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Newsletter 25 - October 1st 2021

Kia ora koutou

Today brings term three to an end. Usually, at the end of term three, I reflect back on the term in amazement as to how fast it has gone. I was unable to do that last year and again this year. Sadly, Covid continues to have an impact, and what has been a 10 week term feels a lot longer. Despite that there (as always) is a real buzz around the school. I’ve been in all of the classes this week and am hugely impressed with the learning taking place. This was noticeable yesterday too during our final clubs session. Thank you to the parents who were able to come to support this.

Thank you to everyone for the support you have given us during the changing alert levels. It is not an easy environment for education at any level. As challenging as it was for teachers, I know it was equally challenging for those supporting learners with their home-schooling. Hopefully, term four won’t see the same disruptions.

We had hoped to start term 4 with swimming but sadly the pool won’t be ready on time. I’m not sure if we can change our instructor dates but I’ll be let you know next term as soon as I can. There are a few other exciting things in the pipeline too but we’ll let you know about those closer to the time.

We are considering changes to the way we do school reports but need feedback from you. In the first week back there will be a short survey and a chance to express your view on what we do currently, your likes and dislikes etc. We would appreciate your input into this important aspect.

For those that didn’t receive the email sent on Wednesday, I announced that I will be leaving Lumsden School at the end of this year. In 2022 I will take up the Principal position at Rosebank School in Balclutha. The letter that went to our families via email is attached below.

Have a great break everyone, I hope the weather is perfect for whatever you have got planned.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Message to school

Kia ora koutou

Dear Lumsden School parents and whanau

It is with sadness that I am writing to inform the Lumsden School community of my resignation as Principal from the end of this year. In 2022 I will take up the principal position at Rosebank School in Balclutha. The move to another school has come earlier than I had expected, but for myself and my family it is an exciting and right pathway to pursue.

I have very much enjoyed being part of Lumsden School and have valued my three years here. The School is amazing and is fortunate to have such a supportive community, staff and board of trustees. It has been a privilege to have been part of a school that is kind and always trying its best.


Principal Appointment Process

The school Board congratulates Mr Callum Tytler on his new appointment. We feel very lucky to have had Callum at our school for the last three years and are grateful for all that he's achieved over this time. Whilst we would have liked to have kept him for a few more years, we wish him all the best on this next stage of his journey.

Even if you completed this survey as part of last year's consultation, it is important that you re-submit your feedback, as we are starting the process afresh. The form will be open until midnight Tuesday 5th October.


Speech Finalist

Seneli competed in the Southland Schools Speech Grand Finals on Monday night. Although she didn’t place she spoke extremely well and we are all very proud of her.


Buddy Reading

Most Tuesday mornings for the last few years, Lumsden School children have benefitted from the time and dedication of community members who come into school to sit down and read with them. It would be great to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining this buddy reading team.

Please contact the school office on 03 248 7474 for any further information. Thank you.


TV Stars in the Making

Briar and her brother Luke had a film crew at their place last week to do a TV ad for Starship.


School Lawns

We have an alphabetical roster of all school families for mowing the area at front of school and by the staff carpark. Each family gets a turn once every 2-3 years. Here are the guidelines to follow:

¨ Pick up the school mower shed key from the Four Square Supermarket

¨ Check the mower has fuel and fill from can in shed if necessary. Please let the school know if petrol can is low and we will refill

¨ Check the map attached to the mower showing which areas to mow

¨ Catcher loads of grass can be emptied around the back of the school next to the sports container. Top mower up with fuel, when finished and return key to Four Square Supermarket.

The roster for the next few weeks is:

· 2/3 October Fitzsimmons Family

· 16/17 October Gill Family

· 23/24 October Gwilliam Family


Junior Tennis

Anyone interested in playing Junior Competition Saturday Tennis or getting coaching, please contact Michelle Elder 027 619 7307 .


New School T-shirts

School t-shirts will be available for students to borrow for school events. However, if you wish to purchase a t-shirt for your child they are available for purchase for the subsidised price of $20, thanks to the Board of Trustees.


Winton Football Summer Football League

Enquiries and team entries can be made by contacting Individuals without a team can also make contact to be placed in a team. Adults (yr9 upwards) $100 per team; juniors (yr6-8 and yr1-5) $10 per player. All teams have two games each night, junior games start at 5.30pm and adults start at 6.30pm. First day Thursday 21 Oct, last playing day Thursday 9 Dec. Venue: Moore’s Reserve, Winton.



Saige, Finlay, and Levi collaborated to create a computer game using Scratch. Saige showed Mr Tytler how to do it. Saige won!


For Sale: Reusable Produce Bags

We have some reusable produce bags suitable for fruit/vegetables for sale as a camp fundraiser, $13.00 for a pack of 4 mixed bags. Please contact the school office if you are interested.



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