15 May


The Mount Maunganui College 1st XI football boys showed an impressive improvement this week in their game against the 2nd XI Tauranga Boy’s Football team. Colby Brennan again lead the Mount College team to success scoring a goal for the 3rd time in the past 3 games the team has played. However, TBC hit back just before half time and were victors coming away with a score of 3-1. Man of the match was earned by talented displays from Jordan York in central midfield and Cairo Daisley in defense.


Outstanding skills were shown through the Mount Maunganui College 1st XV rugby boys in their game against Bethlehem College. The Mount team won with an impressive score and every single player portrayed their talent during the game. Special mentions can be made for Reuben Kelly, George Robins and Shae Tutaki, all of whom played outstandingly.

The U14 and U15 boys Mount Maunganui College rugby teams also had impressive wins during the week.


The Mount Maunganui College Cross Country was held on Wednesday the 8th of May. It was a school wide event that all year levels participated in, many representing their house by wearing their house colours. Our Year 9 and intermediate students run 3km, with the course running along Omanu Beach. The school’s senior students run a length of 5.5km, which involves them running to Tay Street before making their way down the beach toward Omanu Surf Club, then heading back to school. This year the school also introduced a walking race so that students who wished to participate without running could get involved. Brisk walking is a great way of keeping good health for life.

In the Year 9 girls race, Olivia Lassey won the 3km run, Jazmin Mitchell placed second and Emma Merson came in third.

In the Year 9 boys race Ethan Chamberlain placed first, Luke Devine following him in second and Ashton Pellow third.

1st place in the intermediate girl’s division was earned by year 11 student Lucia Cook. Sarah Burns, another year 11 girl, crossed the finish line in second, and year 10 student Poppy Wilson placed in third.

Year 11 Salem Broughton took home 1st place in the Intermediate boys division, with year 11 Sonny Eades following behind him and earning second place. Jahnu Rosemeyer, came 3rd.

Gold for the senior girl’s division was earned by year 12 Ella Barratt, who was followed by year 12 Blayze Waddicor. Year 13 student Emma Burns finished up in third place.

The senior boy’s division was won by year 13 Fynn Millar, with silver being earned by year 13 student Sam Sheaff, and bronze went to the year 12 Tanner Baxter.

Some of our most talented runners will now compete in the BOP Cross Country which is to be held at Waipuna Park on Tuesday 21st May


At the 2019 New Zealand Wakeboarding Championships Casey Ward won the Junior Boys competition. Casey has been competing in many competitions throughout the country and winning this title is a result of competing in these competitions


Tuesday 7th May


Our 1st XI Girl’s football team kicked off the season with a tough game against Trident girls 1st XI. The Trident girl’s football team made the top 16 Secondary School teams in New Zealand last year, therefore it was pleasing to see our team obtain the first goal, scored by Aneesha Shallcross. Aneesha scored a second goal for Mount, but Trident managed 3 goals of their own and took out a very good game 3-2.

Our 2nd XI girls team had an incredible 3-1 win against Papamoa. This is the first time we have fielded a second team so it was promising to see the team play so well together during the first game of the competition.

Mount Maunganui College 1st XI Boys played in the u19 Bay Wide Youth Premier division, in which they competed against Rotorua Boys in Rotorua. Our team scored first but went on to unfortunately lose the game 1-5.


Hope Gibbard, a Mount Maunganui College year 11 student, has travelled all over New Zealand and has also ventured to Australia to compete in her under 17 age division for mountain biking. In February she won the Asian Pacific Enduro which was held in Christchurch. She also came 3rd in the National Downhill and 3rd in the Crankworx Downhill, which was held in Rotorua in March. Hope then travelled to Melbourne in April to compete in the Oceania DH Championship were she placed an impressive 4th.

Emma Lord has also competed in some of the competitions in the under 17 division. She has placed impressively in these competitions, with her best results being a 4th at Nationals and a win at the North Island Secondary Schools competition, which was held in Palmerston North.


To qualify for the National Age Group Swimming Championships, you need to be an exceptional swimmer, therefore we are very proud that we had multiple Mount College students attend. Kasha Stokes made 3 finals in the 14 years division in the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke. An outstanding placing of Kasha’s was a 4th in the 50m backstroke.

Both Lily Cooney and Brooke Ross recorded personal bests in the 15 years division; Lily’s was in the 100m Freestyle and Brooke’s in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.


Congratulations to the following Mount Maunganui College students who have been named in Regional and National Volleyball teams.

We have 14 students who are competing at the VNZ Provincial Volleyball Championships being held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend. These students will be representing Bay of Plenty, competing against 12 other regions represented with teams covering four grades (U17, U19, U21, and Senior).

Our IPC Representatives are:

U19 A Boys - Ben Blackwell

U19 Development Boys - Colby Brennan, Tommy Smith, Mitchell Grant, William Veale

U19 Development Girls - Ella Raymond, Kendal Devlin

U17 A Girls - Maia Horlock, Tasia Clarke

U17 Development Girls - Riley Bartosh, Ella Rutten

U17 Development Boys - Matt Larsen, Ollie O'Dea, Jahnu Rosemeyer

We have also had 4 students named in national teams who will be travelling overseas to represent New Zealand later this year.

Ben Blackwell has been named in the NZ Junior Mens and Maia Horlock has been named in the NZ Junior Women's. Both of these Mount College students will be travelling with their teams to attend the USA High Performance Championships to be held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in July.

Year 11 students Matt Larsen (NZ Junior Mens Beach) and Ollie O'Dea (NZ Youth Mens Beach) will also be travelling to California to compete in various volleyball association tournaments.  

The NZ Representatives from Mount Maunganui College are:

New Zealand Junior Men's - Ben Blackwell

New Zealand Junior Women's - Maia Horlock

New Zealand Junior Men's Beach - Matt Larsen

New Zealand Youth Men's Beach - Ollie O'Dea


Zyleika Pratt-Smith is a Mount Maunganui College student who recently attended an NZ training camp in Invercargill for synchronised swimming; this lasted 16 days.


Tuesday April 30th

Molly Shivnan

A special mention goes to a very accomplished Mount Maunganui College sports student, Molly Shivnan. Molly Shivnan is a talented year 12 swimmer and surf life saver who has recently been selected for multiple swimming and Surf Life Saving squads and teams; she is now part of the New Zealand Youth Squad for Surf Life Saving. She will therefore be attending the NZ youth squad high performance camp from the 14th to the 16th of June.

The NZ swimming squad which Molly is also part of is preparing to go to Australia to compete at the Australian State champs, with a camp for this squad being held from the 17th to the 21st of May.

Another extremely impressive achievement of Molly’s is her recruitment into the NZ Open Surf Life Saving 2019 Sanyo Cup Team. This team of New Zealand surf life savers is to compete in Fukuoka, Japan, from the 18th to 25th of June. The Sanyo Cup is an annual international surf life saving event run by the Japan Lifesaving Association in which many different countries with competent surf life saving students compete. Some of the other countries included in the competition this year are Australia, Japan, Britain and the USA, and Mount Maunganui College is very proud to have Molly Shivnan attend.

Molly also raked in impressive results in the NAGS 2019 16 yr swimming nationals. She brought home gold in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle. Two silver medals were also earned by Molly in the 100m freestyle and 400m individual medley, as well as three bronzes in 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle. Molly also placed fourth in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke, all of these outstanding results a great display of Molly’s talent.

Holly Sheaff

Holly Sheaff is a year 11 Mount Maunganui College student who at the secondary schools canoe slalom competition took home a variety of impressive results. Holly placed in the top Under 16 women’s single kayak category at the competition. She also placed second in the Under 16 women’s single canoe, as well as first in the double canoe women’s category in which she competed with Kahlia Cullwick. In the downriver, Holly placed third in the Under 16 women’s category, and in the extreme slalom placed with an overall third in the women’s category. These impressive placings are a result of a lot of talent, hard work and time Holly Sheaff has put into canoe and kayak slalom.

Kahlia Cullwick

Kahlia Cullwick, another year 11 student at Mount College, also proved her talent at the secondary schools canoe slalom competition. She placed second in the single kayak Under 16 women’s category, and brought home an impressive first in the single canoe Under 16 women’s category. Hard work paid off as she and Holly raked in first in the double canoe Under 16 women’s category, as well as a fourth in the Under 16 double canoe mixed, in which Kahlia was paired with Cole Anderson from Tauranga Boys’ College. Kahlia also achieved an impressive first in the Under 16 women’s downriver category, and all of these combined top results led her to be recognised and rewarded as the Top Overall Under 16 Woman; an admirable achievement.

Kahlia Cullwick and Holly Sheaffs’ results gave Mount Maunganui College the Top Small School Award; an award given to the best scoring school with less than 10 competitors.

Canoe Slalom Nationals

In the Canoe Slalom Nationals, Kahlia Cullwick placed second in the Under 16 women’s single kayak category, as well as first in the Under 16 single canoe women’s category. In the Under 16 double canoe category, where Kahlia was paired with Cole Anderson from TBC, a first was earned. Holly Sheaff and Kahlia Cullwick paired together to compete in the Under 16 double canoe men’s category; where they placed third.

Mount Maunganui College is overall extremely proud of our successful sporting students, and wish luck to all of our Winter Sports Teams; basketball, football, hockey, rugby and netball. It will be exciting to see how well the winter sport students play this season.


Another Mount Maunganui College student that was very busy over the holidays was Anna Brock, who just recently had her 14th birthday. She competed in the South Island Surfing Championships which were held Dunedin. She placed 4th in the Under 16 girls and 3rd in the Under 20 division. She then travelled to Raglan, which is recognised as one of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand, to compete in the Open Women's Raglan Pro Surfing Competition where she gained valuable surfing experience.


Our Premier Girls Waterpolo team played in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Premier Competition which was held over the recent school holidays. This young team played some outstanding waterpolo against the best teams in New Zealand. The Mount Maunganui College team finished in 6th place.

Our Senior A boys team played in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Division 2 competition, which was held in Rotorua. The team only had 2 losses over the week’s competition and finished in 10th place.


Tuesday 9th April


The Mount Maunganui College Swimming Sports took place on the 20th of March, and many of our school’s swimmers raked up many impressive results.

Molly Shivnan is a very talented swimmer who at the swimming sports broke 5 school records. She broke the girls 200 metre freestyle record with a time of 2:13.49, the senior girls 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:21.00, the senior girls 100 metre freestyle with 1:02.10, the senior girls 100 metre backstroke, in which she got a time of 1:09.55, and finally the senior girls individual medley with a time of 1.35.00. She was the champion of the senior girls division for the school swimming sports with an end score of 18 points.

Zyleika Pratt-Smith is another skilled Mount College swimmer, who broke 2 school records in the intermediate girls. Zyleika had a time of 1:22.30 in the hundred metre breastroke, breaking the previous school record. She also broke the 100 metre backstroke school record with a time of 1:10.00. Zyleika went on to win the intermediate girls division with 15 points.

Tanner Baxter was the winner of the senior boys division, with an overall 12 points. Angus Porter won the intermediate boys division with 12 points. Poppy Wilson was the junior girls winner, finishing with 12 points, and Zander Loots, with 6 points, was the junior boys winner.

Our swimmers also proved their success at the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Swimming, held at Bethlehem College. Molly Shivnan was the overall senior girl’s champion, and Zylieka Pratt-Smith was the overall intermediate swimming champion. It has overall been a very successful few weeks for our school swimming students.


The North Island Athletics Secondary Schools championships were held at the Tauranga Domain last weekend. Highlights for Mount College students included Charlotte Drabble’s impressive results, in which she won Senior Girls Long Jump and came 4th in the Senior Girls 100m sprint. Colby Brennan was another successful student, winning his 400m Senior Boys heat, but in terms of time placed 5th. Both these athletes qualify for the NZSS Athletic Championships which will be held in December, and Mount College is excited to see the students’ success.

OTHER news

Other news for Mount College includes the 1ST XV Boys Rugby team having a preseason game against Bethlehem 1st XV at Mt College on Saturday. It resulted in a convincing win for Mount; the team has been training really well over the last 6 weeks and this has clearly paid off.

The 1st XI Boys Football team partook in a pre-season game against the Otumoetai College 1st XI Boys; the result was a 2 all draw. Brothers, Colby and Mitchell Brennan, were the goal scorers for the Mount College team. The surprise “player of the day” went to Stefan Heuberger, who impressed with his play in the mid-field as he normally plays as goalie for the team.


Monday 1st April


Three of Mount College’s senior volleyball teams travelled to Palmerston North to compete at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championship over the course of one week. There were 66 boys teams and 98 girls teams attending the championship, and there were only 7 Bay of Plenty spots in the top 32 (Division 1 and Division 2) for both genders, therefore it is impressive that both our Senior A teams had secured top 32 spots after seeding 5th. Our Senior B Girls team secured 13th at the BOP Secondary School Championships, and their seeding had them playing in 32-64 Group (Division 3 and Division 4).

Both our A teams secured Division 1 seedings after the first round of pool play with our Senior B Girls playing in Division 4.

Our Senior A Boys made their way to the Division 2, beating Tikipunga (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 24-26, 18-16) in the quarter final, St Patrick’s in the semi final (25-12, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11), and then proceeded to meet Long Bay in the final in a nail-biting 5 Setter with Long Bay coming out on top (21-25,25-20,26-28,25-20,12-15).  

Our Senior A Girls finished 15th overall in the championship with a win in their playoff game against Matamata (21-25,27-25,25-22,25-15,15-7), and our Senior B Girls placed 5th with a win against Rangiora in 3 sets.


It has been a blast for Mount College rowing students during the 2018/19 rowing season, with hours of hard work and effort put in right from the beginning finally paying off. There was great success all round by the dedicated rowers. A significant representation of this success was the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships - named the Maadi Cup regatta, held at Lake Karapiro in Cambridge. Mount College students placed 1st in the U18 coxless pair in B final (9th in the country). An impressive 5th place was earned in the Novice U18 coxed quad scull in the A final Maadi Cup nationals (top North Island crew). The Maadi Cup nationals were overall extremely successful and well worth the rower’s continuous dedication throughout the season, and Mount College is excited to see the rowers show their skills again in the next rowing season; but for now they get to enjoy a well deserved break.


The MMC Prem Girls waterpolo team, coached by Rob Lemoto and managed by Leona Smith, finished 4th out of 15 teams. Coming second in their first pool round, they topped the cross over pool to take on Rangitoto in a tough and physical semi final. An exclusion took the MMC girl’s team down to 5 players for a quarter, but they fought hard to only lose by 2 goals. The exclusion continued for the bronze final against Carmel College, unfortunately reducing the strength of the team - they played hard but lost 5-3. Still, overall the team had a fantastic tournament and did very well to finish 4th, and are ready to take on Nationals in two weeks time.


Tuesday 26th March


The Waikato Bay of Plenty Athletic Championships were held at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, on Saturday the 23rd of March. Six Mount Maunganui college students brought home great success. These students are talented athletes, which they proved as they had to qualify to attend the championships by finishing in the top three at the Bay of Plenty Athletic championships. Four of the six students who attended achieved top 6 placings.

Charlotte Drabble skillfully won the Senior Girls 100m and 200m sprints. She was also extremely successful in the senior girls long jump, in which she placed second.

Colby Brennan achieved an impressive second in the senior boys 400m, fifth in the 200m, and sixth in the 100m.

Daniel Perry placed third in the junior boys triple jump, and Fynn Millar took away fifth in the senior boys 800m.

Due to Charlotte, Colby and Daniel finishing in the top 3, these three Mount College students have qualified for the North Island Secondary School’s Athletic Championships.


Many of Mount Maunganui Colleges’ surf life saving students competed last weekend in the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships which were held at the Mount Maunganui main beach.

Club members from Papamoa, Omanu and Mt Maunganui Surf Clubs all patrol our beaches over the duration of summer and sharpen their skills in the competitive sporting events held at these championships. Four of our students won individual medals.

Chanelle West brought home gold in the U16 Run Swim Run event. Tanner Baxter placed first in the U16 board race, and Molly Shivnan brought away gold in the U16 diamond race and a silver in the U16 surf race. Sophie Sandford came away with bronze in the U19 beach sprint and another bronze in the open woman beach sprint. These are all extremely impressive results and the talented Mount Maunganui College surf life savers have once again proved their skill.


The Mount Maunganui College Junior Ultimate Frisbee team were unbeaten in the BOP Ultimate Frisbee Competition, winning all 3 games in pool play. They then faced Katikati College in an exciting final in which they proceeded to win 8 to 5. The MMC valuable players nominated for the tournament were Oscar Kelly, James Walker, Gene Lancaster and Keilani Horne.


Wednesday 20th March


For the entire year, Mount Maunganui College volleyball students have been training and preparing themselves for the up and coming nationals that will be taking place from the 25th of March through to the 30th. The Mount Maunganui College senior girls and boys volleyball teams have been extremely successful during their past few competitions, which have been spanning the past three weekends. The senior A girls team placed 5th at the Bay of Plenty Championships on the 16th and 17th of March, therefore confirming that they qualify for either the first or second decision at the Nationals in Palmerston North. The senior A boys team also played exceptionally, placing 5th in the Bay of Plenty Championship, thus also qualifying the team to attend the nationals in either division one or two. The senior B boys team played admirably, placing 10th in the BOP champs. Unfortunately they will not be attending the nationals, but still came away with an impressive result. The senior B girls team placed 13th in the championship, and will be attending the nationals.


Mount Maunganui College student Brooke Ross proved her incredible talent in swimming at the Nation Division Two championships in Dunedin. She came away with an impressive two silvers and a bronze medal, all in breaststroke. In the 50m breastroke Brooke placed second, with a 0.21 second personal best, and in the 100m the swimmer gained a personal best of 1.04 seconds, scoring her a second place. She earned bronze in the 200m breastroke, with a 3.05 second personal best.

Brooke Ross again did well in her freestyle events, with an 0.86 second personal best in the 100m, a 0.34 second personal best in the 200m, and an impressive 5.91 second personal best in the 400 metres. It was overall an extremely successful week in Dunedin, and Mount Maunganui College is very proud to have such a talented student


Over the weekend, two of Mount Maunganui Colleges’ year 11 students, Kahlia Culwick and Holly Sheaff, competed at the North Island Canoe Slalom Championships near Lake Waikaremoana. Both girls had outstanding performances with Holly winning both the K1 and C1 Under 16 Women’s categories and Kahlia placing a very close second. The girls then paired up and proceeded to win the Under 16 Mens C2 race. This was one of the last preparation races before the National Secondary Schools Championships in April, so it was wonderful and extremely promising to see the girls perform so well.


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Link to school events:https://www.mmc.school.nz/calendar

Link to BOP Secondary School events: https://www.sportbop.co.nz/school-sport/secondary-schools/events/

Link to NZ secondary School events: http://www.nzsssc.org.nz/Events-1/Event-Calendar


Surfing - Anna Brock