Northern Southland College

Newsletter - 11 March , Term 1 Week 6


25 February 2022

Kia ora koutou

We now have multiple students who have tested positive for COVID. All are isolating as per Ministry of Health requirements. Currently we are able to run classes as normal. The time will come when we are not able to provide full supervision at NSC due to staff that are required to isolate because they are COVID positive and/or have COVID positive household members. When this happens, we will instruct all Year 11/12/13 students to learn from home and Year 7/8/9/10 students will stay onsite. At some stage we may have to instruct all students to learn from home (in this situation any student under the age of 14 that is unable to be supervised at home may attend school). Our actions depend on how many relief teachers are available and how many staff are absent. Due to the nature of the situation, I cannot give a time frame as to if or when this will happen. I will give as much warning as possible on our school app and by email.

As usual, please keep you child at home if they are unwell and encourage safe hygiene practices.

Please email ( or call (03 248 7121) if you have any questions.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions our Parent Interviews will be held remotely this term. Parents will be emailed details as to how this will take place.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Mufti Day - Relay for Life - Friday 18 March
  • Year 12 English/Biology trip to Riverton - Tuesday 22 March
  • Attitude Programme - Monday 4 April 10am -1.30pm
  • End of Term 1 - Friday 15 April
  • Start of Term 2 - Monday 2 May

Tom Clark - Respect Award - Riley Sheat

Riley received this award in Assembly (being nominated by Dr Norrish) for showing respect for others and property. For both of these categories, showing initiative is an important part of the nomination criteria, and this is exactly what Riley has shown.

Almost every day, at lunchtime, she sorts out all of the chrome books into their correct baskets, puts away the ones that have been left on the floor, and makes sure they are all plugged in and charging, ready for the next class.

This is not Riley’s job in particular but she has seen a need for it to be done and has done it without needing to be asked or complaining. It is because of this that we feel she provides a valuable service to her peers and the school community, ensuring that the chrome books are charged and looked after.

Riley, you thoroughly deserve this award.

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Ruby Menlove - Horse care day out

Ruby went to Jane Orr's to do some horse care with Peanut. She had to prepare Peanut by helping set the horse and cart up and brushing her down after her ride.

Thanks heaps Jane!

Emails from the College

To ensure you don't miss out on important information from the College, please check your junk/spam folder. Our address now ends with "", so if you do find them there you will need to mark as "not junk mail" so that future correspondence goes to your inbox.

This needs to be checked regularly as each new teacher will mean a new email address that could be going to Spam.

Statements were sent out Friday 4 March, please contact the office if you didn't receive.

Year 9 Camp

Last week the Year 9s traveled to Te Anau and spent a week at their water camp. We were blessed with beautiful weather and only a smattering of rain on Tuesday.

During the week the students learned how to sail an Opi, crewed on a Trailer Sailor, paddled Canadian and Whitewater kayaks, water skied and biscuited.

Many thanks to the parents who brought their boats out to enable the students to learn how to water ski, knee board and have fun with the biscuits. A special thanks to Michelle Elder who helped out by cooking all of our meals.

Hair Rule Trial

In the last 3 weeks of Term 1 there is going to be a trial of allowing hair to be worn out but it must be to a tidy standard…. This is except for classes where it needs to be tied up, such as DTY, FTY and Science practicals.

The board has decided that only the seniors, that is year 11, 12 and 13 students can trial this privilege. It also means that seniors must be responsible for when their hair needs to be tied up and when it is allowed out.

The teachers are going to be giving feedback to the board about how this trial went so please don't take advantage of this and lose the privilege before we even get it! If your hair is out it must be tidy. This trial starts on Monday 28 March and runs for three weeks until the end of this term.

Student BOT Rep,

Giavana Santelli

MITO Certificates

Keri Youngman (Industry Training Advisor, MITO NZ) recently presented Caiden Reid and Regan Pont with their MITO Start-up Ignition Certificate. Caiden and Regan completed their MITO Automotive courses and gained their Automotive Micro-credentials. Congratulations, men, on this great achievement.

Queenstown Resort College Presentation

Annaliese O'Leary (Future Student Advisor) for QRC, travels around the country speaking to senior students about the opportunities that exist at the Queenstown Resort College. Annaliese presented to our Year 12 Accounting students with a view in mind of the opportunities for further education in the hospitality/tourism/business management sector.

School App - Reminder to update which groups you receive messages for. Especially with regards to sport as reminders & information will be sent out on the App



Students are in the process of signing up to Basketball for this coming season. So far there’s been a great response. Anyone still interested has got until Friday 18 March to write their name up on the Sport Coordinator's Door. Keep an eye out for more information to come.


Tennis - Congratulations to Honor Collins who took out the U14 Girls title at the recent Northern Tennis Champs in Te Anau.

Cricket - Cricket has got off to a great start with a very convincing win against St Peter’s and a loss to Riversdale so far.

Volleyball - We have 2 NSC teams entered in the Mixed Social Grade, who played their first games of the season last night at the ILT Stadium. They have got off to a great start with one loss and one win each. The camaraderie on court was outstanding and Miss Culberson's intense coaching sessions are paying off. Hopefully there will be plenty more wins to come when they head down again in a couple of weeks.

Athletics Age Group Champs 2022

U12 Boys Finlay Jones

U12 Girls Riley McBride

U13 Boys Digby Saunders

U13 Girls Amelia Bullmore

U14 Boys Sawyer Jones

U14 Girls Jessica Duthie

U15 Boys Jono Watson

U15 Girls Kirsten Armitage

U16 Boys Josh Lowe

U16 Girls Gemma Bulleid

O16 Boys Adam Bayer

O16 Girls Catherine Villamayor

House Points

1st Hokonui 924.38

2nd Takitimu 595.94

3rd Lintley 487.22

4th Eyre 436.44

Athletics Day - Triple Jump Record

Another Athletics Day record - Catherine Villamayor broke the Over 16 Girls Triple Jump record, with a jump of 7.12m. The record was previously held by Ruby Thompson (7.0m, 2019).


Students who wish to play this year have been asked to put their name on the list at the Sports Coordinator's office door in the library. All parents will be emailed a link to sign their child up via the 'Sporty' website.

1st/2nd XV boys - training has begun at Midlands on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1st XV Girls - we will pass on information as soon as we have any.

U15 Girls - any girl wishing to play is invited to train in Winton on Wednesday afternoons. See Mr Wilkinson for details.

U15/U14 boys - we will pass on information as soon as we have any.

A Grade boys and girls - we have coaches organised and will pass on information as soon as we have any.

All parents that wish to help with coaching or managing teams must attend a Rugby Smart course. Dates are yet to be confirmed but we have been told that Junior Rugby (A Grade) courses will begin in April and teenage rugby (Under 14 to 1st XV) courses will be held early in Term 2.

Netball - Mossburn Netball Club - Trial Dates for 2022


Due to Central pushing back the start of the season we have decided to push everything back 2 weeks to line up with that. So new dates are below:

Adults - Thursday 24 March, 7pm

Adults/Year 10-13 - Tuesday 29 March, 7pm

Year 1-6 Thursday 31 March, 4-5pm

Year 7-13 Thursday 31 March, 5-6pm.

All trials will be held at the Mossburn Community Centre. Any inquiries, please get in touch with Sarah Stark, 021 186 2578.

Internet Connectivity at home - Distance Learning

A further reminder that the Ministry of Education will help families that have little or no internet connectivity at home. Please contact the school office so that we can help before any distance teaching and learning occurs.

Extension to COVID-19 hardship assistance for whānau

The Government has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance until Thursday 30 June.

This means more casual or part-time workers, or people who aren’t already getting financial support, will continue to be eligible for help with their immediate or emergency costs. This is especially important for those who need direct help as part of the COVID-19 welfare response.

People new to MSD can check these links to see the new income limits:

· Special Needs Grant

· Recoverable Assistance Payment

· Advance Payment of Benefit

· then click on our check what you might get guide.

You will be be asked some easy questions about your costs, then MSD will let them you about any Work and Income payments you may be able to get.

Alternatively, if You would like to talk with MSD, you can call:

· 0800 559 009 for working age

· 0800 552 002 for over-65s

· 0800 88 99 00 for students

Interpreters are available.

Please note, income limits for Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, Transition to Work Grants and the Course Participation Allowance aren’t changing.


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Victoria University of Wellington - School Webinars in March

We are running four webinars in March which will cover the same material as our in-person school visits. Students and whānau can sign up to one of these (registration links below and on our website).

1.30–2.30 pm, Tuesday 8 March:

5–6 pm, Wednesday 9 March:

1.30–2.30 pm, Wednesday 30 March:

5–6 pm, Thursday 31 March:

On demand video

We also have a 15-minute on demand video of our first round presentation. Students can view the video after filling in a quick registration form.


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Navy Steward Webinar

Kia Ora,

So you’ve heard what a great life you can have following your passions in the New Zealand Defence Force, but what trade should you choose?

Have you considered working in the Hospitality industry, but want to take it to that next level?

· Event planning & management

· Food & beverage service

· Barista skills

These are just some of the skills you can gain in a career as a Navy Steward. So if this interests you, and you would like to know about the trade then come along to our special webinar.

You’ll get the chance to hear from our Navy Stewards about day-to-day life in their jobs, what life is like in the Navy in general, and from a Recruiter for tips on how to make your application more competitive to stand out from your peers. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Parents, partners or anyone else supporting your career decision are welcome to join in as well.

When: 6:00 - 7:00pm on Tuesday 22 March, 2022

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams (click to access link)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards

Defence Careers

Pacific International Hotel Management School

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Contacting the College

If you need to contact the College about a student absence or for a query please either;

Ring 03 248 7121 and follow the prompts, text 027 248 7121, or use the absence feature on the school app.

Parents/Caregivers are also required to give the College notice if students are leaving early. Please do this by either phoning, using the app or texting the above number.

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