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Newsletter 29 - November 12th 2021

Kia ora koutou

I must admit, having to close the school Wednesday was not something I thought was a possibility as I left Tuesday afternoon. How quickly things change. The first time I had to close the school, it was because of too much water, now not enough. I guess sometimes you just can’t win. Thankfully the SDC were able to put things right in time for us to return yesterday.

Thank you for the support shown this week in regards to the vaccination mandate which comes into effect from next week. As you’ll know, because of the vaccination mandate in schools, from the 15 November, parents helping on school trips need to provide evidence of their vaccinations. This will include parent helpers at school in any capacity, including helping to supervise swimming on the days we are down at the pool. This doesn’t apply to parents coming to meet with teachers outside of school hours or dropping children off or picking them up.

This week I have had the good fortune of being able to take some of our Silver Award achievers out to lunch to recognise and celebrate their hard work during the year. They have worked incredibly hard for this so it is well deserved. I’d like to thank Route6 for the support they provide in being able to make this happen.

One of those students was Lachlan Gill (who has since received his Gold). Today he was presented with the Sir Peter Blake Leadership award. This is in recognition of the leadership he displays in school and around the community. Congratulations Lachlan, this is very well deserved!

We have managed to confirm a PLD (Professional Learning Development) focus for staff next year. This will be on Structured Literacy and the learning provider is Learning Matters. Structured Literacy is an approach that is improving literacy outcomes around the country, in some cases quite significantly. All of our staff, including our Teacher Aides will engage with this PLD. I’d like to thank our School Board for making this possible.

We have almost finalised what the plans are for prizegiving and will let you know next week about this. It will happen, albeit with quite a few changes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Annual School Community Survey

A reminder that the annual school community survey is still open but closes tomorrow evening, Friday 12th November. Link to access the survey, just 5 questions.

Thank you to those who have participated.


Principal Appointment Announcement

The school Board are happy to announce the appointment of Danella Smallridge to the position of Principal at Lumsden School next year. Danella is from Cromwell Primary School and has 21 years of teaching and leadership experience. She embodies our school vision of learning for life and school values of always being kind and trying our best.

The Board wishes to thank all those who assisted with the appointment process, particularly Richard Crean, Principal of Dipton School. We received a high number of quality applications and the process has been rigorous to appoint the best possible future leader for our school.

Amanda Russell

Presiding Member

Lumsden School Board


Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winners

Xanthe, Chahat, Luigi, Saige, Seneli, Amelia, Hannah, Tayla, Cedric, Flynn, and Lara, with their Silver Award Certificates, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


Silver Award Winners Lunch

Some of our Silver Award winners enjoying their lunch at Route 6 this week.


Lumsden Values BRONZE AWARD Winners

Kahn, Meg, Jahmelia, Preston, Laura, and Lewis, with their Silver Award Certificates, having earned 20 Gotchas so far this year.


Duffy Books Presentation

Mrs Barnes presented each of the classes with their Duffy Books this morning.


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:

· 13/14 November Gwilliam Family

· 20/21 November Haydon Family



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