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Otumoetai College - Past


Pupils’ and Staff Association June 2010

Issue No.4

Kia ora, warm greetings to all past pupils and staff and welcome to the latest newsletter of the Otumoetai College Past Pupils’ and Staff Association. We hope this newsletter will keep you informed about the Association’s activities, and other information relating to the rich cultural heritage of Otumoetai College.

Otumoetai College 1969

Otumoetai College today

In this issue of the newsletter We celebrate the achievements of long serving teacher Stewart Henderson, and profile the Lochhead family who have had an ongoing involvement with Otumoetai College since 1965. Find out how this family have taken Otumoetai College to the Football World Cup in South Africa this month. Enjoy…


Stewart Henderson – Celebrating 40 years of Service 1970 to 2010

Stewart and Alison arrived in New Zealand from the UK in January 1970 to be employed as ‘Supply Teachers’. Upon arrival the Hendersons were asked where they wanted to go. “Somewhere warm and sunny” was their answer and Tauranga’s Otumoetai College was where they were sent. Stewart was a Graduate Trainee and gained a permanent position at the College teaching general science and senior physics in May 1970. He later gained the position of PR1 Physics in June 1975 and was promoted to PR2 Physics in 1987. He also was a Dean for five years from 1985 to 1989. Stewart has always been ‘sports mad’ and as well as teaching he has been heavily involved in sport at the College. Initially he was involved in college rugby but in 1977 he was introduced to volleyball which quickly became his ‘obsession’.

Otumoetai College started this year with a celebration of 40 years of service for physics and science teacher Stewart Henderson. This celebration was attended by all staff and Stewart’s family including wife Alison, mother Eileen, daughter Natalie, her husband and their two children. Past Principals Peter Malcolm and Al Murray also attended.

Senior B Volleyball 1970s

The boy

He joined Ian Ranga in coaching already successful teams and by 1978 the College had gained the reputation as one of the leading schools in this sport. Over the years Stewart has led the Senior A Girls’ Volleyball Team to many victories. National Titles were gained in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

A sign of things to come: Sports Boy of the Year

Stewart Henderson with volleyball champions 1997. Winners of the North Island Junior Volleyball Championships

Graduating BSc (Stewart now has a MSc)


1996 Volleyball Tour to Australia

In May 2001 Stewart was nominated the ASB Bank College Sports Coach of the Month and in 2004 the Regional Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Sydney Youth Olympics 2005

Stewart is also an A Grade Volleyball referee and coach for Tauranga, and was the North Island Coach from 1999-2003 with a near perfect record in Gold! He has been President of Volleyball Tauranga from 1995 to the present day and was the NZ Junior Women’s Coach from 2003 to the present day. Stewart was also the person responsible for the initiative of the College ‘Sports Awards Evenings’. In 2004 Stewart was awarded the Tauranga City Council Key Award for Services to Sport and Recreation. 2004 Happy Team

This photo was originally in a Bay of Plenty Times article about Stewart at the time of receiving the Key Award. Trek 2004.

Stewart Henderson, still coaching volleyball champions in 2008

There have been many highlights in his career. “I have been lucky enough to teach some really talented individuals who are now doing the most amazing jobs here and around the world” says Stewart. He is also very proud to have taught all four of his children.

And Otumoetai College is very proud of Stewart’s 40 years at the school. and 2009…


Looking back:

Stew surfing at the Mount 1971 . Stew digs the action. Trek 1978

Stew is on the far left. Trek 1979

The Family Holden – 1980s

Form Fun. Spartacus June 1985

At the 1990 Reunion. Stew is on the right, seated on the floor.


Stew is on the far right by the blackboard. Others from left: Mr Scott, Mr Hume, Ms Oliver, Mr Ryan, Ms Smolenski, Mr Furneaux, Mr Wright, Mr Henderson, Mr Thompson. Trek 1978.

Talent Quest 1977

Stew is centre, with the floppy hat and checked shorts. Trek 1977

Stewart and Alison 2005


The Lochhead Family The Lochhead family have had an active association with Otumoetai College since it opened its doors in 1965. Two generations of the family have attended the College. We celebrate their involvement with this family profile, and note with pride that Tony Lochhead will take Otumoetai College to the Football World Cup in South Africa this month. There have been Lochheads in Tauranga since the late th 19 Century. The family purchased land in Te Puna in 1873 and played an influential role in the development of Tauranga Hospital and Tauranga Electricity. The next generation of Lochheads suffered greatly in World War 1 with three sons lost. In the 1960s Don and Eileen Lochhead were farming in Te Puna and bringing up their family of four children – Sheryl, Jim, Kathryn and Peter. All attended Te Puna School and then Otumoetai College. When the brand new college opened its doors in 1965 Sheryl was a foundation pupil. Jim followed soon after in 1967, Kathryn in 1968, and Peter in 1970.

Profiles of the first generation of Lochheads at Otumoetai College: Sheryl Lochhead (now Dawson) Member of College [Student] Council in 1966, 1967, and 1968. Played netball (then called Basketball) for A Team. The College Magazine described her as a “player who gives of her best for all the playing time in a match. She has excellent anticipation and a swift and accurate pass”. Selected to play as a Tauranga Representative in 1967. Gained her Provincial Referees’ Badge, and won the Referee’s Cup. Sports Girl of the Year. In 1969 Sheryl was an AFS scholar and travelled to America. She coached the Senior B netball team until she left New Zealand.

Peter Lochhead recalls his parents’ involvement with Otumoetai College in those early days. “Getting in behind the school was a traditional Lochhead thing ever since day one. Mum and Dad got involved, doing anything they could to help the school and in turn help their children - education was seen as important. They were involved with school committees at Te Puna School so it was a natural progression when we moved on to College. Dad although busy with the farm, was very supportive of all of our activities. Mum was actively involved all the way through, especially with coaching netball”.

AFS Scholar Sheryl Lochhead on right. College Magazine 1969

Siblings Peter, Kathryn, Jim, and Sheryl in a recent photo.

After leaving school Sheryl attended the University of Auckland and then began teaching at Forest View High School, Tokoroa, returning to Otumoetai College as Assistant Principal in 1986. Promoted to Deputy Principal in 1987, she left the College in 1997 to administer the World Netball Championships in Christchurch. Sheryl is currently CEO of Netball Bay of Plenty and a key figure in New Zealand netball.


Fourth Form A Basketball Team. Sheryl is 2nd from left. College Magazine 1965-66

Jim Lochhead th

Captain 7 Grade rugby team 1967. First XV Rugby 1969. The College Magazine described Jim: “The promise of flanker Jim Lochhead, only a fifth-former is remarkable. He is a brainy footballer who was always there first and when he had the ball he proved very hard to stop”. rd

First XV and Tauranga 3 Grade rep 1970. From the College Magazine: “Strong, fast and aggressive. If we had more like Jim, we would be nigh unbeatable. A player with a great rugby future”. Cup for Sports Boy of the Year (with Michael Gowen). Foundation Rugby Trophy for Ability and team Spirit. College Executive. Jim was a chartered accountant and a partner at KPMG. However for the last 20 years he has been involved in land development with Paul Adams. Jim has vivid memories of playing sport at school and of coaches Ian Ranga and Stewart Henderson. He remembers playing volleyball on grass and a trip to Northcote College where the teams played on asphalt. Jim values the associations he has had with his former teachers after he left school. When he returned to Tauranga after attending Otago University he played volleyball with Ian, and played against Stewart who was with the Greerton club in those days. “And Bob Addison was my form teacher and although I hated music, later on in life…as a land developer and he a councillor – we had a close association”.

Jim is married to Pixie Lochhead (nee Verran) who is also a past pupil of Otumoetai College. Pixie was on the School Executive and an excellent sportswoman, playing in the Girls ‘A’ Netball team in 1970. She was described in the College Magazine as a “fast and efficient player…” Pixie has made a career as a physiotherapist. Kathryn Lochhead Kathryn began her schooling at Otumoetai College in 1968. She also played netball. Peter Lochhead Peter played rugby at school and was in the First XV in his fifth form year in 1972. Peter was inspired by coach and teacher Ashley Brown who was still playing rugby himself at the time. “He made an impression with good advice and insights into the game”. Peter has good memories of technical drawing teacher (and Head of Technical department) Donovan Bell. “Others were scared of him, but many of us in the class respected him, and enjoyed his teaching.” Peter is a building designer and is married to Lynette, an interior designer. They both have their own businesses based in Te Puna. Peter and Lynette have been active supporters of Otumoetai College and Peter was heavily involved in the development of the College Sports’ Foundation.


The second generation of Lochheads at Otumoetai College Peter and Lynette Lochhead’s children: Jim and Pixie Lochhead’s children: Tracey excelled both at sport and academically at College. She represented New Zealand in volleyball and received the Henderson Cup for Service to Volleyball. She was Head Girl and Sports Girl (with Joanne Galletly), received the Panareto’s Cup for all round excellence and was a Bay Nissan Scholar. Tracey is a solicitor working in London. th

Tony attended Otumoetai College in his 7 form year. He was a member of the Student Executive and was Sports Boy in 2000. Tony is now a professional football player for the Wellington Phoenix. He has been selected for the All Whites Team to play at the Football World Cup in South Africa this month.

Rachel attended Otumoetai College where her passion was drama. She is now involved in graphic design work and advertising, and has her own business. Julia started at Otumoetai College in 1997 and was on the ball committee and Student Executive. She played hockey and later got involved with rowing at university. She is currently crewing on super yachts in France. Kane attended Otumoetai College where he was an excellent volleyball player. He is an industrial designer, has worked for Weta Workshops and on the movie Avatar where he played a role as a soldier.

Jason’s sporting passion at Otumoetai College was volleyball. He received the Principal’s Award for outstanding achievement in a single recognized sport, and the Herring Cup for Most valuable senior. Jason is also working professionally in sport and is currently on the world beach volleyball world circuit. He is funded by SPARC who have their eye set on him and fellow player Kirk Pitman achieving a podium finish at the London Olympics. All three represented Otumoetai College in volleyball teams that won national secondary school titles, with Tracey and Tony captains of their respective teams.

Peter, Lynette, Rachel (seated), Julia, Kane. Whether in the role of parent, student, or teacher, the contribution that the Lochhead family have made to Otumoetai College has been significant, and the College looks forward to seeing future generations of the family attend the school!

Tony, Pixie, Jim, Tracey, Jason Lochhead

Kathryn’s children: th

Vanessa attended Otumoetai College in the 7 form and Jarno attended Tauranga Boys’ College, both making valuable contributions. Vanessa is currently studying and Jarno working as a gardener.

Lochhead grandparents with grandchildren. Top: Kane, Julia, Don, Eileen, Jason. Bottom: Rachel, Jarno, Vanessa. (Not pictured – Tony, Tracey)


Update from Last Newsletter

Your Contributions welcome!

In March this year Otumoetai College was very fortunate to welcome to a special assembly Alyn Ware, former student, who we profiled in the last newsletter. Alyn spoke to the students about peace and preventing conflict. His visit to the school was followed by a Mayoral Reception and address to the Otumoetai Rotarians. It was an honour and a privilege to welcome him back to his old school.

We intend to publish past pupil or staff profiles in each newsletter and would love to hear from you! If you would like to submit something please do so. Your profile could include comments about your time at school, perhaps special teachers, memorable moments, the years you attended and what you are doing currently, or anything else you care to contribute. Photos welcome! Please keep to a maximum of 500 words. Email to:

Otumoetai College Now If you wish to read up‐to‐date information on the college go to the school website and click under ‘News & Events’ – to access the latest issue of ‘Contact’…or click on the picture:

Alyn Speaking at the Rome Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit

Alyn Ware, centre stage in musical Westside Story, 1975


Otumoetai College Golf in 2010

Otumoetai College Golf Team with Steve Williams at a recent fundraising dinner

The Otumoetai College Golf team will be competing at the Worlds Schools Golf Challenge in South Africa April 2011. A team of 4 went to Adelaide in 2009 and loved the time so much they wanted to commit to South Africa. A fund raising evening with Steve Williams as guest speaker was recently held. A fantastic night supported by 260 local people helped raise $25,000. Team members in this photo (left to right): Regan Anderson, Neville Edwards, Chris Charlton, Madison Read, Sam Davis, Finnlay Balmer-Allen, Brad Shaw, Cody Joss, Hayden Henderson.

Keeping in Touch Catch up next newsletter! We would like as many past pupils and past staff to register on our contacts database so we can send regular newsletters. To register visit the Past Pupils and Staff Association page on the school website: Please tell your old school friends to log on and submit their details. Please advise us if you change your email address or any other contact details.

NgÄ mihi nui Best wishes Lee Rowe

Many thanks to Jim, Pixie, and Peter Lochhead for their time and assistance with the article about the Lochhead family.

Otumoetai College Archivist Email:


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