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Menzies College Newsletter

14th June 2024 - Term 2 Week 7

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

New Zealand’s celebration of Matariki is only two weeks away. Once again the Hokonui Runanga will host celebrations at the Waimumu Field Days site. There will be several acts from Menzies College performing, including our Kapa Haka group. You are warmly invited to come and share in the celebrations, please see the end of the newsletter for more information.
Please take advantage of the opportunity to meet the teachers of students in Year 9 -13 next Tuesday (18th June) afternoon and evening. This is a chance to find out how your rangatahi (young person) is progressing. Your support makes a huge difference to their learning. You should have received an email on 6th June with information about this and a link to make bookings. Please check your spam folder if you have not seen this email.

On the last Wednesday of term (2nd July), we will have our annual House Kapa Haka competition. 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. This year we are focusing on participation with the added bonus of credits for performance being available for Year 11 students. Spectators are also welcome.

Good luck to:
  • The Southern Stones competing on Friday night in the Southland Rock Quest. The band has Sophie Frantz as lead vocalist, Zoe Muir on Guitar, Lucy Smyth on Bass, Beau Pemberton on Saxophone, Wylie Clark on the keyboard and Coby Power on Drums.
  • the Year 7 & 8 students away at the Southland Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Waimumu today - we eagerly await news of their results. We will include these in our next newsletter.
  • Hudson Roy who is competing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Christchurch this weekend.
Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • 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
  • Tuesday 13 - Open Evening
  • Tuesday 27 - Polyfest performance

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 6 (Juniors)
Jessica Alksne, Chloe Bowler, Ninja Clark, Bailey Liddell and Mr Carl Lambert

Week 7 (Seniors)
Jake Glynn, Ben Laurie, Jacklyn Orr, Ashley North and Mr Sean Bennett

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

Lost property following camps

Following the recent Year 8 Deep Cove and Year 9 Tautuku camps, we have been left with a fair amount of lost property. If you have noticed that your child is missing something please get them to call into the school office with a description. We have quite a few hoodies, jackets and even footwear that will be donated to charity at the end of the term if unclaimed.

Please ensure if your student is coming to school with changes of clothing for P.E or sports practice etc, that they are naming their clothing items to speed up their return should they be found.

Absence notifications

If your child is absent from school please notify us of this absence as early as possible by either:
  • phone answer phone message - 03 206 4979
  • texting our school absence cell phone - 022 374 7583 (This doesn't receive calls, nor send replies)
  • via the Schools App
Please do not send an absence message or a message about pick-up or drop-off arrangements to our admin email address (admin@menzies...) as we cannot guarantee if the office gets busy that we will get these messages in time.
This coming Friday night we have a Menzies band competing at the regional finals of Smokefree Rockquest.

The show kicks off at 7pm at the Civic Theatre. Come along and make some noise in support of The Southern Stones. They have written two original songs for the competition. Last year they placed 3rd and it was their first time competing.

There will be door sales with cash/eftpos available.

Year 9 Tautuku Camp

Two weeks ago the Year 9s set off to Tautuku Outdoor Education Camp. It's fair to say that the weather was not in our favour as it poured with rain for the first 48 hours. Nevertheless, we made the most of it and had an awesome time. We played many different team-building and Adventure Based L earning (ABL) games and we feel this helped us to build new friendships, meet new people and practice teamwork.

Some useful things we learnt were bush navigating, belaying a rock climber and how to survive in the bush. A highlight for us was abseiling, kayaking and the night time bush solo. One thing that we liked about camp is that it pushed us out of our comfort zone to try new things. We had an incredible selection of food thanks to a couple of mums who were hard at work the whole time.

We would also like to give a huge thanks to the Year 12 & 13 outdoor leaders, and the parents and teachers who came along - they were awesome!!!!!

Lucy Smyth and Zoe Muir
Year 9 students

Deep Coves camps - 8SJ and 8CL

On Friday 7th of June we came to school all packed to go on a wild adventure. When the bell rang we started packing our food and bags into the big bus and when we were all packed we loaded into the bus one by one and we set off all excited and energised. Everyone was happy and ready to go.

When we got to Lumsden we got off the bus and had a play on the playground while the parents and teachers got a hot drink and a snack. Then when we were all ready to go we set off again to Manapouri. When we got to Manapouri we saw the other class and we unloaded
our stuff out of the bus and into the boat and we started putting our first layers of sandfly repellent on. Then we all got on the boat and the boat departed the dock. When we were heading out of the harbour the skipper said we could go onto the top of the boat while we went over the lake. It was a nice relaxing journey over the water. When we got to West Arm we unpacked the boat, and packed into another bus. The sandflies were going crazy and wouldn't stop. Then we all got on the bus and left for the last half hour drive.

Finally we arrived at Deep cove and when we got there everyone was streaming with excitement. We all just wanted to get out of the bus and go. We unpacked the food into the kitchen and put our bags under the veranda and went inside for a safety briefing. Once that was done we went upstairs to the rooms. Once everyone had chosen their rooms and got settled we gathered back downstairs and headed off on the Brasell Point walk, where we walked through the bush for 20 minutes and went out onto the point and saw the lovely view.

When we got back tea was ready so we got changed into clean clothes and rushed down for
dinner. It was tasty mash potatoes and sausages. Then we went for a quick walk up the road with a kiwi caller and saw glow worms. They were stunning but unfortunately we didn't hear a kiwi that night. When we got back we tucked into bed.

On the second day we woke up and had spaghetti and baked beans on toast then we got our gear ready, made some lunch and set off on our walk to the Old Doubtful sound Track. The walk took about 2-3 hours and at the end of the track we stopped and had a lunch break. When we got back to camp we split into three groups and had an hour at each activity - either fishing on the wharf, fishing on the little boats, or doing marine biology out on a little boat. One group was very lucky when out fishing on the little boats - Cruz felt like he had a shark on his rod so he gave the rod to a parent, it was too heavy to wind in so they towed it back to shore and showed everyone before letting it go. Everyone was very lucky catching fish with heaps of spotties over near the wharf, as well as mini sharks and a big shark that kept swimming past.

On the third day we went for a quick hike to Helena falls at 8:30am. It was a wet morning but the walk was very fun. Once we got to the swing bridge we had to have about 8 people go on at a time and we got some cool photos on the bridge. Once we got off the bridge we kept going uphill and downhill. When we got to the waterfall some parents had to help us get through a little river and over the slippery rocks. When we got to the waterfall we got a class photo and some people climbed it a bit further up to get some pretty photos. After a biscuit we set off back to the track making our way past a swing bridge and to a massive tunnel
that goes through to the Manapouri Power station. Here we took a whole-class photo before heading back for the cruise. When we got back to the lodge we had macaroni and cheese then we set off down to the boat in the pouring rain.

Once on the boat we started playing card games, exploring the boat and listened to a talk about the islands. We were taken out to the Tasman sea and saw the seals sitting on the rocks. The front of the boat was a great spot to take photos but it was very cold. On the way back we
stopped with the front of the boat under a massive waterfall - many of us went outside to get drenched. After that we stopped in another place and they turned the boat off and
we got to hear how quiet it was outside. After getting off the boat we walked back to the lodge, dried off, had warm showers , before Roast Chicken and Lamb. After dinner we had a quiz with challenges. The winners was 'IDK Yet'. After the quiz we watched the Ricky Baker movie then we went to bed.

The next day it was time to start getting ready to go home. Everyone was tired and sleepy but that didn't stop all of us from having fun. After breakfast and packing we jumped on the bus and stopped at the lookout and got awesome photos and we got a class photo. After arriving at West Arm we unpacked the bus and packed onto the boat before heading back to Manapouri. Then it was onto the bus home, with a quick stop in Lumsden, before arriving back in Wyndham.

On behalf of 8CL and 8SJ we would like to thank all of the teachers, parents and the team at Real Journeys that helped us on our trip and a big thanks to Graham for helping out. Without any of these people the camp wouldn't be a success or have been any fun so thanks to everyone for helping. Thank you for making us feel at home in the wilderness. All of your help made our camp experience unforgettable. Thank you!

Olivia McDermott and Chloe Scobie
Year 8 students
Below: 8CL , taken from the top of Wilmott Pass
Below: 8SJ

Menzies at the Gold Guitars

Three Menzies students entered multiple categories over Gold Guitar weekend. Joshua Landreth, Ellie McKelvie, and Sophie Frantz. These students did exceptionally well while performing under stressful, competitive circumstances. Sophie had a busking duet which saw them land runner up in the Freeze Your Bits Of busking competition. Well done to these kids and they should be proud of their achievements. Who knew how country they could be?!

Peter Power
Teacher in charge of music
Below: Josh Landreth
Below: Ellie McKelvie
Below: Sophie Frantz busking

What’s happening in the Technology Department?

12 Hospitality

On Thursday the 23rd of May, Tom and Nicole Peake from Peake’s Kitchen came in to showcase knife skills for the year 12 Hospitality class. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain some knowledge and skills as they work towards their Knife Skills standard.
The day started with a health and safety briefing and some knife sharpening before moving onto learning about the different cuts we can use in the culinary arts. Tom demonstrated the cutting techniques and Nicole explained the uses for each style of cut.
After top and tailing their own carrots, the students were then tasked with replicating the cuts Tom had shown. It was a busy and very valuable experience for our learners. A huge thanks to Tom and Nicole, Mrs Keil and Ms Ennor for organising this experience.

Bianca Gibbs
Head of Department Technology
Below: Jake Hudson
Below: Cleveland Ramage
Below: Serenity Mossop
Below: Nevaeh Beattie
Below: Taejin Karetai-Erihi


Kia ora whānau. Last Friday, the 7MW students were treated to a special lesson from a group of Year 13 students. These Year 13 students spoke to 7MW about keeping fit and eating a healthy diet. Once the talk was over, 7MW was split into two groups.
Group 1: This group of students, along with Mrs Marshall, enjoyed exercising to a couple of songs from a “Just Dance” routine from the internet.
Group 2: This group went outside and played a couple of fun games.
After a certain amount of time, the groups swapped activities. Here are a couple of photos of 7MW having fun.

Michael Wirepa
Classroom teacher 7MW

Sports Southland Leadership Forum

On Wednesday two of our senior students took part in the 2024 Sports Southland Senior Leadership Forum. This was held at Stadium Southland. Hudson Roy and Ngawai McNaughton listened to a talk by Jason McKenzie from SBS Bank Academy Southland. Jason shared valuable leadership advice from his experience in the sports high performance spaces. Students then worked with Adventure Southland on team work strategies across four activities. In the afternoon students attended practical sports sessions (ki o rahi, pickleball, crash pad touch, cricket & dodgeball) . Thank you to Secondary Sports Southland for putting on this event.

Menzies Hockey 2024

The Menzies Year 7 & 8 Hockey team plays on Thursday nights at the IHA turf in Invercargill. This year we have welcomed players from Ascot Primary and Verdon College to the team. Last night's game was an exciting one. Despite the driving rain and particularly chilly temperature the team were on fire! The team deserved their 1-0 win playing the game of the season. The team passed well through the layers and were tenacious on both attack and defence. It was a gutsy effort that saw Tom Howe score Menzies' goal.

Below is the victorious team, minus Pippa Clarke, and Aiden from Verdon who had to leave early to pop down to A&E to get patched up. Thanks for your sacrifice Aiden, we look forward to getting you back next week!
The Menzies Senior Hockey team is made up of Year 9 - 12 students who brave the freezing temperatures at the IHA Hockey turf on Tuesday evenings to play in the Southland Secondary Schools mixed competition. This team has had a great two weeks in a row. Last week's game saw Menzies take out their first win, 4-1 to Aurora College. We were starting to wonder if we should sack Dean Ritani as coach as we finally won during his absence. Mrs Ritani filled in for him and now boasts a 100% coaching success rate. However he was back for this week's game which saw us coming up against Hargest B. We came away with a 5 - 0 win with goals scored by Ivy Ritani, Jesse Howe, Nina Currie, Mannix Simpson and Wylie Clarke. The team played some great attacking hockey and their passing was direct and accurate. The defence was solid and kept out all attacks with no penalty corners given away.

Below: The Menzies Senior Hockey team after last week's win against Aurora. Absent: Jesse Howe.

Community Notices

These are challenging times, Southland Murihiku.

Southland District Council is consulting on its Long Term Plan 2024-2034, and we need to hear from you.
How much do you think we should spend?
Are you prepared to sacrifice some levels of service in roading to keep rates down?
These vital decisions will have a bearing on your final rates.
The average Southland district rate increase for 2024/2025 in the proposed LTP is 13.66%, with most increases across the district ranging from 4% to 13% for residential rates, and from 11% to 17% for rural and business rates. There will be exceptions for individual properties.
There are four key issues, around funding of water services, roads, recycling and Te Anau Airport Manapouri.
The consultation period runs from 5 June until 5 July, with hearings scheduled on 16-18 July.
Please go to https://makeitstick.nz/ltp2024 and let us know what you think.
Hard copies of the consultation document and submission form are available at Southland District Council’s office/libraries in Invercargill, Winton, Riverton, Te Anau, Lumsden, Otautau, Oban, and Wyndham, as well as more than 20 cafes, dairies, supermarkets, retail outlets, pubs, clubs or service centres in townships throughout the district.

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 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 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 21st June - Sardines spotlight
Friday 5th July - Sleepover!