Northern Southland College

Newsletter - 25 March , Term 1 Week 8


25 February 2022

Kia ora koutou

Yesterday we were fortunate to take delivery of 12 Chromebooks from Sam at Southfuels. Thank you to our wonderful families that use Southfuels and donate their ‘fuel for schools’ proceeds to NSC. You will see a photo of our Year 11 students holding the Chromebooks that Sam presented to us today.

A reminder about cell phone use at NSC. During class time and Tutor Group time, cell phones must remain in student bags. Cell phones are only to be used in class when the teacher gives permission to do so. This will only be to enhance teaching and learning. Students may use cell phones before and after school and during break times if they wish. Students found using their phone in class without permission will be asked to hand their phone to the teacher for the remainder of the period or entire school day for repeat offences. Please support us in ensuring that cell phones are not a distraction in class and used for education and not entertainment.

You may be aware of the government announcement regarding changes to the Covid Protection Framework, My Vaccine Pass and vaccination mandates. The most recent information from the Ministry of Education (23 March) can be found in this newsletter.

We currently have not experienced the same level of COVID positive cases at NSC in comparison to most schools in Southland. However, it is clear that cases are steadily increasing. I have no doubt that this will impact our ability to keep all students at school at some stage. Teaching staff are uploading classwork onto Google Classroom for students to access from home when required. If your child is at home and you need extra guidance or hard materials please contact the Office. If your child tests positive for COVID please contact the Office. We are expected to give accurate daily case numbers (not names) to the Ministry of Education.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Sam from South Fuels presenting the 12 new chrome books to the Year 11 students

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Upcoming Events

  • Attitude Programme - Monday 4 April 10am -1.30pm
  • End of Term 1 - Friday 15 April
  • Start of Term 2 - Monday 2 May
  • Cross Country - Friday 6 May
  • Year 11 Kepler Camp - Tuesday 10 May - Friday 13 May

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.

Relay For Life

On Friday 18 March , the Year 13s organised an event for NSC to participate in, the Relay for Life, which raises money for the cancer foundation. There was a mufti day that allowed students to dress in the colours significant to a cancer of their choice. At first break we held a sausage sizzle and at clubs we held the “Relay for Life”.

During clubs, students could enter a team and walk around the track, to show our solidarity to those who have survived cancer and those we have lost. Throughout the day we also had a memory board, where students could place photos of loved ones and share their stories and how they have been affected by cancer.

Overall it was a really good day, and we were really happy with how many people decided to take part in walking around the track. As a school we walked 82km.

Lost Property

There are a considerable number of items in the lost property box. School uniforms and shoes, casual clothing, even an entire swimming bag. Can you please ask your child to check the lost property box before the end of term. A reminder to write students' names on anything brought to school. Items left at the beginning of next term will be donated.

Student ID Cards

If you would like to order a Student ID card please email Cards cost $10 and must be paid for before you receive the card. The card is valid for 1 year. Orders must be in by Friday 8 April to receive your card before the end of term.

Year 12 Riverton trip

On Tuesday (22 March), the Year 12 Biology and English students went to Riverton as part of their assessments.

Despite spending the day at a beach on a gorgeous sunny day, the students were able to get plenty of work done ahead of schedule.

Career Ready - Adventure Southland

In Career Ready this year, students are working with outside providers to complete their Work Ready Passport. Last week Adventure Southland came to run a session with students around soft skills. Students completed activities around teamwork, communication, problem solving, positive attitude and resilience.

Year 12 Chemistry Students doing Titrations

Trades Academy/Gateway

Our Trades Academy/Gateway students off on a foggy Friday morning.

Sam Watson and Joseph Braithwaite attend the Uniformed Services programme; Alyssa Frew the Hair Salon Skills programme.

Ryan Senior, who gets picked up along the way, attends the Digital Design and Animation. These trades students attend SIT campus each Friday. The lovely Rachel is our van driver and “Trades Mum”.

Lachy Elder has a Gateway Placement at Brent Scammell Honda in Winton and Caleb Hellewell a Gateway Placement at Lochiel Engineering.


Caiden Reid is currently undertaking his Gateway placement at David Stevenson Auto Ltd in Riversdale. Caiden is an integral part of the team, and it was great to see him in action on Friday afternoon. He is currently continuing his studies with MITO and is completing the Accelerate programme.

Armed Forces visit - Career Ready

Last Thursday the Career Ready class (and anyone else that was interested) had a visit from Jasmine from the Navy and Patty from the Army Reserves. They talked to the group about the opportunities available in the NZ Defence Forces and answered the many questions the students had for them.

School App - Reminder to update which groups you receive messages for. Especially with regards to sport as reminders & information will be sent out on the App

The last of the Athletics Records:

Congratulations to the following students for a stellar performance in the 3000m

U12 Boys - Lachlan Gill ran a time of 13:47 beating Benjamin Rodgers-Foran’s record by a minute.

U14 Boys - Sawyer Jones ran a time of 12:30 beating Byron Pease’s record of 14:37. Charlie Chen also needs a mention as 2nd place getter, he beat the record finishing with a time of 13:54.

U16 Girls - Gemma Bulleid smashed the record of 18:34 held by Danyca Salva by finishing with a time of 12:33. Giavana Santelli who finished 2nd place also beat the record by finishing with a time of 17:41.

Halfmoon Bay Triathlon:

We have been offered a wonderful opportunity for 2 teams of Year 8s to compete in a Triathlon at Stewart Island next week… We wish Blake Bulleid, Digby Saunders, Aiden McLean, Jed Sheat, Xavier Kington and Amelia Bullmore all the very best!

A big thank you to Andrea Bulleid for transporting and managing the team. We are ever so grateful to willing parents who put their hand up to help with any sporting teams.


Great effort from both of our volleyball teams who played in Invercargill last week! Each team came home with at least one win - we will be cheering them on at their upcoming semi finals.

Southland Swimming Sports

On 13 March, Benjamin Rodgers-Foran and Cooper Leach headed to Invercargill to swim in the Southland Swimming Sports. They competed in three races each, plus joined some students from Verdon College in two relays, one of which gained a 3rd place.


Was a great day at Balfour for the Northern Southland Championships. The Junior Balfour boys took out the Windamere Trophy. Congratulations to all the participants on some very competitive shooting.

Netball - Mossburn Netball Club - Trial Dates for 2022


Due to Central pushing back the start of the season we have decided to push everything back 2 weeks to line up with that. So new dates are below:

Adults/Year 10-13 - Tuesday 29 March, 7pm

Year 1-6 Thursday 31 March, 4-5pm

Year 7-13 Thursday 31 March, 5-6pm.

All trials will be held at the Mossburn Community Centre. Any inquiries, please get in touch with Sarah Stark, 021 186 2578.

Winton Football Club

Registrations to play the winter football season are now available using this link. Prompt registration is requested so that teams can be formed to be entered in the competitions by 31 March 2022.

Players of all genders are welcome, and the club caters for ages 4 years upwards including adults, male and female. General enquiries can be made to

Tutor Group Challenge

This is a challenge for Tutor Groups held every Thursday. HWC won the first challenge and were then challenged by HDN to play handball. HWC won that challenge and was then challenged by EMP to a tug of war. HWC won again and will now be challenged by HBL. Challengers get to choose the activity.

COVID-19 Protection Framework, My Vaccine Pass and vaccination mandates - Information from the Ministry of Education

  • The removal of vaccination mandates for education workers will take effect from 11.59pm Monday 4 April.
  • On the same date, removal of the My Vaccine Pass from the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).
  • There is no requirement to display QR code posters (although we encourage you to retain them) or have other processes, other than your regular processes, to support people to check-in. This system may need to return if case numbers rise.

Red ‘Traffic Light’ Setting

  • There is no change to masks in education settings from the existing Red setting. Medical-grade masks remain a requirement for staff working indoors with children and young people in Years 4-13.
  • For all New Zealanders, including school settings, masks will not be required outdoors.
  • Capacity limits will be removed for outdoor events and activities.
  • Indoor capacity limits for extra-curricular activities increase to 200 people, or a maximum capacity based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was one metre apart (whichever is lower).

Other more minor impacts for schools are primarily related to managing non-curriculum related events and activities under the different colour settings of the framework, such as capacity limit changes and revised mask requirements.

We will provide further information on these changes once the health order amendments are confirmed and Government advice is updated for businesses and services in regard to removal of the MVP from the framework.

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.

Growing Stars

Growing Stars is a workshop developed to help children between 6 - 12 years with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia, as well as their parents, understand and manage the emotional impact of living with this learning difficulty.

Having a learning difficulty usually results in heightened anxiety and worry about learning, frustration and low self esteem overall.

If you would like to find out more about Growing Stars and a holiday program which supports students that have a learning difference / neurodiversity to cope with the emotional impacts of 'being different', click here

Canteen Orders

Please make sure you have the correct amount of money for your canteen order. Also some people have been using old forms. The order form has changed from last year. Make sure you are using the latest order form. These are available at the office.
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Extension to COVID-19 hardship assistance for whānau

The Government has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance until Thursday 30 June.

This means more casual or part-time workers, or people who aren’t already getting financial support, will continue to be eligible for help with their immediate or emergency costs. This is especially important for those who need direct help as part of the COVID-19 welfare response.

People new to MSD can check these links to see the new income limits:

· Special Needs Grant

· Recoverable Assistance Payment

· Advance Payment of Benefit

· then click on our check what you might get guide.

You will be be asked some easy questions about your costs, then MSD will let them you about any Work and Income payments you may be able to get.

Alternatively, if You would like to talk with MSD, you can call:

· 0800 559 009 for working age

· 0800 552 002 for over-65s

· 0800 88 99 00 for students

Interpreters are available.

Please note, income limits for Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, Transition to Work Grants and the Course Participation Allowance aren’t changing.

NSC Policies and Procedures

NSC Policies and Procedures have all been updated and can be found at

On the right hand side of the webpage click the ‘search for your school’ tab and type in ‘Northern Southland College’

Username: nsc

Password: respect

The search bar on the left of our School Docs home page is a great way to find any specific information you may be looking for


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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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