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Newsletter 13 - May 21st 2021

Kia ora koutou

Well it’s been a challenging week for sure. Having to close on Tuesday was a last resort and not a decision that was made lightly. We’re aware of the challenge this can create for some families and are grateful for the support. The well-being of our students and staff is always a priority. Although we had no heating last Friday and still opened, Tuesday presented a slightly different set of circumstances which were compounded by the weather that was predicted to come through. Hopefully now though the issues are behind us.

The company that installed the system just a couple of years ago had people here working on it until 2:30 AM Wednesday morning. They were back here at 7:00 just to check through the systems as the school heated up. The fault has been traced back to a power surge that has then caused issues. There is no fault with the boiler itself, or the system, just some of the circuit boards. These have been replaced, being borrowed from a yet to be completed installation elsewhere. New parts are on order from Austria as well as some spares so we can be back up and running sooner if it is to occur again. Apparently this is the first fault of its kind in a system like ours.

Last Sunday was the working bee here at school. Thanks to all who came to help out, the changes were immediately noticeable. The rocks placed strategically around the grounds look fantastic as do the plants that have been planted. A special thanks to Linzi and Jeff Keen who have been instrumental in making this happen. I’d also like to mention and thank the Hokonui Rūnanga who donated a large number of plants. Thank you, that is just wonderful!

The Hokonui Rūnanga will be here Wednesday 7 July to do a hangi. The plan is to have the students help prepare and learn about the process during the day, before we eat about 5:30. After we eat we will share some of the learning that has been happening in classes, see students doing some kapa haka and find out more about Matariki. Lloyd Esler will be joining us that evening, hopefully he’ll be able to bring his telescope again!

Later today I will send out a google form to our school community so we can gauge numbers for the hangi and make certain there is enough kai.

I’d like to congratulate Toni and Tim Evans who welcomed their daughter Hadley into their family on 29 April. Toni has taken leave this year and will be back with us again in 2022. We are looking forward to her visiting us in the near future and making introductions.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Welcome to School

It has been great to welcome Charlie Watkins to Room 4 this week. We hope you enjoy your time at Lumsden School.



Office bearers:

  • Chairpersons – Beks Ware and Amanda Thwaites

  • Treasurer – Jacob Priergaard-Petersen

  • Secretary – Jan McFadzien

Next general meeting is Wednesday the 23rd June 7.30 pm at the Lumsden Hotel.


Cross Country

· We are training for the Mid Dome Cross Country so please ensure your child/ren have appropriate footwear for running in as we will be doing this on a variety of surfaces most days of the week.

· We will confirm transport arrangements next week for those families who have offered to help with transport or need a ride for their children.


Lumsden Values BRONZE AWARD Winners

Sophie H, Phoenix C, Jase, Nixon, Slade, Elijah, Stella, Rosy, Stevie, Abel, Sophie P, Emma,

and Phoenix M with their Bronze Award Certificates, having earned 20 Gotchas so far this year.



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