Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 3 Week 10


30 September 2022

Kia ora koutou

Three terms down and one to go. Even with all the disruptions in 2022 the year seems to be flying by. With daylight savings, improved weather and the tail end of calving, lambing and Covid; we are hoping that things will be more normal than ever in the weeks ahead. The end of this term has been as hectic as usual. This week alone has seen us have a public holiday in remembrance of Her Majesty the Queen, Colours Day and Strike Percussion on Wednesday and the annual Colour Run today. Between all this and the increased illness we have been dealing with in the last term, we all deserve a few days to rest, recuperate and recharge our batteries before Term 4 begins.

As our senior students have recently sat their mock exams for external (exam) standards, it is a great time to discuss your senior child’s progress. You can see all standards and results on the Kamar portal and can also go onto the NZQA website to see results that have been uploaded. Similar to 2021, our students also receive Learning Recognition Credits to relieve some pressure from disruptions due to Covid . If you need help deciphering your child’s progress, please contact us at the College. We are happy to meet at a time that suits you.

Thank you to our students who were randomly selected to participate in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) testing held on Tuesday. PISA aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15 year old students in participating countries. Since the year 2000 over 70 countries have participated in PISA.

Finally, best wishes to our Clay Target Shooting Team who are currently in Christchurch competing in the South Island and National Secondary School Championships. Many thanks to the parents and staff who have supported the shooters throughout the season.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Colour Run - Friday 30 September
  • End of Term 3 - Friday 30 September

  • Start of Term 4 - Monday 17 October
  • Year 11 Zip Line - Tuesday 18 October
  • Senior Options Afternoon - Friday 21 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Senior Option Forms Due - Friday 28 October
  • Swimming Sports - Friday 28 October
  • Grass Kart Competition - Saturday 29 October - NSC Hosting
  • Year 9/10 End of Year Exams - Monday 31 October - Thursday 3 November
  • Seniors on Exam leave - Wednesday 2 November
  • Year 6 New Entrant Day - Thursday 3 November
  • Science Roadshow - Friday 4 November
  • Year 10 Camp - Monday 7 November - Friday 11 November

Senior Academic Reports

Senior academic reports are being sent out at the end of this term. These contain up-to-date details of credits achieved so far, mock exam results, and recommendations from teachers for students to finish the year successfully.

These will be emailed out today. Please contact Dr Norrish if you would like a printed copy via email

Office Hours - School Holidays

The office will be open Monday - Thursday, 9 - 3pm during the school holidays

Strike Percussion - Featuring Miss Stark & Mr Lee in a drum battle.

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First Year 6 Transition Visit

On Thursday 22 September, 28 of our incoming Year 7 students for 2023 joined us here for a day at NSC. After some activities designed to get our future students from Mossburn, Lumsden and Balfour mixing and getting to know each other, students settled in to try out some of the classes on offer at College. After a busy day, these are some of the comments from students:

I liked playing rugby and making my dog tag in DTY - Max

I liked getting to know the other kids while we did Ag - MaryJane

I enjoyed making something in DTY. I finally learnt how to spell in English, I’ve never had that before - Abby

I enjoyed seeing animals' stomachs and stuff in Ag - Georgia

I liked making tags in DTY and rugby was so much fun playing with all ages, even Year 13s joined in - Hunter

I liked making pizzas with colours of the rainbow - Havana

I finally learnt how to do short division - Eli

I enjoyed making pizza in FTY and doing Equivalent Fractions in Maths - Ashleigh

We look forward to seeing our transitioning students again on Thursday 3 November.

Lost Property

Photos of lost property are on facebook. Please claim by the end of the first week of term 4.

It makes it much easier to return lost property if it is well named, please name your children's property.

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.

Please contact Peter Richards 027 448 2214 for further information.

Tess Kutsyk - Southland Primary Schools' Speech Final

Congratulations to Tess Kutsyk for presenting an excellent speech at the Southland Primary Schools' Speech Final at Winton School last Monday night. The speeches were all of a very high calibre, and Tess did NSC proud (especially since she is only in Year 7 this year).

Camps in Term 4

Information for the Year 10 and Year 12 camps held in November and December have been given to students. Please ensure these are completed and returned to the college in plenty of time before the camp.

If you are interested in going on the Year 10 camp as a parent helper please contact the office about police vetting requirements, as these can take some time to process.

Year 8 Camp is from 22 November to 25 November, more information will be given out about camp details at the start of term 4. If you would like to attend year 8 camp as a parent helper please contact the office for police vetting information.

SMAC Maths - 28 September

We were finally able to enter our talented Mathematicians in SMAC Maths this year after Covid interrupted the previous 2 years scheduled events. On Wednesday night, 3 teams headed to Invercargill to compete against the top Maths students from throughout Southland. Teams of 4 students were given 20 minutes to answer as many questions as possible.

Our Year 8 students gave it a great go and came away with a better understanding of what to expect next time they enter.

Our Year 9 team were on track and while not placing in the top few, they certainly held their own and competed with determination.

Our Year 10 team were just one question away from playing off for second, a huge effort from Samantha, Hayley, Lori and Ashley.

Kids' Lit

On the 22nd of September, Carrie Bullmore, Tim McCallum, Xavier Kington and Gordon Bradley attended the annual Kids' Lit Competition. It is normally held annually in Term one, but Covid meant it was changed to Term 3. It is held at Longford Intermediate in Gore.

The contest is for years 5-8 and you get to answer questions about books. There are ten rounds and you can choose to double on one, you can see the category but not the questions so you just have to figure out which one your team will be best at. There are bonus questions at the end of each round, one for the audience and one for the competitors. If answered correctly, you get a ten dollar note.

Also at the end of each round, the team that got the most questions correct from that category wins five dollars each. If two teams tie, they are given a sudden death question. The team who answers correctly first wins that round. You cannot win a round if you’ve won one earlier in the competition.

We were close to winning a round, as we tied with another school for the top score in the round but we failed to answer the sudden death question correctly. We got tenth out of 33 other teams, which is a pretty good effort, considering the size of some of the other schools.

We didn’t end up placing, but it was very enjoyable and I wish I could do it next year. Thanks to Mrs Coghlan for getting us there and helping us out.

Carrie Bullmore

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Colours Day - Congratulations to Hokonui for the win today and also to Sam Hamilton for winning the second annual NSC Paper Scissors Rock competition.


You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health.

Mask wearing is no longer required at school or on school transport. All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

Noho ora mai

Pete Wilkinson


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.

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.


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.


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


On Tuesday the 27th September, the two U15 teams that our NSC players are involved in with CSC were lucky enough to play visiting teams from Brisbane Australia, the Albany Creek Brumbies.

The first game was tough, resulting in an 87-7 win to the Brumbies. The second game was much closer, with the Brumbies winning 22-7.

At the prize giving, the CSC Sports Co-ordinator commented on how it was a privilege to play an international side and that not many teams ever get the opportunity. It was great to see the teams mingling after the speeches and the Brumbies even had lessons in how to perform a Haka.

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.

Southland Secondary Schools Indoor Rock Climbing Series

We have 2 teams registered to enter in Round 2 of this series in Te Anau Saturday 29 October. Parents of the students involved please add the Climbing group on your school app to keep up to date with any information that may come to hand.

Secondary School Junior Adventure Race

Wednesday 23 November

Year 7 / 8 and Yr 9/10 - Unfortunately this is the same week as Yr 8 Camp.

Anyone who would like to sign up to be part of this great day. Please do so at the Sport Coordinators office. Teams will be finalised early next term.


Congratulations to Luke Stalker who is part of the Volley South Spiker’s who are the Under 17 Boys Champions. And to Sean Sison, Andrew Graham and Bennedict Cavinta who are part of the South Flyers male Development Team.
NSC has 2 Volleyball teams entered in the Southland Volleyball competition for term 3 and 4. Wednesday was the first of 3 nights of competition. Teams play 3 games each night.

Secondary Schools' Teams Showing Jumping

Sunday 20 November. Please return your permission form online if you haven’t already done so.


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.

Clay Target - 19 September

Two of our NSC clay target students shot at different competitions last weekend.

Duncan Durling traveled to Waimate to compete at the Waimate/Oamaru Intercollegiate Competition. In windy conditions he came:

1st Junior Point Score

2nd Junior Single Barrel

3rd Junior Single Rise he also took out the Junior High Gun and cumulatively had the highest overall points across the board.

Jack Heslip had a fantastic weekend at ISSF Trench Zone Shoot in Wellington. Jack's results were:

High Gun Overall after an amazing shoot off.

1st Junior.

Big thanks to Upper Hut and Waimate Clay Target Clubs AND to the parents for supporting the boys with their shooting.

Northern Primary Tennis Champs

Congratulations to Honor Collins, Jimmy Roy, Aiden McLean, Fletcher Drysdale, Bede Roy and Connor Stevens for being selected to represent Northern Southland College at the upcoming competition in Week 1 of next term.

Northern Primary Athletics

Friday 11 November - at NSC. Please sign up at the Sports Coordinator’s office if you want to enter

Southland Secondary Schools' Athletics

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2022 - Entries close Tuesday 8 November. Please sign up at the Sports Coordinator’s office if you want to enter

Southland Primary Schools' Athletics

Saturday 19 November - Entries close Wednesday 16 November. Please sign up at the Sport Coordinator's office if you want to enter.

Sport Uniform Returns

We are short a number of netball dresses - please ensure these are returned at the beginning of next term.

Any other sport uniforms that you find at home over the holidays please also return these.

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

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WENZ Netty Fest

Alternative dates and venues in the school holidays are also being offered. These are Wednesday 5th October at Central Southland Courts, Winton and Monday 10th October at ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill. For more information contact Liv at
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NSC BOT Elections

Nominations for BOT parent representatives are called for. There will be a by-election held on 9 November. Nomination forms are available at NSC Office, nominations close at 12pm 5 October.
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