November 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

17th November 2023 - Term 4 Week 6

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Friday 3 - Last day for Senior students
  • Monday 6 - NCEA exams begin
  • Tuesday 14 - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 17 - Discovery Day for 2024 New Entrants
  • Monday 27 - Thursday 30 - Year 10 Mavora Camp
  • Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 - Menzies Activity Days (MAD days)
  • Thursday 7 - Senior Prizegiving
  • Friday 8 - Junior Prizegiving
  • Friday 8 - Last day for all students
  • Monday 11 - Staff Only day
The Menzies College PTA is running their Christmas Raffle again and welcomes donations of non-perishable grocery items to make up hampers.
By now a Christmas hamper raffle should have made it's way home and out of the school bags of the eldest or only child of each family. It would be appreciated if each family could sell 5 tickets at $2 each. Please ask for extras at the office if you feel you can sell more. Please return all ticket butts, money and grocery items to the school office by December 7th. Unsold tickets must also be returned.
Thank you for supporting the Menzies College PTA Christmas Hamper. The funds raised by our amazing PTA go towards sporting equipment, trips and resources that can be enjoyed by all students, such as picnic tables and trees for our new orchard.

Discovery Day 2023

On Friday 17th November Menzies College welcomes all new entrants for 2024. If you are joining us at Menzies next year, you will receive information about this from your primary school. Should you have any further questions feel free to contact the Menzies office.

Achievement Slip Draw

The Term 4, Week 3 Junior prize draw winners are:
Mackenzy Hansen, Max Holland, Lila Cabrera, Araya McCabe and Lachlan Hayes.

The Term 4, Week 4 Senior prize draw winners are:
Cassidy Pihema-Laing, Abby Morton, Naidene Wilson-Hemara, Renee Scobie and Mr Kit Hustler.

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

Wheels Wednesday Well-being Wonder

A great day was had on the tennis courts on Wednesday this week. Mr Power and some Year 12 students set up a 'Wheel Wonderland' filled with activities and challenges - they even had convinced Constable Julie Russell to come down with her speed gun, to find the fastest Menzies students. It was an energetic day and many students showed off their speed and their skills. Thank you to all of those who helped and to all who attended for making it a success. Mihi atu.

Who knew that Kingston Trevithick could do a wheelie on grass for 35m, or that Charlie Blackmore and Beau Pemberton were so good on wheely chairs? Or that Rueben Constantine can run faster than he can scooter, and that he was the fastest thing clocked that day at 34Km/h on a bike? However, Kody Crump and Ben Guthrie were a close second on the "Around the post" event. Lastly who knew how much fun and energy Mr Power has when an object with wheels is around? He won all the staff events - he rawe koe!

Karen Clark
Teacher in charge of Well-being Committee

Junior Social Science Presentation

During term 3 the Year 7 and 8 students had projects to complete that were based around topics in Social Science. The Year 7s looked into celebrations and the Year 8s looked into different disasters.
On Wednesday 1st November, we had our presentation evening where our community could come and look at the amazing work completed by the students.
Well over 100 people attended the evening which was a great success.
Well done to the winners and place getters (listed below) and the two students who took out the People’s Choice Award for 2023 - Baylee Morris and Beau Pemberton.

Mr Lambert
HOD Junior School

2023 Social Science Fair winners

People’s Choice Award 2023 – Beau Pemberton and Baylee Morris

Year 7
1st Haylee Moir and Aisha Raluto
2nd Iyland Roberts and Olivia McDermott
3rd Halen McKenzie
Highly Recommended – Reuben Alksne and Stan Hunter
Highly Recommended - Alex Bariuad and Chris Vesey
Highly Recommended - Cruz Isaac and Clayton Perkins
Highly Recommended - Alex Stuck and AC Lafanafrancia

1st Jack Chapman
2nd Olivia Landreth and Mya McKelvie
3rd Rhonin Theedom
Highly Recommended - Aiden Cottrell

Year 8
1st Kadence Hunter
2nd Baylee Morris and Beau Pemberton
3rd Andrei Raga, Benjamin Knapp and Kyan Knapp
Highly Recommended – Nathan Bariuad and Sean Clement

1st - Odijay Mason Guillard
2nd - Caitlin Wallis and Lila Cabrera
3rd - Lucy Smyth and Charlie Blackmore
Highly Recommended – Max Holland

1st Place - Nadine Abella
2nd Place - Hollie Kennedy
3rd Place - Taya Sutton and Anahera Browne
Highly Recommended – Mikaela Instone and Samara Moir
Highly Recommended – Johanna Olive and Ella Kelly

Year 13 Dress-Like-a-Teacher Day

The Year 13 cohort have been keeping us entertained during the last 4 weeks with their changing daily dress-up themes. This is a Menzies tradition for our Year 13 leavers each year. We have enjoyed eagerly anticipating what they will come dressed as each day. We have had sports stars, movie characters, dream occupations, and 'wearing another school's uniform' day. A highlight was 'dress like a Menzies teacher' day - Reece Lynch made it very hard for us to locate the 'real' Mr Lewis as he made his way around the school!

Southland Secondary Schools Swimming Championships

The Southland Secondary Schools Swimming Championships were held on Sunday 29th October at Splash Palace. We had six students competing against some very strong fields. They all did extremely well and were pleased with their results.
Sophie Ross - 3rd in 50m Butterfly, 4th in 50m Freestyle, 9th in 50m Backstroke, 11th in 50m Backstroke,
Lucy Smyth - 14th in 50m Backstroke, 18th in 50m Breast stroke, 19th in 50m Freestyle
Zoe Muir - 6th in 50m Butterfly, 10th in 50m Freestyle, 17th in 50m Breaststroke
Diesel Ross - 6th in 50m Backstroke, 6th 50m Butterfly, 9th 50m Freestyle 11th 50m Breaststroke,
Jacob Stuck- 9th 50m Backstroke, 10th 50m Butterfly
Lachie Shepherd - 7th 50m Butterfly, 10th 50m Freestyle, 10th 50m Backstroke

Menzies Mixed Year 9 & 10 Volleyball

Congratulations to the Menzies College Year 9 & 10 Mixed Volleyball team who took part in the Term 3 & 4 Volleyball South secondary schools competition. They finished the season with a third placing in the competition. Thank you to Mr Ritani and Tania Robb who helped with umpiring and managing during the season.
Pictured L to R: Back row - Bre Isaacs, Ivy Ritani, Sophie Geary, Thomas Hutton
Front row - Jacob Stuck, Hunter Thomson, Jack Medley and Max Wilson

Ex-Menzies student on the world stage - Adventure Racing

Last week Menzies ex-student Dean Stewart, as part of New Zealand team FEAR Youth, competed at the Adventure Racing World Championships in South Africa. The NZ team of four placed 9th overall - an incredible achievement as they are the youngest ever team to compete at this event. This 700+ kilometre race, in which teams could take up to 9 days to complete required the teams to mountain bike, trail run/ trek, river kayak and navigate through African terrain in scorching heat. What an incredible achievement. Below is a link to the AWRS Facebook page if you wish to hear more about the team's experience.
FEAR Youth team interview
Pictured - Team FEAR Youth, Dean Stewart on the left.

Community Notices

Edendale Youth Group Term 4

The dates for the rest of the term are:
11 November, 25 November, 9 December.
This youth group is for anyone Year 9 and up.
Saturday nights, 7.30pm – 10.30pm (We are happy to pick up or drop home afterwards)
Contact Johno & Becs Ferguson on 0274124941