July 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

21st July 2023 - Term 3 Week 1

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Term 3 heralds the ‘business end’ of the school year. We expect a settled and focused learning environment with interruptions kept to a minimum. Students in Year 11 to 13 need to start planning for exam success. Practice School Exams are scheduled for Week 9 of term starting on Monday the 11th September. Senior students will be given the opportunity to learn revision and exam techniques early this term. We will also have the school open during the second week of the September holidays for tutorials and supported study.
Thank you for all the support for performers from Menzies College at the Māruawai Matariki
celebrations. We feel very proud of them and grateful to Peter Power, Samantha Johnstone and Lachie Hayes who have put in hundreds of hours to help coach and facilitate the performances.

Thank you to Sarah White for giving up her holidays to coach the Menzies Development Netball Team at the South Island Junior Secondary Schools Tournament in Christchurch. The team were fantastic ambassadors for Menzies College and were runner up for the team sportsmanship award for the Year 9 and 10 Combined grade of 32 students. The team finished Ninth with six wins and two losses.

We have confirmed with Uniform Group that they will continue to stock the Menzies
College uniform in their new store in Invercargill once H&J Smiths exits the market.

Congratulations to:

  • Shaelin Moir for representing the Kahui Ako as the model for the wearable art
    entry in the Matariki fashion show.
  • At the recent Division 2 Short Course Swimming Championships in Blenheim, Jacob Stuck gained personal best times in 50m Freestyle and Backstroke. Lachie Shepherd gained personal best times in 50m Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke as well as in 100m Freestyle and Backstroke. Sophie Ross gained personal best times in 50m Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke as well as in 100m Freestyle, Backstroke and in 200m Freestyle. Sophie was also a finalist in 100m and 200m Freestyle.
Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Thursday 27 - Southland Ki O Rahi tournament
  • Friday 28 - Moffett Cup
  • Tuesday 8 - Open evening
  • Wednesday 23 - House Haka/Waiata performance
  • Monday 28 - Friday 1 September - Tournament week
  • Monday 11 - Friday 15 - Senior practice exams
  • Monday 11 - Get2Go Challenge
  • Friday 22 - Last day of Term 3

Menzies College Open Night

We warmly welcome 2024 New Entrants and their whanau to join us on Tuesday 8th August to tour our school and meet our staff and students.
Mrs Luoni will give her address at 3.40pm in the school hall, followed by guided tours from students. We ask that all families are here by 6pm to ensure that they have time to look around before 7pm.

Achievement Slip Draw

The Term 2, Week 10 Senior prize draw winners are:
Alyssa Ozar, Brock Kelly, Shan Ramage, Anna Sinclair and Ms Sarah White

The Term 3, Week 1 Junior prize draw winners are:
Ryan Lemon, Jessica Scobie, Liam McGowan, Arena Tamanui and Ms Steph Parkinson

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

Menzies participation at the Māruawai Matariki Festival

Menzies dominated the 2023 Māruawai Matariki Festival, on Friday 14th July, with a large number of performers. This included two Kapa Haka groups and bands, singers, dancers and more. The event was slick and well attended with numbers in the thousands. Everyone who attended had positive feedback and was well fed.
A big thank you to all of the event founders and organisers, including our own Peter Power - thank you Peter for the work you put into organising and preparing our performers and stage managing on the night.
The Southern Stones
Lachie Hayes, supported by Coby and Peter Power
Year 11 band
Members of Nga Awa E Toru
Nga Awa E Toru - Menzies Kapa Haka Group
'Dance it Out' featuring Ellie McKelvie
Alazhe Meihana-Te Whata
Maddie Elliott

Matariki Wearable Arts and Fashion Show

Here is a photo of Shaelin Moir, modelling some wearable art at the Ngā Whetū Katoa Matariki Māori & Pasifika Wearable Art and Fashion Show 2023 at the Invercargill Working Men’s Club, on Thursday 13th July. The creation that Shaelin is modelling was created by senior students from the Lower Mataura Valley Te Hurihanganui Schools.

Careers/Transition Department

Career Fest – Southland

Career Fest will be held in the ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill on Thursday 27th
July (week 2 Term 3). Menzies College is booked (for all of our year 11 and 12 students) for the Thursday 10am – 12.30pm slot.
Buses will leave school after period one and will be arriving back at around 12.15pm (in time for
lunch). Permission slips were sent home with students on Monday 17th July. It's great to see that so many have been returned already. If you still have one to return please hand this into the office.

Exhibitors on the Day
CareerFest Southland will have a range of exhibitors from across Southland and all over
New Zealand attending the expo on the day, including education providers, industry
training organisations and specialists, corporate and business sector, and government
All exhibitors offer a range of services and opportunities for people exploring their future career options. The expo is a fantastic opportunity for our students to investigate their options further and find out just what each organisation has to offer them.
Before we go along, take the opportunity to browse this year's exhibitor profiles,
discover what they have to offer, visit their websites and prepare yourself to get the
most out of the expo in July and firm up your career options.
For more information, visit www.careerfest.co.nz and check out their web page.
Click below to go straight to the website.
Careerfest Website

Lincoln Joyce
Careers Support

Kaiwera Windfarm Blade Display Visit

On Tuesday, 27th June our students were given the opportunity to view a blade from Mercury Energy’s Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm. Mercury Energy had staff members present to answer questions and explain the project to the public. Thanks also to Leanne and David Scobie and their transport team for talking us through the logistics of transporting the components of this project. The share scale of this project is incredibly impressive! Below is a link to the Ensign article covering Menzies' visit to the display.

The Ensign Article

Bus information

If your child/student needs to go on a different bus after school – you will need to contact the school office on (03) 206 4979.
The school will then issue a bus pass for the student for that day.
Please state which bus they will be going on.
This request must come from the parent/guardian of the student changing buses.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Steph Parkinson
Teacher in charge of buses

Kapa Haka Fundraiser

Next week Wednesday and Friday at Interval, for sale to Menzies students and staff, at the Foods room. Bring some cash and support our fundraiser.

SISS Junior Netball Tournament 2023

The Menzies College Development team went to Christchurch during the holidays, to compete at the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Tournament. As is common with this annual tournament, we left Wyndham in snow and were met by sunshine in Christchurch.
Eight games in three days were played. We had a loss first up to Cromwell College, which woke us up for the 2 following games, both resulted in wins.
Game one of day two against Queens was a lesson in big losses!!! We went down 44-10. Queens went on to win the competition.
The big loss motivated the girls and they played their hearts out, winning the next five games. The highlight being our final game against Verdon College. This game went into extra time!
It was a pleasure to coach the team and watch their skills develop as the three days went on.
Many thanks to our manager Kath Luoni for navigating us around Christchurch, feeding us well and keeping the scorecards accurate.

Sarah White

The Get2Go Challenge

We are currently taking entries for the 2023 GET2GO challenge in Queenstown on
September 11. Please go to this link to register your child or to find out further information.

Active Southland Multicultural Sports Day

The Active Southland Multicultural Sports Day is being held on Thursday 17th August. Please keep an eye on the Sports noticeboard outside the hall for details on how to register.

Menzies Rugby Club Notice

Menzies Rugby subs are now due for all grades - U18, U16, U14 and A Grade are all $60. Girls year 9/10 are $30. Can these subs please be paid to Menzies Rugby 03-0962-0066078-000 with players name and grade as reference. Any queries or problems, please text Louise 0220659110.

Menzies College Winter Sports

With winter sports season now in full swing for most codes, here are some useful Facebook links for players/supporters of winter sports. You'll find some great action shots from games and other useful notices.

Menzies College Netball

Netball Eastern Southland

Menzies Rugby

Menzies College Soccer

Invercargill Hockey Association

Eastern Southland Basketball Association

Southland Secondary Schools Sports

Menzies Hockey Fundraiser Movie Night

If you would like to secure a ticket to this event please email katrina.ritani@menzies.school.nz
Book the babysitter and bring a car load!
There will also be door sales on the night.

Information on the Menzies Concerns Policy

Community Notices

Quiz night - Happening tonight, Friday 21st July

Tuturau Hall Quiz night and Bake Auction
Friday 21 July - 7pm start at the Tuturau Hall, Shanks Road, Tuturau
$5 per person, teams of 4, pay at the door
Complimentary drinks, nibbles and supper.
8 categories of 8 questions.
Good prizes - Home baking to be auctioned in between each set of questions
A fun evening in support of a local hall!
Contact Sue Crighton 0273189175 for further details
Monday 24th – Wednesday 26 July 2023
Calling all students, newbies and curious folk! No experience is required to attend our beginner’s Crossbred course at Jeff Farm in Southland!!
LEARN - crutching, wool handling, penning & pressing
INCLUDED - meals and accommodation
Cost $750 incl gst (includes accommodation and meals)
Beginners: No prior experience required

ALL Training:
- Aged 16+ with a signed parental/guardian permission for all 16-18 year-olds
(they will send you the form if this applies)
- Anyone with their own email address and access to a device for access to the
online training before coming along to the practical in-shed course
- Anyone who can sort their own travel to and from the shed/station at the
beginning and the end of the in-shed training days
Sounds like a bit of you??
Email your interest to hello@womolife.co.nz
For more details
For Sponsorship to attend this please contact Community Connector Gail Poole 0276000575 for more information


Below are the dates for the Edendale Youth Group for Term 3:
Saturday 22nd July - Car Scavenger Hunt, start 7pm
5th August - Games Night
19th August - Sense Night
2nd September - Word of Life- games
The last night will be confirmed (either the 16th or 23rd)
Anyone Year 9 and up is welcome, just come along and bring a friend.
7.30pm-10.30 at the Christian Activity Centre, George St, Edendale
Contact Johno & Becs Ferguson 0274124941

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.
If you are interested in being part of this event organising team contact the Edendale Primary School office at admin@edendaleps.school.nz or 03 206 6959.