Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Patrick Stone, son of Marnie and Peter Stone was awarded Dux of Verdon College 2010 at the Verdon College Prizegiving on 10 November 2010. Patrick was first in English, Religious Studies, History and First Equal in Mathematics with Calculus.
Patrick has made a significant contribution to College life. An outstanding academic he has also represented the College at hockey, underwater hockey, kayaking and golf, and has competed in both debating and public speaking competitions.

Next year Patrick will be attending Canterbuy University to study for a degree in Engineering.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Year 7/8 Cricket against Kavanagh College

Cricket lads putting the new nets to good use before going in to bat.

Sarah Mollison - sports co-ordinator keeping the score and keeping wrapped up.

On Friday 3 December the Verdon College year 7/8 cricket team hosted Kavanagh College. A great game of cricket was held and enjoyed by all.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Otatara Nursery Trip

7SE and 7AD had the opportunity to go to the Otatara Nursery to plant tussocks for our school. Decked out in our best old gear, we cruised out to Otatara. Met by Mitch from the Department of Conservation (DOC) SE went for a bushwalk, while AD were hard at work planting. We met Butch the stoat, Liam the weasel and Tim the ferret. Thankfully, they were stuffed! We saw a lot of native plants and SE hid the pests in these trees for AD to find. Lots of squeals and screams!

Leonie from DOC and Chris who owns the nursery helped us plant all the tussocks. These will grow and then be replanted at our school, like the ones around the Bishop Verdon Block. We learnt about repotting plants and why putting stones on top of them helps stop weeds growing (something to try at home!) Finally, a giant moa came out for a photo op! We had a 'blooming' great time!

Otatara Nursery Trip

7SE and 7AD had the opportunity to go to the Otatara Nursery to plant tussocks for our school. Decked out in our best old gear, we cruised out to Otatara. Met by Mitch from the Department of Conservation (DOC) SE went for a bushwalk, while AD were hard at work planting. We met Butch the stoat, Liam the weasel and Tim the ferret. Thankfully, they were stuffed! We saw a lot of native plants and SE hid the pests in these trees for AD to find. Lots of squeals and screams!

Leonie from DOC and Chris who owns the nursery helped us plant all the tussocks. These will grow and then be replanted at our school, like the ones around the Bishop Verdon Block. We learnt about repotting plants and why putting stones on top of them helps stop weeds growing (something to try at home!) Finally, a giant moa came out for a photo op! We had a 'blooming' great time!

Disappearing Students

Where have our students gone???

New Cricket Nets Completed

After hours of hard work by Peter Sims and Colin Kidd and donations from the PTA , Invercargill Licensing Trust and Terry Ward the long awaited cricket nets have been completed. Thank you very much to everyone involved.

Life Education Bus

This week our year 7 students have participated in three classes with Teresa the Life Education teacher. Topics covered included making good choices, peer pressure and friendships.

Friday, 12 November 2010

My Story from Katelynn Roy

I'm a senior driver for Kidz Kartz Southland so I get to race at race meetings, which is very awesome! Our second race meeting this season was at Forbury Park in Dunedin to show people in Otago what Kidz Kartz is all about as there is a club starting up there. We were trying to qualify our two biggest ponies Rocky (Rocky Balboa) and Mackey (Tara's wizz bang ) to go to the New Zealand Kidz Kartz trotters cup, but we only qualified one of our ponies. We were disappointed that only one senior driver could go up. I found out on Wednesday what pony qualified and who was the driver. Mackey (Tara's wizz bang) was the pony that qualified. Me and Mackey will be going up against ponies that are faster and bigger than him. It is a bit scary but it will be a great experience for both me and Mackey and I am hoping that we won't come last in some of the races.

Basketball News

Congratulations to Tim O'Neill who has been selected to travel to Australia in November as part of a New Zealand under 13 years basketball selection team. 25 players were selected from throughout New Zealand to participate and play basketball alongside players from Australia. Well done Tim!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Youthmark Awards

Left to right: Tim Lindsay, Rebecca Smith, Megan Gooding, Patrick Wilkes

Congratulations to Tim Lindsay, Rebecca Smith, Megan Gooding and Patrick Wilkes who were all awarded a Youthmark at a ceremony recently held at the Ascot. We are all extremely proud of these students and wish them all the best for next year and beyond.

Jazz Fest

Congratulations to our Jazz Band who achieved 2nd place last night i.e. 4 November at the Southland Secondary Schools Jazzfest held at Ascot Park Hotel.

A special congratulations to Emily Mason who achieved best flute player.

Members of the band are : Ben Williams, Patrick Stone, Emily Mason, Darcy Kerr, Amber Hilton, Megan Gooding, Nina Gooding and Daniel Ferguson.

Well done to you all.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Community Trust of Southland Scholarships

Left to Right: Atrayl Elliott-Roderique, Patrick Stone, Emma Borland, Patrick Wilkes, Charles More and Tim Lindsay.

Congratulations to the above students on being awarded a Community Trust of Southland Scholarship this year. Well done to you all.

SixStar Scholarship - Tourism

Congratulations to Sophie Ward on being awarded the SixStar Scholarship in Tourism. This scholarship is worth $20,000.00 over the three years of her study. Well done Sophie.

Maori and Pacifica Scholarships

Congratulations to Atrayl Elliott-Roderique and Emma Borland on receiving a Otago University Maori and Pacifica Scholarship this year. Only 30 students per year are awarded these scholarships and they are worth $10,000.00 for one year.

Invercargill Licensing Trust Scholarship Recipients

Left to Right: Patrick Stone, Emma Borland, Patrick Wilkes, Charles More, Gavin McLeod, Jake Michels, Tim Lindsay and Charles More. Absent: Margeret Maka, Matthew Short and William Ward.

Congratulations to the above students on receiving an Invercargill Licensing Trust Scholarship for this year. The students will receive $2,000.00 for the next three years while they are studying.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Project Invercargill-Lille 2010

Project Invercargill-Lille 2010 – Kiwis on Tour (SBHS, SGHS, JHC, VC) – these words and logo appeared on the teeshirts of 19 students and three teachers from the Invercargill high schools who recently spent four weeks in Paris and Lille.

It was the other side of an exchange from Lycee Kernanec in Lille, fourth largest city in France. An entire English class spent three weeks in Invercargill in February and this was our return visit.

We spent the first week in Paris and visited all the major tourist attractions – Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Musee d’Orsay, Versailles, the Louvre, Pantheon, Sainte-Chapelle church, Arc de Triomphe, the Pere Lachaise cemetery, the shopping centres of Les Halles, La Defense and the Champs-Elysees. Up and down stairs and metro stations, we got quite fit (and blisters), and got to know the metro system well enough to participate in an Amazing Race event.

After a week, it was north to Parc Asterix where we met up with our host brothers and sisters from Lille. It is a huge amusement park similar to Disneyland, but with the Asterix theme. Everyone had a wonderful time there before heading further north to Lille to meet the parents and families and to begin the three-week stay there.

School on the following Monday began at 8.00am and ended for some at 6.15pm, albeit with some time off in the middle. Lunch at the sit-down canteen always consists of a three-course meal – a salad, a main course of either fish, meat or pasta dish and some vegetables or chips, and a dessert or fruit or cheese.

It was different not to wear a uniform, to be locked out of the school until just before classes started, to have free time if the teacher was absent, to be able to leave or go to a study room if you didn’t have a class, and it was horrifying to see the large numbers of students outside the gates smoking. Classes were not always easy to follow, but we had our own work to do and we gradually were able to understand more and more. French students do work a lot harder than us. Wednesday afternoon is free, but Saturday morning classes are held.

At the weekends some students were lucky to be taken by their families to London, or Belgium or other parts of France. We also spent a day at Arras and Le Quesnoy, two places which have connections to NZ with the war – Nzers were partly responsible for tunnels in Arras and a NZ battalion scaled the city walls and freed Le Quesnoy from the Germans, so they show a great deal of respect for NZ.

We also went to Bruges, chocolate capital of Belgium and also famous for its lace and its canal. We visited a museum and a church there too. Another outing was a tour of the city of Lille with commentary from their Visitor Centre and a foot rally around the old part of the city, some of which dates from the 13th century.

The group was welcomed by the Mayor of Marcq-en-Baroeul, the suburb of Lille where the school is based, and gifts were given to the students and teachers. They were also responsible for organizing a rugby match between the “All Blacks” and a local team, and donated a trophy which has come back to Invercargill – couldn’t be brought back as hand luggage because it could have been used as a weapon on the plane!
The trip was a hugely enjoyable experience and many friendships were cemented and a lot learnt about ourselves. It is certainly worth the time spent fundraising and getting prepared for it, and our knowledge and understanding of the language improved. The Lille students are certainly looking forward to hosting us again in 2012, and it would be great for present Year 10 or 11 students to consider. There will be an information evening and photo presentation from this trip on Thursday 28 October at 7.30pm at SGHS staffroom for those interested

Verdon College Banner

Erin Young is well known in the St Theresa's community for her magnificent patchwork and now Verdon College has been fortunate to have received one of her wonderful creations . Erin has created a new banner for Verdon College to replace our tired banner which was made for the school at least fifteen years ago by Kathy Ryder. As well as the new banner we have also received as Erin calls it a 'pinney' for our rostrum. The College community provided the finances for the materials used in the banners but the hours and hours of work put into the new banners was a labour of love by Erin. Erin and Alister have had a long association with Catholic education in Invercargill. Erin was educated by the Dominican nuns at St Catherine's (nee Crawford) and Alister went to Marist. Their three daughters (Jane, Gretchen and Alison) all went to St Catherines and their son David went to Marist. Verdon College is very grateful to receive this wonderful gift.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Board of Trustees Student Representative

Congratulations to Olivia King our new Student Representative on the Board of Trustees for 2011. Well done.

PTA Christmas Fundraiser

Dear Verdon Family

This first week of term you will receive your CHRISTMAS TRUFFLE ORDER FORM. This fundraiser has huge potential to earn much needed funds for the school to help with sports teams uniforms and sports gear restocking. It would be fantastic if you could sell as many as you can as they make an ideal Christmas gift and they are handy to have in the deep freeze over the h0lidays.

We would appreciate your support also in the making and packaging the truffles over the weekend of 12 and 13 November. This is a great opportunity to meet others in our school community.

Orders with payment please to the school office by FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER. (Cheques payable to Verdon College PTA). There is also a prize for the family who sells the most and the Verdon house with the greatest number of students/parents to help make them.

Thank you very much.

Verdon College, PTA - working hard for your school.


Congratulations to Lachlan O'Driscoll, Alisdair O'Reilly and Harlam Haydon who were part of the under 65kg Southland Rugby Team that were runners up at Christchurch Tournament during the first week of the school holidays. A special congratulations to Harlam who was selected for the South Island Under 65kg representative rugby team at this tournament. Well done.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Year 10 Speech and Poetry Competition

Left to Right: Megan Middlemiss, Josef Winders, Ella Prendergast, Scott McDonald and Alex Keene

The year 10 Speech and Poetry Competition was held last term with the finals being held in the last week. We congratulate the above students on their success as listed below:
Speech: 1st= Ella Prendergast and Megan Middlemiss
2nd Scott McDonald
Poetry: 1st Josef Winders
2nd Alex Keene

Year 9 Speech and Poetry Results

Left to Right: Tomas Adams, Daniel Boyle, Henry More, Gabe Winders and Shanay Fannin

The year 9 Speech and Poetry competition was decided at the end of Term 3 and we wish to congratulate the above students on the following results:

Speech: 1st Daniel Boyle
2nd = Gabe Winders, Tomas Adams

Poetry: 1st Shanay Fannin
2nd Henry More

Friday, 17 September 2010

Australian Mathematics Competition

Following is the results from the Australian Mathematics Competition recently held at Verdon College. Congratulations to all the following students on the results achieved:

Andrew Reid, year 7 - Credit; Liam Cullen, year 7 - Credit; Michael Walker, year 7 - Proficiency; Shelley Mitchell, year 4 - Proficiency; Maggie Harrington, year 7 - Proficiency; Conor O'Neill, year 8 - Distinction; Imelda Wilkes, year 8 - Credit; Andrew Miles, year 8 - Credit; Tina Wright, year 8 - Credit; Sarah MacManus, year 8 - Credit; Hannah Lieshout, year 8 - Credit; Jacob Thomson, year 8 - Credit; Toni Shierlaw, Year 8 - Proficiency; Brynn Murphy, year 8 - Proficiency; Nathaniel O'Neill, year 9 - Distinction; Adam Vanner, year 9 - Credit; Oliver Mclean, year 9 - Credit; Brenna O'Neill, year 9 - Credit; Clarissa Koroiadi, year 9 - Credit; Henry More, year 9 - Credit; Amber Mclean-Kidd, year 9 - Proficiency; Thomas Farquharson, year 10 - Distinction; Ella Prendergast, year 10 - Credit; Christine Lieshout, year 10 - Credit; Stephen O'Brien, year 10 - Proficiency; Jessica Mclean-Kidd, year 10 - Participation; Meg Prendergast, year 12 - Credit; Charles More, year 13 - Credit.

Under 15 Rugby Tournament 30 August - 3 September 2010

Travelling to Ohoku just west of Kaiapoi now seems surreal. We left the Wednesday before the Quake.

This was a great tournament for the boys and I feel that as a team they got a lot out of it. They produced some good performances with the first game especially good for the win by 25 – 0 over St Kevin’s and for showing some fine forward play that would be used to good extent later on in the competition.

The rain set in at 1:30pm and we played at 2pm. The fields were a mess and looked like porridge. These were the conditions for the remaining games.

By being together for a period of time and working on refining tactics the boys played better at times and got immediate feedback which help development very quickly. We managed to score 9 tries in the tournament. Our final game hurt as we played well and the kicking of Rangiora was the difference in very trying conditions.

Other schools played were Mount Aspiring, Grey High School, Blue Mountain and Rangiora.

Many thanks goes to Ben Winders (Coach) Allan and Spencer Marshall for their technical input which helped develop the team. A special thanks must go to the boys who were not only a credit to themselves but also to their parents. A very pleasurable 4 days.

Mark Scobie

ICAS Spelling Year 7/8

Congratulations to the following students who took part in the recent ICAS Spelling examinations:

Emma Morton - credit
Emalee Johnstone - participation
Bronte Adams - participation
Harrison Roderique - participation

Year 8 Rotary Award

Congratulations to Laura Withers on being awarded the Rotary Youth Merit Award. Laura received this award based on her attributes of honesty, reliability and trustworthiness. In general 'a good citizen'. Laura has a positive attitude in all she does, whether it be in the cultural, sporting and or academic field. Laura has been a member of the A netball team, represented the school at Zone athletics and cross country, has played golf and touch rugby for the year 7/8 team. She was a part of the Sing Out Choir and involved herself in the school house choir competition. Laura was chosen from her class to go through to the school year 7/8 speech competition where she managed to persuade her audience that the country was better than town.

Laura is a very deserving recipient of the award and the College is very proud of her. Well done Laura.

Students in France

Tegan Goodall, Sarah Hughes and our teacher of French - Mrs Mary Marshall - along with students from Southland Girls' High School and James Hargest College are on a school trip to France. This is one of the images we have received from the group. We look forward to hearing all about their trip on their return.

Year 7/8 Sing Out

"Let's Get Loud" was the message at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday night! 36 of our year 7 and 8's joined with 5 other Invercargill schools to sing their hearts out for the ILT Sing Out choir. The theme was Diva's celebrating both New Zealand and international women in music. From old classics such as "I Have Loved Me A Man" by Allison Durbin to new hits in the charts like Taylor Swift's "Love Story", the choir did us proud! Led by Miss Sarah Rae (who was even proposed to by a young lad from Salford!) and Mr Michael Buick. The choir was also joined by Invercargill's own Diva"s "Lipstick" which just made the show!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010


Congratulations to Hannah Lieshout (Left) and Grace Dowling (Right) who have both been selected to represent Southland at the Waterpolo Nationals in Wellington to be held during the first weekend of the school holidays. Well done to both girls and we wish them well.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Dan Davin Competition

Photo L - R: Matt Short, Emma Borland, Emily Lough

At the annual Dan Davin Competition four Verdon College students made it into the final of the Secondary School Students Short Story Writing Competition. In a field of over 40 entries, Matt Short, Amber Hilton (both year 13), Emily Lough (Year 12), made the final 10, while Emma Borland year 13, earned third place. We are extremely proud of our senior writers. The competition was judged by NZ Writer and Poet, James Norcliffe. A big thank you must also go to Mrs Crawford and Ms Whatley for the support they provided in preparing our students for this competition.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Powhiri for New Principal

Today the school welcomed our new Principal, Jarlath Kelly, with a powhiri held in the school hall.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Year 7 & 8 Speech Competition

On Friday 20 August the year 7 & 8 students heard the finalists in this year's year 7 & 8 Speech Competition. All students who competed had prepared well and had speeches of a very high standard. Three students re-presented their speeches on Monday 23 August and the winners were Tapani Maka at Year 7 and Andrew Miles at Year 8. Well done to both the winners.

We wish them well for the Southland finals being held at Verdon College in the Pavilion on Tuesday 31 August 2010.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Rock n Roll Competitions

Congratulations to Emma Morton a year 8 student who recently competed in the South Island Rock n Roll competitions. Emma was placed 3rd in the Junior section and also received a 2nd place in the best dressed section. Well done Emma.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Swimming Records Broken

Congratulations to Liam Cullen who last weekend broke three Southland records, with two of them in the same race, at the Wharenui Winter Olympics. Competing in the 100m Breaststroke Liam broke the 50m 10/11 year record with his split time of 38.38 (old record held by Michael Keen since 1994, 40.72) and then continued on to break the 100m record for the 10/11 year boys in a time of 1.26.65 (breaking old record held by Cameron Murphy since 1998, 1.29.45).

Liam followed up this swim in the evening in the final by lowering the 100m time again to 1.27.36. He was also very close to breaking the 200m Breaststroke record just missing the required time of 3.07.72 with his time being 3.08.21.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Patronal Day 2010

Images from the Patronal Day Mass, held at St Theresa's on Thursday 12 August 2010.

During term three student's have been involved in making projects/drama/music as part of the Religious Education Fair. These were all judged during last week and at the end of Mass the following were awarded with certificates and prizes for their efforts:

Year 7 Awards:

Poster: Harrison Roderique; Illustrated Passage: Kate Nally; 3D Display: Charlotte Frampton and Brittany Prentice and Laura Tolmacheva. Drama: Jean-Martin Fabre, Liam van Eden, Jack Baird, Kyle Brown and Andrew Reid.

Year 8 Awards:

Poster: Alasdair O'Reilly; Illustrated Passage: Andrew Miles; 3D-Display: Meg Kelly and Hannah Lieshout.

Year 9 Awards:

Poster: Oliver McLean; 3D Display: Brenna O'Neil and Tanisha Morgan-Wohlers; 9/10 Music: Gabe and Josef Winders; 9 Written Research: Clarissa Koroiadi.

Year 10 Awards:

Poster: Jayden Crooks; 3D Display: Katherine Edwards and Hannah Grindlay, Eilish Duggan and Melissa Webb; Illustrated Passage: Kelsi Ridden; Technology: Sarah Hughes; Music: Ben Simpson and Sammy Seau; Written Research: Taylor LeBreton.

Well done to all the above students.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

St Peter's Interchange

Images from the St Peter's Interchange, held today at Verdon College.

Results of the interchange that was held in brilliant weather are as follows:

7A: St Peter's 7, Verdon 33
8A: St Peter's 30, Verdon 21
9A: St Peter's 22, Verdon 20
19A: St Peter's 35, Verdon 15

Year 7 & 8: St Peter's 27, Verdon 28
U.15: St Peter's 27, Verdon 0

Year 7 & 8: St Peter's 3, Verdon 4
Year 9 & 10: St Peter's 6, Verdon 3

Girls: St Peter's 59 Verdon 37
Boys: St Peter's 58 Verdon 38

St Peter's won the interchange overall. Thank you very much to all the students, coaches and umpires. A great day was had by all.

Monday, 9 August 2010


Images from the recent Polyfest event that was held last week on Thursday and Friday in Invercargill. The Verdonesions performed on the Thursday morning. We are very proud of their efforts. Well done.

Southland Basketball Age Group Representatives

Congratulations to the following Verdon College students who have made the Southland Basketball age group representative sides.

Tim O'Neil, Liam Cullen, Michael Walker, Blair Duthie, Lucy Brown, Olivia Thornbury, Maggie Harrington, Meg Kissell, Sarayha MacDonald, James Humm, Alannah Webster-Blair, Emily Grace, Tina Wright, Jordan Murphy and Lucy Heenan.

Well done to you all.

Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the above year 7 students who represented Southland in the under 13 boys and girls basketball tournament held recently in Dunedin.

Left - Right
Lucy Brown, Maggie Harrington, Tim O'Neil, Michael Walker, Liam Cullen, Blair Duthie, Olivia Thornbury

We are very proud of these students and wish them well in their future basketball endeavours.

Swimming Sports Placings

Following is the individual placings for the Swimming Sports held last term:

Senior Boys:
1st Sam Shannon, 2nd Kris Leatherby, 3rd Patrick Stone

Senior Girls:
1st Rebecca Smith, 2nd Rebecca Bulmer, 3rd Rebecca Lieshout

Intermediate Boys:
1st Jacob Kirby, 2nd James Humm, 3rd Michael Preddy

Intermediate Girls:
1st= Brydon Harrington and Grace Dowling, 3rd Clarissa Koroiadi

Junior Boys:
1st Thomas Kennelly, 2nd Liam Cullen, 3rd Thomas Glew

Junior Girls:
1st Maggie Harrington, 2nd Hannah Lieshout, 3rd Amilya Koroiadi

Defensive Driving Course

DriveSafe Southland are facilitating the following course at SIT - The course is about driving safely (8 hours theory plus 1 hour drive) and students can gain time reduction on their restricted car/motorcycle licence plus NZQA unit standards at no extra cost. Dates are as follows:

Monday 30 August 6 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.; Wednesday 1 September 6 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.; Monday 6 September 6 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.; Wednesday 8 September 6 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.

Plus a 1 hour car assessment for students in the students own vehicle. NZQA unit standards assessment at conclusion of course.

For an enrolment pack go to our website or phone our office 2145146 or text your details to Debbie cell: 027 5550234

School Ball

Images from the School Ball, held on Saturday night at the Ascot Hotel.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


Congratulations to Taylor Le Breton who was selected for the under 17 Badminton team to represent Southland at the South Island championships during the last holidays. They did a fantastic job and the team came second earning themselves a silver medal. Well done.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Southland Careers Expo

On Thursday 19 August Verdon year 10, 11 and 12 students will be attending the Southland Careers Expo at Stadium Soutland, Invercargill. Year 13 students and parents are invited to attend the evening session from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday 19 August 2010.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Powhiri for New Teacher

On Monday 19 July students and staff of Verdon College welcomed Cherie Downs-Hakopa as our new teacher of Maori. Cherie replaces Hinehou Whakamoe who retired from teaching at the end of Term 2. We wish Cherie all the best in her new position.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Vote for Me

!Please vote for me!

Hello, my name is Jennifer McDowell.

I am born and bred in Invercargill but I am currently in South Africa studying to get my masters degree in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Pretoria. (I study human skeletons from crime scenes to determine sex, age, ancestry and possible cause of death – CSI stuff)

I have applied for a scholarship for 2011 with AMP. This year there is a people’s choice award.
The one with the most votes before 31 July will win.

I have always loved and been proud of the way Invercargillites support each other and now I need your help. I need about 4000 votes to win, and I really need this.

It literally takes only 1 minute to vote
Please go on to the site below and vote for me.
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Friday, 2 July 2010

Art Display

Images from the Year 7 Survival Day

7SC and 7MJ had a survival day on Friday. The students used what they have learnt over the term in social studies to work out how to survive after a natural disaster. They created shelter, buildings and filtered dirty water.

Images of the Music Festival

Oliver Production

Verdon College has seven students who are part of the cast for the Invercargill Operatic Society's production "Oliver" which starts next week. They are as follows:

Josef Winders, Gabriel Winders, Henry More, Madison Brown, Shaun Swain, Jack Townley and Harry Townley

We wish them all the best.

Southland Schools' Japanese Language Speech Contest

Southland Schools' Japanese Language Speech contest was held at James Hargest College on Thursday. Pictured are Taylor Swan and Shaun Swain, Year 9 students who were placed 2nd equal.
Other participants were:
Anthony Childs, David Destura, Tom Robertson, Tara Woodd (Year 10)
Sian Hughes and Hannah McDonald (Year 10)
Olivia Thornbury and Maggie Harrington (Year 7)
Amilya Koroiadi and Ainsley McDonald (Year 7)
These students were all commended for their performances.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Past Student Visits Graphics Class

Michael Cockroft was a student at Verdon College eight years ago and left to study Architectural Drawing at SIT. From there he went on to study towards his Bachelor of Architecture at Victoria University, Wellington. He is now in his final year and completing his assignment on designing a town square for Invercargill. He was the guest speaker at the senior Graphics class and took the opportunity to show his work and to share with students what it is like to attend Architectural School.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Kids Lit Competition

Mrs Mary Kelly accompanied the Kids Lit Team to Wellington for the competition. She reported:
"We certainly had a great time and the team were great ambassadors for Verdon. They were very organized, helpful and friendly towards the other teams. Our team was very involved in the first three rounds of the competition. Parliament was an amazing venue and made the occasion very special and the experience the students gained was invaluable. A big thanks to the College and Number Works for making it possible for the team to go."
Thank you Mary on behalf of the College and the students in particular.

Sound Quest 2010

Sound Quest 2010 was held last week and Verdon band, Timberland and the Sleezy G's Band, were 3rd place-getters. The groups members are Patrick Wilkes, Patrick Stone and Darcy Kerr. Their prize is an opportunity to record two tracks for the Sound Quest 2010 CD in a studio. They also are invited to perform in Queenstown along with the the other top six bands.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

PTA Cheese Roll

On Friday evening and all through Saturday, 4000 dozen cheese rolls were produced for the annual PTA fundraiser. Thank you to the many members of the Verdon Family who donated time and energy to this major undertaking which was kindly co-ordinated by Mrs Liza Adams.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Rock Climbing Club

These images were taken at the YMCA rock climbing wall during one of our weekly Wednesday afternoon sessions. Students who are interested in attending should contact Mr Olsen or Miss Wood.

Swimming Sports Images

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Senior B Netball

On Wednesday evening, the Senior B netball team played James Hargest College and won 31 to 30 in a close and strongly contested game.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Hillary Awards for Academic Endeavour

At the junior assembly held on Tuesday, The Hillary Awards for Academic Endeavour were presented by Mr Olsen. The certificate, together with a token $5 note, was in recognition of the hard work that these students have displayed in their study during the year. The award was not simply about rewarding God given talent, but instead seeks to reward those who have made the most of their talents.

Year 7
Shelley Mitchell
Christopher Hoffman
Tapani Maka
Jennifer Thomson

Year 8
Toni Shierlaw
Hannah McLean
Aleisha Hawkins
Emma Morton
Hannah Lieshout
Andrew Miles
Meg Kelly
Louis Earl
Sarah MacManus

Year 9
Hayden Sims
Tomas Adams
Ashlyn Gallagher
Rebecca Ellis
Zach Fonoti
Clarissa Koroiadi
Brittini Thomson
Nat O’Neill
Ashlyn Gallagher
Gabriel Winders
Samuel Rillstone
Taylor Swan

Year 10
Jessica Birch
Taylor LeBreton
Jayden Crooks
Georgia Fleury
Tayla Kilsby
Ben Simpson
Kelsi Ridden
Sammy Seau

Year 9 Cake Decoration

Year 9 Food Technology have just completed a unit of work on Treat Foods. Their final treat was to decorate a cake to suit a chosen theme. The images show the talent and commitment that they have demonstrated as they decorated the cakes.

Bronze Heartbeat Award for Canteen

At assembly this week, Linda Harris from the New Zealand Heart Foundation, presented Mrs Debono with the Bronze Heartbeat Canteen Award. This award recognises the work of Azzopardi - our canteen - to reduce the amount of saturated fat in the menu. The canteen has also created an increased awareness of healthier eating options.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Airforce Careers Visit

The Royal New Zealand Airforce careers officer visited the College on Friday afternoon. A number of interested students took the opportunity to explore the many career options available in the Airforce.

ILT Scholarship

Congratulations to Sam Shannon and Patrick Stone who have received ILT Scholarships for Outward Bound. These scholarships fund the entire Outward Bound experience, with travel and all expenses covered.