April 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

28 April 2023 - Term 2 Week 1

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Kia ora koutou katoa
It is wonderful to see students back at school looking relaxed and happy after the longer than usual break. Teachers Only Day on Monday was an opportunity to work with other schools in the Kahu Ako (Edendale, Wyndham, Tokanui, Tuturau, Little Ones and Menzies) to further our understanding of the curriculum and assessmentchanges that are being implemented.

The Te Hurihanganui programme aimed at addressing racism and inequality in our Kahui
Ako is drawing to an end. On Wednesday evening there was a combined Kahui Ako
consultation hui regarding future aspirations for Maori. Thank you to the whanau who
were able to attend and help shape the future. The steering group hoping to have a Whare on site by 2025 also met on Wednesday. The group hope to have their trust deed confirmed by the end of May before fundraising starts.

Please be aware that the Secondary Teachers Collective Employment Agreement has not yet been settled. Further industrial action is planned. This starts next week with Year 11 students rostered home on Thursday. This means that no Year 11 classes will be taught that day. Students are asked to stay at home please. Tuesday 9th May is scheduled for a one day strike.
We understand that this is inconvenient and thank you for your patience. Teachers
do not take this action lightly.

While we think the school term is busy some students manage to pack plenty into
their holidays as well. Thank you to the community members who share information
so we can highlight all types of achievements. You will see a new category called
‘Interesting Experiences’ included below. This is to acknowledge and share wider life
experiences that add to our understanding of the world. If there is something you would like to share, please email it to the office at: admin@menzies.school.nz

This is jus a reminder about setting up automatic payments to cover expenses such as overnight camps that are not funded by the school donations scheme. For more information see here: Donations information

Congratulations to:

  • Shelley Neil a member of our support staff represented New Zealand in Table
    Tennis test against Australia in Nelson over the holidays. Shelley won Gold in
    the Mixed Double, Silver in the Women's Double and Bronze in the Singles
  • Maddison Elliott, Jake Glynn and Sophie Ross for their second place at the
    Southland Secondary Schools Lawn Bowls competition
  • Congratulations to Cooper Kennedy for his 5th place at the New Zealand
    Junior Motor Cross Championships held in Invercargill. Joe and Holly also
    competed with Joe finishing 24th
  • Alysia Gauldie competed in the Christchurch Classic and Top of the South
    Gymnastics events over the holidays. She competed with distinction gaining
    several placings including first in the uneven Bar and second in the Vault
  • Anna Smith won the Fiber Fresh Equine New Zealand High Points Series title
  • Eastern Southland Basketball representative honours include:
    Boys Under 15B: Zac North and Maddix Dickson
    Girls Under 17: Sophie Ferguson
Boys Under 17: Jamie Read, Ben Laurie, Sam Ramage
Under 19: Arden Knapp, Sar Latanafrancia, Reece Lynch, Ralp Raluto & Jack Ramage

  • Jack Ramage was selected for the Southland Under 19 Men's Basketball
  • Over the Christmas break Tessa Ayers and her goat Southbridge Nancy, won
    the Champion Goat at the Gore A&P show
  • Interesting experience - Later in the Newsletter -Talia Moody shares her experiences following her visit to Nepal in the holidays.
Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 2 - School Cross Country
  • Thursday 4 - Year 11 Rostered home
  • Tuesday 9 - Teacher Strike - Full school
  • Thursday 11 - Year 13 Rostered home
  • Wednesday 17 - Southland Cross Country
  • Friday 26 -Thursday 1 June - Deep Cove Camps
  • Tuesday 30 - Friday 2 June - Year 9 Tautuku Camp
  • Monday 5 - King's Birthday
  • Friday 30 - Last day of Term 2

Teacher's Strike Action Information for Term 2

These are the confirmed dates for Teacher Strike action for Term 2.
Please note one of these days is a full school strike day and others are rostered days home for certain year groups.

Strike Day - Full school, closed for instruction - Tuesday 9th May (Week 3)

This is the rostering home timetable
Week 2 Thursday - Year 11
Week 3 Thursday - Year 13
Week 4 Tuesday - Year 9 Wednesday - Year 10
Week 5 Thursday - Year 11
Week 6 Tuesday - Year 13 Thursday - Year 12
Week 7 Tuesday - Year 10 Thursday - Year 9

Cross Country 2023 - Tuesday 2nd May

This year the Menzies school cross country will be run on Tuesday 2nd May, during periods 4 and 5. Below is a picture of the course - colour coded to show the course for each event.

  • Fun run students will run the main track red arrows, but get to cut out the paddock lap at the beginning.
  • All competitive students will follow the main track marked on the map by red arrows.
  • Under 16 Boys, Over 16 Girls and Over 16 Boys will complete an extra lap of the paddock marked in yellow.
  • Over 16 Boys Will complete a lap of the school block before finishing, marked in blue.

Timetable for the day

  • During lunch time get changed into your sports gear and house colours - shoes must be worn.
  • End of lunch will be at 1.15pm, you will go to whanau to drop off bags, get changed and complete rolls. Do not bring anything over to the start line that you do not intend to carry for the whole track.
  • 1.35pm students can start making their way to the racecourse pavilion - NO EARLIER
  • First race starts at 1.50pm
  • Event will not be postponed for rain, please bring appropriate clothing to keep yourself warm and dry.
Race Order
  • Race 1- Over 16 Boys & Girls And Under 16 Boys
  • Race 2- All other competitive racers
  • Race 3 - All fun run participants
Races will be started about 15 minutes apart to allow competitive races to be clear of the fun run groups.

Achievement Slip Draw

Week 10 - Term 1 prize winners
Junior - Olivia McDermott, Ella Kelly, Hunter Thomson, Jack Chapman and Mrs Lee
Seniors - Reece Lynch, Jake Hudson, Savanah Costello, Sophie Ferguson and Mrs Dale

This term (Term 2) we will be alternating our prize draws for juniors and seniors.
This week the Junior prize draw winners are:
Tearah Dobbs, Taya Sutton, Jacklyn Orr, Lucy Smyth and Miss Johnstone.

Please collect your $5 canteen vouchers from the school office during break times.

Menzies College School Ball 2023

Here are some pictures from the Menzies School Ball that took place on Friday 31st March. These have been shared on our Menzies College facebook page, and are also available on the Natwick Photography Facebook page.

Position available - Exam Centre Manager

Menzies College is looking for an Exam Centre Manager to run our end of year exams.
This is a paid position, through NZQA. Applicants will need to be available during November, as well as paid training days in the mid year.
Applicants need:
- The ability to work well with young adults and have an affinity with the candidates at the examination centre.
- Experience with applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, with the ability to develop competence with new applications quickly.
- Access to a cellphone, computer and email. Menzies can provide access to a computer if needed.
If you are interested in the position, or have any questions please contact:

Mark Bennett
Deputy Principal

Can you help our Science department?

The year 9 science classes are studying kitchen chemistry for the first 4-5 weeks of this term. If you have one or two potatoes (of a variety that you know the name of), it would be much appreciated if we could borrow or use these for the classifying and identifying example of the unit.
We are also going to make Rewana bread. We would love to find someone who could lend their expertise to making the bread if anyone is able to help with this. Please get in touch with myself, Steph Parkinson on steph.parkinson@menzies.school.nz or phone the school office.
Many thanks, Steph Parkinson

Interesting Experiences

The Moody Family's Trip to Nepal - By Talia Moody

In the April school holidays I was fortunate to be able to go with my family to Nepal. We trekked up to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) which is 4130m above sea level (Mt Cook is 3724m high). It took us 4 days to trek up and 2 days back. Going up we had to go slowly, slowly to avoid altitude sickness. It certainly took some grit to walk up the steep, never ending rock steps to get to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC) hut. A mountain storm delayed us half a day which meant we watched the exciting storm from the warmth of MBC. We walked in the moonlight the next morning up to ABC, leaving at 4.15am. It was super cool watching the sunrise in the mountains on such a clear, beautiful morning.

Another highlight of our trip was meeting Raksha, Jemima’s sponsor child (through International Needs). We had a cup of tea together with Raksha’s family in their little hutt house which has 1 room for the 5 of them to sleep in. In Nepal woman are treated as less important than men which means girls don’t go to school unless you come from a wealthy family or are sponsored. It was very humbling to see the impact sponsorship has on Raksha and her family.
After we visited Raksha we had a look at the International Needs office and Lydia house. Lydia house is where 24 young vulnerable woman from remote villages come to live for 5 months and learn to sew, cook, make hand crafts, learn music, woman’s health, moral studies and IT. When the girls leave the program they are given a pedal sewing machine and assorted materials so that they have an independent income and a much improved future when they return to the village.

Kathmandu is so very different to Gore! The noise, smell, pollution, narrow roads seething with chaotic traffic and wandering animals along with people yelling for your attention was so overwhelming for a start. Life is very different in Nepal and I really enjoyed our adventure there.

Secondary Schools Lawn Bowls Championships

This event was held on the 31st March and the Menzies Team comprised of Maddison Elliott, Jake Glynn and Sophie Ross.
There were 17 teams in total in the tournament.
Menzies played all Central Southland teams in the qualifying rounds. Menzies won the first round 24-3, the second round 20-6 and the third round 32-2. Our players qualified to play in the final against Verdon College. However due to time constraints, the final was unfortunately not able to be played. The overall points were calculated and our team placed second on a countback. It was a great day with perfect weather and the team looks forward to next year's competition.
Pictured below, left to right: Maddison Elliott, Jake Glynn and Sophie Ross.

New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships

The New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships were held over the holidays. Year 10 student Cooper Kennedy placed 5th in the 125cc 12-14year old competition. Joe Kennedy placed 24th in the 85cc 8-11 year old competition.
Below L to R: Joe Kennedy; and Cooper Kennedy, both getting in some good air time!

South Island Gymnastics Competition Results

Year 10 student Alyssa Gauldie, competed in two gymnastic competitions over the holidays.
  1. The Christchurch Classic Competition for Women's Artistic Gymnastics. She placed 4th overall, 1st on Uneven Bars and 2nd on Vault for Step 8 overs division. as well as 2nd for the vault and 1st on bar.
  2. The 'Top of the South' Gymnastics Competition in Nelson where Alyssa placed 2nd on Beam and 4th on Floor in her division.


Congratulations to Year 8 student Anna Smith, on winning the Fiber Fresh Equine New Zealand Category B High Points series title in the April holidays. Pictured below is Anna and Starlight Smarda.

New Zealand Table Tennis Championships

Over Easter I competed in the New Zealand Table Tennis Championships which were held in Nelson.
The tournament included a large contingent of top Australian players. On the first night of the tournament, we all went head to head in the New Zealand versus Australia test match. I partnered with Barb Shepp who is a teacher from Hamilton. We were stoked to win our contest 5 matches to nil.
In the individual events, my hard work and training paid off as I won a gold medal in the mixed doubles with Craig Dye from Christchurch. Barb and I won silver in the doubles and I won a bronze in the singles.
This coming October I will be travelling to Canberra to compete in the Australian Championships. There will be nearly 500 competitors in this tournament and it’s great to have the opportunity to play my favourite sport overseas. Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support and I’m really happy to have won a New Zealand title. I am committed to my training for the next six months so I can hopefully bring some medals home from Australia!
Menzies Librarian and Teacher Aide
Shelley Neale

Below, L to R: Barb and Shelley; and Craig and Shelley on the podium

Menzies Basketball accomplishments

Congratulations to Maddix Dickson and Zac North who were named in the Eastern U15B squad and have attended tournaments in both Gore and Dunedin.
Sophie Ferguson made the Eastern U17 Girls team and attended Gore and Dunedin tournaments.
Ben Laurie, Jamie Read and Sam Ramage were named in the Eastern U17 Boys team and also played tournaments in Gore and Dunedin during the holidays.
Menzies students in the Eastern U19 boys team were Arden Knapp, Sar Latanafrancia, Reece Lynch, Ralph Raluto and Jack Ramage. They were joined by past students Peyton Dickson and JM Nunez. They showed some great team work at the Gore tournament.
Jack Ramage represented Southland U19 at the Dunedin tournament. Southland won both games against Otago A and Otago B and now look forward to the Aon U19 Nationals being held at Rangiora at Kings Birthday weekend.
Below L to R: Jack Ramage defending (Southland No 8); and Jamie Read with the ball.
Below L to R: Sam Ramage shooting; and Ben Laurie with the ball.

Content for our newsletter

A reminder to parents/caregivers/students/coaches etc that we appreciate your help in finding content for our school newsletter. If you have any information and photos regarding students and their extra-curricular activities (achievements, accomplishments or interest stories) please don't hesitate in sharing them with us. Email these to the Menzies office at admin@menzies.school.nz.

Important information regarding Sports Gear

Please note that with the new office layout we have no room to store bags for after school practices etc. Lockers are available free of charge. You just need to bring a padlock and find an available locker. Please note the lock will need a combination or spare key, which is to be held securely by Mr Bennett, in case of lost key or forgotten combination.

Donations request for Sports Department

We would appreciate the donation of any unwanted clothes hangers for our Sports department, to use for storing our growing number of sports uniforms. These can be left at the office if you are able to help us out.

Community Notices

Edendale Primary School 150th Jubilee

The 150th Sesquicentenial for Edendale Primary School is planned for the weekend starting Friday 17th of January through to Sunday 19th of January 2025. Put that on your calendars now. It is going to be a great weekend of connecting and celebrating all who have been part of our school through the many years it has been operating.
Should you wish to be part of the committee planning this big celebration please email admin@edendaleps.school.nz with all your contact details.
The next meeting for the Jubilee Committee is on Monday 22nd May starting at 7.00pm in the Edendale Primary School staffroom.

Edendale Youth Group

At Activity Centre, George Street, Edendale, for anyone Year 9 and above.
Saturday nights 7.30pm – 10.30pm (We are happy to pick up or drop home afterwards)
Contact Johno & Becs Ferguson on 0274124941
Term 2 dates:
29th April – Spotlight
13th May – Games
27th May – Sharks basketball game
10th June – Quiz
29th June – Mid winter dinner

Menzies Netball Centre seeking Volunteers

The Menzies Netball Centre are looking for helpers for Friday netball during Term 2 at the Wyndham Netball courts. They are needed to:
  • Run the skills session for year 1-4 players (3.30pm - 3.50pm) - gear and instructions supplied - a group of students could do this together.
  • Referee games for any/all grades: Years 1-4, Years 5/6 and Years 7/8 (3.50pm - 6.30pm depending on which grades).
It's great fun and an opportunity for Duke of Ed volunteer hours! Contact Debbie Landreth on Facebook Messenger.