Newsletter 23 - September 10th 2021

Kia ora koutou

It has been absolutely wonderful to welcome our students back to school after the time away. There has been quite a bit of excitement as they’ve caught up with friends they haven’t seen for a while and settled back into class.

I know that after our challenging year last year, that we had hoped that changes in alert levels and lockdowns were behind us. Sadly this hasn’t been the case. I’m really proud of our students and staff for the way they have handled the challenges that have been presented in the past few weeks as it has not always been easy. I’m grateful too for the response from the wider community who have supported our learners during this time, I know it’s not been easy for you either.

The lockdown has meant that we have missed out on a few weeks of learning at school and some events that were scheduled to happen in that time. Despite an alternate date being made, we have made the difficult decision not to travel to Polyfest. We will however make certain there is a performance for all to enjoy in Term 4 either in person or recorded digitally. Due to the uncertainty in alert levels and the requirements even at level two, we have had to cancel our winter adventure day. I know there will be a lot of disappointment regarding this, we were all looking forward to the event. We hope to replace this next term with a summer adventure day, watch this space!

We have a teacher only day on Friday 24 September, just two weeks away. Despite the recent time away from school we need to proceed with this day as scheduled so staff can maintain their first aid certificates which are a requirement.

I was asked by a student yesterday what happens if a kid is sick? I replied that they need to stay at home. I was then asked, what about teachers? Again, I replied that the teacher would stay at home if they are sick and we would find another teacher for the class that day. Then I was asked, what happens if you are sick, who is going to be the principal? After a little thought about this, I had an idea. Thanks Stella for the inspiration!

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler

Principal

Welcome to School

It has been great to welcome Scarlett Douglas to Room 4. We hope you enjoy your time at Lumsden School.

Principal in training

Stella getting comfortable in the Principal’s chair ready to fill in if he is away sick.