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Newsletter 33 - November 20th 2020

Kia ora koutou

I can’t believe it’s Friday already! Where did the week go? It just seems like a couple of days ago we were welcoming our Year 5 and 6 adventurers back from Stewart Island. Some of those students and a small group of others from school went to Invercargill the following day to compete in the Southland Athletics. Ordinarily this would have been in term one but due to upgrades at the venue, this year it was in term 4. Sadly for some of our athletes it was the day after camp which was less than ideal. Nevertheless, in true Lumsden School spirit they tried their best and we’re all so proud of them! Well done all of you.

It’s not long now until the end of the year. This year our End of Year Ceremony will be at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 8 December at 6:30. We had hoped that Andrew Watson would be able to join us so we could celebrate the contribution he has made to the school in his time here and farewell him. Sadly Andrew is not able to join us on that night. It is important that we do have the chance to do this so we are moving his farewell forward. There will be a special farewell assembly for Andrew at 1:30 Friday 4 December. All are welcome.

Next Tuesday we have John Parsons here for the day. John is an authority on Internet Safety and keeping all of us safe online. He will be working with each class during the day, running a staff workshop after school and then a presentation for parents/caregivers at 6:30. You are all invited to this, we’re incredibly lucky to have this opportunity so I hope to see you there.

Two weeks ago we sent home a notice asking for feedback regarding whether or not you support religious instruction at school. The programme we have in place is Launchpad, there has been information on this sent home too. So far we have had 22 families let us know. To be able to make an informed decision about the future of the programme our BOT needs feedback from more parents. If you can let us know Yes/No as soon as possible it would be greatly appreciated. Please let us know on Monday if you require another copy.

There was a small turn out at the working bee last Saturday. Thanks to those who did. Our grounds are looking pretty amazing right now, we really appreciate the effort you’ve made. Linzi Keen is organising a planting day coming up. This was done last year too and was very successful, see information on this elsewhere in the newsletter.

Due to our numbers at the beginning of 2021 we will begin the year with 4 classes. Mrs Stevens will have a Year 0-1 class, Mrs McMillan will have a Year 1-3 class and Miss Falconer will have a Year 4-5 class. We are yet to appoint a teacher for our Year 6 students but as soon as we do we will let you know.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler

Acting Principal


Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winners

Abel, Nixon, Emma, Elsie, Sarah, and Abbey, with their Silver Award Certificates, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


Silver Award Lunch Outings

Sarah, Indy, Elsie, Abbey, Emma, Sophie, Rosy, Amelia, Duncan, Sam, and Lachie, enjoyed their lunch with Mr Tytler this week.


Launchpad Donations

Donations towards the cost of books for the children who attend Launchpad would be much appreciated. The approximate cost for each child is $7.50. Please send any donations along to school in a named envelope. We can then forward these on to the LBK Presbyterian Church who provide the books. Thanks to those who have already paid.


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 couple of weeks is:

  • 21/22 November Thwaites Family

  • 28/29 November Till Family


Financial Donations for Term 4 now due

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 fourth term now. 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). Your support is much appreciated.


Cracker Day for Cricket

All the classes had a coaching session with Jack Hilton from Cricket Southland yesterday with lots of enthusiastic cricketers!


FoLS Fundraiser Reminder

All Pepper & Me orders and payments must be in on Monday 23rd November. Payment can be made into the FoLS bank account (03 1355 0752134 00) Reference: child’s name and P&M Any questions please contact Beks Ware 0274620508.


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