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Menzies College Newsletter

31st May 2024 - Term 2 Week 5

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

King's Birthday weekend marks a busy time for many families in our community with ‘Moving Day’ changes. I hope the weather is kind and that it is a smooth transition for everyone. Please advise the school of changes of schools or addresses as soon as possible and contact the relevant bus company, if student’s will be on a different route.
Thank you to Matt Cook, Tim Landreth and numerous other staff and parents for organising and running another very successful Tautuku camp for the Year 9 group. This is a unique camp as activities are mainly run by the Year 12 and 13 Outdoor Leadership group under the guidance of Tim Landreth.

Half of Year 8 head to Deep Cove camp on Tuesday after King’s Birthday weekend, with the second group going in next Friday. 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 of 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 of the fish.

Camps are a big commitment for Menzies College, both financially and in staff time. The Board of Trustees are committed to keeping them going as it forms a big part of our special character. Please encourage your rangatahi (young people) to show their appreciation by thanking the students and staff who make it possible. Please also make arrangements to pay for camps to ensure their continuity for years to come.

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Don’t forget that Tuesday 4th June is a Teachers Only Day. We are focusing on literacy.

Good luck to Kaedyn Ramage who is competing in the Otago/Southland Mana Korero (speech competition) in Invercargill today.

Congratulations to:
  • Dwayne Rivas who has been selected in the Southland Under 16 B Basketball team
  • Sam Ramage, Jamie Read and Ben Laurie who have been selected in the Eastern Southland Under 18 Basketball team
  • Jacob Stuck and Maddix Dickson who have been selected in the Eastern Southland Under 16 B Basketball team
Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Below: L to R - Dwayne Rivas, Jacob Stuck and Maddix Dickson
Below: L to R - Sam Ramage, Jamie Read and Ben Laurie

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 4 (Juniors) Ella Jay Davey, Hollie Kennedy, Luca Bennett, Lucy Smyth and Mrs Emma Hamilton

Week 5 (Seniors) Roman Winiata, Gabby Shepherd, Paige McEwan, Rueben Constantine and Mrs Sharee Knapp

Please come to the office in your break times to collect your $5 canteen voucher.

Important Dates

  • Monday 3 - Kings Birthday
  • Tuesday 4 - Teachers Only Day - school closed
  • Tuesday 4 -Friday 7 - Year 8 Deep Cove camp 8SJ
  • Friday 7 - Monday 10 - Year 8 Deep Cove Camp 8CL
  • Tuesday 18 - Year 9-13 subject conferences
  • Thursday 20 - Friday 21 - Year 13 Chemistry trip to Dunedin
  • Thursday 27 - Board of Trustees meeting
  • Friday 28 - Matariki - School closed
  • Wednesday 3 - Haka Waiata Competition
  • Friday 5 - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 22 - First day of Term 3

What's Behind Those Masks?

The year 10 Art class has been busy working on their mask unit, inspired by the theme New Zealand. They used sculpture techniques to build the form and alter the shape of the masks they were supplied. They are really pleased with their results. They've done a wonderful Job.
We are now moving onto a unit inspired by the artist Sam Mitchell. To develop our painting skills we have been completing a range of blending tasks before moving onto painting roses and exploring the reverse painting technique employed by Sam Mitchell.

Bianca Gibbs
Head of Department Technology/Art teacher

Below: L to R - Nixi Byrne and Arona Mason-Guillard
Below: Kiwi mask by Maddix Dickson
Below: L to R - Emily Paterson, Livai Porima and Kaedyn Ramage
Below: Butterfly mask by Bre Isaacs
Below: 'Fern Goddess' mask by Rylea Devery
Below: 'NZ Airforce' mask by Arona Mason-Guillard

What's happening in 7MW?

Kia ora, whānau.
The 7MW students are hard at work researching information for their chosen festival assignment (from around the world). The students must answer 10 or more questions about their topic, expand on their answers, record the websites where they retrieved their information, add pictures or maps related to their chosen topic, and then rewrite the information in their own words. Once this is done, the students print and set up their work on a display board. Their festival board will then be ready for a formal presentation to parents in the last week of the term.

Michael Wirepa
Year 7 classroom teacher

Fun in Junior Science

Mr Sean Bennett's Year 10 Science class has been creating kites as part of their learning for a physics unit.
Below is a picture of Chloe Bowler, Hope Ramage and Taya Pihema who made a traditional manu aute (Māori kite). The other picture is of Fletcher Morton trying out the kite he made with Ellie McKelvie.
Below is a great diorama made by Year 9 students Lila Cabrera and Odijay Mason-Guillard showing an island and the different types of power sources used, and where they would position them, as part of their learning from an electricity unit.

Winter Sports Season

Winter sports season is now in full swing, with a range of codes keeping our students busy and active over the colder winter months. These include seven Menzies College Netball teams playing on Saturdays at MLT stadium, girls and boys Menzies College Rugby, girls and boys Basketball at MLT stadium on various weeknights, and two Hockey teams - senior and junior who play at the IHA turf in Invercargill on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Below are a few helpful links for finding the websites/Facebook pages for these codes.

Community Notices

Edendale Youth Group

The Edendale Youth Group is held most fortnights during term-time, on Saturday evenings , 7.30-10.15pm at the Activity Centre, George St, Edendale. Bring your friends, anyone Year 9 and up is welcome. We are happy to pick up or drop home, just ask.
Contact Johno and Becs Ferguson 0274124941 if you need more information.
Dates for Term 2: Saturdays 8th and 22nd June, and 6th July

Edendale Boys Outreach

Edendale Boys Outreach is for anyone 9 years old and up, 7-9pm on Friday nights at the Activity Centre, George Street, Edendale. Any questions, call Johno on 0274124941
Dates for Term Two: Fridays 7th and 21st June, and 5th July.

Edendale Girls Rally

Edendale Girls Rally is held the same nights as Boys Outreach at the Edendale Activity Centre, 7-9pm and is for girls 9 years of age and over.
Dates for Term Two:
Friday 7th June - Jump n Fun
Friday 21st June - Sardines spotlight
Friday 5th July - Sleepover!