Northern Southland College

Newsletter - 13 May, Term 2 Week 2


13 May 2022

At the time this newsletter is published our Year 11 students will have just completed four days of adventures, tramping the Kepler Track. All things going well, the weather has behaved and the students and staff went above the Luxmore Hut and ‘over the tops’ to the Iris Burn hut. It is fantastic that we have been able to get into the great outdoors as this is a big part of the NSC culture.

Winter sports season has begun. Thank you to our amazing staff, parents and friends of the school for volunteering your time to give our students the opportunity to train and play sport this winter. We certainly could not do this without you. We look forward to seeing your sporting exploits in the weeks and months to come.

I appreciate your understanding when we had to make the difficult decision to keep students at home on 8 April. Due to staff Covid absences it was impossible to staff the school that day. Staff spent a number of weeks relieving multiple classes and filling support staff roles to keep our school open for instruction. I cannot thank staff enough for their commitment to NSC and our community.

At present approximately half of our students have had Covid. We are expecting another ‘wave’ of infections, (Covid, coughs, colds and influenza) so please be vigilant in promoting healthy hygiene and keep your child at home if they are unwell.

‘SchoolDocs’ have released Term 2 NSC policies for review. I encourage all whānau to have a look at

To find NSC policies you:

Type our school name: Northern Southland College

Username: nsc

Password: respect

All feedback received is reviewed by the SchoolDocs team and taken into consideration before policies are updated.

Finally, our Board of Trustee meetings are held every term in week 3 and week 8 at NSC. Meetings are ‘open to the public’ which means you may attend to observe what goes on. If you wish to attend please contact Anna Highfield (Board Secretary) for more information.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Start of Term 2 - Monday 2 May
  • Year 7 Vision Testing - Thursday 26 May 9.30am
  • Northern Primary Cross Country - Thursday 2 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June

2021 Endorsements List

NCEA Level 1

Ruby Sellens – Excellence in Level 1 Net NZ Japanese

Caleb Hellewell – Achieved in Mathematics

James Armitage – Achieved in Agriculture and Mathematics

Hunter Baucke – Achieved in Accounting and Agriculture

Alex McKenzie – Achieved in Agriculture, English, Mathematics and Science

Gavin Chan – Achieved in Accounting, English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science

Sam Watson – Achieved in Accounting, Agriculture, Mathematics, Physical Education and Science

Maddi Price – Merit in Mathematics, Achieved in Agriculture and Science

Halle Cañada – Merit in Art, Achieved in English, Mathematics and Science

Cade McLachlan – Merit in Mathematics, Achieved in Accounting, English and Science

Valen Reidt – Merit in Accounting, Achieved in Humanities, Mathematics and Science

Jack Donaldson – Excellence in Accounting, Achieved in Humanities, Mathematics and Science

Harri Wilson – Merit in Accounting and Mathematics, Achieved in Agriculture and Science

Grace Naylor – Merit overall, Merit in Agriculture, Achieved in English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science

Lachie Elder – Merit overall, Merit in Agriculture, Mathematics and Science, Achieved in English

Jake Norrish – Merit overall, Merit in Accounting, English and Science, Achieved in Agriculture and Mathematics

Giavana Santelli – Merit overall, Merit in English, Humanities, and Science, Achieved in Art and Mathematics

Mitch Salviejo – Merit overall, Excellence in Accounting, Merit in Art and Home Economics, Achieved in English, Mathematics and Science

Charlotte Stalker – Merit overall, Excellence in Accounting, Merit in Mathematics and Science, Achieved in Agriculture, English and Physical Education

Grace Duthie – Merit overall, Merit in Accounting, English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Science, Achieved in Humanities

Catherine Villamayor – Excellence overall, Excellence in Art, Merit in Design and Visual Communication, English and Science, Achieved in Mathematics

Makenzie Appleyard-Drake – Excellence overall, Excellence in Mathematics, Merit in Accounting, Art, English and Net NZ History, Achieved in Science

Sweekriti Sunar – Excellence overall, Excellence in Accounting and Home Economics, Merit in Humanities, Mathematics and Science, Achieved in English

Adam Bayer – Excellence overall, Excellence in Accounting, English, Mathematics and Science, Achieved in Agriculture and Physical Education

Jordan Kington – Excellence overall, Excellence in Accounting, Mathematics and Science, Merit in English, Humanities, Music and Level 2 Net NZ Spanish

NCEA Level 2

Jonathan Freund – Achieved in Mathematics

Ryan Senior – Achieved in Art and Mathematics

Jordan Isaacs – Merit in English, Achieved in Art and Mathematics

Charlotte Rodgers-Foran – Merit overall, Merit in Art, Achieved in English, Humanities and Mathematics

Riley Ludi – Merit overall, Excellence in English, Merit in Mathematics, Achieved in Art, Biology and Chemistry

Kate Bennett – Merit overall, Excellence in Accounting, Merit in Agriculture, Chemistry and Mathematics, Achieved in Biology and English

Riancke Slump – Excellence overall, Excellence in Chemistry, Merit in Biology, English, Mathematics and Physics

Students who left at the end of 2021

NCEA Level 2

Holly Thompson – Achieved in Art

Kimberley Cabral – Merit in Art

Jacob Sinclair - Merit in Mathematics

India Isaacs – Merit in Art, Achieved in English and Mathematics

NCEA Level 3

Cam Slattery – Achieved in Physical Education

Jack Brenssell – Achieved in Agriculture and English

Zeniff Cañada – Achieved in Art and Statistics

Claurize Janse van Rensburg – Achieved in Biology, Chemistry and Statistics

Samantha Villamayor – Achieved in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English and Statistics

Kate MacDonell – Merit in Art

Danyca Salva – Merit overall, Merit in Art, Achieved in Biology, English and Geography

Hana Sellens – Merit overall, Excellence in Art, Merit in English and Statistics

Pearl Stevens – Merit overall, Merit in Art and Physical Education, Achieved in Net NZ Classics

Imogen Highfield – Merit overall, Merit in Chemistry, Achieved in Biology, English, Physics and Statistics

Anvi Singh – Merit overall, Merit in History, Achieved in Biology, Chemistry, English and Statistics

Madison Reidt – Merit overall, Excellence in Biology, Merit in English and Statistics, Achieved in Net NZ Classics

Brooklyn Neumann – Merit overall, Merit in Biology, History and Statistics, Achieved in English

Megan Lowe – Excellence overall, Excellence in Biology and Physical Education, Merit in Chemistry, English and Physics

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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.

This needs to be checked regularly as each new teacher will mean a new email address that could be going to Spam.

Some photos from Year 11 Camp

Super Hero Mufti Day & Sausage sizzle

On Friday 6 May, we had our annual cross country event. This year our students flew through the course dressed as superheroes.

As a school we wanted to support our local fire department by raising money to help them compete at the yearly Sky Tower run because they are our real life superheroes.

Along with our superhero themed mufti day the Year 13's had a sausage sizzle on Thursday to further raise money for this amazing cause.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.


The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health team, Southern District Health will be visiting the College to screen all year seven students for distance vision on Thursday 26th May 2022.

Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.

7N8 making clay cupcakes in Art


Cross Country Results

Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top 3 of their age group. It was a most successful day, with great weather and atmosphere. It was awesome to see everyone out giving it a go with a positive attitude.

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Cross Country House Points

Takitimu 97

Hokonui 97

Lintley 74

Eyre 71

Northern Cross Country

Congratulations to the following people who have qualified (Top 6 in Yr 7 and 8 boys and girls age group) to compete at the Northern Cross Country Thursday 2 May. Further information to follow next week.

Tess Kutsk, Jessica Mann, Tori Vande Sandt, Amelia Leach, Grace Walling, Tayla Clearwater, Scarlet Baker, Isla Hailes & Honor Collins.

Lachlan Gill, Finlay Jones, Cole White, Zabien Roy, Fletcher Drysdale, Angus McFadzien, Blake Bulleid, Xavier Kington & Eli Chabon


The Basketball season is underway. With NSC having 3 teams in the competition. Senior Boys A, Senior Girls B and Intermediate Boys. All 3 teams had their first game last week, coming away with things to work on as teams for the season.

Keep up to date with any draw changes, results and any other basketball news on the Eastern Southland Basketball website

The NSC Beanbags were up against Menzies for the first round, and although the game ended with a loss of 40-82, the boys showed impressive resilience and enthusiasm.

Through practice and expert guidance from our coach Adam (who is a Beanbag himself), we look forward to the rest of the season.


Teams have been training for the past few weeks, with many starting pre-season games this Saturday.

All teams have managers, who you should have been given contact details for, if not, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle Elder (Sport Coordinator) or Pete Wilkinson (NSC Rugby Coordinator) with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the upcoming rugby season.

Follow this link to keep up to date with draws etc

You can also download the MyRugby App.

Rugby Registrations

There are a number of rugby players who are not yet registered with Sporty. Please note if your child is not registered they cannot take to the field on Saturday.

Please also note that you are to register with NSC, and all players will then be transferred to CSC by Rugby Southland once everyone is registered.

Please follow this link to register TODAY:


We have 3 Hockey teams who are playing in the Invercargill Junior and Secondary Schools Competition underway next week. Invercargill Hockey are in the process of working through different solutions as to how they are going to run the competition successfully throughout the season with the use of only 1 turf (due to the 2nd turf being under reconstruction). We will keep you informed as information comes to hand.

This year NSC also has 2 teams participating in the Eastern Southland Hockey competition on Sundays.

On Sunday 8th May they got to play their first game and thankfully avoided the rain.

Maroon coached by Janette Collins had a 5-3 win. Amelia Bullmore scored the 5th goal just before the hooter. The team played well for the first game of the season. It was great to see you listening and moving towards the ball.

Yellow Coached by Nic Roy had a 4-2 win. Player of the day went to the whole team. Congratulations. Good start and connection to other players with their passing.


Football training, for both boys and girls, is underway on Tuesdays after school. Mr Webb is taking these sessions. We are still looking for more players to join the teams, so please come and join in. Games won’t be happening until later in the term, so there’s plenty of time to work on fitness and skills.

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

Internet Connectivity at home - Distance Learning

A further reminder that the Ministry of Education will help families that have little or no internet connectivity at home. Please contact the Office so that we can help before any distance teaching and learning occurs.

Extension to COVID-19 hardship assistance for whānau

The Government has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance until Thursday 30 June.

This means more casual or part-time workers, or people who aren’t already getting financial support, will continue to be eligible for help with their immediate or emergency costs. This is especially important for those who need direct help as part of the COVID-19 welfare response.

People new to MSD can check these links to see the new income limits:

· Special Needs Grant

· Recoverable Assistance Payment

· Advance Payment of Benefit

· then click on our check what you might get guide.

You will be be asked some easy questions about your costs, then MSD will let them you about any Work and Income payments you may be able to get.

Alternatively, if You would like to talk with MSD, you can call:

· 0800 559 009 for working age

· 0800 552 002 for over-65s

· 0800 88 99 00 for students

Interpreters are available.

Please note, income limits for Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, Transition to Work Grants and the Course Participation Allowance aren’t changing.


University of Waikato Open Day

Open Days for both campuses will extend across Friday and Saturday to give students and their whānau the option to experience the best of what the University has to offer on the day that suits them best. The dates for these are:

· Hamilton campus: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May

· Tauranga campus: Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June

· Virtual Open Day: Wednesday 17 August

The Friday events are tailored for school leavers, but we also invite students to attend Saturday with their parents and whānau, at one or both campuses. On the day, students can:

· Attend information sessions, mini lectures and workshops

· Chat to our staff and students

· Enjoy live entertainment and food stalls

Click on the link to register and take part.

Virtual Open Day

For those students and staff who are not able to attend our on-campus Open Days, we will again hosting a Virtual Open Day later this year on Wednesday 17 August. We also ask that students register for this event.


We also want to encourage students to take a look at the comprehensive range of scholarships we have on offer for 2023. Our scholarships programme saw over 900 offers made to students in 2022.

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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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