Menzies College Newsletter

19 August 2022 - Term 3 Week 4

From the Principal’s Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

The first four weeks of term have sped by and for seniors this means there are only nine school weeks left before they go on exam leave. It is important that all students make the most of their time in class in the lead up to both practice examinations in Week 8 of this term (starting on Monday 12 September) and final examinations that run from 7 November until 2 December. The NCEA Examination timetable can be found by following this link

Last week NZQA recognised the ongoing disruption that isolating due to Covid has had on student learning. They have once again decided to use Learning Recognition Credits as a way to compensate for the lost learning opportunities. This means that students entered for NCEA Level 1 only require 70 credits (normally 80) and Level 2 and 3 only require 52 credits (normally 60).

We are very pleased to once again be able to invite the community to our annual Haka and Waiata competition. This is a hotly contested event full of pride and passion. It happens next Wednesday 24 August. Please be seated no later than 2.15pm.

Congratulations to:

  • Ralph Raluto who won the Student Section of the ILT Art Awards.
  • Jack Ramage for winning the $1,000 Muriel Archer Scholarship from Eastern Southland Basketball to support up and coming players.
  • The Menzies A Boys Basketball team that won the Eastern Southland Secondary Schools competition.
  • Ellie McKelvie and Liana Gauldie who came fourth in a recent 'New Zealand Made' dance competition representing Menzies College, pictured below Ellie (left) and Liana.

Good luck to:

  • Ngā Awa ē Toru, the Menzies College Kapa Haka group who will be representing us on Tuesday at Polyfest.
  • The 58 students who will be representing Menzies College all over the South Island for tournament week starting on 29 August.

Nga mihi nui

Kath Luoni


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Teacher Only Day

Next Monday 22 August Menzies College will have a Teacher Only Day along with most of the rural secondary schools in Southland. This is to continue preparations for ongoing curriculum and assessment changes. Please do not send students to school on Monday 22 August.

Whanau Conferences

These will be held on Tuesday 27 September for Year 9-13 from 3:45-7pm. There is also an NCEA talk for all Year 10 parents/caregivers in the hall. This will run from 5:30pm-6pm (tea break for whanau teachers). Information regarding booking for these conferences will be sent out next week.

Dean Ritani

Deputy Principal

Important Dates

  • 22 - Accord Teacher Only Day
  • 23 - Polyfest
  • 24 - Haka Waiata
  • 26- Daffodil Day -Mufti day (gold coin, dress yellow if possible)
  • 29-2 September - Tournament Week

  • 4-5 - Year 13 Titration trip to Dunedin
  • 5-9 - Green Week (no outside appointments to be made)
  • 12-16 - Practice Exams
  • 20 - Sports Photos
  • 23 - Netball prizegiving and AGM
  • 27 - 101 Geography trip to Gore
  • 27- Whanau conferences Year 9-13
  • 27 - Year 10 parents NCEA talk
  • 28 - SIT talk for seniors
  • 30 - Last day of Term 3


  • 17 - First day of Term 4
  • 20 - Youthmark Ceremony
  • 24 - Labour Day - school closed
  • 26-27 LMV athletics


  • 4 - Last day for senior students
  • 7-2 December - NCEA Exams
  • 14 - HPV Vaccinations
  • 19 - Southland Primary Athletics
  • 28 - Teacher Only Day


  • 12 - Last day of Term 4

Achievement Slip Draw

Congratulations to the following students and staff members:

Week ending 12 August

Seniors: Maia-Rose Henderson, Kem Wanyo, Ivy Hartley, Jake Kiernan and Mr Tim Landreth

Week ending 19 August

Juniors: Alex Johnston, Sophie Ross, Phoenix Kaal, Jacqui Milne and Mrs Karen Clark

Your canteen vouchers can be collected from the office.

Head Students 'pump it up'

This week the head students started their weekly 'pump it up' challenges. Students had to find Miss Soper or Mrs Clark and take a selfie with them and show us. Our winners of the selfie challenge were Hudson Roy, Charlie Blackmore and Danyon Ashman. Keep an eye out for us next week for our next challenge!

L to R: Lisa Yorke (Deputy Head Girl), Danyon Ashman, Charlie Blackmore, Hudson Roy, Jake Kiernan (Head Boy) & Arin Read (Head Girl)

Art Department

A huge congratulations to Ralph Raluto who won the Student Section of the ILT Art Awards. Ralph entered two works into this competition, one painting and one photograph. The work he won with titled ‘The Culture’ is an A4 sized painting that takes inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat and the neo-expressionism movement, along with dilution techniques that Ralph has mastered following his study of David Salle. Ralph has also looked to manga artists to help him develop some of his compositional ideas. ‘The Culture’ is a painting of Kendrick Lamar and carries a message of overcoming barriers and making the best of each moment.

The ILT Art Awards are a prestigious event and it is a real honour for Ralph to have won this category. As a Year 12 student, winning this award signals Ralph as an up and coming young artist. At the exhibition opening and awards evening, Ralph was shocked when his name was called out and said that he “couldn’t even smile properly.” He is a very deserving recipient of this award and we are looking forward to seeing what he does next.

The exhibition runs until 2 September at Te Rau o Te Huia in Invercargill.

Bianca Gibbs

Art Teacher


Eastern U14 Netball

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the Eastern U14 netball team - pictured left to right Anna McMullen, Renee Crump and Jessica Scobie. The girls played in two tournaments, one in Dunedin last weekend and one in Gore last Sunday.

NZ Bantam Ice Hockey League

Congratulations to Aidan Taylor for selection into the U15 Junior Thunder squad to compete in the New Zealand Bantam Ice Hockey League. Pictured is Aidan maneuvering around a player during one of the opening round games. The league runs three rounds finishing up with medal matches during the October school holidays.

Southland Secondary Schools Sports - Smallbore Rifle Target Shooting

Seven Menzies College students competed three 10 shot cards each over club nights at the Wyndham Smallbore Rifle Club. The scores from the 21 students from Southland who competed were divided into 3 grades - A, B, and C. The top three from each grade were asked to compete in a final shoot at the Invercargill Smallbore Rifle Club on 15 August. Four Menzies students qualified to shoot. Two more 10 shot cards were shot with scores added up. The scores are out of a possible 200.20. Results were as follows:

A Grade

1st - Flynn Russell (James Hargest) 197.5

2nd - Max Russell (James Hargest) 191.8

3rd - Kimberley Simmons (Menzies) 189.7

B Grade

1st - Jake Kiernan (Menzies) 177.4

2nd - Caleb Molloy (Fiordland) 173

3rd - Nick Tutini (James Hargest) 165.2

C Grade

1st - Jessica Scobie (Menzies) 167.2

2nd - Lachlan Dale (Menzies) 147.2

3rd - Cody Molloy (Fiordland) 141

Congratulations to everyone, especially Jake Kiernan and Jessica Scobie for both getting personal bests at their first competition shoots.

Eastern Southland Basketball

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the recent prizegiving:

  • Jack Ramage - Most Promising U18 Boy trophy and the Muriel Archer Basketball $1,000 Scholarship
  • Menzies boys won the Secondary A Grade
  • Sophie Ferguson - Most Improved Player (Women)
  • A Grade basketball team bet Northern Southland in the final 78-40 (pictured below)

A great effort Menzies!

Back Row L to R: Logan Andrews, James Abella, Jacob Harvey, Peyton Dickson, Reece Lynch

Front Row L to R: Arden Knapp, Jack Ramage, Sar Latanafrancia, Mr A Latanafrancia (Coach), Ralph Raluto, Rayden Kaahu-Wright

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Last Friday we took 50 students away to the Moffett cup in Invercargill. We had three teams this year, two netball teams (a Year 7 team and Year 8 team) and a Year 7-8 rugby team. Overall the day was amazing! We had older students taking on the responsibility of refereeing and umpiring and it was really good to see them in this type of environment. The Year 7 and Year 8 netball teams placed 2nd equal overall and the rugby boys placed 3rd!

Many thanks to the staff member, parents/caregivers and students who helped on the day - these things cannot take place without you! We look forward to next year.

Hayley Adam & Kailey Yeoman

Sports co-ordinators

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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


On Thursday 28 July, 70 of our Year 11, 12 and 13 students attended this event held at Stadium Southland, Invercargill. While there, students had the opportunity to visit 65 exhibitors and talk to people in the industry to get some ideas for their future career pathway options.

CareerFest plays a key role in educating for employment by providing vital links with employers, industry experts, training organisations and tertiary institutions with the purpose of raising student awareness and encouraging them to make informed career plans. It was a very successful event which the students enjoyed gauging by their comments and interest on the day.

Thank you to Mr Bennett, Mrs Williams and Mrs Ritson for coming along on the day to help supervise.

Tertiary Open Day

On Monday 1 August interested Year 12 and 13 students attended this event in Dunedin. The purpose of the Dunedin Tertiary Information Day programme is to enable students to observe first-hand what the tertiary environment is like. They visited special displays and presentations and explored the various facilities students use (e.g. the University Union, Polytechnic, University of Otago Student Centres, Libraries, Unipol Recreation Centre, Recreation Services and the Clubs and Societies Building). Many students also took the opportunity to visit Halls of Residence to look at potential accommodation options while they study next year.

I’m sure that all students gained some valuable insight into tertiary education and lifestyle and this event helped with their planning for next year.

Many thanks to Mr Bennett for attending and helping to supervise.

Lincoln Joyce

Careers Support

Science Department

Year 11 & 12 Students - Applications are open for the following!

Hands on Otago - a taste of University life

This event is taking place from 10-15 January 2023. Cost is $675 (we usually have 5 students attend this each year).

Year 12 Students only (usually 1 or 2 attend this each year)

  • Otago Advanced Science Academy one week in January and July 2023. Cost is $231 for both weeks.
  • Rotary Science Forum, 8 - 22 January, Auckland, sponsored

If any students are interested email or see Mrs Dale at school. Help with sponsorship is available.

Daffodil Day - Friday 26 August (Week 5)

Menzies College will be holding a mufti day in support of the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day. We would love to see everyone dress in yellow and give a gold coin donation in support of this cause. We also have daffodil badges ($4), pens ($2), ribbons ($1) and pop-up bags ($5) for sale at the office, as well as the usual daffodil flower that can be purchased in the office for a coin donation. Alternatively you could make a donation to the Menzies Colleges donation page at or use the following link to the Cancer Society:

We thank everyone in advance for their support.

Well-being/Hauora Committee

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Community Notices

Wyndham Rest Home - 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 Friday 9 September 2022.

Wyndham & Districts Pet Show

The Wyndham and Districts Pet Show AGM and general meeting are to be held on Thursday, 25th August in the Lounge Bar at the Wyndham Pub at 7:30pm. All parents and caregivers are warmly invited to attend. Apologies to Bathan Muir (03) 206 6334 or Leanne Johnston 027 6644647.

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.

Wyndham Community Pool

The Wyndham Community Pool AGM will be held on Wednesday 31 August, 7.30 pm in the Three Rivers Lounge Bar, Wyndham. Please come along to show your support of this wonderful local facility. Apologies to

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