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.