May 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

12 May 2023 - Term 2 Week 3

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa
Congratulations to all the participants who made Cross Country such an enjoyable experience last Tuesday. Hayley Adam did a superb job of organizing this. We know that running is not everyone’s favourite pastime, which is why the option of being non-competitive was included. With an increasing social awareness of maintaining wellbeing through exercise and connection, it concerns me that a minority of students miss an entire day at school to avoid a half hour walk with their friends. Please continue to encourage your children to be involved with all opportunities even if they are reluctant, as this helps to build resilience.
The sudden Southerly blast is an unwelcome reminder of what winter could have in store for us. If you have young people, who have recently gained their restricted licence, it would be timely to share with them the added danger that winter driving conditions bring and perhaps limit their independent travel on particularly bad days or wait for daylight before leaving home.

If snow is forecast, there are a group of people who are contacted early in the morning to report on road conditions. The bus company is then consulted. Any cancellations will be broadcast on Hokonui Radio 94.8FM as soon as possible after 7am. Direct messages will also be sent via the School App if Menzies College is closed or if there is a delayed start.

Congratulations to Lesley Lee who has been successful in gaining the role as a Kahui Ako Learning Support Coordinator (LSC), replacing Chantelle Brenselle. Lesley is a fantastic teacher and has been one of the mainstays of the Junior School for the last eight years. She has worked as an Across School Teacher for the Kahui Ako for several years and as the Special Education Needs Coordinator at Menzies College. These experiences lend themselves well to becoming a LSC for the Kahui Ako. The good news is that Lesley will still be working with staff and students at Menzies College and other schools in the Kahui Ako - the bad news is she will no longer be a Year 7 teacher at Menzies College.

The Secondary School Teachers' Collective Agreement is still under negotiation.
Over the next two weeks the following rostering home is planned:
 Year 9 Tuesday 16th May
 Year 10 Wednesday 17th May
 Year 11 Thursday 25th May
Please do not send students in the year levels indicated on these days. If this changes, we will notify you by email and the School App.

Good luck to Sophie Ross as she heads to Wellington to compete with the Southland team in the Division Two National Swimming Championships next week.

Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 16 - Year 9 rostered home
  • Wednesday 17 - Year 10 rostered home
  • Wednesday 17 - Southland Cross Country
  • Thursday 25 - Year 11 rostered home
  • Friday 26 -Thursday 1 June - Year 8 Deep Cove Camps
  • Tuesday 30 - Friday 2 June - Year 9 Tautuku Camp
  • Wednesday 31 & Thursday 1- PTA catering fundraiser
  • 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 - this is a rostered home timetable for each year level.

Week 2 Thursday 4 May - Year 11
Week 3 Thursday 11- Year 13
Week 4 Tuesday 16 - Year 9 Wednesday 17- Year 10
Week 5 Thursday 25 - Year 11
Week 6 Tuesday 30 - Year 13 Thursday 1 June- Year 12
Week 7 Tuesday 6 - Year 10 Thursday 8 - Year 9

Menzies College Cross Country 2023

On Tuesday the 2nd of May, Wyndham put on a beautiful day that made the annual school cross country into a summer run. We had great participation rates and a big thank you to all the staff, students and whanau who helped or supported the students during the afternoon.

Congratulations to the following students for placing in their respective age groups.
U13 Girls 3000m
1st place Zoe Muir 13.36 min
2nd Place Hollie Kennedy 16.32 min
3rd Place Iyland Roberts 16.50 min

U13 Boys 3000m
1st Place Diesel Ross 12.41 min
2nd Place Stan Hunter 12.53 min
3rd Place Kingston Trevithick 13.26 min

U14 Girls 3000m
1st Place Sophie Frantz 16.35 min
2nd Place Jessica Alksne 23.27 min

U14 Boys 3000m
1st Place Hudson Roy 11.17 min
2nd Place Danyon Ashman 13.22 min
3rd Place Jacob Stuck 13.45 min

U16 Girls 3000m
1st Place Jessica Dodds 15.53 min
2nd Place Nicholle Bedrijo 21.35 min
3rd Place Ruby Ritani 22.23 min

U16 Boys 4000m
1st Place Jake Glynn 17.34 min
2nd Place Zac North 19.04 min
3rd Place = Cooper Kennedy 19.20 min
3rd Place = Ben Muir 19.20 min

O16 Girls 4000m
1st Place Tessa Wishart 21.58 min
2nd Place Asha Dickson 23.26 min
3rd Place Olivia Perriam 23.49 min

O16 Boys 5000m
1st Place Luke Bryson 21.47 min
2nd Place Lewis McKelvie 23.53 min
3rd Place Brad Hedges 24.02 min

Kahui Ako Board of Trustees training evening

On Tuesday evening Menzies College hosted the combined Boards of Trustees from our Community of Learning. Our trustees took part in a training event covering aspects of
Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Thank you to the Menzies 1st XI hockey team for providing the catering for the supper.

The PTA needs your help!

A note from the Well-being Hauora Committee

Easter Raffle for KidsCan Cyclone Relief Fund

Thank you all so much for your support with this fundraiser and congratulations to all of our raffle winners. We raised a staggering $1,111.00. We were very much overwhelmed by your generosity, whether you donated items or bought tickets. Thank you all again.
Pictured below are students from three of the winning families.
L to R: Jack Chapman, Taya Pihema and Emily Crump.

Karen Clark

Achievement Slip Draw

The week 3 junior prize draw winners are:
Riley Clarke, Sophie Frantz, Samara Moir, Lincoln Haenga and Mrs Wendy Ritson

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

NZ Sign Language

This week is NZ Sign Language week. On Wednesday we ran a treasure hunt where students had to find the meaning of 30 different signs. On Thursday we held a ‘Basics of Signing’ lesson at lunchtime and on Friday we held a Sign BINGO competition.

Bully Free New Zealand Week

Next week is Bully Free NZ week with Pink Shirt Day at the end of the week. Please note Pink Shirt Day is being held at Menzies College on Thursday 18th May due to a large number of our seniors being offsite on Fridays. Students are encouraged to come to school on Thursday in mufti, preferably including some pink, for a gold coin donation and in support of our aim to reduce bullying at Menzies College and across Aotearoa.

What's been happening in the Science labs?

Year 12 Biology

Students in Year 12 Biology are about to complete their first Internal Assessment (AS95511 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life) which is based on the gas exchange system of insects, fish and mammals. As part of the learning for this unit, we dissected fish heads to understand their structure better.
Pictured below L to R: Tessa Wishart and Sophie Leitch; Senne Byrne and Trent Reriti; and Asha Dickson

Year 9 Science

In Year 9, we started this term with a Kitchen Chemistry unit. 9FH requested to study “meat”, so they are studying what is in a beef burger. We have explored the features of a simple cheap beef patty and will compare these features, ingredients and nutritional values with other burgers. We will try to cover the 5 different investigative approaches in this unit: exploring and observing, classifying and identifying, pattern seeking, fair testing, and modelling.
Pictured below L to R: Josh Landreth and Tom Blackmore; Nate Rugg;
and Jacqui Milne and Ivy Ritani

Junior Art happenings

Year 10 Art students showing their creative strength!

I’m really pleased to see the talent the Year 10 Art class is showing. They have recently completed their Wayne Thiebaud painting unit and every student can see the progress they have made. The class started with pencil drawings, concentrating on adding graduated tone and then moved onto creating small colour studies. They finished the unit with their final A3 painting. I am really proud of how this group has worked. Here are a few of their paintings.
Mrs Ritson
Pictured below L to R: Work by Tahlia Costello, Taine Byrne and Elise Knapp
Pictured below L to R: Work by Nicholle Bedrijo and Martin Lomboy

Kapahaka News

Tēnā koutou katoa,
We are writing to inform you about, and invite you to the following performances by Ngā Awa E Toru. Any support is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you all there.
  • 'Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Competition in Gore: Ngā Awa E Toru are competing in the local high school competition from 11am-12pm on Friday 2nd June. This is the first year that a high school busking competition has been offered so we feel very grateful to have this new opportunity to showcase our skills.
  • Māruawai Matariki Celebration: Ngā Awa E Toru are performing at the Māruawai Matariki Celebration on Friday the 14th of July. We are really looking forward to performing at this fantastic community event. Please see the poster below for more details.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Ngā mihi nui
Samantha Johnstone and Lachie Hayes

A message from the SIT Murihiku Trades Academy

"Last year the following video clip was created to share amongst our local schools, students and families for future promotion of the Murihiku Tertiary Academy. I'm pleased to announce that this is now live on the SIT website, YouTube and the Murihiku Tertiary Academy Facebook page. Thank you to all that were involved in the making of this clip.
Trudy Brown
Murihiku Tertiary Academy Co-ordinator & Acting Programme Manager"

Please click below to watch this video, showcasing what goes on at the Murihiku Tertiary Academy.

Wyndham Rest Home Fundraiser

Our Year 9 students Felicity Freeman and Isabell Boogerd organised a guessing jar fundraiser for the Wyndham Rest Home last term. When buying a ticket people could guess how many Easter Eggs were in a jar. The closest guess won the chocolate. This raised $112 which was gifted to Wyndham Rest Home and will be used for activities and outings for their residents.

Pictured below is Rest Home Manager Annette Sinclair presenting a letter of appreciation to Felicity and Isabell.

'Thank you for the Music'

The Southern Stones entertained a crowd in the sunshine at the end of week two. They are working hard to get original songs ready for the Smokefree Rockquest competition taking place in June. Menzies has two bands entered in the competition. The other band is Ranga & The Rest.. Watch this space!
Peter Power

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

Edge Parent Portal and our School App

This is a reminder for new Menzies parents and whanau that both the Edge Parent Portal and the SchoolAppNZ are available to download on Google Play or the App Store

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 a lost key or forgotten combination.

Equestrian National Title for Anna Smith

Year 8 student Anna Smith won the Tavendale and Partners New Zealand National Category B 2023 title on Starlight Smarda, on the 12th of February 2023 . Anna also got second in this same category on her other pony2, El Alpha G Wizz . Anna has won this National title three times running. A fabulous achievement Anna, well done!

Community Notices

Edendale Primary School 150th Jubilee

The 150th Sesquicentennial 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 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 the 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