March 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

31 March 2023 - Term 1 Week 9

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa
There is great excitement around the school today as we anticipate tonight’s ball. The Year 12 and 13 students have worked hard under pressure of time to ensure the Casino Royale themed event is a success. They are looking forward to the experience and are eager to show off their dance moves. Thank you to Karen Clark, Pete Holden and Louise Youngson for supporting the students in their organisation and dancing practice. Members of the public are welcome to come along tonight and watch the students arrive. Students will start arriving from 6.30pm.
Next week also hails the end of the summer sports season. Thank you to Jill McConachie, Dean Ritani, Lucy McKelvie and Bathen Muir for their support of our cricketers this season. Also thank you to Tracey Ross for her organisation with the multi-sport enthusiasts. Finally thank you to Jane Muir and Sarah White for their organisation and coaching of young athletes.

This will be the last newsletter for the term with the holidays starting next Friday. It has been a busy but rewarding term with students and staff involved in a multitude of extra-curricular activities. In Term Two we focus on a settled work environment by minimising disruptions. The first three weeks back will be interruption free weeks with the exception of Cross Country on Tuesday 2 nd May.

We no longer have formal dates for switching between summer and winter uniform but encourage students to manage what they wear according to the weather. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to get uniforms organised, this includes shoes, socks and jackets. Shoes are to be plain black lace ups. Socks are Menzies grey socks , tights or white socks. Jackets are the Menzies green jacket or plain black zip ups that provide warmth and shower resistance. At the beginning of Term Two staff will confiscate hoodies that are being worn by students and provide them with regulation uniform in return. If this happens twice a parent will be asked to pick up the confiscated item. Please sent a note with your young person if they are not in correct uniform.

Thank you to Tim Landreth, Hayley Clarke and Pete Holden and others involved with taking the Year 12 Outdoor Adventure class to Wanaka next week for their annual camp.

Congratulations to:
  • Competitors in the National Secondary Schools Triathlon event in Wanaka on
    Thursday. Diesel Ross and Zoe Muir were both sixth in the Under 13 age group.
    The team of Hudson Roy, Daisy Stewart and Sophie Ross were second in the
    Under 16 age group
  • Zoe Muir who won the 1500m, 800m and Discus event at the Southland
    Primary School Athletics
  • Diesel Ross who finished first in a recent triathlon on Stewart Island. The
    team on Charlie Frantz and Lucy Smyth won the teams event for their age
    group. The overall placings resulted in Menzies College winning the trophy for
    the top school.
Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Friday 31 - School Ball
  • Thursday 6 - Last day Term 1
  • Monday 24 - Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 25 - Anzac Day
  • Wednesday 26- Term 2 begins - ANZAC assembly
  • Tuesday 2 - School Cross Country

Senior Students at the 'Our Future' careers day

Last week a group of senior students travelled to Invercargill for the Our Future: Careers in Food, Fibre and Agritech careers day. Students were exposed to a range of career options including truck driving, paua farming, contracting, milk processing and the fertiliser industry. The tractor simulator provided by Telford proved a popular choice, despite the number of high speed crashes the students managed.

Cyber Safety Information

In the increasingly digital world we live in, cyber safety can often be overlooked. At the recent ‘Meet the Whanau Teacher’ evening I delivered a presentation outlining what parents can do to help their children stay safe online.

A good way that parents can do this is by adding a FREE filter to block the worst of the web.

'Switch on Safety' is a site that will help you put this free filter on your child’s device.

Go to and follow the instructions.

The other site to check out is Netsafe: Netsafe has lots of information to stay safe online. This includes a ‘Make a report’ option that you can use to report any harmful content. This site is well worth a look.

Students were given a cyber safety talk by our local police constable at their Deans assembly on Wednesday the 15th March.

Dean Ritani
Deputy Principal
Menzies College

Achievement Slip Draw

We will be running a draw for both juniors and seniors each week, until the end of Term 1. From Term 2 onwards we will be drawing juniors and seniors week-about. Congratulations to all our winners....

Our week 8 winners were:
Juniors - Ollie Glynn, Sophie Ross, Bre Isaacs, Jessica Dodds and Ms Louise Youngson
Seniors - Kimberly McDonald, Bridget Scobie, Paige McEwan, Hunter Richards and Mrs Sue Crighton

Our week 9 winners are:
Juniors - Van Coley, Lachie Shepherd, Nadine Abella, Holly Rabbidge and Ms Sarah Ennor
Seniors - Bella de Haas, Talia Moody, Amy van der Straaten, Nina Currie and Mr Jonny Brown
Please collect your $5 canteen vouchers from the school office during break times.

Introducing our new staff for 2023

Name: Miss Freya Haanen

Subjects teaching this year: English

Interests/Hobbies: Arts & crafts, board games, writing stories, doodling, bush walking at a leisurely pace.

Currently watching: Parks and Recreation
Currently reading: The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Recommended books: If you don't know what to read, pick up a classic. 1984, Pride and Prejudice, Lolita...Even if you hate the book, you'll be let in on a slew of in-jokes and references to them.
Name: Mrs Beth Brown

Subjects teaching this year: Social Studies & Geography

Interests/Hobbies: Gaming, craft, reading and camping

Currently reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Recommended books: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, Abarat by Clive Barker

Duke of Edinburgh Cycle Trip

For our Duke of Edinburgh trip we biked 24km into Mavora from Mossburn, on Saturday 18th March . We camped at Mavora Lakes and on the second day we biked 26km back out. We had huge head winds on the first day which made it quite difficult. We all found the trip very enjoyable. Thank you to: Mr Cook; Mr and Mrs Dale; Mr and Mrs Scobie; and Abby van der Straaten for transporting us there and biking with us. We all appreciated you helping us with our trip.
Anna McMullen

Easter Hamper Raffle for KidsCan Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund

There is still time to buy a raffle ticket or two for our fantastic Easter hamper raffle. The funds collected will go to the KidsCan Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund. KidsCan are supporting children at school with the essentials they need to learn and are helping families get back on their feet after the devastating floods caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.

$2 a ticket - ask your child if they have a sheet lurking in their bag if you haven't seen one, or phone the office to purchase some. Closing date is Tuesday 4th April and the draw will occur on Wednesday 5th April. Many thanks for the generous donations that have already been brought into school, if you still have some to drop in these can be left at the office.
Thanks for your support for such a great cause.
The Menzies Wellbeing Hauora Committee

"What's happening in the Science department?"

Year 8 Science

The focus this year for Year 8 is to make good observations and logical inferences. Our beginning topic is based around these skills. These pictures show: 8SJ using their observation skills, and some facts that they were given, to infer the identification of four mystery white powders; and 8LH making quantitative observations from a fair test investigation, of their own design, about balls travelling down a ramp.

Left to right: Coby Power & Charlie Blackmore; Cooper Thomson & Johanna Olive; and Diesel Ross, Jesse Cowan and Liam McGowan
Left to right: Olivia Manson, Lincoln Haenga & Lucas Dobbin; Nadine Abella & Jesse Howe; and Caitlin Wallis, Lila Cabrera and Odijay Mason-Guillard
Students from 8LH with Head Boy Hunter Richards

201 Biology

Year 12 have recently started a long term investigation of the biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors that influence the distribution of species found in our local oxbow lake. Each week we sample the water, collecting data about the temperature, the pH, the amount of nitrates, phosphates and ammonium found in the water. We are also taking water samples back to the lab to identify and count the invertebrate species found. We were delighted to spot two newly hatched Kōtuku ngutupapa (Royal spoonbill) chicks nesting just near our sampling sites.
Gabby Shepherd and Trent Reriti in the water with the nesting birds behind
Tessa Wishart is in the water watched by Asha Dickson and Olivia Perriam
Cassidy Pihema-Laing taking a water sample using a plankton net with the nesting Spoonbill in the background

Level 2 Physics

Our level 2 Physics class took part in an assessment recently, which required them to dissect a cow's eye, remove the lens and measure the focal point.
Left to right: Bella de Haas & Jordon O'Brien; Rayden Kaahu-Wright, Trent Reriti & James Abella; and Kimberly Orr and Tessa Ayers
Left to Right: Senne Byrne, Lewis McKelvie & Jordan Hutton; and Asha Dickson, Sophie Leitch and Bridget Scobie

Great Southern Race: Menzies Team Success

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 students of Menzies who participated in the Great Southern triathlon event held on Monday, 20th March, at Stewart Island. The team of six students represented Menzies in an admirable manner and performed exceptionally well in the competition.
Special recognition goes to Diesel Ross who placed 1st in the individual boys' competition and to Charlie Frantz and Lucy Smyth who placed 1st in the mixed team event. The joint achievements of the students allowed Menzies to walk away as the overall school's champions jointly with Half Moon bay school.
We also want to express our gratitude to Tracey Ross who managed the team for the day and to Marcia Kennedy for accompanying and supporting the team throughout their journey.
Once again, congratulations to the Menzies team for their outstanding performance at the Great Southern Race.
Pictured below, left to right: Kadence Hunter, Joe Kennedy, Diesel Ross, Charlie Frantz, Lucy Smyth and Hollie Kennedy

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.

Hockey Registrations

We are wanting to field a junior hockey team (Year 7&8s) and a senior team (Years 9 - 13). At the moment we are still needing registrations for juniors and goalies.
Please click on the following link if you would like to play hockey for Menzies College is 2023, this link has all the information about grades available to students. Hockey Regos

Basketball Registrations 2023

Anyone who is interested in playing basketball for Menzies College in 2023 needs to follow the link below to find all the information about the season and to register.
Menzies Basketball Registration

Community Notices

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.