Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 3 Week 2


5 August 2022

Kia ora koutou

Ball night has arrived and we are very excited to see our senior students in their finest attire tonight at the Mossburn Community Centre. Thank you so much to the Ball Committee for organising tonight’s festivities and thank you to Miss Eason for supporting the students with their organisation and teaching ballroom dancing to them.

Tonight would also be impossible without our parents, whānau and friends of NSC helping out with many requests from the Ball Committee and in getting children prepared for the night. From 6.30pm we welcome all family and friends of NSC to come and see our students arrive, complete the grand march and have their first dance.

Thank you to all of our students who have volunteered to help out at Open Night on Thursday 18 August. Last year we had almost half of our students helping in class and as guides. This year the numbers are very similar. Open Night is from 5.30pm to 7.00pm Students involved will receive a light meal at approximately 4.30pm.

A reminder that our parent teacher interviews are this coming Thursday 11 August from 3.45pm to 8.00pm. You can book an interview on the School Interviews website. Specific details can be found in this newsletter. If you are not available to meet with teachers on 11 August and wish to get an update on your child’s progress, please contact the school office or email the staff ( to arrange.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • NSC Ball - Friday 5 August
  • School photos - Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 August
  • Y9/10 Agriculture trip to Ravensdown Balfour - Wednesday 10 August
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 11 August
  • Winter 7 Aside Tournament - Tuesday 16 August
  • NSC Open night - Thursday 18 August 5.30-7.30 pm

We need you to step forward for our school: SCHOOL BOARD TRIENNIEL ELECTIONS

BOT elections will take place on 21 September 2022. Being on the board is an important and

rewarding role. Nominate yourself or someone else.

What do trustees do?

Being on the school Board of Trustees means working as a team to make sure every child/ tamariki reaches their highest possible standard in educational achievement. As part of that key responsibility, here are some of the things boards do:

  • Work with the Principal and consult with staff, students and the community
  • Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor progress and let parents know how the school is progressing against its annual targets and how well students are achieving
  • Decide how the school's funding will be spent
  • Support the school's principal and support the development of all staff
  • Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.

For more information check out:

Or contact:

Presiding Member (Chair): Jonny Elder - 027 275 6815

Principal: Pete Wilkinson - 027 482 3238

Returning Officer: Glenda Chan - 03 248 7121 (term time only)

Nominations open Friday 29 July and close at 12pm, Wednesday 17 August.

You do not need to be a parent to stand for election.

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Year 13 Tertiary Camp

Leaving bright and early on Sunday morning Jordan, Charlotte, Riancke, Riley, Kate and Mrs Duncan left for the big smoke of Dunedin. Excitement and anxiousness loomed as they were ready to embark on 2 days of campus tours, accommodation tours, lectures, presentations, getting lost, you name it: they were match fit.

Dinner at the Esplanade at St Clair a highlight along with accommodation at the Sahara where bed socks were compulsory! Playgrounds on the way home and these students are now ready to take on the world in 2023!

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.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 11 August, from 3:45pm - 5:30pm and 6pm - 8pm, in our school hall. All interviews must be booked through our online system (details below).

Online bookings close at 1pm on the 11th August.

To book interviews:

1. Go to
2. Click on Make a Booking
3. Enter the code: xrg2c
4. Complete your details and make bookings with the teachers you would like to see

If you have any problems booking interviews please contact the office on 03 248 7121.

Ruby and Doug

Doug came to art. We had a lot of fun with him and got a paw print painted from Doug.

Weatherboard Classroom for Sale

Weatherboard classroom for removal from Northern Southland College, 51 Maria St, Lumsden. Chattels include - heat pump, blinds, light fittings, fixed floor coverings and wall linings. The purchaser will be responsible for costs associated with removing the building and ensuring the area is left in a neat and tidy condition. Building must be removed by 14 October.

Offers over $25k + GST considered. Please contact Peter Richards 027 448 2214 for further information.

Permission Forms

Just a reminder that we are required by the Ministry to have received signed permission by a parent/caregiver for any student to participate in a school sport or activity. In most cases you should receive the form as a hard copy and email. Please remember to return these to school with your child. Without a copy of the signed permission form they will not be able to participate in the sport /activity.

School photos

School photos are being held next Monday 8th of August. Students will be getting class and team/group photos on Monday.

On Tuesday 9th of August all students will be getting individual photos and family photos (if requested). Tuesday will be a Mufti Day.

Below is a link to a booking form for family photos, please fill this in by Monday morning if you would like one taken.

Please also remind your students to bring their sports socks if they have them on Monday for team photos.

Also ALL netballers need to bring their netball uniform on Monday and the Yr 7/8 Hockey Teams need to bring their playing uniforms.

A timetable of photos is available on the NSC Facebook page.

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NSC Covid mask requirements

All schools received MOE notification at the end of the school holidays for schools to make their own decision regarding mask wearing mandates. We have considered this and at this stage our rules are unchanged (see below)

NSC Health and Safety Covid mask wearing requirements:

· Highly recommended for staff/students to wear masks at school and on school trips but not compulsory (remains compulsory on school buses and if required on a school trip – eg. Visiting a business)

· Visitors to wear a mask indoors (unless exempt)

· Contractors/outside providers (eg. Plumber / University Liaison Staff) to wear a mask when indoors

· No mask wearing required outdoors

· If/when in presence of highly immunocompromised staff member/student we may need to provide masks to those present

· We will visit these requirements if conditions change (eg. exponential growth in Covid cases/illness at NSC, MOE/Government mandates reinstated)

NSC Policy review

Term 3 topics are ready to view and review on the School Docs website. Here is how you access the website:

Search for school: Northern Southland College

Username: nsc

password: respect

Then go to 'current review' and the instructions will guide you through the process.

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.



Congratulations to our NSC players who have been selected for Southland Squads.

Josh Lowe U16

Cody Lowe U16

Gemma Bulleid U16

Lachy Elder U18 Southland Country Squad

Grace Duthie U18 Girls and Southland Hinds Women’s Rugby

A reminder that team photos are on Thursday 18th August at Midlands Rugby Club

The time table is listed below, this is the time of the photo (not the time to arrive). They will not wait for anyone running late as it is an extremely tight schedule.

Coaches/managers will be collecting all team jerseys on photos night, a reminder to bring them back on the night. Those teams that make finals will be collected the following week.

3.50pm - U14 Boys

4.00pm - U16 Boys Red

4.10pm - U16 Boys Blue

4.20pm - U16 Girls

4.30pm - Girls 1st XV

4.40pm Boys U18 Development

4.50pm Boys 1st XV


Girls' Football

Congratulations to our Girls' Football team, winning against SGHS Two, 2-0. This means that we finished second in the top division for Girls' Football in the Southland competition!

Well done to Rebecca, who scored both of our goals. POD is Charlotte RF, this is fitting as it was her last game for the team and she has been playing since year 7. Well done Charlotte and all the team, it was a great final.

Boys' Football - result from Thursday 4 August

NSC vs CSC draw 4-4

POD Hunter Baucke and Lachlan Gill


Congratulations to the Senior A Boys' Basketball Team who finished their season on a high as runner-up in their competition. A big thank you must go to Adam Bayer who has been very committed as player/coach for the season. And Bruce Lee for managing the team and making sure the team was organised each week


Year 7 & 8 team the Year 7& 8 team played well in tough weather conditions last Thursday . SBHS won 4:1. POD Sam Ussher and Support Player Isla Hailes.

Hockey B Team the B team played Menzies and had a win 1-0. Huge thanks to Xavier Kington, Sam Ussher, Harrison Berkers and Rebecca Armitage who filled in to make sure we had enough players. POD Rebecca Armitage.

Hockey A Team The A team had a win 3-2 against a depleted Verdon. Thank you to Ava Leach, Kirsten Armitage and Tanner Price for making up the numbers and then playing for your own team.

School Photos

A reminder that school photos are on Monday. Please see below uniform requirements for sport team photos.

Rugby - School Uniform

Netball - Netball Dresses / Skirt and Top (bring from home)

Basketball - Playing kit (at school)

Hockey Yr 7/8 - Playing kit (bring from home)

Hockey Senior - Bring socks from home. Playing kit (at school).

Football Playing kit - (at school)

Clay Target Shooting Uniform - (bring from home)

Volleyball - School Uniform

Badminton - School Uniform

X Country Champs - School Uniform

Athletic Champs - School Uniform

Upcoming Events

Southland Secondary School Badminton Champs - Thursday 11 August 2022

Good luck to the 2 teams selected to represent NSC at this tournament. We wish you all the best:

Lachy Elder, Josh Lowe, Jacob Richards and Damin Baucke

Catherine Villamayor, Halle Canada, Charlotte Stalker and Giavana Santelli

Winter 7 Aside Tournament - Tuesday 16 August 2022

Teams will be finalised early next week. Parents are most welcome to come along and support the day. More information to follow.

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

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.


Study Link information

Study jargon - EFTS

Qualifying for certain payments will rely on studying the required number of EFTS (Equivalent Full-

time Student).

Studylink use EFTS to work out is someone is studying full time or part-time and to determine on-

going eligibility for payments.

Usually, every paper or course has a certain amount of points or credits that represent the amount

of study or workload you do. The general rule is 0.125 EFTS is equivalent to 15 credits or points.

Student Loan

If your child qualifies for fees-free study they may still need to apply for a Student Loan for

course-related costs or living costs. Only students studying full-time can access loans for course- related costs and living costs.

Remember though it is a loan and needs to be paid back. I’m sure we all know of people who,

while studying, spent their living costs on fun things…

In order to stay eligible for Student Loan students need to pass at least half of their course work (EFTS) over a set period.

There is a lifetime limit of 7 EFTS (around 7 or 8 years of full-time study) for Student Loans.

If your child is under 18 when they sign their Student Loan contract you will need to give

permission – this isn’t as guarantor, the loan repayments will be their responsibility.

For more information visit:

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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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