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.

Thursday, 17 June 2010


On Thursday evening, members of the Year 13 CARITAS group camped out in a make shift shelter in the school grounds. The Slum gave students a first hand experience of the challenges of living in poverty. Thank you to the staff who helped, and the parents and well wishers who brought food to keep hunger a bay.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Book Reviewer Visits Verdon

Book Reviewer,Mr Bob Doherty from Christchurch, visited the College on Tuesday. He is pictured addressing our year 7 and 8 students in the Bishop Verdon Block Atrium.

Monday, 14 June 2010


As part of the preparation for The Big Sing on Tuesday evening at First Church, Panache performed at School Assembly last Tuesday and St Theresa's Church last Sunday. All the hard work was rewarded with a superb performance on the evening. We look forward to the comments when recordings are viewed by the national judges.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Board of Trustees Welcome New Members

Mr Prendergast, newly elected Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, welcomed new members to the Induction Meeting held last evening. Mr Telfer, Mrs Gourley and Mr Townley are all experienced BOT members with a broad skills set. Mr Prendergast commented that with the continuity provided by the Proprietor's Representatives, the new Board is a strong and experienced unit ready for the challenges that lay ahead.
The meeting also elected Chairs for the BOT Committees: Mr Tim Ward - Finance, Mr Fergus More - Discipline and Mrs Maria Thurlow - Audit.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Year 7 Technology Images

Year 7 Technology students have been presenting their design concepts as part of the report back stage of their course. The design brief was to Design a gift pack for visitors to the College as a token of our appreciation. The creativity and ingenuity displayed during the process was impressive. As the groups reported to the class and Mr Olsen, they explained the stages of development that had occurred as they came to the final design.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Southspell Competitions

The following students represented Verdon in the Southspell competitions held recently at James Hargest College:

Emma Morton, Andrew Miles, Imelda Wilkes, Jacob Thompson, Claude Burke, Kate Nally, Emalee Johnstone, Harrison Roderique, Olivia Thornbury, Amelia Koroaidi, Maggie Harrington and Madison Brown.

Rail Trail Adventures

The Senior PE Class are pictured at the iconic Wedderburn Station on the Central Otago Rail Trail. The conditions for the trip were challenging, but azure blue skies provided inspiration for the team. Thanks to Mr Scobie and the parent supporters who made the trip possible.

Hockey Images

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Shakespeare Success for Verdon Students

Congratulations to Patrick Collins (left) who at the Southland Regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, was selected as the National Shakespeare Schools Production Direct Entry Selected Student. This entitles Patrick to attend the week long residential course National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP). Nationwide 47 students will attend this week and 24 students will be chosen to be members of SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company to travel to the UK in 2011.

Congratulations to Patrick Wilkes who also entered the SGCNZ Shakespeare Music Composition Competition where students from all over New Zealand compete. Patrick was awarded a Highly Commended for his original composition that was to be inspired by the Shakespearean play Titus Andronicus. Patrick has just completed his ATCL in violin receiving distinction.

PTA help with Gardens

Our thanks go to the PTA helpers who have worked hard last Sunday to tidy and weed the College gardens. The bark and mulch placed around the plants reduce the weeds and enhance the entrance to the College. Thank you to Mrs Grace for organising the team.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

NCEA School Qualifications

Fee Structure for 2010 - Years 11 - 13

Fee structure for domestic candidates Fee
Entry for all NQF standards and up to 3 Scholarship subjects $75.00
Additional Scholarship entries $75.00 per subject

The due date for payment to the school office is 1 August 2010

Financial Assistance Eligibility
  • be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit (benefit-based applications)
  • have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services Card (income-based applications).
  • be a fee-payer with two or more children who are candidates (multiple candidate applications) where the total fees to pay would otherwise be more than the $200 multiple candidate maximum.

Financial Assistant fees schedule

One child who is a candidate - $20.00

Two or more children who are candidates - A maximum of $30.00 per family

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Russell McVeagh

On Saturday the College debating team competed in the Russell McVeagh competition, held at Otago Boys' High School in Dunedin. The team was placed 6th out of the 14 entered. Congratulations to Patrick Stone ans Olivia King both received best speaker citations in the first and fourth debate. The debating team of Tim Lindsay, Patrick Stone and Olivia King are pictured competing against St Kevin's College. Below the team which includes Greta Melvin are pictured in front of Otago Boys' High School.

College Haka

Parker Ormond, Hinehou Whakamoe, and Dean Whaanga are pictured after spending the morning at the College introducing the new haka to students. The haka words and the English translation are posted on the Verdon website. We look forward to it being performed at the end of term.