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Newsletter 18 - July 2nd 2021

Kia ora koutou

In her end year speech last year, our Board Chair mentioned how concerned I was when taking on the position, about having to close the school in the event of a snow day. Now it seems almost routine having had to do it twice this week alone. I know closing was an inconvenience for some, but the buses were not running on either day and the safety of our staff and students is always the first priority. Hopefully that will be it for quite a while.

We have our Matariki night next week, starting at 5.00 pm. Thank you to everyone who has offered to contribute food for the hāngi, we’ll start the preparation for this early Wednesday morning. If you are bringing food in we’d like this by Tuesday afternoon please. It would be great to have a few helpers so if you’re able to help small groups of students washing, peeling etc please let me know.

Yesterday I attended a meeting to discuss the New Zealand Curriculum refresh. The initial part of this has already begun in the form of the New Zealand Histories Curriculum which at the moment is being revised after feedback was given on the draft. The other curriculum areas will be changed over the next few years with it all implemented fully by 2025. I’ll keep you informed, the next few years promise to be quite exciting and will pave the way for education in New Zealand for quite some time.

Have a great weekend everyone. I look forward to seeing you Wednesday.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Update from the Board:

Tēnā koutou katoa,

As we draw towards the end of Term and our Matariki celebration next week, it seems a good time to provide an update on the work of the school Board. Over the past year, we have been establishing a relationship with the Hokonui Rūnanga and are delighted to have them supporting us in the laying of our hāngi next week as part of our Matariki celebration. We hope that this will be an excellent opportunity for the school community to come together and we look forward to seeing everyone there next Wednesday evening.

As a Board we have been ensuring the smooth governance of the school, allocating funding to support the teachers and upgrades to the playground, resources and property. We have recently ordered new school sports tops which will be available for sale and loan next term to keep our students and school looking their best at events. It's also great to see our school grounds looking so smart and we would like to thank everyone for the great turn out at our working bee earlier in the term and to FOLS for arranging a very successful Bingo night. We should take pride in what we have achieved and would also like to thank all our amazing teachers and support staff who work hard to ensure all our students are achieving to their best potential.

Finally it is time to think of succession as by this time next year we will have elected five new Trustees to guide the school through the next three years. If you are potentially interested in a Trustee position, please catch up with any one of us or drop us an email at the below address.

Ngā mihi nui,

Amanda Russell (Chair), Callum Tyler (Principal), Sarah Falconer (Staff Rep), Trish Gill, Jeff Keen, Angela Reid and Noortje Hamers (Trustees)


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.


Welcome to School

This week it has been great to welcome Shanae Chandra (Room 4), Christian (Room 2) and Grace Fitzsimmons (Room 5). We hope you all enjoy your time at Lumsden School.



Clubs will be held again every second Thursday in term 3. Dates: 5th, 19th August, 2nd, 16th, 30th September from 2:20-3:00pm. Any offers for help with what you may like to teach the children would be greatly appreciated. Some past examples are knitting, coding, biking, orienteering, gardening, chess, origami. Please email with what you would like to help with. Nga mihi nui.


Skating Session Smiles

Briar with her ice-skating coach Sandra Sweenson.


Friday Hockey Fun

A mixed group of Lumsden children made up a team at Friday night hockey last week.


Mini Olympics Action



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