June 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

23rd June 2023 - Term 2 Week 9

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Anyone who was at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill for the Southland Rock Quest were treated to a concert that ranged from country music to some very heavy metal.
The two Menzies bands Rangaandtherest (Ranga and the rest) and the Southern Stones were right at home amongst some seasoned performers showing composure and professionalism. The Southern Stones were the youngest (and cutest) band there. They were a definite crowd favourite and popular third place getters. A huge thanks to Peter Power for his ongoing work.
We all welcomed the news that the Government and the PPTA will enter arbitration to settle the Secondary Teachers Employment Contract. This brings an end to the rostering home.
The Paid Union Meeting scheduled for Thursday 29th June will still go ahead. The school will close at 12.30pm after lunch. Parents are welcome to pick students up at this time. Buses will run at their normal time with the exception of the Fortrose bus. It will be leaving at 12.35pm. Students who remain at school will be supervised until the end of the day.

Now that the roofing, fencing and Administration area upgrades are all but completed, we are planning for the next property projects to get underway. The first stage is remodeling the Technology Block toilets followed by creating more breakout space near the Art Room and behind Room 1 and 2. The Hall toilets and toilets near the Science Laboratories will also be remodeled. The final stage will be a library upgrade starting at the beginning of next year if everything goes to plan. Ajax from Gore have won the tender for the work and hope to get underway in the July holidays.

The Board of Trustees have reviewed the uniform policy and altered it to allow a Menzies College Sports Hoodie. This is part of the sports uniform and not able to be worn as part of the normal school uniform. The hoodie will be a Menzies Green with grey stitching and a red cord. The crest will be embroidered on the front left and the students surname will be on the back. This will mean the hoodie can be used for different sports and handed down to other family members. If teams are going to tournaments, this will be the hoodie they are expected to order unless there are special circumstances. Our sports coordinator will manage the ordering process. Further on in the newsletter is a picture of what the hoodie looks like, as well as a link to the Google order form .

This year Matariki falls during the holidays. On Friday 14th July the Matariki Celebration is again being hosted at the Waimumu Field Day Shed from 1.30-7pm. Please see the poster attached to the Newsletter. Menzies Kapa Haka groups will be performing at 4.30pm and 5.35pm. Last year they were outstanding and they are even better now. Please come along and support them and help celebrate Matariki.

Next Friday we will finish the term with a performance from the Kapa Haka group and a Whanau group concert. Encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone in a group performance is an important way that we build social and emotional capabilities. This is an important part of the culture of Menzies College. Please encourage your rangatahi (young adults) to attend and contribute. Spectators are also welcome.

Congratulations to:
  • Lewis McKelvie on his third place in the Lions Young Speechmaker
  • Zoe Muir who finished second in the 13 year old girls event at the Primary
    School Cross Country Championships last Friday
  • Hudson Roy was second in the Under 16 boys Southland Secondary Schools
    Cross Country event
  • Taine Byrne who gained a third in the Under 16 category for the South Island
    School Karate Tournament
  • Good luck to Jacob Stuck and Lachie Shepherd who are competing in the South Island
    Short Course Swimming Championships in Blenheim next weekend.
Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Whanau group concerts at school
  • Thursday 29th , Teachers paid union meeting, school finishes at 12.35pm
  • Friday 30 - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 17 - First day of Term 3
  • Tuesday 8 - Open evening

Achievement Slip Draw

The week 8 senior prize draw winners are:
Ruby Ritani, Kem Wanyo, Anna McMullen, Rueben Constantine and Mr Carl Lambert

The week 9 junior prize draw winners are:
Callan Campbell, Jasmine Bucknell, Tahlia Costello, Dusty Frost and Mrs Karen Clark.

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

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

Menzies Extra-Curricular Hoodie

Below is the link to take you to the order form for the New extra-curricular hoodie, mentioned above in Mrs Luoni's write-up and a picture showing what it will look like. To order you must use this link and order form, these are not available for purchase at the school office.

Order form

Menzies participation at Smokefree Rockquest

Menzies entered two bands into the Smokefree Rockquest on the 10th of June. Both performances were amazing and they represented Menzies College perfectly. They got to rub shoulders with Chris Mac, from Six60, backstage and The Southern Stones came away with 3rd place. This is fantastic as not many bands get a placing on their first attempt. Well done 'The Southern Stones' and 'therangaandtherest'. Thank you to the students, parents and teachers that attended to support our students, it was a memorable night!
Peter Power
Music Teacher
The Southern Stones

What's been happening in Food Technology?

The Year 10 Food Truck Challenge

The Year 10 Food Technology options class took part in a Masterchef/Food Truck challenge last Thursday. Each group was required to make a dish with enough servings for 40 people. A lot of fun was had, as students rose to the challenge of producing quality food under time pressure. The Year 10s and a select group of lucky staff members got to taste their way around the food room. A few teachers went home not needing dinner that night! Well done to the students who took part.
Alyssa Gauldie and Renee Crump with their
mini pizzas
Elise Knapp and her sweet and sour chicken.
Jessica Scobie and Tahlia Costello with their soft-shell chicken tacos.
Claire Young with her Vietnamese Pork bowls

Level 3 Food Technology Healthy Eating Resource

Maintaining a healthy diet is vital for overall well-being. By consuming a balanced mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, we provide our bodies with essential nutrients. A healthy diet supports optimal physical and mental health, boosts energy levels, enhances immunity, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Prioritise nourishing your body with wholesome foods for a vibrant and fulfilling life.
By Jack, Ralph, Arden and Victor
Year 13 Food Technology students

Some concrete evidence that the BCITO class have been busy!

Here's the BCITO team pouring concrete for our new permanent hangi pit. They're all involved placing and compacting the concrete, then floating it to finish. It's been a little 5 week job for them, on and off, to get the boxing round the pit, dig it out, placing and compacting hardfill and getting everything ready before Friday's final stage. They've done really well and we're looking forward to putting a fire in it after the school holidays once it is closer to curing!
Simon Pearce
Teacher in charge of BCITO

Lions Young Speechmaker Competition

Congratulations to Menzies Year 12 student Lewis McKelvie, who placed third, at the Lions Young Speechmaker competition on Saturday. Lewis delivered a speech titled "The man in the arena". A great result, the competition was a group of very strong orators!

Scientific Happenings

Year 8 Puia / Volcano Project

All Year 8 classes have been creating model puia / volcanoes as their final project for “What Lies Beneath” (our Geology unit) before we give them their assessment next week. There has been much fun, chaos and mess; but the results this year have been of a very high standard. Most groups have erupted their volcanoes, with the final group erupting on Wednesday.
Here are some images to show what the ākonga / students have been up to.
Cooper Thomson
Tearah Dobbs & Lincoln Haenga
Ella Kelly & Ella-Jay Davey

Year 12 - Oxbow Investigation

Level 2 Biology are still investigating the invertebrates and physical factors in the oxbow lake. This assessment will be ending at the start of next term so we can focus on the External. Here are some more images of the students hard at work.

NZ Certificate in Trade Skills Carpentry Strand

On Thursday, 8th June, Mrs Keil and Mr Pearce took 13 Students from year 10-12 that are interested in Carpentry to Te Pukenga (SIT) in Invercargill to look at the Level 3 course.
Some information we learnt about the course:
Level 3, 120 credits, 34 weeks full time study, 16 years or older.
3 courses run throughout the year. Intakes are February, March and August

The March intake this year is a pilot programme which has started under the He Toki Scholarship scheme for anyone over the age of 16.
18 Students max in the class, mix of age from 16 years, male and female.
The Scholarship is for Maori and Pasifika students, it is fully funded with extra funding to help with transport, hoodies, goal setting, drivers license, boots, and a tool kit which includes a Makita drill driver set, bag full of hand tools and wet weather jacket.
(First year students straight out of school is also free for all students)
This course starts in March and finishes around the 12th December.
The outcome of the course is to build a 3 bedroom transportable town house
Theory 30%: 26 theory assessments (open book)
4 E-portfolios of the work done on the house
The course is Monday-Wednesday, and Thursday is Maori carving with a highly qualified specialist tutor Te Mauri. The course also includes marae visits and encourage whanau involvement. Friday is for work experience (not compulsory - but recommended)
This year the He Toki course is building an education center that is going out to Waituna Lagoon in Waituna. The land has been bought by the Wai Parera trust and they are hoping to return it to its original state, together with the Awarua Runaka.
The first four weeks of the course before starting on the house they do some small projects making a sawhorse, Cape Cod chair and an oil stone box. They also complete working at heights at the high ropes course and first aid training.

We were met at SIT by Ryan Keil, one of the carpentry tutors and the Youth Guarantees team- who also explained the support they put in place for students. We then did a small tour of the Campus and headed over to the carpentry site where students got to have a look at the houses at various stages and a completed house. The Programme Manager Tony Lemin also came and spoke to the group. Ryan and Tony both said Menzies were the most engaged group they have had for a long time and were very impressed with our students. We also got to see the Thursday carving class in action and Te Mauri explained what they would be doing on those days.
We were lucky enough to get to visit the Sport and Rec department and had a quick look through the Automotive, Engineering and Joinery departments. The tutors were all really willing to chat to our group.

If anyone has any enquiries about the carpentry course you can email Ryan the Tutor directly. ryan.keil@sit.ac.nz

Katie Keil
Menzies Guidance Counsellor

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

Southland Primary Schools Cross Country Champs

Congratulations to the Menzies students who competed at the Southland Primary Schools Cross Country Champs on Friday 16th June. This is a very large event, attended by hundreds of Southland students. All of our students competed exceptionally well and were a credit to our school. A huge thank you to Tracey Ross who managed the team, Sophie Ross who attended as the team marshal; and to the parents who attended and supported the athletes.

The results for the Menzies competitors:
Zoe Muir - 2nd in the 13 yr old girls race
Stan Hunter - 6th in the 12yr old boys race
Diesel Ross - 11th place in the 13 yr old boys race
Kadence Hunter - 36th place in the 13 yr old girls race

Hayley Adam
Teacher in Charge of sport
Below: Zoe Muir, second place, at Prizegiving
Below, left to right: Kadence Hunter, Zoe Muir, Diesel Ross and Stan Hunter

Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country Event Held in Te Anau

On Tuesday, 20th July, the annual Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country event was held in Te Anau, with students from different secondary schools around the region participating. The event was well attended and we are proud to announce that three of our students, Hudson Roy, Jacob Stuck, and Leo Lenssen, participated in the event representing our school with great sportsmanship. While the event was challenging, our students did not shy away from the competition. It was an excellent opportunity for them to compete with their peers, and learn valuable lessons in sportsmanship and perseverance.
We would also like to express our gratitude to the parents who support our students. Your presence and encouragement makes a significant difference in their ability to participate.
We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements at the event and we look forward to seeing them continue to excel in their future endeavours.
  • Year 9 Boys - 3000m Jacob Stuck 12m 59sec
  • U16 Boys - 4000m - Hudson Roy 14m 54sec - second place, Leo Lenssen 17m 2 sec
Congratulations to everyone who participated in both of the cross country events, and a big thank you to the organisers and volunteers who made it all possible. Until next year's event, keep training and pushing yourselves to be the best that you can be!
Raelene Taylor
Sports Co-ordinator
Jacob Stuck amongst the year 9 boys
Hudson Roy on the right

Swimmers off to the South Island Short Course Swimming champs

Good luck to Year 8 swimming competitors Lachie Shepherd and Jacob Stuck, of Hokonui Aquatics, who are away to represent Southland next weekend in Blenheim at the South Island Short Course Championships.
Below, left to right: Lachie Shepherd and Jacob Stuck

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:
29th June – Mid winter dinner

A community message from the Gore Aquatic Centre

We’re such good sports at the Gore Aquatic Centre that a number of our staff have commitments as players, umpires or supporters at various national tournaments during the July school holidays.
This means we will be a bit thin on the ground, staff-wise, at the pool and will have to reduce our hours.

Temporary Opening Hours
From Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July the pool will be open daily from 10am to 6pm. This includes weekends.

As usual, our holiday lessons will start at 10am, and we’ll have the fun water toys out between 1pm and 4pm.
Aqua classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10:15am to 11am.

The temporary hours do NOT affect the MLT Event Centre.

We know you will join us in wishing all Gore District teams the very best in their bid for national honours