Northern Southland College

Newsletter - Term 4 Week 6


24 November 2022

Kia ora koutou

Our school newsletter has been published a day early due to our Teacher Only Day tomorrow. Thank you for your support and understanding with the Ministry of Education directed Teacher Only Days that have been scheduled the last two years. This mahi is necessary to prepare the education sector for the significant NCEA changes. A reminder that both tomorrow and Monday 28 November are Teacher Only Days.

Best of luck to our Year 12 students who head away to Queenstown next Wednesday for their Peer Support, leadership and mountain biking camp. It is a great way to finish the school year and will hold them in good stead when they run Peer Support with our new entrants and in their various leadership positions.

I would like to invite you to attend the Lumsden Community Cultural Celebration, to be held on Tuesday 6 December at 6pm in the Lumsden Community Hall. More information can be found in this newsletter.

Our Prize Giving this year will be in the NSC hall on Thursday December 8 at 7.00pm. Students are to arrive no later than 6.45pm in full and correct uniform. Please bring a plate for supper.

The 2023 school year begins as follows:

Monday 30 January - Year 11, 12 or 13 students that need to confirm their courses may be asked to attend. Students required to attend will be contacted if they are required.

Tuesday 31 January - Year 7 and 13 students attend.

Wednesday 1 February - All students attend.

Finally, from the beginning of the 2023 school year, NSC will be a cell phone free environment for all students during school hours. Despite our best efforts to manage cell phone use at school we have decided that we need to be more proactive in this area. There are plenty of devices available to students for teaching and learning. We can pass on any messages from home to our students via the office and we have an office phone that students may use to call home if required. Although it may take a little time for our students to adjust to this change, I am encouraged by positive outcomes evident at other schools that have adopted the same approach.

Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia

Pete Wilkinson

Upcoming Events

  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 25 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Monday 28 November
  • Year 13 Leavers Dinner - Tuesday 29 November - 6.30pm-8.00pm
  • Year 12 Camp - Wednesday 30 November - Friday 2 December
  • Post Primary Teachers' Association Paid Union Meeting - Monday 5 December 12.20pm
  • Year 10 Work Passport Trip - Tuesday 6 December
  • Lumsden Community Cultural Celebration - Tuesday 6 December 6.00pm-7.30pm
  • NSC Prize giving - Thursday 8 December
  • NSC Last Day of School - Thursday 8 December
  • Second Hand Uniform Sale - Tuesday 13 December 10.30am-12.30pm


  • Senior Course Confirmation - Monday 30 January
  • Peer Support Day Year 7 & 13 Students - Tuesday 31 January
  • First Day back for ALL students - Wednesday 1 February
  • Year 7 Camp - Tuesday 14 February - Friday 17 February

PPTA Paid Union Meeting - Monday 5 December

There will be a Post Primary Teachers’ Association Paid Union Meeting on Monday 5 December. Classes will run as normal for periods one, two and three. With parent permission students may go home at the end of period three (12.20pm) on Monday 5 December.

Students who remain at school will be supervised. Buses will run as usual at the end of the day.

We will be sending a notice home the week prior so parents can indicate whether your child(ren) will be leaving at the end of period three or staying for the remainder of the day.


The Ministry of Education has made us aware that cases of COVID 19 are steadily increasing. We have been asked to inform our school community to continue to be vigilant in regards to illness. If your child is unwell please keep them at home. If there are any COVID like symptoms please administer a Rapid Antigen Test. At NSC we will continue to monitor the situation and will reintroduce control measures should the need arise.

Year 9/10 Agriculture Students practicing termination knots

NSC Award Ceremony - Thursday 8 December

During the day students should wear tidy Mufti to allow their uniforms to remain clean. The Award Ceremony starts at 7.00pm sharp at NSC. Students are to arrive no later than 6.45pm. Families please bring a plate for supper.

Lost Property

The lost property bin is once again overflowing. If you have lost some clothing or a drink bottle, towel, shoes please come and look for them. ALL items in the lost property box will be donated at the end of the year.

Fishing Club - First fish caught by Mitchell McLachlan

Second Hand Uniform Sale - Tuesday 13 December

There will be a second hand uniform sale on Tuesday 13 December at the office from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

White Short Sleeved Shirt:

1 x size 10

2 x size 12

2 x size 14

Polo Shirt:

4 x size XS

3 x size 10-12 years

1 x size 9-10 years

NSC Jersey:

1 x 87 cm

1 x 92 cm

1 x 96 cm

1 x 102 cm

Long Sleeved Blue Shirt:

1 x 38

1 x 44

1 x size S

1 x size L

Boys Shorts:

3 x 76 cm

2 x 88 cm

1 x size 8

1 x size S


x 7

Blue Socks:

x 5

PE Shirt:

size 13-14

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Year 10 Camp

Once we all gave Port Craig a fair go, I think we can all agree that we had an amazing camp. Thankfully the weather stayed on our side and we all eventually got into the zone and just kept walking.

By far the hardest day was Tuesday, the longest walk and the first day of proper walking most of us weren’t ready for. We all arrived in the end after definitely more than a few accidents.

My highlights of camp were definitely swimming on the first day which came with choppy but fun waves, the dolphins on Tuesday evening which felt like a great reward for our long trek and then the quantities of chocolate we all crammed into our packs.

When it came to walking we soon realised moping and whining wasn’t an option but I think it was all about the balance of getting blisters taped as soon as possible. I can definitely say most of us have the morning foot clinic to thank for getting us home from Port Craig.

Definitely the best walk I think was our day walk to the viaduct. Not only was it a flat and casual walk but it was also accompanied by the most amazing man made structure standing at 36 metres tall and 125 metres long, the Percy Burn viaduct took our breath away “Look how cool it is”.

I’d say we were all quick learners when it came to food and meals, MOST of us had mastered our cookers and back country meals by the second day or so, however I think we all know who was the worst at making the food. Jade. By the end of camp she wasn't cooking any of her food because none of us could bear the sight of her burnt liquid porridge.

We got there in the end and the amount of scroggin we had all had made up for any average tasting meal. I loved camp. Congrats to Tori for winning Bat Sergeant, thanks to foot doctor Kington and Jess for waiting until we drove away on the last day to nearly consume peanuts.

Samantha Kington

Scars of Salt & Silver - Book by former student, Indiana Rose, donated to the College Library


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.



Southland Secondary Schools Teams Show Jumping Event

NSC Team: Madeline Moyles, Grace Naylor, Jessica Mann, Grace Walling and Scarlet Baker.

A special congratulations to Jessica Mann who got 1st in the Art Class.

Southland Secondary Athletics

Adam Bayer - 1st Triple Jump, 2nd High Jump

Max Gullick - 2nd Shot Put, 4th Discus

Junior Adventure Race

Congratulations to the teams who represented NSC at this event on Wednesday. While they did not make any placings, they represented our school proudly. Some having never done this sort of event before and would like to do it again, a very positive outcome for all.


Big Day Out - Tuesday 29 November

A group of Year 9 students have been selected to take part in an exciting day of activities to try such as; Volleyball, Fast 5 Netball, Archery Tag, Crossfit and Futsal.

We will be departing school at 9.00am and returning in time for buses.

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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Summer School at Te Kura

Te Kura Summer School is an online learning programme that supports eligible students to gain extra NCEA credits. This allows students to achieve their NCEA goals and progress to further study, training, or employment.

Any senior student in need of a few extra credits can enrol. Please get in touch with Mrs Duncan if you would like more information.

Lions Club of Balfour Scholarship

Applications are being called for the above scholarship.

Open to all students that live in the Balfour Lions Service District. A grant of $1000 will be paid to the successful applicant.

Applicants must be continuing onto Tertiary Education or Trade training in 2022.

Applications close on Friday, 16th December 2022 and should be posted to The Balfour Lions Club, PO Box 104 Balfour 9746 or email:

Application forms will be available from the Secretary; Reg Dawson 03 201 6255 or 027 276 6963 or email:

Mossburn Lions Scholarship

Open to all students that live in the Mossburn Lions District. A one off grant of $1000 will be paid to the successful applicant, or $500 each if there are two successful applicants.

Applicants must be going on to Tertiary Education or Trade Training in 2023. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applications are available from Applications close on Wednesday 7 December .

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