May 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

26 May 2023 - Term 2 Week 5

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

A welcome surprise came our way last week when Fern Fuel for Schools contacted us to say that there was nearly $2000 ready for redemption. As a result the Music Department will get an electronic drum and throne kit and the Physical Education Department will get a Touch Rugby and Hockey kit. Thank you to the local
businesses/farms who receive bulk fuel deliveries from Fern, and nominate Menzies College as the recipients of a 50 cent donation for every 100 litres of bulk fuel they
purchase. It quickly adds up.
Today half of Year 8 head to Deep Cove camp, with the second group going in on
Monday. This is an iconic camp for Southland, offering an experience that is truly
unique. Thank you to Sharee Knapp for all of the work that she has put into the
organisation and to all staff and parents who are giving up their time to contribute.
We look forward to finding out who gets the bragging rights for catching all the fish.
Year 9 students are off to Tautuku camp next week,with Tim Landreth and Sarah
White taking the Year 12 and 13 Outdoor Education students in from Sunday, to
prepare them to lead the Year 9 groups.
Thank you to Matt Cook for all of the work he has put into the organisation and to all staff and parents who are giving up their time
to contribute.
Thirteen staff (over one third of our teaching staff) are involved in the organisation and
delivery of these camps. It is a big ask. Students getting involved, showing respect and helping out is all they ask in return. Normal school rules apply on all camps.

Staff were pleased to hear that the Ministry of Education has committed to working
with urgency to settle their contract. All industrial action has been suspended until 30

The recent Government Budget confirmed that the lunches in schools programme
will continue in 2024.

Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • 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
  • Wednesday Year 9-13 Subject Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 30 - Last day of Term 2

The PTA needs your help!

Next week, Wednesday 31st May & Thursday 1st June

Do have students away at camp and are wondering how to fill the lonely evening hours?
Do you have a sports tournament to fundraise for?

A note from the Well-being Hauora Committee

Thank you for all your support during Bully Free NZ Week and especially for everyone who dressed in pink on our Pink Shirt Day. We raised $355.40 for the Mental Health Foundation to create resources to help to reduce bullying in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Achievement Slip Draw

The week 4 senior prize draw winners are:
Kimberly McDonald, Logan van der Straaten, Kimberly Orr, Tessa Ayers and Mr Dakin

The week 5 junior prize draw winners are:
Chris Vesey, Olivia Manson, Cooper Thomson, Joshua Blaikie and Miss Soper

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

Otago Tertiary Information Day

On Monday the 8th of May a group of 30 Year Twelve and Thirteen students made the trip to the Otago Tertiary Open Day. This trip was able to answer some good questions that students had on what University life looks like. This was a great day to be able to go in and have the lecturers and professors outline what the course looks like and have a good view into the papers that they were offering. I would like to thank our bus driver who did an amazing job getting us there and back safely, Mr Joyce for organising this trip and making it possible, and Mr Bennett for coming along to watch over our safe travels to the Meridian Mall.
Jacob Harvey,
Year 12 Student

What's happening in the English Department?

Level One English

One of the Year 11 English classes has been engrossed in a new novel, The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. The class has thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It shows a county of people who treat their women in a way which is very odd to us. It takes a lot to understand where they’re coming from and why they would behave this way. It has made us reflect on our own liberties and the way we treat each other.
The images show the thinking of four students as they read the novel. There’s images, symbols and quotes depicting the decoding process they went through. The images are really interesting when we compare the elements some students found impactful over others.
It’s been really gratifying to see the high level of engagement from the students. The English Department is constantly on the look out for new and fresh text ideas and when we pick up a great option, such as this, we feel very fortunate.
Sharee Knapp
Left to right: Work by Alyssa Ozar and Ruby Ritani
Left to right: Work by Amy van der Straaten and Sarri Penus

Level Two English

This week we’ve been learning about identity. We have been exploring the question: how do we create our identity? This has been based on the theory that memories, body and soul all play a part in creating who we are. To really look at this, we brought in baby photos and reflected on what it would take for us to not identify with the person in the image. Or, maybe we already don’t. It’s a little bit of philosophy, for a challenge.
Sharee Knapp

Here’s the cute photos of the Level Two English class…can you pick who they are?

Social Science happenings

Students in 10SA and 10SK got to experience life as a European migrant settler of the 1840's, trading their goods to gain resources to help construct rudimentary shelters such as V-huts. These huts had to survive rain, wind and earthquake tests, and the students did an excellent job - using inventive techniques and negotiation skills to barter for what they needed.

Fabulous Footwear in the Art Room

This term 8LH has been creating sculptures from upcycling old shoes. The sculptures are based on the artwork of Robert Tabor, an American artist who has worked in graphic visual display, interior design and costume design for Mattel Toys, MT, Macy’s and received many design awards.
Firstly students had to find out about the designer and then create several sketches based on his artworks. The next stage was to develop one idea from these initial sketches to make into a sculpture. Students were given plaster bandages, old card boxes, foam packing, plastic, tape, glue and lots of odds and ends to work with. They will form part of the Art display on open night next term. Here are a few of the class’ creations.
Wendy Ritson

Menzies College PTA AGM invitation

You are invited to the PTA AGM, Wednesday 7th June, 7pm in the school staffroom.
General meeting will be held as well.

We meet as needed. Our current project is fruit trees for the school, funding received.
We also have the catering fundraiser coming up. We are hoping whanau will make the most of the opportunity to fundraiser for tournaments and the ski trips.

A great chance to get involved in the wider life of the school and meet other parents.
Any questions, please call Sue Scobie, 0274289900.

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

Firewood for Sale!

The Menzies Senior hockey team are selling firewood (Mixed - Bluegum, Macrocarpa, Pine) for $90/m. The team are travelling to the South Island Secondary Schools mixed hockey tournament in Oamaru in August this year. The wood will be delivered and stacked by the team. There are 10 metres available to purchase.
Please email Dean Ritani - if you are interested, with the number of metres required and a contact phone number.
Dean Ritani
Hockey Coach

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

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:
27th May – Sharks basketball game
10th June – Quiz
29th June – Mid winter dinner