May 2024 Edition
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Menzies College Newsletter

17th May 2024 - Term 2 Week 3

From the Principal's Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

We were fortunate to run the school cross country event last Thursday in fine conditions, although there was plenty of mud to contend with if students didn’t watch their footing. A group of students went on to compete at the Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country event in Te Anau on Wednesday. There were strong performances from a number of athletes in both events. Please refer to the bottom of
this article for individual performances.
In the last newsletter I shared the good news that the Lunches in Schools programme is to continue. Unfortunately, the devil is in the detail and I now understand that we will not be able to provide the same food or service in 2025. The food is to be sourced from a central agency. We are still unsure of what we will be able to get. We do know that the school will not get any direct funding to pay staff. So while I am really pleased that students will continue to have access to a free healthy lunch, I am very conscious that next year, we will not be able to employ the fantastic staff who have made it happen. This is a blow as their skill and work ethic is what has made this so successful.

Year 9 head off to Tautuku camp in just over a week. Thank you to Tim Landreth and his team of Teachers, parent helpers and senior leaders for the time and effort that goes into making this happen. One of the features of this camp is the way the senior students in the Adventure Experience class take charge of running the camp. It really reinforces the special character of Menzies College and contributes to students sense of belonging. We would like all Year 9 students to experience this camp, please don’t let them put up barriers. Contact one of the Deans, Ms Youngson or Mr Cook, if there is anything your rangatahi (student) needs to ensure they can get to camp.

Thank you to the 47 people who gave feedback on the school sign. The BOT will consider the preferences of staff, students and whanau before making a decision at its meeting on May 23rd .

Congratulations to:
  • The Menzies College Indoor Bowls team who won the Southland Secondary
    Schools Indoor Bowls Championships, and in particular Mannix Simpson and Jack Robinson who placed second in the secondary school pairs
  • Sophie and Diesel Ross for strong performances at the recent Division Two
    National Swimming Championships held in Hamilton recently
  • Caitlin and Erin Wallis for their strong showing at the Central Otago One Day
    Event in the weekend. Caitlin and her pony Moose finished first in her
    NZPC80 class
  • Kurt Lacuesta who has been selected for the U19 boys Southland Volleyball team who will be competing at the Volleyball NZ Interprovincial Championship in Wellington at the end of this month
Competitors at the Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country. Placings were:
  • Year 9 Girls: Zoe Muir 1st , Lucy Smyth 10th
  • Year 9 Boys: Beau Pemberton 10th , Hunter McMullen 14th
  • Under 16 Girls: Jessica Dodds 13th
  • Under 16 Boys: Hudson Roy 2nd , Jacob Stuck 14th
Competitors in the Menzies College Cross Country who won their age groups
  • 11 Year Old Boys: Joe Kennedy
  • 11 Year Old Girls: Sophie Smit
  • 12 Year Old Boys: Stan Hunter
  • 12 Year Old Girls: Iyland Roberts
  • Year 9 Boys: Beau Pemberton
  • Year 9 Girls: Zoe Muir
  • Under 16 Boys: Hudson Roy
  • Under 16 Girls: Jessica Dodds
  • Over 16 Boys: Rueben Constantine
  • Over 16 Girls: Tessa Wishart
Ngā mihi nui
Kath Luoni
Below: L to R: Erin Wallis in action at her showjumping event, Caitlin Wallis competing in Dressage, Caitlin with her first place ribbon and her pony, Moose.

Achievement slip draw

Congratulations to the following achievement slip draw winners:

Week 2 (Juniors)
Sharnie Waikare-Parkes, Jada McKinnel, Andrei Raga, Boston Haenga and Mrs Lucy McKelvie

Week 3 (Seniors)
Narnie McKenzie, Scott Bredin, Floyd Paterson, Jessica Dodds and Ms Sarah Ennor

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

Important Dates

  • Thursday 23 - Board of Trustees meeting
  • Monday 27 - Otago Tertiary Open Day
  • Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 - Year 9 Tautuku Camp
  • Friday 31- Kapahaka Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Competition
  • Monday 3 - Kings Birthday
  • 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
  • Friday 28 - Matariki - School closed
  • Wednesday 3 - Haka Waiata Competition
  • Friday 5 - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 22 - First day of Term 3

Attendance Prize draw

The first attendance prize draw for Term 2 took place in assembly last Friday. Students with 100% attendance in the four weeks prior to each draw are eligible to go into the draw for a $5 canteen voucher. The winners for Term 2 Week 2 are:

Year 7 - Ninja Clark and Miriam Pemberton
Year 8 - Mya McKelvie and Rhonin Theedom
Year 9 - Chloe Phiskie and Kymani Waikare-Parkes
Year 10 - Hope Ramage and James Scobie
Year 11 - Scott Bredin and Elise Knapp
Year 12 - Benjamin Laurie and Paige McEwan
Year 13 - James Abella and Shan Ramage

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

Pink Shirt Day at Menzies

Yesterday our students took part in a mufti day in support of Pink Shirt Day. Due to the number of seniors working off-site today we held this a day early.
Pink Shirt Day is an international movement and promotes working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness.
Proceeds from mufti day will be donated to the Bullying-free NZ Pink Shirt Day campaign to help with the development of bullying prevention programmes. Funds raised came to $373, thank you .
Below are some photos of students and staff getting into the spirit of the day.

School Photos

Anyone who ordered school photos from PhotoLife by the 14th of April, should have received their photos by now. If not please check with your student that they are not in the bottom of the school bag.
If you missed the cut-off for free delivery to school it is not too late to place an order. These can still be ordered via the email that PhotoLife sent directly to parents. Postage will need to paid but these will be delivered directly to your home address.
If you did not receive an email from PhotoLife, (should have been sent around the 2nd April) and your child was present at school on March 6th for the school photos please contact PhotoLife on 0800 50 10 40 or email

What's happening in the Transition Department?

This week Peyton Lawson, Miracle Ramage and Paige McEwan got to experience work in the power sector at the 'Southland Girls with Hi Vis' event at Powernet, in Invercargill. They learned from other women working in different roles and had hands-on experience, including wearing bomb suits for high voltage electrical switching.

Beth Brown
Teacher in charge of Transition

Menzies College Cross Country

On Thursday the 9th of May, Wyndham put on a beautiful day that made the annual school Cross Country into a summer run. We had great participation rates. A big thank you to all the staff, students and whanau who helped or supported the students during the afternoon.

Congratulations to the following students for placing in their respective age groups.
11 Yr Old Boys – 1st Joe Kennedy, 2nd Charlie Frantz, 3rd Felix Trevithick
11 Yr Old Girls – 1st Sophie Smit, 2nd Addy Given, 3rd Olivia Landreth
12 Yr Old Girls – 1st Iyland Roberts
12 Yr Old Boys – 1st Stan Hunter, 2nd Tom Howe
Yr 9 Boys - 1st Beau Pemberton, 2nd Hunter McMullen, 3rd Mannix Simpson
Yr 9 Girls - 1st Zoe Muir, 2nd Lucy Smyth, 3rd Kadence Hunter
U16 Boys – 1st Hudson Roy, 2nd Lachie Shepherd, 3rd Jake Glynn
U16 Girls – 1st Jessica Dodds, 2nd Anna McMullen
O16 Boys – 1st Rueben Constantine, 2nd Josh Leitch, 3rd Jamie Read
O16 Girls – 1st Tessa Wishart, 2nd Asha Dickson, 3rd Olivia Perriam

Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country

On Wednesday 15th May, the annual Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country event was held in Te Anau at Ivan Wilson park. With students from secondary schools around the region participating it was a great event and the weather was absolutely perfect for running. All of the students who participated in the event represented our school with great sportsmanship. While the event was challenging, our students did not shy away from the competition. It was an excellent opportunity for them to compete with their peers, and learn valuable lessons in

We would also like to express our gratitude to the parents who support our students. Your presence and encouragement makes a significant difference in their ability to participate.
We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements at the event, and we
look forward to seeing them continue to excel in their future running endeavours.

Below are some photos from the Southland Secondary Schools Sports facebook page.
Below: Zoe Muir Year 9 girls race
Below: Jessica Dodds starting her U16 girls race
Below: Zoe Muir and Lucy Smyth in the Year 9 girls race
Below: Hudson Roy during his U16 boys race
Below: Beau Pemberton and Hunter McMullen (obscured) starting the Year 9 boys race

Southland Indoor Bowls Championships

The Southland Indoor Bowls Champs took place yesterday with 57 intermediate and secondary school teams competing.
The Menzies College team placed first overall in the secondary schools category.
Mannix Simpson and Jack Robinson placed second in the secondary school pairs.
Below: L to R - Hunter McMullen, Oscar Cracknell, Mannix Simpson, Anna McMullen, Daisy Stewart, Morgan Elliott, Jack Robinson and Arlo Weston.
Below: The school teams in action.
Below: Mannix Simpson and Jack Robinson

Fun times in Junior Phys Ed

On Monday, some of our junior Phys Ed classes were lucky enough to try their hand at archery tag, mini golf, tug-of-war and frisby golf, with some equipment hired through the YMCA. Thanks to Miss Hamilton for organising this - a lot of fun was had!

Menzies Girls Rugby

Girls rugby is continuing its rise in popularity. The first Menzies 15-a-side girls team in many years had their first game last Monday at the dogbox. Although we have a very young team, in what looks to be a very tough competition, the girls are determined to make the opposition work hard this season. Pre-season training was interrupted when Mr Bennett Senior showed how brittle his old bones were when he fell over at training and required surgery . Bennett Junior didn’t prove to be much tougher, coming down with covid at the most inconvenient time. Luckily plenty of parental support helped get over this minor inconvenience.

Mark Bennett
Teacher in charge of rugby

Community Notices

Edendale Scout Group

The Edendale Scout Group invite you to our open night on Monday the 27th of May, from
7pm -8.30pm, to see what we get up to.
We meet Mondays 7-8.30 during the school term. Ages 5-15 for either Keas, Cubs or Scouts.
For more information please contact Angela, our group leader on 027 340 1207.

Edendale Youth Group

Just to work in with other dates better this term we have decided to start next week with Youthgroup’s . The dates for the term will be Rally and outreach Fridays 7-9pm. Friday 10th boys outreach is Spotlight, Girls rally is Mother’s Day, and 24th May, 7th and 21st June and 5th July
Contact Johno or Becs for details 0274124941

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 25th May, 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: Fridays24th May, 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 24th May - Dress up fashion design parade
Friday 7th June - Jump n Fun
Friday 21st June - Sardines spotlight
Friday 5th July - Sleepover!