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Newsletter 28 - November 5th 2021

Kia ora koutou

Our pet-themed day this week was a huge success. We began with craft activities in the first part of the day before having the children participate in agri-kids activities before lunch. Obviously, this is quite a bit different to how it has been in the past but I think we’ve managed to make the most of the situation.

The other big event we had this week was a trip down to the Community Hall. We were down there Monday morning to perform and record our Kapa-Haka. Mrs Stevens has used this recording to enter the online Polyfest competition. We’ll keep you posted. If you wish to see the performance, it will be added to our Facebook page.

We were incredibly lucky this week. The Tour of Southland organisers rearranged their course so we could watch it from the bike track. It was a great event to see and everyone was cheering loudly.

We have some EOTC experiences coming up for our students in week 6. Our year 5 and 6 students have two day trips away instead of their camp which we had to cancel. Our 0-4 students are away Thursday that week on their own adventure. Quite exciting times.

Again though, Covid is forcing a few changes on how things usually work. Due to the recent vaccination mandate in schools, from the 15 November, parents helping on school trips need to provide evidence of their vaccinations. The first vaccination needs to have been had by then. This will include parent helpers at school in any capacity, including helping to supervise swimming on the days we are down at the pool.

Parents arranging visits to see their child’s teacher outside of regular school hours, or participating in learning hui, will not need to provide evidence of vaccination. Obviously, as new information is provided to us, or if anything changes we’ll let you know.

I will need to sight your card and I will keep the details in a confidential file. If you have any questions regarding this please get in touch.

These are very challenging times for all of us. We appreciate all of the support you are giving to us here at school, have a wonderful weekend.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winners

Brooklyn, and Charlotte F, with their Silver Award Certificates, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


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.


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:

· 6/7 November Gwilliam Family

· 13/14 November Haydon Family


For Sale: Reusable Produce Bags

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


Pet Themed Day 2021


Tour of Southland

We had a great view of the Cycle race on Monday.



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