March 2024 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

22nd March 2024 - Term 1 Week 8

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

Our first full school assembly run by the Student Council was held last week. We are looking forward to the contributions that the committees make to the culture of
Menzies College and the wider community this year. The Sports Committee are already underway with a Ki o Rahi House competition and the Mana Maori Committee have started upgrading the panels along the Junior Block walkway with creative designs.
There has been a big improvement in uniform over the last week with regulation jackets being worn. Thank you for your support. The survey to gauge the demand for school vests is again included in this newsletter. It will also be accessible from the school notices for students to fill in. The survey will close on the 28th March (next
week). We need an order of 30 vests to proceed.

Demand for Menzies school vest

The Cell Phone policy is due to be reviewed. As a whole, students have responded well to the ban. There are a few clarifications that I would like to add to the policy.
They are as follows:
1. The school day begins when students enter the grounds and ends when they
leave the grounds.
2. Menzies College takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of cell phones
unless it is caused by staff.
3. Exemptions to the policy will be considered on a case by case basis.
4. Any repeat offences or further defiance will result in more serious disciplinary
action, including requiring the cell phone to be left at school for extended
periods of time.
The policy is included via the link below with the updates in red. Please feel free to contact me if you want to suggest a change.

Menzies Updated Cellphone Policy

We are extremely proud of the achievements of Clayton Perkins who won the title of New Zealand Junior All-Round Rodeo Champion last weekend. Clayton comes from a long line of rodeo royalty and knows that commitment and persistence are required to get you to the top of your chosen sport.

Thank you to Sarah White and Jonny Brown for organising Paddles Up and camping
with students at Mavora last weekend.

Congratulations to:
  • Clayton Perkins who won the title of New Zealand Junior All Round Rodeo
    Champion in the weekend.
  • Diesel Ross, Lucy Smith and Zoe Muir competing at the New Zealand
    Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships in Tauranga on Thursday. Zoe
    finished 4th in the under 14 girls, Diesel finished 11th in the under 14 boys and
    Lucy finished 18th in the under 14 girls.
  • The Menzies College Adventure Racing Team of Anna McMullen, Daisy
    Stewart, Asha Dickson and Tessa Wishart won the Otago/Southland Senior
    Students Adventure Race at Sandy Point on Thursday.
  • The Senior Girls Kayaking team of Tessa Wishart, Asha Dickson and Sophie
    Leitch who won the Senior Girls Team Slalom event. Tessa also won the
    Senior Girls Individual Slalom and the Senior Girls Down River race. Asha
    was second in the Down River race and Sophie was third.
  • The Junior Girls Kayaking team of Hollie Kennedy, Olivia Manson and Sophie Frantz, who won the Junior Girls Team Slalom event. Hollie also won the Junior Girls Down River race, Olivia was second, Sophie was third and Jessica Alksne was forth. Hollie Kennedy also won the Junior Girls individual slalom event with Sophie Frantz a close second. Menzies College finished second in the overall standing with Central Southland College beating them by one point.

Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Saturday 23 - Southland Primary Athletics
  • Friday 29 - Tuesday April 2 - Easter Break
  • Friday 5 - RSA Scholarship Applications close
  • Saturday 6 - Menzies School Ball
  • Monday 8 - Year 7 Vision testing
  • Thursday 11 - Board of Trustees meeting
  • Friday 12 - Last day of Term 1
  • Monday 29 - First Day of Term 2

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 6 (Seniors):
Trent Reriti, Bridget Scobie, Rubin Edwards, Claire Young and Ms Louise Youngson

Week 7 (Juniors)
Jock Larking, Joe Kennedy, Kingston Trevithick, Araya McCabe and Mr Jeffrey Young

Week 8 (Seniors)
Kimberly McDonald, Brock Kelly, Shan Ramage, Sophie Leitch and Mrs Beth Brown

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

Check out our new Menzies College Website!

Menzies College has a brand, spanking new website that is now live. You will find that it is very functional and easy to navigate.
Several people have worked hard behind the scenes to create this - a big thank you to Dean Ritani, Phil Snedden and Matt Cook for carrying the vision and technical talents required to bring this to fruition. We would also like to thank Joshua Woodham from Woodham Consulting Limited who has been working on this with us since last year, we really appreciate his guidance and expertise.

Introducing Our 2024 Head students

Head boy - Jacob Harvey

Subjects taking this year: English, History, Agribusiness, Home Economics and Health

Academic achievements: Level 2 Merit endorsement in Chemistry and a level 3 Merit endorsement in PE

What sport do you play? Basketball

Interests/hobbies/favourite past-times: I love watching sport, especially the NRL

What are you currently reading/watching? Welcome to Wrexham, if you haven't watched it yet it is a must-watch

Ambition: To obtain a law degree, specialising in criminal or sports law

What is the best thing about Menzies? The best thing about Menzies College is the connections that students can make with each other

Head girl - Talia Moody

Subjects taking this year: Chemistry, Statistics, Geography, Biology, and Outdoor

Academic achievements: NCEA Level 1 & 2 both with Excellence endorsement

What sport/s do you play?
I enjoy going for regular walks however I have chosen not to participate in sports this term mainly due to having a very busy schedule

Interests/hobbies/favourite pastimes: I really enjoy playing the piano (as a hobby) and decorating cakes to celebrate family and friends.

What are you currently reading/watching? I am currently not really watching anything, but I do love watching movies based on true stories eg McFarland or Hidden Figures. I also really love all the new live-action Disney films.

Ambition: My goal is to take a gap year to gain work experience and I want to return to the Spirit of Adventure as a volunteer. In 2026, I hope to begin a Bachelor of Midwifery.

Best thing about Menzies?
I really love the welcoming and supportive atmosphere that fills the Menzies corridors.

Deputy head student - Shaynon Ramage

Subjects taking this year: Statistics, Calculus, Physics, Agribusiness, and Geography

Academic achievements: NCEA Level Two

What sport/s do you play? Rugby, Basketball, Softball and Volleyball

Interests/hobbies/favourite pastime :Fishing and diving

What are you currently reading/watching? My assessment that is due tonight.

Ambition: To join the Navy

Best thing about Menzies? The people you meet

Deputy head student - Lewis McKelvie

Subjects taking this year: Statistics, Calculus, Physics, English, Chemistry and Work experience.

Academic achievements: Overall Merit endorsement in both NCEA Level one and two. Rotary Young Achievers award. Level 1,2 & 3 speech awards.

What sport/s do you play? In previous years Rugby and Cricket and I am a member of the Wyndham Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Interests/hobbies/favourite past-times: Farming, Engineering, Carpentry

What are you currently reading/watching? A book about the HMS Endurance and Shackletons expedition.

Ambition: Marine Engineer Officer in the NZ Navy

Best thing about Menzies? Small school community

Introducing our new staff members - Part Two

Michael Wirepa

Where did you grow up? Auckland
Where did you train? Dunedin College of Education
Subjects teaching this year: Literacy, Math, Social Science, Maori, Digital technology
Interests/hobbies/favourite pastime- Surfing, gaming, drums, reading, Sci Fi books and TV shows (Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars), Marvel, and DC TV series, movies and comics
What are you currently reading or watching? The Bible, watching documentaries, Sci Fi, sports.
Name a book you highly recommend everyone should read: The Twilight Series.

Emma Hamilton

Where did you grow up? Waihola
Where did you train? Dunedin College Of Education
Subjects teaching this year: Junior Physical Education and Social Science
Interests/hobbies/favourite pastime: Horse Riding, Biking & Tramping
What are you currently reading or watching?The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Name a book you highly recommend everyone should read: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Three Sisters, Sisters under the Rising Sun and Cilka’s Journey (All written by Heather Morris)

Menzies Easter Raffle - Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal Fundraiser

This year the Wellbeing Committee have nominated the Westpac Rescue Chopper appeal as the recipient for funds raised through our annual Easter raffle.

We are asking for donations of Easter goodies to be dropped into the office or given to Whanau teachers by Wednesday 27th March.

Raffle tickets should have gone home with the students this week. They are due back at the school office by Wednesday 27th March. They are $2 a ticket or $20 for the card of ten.

We appreciate your generosity in helping us fundraise for a cause that our community benefits from greatly. These funds will go directly to the Lakes District Air Rescue Trust.

Menzies Athletics Day Results

House Competition

It was finally announced last Wednesday at the full school assembly. There was much anticipation and a few nerves for some of the students who had competed extremely well gunning for athletic champion. Student 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 464 points.

Congratulations to all students that ticked up points throughout the athletics programme. Final results were as follows
TOTARA 464, Rata 449, MATAI 435, RIMU 351

Records and Champions

Zoe Muir took three school records,
  • U14 Girls Discus - 2024, Zoe Muir, 27.64m, previously set -1980 Bronwyn Mahon
  • U14 Girls Javelin – 2024, Zoe Muir 27.79m, previously set – 2000 Melissa Rodgers,
  • U14 Girls 1500m -2024, Zoe Muir, 5min 26, previously set -1995, Michelle Beer,
    5min 34
Congratulations Zoe, what an awesome achievement.

Congratulations also to our Athletics champions;
  • U12, Charlie Frantz & Miriam Pemberton
  • U13, Stan Hunter & Iyland Roberts
  • U14, Jonty Rhodes & Zoe Muir
  • U15, Josh Landreth & Sophie Frantz
  • U16, Leo Lenssen & Daisy Stewart
  • U19.5 Jamie Read & Olivia Perriam
    Southland Athletics

Congratulations to the following athletes that participated at the Southland Secondary School Ahtletics Championships:
Rayden Kaahu-Wright - 3rd Javelin
Hunter McMullen
Zoe Muir - 1st 880m, 1st Javelin, 1st 400m & 1st Discus
Hudson Roy - 2nd 3000m &1st 1500m
Allie Rose Webb
Roman Winiata
Jacob Stuck
Leo Lenssen - 1st Long Jump & 3rd Javelin

Upcoming events

The South Island Secondary Schools will be held on the weekend of the 6th and 7th April. We have two students competing - Leo Lenssen and Zoe Muir. We wish them all the best in Timaru.

The Southland Primary School Athletics is on Sunday 24th March, at Surrey Park, Invercargill. All the best to our primary athletes competing - Sharnie Waikare-Parks, Miriam Pemberton, Jada McKinnel, Iyland Roberts, Aiden Cottrell and Pippa Clarke.

Duke of Edinburgh Cycle Trip

Last weekend (9&10th March) a handful of students went on a biking trip for their Duke of Edinburgh. Saturday started off relatively early, meeting at school to load our bikes and gear. We hit the road, stopping twice before even getting out of Wyndham to fix trailers and bikes that weren't attached properly. Once we got going, it was straight to Mavora, stopping in Gore to pick up Mrs Lindsay, and of course, a toilet stop in Mossburn.

When we got to Mavora we met Bridget and Asha, who had already done a day of biking for their silver Duke of Edinburgh trip. We unloaded the bikes and we were off. 25km along a gravel road brought us to our first planned stop. We ate lunch, and then continued on a trail following the Ōreti river. We met Mrs Matthews and Mr Cook along the way, and they gave us biscuits and belgium slice. Finally, after biking a total of 52km, we made it to the Mossburn Country Park. We set up our tents, and convinced Mr Cook to drive us into Mossburn, where we bought well earned real fruit ice creams. Then it was back to camp, and time for some backyard cricket. This didn't last too long though, as it was time for dinner…with no plates!

Dinner was a simple meal of sausages, meat patties, broccoli salad, and bread. The rest of the evening was pretty chilled, as we were all tired from the day's adventures. The next morning brought pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast, again with no plates. Then we packed up camp, and headed off for our second day of biking. This brought us long straights and headwinds…not really something to get too excited about. However we did have a bit of excitement along the way. Jesse stopped for a quick track inspection (in other words he fell off), and we took some ‘1.5 pictures’ as Mum (Catherine Frantz) called it. After 41 km we stopped in Athol for some much needed lunch, and Mr Cook kindly bought us all a coke.

After eating lunch we were all fueled up for the last and final leg of our bike, a very straight and windy stretch from Athol to Garston. We all pushed on, drafting off Mum who was thankfully riding at the front. Finally after riding a total of 105 km over 2 days, we were done. We loaded up the bikes and headed home, only stopping to drop Mrs Lindsay off home again. We arrived back at school in good time, unloaded, and waited to be picked up. I think we were all thankful to be going home after a full weekend of biking. Thanks to Mr Cook for organising the trip, and Mrs Matthews, Mrs Lindsay and Catherine Frantz for giving up your weekend to come along with us. We really appreciated your help.

Sophie Frantz
Year 10 student

Paddles Up 2024

We started our journey on Friday afternoon, the 15 of March. The weather forecast wasn't looking promising, but with living in Southland, we try to stay optimistic! Fast forward three and a half hours in the school van, plus a quick pit stop to Maccas and we arrived in Mavora.
After setting up tents and having a BBQ, we bunked down for the night.

We were up bright and early the next morning, raring to go. We had a down-river race practice first thing, and managed to get a couple of runs in. We also got to experience Mrs Luoni’s amazing off-road skills, driving back up to the start line.
After lunch it was time for the real deal. Each competitor was started 30 seconds apart from each other - it was based on how fast you were getting from start to finish. Out of the senior girls Tessa Wishart came 1st. Out of the junior girls Sophie Frantz came 3rd, Olivia Manson 2nd and Hollie Kennedy came 1st.
In the afternoon we had slalom practice (which is basically a kayak course, with gates that you either have to paddle upstream or downstream to go through).
We got back to camp and had tea and sat around the fire, the heat nearly made us nod off. We were in bed by about 8: 30, worn out from the day's activities.

On Sunday morning the weather was still holding off, with only a light drizzle overnight. We had brekkie and then at 9:30am had the team slalom race. Sophie Frantz, Hollie Kennedy and myself came 1st in the junior girls category, and the senior girls (Asha Dickson, Sophie Leitch and Tessa Wishart) came 1st in theirs. Next came the individual slalom, with Sophie Frantz earning a second place, and Hollie Kennedy a first, as well as Asha Dickson a 2nd and Tessa Wishart a 1st as well. We then had prizegiving, and Menzies came an overall 2nd..We all had a great time and are looking forward to next year!

Thank you to Mrs Luoni, Mr Brown, Mr & Mrs Dakin, Ms White and Mrs Hamilton who helped out during the weekend.

Jessica Alksne
Year 10 student
Above: L to R - Mr Eamon Dakin, Olivia Manson, Hollie Kennedy, Sophie Frantz, Jessica Alksne, Tessa Wishart, Asha Dickson and Sophie Leitch, with Mr Jonny Brown in front.

Menzies student crowned NZ Rodeo Champion

On Sunday 17th March it was announced that Menzies College Year 8 student Clayton Perkins had been crowned the New Zealand Junior All-Round Rodeo Champion for 2024. This came at the end of a very successful season, that saw Clayton and his horse Miss Kitty, competing in rodeo events and traveling all over the country.
Well done Clayton - we are very proud of you!

A work of Art

Madi’s 'Cats Painting by Numbers'. Madi has been working on her fine motor skills, matching the numbered areas with the corresponding paint pots. Her painting is now proudly on display in the library.

Fonterra donated Microscopes for Science

Microscopes are used across all levels of teaching and learning at Menzies and Year 12 Biology were lucky enough to unpack the order when it arrived. They took the microscopes for a test drive to check everything was okay, and now they are looking forward to their next Internal Assessment based on the use of microscopes.

I want to thank the good people at Fonterra for the funds to allow us to upgrade this important resource, which will benefit all students at Menzies College.

Karen Clark
Head of Science
Above: Year 12 Biology students
Back row L to R: Nina Currie, Ashley North, Alyssa Ozar, Sarri Penus.
Front row L to R: Anna McMullen, Ruby Ritani, Daisy Stewart and Emelia Cameron.

Year 12 Chemistry

The YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY class completed their first Internal Assessment this week - Identifying ions in solution.

Year 12 Physics

This is the year 12 class gathering data for an assessment about modelling and analyzing the motion of a bouncing bomb by using a ping pong ball.

Menzies College Adventure Racing Team

Below are some pics of our Adventure racing team in action, at Sandy Point yesterday.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships

Below are some action shots of Zoe Muir, Lucy Smyth and Diesel Ross competing in Tauranga this week.
Below: Lucy Smyth
Below: Diesel Ross
Below: Zoe Muir

Menzies Basketball

As a sport at Menzies College we have saw a 26% increase in growth of Basketball players
during the 2022/23 season. This year (2023/24) season we are seeing this trend
continue, and along with Eastern Basketball this growth is causing administration issues. We
require some support if we are to continue offering this level of Basketball. We have 8
teams that have indicated they wish to play basketball this year and we are in the need of
the following:
Coaches & managers: All teams will need to have one parent or adult attached to them.
Junior teams can have a senior student coach; however, they must have an adult commit to
managing them. Any team with no manager/coach cannot be not be entered. This is also
to help Eastern Basketball run an organised and well controlled competition. As a school we
can run coaching sessions at lunchtimes but we are looking for managers to be able to help
at the game to ensure students have fair opportunity to play and help generally with
Referees: All teams must also have a referee to support their team. If you or your child is
interested in doing this we can arrange extra support to help them become a confident and
competent referee.
Bench: All teams must supply someone to do bench duty during their games. This can be
rotated around parents or supporters as needed but all families are expected to help with
this during the season. Please note that Eastern Basketball have made bench duty during
their game so as to have it that no parents / caregivers need to be there before or after
the game that their son/daughter plays.

If you are able to help out please contact me at school on (03) 2064979 or email me at Any support will be greatly appreciated and warmly
accepted by the students.

In the Term Holiday Eastern Basketball are running a holiday programme for all
interested students. Registration form is on Eastern Basketball Facebook page or by
emailing . Bring a packed lunch with plenty of snacks and
water, mouth guard is a mandatory. Cost of camp is $45.
Boys Y7 & 8: Tuesday 16/04 Boys Y9& 10: Wednesday 17/04
Girls Y7 & 8 and Y9& 10: Thursday 18/04
All days go from 9am - 3pm.

Mark Kerslake
Teacher in charge of sport

Menzies Volleyball

For all interested students and adults of the community. Please click on the button below to register.

Menzies Extra-Curricular Hoodie

Below is the link to take you to the order form for the new extra-curricular hoodie.
To order you must use this link and order form, these are not available for purchase at the school office. Please note these are not to be worn as daily uniform, they are for sports only.

Community Notices

Wyndham Dental Bus

The mobile community dental bus is currently parked outside Wyndham school. If you need to get in touch with the dental therapists please call 0275681833.

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 Friday 5th April 2024. Applications are now open and full details are available from the Menzies College office.

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 Bec Ferguson 0274124941 if you need more information.
Dates for Term One:
23rd March, 6th April.

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 Jono on 0274124941
Dates for Term One: 22nd March and 5th April.

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