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Opti-GALS off to New Zealand!

Fundraising is running smoothly, donations are rolling in, and the regular icy cup days are reeling in the dollars to ensure our Opti-MINDS team WILL make its way to Auckland on November 20th!
One unique fundraising event hosted by the team will see teachers “tagged” by students to either “run”, “roll” or “reel” twice around the oval on Friday, November 14th.
Thanks to our generous school community benefactors and supportive students, our Year 9 team is ready to represent our school, our state and our country at the Opti-MINDS cultural exchange in Waitara, New Zealand.
This Opti-ADVENTURE will see students accommodated in a magnificent, traditional ‘Marae’, work together with local students and experience the warmth of genuine Maori hospitality. The ‘Marae’ is the traditional meeting house of the Maori people and is considered to be a sacred place where customs and protocols must be observed. Highlights will include the traditional Maori Greeting, storytelling sessions by the local Kaumatua (elders), a traditional ‘hangi’, and a bus trip through the mountains and to New Plymouth.
It is a Maori custom to sing at the start and close of a gathering in order to bring everyone into harmony. Imagine the energy that will be generated by a bus full of Opti-Ambassadors as they practice their songs on the five hour bus trip from Auckland to Waitara on Friday, 21st November. We’ll be in touch. Check back soon for Opti-STORIES and photographs.
The Team: Bridey Condren, Genevieve Lambert, Meghan Malone, Erin Palmer, Alexandra Westcott and Eden Whittaker.
If you would like to donate to the Opti-FUND, please email either Helen Kajewski ( or Sue Ilich ( or contact the school on 4963 1666.