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Newsletter 2 - February 11th 2022

Kia ora Lumsden School Community

This week students have settled into more regular routines and there has been lots of positive energy around the school. Thanks to all parents and caregivers for helping your children get back into school-mode again.

Kapa Haka

The highlight of the week for me was seeing the looks on our 2022 Year 6 students’ faces when they successfully led their first whole school Kapa Haka session on Tuesday. Kahn Henry and Hunter Butler were especially proud after calling the start of each waiata and our school haka.

The students in Year 4 - 6 have coped very well with the new mask wearing routines. We are feeling lucky to have such spacious grounds and additional indoor spaces for students to work in. Elsie Selbie and Sarah Leach both enjoy working in our breakout space.

Mrs McMillan has brought in some pet fish for her class. Harley Chalmers and Stevie Malcolm are excited about these new additions to Room 5.

Luke Hamers is pictured here working on a self-portrait using the digital drawing tools in Seesaw.

I have been enjoying playground duty. It is great to see so much creative play happening. Duncan McFadzien and Slade Thwaites caught my eye this week. They have been busy with “contracting” making lots of hay and baleage.

Athletics- Week 5

Dome Athletics will not go ahead as planned. Instead we will run our own Lumsden School Athletics day. This is scheduled for Thursday 3 March with a postponement day of Friday 4 March. Spectators will not be invited but we will require a small number of vaccinated parent helpers to help run the events. Please email me with details of which events you have knowledge/expertise in A special thanks to Sharlie Morton for marking out the tracks for us. I am infamous in Cromwell for creating wonky lines for junior sports events so I was very grateful to have an expert come in and do such a professional job.

Special Digital Assembly - Week 6

On Thursday 10 March we will record and broadcast a special assembly for parents. This will be an opportunity for all classes to share their creative work bringing our school vision and values to life. We will also be presenting athletics awards.

Partnership Hui - Week 9

We will be inviting parents and caregivers to meet with teachers at partnership hui after school on Tuesday 29 March and Wednesday 30 March. These hui can be arranged to suit each family. You can meet in person (inside or outside) or the meeting can be held via Zoom or phone call. Any family that wants to meet in person will need to wear masks and observe social distancing. A registration form will come home at the end of Week 7 with our Newsletter.

Bus Reminder

Please let us know if your children are not on the bus.

Paperwork To Return

An opt in/opt out form for Launch Pad has been sent home with this Newsletter along with a form to allow us to update student medical records and parents/caregivers contact details. Please return these to the office by the end of next week.

Home Learning Pack Reminder

Please return the home learning packs which school provided last year. These will be redistributed at the children’s correct level for 2022.

Pool Key - End of Season Offer

We are near the end of the season and families can purchase a key for the rest of the season for $50. Please ask at our local Four Square if you want to take advantage of this offer.

Board Meeting

Our board meeting planned for next week has been postponed until Tuesday 22 February.

Maternity Leave - Lana Stevens

Lana Stevens, our Room 4 teacher and Deputy Principal has applied for maternity leave in Terms 2 - 4 this year. We will miss her, but are excited for this new chapter in her life. Congratulations to Lana and Vaughan from all the staff. Judi McMillan will act as our Deputy Principal while Lana is on leave and Sarah Falconer has also taken on some additional leadership responsibilities. I feel very lucky to be part of such a strong and united team of professionals. I appreciate everyone’s willingness to ensure our students continue to get the very best education.

Have a great weekend.

Danella Smallridge


Lumsden School


FOLS Working Bee

The vegetable garden beds have fallen into disrepair and are going to be removed. This will involve removing soil and dismantling the frames. If this is something you could help out with pop along after school on:

Thursday 24th February 3.30pm-4.30pm

Tools required: Wheelbarrows, spades, hammers, crow bar.

Please contact Jacob cell 021 0227 8051 or the school for further info or just turn up.

Thanks FOLS


Update from FoLS General Meeting 10th February Lumsden Hotel

Busy meeting last night, with a lot going on and many conversations happening. Brief overview of what was discussed is below. If you would like a copy of the minutes please let Jan know, cell 021 060 3396, or ask at school for a hard copy.

Working Bee Thursday 24th February - Vege gardens

Term 2 - Fundraising planning is under way to make and sell cheese rolls and pizzas. We are hoping to have order forms out before the end of term with food being made some time in May depending on when we can get access to the College kitchen.

If this is something you might be interested in or have experience in please let us know. Thanks to these ladies for taking the lead on this:

Amy Priest - Cheese Rolls

Ash Brewer - Pizzas

Friday hot lunches will return in Term 3 (if we are able). This previously went well. Feedback regarding menu is welcomed.

Date for AGM has been set for Tuesday the 15th March at Lumsden Hotel 7.30pm. Roles that have remained vacant since last AGM are:

  • Sub group leader for the Bike park. This role consists of being the go to person for any issues regarding the bike park and bikes.

Our AGM is normally brief and we will follow on with a General Meeting afterwards. Please pop along if you can. It's a good chance to catch up in a relaxed fun environment.


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