Northern Southland College

Newsletter - 10 June, Term 2 Week 6


10 June 2022

Kia ora koutou

Student wellbeing is constantly in the forefront of our minds. There are many ways that students can seek help at Northern Southland College:

Our Guidance Counsellor Kathryn Wright is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She works with students, their families and outside agencies.

Students can ask for help from any of their teachers that they feel comfortable talking to. This can be anyone from their Tutor Group Teacher, Subject Teacher, Dean, a Senior Leadership Team Member, Teacher Aide or Office Staff member.

Students may be comfortable speaking with a senior student who they trust. Our Year 7 students have Peer Support Leaders they can go and see. Our Tuakana/Teina programme has just begun and our students have begun to build another positive relationship in that space.

We have positive relationships with many outside agencies that work with our students when the need arises, such as the Public Health Nurse, Smoking Cessation Counsellors, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors and Mental Health Services.

If you or your child would benefit from speaking with someone please reach out to us so that we can help.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Vision/Hearing testing - Y 7 - Thursday 16 June
  • Market Day - Y9/10 Enterprise - Thursday 16 June
  • Y 13 Portabello Biology Trip - Monday 20 June - Wednesday 22 June
  • Y 9/10 Agriculture trip - Ravensdown - Balfour - Monday 20 June
  • Chainsaw Course - Wednesday 22 June
  • GRIP Leadership Course - Wednesday 22 June
  • Chainsaw Course - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June

Market Day Posters

Parents / Caregivers and families are welcome to attend the Y9 /10 Enterprise Studies class's Market Day which is being held on Thursday 16 June from 12.20 to 2pm

If you do come please bring your spare change to support the students and follow Covid 19 protocols by signing in at the office and wearing a mask

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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.

Piano for Sale

Atlas piano for sale in good condition. Still able to be tuned. $200 ono. Please contact the office on 03 2487121.
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Chainsaw Course

The students completed day 1 of the chainsaw course yesterday. It focused on safety, maintenance and different types of cuts. They also completed the majority of the paperwork so day 2 in a couple of weeks will be on the saws all day.


The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health team, Southern District Health will be visiting the College to screen all year seven students for distance vision on Thursday 16 June. Please note the change of date.

Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.

Tuakana Teina

This is our students undertaking activities to get to know their partners better. Lots of laughter as they worked through several "would you rather" scenarios. A surprising number of our students would prefer to be covered in fur rather than scales if they were their only options!
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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.

Guitars for sale

NSC has some guitars to sell that we no longer need. All have had new strings put on them recently. $30 each. Email for more details.


Northern Primary Cross Country / Southland Primary Cross Country

Well done to all NSC runners who competed at the Northern Primary Cross Country last week in Waikaia. It was a great day and you should all be very proud of the effort you put in. A special congratulations to the following students who finished in the top 6 for their age group and therefore go on to represent Northern at the Southland Cross Country at Waimumu next week - Friday 17 June. We wish you all the very best of luck and look forward to hearing how you all placed.

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The Girls' Basketball Team had their first win of the season last week beating Gore High School with a score of 50 to 19. They had a strong defensive strategy and gained a lot of points from big rebounds under the net. Ka pai team!

Keep up to date with any draw changes, results and any other basketball news on the Eastern Southland Basketball website

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Rugby Southland have introduced Thursday rugby for the boys grades this year. This means all teams will have two Thursday night games. Due to most games being a 4.15 kick off, boys will need to sign out from school early. Boys can communicate with their coaches if there is a problem.

At this stage, these are the games that are on a Thursday, but we imagine there will be more in the U16 grade as the draw is not completed yet due to the grade being split into three pods.

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Now that the hockey competitions are well underway, we need to make sure that all of our school players are registered.

Using the link below, players or parents can go online, find their school and register their information for the 2022 season if they haven’t done this already.

Please note. Click on the ‘Registration Form’ NOT the School.

Year 7 and 8 Hockey results

Thursday 2nd June

Good game against JHC Black. A very strong second half from NSC. Score: 3 - 3. POD Digby Saunders, Support Player Carrie Bullmore.

Thursday 9 June

A tough game against JH's best team, JHC Maroon. Our crew rose to the challenge and played well. Score 11- 0 Honor Collins and Amelia Bullmore joint POD, Support Player Grace Walling.
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The Girls' Football Team have started off the season with two wins, which is fantastic. Next week, we host SGSH Seconds.

First game: POD against Fiordland: Charlotte RF - we won 6-2

Second game: POD against Menzies: Rebecca Armitage - we won 5-3


Game 2nd June against Gore High 1st XI - Loss 13-1.

Player of the day Mitchell McLachlan

Game 9th June against Aurora College - Win 6-0.

Players of the day Alex McKenzie and Charlie Chen

Our youngest netballers were fortunate to enjoy a training session with Shannon, Kate and Renee from the Southern Steel earlier this week. Thank you Mossburn netball club for organising this wonderful opportunity.

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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

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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.

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.


University of Waikato Open Day

Open Days for both campuses will extend across Friday and Saturday to give students and their whānau the option to experience the best of what the University has to offer on the day that suits them best. The dates for these are:

· Hamilton campus: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May

· Tauranga campus: Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June

· Virtual Open Day: Wednesday 17 August

The Friday events are tailored for school leavers, but we also invite students to attend Saturday with their parents and whānau, at one or both campuses. On the day, students can:

· Attend information sessions, mini lectures and workshops

· Chat to our staff and students

· Enjoy live entertainment and food stalls

Click on the link to register and take part.

Virtual Open Day

For those students and staff who are not able to attend our on-campus Open Days, we will again hosting a Virtual Open Day later this year on Wednesday 17 August. We also ask that students register for this event.


We also want to encourage students to take a look at the comprehensive range of scholarships we have on offer for 2023. Our scholarships programme saw over 900 offers made to students in 2022.

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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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