Northern Southland College

Newsletter 9 July 2021, Term 2 Week 10


Kia ora koutou

Last Wednesday we welcomed John Parsons to NSC. John spoke to all year levels about cyber safety. Students at years 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12/13 received general information around what to do if they are harassed online. John also gave specific advice to each group around issues specific to their age and stage. There is no place for online hatred and harassment of any type. Students are actively encouraged to tell someone they trust if there is a problem.

Best of luck to our Trapshooting and Junior Netball Teams as they head away to their respective South Island tournaments today and Sunday. Thank you to all the families for supporting their fundraising efforts and trainings to prepare them for their competitions. We look forward to following your progress in the coming days. Thank you also to the teachers, parents and volunteers who have given up their time so that our students can participate in these activities.

The upcoming NCEA Teacher Only Day has been moved to the later date of Monday 16 August. The Ministry of Education listened to the concerns of local educators who indicated that there was not sufficient time between the release of resources and the original Teacher Only Day to prepare a meaningful day of activities. With extra preparation time we now have the ability to meet in curriculum areas within and across schools on Monday 16 August to make the most of the day. The calendar on our school app has been updated.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Rodgers will be teaching Mrs Leach’s Mathematics classes while she is away on maternity leave a few weeks into next term. Mrs Rodgers will be in classes from the beginning of the term to ensure a smooth transition.

Finally, two more dates for your diaries. Firstly, on Wednesday 4 August (Week two of Term Three) we have our Subject Teacher Interviews from 3:45pm – 8:00pm. Links to make appointments on the School Interviews website will be available in the first week after the school holidays. Secondly, the following week (Thursday 12 August) we have our Open Night for new students and families. On this night we ask a lot of our students to help by being classroom ambassadors and tour guides.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • End of Term 2 - Friday 9 July
  • Start of Term 3 - Monday 26 July
  • Southland Careers Expo Y11-13 - Thursday 29 July
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Wednesday 4 August, 3.45pm - 8.00pm
  • Young Farmers Quiz Night - Friday 6 August, Start 7.00pm
  • Open Night - Thursday 12 August, 5.30pm-8.00pm
  • Teacher only Day - Monday 16 August

School Accounts

You should have a received a statement earlier this week outlining your student's account. As we are halfway though the school year, it is expected that at least half of this account has been paid. Setting up an automatic payment is an ideal way to keep on track.

Remember that your child may not be permitted to participate in non-curriculum activities if your account is not up to date or you are not making a regular contribution.

The Board of Trustees urge you to contact the office to discuss a suitable arrangement if you are having difficulties in making payments.

Reminder the Westpac account is now closed so please change the College bank details to:

ASB 12-3154-0158402-00.

Special Olympics - Ruby Menlove

On Tuesday 6 July I went to the Special Olympics, for Football.

It was in Invercargill. Dad took me down.

I had to be there by 9.30am.

I kicked the ball to my team. My team came 4th place. I didn’t know anyone in my team. They came from different schools.

I played against 3 teams. They were Verdon College, Waihopai School and Central Southland College.

I had a lot of fun.

Student ID Cards

Students wishing to get an ID card please email BEFORE 30 July 2021 to order.

Cards will have an expiry of 31 March 2022 and as we are halfway through the year, they will be at a discounted rate of $8 per card. Payment must be made before receiving the ID card which will be printed in bulk once orders are finalised.

Payment should be made to the Office by cash or by internet banking to:

NSC bank account: 12 3154 0158402 00 ref: IDcard

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.

Mid Year Reports & Parent Teacher Interviews

Mid Year reports will be emailed out at the end of the July holidays. If you would prefer a paper copy please email

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4 August. Booking details will be emailed out at the same time as Mid Year Reports, so please check your emails regularly.

Year 13 Portabello Science Trip

It’s always nice to get out of town once in a while, and even better if it means getting out of class. And while the students in Mr Lee’s Year 13 Biology class expected three full days of Biology on their Portobello field trip, they probably didn’t expect how intensive the Small Animals Study Course was.

Spearheaded by the University of Otago, the 3-day course is held at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in Portobello for NCEA Level 3 Biology students. It is designed to help students with the B3.1 internal assessment, guiding them in how to construct an investigation as well as collecting and interpreting data.

The course ran from June 21-23, during which we stayed at St Martin’s Lodge on Quarantine Island – a 5-minute boat trip away from the marine lab. All in all, it was good fun and a good chance to work with specialist lab equipment as well as live specimens in between late night ramen and card games.

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40 Hour Famine - Bake Sale

On Monday 5 July a group of Year 13 students came together to raise money along with other Kiwis across Aotearoa to help shape history.

On Sunday afternoon, the Year 13 students who are passionate about the greatest global hunger crisis of our lifetime, baked and decorated a range of goodies for our bake sale on Monday. Cupcakes, fudge, brownie, cookies and cake pops all went down a treat with the other students.

The money raised from the great success of the bake sale is being donated to the World Vision 40 Hour Famine to help stop the hunger pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and congratulations to our 40 Hour Famine participants!

Uniform Changes

There have been some additions to the uniform to include shorts and pants for everyone. These will be available at H&J Smiths from 12 July. Shorts are $60 and pants $80. Sports socks can also be purchased at H&J's . All uniform options will be updated on the web site at the start of Term 3.

Lost Property

Pictures of lost property are up on our facebook page, please check to see if anything belongs to your student(s).

Any unclaimed items will donated at the end of Week 1, Term 3.

Please remember to clearly name items of clothing.


To Kate Stalker who won the Equizee National Pony and Young Rider leaderboard for Level 2 Pony and Top Score South Island Rider.

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