Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 4 Week 2


28 October 2022

Kia ora koutou

Congratulations to Kate Bennett on receiving her Youthmark Award last Wednesday night. In this newsletter you will see a copy of Kate’s certificate. All Youthmark recipient citations and photos are available for viewing at the Ascot Hotel in Invercargill until the end of next week.

As this is the last newsletter before our senior students are on exam leave, I would like to wish them all the best for their upcoming external exams. Students are welcome to come to school when they are on exam leave to study or continue to complete any internal standards that may need to be tidied up. NCEA external exams are from Monday 7 November to Wednesday 30 November. Please contact Dr Norrish at NSC if you need any information regarding exam entries and dates of exams.

Our Year 13 students are also nearing the end of their time with us. They are an outstanding group who have made the most of their years at NSC. In the coming weeks we will be celebrating with them at their leavers' function and at prize giving.

Finally, with technology being a very big part of our lives, I want to encourage students to take action to have time away from their devices. We know that cell phones and the like are handy tools. The reality is that technology at times has become all consuming. We know that some students (and I imagine some adults as well) have poor sleep quality and quantity due to device use in the bedroom. A good first step is to keep technology out of the bedroom in the evenings. It won’t hurt students to be away from their devices at this time and maybe it will encourage us all to think of other ways in which we can get a break from technology.

Ngā mihi

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • Grass Kart Competition - Saturday 29 October - NSC Hosting
  • Year 9/10 End of Year Exams - Monday 31 October - Thursday 3 November
  • Seniors on Exam leave - Wednesday 2 November
  • Year 6 New Entrant Day - Thursday 3 November
  • Science Roadshow - Friday 4 November
  • Year 10 Camp - Monday 7 November - Friday 11 November
  • Northern Primary Athletics - Friday 11 November
  • Year 8 Camp - Prep Day - Friday 18 November
  • Year 8 Camp - Monday 21 November - Thursday 24 November
  • Year 6 New Entrant Day - Monday 21 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 25 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Monday 28 November
  • Year 13 Leavers Dinner - Tuesday 29 November - 6.30-8 pm
  • Year 12 Camp - Wednesday 30 Nov - Friday 2 December
  • Lumsden Community Cultural Celebration - Thursday 1 December 6-730 pm
  • Year 9 First Aid Course - Monday 5 December
  • NSC Prize giving - Thursday 8 December
  • NSC Last Day of School - Thursday 8 December

Kate Bennett - Youthmark 2022 recipient for NSC for Outstanding Achievement

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School Photo order forms

Students were given their school photo order forms on Wednesday . Please return any photo orders to the office by Wednesday 9 November.

Grass Kart

The annual Southland Grass Kart competition is being held at NSC on Saturday 29 November from 9am - 4pm. NSC has one team entered this year. Spectators are welcome to come down and support the team.


Senior students' exam admission slips have arrived. Dr Norrish has starting giving these out on Thursday 27th and will hand out the rest next week.

These exam admission slips are very important. Students need to check all details on there are accurate - not just which exams to attend, but which papers they are doing in each exam. If there are any errors or missing items, students need to see Dr Norrish to get these updated.

Students must not write on or damage these slips and they must bring them with them to every exam (otherwise they will not be allowed in). If the slip gets lost, see Dr Norrish for a replacement.

The exam rules were also given out with admission slips. A copy of these is attached.

Students must wear school uniform to all exams, but if coming in to study, mufti is allowed. Students must sign in and out of the office if they are coming in to study, for health and safety reasons.

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The Year 8 Debating team in action against Blue Mountain College

Year 9 / 10 exams

Year 9/10 exams are happening next week from Monday 31st October to Thursday 3rd November.

Students were given a copy of the timetable after assembly yesterday and we had a talk about the rules for exams and how to behave appropriately.

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Year 11 Maths - Zipline in Queenstown

On Tuesday 18th October, the Year 11 Maths class headed up to Queenstown for our annual data collection at the Kawerau Zipline and Bungy Centre. This data is used for the 91032 Trigonometry internal achievement standard.

Although chilly, it was fabulous sunny weather. Students collected all their necessary measurements for applying mathematics to real life, and then enjoyed ziplining. 5 brave souls did the bungy jump.

The students were fantastic and a great day was had by all.

Year 13 Statistics

Last Thursday, the Year 13 Statistics class held their annual Masterchef challenge to test out the mathematics from their Critical Paths Achievement Standard in real life, making nachos and carbonara. They even managed to get Riley Ludi to join by video call from Germany.


Sport Permission Forms - Trial

We are required by the Ministry of Education to receive permission by a parent/caregiver for any student to participate in a school sport or activity.

This term our Sports Coordinator is trialing online Google Forms. These forms will be sent out via email to allow parents/caregivers to give their permission online. The forms will include all relevant information regarding the event or activity. Without a completed online permission form students will not be able to participate in the sport /activity.


2022 Southland Secondary School Sports Awards Finalists

Ryan Senior: For his achievement in Snow Skiing

Cody Lowe and Jack Heslip: Skeet Shooting

The awards ceremony is Thursday 3 October.

Northern Primary Tennis Champs:

Congratulations to Honor Collins who won the Yr 7/8 Girls Competition in Balfour. She will now represent Northern at the Southland Primary Tennis Champs.

Northern Primary Golf Tournament:

Congratulations to the Year 8 golf team for finishing 2nd in the Primary School Golf Competition in Mossburn.

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Ten students went to Christchurch and competed over three days. Their results were exceptional with 1x HOA, 2 x 1st placings, 6 x 2nd placings, 4 x 3rd placings and 2 x 4th placings. After this weekend we also had 3 different students achieve their 100, 200 and 300 target long run badge (the amount of targets shot in a row without a miss).

Thank you to all the parents and staff responsible for organising and supporting the students, and to the students for representing NSC with integrity and respect.

We want to acknowledge Flynn Burr who, in the process of winning the South Island HOA in Single Rise, shot 289 targets without a miss. The shoot off started with over 50 people (all shot 25 without a miss in the first round). NSC had 4 students in the shoot off and all 4 made it to the top 9. 3 were in the top 6 and 2 made the top 4. Flynn and the last remaining competitor shot approximately 100 targets before his competitor missed. It was an epic end to the first day of competition.

In saying that, all students shot to an extremely high level and the difference between making a final and not was almost always just the one missed target. We are all exceptionally proud of the team the whole weekend.

Full results from the three days of competition:

South Island Championship Results

Single Rise Championship:

High Overall - Flynn Burr, Northern Southland College

Open - 3rd Josh Lowe, Northern Southland College

Junior - 1st Duncan Durling, Northern Southland College

Junior - 2nd Jack Heslip, Northern Southland College

5 Person Open Team

1st Northern Southland College (Cody Lowe, Duncan Durling, Josh Lowe, Cade McLachlan, Flynn Burr)

3 person Girls Team

3rd Northern Southland College (Kate Bennett, Grace Naylor, Makenzie Appleyard-Drake)

Single Rise Trophy

Open - HOA Flynn Burr, Northern Southland College

Open - 2nd Duncan Durling, Northern Southland College

Open - 4th Josh Lowe, Northern Southland College

Skeet Two Person Team

Girls - 2nd= Northern Southland College (Grace Naylor, Makenzie Appleyard-Drake)

New Zealand Championship Results

Single Rise Championship

Juniors - 2nd Duncan Durling, Northern Southland College

Single Barrel Championship

Open - 3rd Josh Lowe, Northern Southland College

Juniors - 2nd Jack Heslip, Northern Southland College

Girls - 4th Kate Bennett, Northern Southland College

Points Score Teams

Girls - 3rd Northern Southland College (Kate Bennett, Grace Naylor, Makenzie Appleyard-Drake)

Skeet Two Person Team

Open - 2nd Northern Southland College (Jack Heslip, Cody Lowe)

Southland Representatives for DTL Fish & Game Regional Teams Competition:

Flynn Burr, Northern Southland College

Kate Bennett, Northern Southland College


Josh and Cody Lowe represented NSC in the Southland U16 Rugby Team this season. They came 2nd in South Island U16 Rugby tournament after three very hard games of rugby.

South Island girls' U18 rugby tournament - Waimate. Southland placed 4th in the tournament. It was the last game for Grace this season, it’s been a long season! Southland Women's High Performance Team, Southland Hinds, Southland U18 Girls', CSC 1st XV, Midlands Women's team.

Congratulations Grace!


Touch players that are interested in Rep Touch, please follow the link below.

Teams will train at NSC after the touch module.

Touch Southland are now taking registrations for Junior Development teams.

For more information and to register your child click here

Jonty Carran 10s Carnival - Year 7 & 8 Tackle 10’s tournament for Boys & Girls

Friday 18 Nov - Otautau. The Carnival level participation event in memory of Jonty Carran who was an age group Southland Rugby representative who died unexpectedly in 2016. It is held in his hometown of Otautau. The community festival atmosphere promotes family, friendship and culture to rangatahi who can participate in a tournament representing their school/club and there are opportunities for boys and girls who are new to the sport to participate in a safe environment. The format is Year 7/8 Girls and Boys Grades with 4 games over the day. Games 20 min - Full Field. For more information, please contact the Sports Coordinator.


NSC's 2 volleyball teams had their final game for this competition on Wednesday night. Blue played off for 3rd & 4th position. After a very close first set, they just lost to finish 4th. Gold played off for 5th and 6th, and finished 6th.

Southland Secondary Schools' Indoor Rock Climbing Series

We have 2 teams registered to enter in Round 2 of this series in Te Anau Saturday 29 October. Parents of the students involved please add the Climbing group on your school app to keep up to date with any information that may come to hand. Please meet at the college at 8.30 am.


FRIDAY CRICKET (Yr7/8) starts on Friday 4th November at various venues around Eastern Southland.

Like last season, parents/guardians should register their player(s) online. This season we are using the new PlayHQ system

The signup page for Northern Southland College cricket is at this link here:

Players will be able to select which competition they want to play in when completing their registration via the link.


Northern Primary Athletics:

Friday 11 October to be held at NSC

More info to follow.

Southland Secondary Schools Athletics:

Saturday 12 November 2022

Southland Primary Schools Athletics:

Saturday 19 November

Secondary Schools Teams Showing Jumping:

Sunday 20 November

There is still time for more entries, please return your permission form online if you haven’t already done so.

Secondary School Junior Adventure Race

Wednesday 23 November

Year 7 / 8 and Yr 9/10 - Unfortunately this is the same week as Yr 8 Camp.

Anyone who would like to sign up to be part of this great day. Please do so at the Sport Coordinators office. Teams will be finalised next week.

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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Scholarship opportunities for Year 13 Students


This trust was set up by public subscription and other fund raising organised by the Lumsden Lions Club to commemorate two doctors who served the Northern Southland area. Doctor H B Wilson was killed in a motor accident in April 1966 and Doctor W H Olds died in January 1970.

The main objective of the Trust is to assist in any way as the advisory trustees think fit any boy or girl at Northern Southland College towards furthering his or her education at a tertiary institution.

The payment of this scholarship grant is made through John Wilson, Trustee for the Wilson-Olds memorial Trust, after the successful applicant has formally enrolled and commenced attendance at a tertiary institution, which means that the payment is a lump sum which will be made in March of the year in which the award takes effect.

Applications close with the Secretary at 3.30pm on Friday 11 November, and all applications must be delivered or posted so that they arrive before the closing time.

Application forms can be obtained from the Northern Southland College office.

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