Menzies College Newsletter

2 September 2022 - Term 3 Week 6

From the Principal’s Desk

Kia ora koutou katoa

This week there were over 60 students competing in winter tournament events from Nelson to Gore. Students have appreciated the opportunity to broaden their horizons after two years of disruption. We are very grateful to the following coaches and managers who have given their time to provide these opportunities.

Under 15 Rugby in Nelson - Jeremy McLeod and Tracey McLellan

Senior A Netball in Timaru - Melissa Rodgers and Sarah White

Boys Basketball in Dunedin - Tim Landreth

Hockey in Gore - Dean Ritani and Hayley Adams

Basketball in Gore - Hayley Adams and Mr A Latanafrancia

The BCITO class were busy last Friday replacing boards outside the junior block classrooms. This is a fantastic course that gives students the opportunity to gain work ready skills and confidence in preparation for future careers.

Some safety concerns have been raised about after school bus pickups. Following consultation between Wyndham Primary School, Menzies College, Ritchies Bus Company, Ministry of Education and the Regional Council, it has been decided that all buses will line up on Florence Street to pick up Wyndham Primary School pupils and remain there waiting for Menzies College students. This means that students on the Mataura Island, Fortrose and Tokanui routes will no longer meet the bus on Alma Street. They will now meet the bus outside the primary school. This takes effect as of Monday 12th September. A reminder that the speed limit past a stationary school bus picking up or dropping off students is 20km an hour.

Congratulations to:

  • The Menzies Year 7 netball team coached by Tamarah Morris, that won the Lani Frankie Broek Memorial Trophy for the highest goal differential and maximum conduct points at the Eastern Southland Netball prizegiving.
  • The Menzies Year 8 team who won the Stirling Sports Fourth Grade – Section Two Netball Eastern Southland Centre Trophy.

Nga mihi nui

Kath Luoni


Important Dates


  • 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 26 August

Seniors: Tyraine Moseley, Kliah Andit, Sar Latanafrancia, Sophie Leitch and Mr D Ritani

Week ending 2 September

Juniors: Logan de Malmanche, Diesel Ross, Alia Muntz, Kayla Hoffman and Miss B Soper

Your canteen vouchers can be collected from the office.

Haka Waiata

Last Wednesday our Haka Waiata performances took place. Photos show students practicing in front of each other in preparation for their performances.

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Art Department

This week 8CL finished their Robert Tabor inspired sculptures. There have been some fabulous ideas and hard mahi done to complete them to such high standards. All the sculptures have been made from old unwanted shoes and found items such as toilet rolls, leftover packaging, straws, cardboard boxes and parts of old tools. Once the theme and shapes have been decided the students then construct them and cover them in plaster bandage to complete the form. Students then paint, add details and glue on extras. The photo shows Paula Power with her creation.

Congratulations to Year 11 student Olivia Perriam who has sold one of her photography artworks 'Mai mai' at the ILT Art Awards. Well done Olivia, this is exciting news!

Wendy Ritson

Art Teacher

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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

English Department

Year 9 & 10 Speech Competition

Congratulations to all those who faced their fears and took part in our annual Junior Speech Competition. You were all outstanding! We were lucky enough to secure Sarah le Roux from Gore High School who is a keen participant in all things theatre and she was very impressed by all our speakers.

The place getters were as follows:

Year Nine: First place Maddison Elliott, second Hudson Roy

Year Yen: First place Anna McMullen, second Paige McEwan

Once again, well done to all those who participated.

L to R: Hudson Roy, Maddison Elliott, Sarah le Roux, Anna McMullen, Paige McEwan

Lucy McKelvie

(Head of Department - English)

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Outdoor Education Department

The Outdoor department has been busy lately with both the Tuesday and Friday classes getting out and about each week. The Tuesday class has begun teaching an outdoor skill to Year 2 and 3 students from Wyndham Primary. Senior outdoor students taught basic grid reference skills on a treasure map and also gave primary students the opportunity to have a go with a compass. It was fantastic to see Menzies students interacting and leading so confidently. They have also been doing extra bush navigation lessons and learning how to build an effective tarp shelter to sleep in. They will soon learn how to set snares and light fires with flint and steel for their Bush Survival unit assessment.

Our Friday outdoor class ventured up to the snow last week. Teacher Hayley Clarke and myself took eight students to Snowfarm, Cardrona. We cross-country skied 1.5 hours into the brand new Musterers Hut which was a fantastic experience. Once there we all set to work shoveling snow and created an awesome snow cave in which Jake, Josiah and Logan slept in comfortably for the night.

In the next few weeks both classes will be focusing on planning and leading an adventure based learning of their choice with peers.

Tim Landreth

Outdoor Education Teacher

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.

Year 8 Science

Year 8 are currently learning about the different types of energy and how energy changes. The students are completing a series of practicals based on each type of energy and for their assessment they will design a Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist who drew elaborate inventions that used a series of chain reactions to do simple tasks. The students will be graded on how many different energy changes they can include and explain. The photographs show students of class 8SJ measuring the amount of chemical potential energy stored in a cheezel by converting it into thermal energy which is then used to heat water.

Karen Clark

Science Teacher

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Level 1 Agriculture

This term the Level 1 Agriculture class have had many opportunities to have a go at various agricultural skills. This includes a tractor day, lamb crutching, a visit to Pemberton’s dairy farm and also a day out looking at the Future Farmers Cadet Course.

Photo on the right shows Max Bryson (Year 13) teaching Shaelin Moir (Year 11) how to crutch a lamb.

Lately they have been busy designing a landscape garden area for their latest Achievement Standard assessment. Students took site measurements using a laser rangefinder and have also sketched up various concepts in line with user requirements. Two visits on Thursdays have been made to Queens Park and Gore Botanical Gardens where students used 'Leaf Snap' technology on their phones to quickly identify the correct plant family and names of specific plants they want to use in their final design. We are looking forward to seeing what they come up with in their final landscape design drawings.

In the coming weeks students will be focused on learning about soil management in preparation for their external exam. No doubt we will also get the opportunity to tail a few lambs.

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L to R: Mr Jon Pemberton, Manea Mason-Guillard, Shaelin Moir, Renee Scobie (obscured), Lexie Kimura, Kerri Milne, Tessa Wishart, Bridget Scobie

Tim Landreth

Agriculture Teacher

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Deepthought Programme - Otago University

Deepthought is a programme that is run by the University of Otago and it offers an in-depth dive into the world of marine biology. It is normally run out on the Otago Peninsula at the Marine Research Station at Portobello. It runs through Year 10 to Year 13.

My first experience with the trip was in 2021 (Year 10) and this year I was lucky enough to be able to go again. Due to the heavy rain that occurred at the end of July, the first block was based at Otago University for three days. On the first day we all met and were given an outline of what, when, and how we would be doing activities. The second day was spent on one of the Otago marine research vessels called the Polaris II gathering samples of the water temperature, water density, and chlorophyll content of the outer harbour all the way north to Blueskin Bay. On that day we had some of the worst weather conditions that they had ever had for taking young people our age out: there were more than a few of us who were sea-sick! The third day was spent in the inner harbour gathering more samples with much more favourable weather conditions than the previous day. Thank goodness!

The roads were fixed in time for our second block so we spent two days at the Marine Biology Lab out at Portobello. Over those days we sifted through all of our data, making graphs, spreadsheets and a presentation so that on the second day we were able to have an Open afternoon for our family and members of the University to attend.

I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in marine life and science in general. It's a really fun way to be introduced into the world of science and also make some awesome friends.

Lewis McKelvie (Year 11)

Sports Department

Menzies Year 7 & 8 Hockey

The Year 7 and 8 hockey team finished their season last Thursday night. This was the debut season for a Menzies team in the Invercargill competition. They improved so much over the season and secured a few wins along the way.

Photo below:

Back Row L to R: Holly Muir, Jacob Stuck, Zoe Muir, Tom Blackmore, Kaitlyn Olive, Jesse Howe, Ivy Ritani, Lucas van der Straaten

Front Row L to R: Thomas Hutton, Wylie Clarke, Charlie Blackmore, Hollie Kennedy, Anna Smith

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Ngā Awa E Toru

Fundraising Efforts

Recently Ngā Awa E Toru was offered an amazing fundraising opportunity helping with a shelving refit at New World in Gore. Ākonga from Year 9 to 12 worked in teams for a week starting at 8:30pm each night and in return, New World generously donated to our kapa haka rōpū. We are so thankful for this opportunity with the funds going towards resources for kapa haka and we hope to go on a trip at the end of the year. Thank you so much to the whānau, teachers and support staff that helped us out. We really appreciate your ongoing support and guidance.


On Tuesday 23 August Ngā Awa E Toru attended the Murihiku Polyfest at Stadium Southland in Invercargill. The last time that Ngā Awa E Toru performed at Polyfest was approximately six years ago so this was an exciting opportunity for us. Before our own performance we were lucky to be able to watch and tautoko other schools that are part of our Kāhui Ako. Ngā Awa E Toru performed a new bracket that included poi, waiata-a-ringa and haka. They had an amazing performance and we are very proud of them. Thank you for all your support and kind messages. It means a lot to us all!

Ngā mihi nui

Samantha Johnstone, Lachie Hayes & Bailey Soper

Kapa haka Teachers

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Prize winner at Careerfest

Recently the senior students attended the Careerfest in Invercargill. The Asplundh stand (specialists in vegetation management) had a competition to guess the weight of a chainsaw. Congratulations to Year 11 student Rueben Constantine who guessed the correct weight at 15.5kg. The photo shows Rueben with the gear bag he received wearing some of the clothes. The bag was full of the following goodies: a toy chainsaw, lollies, pens, ear muffs, socks, caps, hat, hoodie, keyring, drink bottle and safety glasses. This is awesome and thank you to Asplundh for the generous prize!

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Daffodil Day

Thank you to everyone who bought something, donated money, wore yellow or helped with Daffodil Day. We raised a total of $580.20. Congratulations! The money comes from a variety of initiatives including on-line donations, mufti day, sale of badges, pens, ribbons and other things at our open night and from the office and snack shop. All funds will go to the Cancer Society.

Hauora/Well-being Committee

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.

The Vetco Wyndham & Districts Pet Day

Sponsored by Vetco supported by Farm Source, Farmlands, Wyndham Freight Services, FMG, Wyndham Four Square & ANZ

The Vetco Wyndham & Districts Pet Day Committee held their AGM and General meetings on Thursday, 25th August with no change to the elected Committee positions. Thank you to those of you that were at the meeting to show your support and help get this year’s Pet Day under way.

This year’s Pet Show will be held on Tuesday, 1st November at the Wyndham A & P Showground and the theme for 2022 is 'Sheep'. Now is a good time to start thinking about entries (particularly those who intend on bringing pet calves or lambs) and further information will go out in the last week of Term 3. There are the usual categories including: Animals (NB: Dogs Years 3-8 only); Fancy fruit/vegetable; Sand Saucer (preschool & Year 1-2 only); Floral Art; Needlework; Science invention/model; Baking – No-cook baking, muffins (all age groups), Large Cakes & Biscuits (Years 3-8 only). Please note that only one entry is compulsory and a second is optional.

The committee have made the decision to hold Pet Day this year but we will keep you informed if anything changes with respect to Covid. We hope to make Pet Day a fun, family day so bring on the great weather! If you are able to help judge at Pet Day, we would love to hear from you. Any enquiries please get in touch with Bathan Muir (President) on 206 6334.

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.

Edendale Rugby League

Edendale Rugby League are looking for students for our 12's and 14's team. Competition starts on Sunday, 16 October and goes for six weeks. The cost is $10 per student to play. Please contact Rachel on 0276007027 or message our facebook page.
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Elections 2022

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