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Newsletter 17 - June 24th 2021

Kia ora koutou

It’s just two weeks now until the end of term and our students and staff get to enjoy a well earned break, and it really is a well earned break. I know there are still people around that think teaching is 9-3 but thankfully, the majority of people in our community, and in fact nationwide, are well informed and have a realistic idea of what teachers do and the effort they make to give our learners the very best. Last year the NZEI conducted a survey on well-being. It’s sobering reading if you’re interested.

Of course in that two weeks, there is a lot happening. We have NSC coming to speak with our Year 6 students in that time, the Westpac chopper appeal tomorrow, an olympics event and of course the hangi in the final week of term.

For the hangi we are asking for our school community to contribute some of the food. Terry and Rodney from the Hokonui Rūnanga have helped make the list of what is required. I’ll share a Google Doc with everyone later in the day so we can avoid a lot of something and nothing of another. If you are able to help out please put your name next to the food item. If you find you don’t have access give me a call and I’ll put your name on for you. We need to have the vegetables at school by Monday 5 July as preparation will begin the following day.

We also need about 2m3 of dry macrocarpa. We certainly don’t expect this to be donated as it’s quite a precious resource, especially at this time of year. Please let me know (027 367 5130) if you can help out with all or some of that.

In 2019 the government announced it was giving each school in the country some money to spend on property. The criteria around what it can and can’t be used for is quite tight. We were able to use some of it for the building project that was completed last year. The remainder of this money is being spent on replacing some locks and handles on doors which are starting to wear out and to upgrade the Red Playground. This playground is getting pretty worn in places but this upgrade will bring it back to near new condition and give us more time to contemplate its eventual replacement.

Also in the pipeline and starting any day is an upgrade to our LSC room (the little room next to the staffroom) and our photocopier room. We expect work to begin on those spaces in the next week or two. Exciting times!

Have a great end of the week.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winner

Rowan with his Silver Award Certificate, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


Lumsden Values BRONZE AWARD Winners

Angus, Billie-Jay, Cole, Ellie, Hunter, Johnny, and Charlotte F, with their Bronze Award Certificates, having earned 20 Gotchas so far this year.


Westpac Chopper Appeal Reminder

Tomorrow we are supporting the Westpac Chopper Appeal. Please bring a gold coin donation and wear some red clothing if possible. Thanks.


Northern Southland College Visit

On Monday Pete Wilkinson (Principal), and Tracey Cullen (Year 7 Dean) are coming to meet our current Year 6’s. They will be talking about the College and answering any questions.


Financial Contribution for Term 2 is now due

Please make payment to the office at school or directly into the school bank account 030960-0112624-00 (child/ren’s name as reference).

Thanks to those families who have already paid. If you require a receipt for tax purposes please contact the office.


Change of Clothes

Please remind all children to put a spare of trousers/shorts etc. in their bags due to the ground conditions. Our supply of spare clothes is limited. Thanks.


Northern Cross Country Representatives

Well done Xanthe, Lachie, and Angus on a great effort at Waimumu last Friday, you all did us proud in muddy conditions.


Awesome Readers

Georgia, Emma, and Sylvia proudly sharing their learning about ants.


Keen Hockey Players

Hunter and Angus both had great games at their hockey on Monday. Angus was a spectacular goalie.


Coding Fun

Elijah and Dean coding using Beebots. Elijah says " You have to figure out new ways to get to the other person."


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