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Newsletter 3 - February 19th 2021

Kia ora koutou

Last night we held our Meet and Greet here at school. There were more people than last time and we’re grateful to everyone who was able to come along. Thanks too, to those who brought food along and to everyone who helped out with the BBQ. It was a wonderful evening and it was good to have the chance to chat in that setting.

Prior to our Meet and Greet, we had a meeting to which anyone interested was invited along to discuss the future direction of the school and the development of its bi-cultural curriculum. We had Jo Brand from the Hokonui Rūnanga join us. She shared some of the history of the area which was fascinating. It links in perfectly too with the conversations we’ll be having this year about the new histories curriculum, this is being implemented across New Zealand from 2022. Watch this space!

It's just under a week now until our Mid Dome athletics. Hopefully the weather will hold out. We have our FOLS selling sausages and possibly ice-blocks too. The coffee cart has been contacted and the children have been training hard. We’re all set to go, I hope to see you there. It’s always a busy day and often we find ourselves in need of a hand now and then. If you’re able to help out at an event for a rotation please let the teacher there know, it makes the day run a lot smoother.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler



Term 1 Swimming

Children will be swimming on Wednesday afternoons (not next week due to athletics). Parent help will be required in order to provide a safe adult:child ratio for supervision. Please contact the school if you are able to help – Thank you.



We have had a few cases this week – please be vigilant in checking your children’s hair.


Buddy Reading

Most Tuesday mornings for the last decade or so, Lumsden School children have benefitted from the time and dedication of community members who have 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 let myself, or Ethel Barnes (co-ordinator) know ph 248 7216 – Thank you!


School Lawns

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:

  • 27/28 February Braithwaite Family

  • 6/7 March Walling Family

  • 13/14 March Baker Family


Emergency Contacts

While many families have cellphones we still require the name of at least one other person we can contact in the event of an emergency or illness of your child, who could come and collect your child. If your phone number or address has changed please remember to advise us so we can update our records.


Financial Contribution

The Board of Trustees respectfully ask for financial donations from each family to the value of $100 per child for the first two children and $70 for the third per annum.

We ask that you pay $25 per child (for the first two) and $17.50 for the third child for the first term as soon as possible. Alternatively you may wish to pay the full annual donation as a lump sum. Please make payment to Sharon in the office at school or directly into the school bank account 030960-0112624-00 (child/ren’s name as reference).

Please feel free to discuss this with Callum or Amanda Russell (BOT Chairperson 022 088 2265) if you have any other questions or concerns about this request.



Launchpad will commence on Friday 5th March from 9.00 – 9.30 am. Please note that school is officially closed during this time and parents are responsible for supervising any children not attending Launchpad who do not travel by bus.


Southland Swimming Champs

The 2021 Southland Schools Swimming Championships are scheduled for Sunday 11th April 2021, at Splash Palace, Invercargill.

If you are interested in entering your child, please contact Sharon for the relevant details and entry form. If you wish to enter your child, please contact the school office (before 10th March) and we will pass on the relevant information.


Go Bus

Go Bus have a Part Time School Bus Drivers Position available:

·Suit someone who is looking for part time work with flexible hours

·Class 2 and P endorsement is the minimum requirement (Assistance will be given to obtain these)

·Contact Jim Guyton on 021 080 43644.




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