March 2023 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

17 March 2023 - Term 1 Week 7

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Our apologies for the newsletter being a week late. This is due to a last minute change to our ability to access the application that we used to share the contents. We have moved from Smore to an application that is run through the school website. This has the added advantage of being able to access email, the Menzies College website and Instagram via the icons in the top right hand corner.
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Week 7 already. It was fantastic to once again see whānau back supporting at Athletics. Thank you to Hayley Adam for organising such a successful day. It was obvious that the House Leaders and Heads of House had been working hard behind the scenes to maximise House Points. House spirit was evidenced by rousing challenges, high levels of participation and fierce competition.

Our first Full School assembly run by the Student Council was very successful, a highlight was Year 13 students sharing some of the skits they entertained Year 7 with at camp. We are looking forward to the contributions that the committees make to Menzies College and the wider school community this year. The Sports Committee are already underway with a Touch Rugby competition and the Mana Maori Committee has started off with a very successful fundraiser to raise money for Tangoio Marae.

Thank you to the whanau who attended the meet the teachers event last Thursday. It was an opportunity to start to build relationships with whanau teachers. Mark Kerslake presented information as part of the Health Curriculum consultation and Dean Ritani presented on cyber safety. This year we are following up in school meet the teacher opportunities with meetings in Mataura and Tokanui in the following weeks. This is to foster better relationships with whānau for the benefit of all akonga (learners).

Thank you to Sarah White, Eamon Dakin and Jonny Brown for organising Paddles Up and camping with students at Mavora two weeks ago. Also thank you to Sarah White, Tim Landreth and Katie Keil for running the High Jump and supporting student’s from Menzies College at the Southland Athletics event last weekend.

Thank you for keeping students home yesterday. Teachers do not take this action lightly and the loss of a day’s pay is significant in any household budget. We all hope there is a swift resolution.

Congratulations to:

  • Competitors in the Southland Triathlon Championships. Diesel Ross and Zoe
    Muir won their individual age groups. The team of Josie McLellan, Ethan
    Stewart and Ben Guthrie won the Under 18 age group and the team of Sophie
    Frantz, Hudson Roy and Daisy Stewart who were second in their age group
  • Congratulations to Zoe Muir who broke the 1500m and 800m age group
    records at the school athletics
  • Kody Crump and Hunter Richards for being selected in the Rugby Southland
    Pre-Academy for the second year in a row.
  • The Menzies College Paddles Up team of Alex Hoffman, Sophie Leitch, Asha
    Dickson, Tessa Wishart, Sophie Frantz, Josh Landreth and Tom Blackmore
    who all paddled with distinction at Mavora last weekend. It was a very proud
    moment when the team won the trophy for the top Southland team
  • James Scobie who was part of the Hokonui Celtic Band that placed second in
    both the medley and street march and forth overall in their grade at the New
    Zealand Pipe Band National Championships in Christchurch last weekend.
  • Leo Lensen and Livai Porima for making the 100m finals in their age groups
    at Southland Athletics last weekend. Leo Lenssen also made the 200m final.
    Jacob Stuck was third in the High Jump. Sophie Ferguson was second in the
    400m, 800m and Triple Jump event. Hudson Roy was second in the 1500m
    event. Well done to everyone who represented the school.

Nga mihi
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Thursday 30 - RSA scholarship applications close
  • Friday 31 - School Ball
  • Thursday 6 - Last day Term 1
  • Monday 24 - Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 25 - Anzac Day
  • Wednesday 26- Term 2 begins

Menzies Athletics Day

House competition

The field was a wash with orange, purple, yellow and blue on Monday the 27th of March. Students participation was high and points were gained for houses, and every point counted as the differential fluctuated throughout the day. At the end of it all Totara came out on top with 544 points. Congratulations to all students who ticked up points throughout the athletics programme.
Final results TOTARA 544, RATA 537, MATAI 513, RIMU 425

Records and Champions

Zoe Muir took two school records:
U13 girls Discus - 2023, Zoe Muir, 22.51m. Previously set -1999, Bronwyn Rogers ,22.05m
U13 girls 1500m -2023, Zoe Muir, 5m 41s. Previously set -1994, Michelle Beer, 6m 06.6s
Congratulations Zoe, what an awesome achievement.
Congratulations also to our athletics champions:
U12 - Ollie Glynn-Scobie and Iyland Roberts
U13 - Arlo Western and Zoe Muir
U14 - Hudson Roy and Sophie Frantz
U15 - Leo Lenssen and Daisy Stewart
U16 - Alex Hoffman and Amy van der Straaten
U19.5 - Hunter Richards and Sophie Ferguson
The house parade - Rata (yellow), Rimu (blue), Matai (orange) and Totara (purple)
Rata House

Menzies Reporting 2023

Face to Face


Senior subject confirmation - Yr 11-13
Term 1 - Week 1 - 31st Jan, 1 Feb
Whole school, meet the whanau teachers sausage sizzle/cyber safety/Health consultation discussion.
Term 1 - Week 6 - Thursday 9th March
Yr 9-13 Subject based conferences followed by Yr 7 & 8 Homeroom Conferences.
Term 2 - Week 8
Term 2 - Week 9
Y9-13 Whanau Conferences
Term 3 - Week 10
Yr 7&8 Homeroom Conferences
Term 4 - Week 6/7

Attitude to Learning Grades (Managing Self and Relating to Others) - These grades will be posted on Edge monthly. These grades are underpinned by targeted activities that give learners the opportunity to develop and display these two key competencies.

Learning logs - Teachers and learners will be able to place comments/feedback/pictures around the learning that takes place in each student's subject classes. These google sites that are set up by the learner are to be shared with teachers and parents. Students are given time to reflect on comments and are encouraged to record their own thoughts/comments around their learning. This is a great tool for parents to keep up to date with their child’s learning.

Reports - A final end of year summative report for every Yr 9-13 student will be made by their whanau teachers based on their achievements and Learning Log comments by subject teachers. The Yr 7&8 Homeroom teachers will complete the summative report for the Yr 7&8 students.

Achievement Slip Draw

With the weekly draw starting in Week 6 we will be running a draw for both juniors and seniors each week, until the end of Term 1 to catch up. From Term 2 onwards we will be drawing juniors and seniors week-about. Congratulations to all our winners....

Our week 6 winners were:
Juniors - Aisha Raluto, Livai Porima, Elise Knapp, Erin Wallis and Mrs Wendy Ritson
Seniors - Narnie McKenzie, Logan van der Straaten, James Abella, Olivia Perriam and Ms Steph Parkinson.

Our week 7 winners are:
Juniors - Jessica Alksne, Hollie Kennedy, Abrieanna Keay, Jesse Howe and Miss Sam Johnstone
Seniors -Trent Reriti, Jacob Harvey, Luke Bryson, Anna Sinclair and Mrs Karen Clark.
Please collect your $5 canteen vouchers from the school office during break times.

Introducing our Head Students for 2023

Name: Hunter Richards
Position held: Head Student Year: 13
Subjects studying: Physics, English, Chemistry, Statistics, Calculus, Outdoor
Academic achievements: Overall Merit Endorsement In NCEA Level 1 & 2
Sports: Rugby, Basketball, Triathlon
Interests/Hobbies: Surfing, flying planes and anything to do with Rugby
Ambitions: To apply for the Air Force as an Air Warfare Officer
Best about Menzies: Everyone knows each other which makes school a safe and comfortable environment

Name: Naidene Wilson-Hemara
Position held: Head Student Year: 13
Subjects studying: English, Chemistry, Agribusiness, Outdoor, Health
Academic achievements: Overall Merit Endorsement in NCEA level 1 and 2
Sports: Netball, Basketball
Interests/Hobbies: Anything in the outdoors
Ambitions: To work in the healthcare industry and travel the world
Best about Menzies: The teacher-student relationships and how this helps with learning in the classroom

Name: Sophie Ferguson
Position held: Deputy Head Student Year: 13
Subjects studying: Chemistry, Agribusiness, Geography, Health, Statistics
Academic achievements: Overall Excellence Endorsement in NCEA Level 1 and 2
Sports: Netball, Basketball, Athletics
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, playing the piano and helping at youth programs
Ambitions: Occupational therapist, netball
Best about Menzies: The connections between students in whanau groups

Name: Sar Latanafrancia
Position held: Deputy Head Student Year: 13
Subjects studying: Chemistry, Physics, English, Statistics, Calculus
Academic achievements: Overall Excellence Endorsement in NCEA Level 1, Overall Merit Endorsement Level 2
Sports: Basketball, Volleyball
Interests/Hobbies: Training for basketball and volleyball and going out for a run.
Ambitions: Civil Engineer
Best about Menzies: The vast opportunities and the support that Menzies offers.

Year 10 Art

So far this term Year 10 Art students have been studying the work of American artist Jim Dine. He has worked in a variety of mediums and styles throughout his career. He is known for making images of ordinary household and common place objects. The students have been emulating his lithographs of shed tools by using charcoal and paint. This is an opportunity for students to learn about proportion, scale, form, applying texture, as well as working in charcoal.Here are four artworks made by talented students showing their exploration of Dine's work.
Left to right: Nicholle Bedrijo and Martin Lomboy
Left to right: Indi MacDonald and Tahlia Costello

Menzies College is now on Instagram

Menzies College is now on Instagram. Check out our new page and give us a 'follow'.
This is to be used as a great way to share what we get up to at school - in the classroom, or in the cultural/sporting arena. This is not to be used as a line of communication by students or caregivers. Please continue to use our school phone, email or app to send through communication as we have limited the ability to receive messages on the Instagram app.

Our Menzies College 2023 Paddles-Up Team

Southland Secondary School Athletics Champs

Left to right: Livai Porima, Jacob Stuck and Leo Lenssen competing.

Donations request for Sports Department

We would appreciate the donation of any unwanted clothes hangers for our Sports department, to use for storing our growing number of sports uniforms. These can be left at the office if you are able to help us out.

Basketball Registrations 2023

Anyone who is interested in playing basketball for Menzies College in 2023 needs to follow the link below to find all the information about the season and to register.
Menzies Basketball Registration

Community Notices

Edendale R.S.A. Education Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Edendale R.S.A. to assist students of the district (Wyndham/Edendale), past students of Menzies College or direct descendants of past members of the Edendale R.S.A. in the first, second or third years of tertiary study. Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 30 March 2023. Applications are now open and full details are available from the Menzies College office.