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Newsletter 16 - June 19th 2020

Kia ora

I’d like to start by thanking a few people, actually it’s more than a few. Since beginning at Lumsden School, I’ve been constantly amazed at the number of people who get stuck in and help out in and around the school. A school like ours really needs support from parents and even little things can make a huge difference. The community spirit is alive and well!

Last weekend there was a working bee where there were 11 people helping to give our grounds a bit of a tidy up. This time of year is not always kind to school grounds so it’s been noticeable this week and greatly appreciated.

This week we had our final BOT meeting for the term. Our board works hard behind the scenes and play an important part in making sure the school is running smoothly. I’d like to acknowledge and thank them for the work they’ve done and the effort they put in, a lot of what they do probably is unseen.

This week we’ve had a Learning Hui for our senior students. This is happening before reports go home this term to give whanau the opportunity to contribute to a page on the reports if they wish to. Our Year 1-3 students will have an anniversary report and parents of these children will have the same opportunity, albeit later in the year. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you regarding this. So, a huge thanks to the parents and students who braved less than ideal weather conditions to come and discuss learning progress with the teachers. It was great to see you and I also enjoyed catching up with a lot of people I’d not had the chance to since before lockdown.

I’d like to welcome Mariette Geldenhuys to our staff in the role of teacher aide. She has had a great start, working with different groups of children and brings a huge amount of energy, enthusiasm and skill to the position. We’re lucky to have her on the team.

I received an email on Wednesday from the Head Teacher at Lumsden School. Not our Lumsden School but the one in Scotland! Coincidentally enough, there is a photo of their school on my office wall. Since then we’ve had a couple of emails back and forth and we are planning on having some of students interact and find out more about each other’s school. How exciting. Watch this space!

It is the winter solstice this weekend (Sunday morning at 9:43 to be exact). In terms of daylight there is 5 hours and 4 minutes less than there will be on December 21. Just some useless information to start the weekend with.

Ka kite ano,

Callum Tytler

Acting Principal



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