June 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

9th June 2023 - Term 2 Week 7

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing break over King’s Birthday weekend. We are nearly half way through the year for Year 11-13 students. This is often a time when students are under pressure from competing interests such as commitments to sports, work and school. Periods of absence can intensify this pressure. We are well aware that rostering home contributes to this.
The Collective Contract has not been settled, therefore industrial action will continue for the rest of the term. This includes increased rostering home. The details are later on in the newsletter.

This is also the time of year when students start to make plans for the coming year. It is important that lines of communication between home and school are maintained when students are feeling under pressure. The Parent/Teacher interviews on Wednesday 14th June are an opportunity to have discussions about learning, future planning and anything else that is relevant.

Menzies is a hive of activity today despite the frigid temperatures. At lunch time over half the students were occupied playing or supporting House Basketball, handball, kicking a ball around or playing basketball outside. The Year 11 Friday BCITO group have been busy all morning completing the boxing for the hangi pit under the tuition of Simon Pearce. All systems were go when the concrete truck arrived just before lunch.

Thank you to all the staff and parents who contributed their time and skill to ensuring
that Deep Cove and Tautuku camps were successful.

Congratulations to
  • Nga Awa Toru (the Kapa Haka group) for their second place in the school’s section of “Freeze Your Bits Off” competition last Friday as part of the Tussock Country celebrations in Gore.
  • Sophie Ferguson and Hunter Richards who will be the recipients of the YOUTHMARK awards for 2023. They were chosen for their sporting and academic achievements.
  • Jack Ramage for representing Southland at the New Zealand Under 19 basketball tournament last weekend.
Good luck to:
  • Alyssa Gauldie, competing as part of the Southland Woman’s artistic gymnastics team in Tauranga in the July holidays.
  • Savanah Costello and Lewis McKelvie, competing in the Lions Young Speechmaker competition in Tapanui on June 17th.
Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Wednesday 14 - Year 9-13 Subject Teacher Conferences
  • Monday 19 - 21 - Year 7 & 8 Conferences
  • Friday 30 - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 17 - First day of Term 3

Teacher Strike Rostering Home Days

The PPTA has advised Menzies College that rostering home will occur for the following year groups, on these days:

Week 8
  • Monday 12th - Year 11 & Year 12
  • Tuesday 13th - Year 9 & Year 13
  • Wednesday 14th - Year 10 & Year 11
  • Thursday 15th - Year 12 & Year 13
Week 9
  • Monday 19th - Year 9 & Year 10
  • Tuesday 20th - Year 11 & Year 12
  • Wednesday 21st - Year 9 & Year 13
  • Thursday 23rd - Year 10 & Year 11
Week 10
  • Monday 26th - Year 12 & Year 13
  • Tuesday 27th - Year 9 & Year 10
  • Wednesday 28th - Year 11 Year 12
  • Thursday 29th - Year 9 & Year 13

Year 9 - 13 Subject teacher conferences

Subject teacher conferences will be held at Menzies College Hall on Wednesday the 14th June between 3:45 and 7:30pm.

Please book in Interviews with teachers on the following website:


Enter the code: yg4yt

You can book interviews for all of your children with as many subject teachers as you like.

School reports for Yr 7-10 students will be sent out before the conferences.

Yr 7 & 8 Homeroom conferences

Yr 7 & 8 Homeroom conferences will be held in the Menzies College Library from Monday the 19th June to Wednesday 21st of June, between 1pm and 7pm.

Monday 19th June - Carl Lambert (8CL)
Tuesday 20th June - Samantha Johnstone (8SJ)/Kyllee Smith (8SJ), Lachlan Hayes (8LH)
Wednesday 21st June - Lesley Lee (7LL), Bailey Soper (BA)

Please book in Interviews with teachers on the following website:


Enter the code: c4g3e

School reports for Yr 7-10 students will be sent out before the conferences.

Environment Committee Mufti Day

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to our mufti day. This is a great start to our planned community pantry based at Wyndham Playground. Please drop off items at the pantry or Menzies Office if you would like to contribute.
Chloe Laurie, Kem Wanyo and Ruby Ritani with a small portion of the items donated.
Cody Turnbull, Tyler Olive and helper (obscured)

Achievement Slip Draw

The week 6 senior prize draw winners are:
Josie McLellan, Liana Gauldie, Sam Ramage, Peyton Lawson and Mrs McKelvie

The week 7 junior prize draw winners are:
Kadence Hunter, Martin Lomboy, Alex Stuck, Hemi Worthington and Mrs Adam.

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

Year 8 camps - Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound

From the 26th of May until the 1st June, our Year 8 camps went to Deep Cove for camp. This happened in two groups - 8SJ and half of 8CL from Friday to Monday and the the rest of 8CL and 8LH from Monday to Thursday. Some of our favourite things that we did on camp were walking up Hanging Valley, seeing the Helena Falls, hearing kiwis, seeing glow worms and catching heaps of fish. We caught heaps of little spotty fish and some of the kids even caught little sharks. One of the nights we went for a walk and saw some glow worms. Mrs Luoni brought a speaker and called the Kiwis, we heard at least three of them. One of our other highlights was walking to Helena Falls. They were massive, due to all of the rain we couldn't get very close but it was still pretty cool though. The best part of camp was probably walking up The Hanging Valley Trail. Nearly all of us got up and the view was stunning from up there! We also found a massive worm. One of the other highlights was going on a big cruise through Doubtful Sound and out into the Tasman Sea. When we got out there it was very rough and some people got a wee bit seasick, including our teachers. Miss Johnstone handed out some gingernut biscuits and that made everyone feel a wee bit better. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped us get there. We hope you had an awesome camp too!
By Year 8 students - Hollie Kennedy, Olivia Manson & Nadine Abella

Year 9 camp - Tautuku

Last week the year 9 students went on camp at Tautuku. We were accompanied by year 12 and 13 Outdoor leaders, a handful of parents, and some relaxed teachers. Camp started off with a bang. When we arrived, we chose our bunks, ate lunch, and learned some ballroom dancing. Then we got to know our groups by rotating around a bunch of different Adventure Based Learning games. These included things like archery, flying fox, rock climbing, and other strategy games. Wednesday and Thursday were action filled. Each day we did three activities. These activities were: abseiling; bush navigation; Bear Grylls challenges; kayaking; a confidence course; and service. Most of these activities were full on, so we were hungry. Thanks to the wonderful cooks we didn't go without food. We got fed things like mac’n’cheese, spaghetti bolognese, scones, muffins and of course a good dessert every night. After dinner, groups were paired up to go and do our night activities, which were beach games, bush solo and sauna/food prep. Camp was a great experience for everyone and we all went home with lots of stories to tell. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great time.
By Year 9 student, Sophie Frantz

Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme

Menzies were the lucky recipients of a hockey training kit and a touch rugby kit, purchased for our school by Fern Energy, as part of their Fuel for schools sponsorship programme. Pictured here is Fern Energy's Eastern Southland Rural Sales Manager Russell Smart, presenting the sports equipment to our Head of department for PE & Health, Mr Mark Kerslake and students Stan Hunter and Joe Kennedy. We also excitedly await the delivery of a new drum kit in a couple of weeks.

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 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

Exhibitors on the Day
Career Fest 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

Creative Writing Club

Creative writing club has been meeting every Wednesday lunchtime in the library with Miss Haanen (pictured) and Mrs Brown. So far this year we've written a variety of texts from short stories to cryptic poems that give directions on a fantasy map. We even invented some new words along the way!
Freya Haanen - English teacher

Kapa Haka

Tēnā koutou,
Last Friday Ngā Awa E Toru competed in the ‘Freeze Ya Bits off Busking’ competition in Gore. This was the first year that there has been a high school competition so this was a new, enjoyable experience for all of us. Ngā Awa E Toru performed extremely well and were fortunate enough to place second in the competition and this came with a cash prize of $250.

Ngā mihi to those who came along, watched, supported us and gave a koha. It really means a lot to all of us.
Ngā mihi nui,

Samantha Johnstone and Lachie Hayes

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

National U19 Basketball tournament

Pictured are Menzies College Year 13 student Jack Ramage (player no. 6) and Northern Southland student Adam Bayer (player no.13) playing for Southland at NZ U19 tournament in Rangiora. Adam plays in the Menzies Basketball team and is off to Nelson with our Tournament team. Southland came away with 1 win. They lost a game in overtime and two other games they only lost by less than 15 points. A big step up for the boys with very physical and rather large opponents. Most of the team are eligible for the U19 team again next year. Jack averaged 13 points per game, an impressive tally for a National tournament. Well done Jack!
Jack Ramage in action
Jack Ramage and Adam Bayer

Southland Gymnastics

Well done to Alyssa Gauldie who was selected for the Southland gymnastics team , who will compete at the NZ National Championships in Tauranga in July.
Alyssa will be competing in the Southland Women's Artistic Gymnastics team. We wish you well Alyssa and look forward to hearing of your results.

Menzies College Netball Club - Umpiring session

Menzies College Netball Club are holding an umpiring session for all players on Tuesday the 13th June from 3.30 – 4.30pm.
This will be held at the College.
The expectation is that all Menzies Netball players attend this session.

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.

The next meeting of the 2025 Jubilee Committee is to be held on Monday 26th June starting at 7.00 pm in the Edendale Primary School staffroom. 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.

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:
10th June – Quiz
29th June – Mid winter dinner