April 2024 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

5th April 2024 - Term 1 Week 10

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

On Saturday night at 6.30pm the only place to be is at Menzies College watching elegant couples arrive in style to attend the "Midnight in the Garden" themed School Ball. The Year 12 and 13 students have worked hard under pressure of time to ensure the event is a success. Thank you to Karen Clark, Pete Holden , Barbara Williams and Beth Brown for supporting the students in their organisation and dancing practice.
Next week also hails the end of the summer sports season. Thank you to Lucy McKelvie and Bathan Muir for their support of our cricketers this season. Thank you to Tracey and Warren Ross for her organisation with the multi-sport enthusiasts. Also thank you to Jane Muir for her organisation and coaching of young athletes.

This will be the last newsletter for the term with the holidays starting next Friday. It has been a busy but rewarding term with students and staff involved in a multitude of extra-curricular activities. In Term Two we focus on a settled work environment by minimising disruptions. The first two weeks back will be interruption-free weeks with the exception of Cross Country on Tuesday 7th May and a 9KC Social Science trip to Riverton.

We no longer have formal dates for switching between summer and winter uniform but encourage students to manage what they wear according to the weather. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to get uniforms organised, this includes shoes, socks and jackets and kilts. Shoes are to be plain black lace ups. Socks are Menzies grey socks, black tights or white socks. Jackets are plain black zip-ups that provide warmth and shower resistance. Kilts can be purchased from the office. Students are expected to have kilts as they are our formal uniform.
Unfortunately, there were only five people interested in buying vests, this was not enough for the supplier to place an order.

At the beginning of Term Two staff will confiscate hoodies that are being worn by students and provide them with regulation uniform in return. If this happens twice a parent will be asked to pick up the confiscated item. Please send a note with your student if they are not in correct uniform.

Thank you to Tim Landreth, Hayley Clarke and others involved with taking the Year 12 Outdoor Adventure class to Wanaka next week for their annual camp.

Congratulations to Shelley Neal, a member of our learning support team, who represented New Zealand at a Trans-Tasman Table Tennis Tournament at Easter.

Nga mihi nui
Kath Luoni

Important Dates

  • Friday 5 - RSA Scholarship Applications close
  • Saturday 6 - Menzies School Ball
  • Monday 8 - Year 7 Vision testing
  • Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 - Senior Outdoor Wanaka Camp
  • Thursday 11 - Board of Trustees meeting
  • Friday 12 - Last day of Term 1
  • Monday 29 - First Day of Term 2
  • Tuesday 7 - School Cross Country
  • Wednesday 15 - Southland Cross Country Champs
  • Monday 27 - Otago Tertiary Open Day
  • Monday 3 - Kings Birthday
  • Friday 28 - Matariki

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 9 (Juniors)
Jonty Rhodes, Jasmine Bucknell, Benjamin Knapp, Erin Wallis and Mrs Judy Gould

Week 10 (Seniors)
Asha Dickson, Jacob Harvey, Phoenix Moir, Renee Crump and Ms Steph Parkinson.

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.

Menzies Easter Raffle - Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal Fundraiser

This year the Wellbeing Committee selected the Westpac Rescue Chopper appeal as the recipient for funds raised through our annual Easter raffle. We are thrilled to announce that as a community we were able to raise $1255 for this wonderful cause.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following hamper winners:
Sidney Poole
Hayley Orr
Rhyel Karetai-Karangaroa
Steph Poynton
Chris Crighton
Warren Ross
Alksne Family
Rylee Parker

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.

Library Support

Thank you to the following students for volunteering to help with library duties: Hunter Coulter, Dominique Theedom, Amethyst Madera, Ametrine Madera, Abrieanna Keay and Danyon Ashman. These students are showing great leadership qualities and maturity.

We have some new library books due next term, including dyslexia friendly reads.
Please encourage students to read over the holidays!

Year 10 Music concert

On Wednesday 3rd April the Year 10 music option class put on a performance for those classes able to attend. This open air concert was well attended. It was evident to everyone who was lucky enough to watch that the students had been working hard on their items. Mr Power has done a fantastic job scaffolding these students, and nurturing them to have the confidence to put themselves in the spotlight. You all did a fantastic job and should be very proud of yourselves.
Ivy Ritani on vocals & Jessica Alksne on keyboard
Piper Manning-Dowling rocking an ACDC number on guitar.
Jack Medley on drums
Madi McCone singing an Adele song
Kei Gamboa on drums

Rata House Easter Egg Search

Last Tuesday Rata House took part in an Easter Egg search at the Wyndham playground. Each Rata student found and enjoyed a chocolate egg or bunny. Look at those happy faces!

Lawn Bowls

On Friday 22nd of March, the Secondary Schools lawn bowls Championships were
held. Menzies College entered a year 9 team, the Menzies Midgets, consisting of Arlo Weston, Oscar Cracknell and Hunter McMullen.
They were the youngest team there as the tournament accepts entries right up to year 13. The Menzies team won their first round, 13–7 and then won their second round 10–7.
In the final round, our team played against Verdon College who were the 2023 winners. Menzies narrowly lost the first set 5–4, with Verdon College playing a world class bowl to sit just inside Oscar’s bowl that was holding shot. Verdon then won the second set to win the match. Menzies had limited the number of points that Verdon scored and because of this, it
meant that James Hargest became the overall winners for 2024.
The Bowls Southland coach and selector were really impressed with the natural talent of our students. Arlo, Oscar and Hunter look forward to doing well at next year’s tournament.

Shelley Neal (Team Manager/Coach)
Pictured below L to R: The Menzies Midgets - Hunter McMullen, Arlo Weston and Oscar Cracknell

Trans-Tasman Table Tennis Champion

I represented New Zealand in table tennis for the Tranz-Tasman test match in Taupo at Easter. As the proud team captain, we beat Australia by 26 matches to 24. I’ve brought the trophy home to Southland! I medaled in five of my six individual events. The cherry on the top was winning the doubles with Barb Shepp (a year 7 teacher from Hamilton) to become National champions. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Shelley Neal
Learning Support/Librarian
Pictured below: National Champion Shelley Neal (right) and doubles partner Barb Shepp.

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 Bec Ferguson 0274124941 if you need more information.

PLEASE NOTE - Due to the Menzies School Ball the last Youth Group for the term will be on Saturday 13th 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: 5th April.
Boys Outreach - Bowling. Bring $10. Leaving Activity Centre at 6.45pm, returning 9.30pm. (Unable to go to pool as previously advertised)

Girls Rally - Activity Centre, 7 to 9pm. 'Fair' night.

True in Nature

True in Nature offer bush craft and survival skills holiday programmes in Invercargill, Gore and Otautau.
There is something for all ages but mainly aimed at 7-12 year olds
Please go to www.trueinnature.com to book or email garethandkatie@trueinnature.com for more details.