Menzies College Newsletter

8 July 2022 - Term 2 Week 10

From the Deputy Principal’s Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

With the end of term this week we are now officially half-way through the academic year for 2022. As we all move towards a well deserved break I wish to thank both our staff and students for showing flexibility and resilience when Covid caused high numbers of absences, staffing shortages and countless postponements and interruptions. Thank you for stepping up and stepping in when it was needed, a true testament to the strength and support of our school community.

Last week saw the successful running of our Year 9 camp at Tautuku. A huge thank you to the large group of parents and our staff who made this possible.

On Wednesday, the Menzies Talent Show saw our school being wowed by the performing skills of some very brave and talented students. It was a diverse line-up, with students from Years 7 to 13 taking part. How great it was to see our audience supporting and enjoying these performances also. They all did our school proud. Thank you to Mrs McKelvie and Mr Power for making this event the success it was.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Tessa Ayers -Tessa placed second in both the Ice Sport Southland Figure skating (Youth Interpretive Bronze) and Alexandra Figure Skating Champs (Youth Interpretive Bronze) recently.
  • Paige McEwan - Paige received the award for ‘Most Improved Youth Ministock’ in the recent Speedway New Zealand (SNZ) prizegiving ceremony.
  • Sar Latanafrancia, Jack Ramage and Arden Knapp for making the Eastern Southland U17 Basketball team. Jack Ramage also made the Senior Men’s Eastern Southland Basketball team.
  • Kody Crump, Baxter Poole, Alex Burgess, Hunter Richards, Ethan Stewart and Luke Bryson who have been selected for the Southland Rugby 2022 wider training group. The Southland U16 and Southland U16 Spikers Squads will be selected from this group next term.

Good luck to any of our students taking part in sporting tournaments and competitions over the holiday break. We look forward to hearing their results.

I wish you all a safe and refreshing term break.

Nga mihi

Dean Ritani

Acting Principal

Menzies College PTA

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 2 August at 7:30pm in the Menzies College staffroom. Any questions/apologies please contact Sue Scobie on 027 4289900.

Important Dates


  • 8 - Last day of Term 2
  • 25 - First day of Term 3
  • 28 - Careerfest
  • 29 - School Ball


  • 1 - Dunedin Tertiary Information Day (Seniors)
  • 2 - PTA AGM
  • 11 - Open Evening (3.20pm-7pm. Welcome by Principal at 3.45pm no entry after 6.30pm)
  • 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
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Blair Vining - Mufti Day

On Friday 29 July (first week back) we will be holding a Red, Black and White Mufti day. All donations will be given to the Southland Charity Hospital fund in honour of Blair Vining.

Well Being/Hauora Committee

Menzies College Talent Show

On Wednesday the Arts and Culture Committee held a talent show during extended Whanau time. We were overwhelmed by the variety and number of acts who came forward with performances ranging from magic tricks to singing, a classical violinist to rock bands. The afternoon was compered by Deniz te Lindert.

The committee wish to thank all the performers for their dedication and enthusiasm for the show and also to acknowledge Mr Peter Power who attended to all the technical requirements. We are looking forward to holding another talent show in term four and welcome more wonderful performers!

Lucy McKelvie

Teacher in Charge

Art & Culture Committee

Photo (right): Sophie Frantz

Below L to R: Reece Lynch, Ralph Raluto, Maxine Lomboy, Sar Latanafrancia, Ollie Gutsell, Liana Gauldie, Chloe Laurie

Middle: Alia Muntz

Right: Sar Latanfrancia & Brooke McIntyre

Bottom: The talent show performers

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Science Department

Year 8 Footprints

As part of our current unit "Spot the difference" we are studying the prints made by animals, in particular, pest animals. We made tracking tunnels and we will be setting them next term to investigate the animals present at the Oxbow, Wyndham Reserve and around school. The students have chosen an animal to study their footprint and the pictures are of 8SJ creating a print out of half a potato. Next they will use their potato to make a trail and will use this as the basis to write a short observational piece.

Biology 201 (Year 12)

We have recently started studying the content for their External Assessment, Genetic Variation and change. To help reinforce DNA structure the students were given the challenge to create a model/poster of DNA in only two hours.

Year 9 Mars Rover

We are currently half way through our Matariki/Space unit and the students were challenged to make a Mars Rover that moves by itself using only cardboard and elastic bands.

Karen Clark


The photos below show students working on the various activities.

Mana Maori & Matariki

Mana Māori

The Mana Māori Committee recently received their own hāngi baskets made by Doug's Engineering (Andrew and Julie Johnstone). The wire was kindly donated by Steel and Tube and Johnston’s Wire Works. Thank you so much for supporting Menzies College and the Mana Māori Committee. We are very appreciative and these baskets will be used for all the Hāngis undertaken at school in the future.

Matariki Festival at Waimumu

Ngā Awa E Toru performed alongside many other students, staff and members of the community at the Hokonui Rūnanga Matariki Festival held at the Waimumu Field Days grounds on Friday 24 June. Ngā Awa E Toru was both anxious and excited as it was our first performance as a group. It gave them an awesome opportunity to showcase some of their waiata and new kākahu with the community. Ngā Awa E Toru performed amazingly well and we are super proud of every single one of them for their leadership, positive attitudes and commitment, not only on the day, but during the hours of practice in the lead up to the performance at the Matariki Festival.

We would like to thank all whānau involved with the preparation and transport to the event on the day. Without your support the day would not have run as smoothly as it did. We would also like to thank both the Hokonui Rūnanga and the committee behind organising such an amazing event. Lastly and certainly not least, we would like to thank the amazing Whaea Ashlee and her wee kaiāwhina who came to every one of our practices to tautoko and share her knowledge of kapa haka with us. We are so appreciative of everything she has taught us. We cannot wait to perform again soon at Mīharo Polyfest on 23 August.

Ngā mihi nui

Samantha Johnstone, Lachie Hayes & Bailey Soper

Teachers in Charge

Photos below show our wonderful Kapa Haka group in action

Careers/Transition Department

Girls in Trade

Year 11 students Tessa Ayers, Maia-Rose Henderson and Bridget Scobie had a fantastic day at the Working Mens' Club in Invercargill on Tuesday. Girls from all over the Southland region met to learn about opportunities in the Trades. We were spoken to by girls from plumbing, boat building, crane drivers, builders, electricians and mechanics all spoke to us about their careers. We had hands-on experience in many different trades and had a very enjoyable day. We all decided a job in the trades is well worth considering.

Thank you to Mr Brown for taking us to this event.

Tessa Ayers

Gateway Placement

This term I have been completing my Aviation Gateway Programme with the Gore Aero Club. Lachlan Crosbie, my flight instructor, has been taking me through booklets about flight mechanics, principles of flight, the history of flying an flight training options. Alongside the bookwork Lachlan took me for two 1 hour flights in the Tecnam aircraft at the Gore Aero Club with another flight happening in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Menzies College who kindly paid for two of my flights. We progressed from taxiing the runway, descending and accending to now being able to take off and land the plane smoothly. I encourage others to kick start their desired career through the Gateway programme and the careers department here at Menzies. It was totally worth it!

Hunter Richards

Year 12

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GRIP Conference

On Wednesday 22 June a group of Year 12 students went to a GRIP Leadership Course held in Gore. Schools from throughout the Southland region sent their senior leaders to the course. Menzies has been attending this conference for the past five years and have found it to be a really valuable experience .

Throughout the day we had different sessions on building leadership roles, applying practical skills and ideas to allow us to contribute back into our schools. We had insight into new opportunities and building as an individual on a larger scale to create an impact on our wider community.

Students described the day as a good experience, enjoyable and very worthwhile. This is definitely one of the better courses available to students to learn about themselves and the role they can play as a leader in a school.

Dave Lewis

Senior Dean

Back row L to R: GRIP Presenter, Braden Poyntz-Roberts, Arden Knapp, GRIP Presenter, Josie McLellan, Naidene Wilson, Chloe Laurie, Maxine Lomboy, Liana Gauldie

Front row L to R: Sophie Ferguson, Bradley Hedges, Hunter Richards

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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 1 July

Seniors: Sherlene Novo, Abby van der Straaten, Shaelin Moir, Rueben Constantine and

Mr Eamon Dakin

Week ending 8 July

Juniors: Wylie Clark, Johanna Olive, Cedric Abella, Lincoln Haenga and Mr Lachie Hayes

Your canteen vouchers can be collected from the office.

Social Science Department

Year 10 Business Studies

On Wednesday 22 June the Year 10 Business Studies class visited McDonald’s on Dee Street, Invercargill as part of their business topic on how a franchise operates. We were very fortunate to have our questions answered by Justin Stonelake who as well as having the franchise for the Dee Street branch, also has the franchise for McDonalds, Elles Road, Invercargill and the three branches in Dunedin.

After this we were given a tour around the business by Marilou, an operations manager who is originally from Whangarei and has worked for McDonalds for 15 years. This was very informative too. Then it was time for a meal!

We would like to thank Justin and Marilou for taking time out of their busy schedules to cater for our visit. It was much appreciated.

Lincoln Joyce


Back Row L to R: Mr Lincoln Joyce, Simone Vesey, Alyssa Ozar, Vaughn Dinnan, Ruby Ritani, Marilou, Chloe Gerring-Edwards

Front Row L to R: Ben Laurie, Sam Ramage, Joaquin Cabrera and Joshua Leitch

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Speedway Win for Paige McEwan

I’m Paige McEwan. I am a Year 10 student and in my spare time I like to race speedway. I have been around it for my whole life and recently got my first Ministock, a Datsun 1200. I have just finished my first season and I absolutely loved it. I travelled all around the South Island and raced at different tracks.

I recently attended the end of the season prize giving at Central Motor Speedway where I made it into the final nominations for Speedway New Zealand (SNZ) Best Attitude, Most Improved Youth Ministock and Rookie of the Year. Altogether this is a big achievement in itself and I ended up getting the award for Most Improved Youth Ministock which was a surprise but I am very proud and pleased of my achievements this season.

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The Cancer Society - Volunteers Needed

The Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to join our Supportive Care Team in Southland supporting those affected by cancer and their whānau/families in Tokanui, Edendale and Wyndham areas.

Our Supportive Care Volunteers support with one or more of the following:

  • Client visits providing companionship, running occasional errands with our clients such as posting mail. Time commitment is around 1-2 hours per week when you are matched with a client.
  • Client drivers support our clients to get to and from their appointments and/or support groups, helping to ensure that their needs are met. Time commitment is occasional.

You will need to have a COVID-19 vaccine pass and booster to volunteer with us.

Find out more by contacting Caroline Carter on 021 279 7797 or email at

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.

Bread tags raise funds for wheelchairs (if they are colour coded before they are handed in that would be great).

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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ILT Kidzone - Exciting News

This year, if you keep your valid ILT Kidzone 2022 ticket, families can gain exclusive access to discounted school holiday activities in Southland thanks to six participating local businesses. See the poster below for details.

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School holiday fun at The Bunker

There will also be a fun trip to Camp Columba on Friday 15 July in the afternoon. The Bunker is situated at 45 River Street, Mataura. For further information contact Phil Greer at

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.