March 2023 Edition
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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 7

Thursday 16 March 2023

Dates for the Diary

Thu 16 Mar: PPTA Strike Day (supervision only)
Mon 20 Mar: Year 7 & 8 - Individual Triathlon at lunchtime
Tue 21 Mar: Year 11-13 - Individual Triathlon at lunchtime
Wed 22 Mar: Year 9 & 10 - Individual Triathlon at lunchtime
Fri 24 Mar: Inzone Career Bus at school
Wed 29 Mar - Sat 01 Apr: South Island Mountain Bike Champs
Fri 31 Mar - Sun 02 Apr: SISS Athletics in Invercargill
Tue 04 Apr: GRIP Leadership for Y13s in Gore
Wed 05 Apr: School Cross Country at Ivon Wilson Park
Thu 06 Apr: Last day of Term 1
Mon 24 Apr: First Day of Term 2

From the Principal

Kia ora koutou katoa
Collaboration is a vital part of our current and future world. When I was a student the world certainly felt like a much bigger place than it does today. In 1993 if I wanted to know what the latest trend was, I had to trust magazines, TV or that one very cool friend who always seemed to be ahead of the game. I was therefore very much at the mercy of what the media told me. The internet wasn’t a thing for anyone I knew and school was very focused on making me prepared for what the current world needed. I don’t think my teachers could have predicted how much more connected the world would become.
Today any of us can be advised of the latest trends virtually instantly by social media, so trends and influences can go global in a matter of days rather than years. An individual can go viral in a way that just couldn’t have happened 30 years ago. For me this is one reason why it's important to grow a culture of collaboration.

I see collaboration as being an aspirational concept for all of us to embrace. I want to see all of us feel more connected to the others in our school, in our community, in Aotearoa New Zealand and of course the great big world that exists for real beyond our shores (and not just on a tik tok).

There are several areas where collaboration can grow, ranging from what our students experience in class, to connecting with the wider community, bringing the community into the school and connecting all of us with those students who we've maybe not had a lot to do with in Southland and beyond. You’ll see this already with the introduction of kaiārahi and project based learning.

Our world continues to become more complex. Our students will leave school to a world that is increasingly focusing on the collective intelligence of the many, to address the challenges we are collectively facing on a day-to-day basis - most of which are beyond the capacity of any individual. Think of things like climate change or global poverty. You can already see this reflected in the way the modern workforce is organised. Work used to be the domain of an individual, but now work tends to be the domain of teams, using their respective strengths and abilities, to achieve the common task.

Even tertiary organisations are focused on getting their students to work together, to be connected to their community and to understand difference. Again this is very different to what university looked like when I started there. It was all about the individual. Although, by the time I was finishing up at university, collaborative work and even collaborative assessments were becoming the norm. The University of Canterbury for example has for 10 years now expected all of its students to be part of a voluntary group - the student volunteer army being the most recognisable. The focus is clear, the University wants its students to be connected and to understand the value of working together for a common purpose.

Sports Permission Slips
Our sports coordinator, Ben Whetter, is trialling an online permission form for sports events. We genuinely appreciate your help in getting on board with our new system, as we hope this will be a more efficient way of managing these forms.

Ngā mihi nui
Steven Mustor

Creating in the Cooking Room

Check out the amazing fondant decorations Natalia Brookland made! The detail is amazing.

Well done, Natalia


Congratulations to all students who participated in these recent events.

Other Results:

Mia MacRae competed at the South Island Darts Championships recently. Mia was in the 16-25 year old Age Group. Amazing results Mia, well done!

2nd Place - Drawn Pairs
2nd Place - Girls Youth
3rd Place - Mixed Pairs Plate
3rd Place - Singles Plate Round

Taylor Scott competed at the NZCTA Clay Target Shooting Nationals in Whanganui, in the Under 20 Age Group. Taylor competed in the North Island Champs on the 17th Feb and the New Zealand Champs on the 18th & 19 Feb.
Taylor Scott
Mia MacRae

Murihiku Tertiary

Murihiku Tertiary Academy in partnership with Southern Institute of Technology provides practical trades and career options to Fiordland College students.

Every Friday for the whole year, students travel to SIT in Gore or Invercargill to try practical and hands-on training programmes that contribute towards their NCEA Level 2 and Level 3. The programmes help students get ready for higher level study, apprenticeships or a job, as well as providing credits for their NCEA.

This year the following students are attending SIT in Gore
Liam Smith - Grass Kart
Logan Salter - Grass Kart
Sam Robson - Grass Kart
Reyce Kelly - Grass Kart

This year the following students are attending SIT in Invercargill.
Erin Bath - Individual and Group Fitness
Talia Otene - Individual and Group Fitness
Torr Torr - Digital Design and Animation
Louis Scott - Digital Design and Animation
Stacey Linkhorn - Music and Audio
Hunter Grieve - Joinery
Cleavland Matthews - Building
Ash Hosie - Game, Art and Design