Northern Southland College
Newsletter - Term 3 Week 8
16 September 2022
Kia ora koutou
Earlier this week we sent a message out on the NSC app regarding the new long-term strategy for COVID-19. The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days.
Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.
Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health.
Mask wearing is no longer required at school or on school transport. All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.
Best wishes to our senior students who are halfway through their mock exams. Exams will conclude on Tuesday. Students who do not have exams to sit and/or do not study well at home are welcome to attend school where they will be in supervised study.
As seniors have five school weeks remaining, it is important that they use their time wisely by finishing any available internal standards and preparing thoroughly for external assessments.
Please note that NSC will be closed on Monday 26 September as it is Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day.
- Senior Mock Exams - Thursday 15 September - Tuesday 20 September
- Kids Lit Competition - Thursday 22 September
- Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - Public Holiday - Monday 26 September
- PISA Survey - NSC 15 Year Olds - Tuesday 27 September
- Colours Day - Wednesday 28 September
- Trap Shooting Nationals - Thursday 29 September - Tuesday 4 October
- Colour Run - Friday 30 September
- End of Term 3 - Friday 30 September
- Start of Term 4 - Monday 17 October
- Year 11 Zip Line - Tuesday 18 October
- Senior Options Afternoon - Friday 21 October
- Labour Day - Monday 24 October
- Senior Option Forms Due - Friday 28 October
- Swimming Sports - Friday 28 October
All students who received trophies at last year's prizegiving - please return to the school office before the end of the term.
Senior Academic Reports
These will be emailed out on Friday 30th September.
Y 13 Snow Farm Trip - Tuesday 6 September
Year 13 Snow Farm outdoor adventures - cross country skiing. The group had a great day in the Cardrona Valley.
This fact finding mission was a huge success. Next year we plan to stay the night with our Year 13 students.
Northern - Western Speech Competition
Weatherboard Classroom for Sale
Weatherboard classroom for removal from Northern Southland College, 51 Maria St, Lumsden. Chattels include - heat pump, blinds, light fittings, fixed floor coverings and wall linings. The purchaser will be responsible for costs associated with removing the building and ensuring the area is left in a neat and tidy condition. Building must be removed by 14 October.
Offers over $25k + GST considered. Please contact Peter Richards 027 448 2214 for further information.
You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.
The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.
Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health.
Mask wearing is no longer required at school or on school transport. All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.
Noho ora mai
NCEA Credits for Driver's Licence
Seniors - you can get credits for your Driver's Licence. The Learner Licence is worth 2 credits at Level 1, the Restricted is 4 credits at Level 2, and the Full Licence is 2 credits at Level 2. Take a photo of your licence and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be put onto Kamar for you.
Year 9/10 Fashion and Textiles students are making excellent progress on their over sized hoodies
Changes to Contact Details
A reminder that if your contact details change, ie: ph number, email address. Please let the College Office know so that our records are up to date. This is important as emails regarding sporting trips/events are our main form of communication with parents/caregivers.
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.
Year 8 Upper Clutha Rugby Tournament - 27-28 August
We went to Wanaka and played in the Upper Clutha Yr 8 Rugby Tournament which was coached by Mr Newell. We combined Northern year 8s with year 8s from Drummond Limehills Star (DLS). We played 3 games the first day and won them all, then played 2 games on Sunday and won them too.
DLS has been going for 4 years and we were the first team to win the Upper Clutha Shield. We scored 37 tries for the tournament and 7 tries scored against us.
33-7 Baa Baas
64 -21 Star
45-0 Upper Clutha
From Tiarahi Kamo-Boyce, Samuel Hamilton, Jimmy Roy, Sam Ussher, Aiden McLean and Digby Saunders
Well done to Cody and Josh Lowe as they played for Southland U16 against Otago Country U16 in Lawrence.
A decisive Southland victory at 66-7!
Congratulations to Lachy Elder who has played 2 games for Southland Country U18, against Southland Metro and Otago Country, coming away with 2 great wins so far. We wish him all the best for the upcoming games in Dunedin over the next 2 weeks.
Jonty Carran 10s Carnival - Year 7 & 8 Tackle 10’s tournament for Boys & Girls.
Friday 18 Nov - Otautau. The Carnival level participation event in memory of Jonty Carran who was an age group Southland Rugby representative who died unexpectedly in 2016. It is held in his hometown of Otautau.
The community festival atmosphere promotes family, friendship and culture to rangatahi who can participate in a tournament representing their school/club and there are opportunities for boys and girls who are new to the sport to participate in a safe environment.
The format is Year 7/8 Girls and Boys Grades with 4 games over the day. Games 20 min - Full Field. For more information, please contact the Sports Coordinator (Mrs Elder).
Touch players that are interested in Rep Touch, please follow the link below.
Teams will train at NSC after the touch module.
Touch Southland are now taking registrations for Junior Development teams.
For more information and to register your child click here
Clay Target Shooting - Wanaka 3 September & Alexandra 4 September
There were tough conditions on both days with some very strong winds. Some very good shooting by everyone. Congratulations to those that got into the shoot off.
1st Junior Mitchell McLachlan
1st 2 man team Cade McLachlan and Jack Heslip
1st Lady - Grace Naylor
1st Junior - Duncan Durling
HOA - Duncan Durling
Junior - Duncan Durling
2 person team
1st Cade McLachlan and Jack Heslip
1st Junior Jack Heslip
1st Junior Duncan Durling
2nd Junior Duncan Durling
Duncan Durling and Flynn Burr shot for the Southland DLT Team and Southland won over Otago.
Cade and Mitchell Mclachlan shot for the Southland Skeet Team and again Southland won.
Big congratulations to Mitchell McLachlan for an amazing perfect 25 to boost the score for the team.Thank you to all the parents supporting the team.
Peak to Peak - 10 September
Congratulations to our 2 NSC PEAK TO PEAK teams for smashing the course last Saturday.
This epic event starts at the top of The Remarkables with a ski or snowboard to then tag a mountain biker who descends the access road and bikes to Frankton Beach. The third team member kayaks along Lake Wakatipu to main beach in Queenstown. The fourth person runs from there to the base of Coronet Peak before handing over to the lucky last person who bikes up the Coronet Peak access road.
Both our teams represented NSC extremely well with the Year 10 team placing 3rd. Thank you to the parents for supporting our students and to Miss Culberson for stepping up to kayak with the Year 10 team.
Winton Football’s 5aside Summer League 2022
We are now calling for those interested in playing in this competition to contact the club on email@example.com to be sent an entry form and the rules. Fees are $100 per adult team and $10 per player in the junior grades. Intended start date is Thursday 20 October 2022 for 8 weeks. Last day for registration is 30 September 2022.
Southland Secondary Schools Indoor Rock Climbing Series
We have 3 teams of students entered in this series. Please note Round 1 has been cancelled due to lack of entries. But we look forward to entering the Round 2 competition in Fiordland next term.
Round 1: Saturday 17 September 2022 - YMCA Rock Climbing Wall, Invercargill
Round 2: Saturday 29 October 2022 - Te Anau Fiordland Events Centre
If you would like to sign up for Round 2 (teams of 4) or get more information, please see the Sports Coordinator.
ALL NETBALL and YR 7/8 HOCKEY players - Please return your uniforms to the GREEN WHEELIE BIN in the LIBRARY FOYER outside the Sport Coordinators office.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 619 7307
WENZ Netty Fest
Helperbird has kindly sponsored Northern Southland College subscriptions to their Chrome extension.
Helperbird allows the following tools to be used across web pages, google suite and word:
Reading and writing tools
Listen to any document or webpage
Level up your study skills with annotation
Customize and view clutter free web pages
Text to speech
This chrome extension - Helperbird supports colour blindness, dyslexia, and supports reading and writing.
You can change settings with one click to modify what you are reading to the best size, spacing, font and even colour that works best for you. If you don’t want to read, let Helperbird do the reading and writing for you.
Some NSC students have been given this chrome extension to use on their NSC account.
Check out their website for more information: https://www.helperbird.com/