December 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

1st December 2023 - Term 4 Week 8

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

A sense of completion is starting to replace the frantic pace that the school has operated at for the last few weeks. NCEA exams are over, another very successful Adventure Race has been and gone (with nearly 50 students competing), the Year 10’s have had an opportunity to experience what happens at SIT, all Year 9 and 10 students have feasted and performed at their best in traditional and modern takes on Shakespeare, students have supported LMV swimming, rugby players have competed in the Jonty Curran 10’s Tournament, and the Year 10 students have been to Mavora Camp. Thank you to everyone who has had a part large or small in any of these events. Students get to thrive because they are so supported by staff and the community.
On Monday and Tuesday next week we have MAD (Menzies Activity Days). Over the years we have adjusted how these days run to ensure equity and an element of giving back to the community. Students will have a variety of experiences over the two days in House Groups that will include lots of fun and some community service. All activities are free to the students.

There are many groups I need to thank. First and foremost are the graduating Year 13 students. They have significantly contributed to the school culture through Peer Support, leadership on camps, coaching and role modelling for students in their whanau classes. The caliber and depth of leadership is a credit to the students, their families, school and community. Thank you to Hunter, Naidene, Sophie and Sar for the integrity they have shown as Head Students. We wish them all well as they move into a new phase in their lives.
Secondly, I thank all the staff. Menzies College is extremely lucky to have a hard working staff who work as a team for the good of students. The canteen staff have provided delicious and nutritious meals that we are all grateful for. The cleaning and maintenance staff have worked hard to keep the school running well despite the challenges presented by slow progress on upgrades. The office administration staff are, as always, the oil that allows the machine to function. Their cheerful approach to tasks and calm heads are always appreciated. Finally, the teaching staff need thanked. They are constantly adjusting what they do and how they do it to best meet the needs of all learners. They go above and beyond normal expectations to offer extra opportunities for students, such as next week’s MAD activities.

Next week we farewell Mr Hustler our HOD of Science, Mr Dakin our HOD of Technology. Mr Joyce our Commerce and Social Science teacher, and Miss Soper our Year 7 teacher. All of these staff have made a significant impact at Menzies College and leave knowing they have made a difference. Mr Hustler's contributions to our environmental awareness and passion for local curriculum has laid the foundation for others to follow. Mr Dakins individualised programmes in ICT and enthusiasm on camps have helped students feel empowered to move beyond their comfort zones. Mr Joyce has inspired the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs with his year 10 Business Studies projects. Miss Soper has given Year 7 students the best possible start in a caring classroom environment with high expectations and the tools to be the best they can be.

We welcome Mr Young in the Social Science Department, a second Mr Bennett in the Science Department (with Mrs Clark taking over as HOD) and Miss Gutsell in a variety of departments. The HOD of Technology will be appointed later this month.

Thank you to all parents and caregivers who filled out the Community Consultation survey. Below is a link to the results.

Click here for Survey Results

Congratulations to:
Year 11 student Alex Smith recently competed in the National Skeet Shooting Competition. He was the Captain in the match between the South Island vs North Island. Alex shot 25/25 and the team beat North Island by 16 points. Alex also captained the team against Australia.

I wish everyone a relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone safe and well next year.

Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Pictured below:
Alex Smith competing in the National Skeet Shooting Competition.

Important Dates

  • Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 - Menzies Activity Days (MAD days)
  • Thursday 7 - Senior Prizegiving - 7.30pm
  • Friday 8 - Junior Prizegiving - 1pm
  • Friday 8 - Last day for all students
  • Monday 11 - Staff Only day
  • Thursday 14 - Board of Trustees meeting 7pm
  • Thursday 14 - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Monday 29 - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 - Senior Course confirmation (Years 11 - 13)
  • Thursday 1 - Year 12 & 13 at school
  • Friday 2 - All Year levels to attend

Achievement Slip Draw

The Term 4, Week 7 Junior prize draw winners are:
Jonty Rhodes, Sophie Gifkins, Kingston Trevithick, Felicity Freeman and Miss Steph Parkinson

This was the last prize draw for this year due to diminishing canteen stock. This Friday, the 1st December is the last day that the snack shop will be running for 2023.

All achievement slips handed in from Week 8 onwards will be used for the first draw in 2024.

PTA Second-hand Uniform Sale

The PTA will be running their second hand uniform sales on both Thursday, 14th December and Monday, 29th January in the school hall from 10am - 2pm. Eftpos is available.
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.

Major PTA Fundraiser for 2024 14-16 Feb

Do you enjoy visiting the Southern field days?

We have an opportunity for you!

We are manning 3 of the Gates for 3 days at the 2024 Southern Field days. We require the manpower to help with this.
Our proposal to you:
Should your student have a camp or sports tournament during 2024, 70% of what you earn on the gate will go to your students account. 30% will come to the PTA to fund other things within the school.

If you have a couple of hours or more that you could spare before, during or after your visit please indicate on the google form attached.
All you need to do is add your name to the google form attached here.
Waimumu Field Days - Job List
If you have any questions please contact Sarah White or Rosemary Crump

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property at the office. If you recognise any of the clothing items in the below pictures please call into the office, with a description of the item, before the last day of term. Anything left after this date will be donated elsewhere or sold at the PTA second-hand uniform sale.

English Department Shakespearean Feast

On Thursday 23 November the English Department held their annual Shakespearean Feast. Due to NCEA examinations taking place in our school hall, we decided to relocate to the Memorial Hall in Wyndham. This was a really fun morning for all involved. The feasts were amazing, as was the entertainment.
This year we've studied Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth and our six plays represented our studies around these plays. 10KH gave us their version of Māui and Irawaru, which links closely to the story of Othello, with the remaining Year Ten classes presenting a more traditional version of the play. Our Romeo and Juliet plays were set in modern New Zealand and featured sheep, the local dairy, and red-bands whilst Macbeth was adapted so that our lead was plotting to become the captain of the First XV, and his evil wife was a netball player. Huge congratulations to all of those who gathered their nerves and performed on stage. You were brilliant!
Special thanks to our very own 'Adele-in-the-making', Madi who sang beautifully. We'd also like to thank Mrs Wendy Ritson who brought along her version of 'flummery' and gave a very convincing performance as she explained the history of this unique food. All-in-all this was a fun morning which showcased our learning around a Shakespearean play. We're really looking forward to the 2024 edition of this now annual and eagerly anticipated event.
Mrs Lucy McKelvie (HOD English)

Monster Mania in Year 7 Art

7BA have been busy in the art room finishing their Monster Mania unit. The students have been inspired by the artist James DeRosso, and monsters from popular fiction to design their monsters and sculpt them using clay. They have been developing ideas while learning practical skills relating to ceramics and sculpture. It has been a fun and exciting series of learning.

This week we have been unloading the kiln after firing the creations at 1100 degrees celsius, and marvelling at the wonderful colour combinations, sculptural forms and effects that the students have used in their creations. They have done a wonderful job.

Here are just a few of the wonderful creations.
Mrs Bianca Gibbs (HOD Art)
Below: Cody Turnbull with his monster.

What's up in Tech?

Hello from the workshops!
Here are a few pictures of work by our Year 9 and 10 students.
Top left: is Zac North's shoe rack to be fixed on a wall, it uses slot joints in its constructions.
The two pictures of the steel table show Cooper Kennedy's infinity table constructed from mitred tube, as a single flowing tube. It's incredibly difficult to achieve this level of accuracy and finish.
The bedside cabinet is a solid oak creation by Fletcher McKinnel, it has hand cut dovetails for the drawers and is trimmed with darker hardwood. It is a beautiful thing and shows his commitment and growing skill.
Santa's sleigh was commissioned by Emma Stuck at Four Square, for the Santa Parade/Street Market. It was designed by Holly Rabbidge in Year 9. The framework and sides were cut and assembled mostly by Danyon Ashman, with assistance from Jackson Wells. The sides and wooden embellishments were also done by Danyon and some of the BCITO students. Overall it was a great success and took a bit of thinking to enable it to be flat-packed and transported up stairs.
All of these projects were done in the year 10 class in the last part of the year and show the creativity and commitment that this community brings to us.
Mr Simon Pearce
Hard Materials teacher
Below: Zac North's shoe rack
Below: Cooper Kennedy's Infinity table
Below: Fletcher McKinnel's bedside cabinet

The Southern Stones

Below is a photo of The Southern Stones just before performing at the Wyndham Street Market. The band performed a 20 minute set, this was the longest that they have played on stage together and they featured two original songs and some covers. As a band they are hoping to write some new songs for next year's Smokefree Rockquest, as well as entertain on more stages. They have the most amazing tutor!
Peter Power
Teacher in charge of Music
The Southern Stones pictured below, L to R: Sophie Frantz, Beau Pemberton, Coby Power, Wylie Clarke, Lucy Smyth and Zoe Muir.

Southland Junior Adventure Racing

Last week the Southland Triathlon and Multi Sport Club held the annual Junior Southland Adventure Race at Sandy Point over two days . This event has grown considerably over the years and this year there were close to 700 athletes from 172 teams competing over the
two days.
This is a fantastic event that presents students the opportunity to work as a team, working through the challenges, often testing themselves in the process.

The overall placings were :

Year 7/8 section
1st SBHS Olympians (Nixon, Hunter, Quinn & Brock)
2nd = Menzies 1 (Beau, Wylie, Zoe and Lucy)
2nd = JHC Junior 11 (Xavier, Cohen, Lincoln & Blaze)

Year 9/10 section
1st Rednecks from Menzies College (Jake, Fletcher, Hudson & Cooper)
2nd = SBHS The Monkeys (Will, Henry, Travis & Hunter)
2nd = SBHS Unbeatables (Sam, Cooper, Ryan & Jake)

The trophy for the most teams from a school went to James Hargest College with 36 teams. There was fierce competition for this with SGHS with 25 teams and SBHS with 27 teams entered. Menzies College were definitely punching above their weight with 12 teams entered, and they delivered some outstanding results - we are very proud of everyone who took part!
Below: The Rednecks (Menzies Year 9 & 10 team) L to R: Hudson Roy, Jake Glynn, Cooper Kennedy and Fletcher McKinnel
Below: Menzies 1 (Year 7 & 8 Team)
L to R: Wylie Clarke, Beau Pemberton, Zoe Muir and Lucy Smyth.

Jonty Carran Memorial 10’s Rugby Tournament

The Jonty Carran Memorial 10's Rugby Tournament was held at Otautau on Friday. This saw our Menzies Year 7 & 8 boys and girls teams taking on other schools from all over Southland. The boys team played James Hargest College, Winton Primary/Lochiel combined, Limehills and St Peters College.
The girls team played Southland Girls High, Otautau, St Peter's College and Arowhenua Kotiro. Although the results were not in our favour, both teams had a great day out enjoying Rugby. A big thank you to the parents who helped out on the day.

Picture below, L to R:
Back row: Kymani Waikare-Parkes, Corbin Sargeson, Carter Dudley, Kingston Trevithick, Max Holland, Archie McKinnel, Jonty Rhodes, Diesel Ross, Benjamin Knapp, Kyan Knapp, Beau Pemberton
Front row: Jesse Cowan, Lincoln Haenga, Arlo Weston
The Menzies Girls team, L to R:
Back row: Erin Wallis, Mya McKelvie, Olivia Landreth, Odijay Mason-Guillard, Anita-Maree Ramage, Anahera Browne, Iyland Roberts and Briar Lee
Front row: Mikaela Instone, Hollie Kennedy and Olivia Manson.

Community Notices

Edendale Youth Group Term 4

The final Edendale Youth Group will be on Saturday 9th 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

A Notice from ICC Parks and Recreation

Donovan Park Masterplan
  • To help us plan for the future of Donovan Park, we are developing a 50 year masterplan to guide the long-term use, management and development of the Park. We would like to build views from schools (including students, parents and teachers) into our master planning work. Feedback closes 15 December 2023.
  • Here is the link to ICC Consultation page:
  • There is also the opportunity to provide written feedback on the Lets Talk Website Submission forms are located at the Invercargill Library and Te Hinaki Civic Administration Building on Esk Street and there will be public drop in sessions held. We are also happy to meet with people at a mutually convenient time and day.
Sandy Point Domain Management Plan
• Council is seeking feedback during stage one of the public engagement for the review of the Sandy Point Management Plan.
• Consultation with the public is the first step in the management plan process.
• Council is inviting you, pursuant to Section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977, to have your say on what your top priorities are for the next ten years using the Masterplan as a guideline. As part of this process, Council is also inviting you to provide feedback on the Masterplan.
• Your comments and suggestions will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the draft Sandy Point Management Plan. You will have a further opportunity to comment on the draft when it is released to the public.
• Written submissions can be made online by completing the survey Let’s Talk, where you can view the masterplan, find more information on the management plan development and make a submission: . There are also forms located at the Te Hinaki – Civic Administration Building, Esk Street and the Invercargill Library.
· The online survey is open until Wednesday 31 January 2024.
The 2024 Māori Education Trust Scholarship round is now open! We would appreciate if you would please distribute the attached flyer to your whānau within your rohe. Students (tauira) can apply online on our website or email us at for a physical application.
Our Secondary applications close Sunday, 31 Poutū-te-rangi (March), 2024 at 4:00pm.