Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Meg Prendergast - DUX of Verdon College 2011

Meg Prendergast, the daughter of Donna and John Prendergast, was announced Dux of Verdon College at our Senior Prizegiving held on 8 November 2011.

Her academic achievements include firsts in Economics, Chemistry, Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling and Biology. She also received a Champagnat Service Award.

Meg is Head Girl of the College. Her commitment to her studies has been matched by her contribution to extra-curricular activities. She played netball and has both coached and played basketball and volleyball. She has been involved in school productions and our Chamber Music group. She was a member of our debating team and a member of the Verdon Bishop’s Shield Public Speaking Team.

Next year Meg intends to begin a double degree in Law and Science at Otago University. She has received a scholarship from the Invercargill Licensing Trust to assist with her studies.

Emily Lough - Proxime Accessit 2011

Congratulations to Emily Lough who was named Proxime Accessit at our Senior Prizegiving held on 8 November 2011.

Blues and Colours Recipients

Picture of our Blues recipients above.

On Wednesday 28 September we held our Special Assembly to award our second round of Colours Recipients and the Blues recipients for 2011. They are as follows.

Colours Recipients
Darcy Kerr Kapa Haka, Leadership
Fusi Maka Polyfest, Leadership
Shanice Dunn, Polyfest, Leadership
Basketball U17 - Southland Representative
James Hum, Basketball U17 Southland Representative
Jordan Murphy, Basketball—U15 & U17 Southland
Timothy O’Neill, Basketball - NZ U13 Representative
Lucy Heenan, Basketball - Southland U19
Selected as South Island Secondary Schools Tournament Talented Player
Taylor Le Breton, Badminton - Southland U17
Travelling to Malaysia
Sarah Hughes, Debating - Selected as Best Year 11 Speaker student at the Southland Secondary Schools Debating Competition
Benjamin Williams, Music - Overall Contribution to Music
Hannah Lieshout, Waterpolo– Southland U16 Representative
Ashleigh MacDougall, Weightlifting - NZ Age Group

Blues Awards

Connor Chamberlain: Drama
Jack Kelly: Drama
Patrick Collins: Drama
Rebecca Lieshout: Production
Olivia King: Production
Joanna Telfer: Netball
Katie Telfer: Netball
Jessica van Rossum: Netball
Andrew Ridden: Football
Kris Leatherby: Football
Tauira PattersonL: Rugby
Daniel O’Connor: Golf
Daniel O'Connor: Hockey
Jessica Fahey: Equestrian
Paigan Marshall: Cycling
Rebecca Bulmer: Waterpolo

Southland Secondary Schools Debating Competition

On Sunday 11th of September Verdon College hosted the annual Southland Schools Debating Competition. Students from Verdon College, SGHS, SBHS, JHHC and Aparima College made up the 81 competitors. Six members of the Otago University debating team headed the adjudicating team. This year the competition was sponsored by the ILT who helped with the accommodation of the visiting adjudicating team. As well as some local legal firms—Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd, AWS, Cruickshank Pryde and Hewat Galt sponsored prizes for the winning teams.
Verdon College had four teams competing in the Southland Secondary Schools Debating Competition. All teams won at least one debate, the Year 10 team (Jack King, Henry More and Gabe Winders) made the semi-finals. The Year 11 Team of Ella Prendergast, Josef Winders and Sarah Hughes won the year 11 section with Sarah Hughes being named Best Speaker.
A special thank you to the PTA who provided a wonderful morning tea and lunch for the adjudicators and teachers. The school was widely complimented on the wonderful facilities and hospitality.

Invercargill North Rotary Club Youth Merit Award

Congratulations to Shelley Mitchell who received the above award on Thursday 22 September 2011. We are all very proud of Shelley’s achievements.


Congratulations to Shaun Larsen who received a bronze medal at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament. He lifted 65kg in the clean and jerk and lifted 47kg in the snatch which gave him a total of 112. Shaun was placed 3rd overall nationally.
Congratulations to Ashleigh McDougall who received a gold medal at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament. She lifted 64kg in the clean and jerk and lifted 53kg in the snatch which gave her a total of 117. Ashleigh was placed 1st overall nationally.

Hockey News

Congratulations to Daniel O’Connor who was recently selected as Most Valuable Player at the Coaches Cup at the Secondary Schools Tournament held in Ashburton recently.
Also congratulations to Luke Adamson who was named 2011 Top Goal Scorer for this year’s Secondary School Boys Competition.
The Secondary School Mixed B team were also named 2011 Runners-Up . The team consists of Henry More, Dylan Coombs, Thomas Glew, Tomas Adams,Kayla Duggan, Louis Earl, Kade Morris, Shanay Fannin, Peter Thurlow, Hannah McLean, Jack Lenihan, Patrick Pasco, Liam Cairns


Congratulations to Padriac O’Neill who received the Don Bennett Memorial Cup for the most improved player in the Verdon College 1st XV.