Menzies College Newsletter

5 August 2022 - Term 3 Week 2

From the Principal’s Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

The glitz and glamour of the school ball was a wonderful way to start the school term. The energy and enthusiasm of the dancers was impressive. Many thanks to Mr Holden for providing dance lessons although some of the moves on display were more circus than ballroom! Thank you Mr Snedden, Mrs Williams and Ms Youngson for all your work and guidance of the Ball Committee and afterball organisers. Thank you to all the staff members who helped out in the lead up or on the night. Finally, thank you to the senior students who made it happen, particularly Arin Read and Jake Keirnan, members of the Ball Committee led by Paige Richards, Abby van der Straaten and Lisa Yorke for the afterball and Mrs Williams Gateway class for getting the hall back to normal.

We have made mask wearing compulsory inside for the first four weeks of term. Covid is still doing the rounds with several staff members isolating this week. I will reassess the situation once our Open Evening is out of the way next week. Compliance levels are high but if there is a genuine reason that a student cannot wear a mask, please contact the school. We are not accepting student produced exemptions unless we have had a conversation with parents/caregivers first.

Senior students had the opportunity to explore future careers at CareerFest last week and Otago Tertiary open day this week. Thank you to Mr Joyce and Mr Bennett for giving up their time to support this.

In the holidays Nadine Wilson-Hemara attended a Nano Discovery camp at the MacDiarmid Institute in Wellington on a full scholarship. She experienced working with top scientists in state of the art laboratories. This week we also had Lewis McKelvie at a 'Deep Thought' science extension programme in Dunedin. Lewis worked on a research vessel and led his own marine science team project with the support of postgraduate students.

At the close of nomination on 3rd August the number of vacancies matched the number of nominations for the Board of Trustees. Therefore, there is no need for a vote. The Returning Officer has notified us that the following people have been elected:

· Rosemary Crump

· Allister Gauldie

· Andrew Roy

· Rachel Wilkinson

· Pamela Yorke

· Sue Crighton (Staff Representative)

The school is in good heart and the combined wisdom and experience of these people will see this continue into the future.

Thank you to the PTA for the working bee they organised last Sunday. There was an impressive amount of work done by the Blackmore and Roy families as well as Roger Snedden, Simon Pearce and Judy Gould. The front entrance to the school is looking much tidier as a result. We are very grateful to Daryll Cameron of Cameron Contracting for the donation of gravel and the Smyth family for the donation of native grasses.

Finally, a big thank you to the canteen staff led by Rachel Durry who go above and beyond expectations to consistently provide nutritious lunches. The current four week menu rotation has been highly praised by the Ministry of Education.

Good luck to the Year 7 and 8 Moffett Cup competitors in Netball and Rugby today and thank you to the coaches, managers and supporters who are giving up their time to make it happen

Congratulations to the Menzies College students who are involved in 'Seussical the Musical' - Ellie McKelvie, Sophie Frantz, Dharma Fairhurst and Brooke McIntyre. Also to Alyssa Gauldie who participated in the NZ Gymnastics National Championships recently and placed third overall.

Nga mihi nui

Kath Luoni


L to R: Ellie McKelvie, Sophie Frantz, Dharma Fairhurst, Brooke McIntyre (kneeling)

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Important Dates

  • 11 - Open Evening (3.30pm-7pm. Principal's address at 3.40pm. All families are asked to be present no later than 6pm)
  • 22 - Accord Teacher Only Day
  • 23 - Polyfest
  • 24 - Haka Waiata
  • 29-2 September - Tournament Week
  • 5-9 Green Week (no outside appointments to be made)
  • 12-16 - Practice Exams
  • 30 - Last day of Term 3
  • 17 - First day of Term 4
  • 24 - Labour Day - school closed

Situations Vacant

Menzies College has a vacancy for a cleaner. Three hours daily after school plus some holiday work. Please apply via email to or phone the school on (03) 206 4979.

Achievement Slip Draw

Congratulations to the following students and staff members:

Week ending 29 July:

Seniors: Josie McLellan, Bridget Scobie, Joshua Hamilton, Matthew Smith and Ms S Parkinson

Week ending 5 August:

Juniors: Cheyda Tonihi, Nicholle Bedrijo, Jacklyn Orr, Renee Crump and Mrs B Williams

Your canteen vouchers can be collected from the office.

Careers/Transition Department

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start University in 2023. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every University as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International University scholarships complete the list. Applications close throughout the year with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page.

Stuart Clark

Careers/Transition Department

Science Department

During the holidays Naidene Wilson-Hemara attended Nano Discovery Camp hosted by MacDiarmid Institute in Wellington. She experienced a full week of residential labs with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. Naidene won one of ten full scholarships to attend this event.

Lewis McKelvie travelled to Dunedin this week to complete the first of his three day residential extension science programme 'Deep Thought'. Lewis worked on a research vessel leading his own marine science team project with the support of postgraduate students.

Photos of Naidene and Lewis are shown below.

Margaret Dale

Chemistry Teacher

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Year 8 Science

We are still working through our ‘spot the difference’ unit and last week 8SJ set the tracking tunnels they made last term around the reserve at the Oxbow Lake. Here are some pictures of them setting and collecting these tunnels. We found evidence of rats, cats, possum and a possible hedgehog. We have now put the tunnels around school and it will be interesting to see if we find any different animals (or more or less) evidence of the same animals.

Karen Clark

Science Teacher

Year 12 Biology

Here are some pictures of the edible DNA that Bio201 made last week. They were accurately created and very delicious. The next step will be for the students to solve the jigsaw that will be created from the images that were taken and to label the parts.

Karen Clark

Biology Teacher

Blair Vining Red, Black & White Mufti Day

Last Friday we held a mufti day to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital in honour of Blair Vining. We raised $411.40. We would like to thank everyone who took part and supported this great cause.

NZ Gymnastics National Championships

Congratulations to Alyssa Gauldie (Year 9 pictured in action) who represented Southland and placed 3rd overall at the NZ Gymnastics National Championships in Invercargill during the holidays. She achieved 3rd in Vault, 6th in Bar and 7th in Beam. Well done Alyssa on your wonderful achievement!

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Glass Fusing Workshop

The first intake for this workshop is well underway. There are still places available in the second intake so don't miss out on this fun activity. It is well worth attending. The glass projects shown in the photos below have yet to be fused in the kiln.

Canteen Winter Menus - Term 2 & 3

The following are the daily lunch menus. Next week we start the cycle with Week 1.

Week 1

Corn Chowder with Wholemeal Roll

Butter Chicken with Brown Rice

Cottage Pie

Creamy Chicken Pasta

Hawaiian Pizza

Week 2

Macaroni Cheese

Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Beef Lasagne

Chicken/Beef Teriyaki with Brown Rice

Beef Burritos

Week 3

Potato Bake

Butter Chicken with Brown Rice

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Beef/Vegetable Nachos

Apricot Chicken Pizza

Week 4

Tomato Pasta Bake

Chicken and Roast Vegetable Salad

Beef Stew with Wholemeal Roll

Chicken/Beef Noodles

Corned Beef sandwich

Rachel Durry

Canteen Manager

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Community Notices

Situations Vacant

The Wyndham & Districts Community Rest Home has a position available:

A permanent part time position is available for an Enrolled Nurse or Senior Caregiver to join our team. Hours negotiable.

Please contact Annette Sinclair on 03 206 4901 or for more information or to request an application form. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 6th July 2022.

Wyndham Pioneer Lions Club Recycling

The Wyndham Pioneer Lions collect many things that raise money for the underprivileged and disadvantaged but we can do more with your help.

Tear tabs from aluminium cans and wine bottle tops raise funds for ‘Kidney Kids’.

Glasses (both reading and sunglasses) and hearing aids are distributed in places like the Pacific Islands, improving the quality of lives who cannot afford such ‘extravagances’.

Aluminium cans and cardboard are collected by The Pakeke Lions in Gore.

If you can help it would be appreciated if you could take them to Menzies College or contact

Mrs C Garthwaite on (03) 206 6223.

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