Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 4 Week 4


11 November 2022

Kia ora koutou

Our Grass Kart team reigns supreme! After a year of designing, building, testing and record keeping our team has won the Grass Kart Challenge. Not only did they win overall, the team also placed first in every single category being judged. In 16 years of competition this has never been achieved. A big congratulations to the team and Mr Dixon for all the time and effort you put into this competition. You did the mahi and got the treats! Anyone who would like to see the grass kart in person can do so by visiting the NSC office foyer.

The end of year rush is well and truly upon us. Please keep an eye on our school calendar for upcoming events and activities. You can see it via our school app. This week alone we have Year 10 camp away at Port Craig, senior students sitting external exams, Northern Athletics Championships on Friday at NSC for our Year 7 and 8 students and Southland Athletics in Invercargill on Saturday for our Year 9 to 13 students.

Please note NSC will be closed for instruction on Friday 25 November and Monday 28 November. This is for the final two NCEA Accord Teacher Only Days of the year. Staff will be in Invercargill on Friday 25 November with Ministry of Education Subject Learning Area Leads and teachers from throughout Southland. On Monday 28 November we will continue to work on implementing NCEA changes.

Finally, this is official notification of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association Paid Union Meeting on Monday 5 December. Classes will run as normal for periods one, two and three. With parent permission students may go home at the end of period three (12:20pm) on Monday 5 December. Students who remain at school will be supervised. Buses will run as usual at the end of the day. We will be sending a notice home the week prior so parents can indicate whether your child(ren) will be leaving at the end of period three or staying for the remainder of the day.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Year 8 Camp - Prep Day - Friday 18 November
  • Year 8 Camp - Monday 21 November - Thursday 24 November
  • Year 6 New Entrant Day - Monday 21 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 25 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Monday 28 November
  • Year 13 Leavers Dinner - Tuesday 29 November - 6.30-8 pm
  • Big Day Out - Year 9 & 10 - Tuesday 29 November
  • Year 12 Camp - Wednesday 30 Nov - Friday 2 December
  • Careers Activities - Year 9 & 10 - Thursday 1 December
  • Post Primary Teachers' Association Paid Union Meeting - Monday 5 December 12-20pm
  • Year 10 Work Passport Trip - Tuesday 6 December
  • Lumsden Community Cultural Celebration - Tuesday 6 December 6-730 pm
  • NSC Prize giving - Thursday 8 December
  • NSC Last Day of School - Thursday 8 December


  • Senior Course Confirmation - Monday 30 January
  • Peer Support Day Year 7 & 13 Students - Tuesday 31 January
  • First Day back for ALL students - Wednesday 1 February
  • Year 7 Camp - Tuesday 14 February - Friday 17 February

Grass Kart

This years Grass Kart team was made up of 7 year 10 to 13 students who spent 300 hours building a kart. The build of the kart started well and with some of the students using their gateway class time, the kart was constructed in no time flat. This meant that we had finished and test drove the kart 12 weeks before the competition day.

This extra time gave the students the ability to work on the body work and really go to town. They created a flat bed Hilux and it looks wicked. The cab is a bright red, has an ARB nudge bar and lights all over the place. The back end was covered by a black flat bed tray.

On race day the team members displayed the kart in the Hall and then went across to the Library for their presentation on how their build went.

Once that was completed it was onto racing. The morning racing was 45 min of mixed racing. They had to complete a Slalom around 8 cones as well as a 100 m sprint where they started and finished in a box. The final event before lunch was a series of drag races which our Kart won overall.

After lunch the relay races were held. This entailed two heat races where 4 karts competed against each other to race around the track with 4 drivers completing 2 laps each. A quick kart and fast pit changes were the key. NSC won both their heat races and qualified for the semi final. They then proceeded to win this race as well. On to the final race. As in the other races the NSC kart took an early lead and despite the worsening track conditions managed to hold off the other teams and win by about half a lap.

Once the Racing was completed we went to the presentation with high hopes. We thought that our kart looked good, hadn't broken down during the day and had little to fix after inspection so we were in with a shot.

It was exciting, as each section was announced, NSC was placing first in each section. We won all 4 sections (Construction, Appearance, Record keeping and Performance), we also won the Relay trophy as well as the overall trophy. It was announced that this was the first time in 16 years that one team had won all 6 trophies.

What a great feeling being the first team to complete that feat. It just goes to show what hard work, perseverance and attention to detail can get you when you put your mind to it.


These exam admission slips are very important. Students need to check all details on there are accurate - not just which exams to attend, but which papers they are doing in each exam. If there are any errors or missing items, students need to see Dr Norrish to get these updated.

Students must not write on or damage these slips and they must bring them with them to every exam (otherwise they will not be allowed in). If the slip gets lost, see Dr Norrish for a replacement.

The exam rules were also given out with admission slips. A copy of these is attached.

Students must wear school uniform to all exams, but if coming in to study, mufti is allowed. Students must sign in and out of the office if they are coming in to study, for health and safety reasons.

If students are unable to attend their exam because of illness please make sure to contact Dr Norrish ASAP to start the process of applying for a derived grade.

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Science Road Show - Friday 4 November


The Ministry of Education has made us aware that cases of COVID 19 are steadily increasing. We have been asked to inform our school community to continue to be vigilant in regards to illness. If your child is unwell please keep them at home. If there are any COVID like symptoms please administer a Rapid Antigen Test. At NSC we will continue to monitor the situation and will reintroduce control measures should the need arise.
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Year 13 Last Day

Eyre House - Kate Bennett

Eyre House had their annual final “chip” party to thank Kate Bennett for all she has done for the

mighty Eyre House. A true leader, inspiring and a great “can do” attitude. Charlotte Stalker and

Adam Bayer did the honours of thanking Kate and presenting her with flowers – green flowers of

course! We sincerely wish Kate all the best for her next big step – Massey University.


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.

Swimming Sports

Swimming Champions

Under 12 Boys - Angus McFadzien

Under 12 Girls - Tori Vande Sandt

Under 13 Boys - Elijah Chabon

Under 13 Girls - Amelia Bullmore

Under 14 Boys - Charlie Chen

Under 14 Girls - Ava Leach

Under 15 Boys - Cooper Leach

Under 15 Girls - Jessica Duthie

Under 16 Boys - Josh Lowe

Under 16 Girls - Juhane Slump

Over 16 Boys - Lachlan Elder & Caleb Hellewell

Over 16 Girls - Charlotte Rodgers-Foran

Most points on the day - Charlotte Rodgers-Foran


Southland Secondary Schools Athletics:

Saturday 12 November 2022

Southland Primary Schools Athletics:

Saturday 19 November

Secondary Schools Teams Showing Jumping:

Sunday 20 November

Secondary School Junior Adventure Race

Wednesday 23 November

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


Employment opportunities

We have two positions available on the 2 dairy units we run outside of Mossburn on Chewings Road.

Relief Milker

Role is vacant now but can adjust start date to coincide with end of term and ends first week of January. 3/4 hours in the morning from 4 am - 7am (from now until end of November) and then 5 am - 8am from December onwards. 6/2 roster.

The farm is a grass based system, 60 bale rotary, 700 cows with automatic cup removers and in shed feeding. Furnished accommodation available on farm if required.

Established experienced team already in place therefore a can do attitude, committed to learning and an ability to get on with others essential.

Dairy Farm Assistant Role

6/2 roster, 50 hours a week

Job is vacant from now until the end of January (but we can adjust role to work with end of term time). The farm is a grass based system, 80 bale rotary, 1450 cows with automatic cup removers and in shed feeding.

Furnished accommodation available on farm (if required) and competitive salary.

Established experienced team already in place therefore a can do attitude, committed to learning and an ability to get on with others essential.

Please get in touch via email or phone or text Brad on 027 345 6010 if interested in either role.

Summer School at Te Kura

Te Kura Summer School is an online learning programme that supports eligible students to gain extra NCEA credits. This allows students to achieve their NCEA goals and progress to further study, training, or employment.

Any senior student in need of a few extra credits can enrol. Please get in touch with Mrs Duncan if you would like more information.


Applications are being called for the above scholarship.

Open to all students that live in the Balfour Lions Service District. A grant of $1000 will be paid to the successful applicant.

Applicants must be continuing onto Tertiary Education or Trade training in 2022.

Applications close on Friday, 16th December 2022 and should be posted to The Balfour Lions Club, PO Box 104 Balfour 9746 or email:

Application forms will be available from the Secretary; Reg Dawson 03 201 6255 or 027 276 6963 or email:

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