Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 3 Week 4


19 August 2022

Kia ora koutou

Thank you to all families who supported us last night by allowing your children to attend open night and be guides, classroom helpers and sausage sizzle cookers. We had a great turnout of families touring NSC and asking lots of questions. The feedback we received about our students, staff and facilities was overwhelmingly positive.

It was great to have four schools visit NSC on Tuesday for our 7 Aside tournament. Although past years events have put a bit of a dampener on proceedings, this year we are back and celebrated being able to interact with and compete against other schools. The weather certainly played its part. Thank you to our Sports Coordinator Mrs Elder for organising the day.

As we are approaching the end of our winter sports season I would like to thank our staff, parents, students and friends of NSC that have stepped up this year to coach, manage and provide transport for our students. They have so many wonderful opportunities to represent NSC and this could not happen without you.

Best of luck to our students and staff attending Winter Sports Tournament Week. Our senior netball team (with Miss Stark and Mrs Cullen), under 15 rugby payers and Adam Bayer (basketball) are all representing NSC the week after next. Our boys football team also have a game against Cromwell College in tournament week. The clay target shooting team have their national competition at the end of this term.

Finally, a reminder that Monday 22 August is the second of four 2022 Ministry of Education directed NCEA Accord Teacher Only Days. All Teacher Only Days (and other trips, camps and events) are visible on our school calendar that can be seen via our NSC School App. We also share this information on our school Facebook page and have given a notice to our students.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 22 August
  • SIT Open Day - Friday 26 August
  • Tournament Week - Monday 29 August - Friday 2 September - Senior Netball & U15 Rugby
  • HPV vaccinations - Second round - Wednesday 14 September
  • Senior Mock Exams - Thursday 15 - Tuesday 20 September

Y 7/8 Speech Finals

Congratulations to all of the finalists who spoke so well at yesterday's NSC Year 7/8 Speech Final. The three students going through to the next round (on Tuesday the 23rd September at 9.30 am in the NSC Library) are: Eli Chabon, Megui Panaligan & Tess Kutsyk.

Gordon Bradley and Seneli Wathukarage are the reserves. Thank you to our judges: Mrs Coghlan, Mr Wilkinson, Mrs Rodgers and Mrs Pannett.

All students who received trophies at last year's prizegiving - please return to the school office before the end of the term.

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.

Senior Art students are well underway with their external folios

Permission Forms

Just a reminder that we are required by the Ministry to have received signed permission by a parent/caregiver for any student to participate in a school sport or activity. In most cases you should receive the form as a hard copy and email. Please remember to return these to school with your child. Without a copy of the signed permission form they will not be able to participate in the sport /activity.

Covid-related changes to NCEA for 2022

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NSC Covid mask requirements

All schools received MOE notification at the end of the school holidays for schools to make their own decision regarding mask wearing mandates. We have considered this and at this stage our rules are unchanged (see below)

NSC Health and Safety Covid mask wearing requirements:

· Highly recommended for staff/students to wear masks at school and on school trips but not compulsory (remains compulsory on school buses and if required on a school trip – eg. Visiting a business)

· Visitors to wear a mask indoors (unless exempt)

· Contractors/outside providers (eg. Plumber / University Liaison Staff) to wear a mask when indoors

· No mask wearing required outdoors

· If/when in presence of highly immunocompromised staff member/student we may need to provide masks to those present

· We will visit these requirements if conditions change (eg. exponential growth in Covid cases/illness at NSC, MOE/Government mandates reinstated)

Ventilation and COVID-19: Information for parents and whānau

The Ministry of Health has put together advice on improving ventilation in homes. Click on the link to go to their website

Lost Property - unclaimed property will be donated to charity

NSC Policy review

Term 3 topics are ready to view and review on the School Docs website. Here is how you access the website:

Search for school: Northern Southland College

Username: nsc

password: respect

Then go to 'current review' and the instructions will guide you through the process.

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 and they will be put onto Kamar for you.



CSC 1st XV / Saturday. 20-15 win against Verdon College

CSC U16 / Saturday. 10-24 loss to Southland Boys


The boys played Auroroa College for the top spot in the B Division of the Southland College Football League on Wednesday. Despite fielding a "make-shift" team, as majority of the boys in the team were away sick, the team gave their best but unfortunately had to come out the second best in the game.

Overall, the season is over for the Boys' Football team and the team management would like to thank everyone for their support of the team, especially the parents who had to drive the boys to and from the away games, and not forgetting the hardworking Manager of the team, Mrs. R.

KA PAI team

Clay Target Shooting

Over the weekend students from NSC were shooting at the Balfour Gun Club intercollege shoot. With the sun out and no wind it was a great day for shooting. Once again, our students competed well with some really good results for all the students in the team. They have shoots in Alexandria and Wanaka later in the term and are preparing for the South Island and Nationals in Christchurch at the end of the term.

High Gun

Ladies: Kate Bennett

Junior: Jake Heslip

Single Rise

HOA – Jack Heslip

Junior – Duncan Durling (Second)

Ladies – Madison Price


Junior – Mitchell McLachlan - First place

Duncan Durling – Third Place

Ladies – Grace Maylor – Third Place

Teams – NSC ladies Team Grace Naylor and McKenzie Appleyard-Drake – First place

Single Barrel

HOA – Jack Heslip

Senior – Josh Lowe – Third Place

Ladies – Kate Bennet – Second Place

Point Score

High Overall – Kate Bennett

Senior – Josh Lowe – Second Place

Juniors – Jack Heslip – Second Place Duncan Durling Third Place

Ladies – Grace Naylor – Third Place

Teams Event (Point Score)

Open – NSC (second)

Ladies NSC (first)


August 10: Junior Basketball final - NSC Stars v Longford Raptors

Congratulations to the NSC Stars on a great season. Though the final ended in a loss by a single point, all the players have grown in their teamwork, strategy and skill thanks to Coach Adam Bayer who was awarded the ESBA Most Improved C Grade Boy trophy.

Special thanks to Gwen Gullick for managing the team as well as all the drivers kind enough to drive the boys to and from Gore.


Congratulations to our Senior A team who got 2nd in the Monday Night Mixed Grade Comp. They had a good game against Verdon.

We wish our 7/8 6 A-Side teams all the very best on Sunday for their finals in Gore. Maroon Team will be playing off for 1st (1pm) and Yellow are playing off for 3rd (12pm) in the Southland Wide Division 4 Comp at 1pm.

7 A-Side Tournament

What a fantastic day!!

So good to see students coming together from other country schools to compete and enjoy a great day socialising and connecting with each other.

A huge THANK YOU to all staff and parents who helped bring this day together… The day could not have happened without those of you putting your hand up to coach, manage, ref and help with food.

A special thanks also needs to go to the team of student helpers… Such a super reliable wee team you were. You all did yourselves and your school very proud.

Year 7/8 Netball Tournament

NSC entered 3 teams in the Southland Primary Schools’ Festival of Netball on Wednesday. A great time was had by all.

Many thanks to Riancke & Kirsten for umpiring; Sarah McLean & Nic Roy for coaching/managing; and all of our wonderful parents for supporting us on the day.

Upcoming Events


  • Southland Pony Club Secondary Schools Teams One Day Event - Sunday 18 September

  • Taieri District Pony Club Primary/Secondary Schools Teams Event - Sunday 25 September

Get2Go Challenge:

  • Queenstown Friday 16 September. This is a great entry level adventure challenge for Year 9 and Year 10 school students. The Torpedo7 Get2Go Series combines fun, outdoor adventure activities like orienteering, kayaking, stand-up paddling, mountain biking and a little bit of problem solving, into an action-packed day suitable for students of all fitness levels and experience. This is a great opportunity for all Yr 9 and 10 students up for the challenge. Please see Mrs Elder on Monday if you are interested in being part of the team


  • Wanaka Clay Target - Saturday 3 September

  • Alexandra Clay Target - Sunday 4 September

  • Taieri Clay Target - Sunday 4 September

  • Waimate - Sunday 18 September


  • One-day-invitational Yr 9/10 Basketball Tournament - Friday 2 September. If you are interested in being part of the team, sign your name up at the Sport Coordinator’s office.

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.


Study Link information

Student Allowance

Not every student qualifies for a Student Allowance so it is important for students to think about

how they will afford to live, especially if they plan to go flatting or move into a hall of residence.

The good news is, for those who qualify, Student Allowance does not need to be paid back.

Students can also earn up to $240.70 a week before tax before any allowance payments are


Student Allowance is based on parental income until age 24, even if the student does not live at home. This calculator will help first-time students determine how much Student Allowance they may get:

Like with Student Loan, students must pass more than half of their EFTS to remain eligible, there is a limit of 200 weeks study (about 5 years). Student Allowance does not get paid over the summer holiday so students will need to either get a job during this period or apply for Jobseeker Support Student Hardship while they are looking for a job.

For more information visit:

When to apply

The best time to apply is before 16 December, to make sure everything is sorted when study

starts in 2023. Most people start applying in term 3 and term 4.

There is no need to wait until NCEA results come out in January. Students can even apply if they haven't decided where they want to study yet, or they’re waiting on confirmation of their course. Applications can be updated or withdrawn after submission.

How to apply

Applying is easy and all online. This link will walk first-time students through the process:

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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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.