Northern Southland College
Newsletter 1 October 2021, Term 3 Week 10
Kia ora koutou
The last few weeks have been busy with many students giving speeches in class and going on to represent NSC at our local and regional competitions. Public speaking is not an easy skill. I am encouraged by how students embrace the challenge and do their best.
Senior students are currently sitting mock exams for external (exam) standards. We decided this year to complete these assessments in class instead of sending seniors on study leave. This has meant that they have been spread out over four weeks, beginning last week and going through until the end of Week 2 in Term 4. If your child has mock exams to sit, please encourage them to prepare the best that they can. These results will be used if a student has a valid reason (eg. injury/illness/lockdown) that causes them to miss an NZQA exam.
Speaking of NZQA and results, now is a great time to discuss your senior child’s progress. You will be able to see all standards and results on the Kamar portal and can also go onto the NZQA website to see results that have been uploaded. Our students also receive Learning Recognition Credits (maximum of 8 for Year 11 and 6 for Year 12 and 13 students) to relieve some pressure from lockdown. If you need help deciphering your child’s progress please contact us at the College.
A reminder to let us know if you have issues with internet connectivity. The Ministry of Education allow us to make applications to help families in need. If you currently have little or no access to the internet at home please get in touch with the school office so that we can make an application for assistance.
Best wishes to our Clay Target Shooting team. They were scheduled to fly to Auckland to compete in Hamilton at the National Secondary School Championships. Covid changed the tournament venue, so now they are travelling all the way to Invercargill to shoot this weekend. Although at Covid Level 2 there are restrictions on who can attend and watch the students, at least they get to compete. Many thanks to the parents and staff who have supported the shooters throughout the season.
Finally, if you are aware of deeds worthy of nomination for the NSC Respect Trophy please contact us at the College. We are looking forward to seeing who is awarded it at the beginning of Term 4.
Upcoming Camps - Police Vetting
Senior Students - Academic Reports
Senior student End of Year reports will be emailed home at the end of Week 1 Term 4. These reports will contain an up to date list of how many credits each student has, along with mock exam results and the number of learning recognition credits they have gained. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a printed copy of the report.
Get to Go
On Saturday the 18th September 28 hardy skiers/snowboarders hit the slopes at Remarkables Ski Field. It was all a bit chaotic with Level 2 restrictions but we eventually all got through rentals and up on the slopes. Even though the forecast was for blue sky and sunshine, it was pretty overcast and cold, even a few flakes of snow. Due to Level 2 restrictions, fewer skiers were allowed on the slopes so there were very few queues for chairlifts. Everybody enjoyed their day skiing and fortunately there were no serious injuries. Thanks to Mrs Cullen for organising and driving one of the vans & Mr Reeve for driving the other.
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 "nsc.school.kiwi", so if you do find them there you will need to mark as "not junk mail" so that future correspondence goes to your inbox.
Contacting the College
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.