Finals - To gain a Maadi final is absolutely exceptional. The calibre of athletes at this year’s Maadi was at the highest level. We gained 4 A Finals, 1 B Final, 2 C Finals and an E Final. For a small rowing squad that is exceptional!
Medals - We won 2 medals in a truly awesome team effort from our girls, coaches, parents and the entire squad supporting and helping each other. To miss out on gold by 0.45 of a second was an exceptional effort from Grace Holland and Rebecca (Bex) Frood. The u17 quad of Grace, Shannon, Bex, Leah and Kaitlyn looked really professional and well deserved their bronze medal.
NZ Trials - Grace Holland made a NZ jnr trial and Rebecca a North Island U18 trial with the outcome that Grace was selected as a New Zealand triallist and Rebecca Frood as a Secondary Schools’ finalist. This successful season will be celebrated on the 22nd of May at the TGC Rowing Prize giving.
At the rugby tournament in summer tournament week the U15 Rugby 7’s team got 2nd at the tournament. Selected for the U15 tournament team were Ella Steenson and Minardi Daniel. The U19 Rugby 7’s team won the tournament and selected for the Under 19 tournament team were Jade Carter, Jade Tuilaepa and Piatarihingamare Devon.
All U19 players + Minardi are in the U18 BOP Rugby 7’s team that will be playing in an inter-provincial tournament and Piatarihingamare has been selected to attend the Northern region training camp (only 20 girls from Taupo to the top of the north get to attend this)
A two year pilot programme is under way to empower young M?ori women to help inspire others delivered by Priority One’s Instep programme, with input from local iwi and in partnership with Tauranga Girls’ College. A report documenting this journey will be shared with other Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty schools. The pilot is part of Instep’s ‘Engagement with M?ori Plan’, which was developed under the guidance of Instep’s M?ori business representative to assist M?ori students to reach their potential.
On the last Monday of term one TGC hosted the annual Round the Mount Relay. There were 51 teams competing from 9 different BOP Schools.
TGC results were:
Our junior girls team came 1st (Abbie Mortimer, Hannah Rose, Ellie Richardson and Lily Alton)
Our Intermediate girls were 1st (Arleah Tippins, Tabitha Marshall, Emily Kneale, and Kalais Going)
Senior Girls A was 2nd (Ella Moor, Paris Heslop, Bethany Millar, and Arleah Tippins)
Senior Girls B was 3rd (Sophie Mc Connell, Jaysha Tippins, Erin Conway, Tylah Amrein
Our first Mufti Day for the year raised good funds for the target charity Kiwi Can, and there was some great participation by whole tutor groups in theme with their Year Level colour. There were also tutor groups that did not participate and before the term two event there needs to be follow up from tutors about participation and the importance of this fund raiser in our school culture.
Senior Dance Students continue to have great opportunities to work with outside experts, with this week’s day long workshop with Taane Mete Artistic Director of Okareka Dance Company.
An update on our Environment Committee’s successes on the ENSPIRE Environment awards on Tuesday 19th April. They were selected as finalists in this year’s challenge in two categories with the video they entered ‘Protecting the Tauranga Harbour and Waterways.’
At the Finalists’ awards night, where there was a screening of all finalist entries and presenting of prizes, our girls came first in the Enviro-challenge category and second in the Protecting Tauranga
Harbour and Waterways category, earning themselves $500 worth of prize money. Congratulations to the girls and to Roberta Gover and Kate Gallant for their support of these students
Anzac day was busy with the Dawn Service for the RSA at their premises in Cameron Road at 6.00am and then the Civic service and RSA Ceremony at Memorial Park at 9.00am. All credit to Molly Alton, who flew in from Australia and got to bed at 3.00am and still managed to attend the Dawn Ceremony!
Over the holiday break trials for the New Zealand teams to compete in the Trans-Tasman competition in Hobart at the end of term two took place. Last weekend was trials for the U23 Women’s team with success for current and past TGC students. Georgia Coughlan chose to trial up to the U23 team to give her the opportunity to play in the same National team as her older sister, Courtney. Both were successful in gaining slots along with ex-student Kirsty Burrows. New Zealand is only taking one U23 women’s team of 10, so these girls did extremely well.
This past weekend has been the trials for the U18 Women’s team with Jordan Ross and Jerushah Keightley both trialing. Both Jerushah and Jordan have been selected in the two U18 teams that are going.
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