Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 3 Week 6


2 September 2022

Kia ora koutou

Congratulations to our students that have represented NSC in Basketball, Netball and Rugby this week at their respective winter tournaments. We have had lots of feedback that our students acquitted themselves extremely well, showing determination and sportsmanship when playing sports and being respectful and helpful while on tour. A special mention to those students that have participated in their last winter tournament and also to our Under 15 rugby team members who won their South Island Secondary School tournament in style by winning every game and holding their opposition scoreless in the final.

Once again we thank you for your understanding when we had to roster home our junior students last Friday. With winter illnesses continuing to impact both staff and students we had no ability to staff all classes. Senior students were the group asked to remain onsite last Friday as they are fast approaching mock exams and as of next week only have six and a half weeks of timetabled classes remaining.

With mock exams beginning on Thursday 15 September it is timely to have a discussion with your senior student about where they are placed with their progress in general, the credits they have achieved, what internal credits they plan to achieve with the time remaining and which external assessments they are focusing on. If you would like any assistance in this area, please contact us at the college so that we can help.

Last newsletter it was announced that Toni Eyles has been elected as a new member onto the Board of Trustees. The following current members have also been elected to the Board of Trustees; Jonny Elder, Paul Heslip, Rebecca Price and David Bullmore. Nicola Bennett has decided to step down from the Board of Trustees, but has agreed to remain as an appointed member to help with the transition. Morwenna Pannett is the staff representative and Giavana Santelli the current student representative. Student elections are held annually and will be held again shortly. Thank you all for your ongoing service and commitment to NSC.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Mufti Day -Monday 5 September
  • Yr 13 Snow Farm NZ Trip - Tuesday 6 September
  • HPV vaccinations - Second round - Wednesday 14 September
  • Senior Mock Exams - Thursday 15 - Tuesday 20 September
  • Kids Lit Competition - Thursday 22 September
  • Colours Day - Wednesday 28 September
  • Colour Run - Friday 30 September
  • End of Term 3 - Friday 30 September

All students who received trophies at last year's prizegiving - please return to the school office before the end of the term.

Senior Mock Exams

Senior mock exams are coming up soon, 15-20 September. Students should have now confirmed which external papers they are sitting in each subject with their teachers. A mock exam timetable will be given to students next week. These exams are important for students - the grades gained in the mock exams will be used as derived grades if a student misses their end of year exam for NCEA.

Weatherboard Classroom for Sale

Weatherboard classroom for removal from Northern Southland College, 51 Maria St, Lumsden. Chattels include - heat pump, blinds, light fittings, fixed floor coverings and wall linings. The purchaser will be responsible for costs associated with removing the building and ensuring the area is left in a neat and tidy condition. Building must be removed by 14 October.

Offers over $25k + GST considered. Please contact Peter Richards 027 448 2214 for further information.

Changes to Contact Details

A reminder that if your contact details change, ie: ph number, email address. Please let the College Office know so that our records are up to date. This is important as emails regarding sporting trips/events are our main form of communication with parents/caregivers.


Keri Youngman (Industry Training Advisor, MITO NZ) recently presented Jake Ussher with his MITO ShiftUp Ignition certificate. ShiftUp offers secondary school students the chance to earn a micro-credential in the road transport industry approved by NZQA, credits towards NCEA and a great introduction to the workplace. Congratulations Jake on this wonderful achievement. Keri made the comment that Jake’s practical assessment was one of the best she had ever seen. Jake is very worthy of these accolades and he will be an integral team member at Andrews Transport in 2023.

Covid-related changes to NCEA for 2022

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SIT Open Day

Friday 26 August saw a group of students attend the SIT Open Day. Halle Canada was a model for the nursing department to demonstrate how blood pressure is taken. Ryan Senior who attends the Digital Design and Animation course as part of the Trades Academy also took the time to see what is available to study in 2023.

NCEA Credits for Driver's Licence

Seniors - you can get credits for your Driver's Licence. The Learner Licence is worth 2 credits at Level 1, the Restricted is 4 credits at Level 2, and the Full Licence is 2 credits at Level 2. Take a photo of your licence and email it to and they will be put onto Kamar for you.

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.

Draft Firearms Policy

We are asking for feedback from parents on our draft Firearms Policy. Please click on the link which will take you to the NSC Website and then click on the drop down to read the policy.

Please email all feedback or suggestions to by Friday 9 September 2022.


Sport Permission Forms - Trial

We are required by the Ministry of Education to receive permission by a parent/caregiver for any student to participate in a school sport or activity.

This term our Sports Coordinator is trialing online Google Forms. These forms will be sent out via email to allow parents/caregivers to give their permission online. The forms will include all relevant information regarding the event or activity. Without a completed online permission form students will not be able to participate in the sport /activity.

Rugby Tournament

The U15 Rugby team won the South Island Co Ed Div 2 Tournament in Nelson, beating Taieri College 17-0.

Congratulations to our four NSC boys that played in the team with CSC; Jono Watson, Syd Woodford, Travis Wise & McKenzie Findlay.

This is an amazing effort to go unbeaten and have few points scored against you - an awesome result! It has been a big effort by the boys, their parents and coaching staff to get the team to Nelson - they would like to thank everyone who has supported them along the way.

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Jonty Carran 10s Carnival - Year 7 & 8 Tackle 10’s Tournament for Boys & Girls.

Friday 18 Nov - Otautau. The Carnival level participation event in memory of Jonty Carran who was an age group Southland Rugby representative who died unexpectedly in 2016. It is held in his hometown of Otautau. The community festival atmosphere promotes family, friendship and culture to rangatahi who can participate in a tournament representing their school/club and there are opportunities for boys and girls who are new to the sport to participate in a safe environment. The format is Year 7/8 Girls and Boys Grades with 4 games over the day. Games 20 min - Full Field. For more information, please contact the Sports Coordinator.


Touch players that are interested in Rep Touch, please follow the link below. Teams will train at NSC after the touch module.

Touch Southland are now taking registrations for Junior Development teams. For more information and to register your child click here


The interest in Volleyball seems to be growing here at NSC. We have entered 2 teams in the Volley South Competition in Invercargill for Term 3/4. A huge thanks to Dale Kington who has taken on the role of Coach/Manager. $70 per student. Practice day and times are yet to be finalised.

Competition nights are Wednesdays After School - 28 September, 19 October and 26 October.

If you would still like to sign up for Volleyball please see the Sports Coordinator.

Senior Netball Tournament

Over the past week the NSC A Netball team have been up in Timaru competing in the South Island Secondary Netball tournament.

We left on Sunday morning to start the long drive up. Monday was the first day of games, where we fought hard but unfortunately came out with two losses.

Tuesday we came out fighting for the first game but lost again. The spirits were still high leading into the second game against Kaikorai Valley were we finally got our long awaited win 29-16. With the beach nearby a refreshing swim was needed to cool down ready for a big day on Wednesday.

Wednesday came around fast and two very worthy wins, first one was against South Westland school 31-23 and the second one was against Aurora College 46-6.

Thursday was finals day, where we lost our first game against Twizel. That meant we would go on to play against South Westland for 11th and 12th. The game was neck and neck right until the end were we came to a tie. We went into overtime where we fought our hearts out however lost by 2 points.

It has been an amazing week. Thank you to Miss Stark for being a fantastic coach and to Annie Armitage and Nick Duthie for being great support throughout the week and repairing our bodies every night before the next big day ahead.

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Winton Football’s 5aside Summer League 2022

We are now calling for those interested in playing in this competition to contact the club on to be sent an entry form and the rules. Fees are $100 per adult team and $10 per player in the junior grades. Intended start date is Thursday 20 October 2022 for 8 weeks. Last day for registration is 30 September 2022.

Southland Secondary Schools Indoor Rock Climbing Series:

There are still spaces available to sign up to the School Rock Climbing Team. We have had a good amount of interest in this upcoming competition which consists of 2 Climbing Events.

  • Round 1: Saturday 17 September 2022 - YMCA Rock Climbing Wall, Invercargill

  • Round 2: Saturday 29 October 2022 - Te Anau Fiordland Events Centre

If you would like to sign up or get more information, please see the Sports Coordinator.

Southland Secondary Schools Enduro Moto X Champs:

Please note that this event has been postponed to Sunday 18 September due to snow forecast this weekend.

Clay Target Shooting


High Gun – Over All

Ladies: Kate Bennett

Junior: Jack Heslip

Single Rise

HOA Open – Jack Heslip

HOA Ladies – Kate Bennett

Ladies – Maddison Price – Second

Junior – Duncan Durling – Second


HOA Ladies – Makenzie Appleyard-Drake

Ladies – Grace Naylor – Second

Senior – Cade McLachlan - Second

Junior – Mitchell McLachlan - First

Junior - Duncan Durling – Third

Teams – First - NSC Ladies Team Grace Naylor and Makenzie Appleyard-Drake

Single Barrel

HOA Open – Jack Heslip

Senior – Josh Lowe – Third

Junior – Mitchell McLachlan – Third

Ladies – Kate Bennett – Second

Point Score

HOA Ladies – Kate Bennett

Senior – Josh Lowe – Second

Juniors – Jack Heslip – Second

Juniors - Duncan Durling – Third

Ladies – Maddison Price – Second

Ladies – Grace Naylor – Third

Points Score Teams Event

Ladies NSC – First – Kate Bennett, Grace Naylor and Makenzie Appleyard-Drake

Open – NSC – Second – Cody Lowe, Jack Heslip, Josh Lowe, Cade McLachlan and Duncan Durling

All the best to our Shooting team representing NSC at the Wanaka and Alexandra Shoots this weekend. We wish you all the very best of luck and look forward to seeing your results.


Yr 7/8 Hockey Final

Congratulations to our junior hockey team on their convincing win against Southland Girls on Thursday. The end of this year's Junior Hockey Competition was certainly on a high note.

Special thanks to Ang Sheat for doing her part as team manager, Annabel Saunders for providing transport for the team to and from Invercargill, Player of the Day Grace Walling, and Support Player of the Day Xavier Kington.

Well done to everyone for a fantastic season.

Hockey Prize Giving

On Tuesday 23 August the NSC hockey teams had a shared prize giving and break up, with a game of hockey on the turf and fish and chips to follow. Congratulations to all the players for a great season and to the recipients of the most valuable and most improved players for each team. A massive thank you to all the coaches, managers and parents, without your support there would be no teams.

A Team

Harri Wilson - Most improved Player

Ethan Friend - (St Peters) Most Valuable Player

B Team

Ryan Hansen - Most Improved Player

Ashley Chan & Jacob Elder - Most Valuable Players

Yr 7/8 Team

Grace Walling - Runner Up Most Improved Player

Digby Saunders - Most Improved Player

Angus McFadzien - Runner Up Most Valuable Player

Honor Collins - Most Valuable Player

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Skiing - Ryan Senior

Ryan Senior was away all week at the South Island Regional Special Olympics. Where he competed in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom. Ryan won gold in both races.

Peak To Peak team meeting

Wednesday 7 September at 3:30pm, NSC Library. All team members plus one or both caregivers to attend. Any questions or queries to Mr Wilkinson -

Uniform Returns:

ALL NETBALL and YR 7/8 HOCKEY players - Please return your uniforms to the GREEN WHEELIE BIN in the LIBRARY FOYER outside the Sport Coordinators office.

School App

Please also make sure you have joined up with the alert sport groups specific to your child/ren to receive relevant notifications.

Any questions regarding anything “Sport” please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Elder (Sport Coordinator) or 027 619 7307

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 Office so that we can help before any distance teaching and learning occurs.



Chris Ridden from MSD will be speaking to Year 12/13 students who in the future may need to access StudyLink.

Parents are more than welcome to attend this session. It will be held in the school library on Wednesday 7 September, 9.15 am–10.00 am. Come and learn all about what StudyLink is all about if you have a student who intends to pursue tertiary study.

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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.