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.
- 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
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
Emails from the College
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
YEAR SEVEN VISION SCREENING
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.
NCEA Credits for Driver's Licence
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.
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 https://www.esba.org.nz/
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.
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 JuneA 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.
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.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 619 7307
Internet Connectivity at home - Distance Learning
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:
· 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
· 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.
Contacting the College
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.