Northern Southland College

Newsletter 26 November, Term 4 Week 6


26 November 2021

Given the ongoing uncertainty around Covid levels and ‘traffic lights’ we have decided that Prize Giving on Friday 10 December will be staff and students only this year.

I am aware that it is incredibly disappointing that families cannot attend, and in particular for our Year 13 students as it is their final Prize Giving. However, with Prize Giving occurring a matter of days after the expected move from Covid ‘levels’ into the ‘traffic lights’ framework, and a myriad of rules and regulations to navigate we cannot guarantee that we would be able to have spectators at Prize Giving in line with the rules and regulations to ensure safety. Prize Giving will now be held during the day so that parents do not need to bring students to NSC in the evening for a Prize Giving that they cannot attend. Students can travel to school by bus as normal. We will also live stream and record Prize Giving so that it can be viewed by families live and/or at your convenience.

Thank you for your support with our Year 10 and Year 8 camps. It is great to have parents assist with travel and supervision on our camps. Camps are an incredibly important part of our school programme and without your support they would not be able to proceed. I have heard fantastic feedback from staff about the students on the Year 10 Port Craig tramp. Best wishes to the Year 8 students, staff and parents who are heading to Mavora Lakes next week.

Finally, well done to our Year 9 students who embraced ‘The Real Game’ careers education this week. Ms Blakemore and Mrs Duncan guided the students through various activities over the three days of the course. It was great to see students dressed up in their careers' clothes and getting stuck into the activities.

Kia ora koutou

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • NCEA Exams - Monday 22 November - Monday 13 December
  • Year 8 Camp - Monday 29 November - Friday 3 December
  • Last Day of Term - Friday 10 December
  • Prizegiving - Friday 10 December

All Seniors are expected to be at school, in uniform on Friday 10 December for Prizegiving. This will be during the school day due to Covid restrictions.

Last Day for Canteen Orders for 2021

The last day for making canteen orders for 2021 will be Friday 3rd December

Garden Renovations

A big thank you to Gary Bower from G & D MINI DIGGER & TRUCK HIRE for donating his time and digger to kick start our garden project.

Previously overgrown and blocking the light into Rooms 1 & 2, this was an area that had no function and wasn’t used. After thinning out the trees and undergrowth we were left with tree stumps and the ground was difficult to dig. We did manage to save the plants like the lancewoods that were well hidden.

Over the next six months the plan is to plant native trees and shrubs creating a place of learning opportunities along with a place to retreat and enjoy the native environment. As the garden matures we hope to attract birds and other native animals. We have been lucky enough to receive some funding from the Meridian White Hill Power Up Fund 2021 toward the costs as we work with the team at Reforestation Northern Southland. With the help of Gary we can now get underway with our design and planting.

Uniform Items from H & J's

Due to Covid affecting shipments of uniform, some items may not be available. H & J's hold stock for our school , so would hope to service a large percentage of our students, but there may be certain pieces or sizes of the uniform that may not be available until the school year starts in early February.

If you are affected by any supply issues please notify the college.

Pillows made in Fashion & Technology by the Year 9 & 10 Students

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Ruby Menlove - Visit to CSC

I went to Winton, to Central Southland College. The girls Tamara and Tori showed me around school.

I like making pizza and going to the pool. We had lots of fun decorating a gingerbread house. We had dessert too which was custard and ice cream. We helped make the custard.

It was lots of fun and we will invite the girls to our school.


Senior Last Day 2021 - Mrs Coghlan's Room

Real Game - Year 9

Year 9 students taking part in The Real Game learning all about careers. We love the positivity and enthusiasm.

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.

NSC Boys’ Football team - Winners of Group B for 2021

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Haka/Waiata competition

Uniform Items for Sale

The College has some brand new Girls uniform items for sale, they have been worn once. McKinlays Black School Shoes Size 9 $100, 2 size 16 blouses $20 each & 1 navy skirt (larger size) $40. For more information contact the College office on 03 248 7121
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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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