July 2024 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

5th July 2024 - Term 2 Week 10

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

We all pull up to the holidays with a collective sigh of relief. The Winter term is always busy and it is nice to know that most students get a chance to relax and revive in preparation for Term 3, which brings a focus on striving for academic
excellence in preparation for external assessments.
Thank you for taking the opportunity to attend the recent Parent-Teacher interviews.
Our Heads of House staff will be available in Mataura at the primary school office on Wednesday July 31st July from 5-6.30pm to meet with whanau. They will also be available at Tokanui in the school office from 5-6.30pm on Wednesday 7th August. Please take advantage of this as an active interest in the learning of your rangitahi (young person) makes a huge difference. Finger food will be available.

Regular attendance is an ongoing focus of the Ministry of Education. This is defined as being present 90% of the time or more. This means that a student can only miss five days of school in a term before they are defined as ‘irregular’ attendees. Please make sure that any non-attendance of your rangatahi is due to genuine illness and make appointments such as dentists and doctors outside school hours, whenever possible. As part of this policy, families are requested to avoid holidays during school time.

Our annual house Haka Waiata competition was a wonderful celebration of not only Māori culture, but all things admirable about students at Menzies College. Their willingness to:
  • move outside their comfort zone
  • rise to a challenge
  • step up to lead
  • work collaboratively
  • show respect
This makes us very proud as a community. Thank you to the staff who have also pushed themselves to support the houses be the best they can be. Congratulations to Totara House who won the competition due to the quality of their performance and the numbers participating.

Recently Rory Gutsell had the opportunity to sail on Hine Moana, a 74 foot double hull sailing waka which is a replica of the waka that Māori migrated to New Zealand on. Rory sailed to Rakiura (Stewart Island) and Ruapuke as part of the crew and had an inspiring experience. He was selected to be part of a crew to sail back to enjoyed the challenge of changing the sails.

Good luck to the Year 9 and 10 Development Netball team who are competing in Christchurch during the first week of the holidays. A big thanks to Sarah White and Marcia Kennedy for giving up their time to coach and manage the team.

Congratulations to:
  • Southern Stones for winning best original song in Rock Quest
  • Eastern Southland Under 14 Boys A and B team Basketball representatives: Boston Haenga, Ollie Glyn, AC Latanafrancia, Stan Hunter, Cruz Isaacs
  • Erin Wallis for receiving the Eaves Memorial Trophy for mounted games and the Junior B most points cup at the recent Southland Pony Club prizegiving and Caitlin Wallis for the Championship Cup, Junior A most points cup, Wings Cadet Trophy and the Hazlett Eventing trophy
  • The Menzies College YES (Young Enterprise scheme) who did very well in the recent presentations to judges in a Dragons Den type event at the Southland Chamber of Commerce. All of the teams won money to go towards start-up capital for their businesses. Top score ($100) Bovinea Compost (Zac North, Willem Maddern ), 2nd place ($50) Handy Cow (Kurt Lacuesta, Ben Muir ). Judges Choice $100 Agrineers (Taine Byrne, Leo Lenssen)
    Bovine Compost also placed 5th overall in the region which includes schools for Central Otago
Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni
Below: Left: Bovinea Compost presenting to the panel at the Chamber of Commerce. Right: Kurt Lacuesta of Handy Cow presenting to the panel.
Below: Photos of the Hinemoana, the waka that Rory Gutsell sailed on.
Below: Left: Caitlin Wallis and right: Erin Wallis with their Pony Club trophies.

Important Dates

  • Friday 5 - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 22 - First day of Term 3
  • Friday 5 - Moffett Cup
  • Tuesday 13 - Open Evening
  • Friday 23 - Sun 25 - Ski trip
  • Tuesday 27 - Polyfest performance
  • Friday 27 - Last day of Term 3

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 8 (Juniors)
Aisha Raluto, Charlie Frantz, Olivia Landreth, Charlie Blackmore and Mr Peter Power

Week 9 (Seniors)
Ngawai McNaughton, Sophie Ross, Anna McMullen, Ben Muir and Mrs Kath Luoni

Week 10 (Juniors)
Liam Bryson, Johanna Olive, Cooper Thomson, Amelia Hodge-Thomas and Mr Lachlan Hayes

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

Enrichment Camp

CONGRATULATIONS to all the 58 students who gained places on our Year 7/8 and 9/10 Enrichment camps to Dunedin week 9 next term. The successful applicant list is on the school notices.


All Year 11 and 12 students who are planning to go to university are encouraged to apply for this amazing opportunity. Funding available. https://www.otago.ac.nz/hands-on-at-otago


Sign up at the office for a day trip at Remarkables. Sunday 25th August ($185) There are still two places on the weekend ski weekend trip for Friday 23-25th August ($545 inclusive of food, accommodation, skiing, and travel)

Junior School Social Science Display Evening 2024

Our Year 7 and 8's have been working during Term 2 on inquiries into Celebrations and Disasters. The students have worked hard for the last 10 weeks and have produced some impressive boards relating to the topic they looked into. As well as the boards the top place-getters and certificates of application will be displayed with the successful boards. We will also run our people's choice awards competition for best Year 7 and Year 8 board. Last year we had over 120 people come and view the boards which was outstanding. So we invite students, teachers, parents, and our community to come and view these on the night.

Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2024
Time: 3.45pm to 6.45pm
Venue: Menzies College School Hall

Carl Lambert
Head of Junior School

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.
On 14th June the Menzies band The Southern Stones, performed at the Southland Smokefree Rockquest, at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill. The Southern Stones is made up of Beau Pemberton on saxophone, Zoe Muir on guitar, Coby Power on drums, Sophie Frantz on vocals and Lucy Smyth on bass. This band was up against some fierce competition with older students and came away with the win for Best Original Song, for their song 'Stealing my Life'- an incredible result - well done to the Southern Stones!
Below is The Southern Stones performing and members of the band claiming their award.

2024 Menzies College Haka Waiata House Competition

On Wednesday 3rd July our school took part in the annual Haka Waiata competition. As usual the house spirit and competition was strong as each individual house took to the stage to perform a waiata of their choice, plus our school waiata, Nā Tane, and their rendition of our school haka. The school hall floor shook with the vibrations of the haka and the sweet melodies of the waiata could be heard down the block.
Congratulations Totara house - they were successful in taking out the Haka Waiata title for 2024.
Thank you to Whaea Trish Emia for giving up her time to come along to judge.

A big pat on the back to each student who stood on that stage, a demonstration of perseverance, resilience and courage. You have done your school, house and whanau proud!
Below are some photos of the students performing.
Below: Totara house performing their haka and their house waiata
Below: Rata house performing their haka and their house waiata
Below: Matai House performing their haka and their house waiata
Below: Rimu house performing their haka and house waiata
Below: The school performing the haka, led by head boy Jacob Harvey, to honour judge Whaea Trish

Māruawai Matariki Celebrations 2024

On Friday 28th June the annual Māruawau Matariki celebrations took place at the Waimumu events centre. Menzies College had a great line-up of talent up on the stage, both staff and students, all of whom did us proud. A huge thank you to Peter Power who put in a lot of work with the groups, getting their performances polished and who arranged the opportunity for them. Thank you to Mrs Wendy Ritson who was taking photos on the night.
Thank you to Mr Lachie Hayes, Whaea Hine Wensor and Miss Sam Johnstone for the work you have put into preparing the kapa haka group, Ngā Awa e Toru , for their performance.
The evening finished up with an incredible laser light show, that had to be seen to be believed. Below is a button link to view this through the Māruawai Matariki Celebration facebook page.
Below are some photos of the groups performing.
Below: The Southern Stones
Below: Sophie Frantz and Ellie McKelvie (vocals), Coby Power (drums), and Karston Davie (guitar)
Below: Amber Winn (guitar) and Maddison Elliott (vocals) from the-ranga-and-the-rest
Below: Floyd Paterson from the-ranga-and-the-rest on guitar
Below: Lachie Hayes and Peter Power
Below: Menzies Year 10 band - Jessica Alksne (keyboard), Josh Landreth (guitar), Ivy Ritani (vocals), Jacob Stuck (drums) and Piper Manning-Dowling (bass)
Below: Ngā Awa e Toru

Great results at St John's Southland Regional Comp

On Sunday 30th June Menzies Year 8 student Abrieanna Keay took part in the Intermediate team first aid section of St John's Southland regional competition. Together with her team mate Abrieanna received 1st place in her category. Well done Abrieanna!

Southland Primary School Cross Country Championships

On Friday the 14th June, a bone cold day, a small group of students headed to Waimumu to compete in the Southland Primary Cross Championships. The weather had been clearing since the morning but the ground was wet and cold, evident by the amount of mud and the number of falls that the students experienced while running the track. It was a great effort from everyone involved.

Our runners were Stan Hunter, Charlie Frantz, Joe Kennedy, Callan Campbell, Josh Smyth,
Pippa Clarke, Addison Given, Miriam Pemberton, Sophie Smit and Jada McKinnel.
Congratulations to Stan Hunter who finished 5th in the 13 Year Old Boys Category and Charlie
Frantz who finished 10th in the 12 Yr Old Boys Category. All runners performed well and
should be proud of their efforts on such a challenging track and in cold wet conditions.

Mark Kerslake
Teacher in charge of sport

Below: Back row L to R: Miriam Pemberton, Pippa Clarke, Jada McKinnel, Addison Given, Callan Campbell, Stan Hunter and Josh Smyth
Front Row L to R: Sophie Smit, Charlie Frantz and Joe Kennedy

Year 13 Chemistry trip to Otago University

The Year 13 chemistry class has been working on their practical investigation to determine a trend in salinity in the Waihōpai River. They travelled to Invercargill to collect samples and then spent two days at the University of Otago Chemistry Department performing titrations and calculations.

From our Transition Department - Girls in Trade

On Wednesday the 19th of July a group of Menzies students went to Invercargill to attend the 'Girls in Trade Day'. Different speakers tell us about what it is like to be a woman in the trades. They give us pointers and tips on how to deal with things like being the only woman in your workplace.
We then did rotations around different stands, each stand is a different trade or training place. They were from places such as Makita, Powernet, Southroads, Fonterra, ETOC, SIT, BCITO, Mito, Civil Contractors, NZAS, and more. This was a great day and we all learned a lot, it is a great opportunity for anyone thinking about going into the trades.

Thanks to Mrs Williams for taking us to this event - she is now contemplating a future career in the transport industry!

Tessa Ayers
Year 13 student

Below: Photos of the Menzies students taking part in the Girls in Trades Rotations.

Southland Secondary Schools Swimming Championships

Here are the results from the recent Southland Secondary Schools Swimming championships in Invercargill recently. The team consisted of Zoe Muir, Diesel Ross, Sophie Ross, Lachie Shepherd, Joshua Smyth and Lucy Smyth.

Our best placed students in very strong fields were:
Sophie Ross - 3rd 50m Backstroke, 3rd 50m Butterfly, 3rd 50m Freestyle
Lachie Shepherd - 3rd 50m Butterfly, 4th 50m Freestyle
Diesel Ross - 4th 50m Backstroke

Our mixed freestyle relay team placed second. It consisted of Sophie Ross, Lachie Shepherd, Zoe Muir and Diesel Ross. A big thank you to Tracey Ross for being the team manager for the meet.

Menzies College Basketball reps

Again Menzies Basketball has a reason to be proud of our student’s achievements. It has been a successful year as we have had a good number of our students achieve representative honours. This time we wish to congratulate those that trailed for the U14 Eastern Team and we are proud to acknowledge that 6 of them were successful. Our congratulations to Stan Hunter, Boston Haenga, Cruz Isaacs, AC Latanafrancia, Alex Bariuad and Ollie Glynn. We wish you all the best for the upcoming tournaments.


On Wednesday 19th June, 11 students competed in the Southland Table Tennis championships. Menzies had three teams entered in the boys section and one team in the girls section. All of the students played extremely well and had a great experience.

Zoe Muir and Hollie Kennedy battled their hearts out and placed second overall. In the boys section, there was a total of 16 teams and although our teams didn’t place in the top three, I was stoked with how well they played. Many of the games went down to the wire.

Congratulations to the following competitors:
Jesse Howe, Charlie Blackmore, Hunter McMullen, Arlo Weston, William Leitch, Archie
McKinnel, Hudson Roy, Kurt Lacuesta, Dwayne Rivas, Zoe Muir and Hollie Kennedy.

I am pleased to see that their table tennis practices have continued after this competition and
they are all looking forward to improving, learning some new skills and playing again next

Shelley Neal
Learning Support & Librarian

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.
Youthgroup on Saturday night 6.50pm - 10.15pm. All Blacks v England. Anyone yr 9 and up welcome

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
Final get-together for Term Two: Friday 5th July - Challenges

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:
Final get-together for Term 2 - Friday 5th July - Sleepover! Bring bedding and something to sleep on, pick up 9am

LMV Science Plus CLUBS

- Starting Thursday of week 5 of Term 3. Year 0-6 students, $35. All information on dates and how to sign up are being sent to the LMV Primary schools.

Menzies College 55th Reunion Committee Meeting

A Menzies College 55th Reunion Meeting is being held on Tuesday 6th August @ 7.30pm.
All welceome.
If interested in helping to organise this reunion please attend the meeting or contact Julie on 0274454719.

Power Play Music Lessons

If you have a youngster who lives in the Wyndham area and is interested in learning a musical instrument, clink on the below link for information on what's available through Power Play music.