanu hot pools where the group spent a luxurious few hours soaking in the geothermal pools.

The last day - of course - was bright and sunny. The group spent a few more hours collecting data before packing up the vans and departing for home. By the time the group arrived back, the rain of the previous day was a distant memory, but all were pleased to have a decent shower nonetheless. 

Year 12 Hillary Outdoors

On 28 March, a group of Year 12 students set off on an action packed week at the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre in Tongariro. The students got to experience a range of activities including abseiling, caving, white water rafting and alpine tramping. The highlight of the week was the overnight camping trip on Mt Ruapehu where the students outdoor survival skills were tested. Overall it was a fun weekend had by all, with some fantastic memories being created. 

Cricket News


This year Awatapu College took part in the highly competitive Secondary School Cricket Tournament. Our Awatapu College Black Caps played enthusiastically and with a great team spirit, winning all by one of their games.

Courtesy of some extremely good bowling by Walter Johnson and Kyle McGoldrick, we ripped through the opposing teams and took a promising lead in the tournament. Our wicketkeeper/batsman Tenkyn Hawe-Astwood has consistent games throughout the tournament, and our prolific batsman Ali Muhammad Jawad and Te Manumohio Johnson held onto our terrific run rate with their patient batting. It was also great to see Andrew Hills, Walter Johnson and Owen Keenan blasting a number of boundaries to reach the highest score of the tournament.

Our Awatapu College Black Caps were able to achieve these magnificent results due to their outstanding effort both on and off the pitch. Congratulations and well done, Awatapu College Black Caps, you have done us proud!

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.

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