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Newsletter 36 - November 22 2019

Dear School Friends and Families

Thank you so much to all the parents who were able to help us with transport and supervision to make it possible for the Conservation Field Trips to happen this week. Despite inclement weather, all four field trips went ahead successfully, resulting in a range of rich learning experiences.

Hoping for some Saturday sunshine for the school Working Bee this weekend. At this stage we would really appreciate more helpers indicating that they can come to help get our grounds looking much tidier, so they can be more easily maintained over the summer. Please phone Jeff (021 678 643) if you would be able to help spread the workload. Helpers are meeting at school at 1pm. Would be grateful for any extra weed eaters, and general gardening tools.

The Year 6 children who are attending Northern Southland College next year enjoyed an action-packed orientation day there on Wednesday. With buying school uniforms being on the list for families to tick off in preparation for this exciting transition, I have application forms for school uniform funding through the J. R. Mckenzie fund, to help families who could benefit from financial assistance. Please let me know in confidence if you would be interested in applying to access this assistance.

Congratulations to Tori Grant, Jacob Jiwan, Fraser Gill and Anakin Jones who earned their Silver Gotcha Awards this week. It always makes my day when a child knocks on the door of my office to let me know that they have reached this excellent milestone!

It sounds like there will be lots of families enjoying the carnival atmosphere in the middle of Lumsden on Sunday, with the annual Cycle and Celebrate event taking place. Along with the cycle event itself there will be lots of great stalls, food and entertainment there to enjoy and prizes to be won.

Staff have been busy working on writing children’s reports recently. Room 1 and 2 reports will be coming home with children next Friday. It has been awesome to hear teachers talking about all the learning progress that children have made since the beginning of the year. We welcome the opportunity for parents to come into to school the following week to discuss their children’s learning further with teachers.

Have a good weekend – Dry grass for lawn mowing hopefully. Ka kite ano,

Andrew Watson



Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winners

Tori, Jacob, Anakin and Fraser, Silver Award recipients, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


Lumsden Values BRONZE AWARD Winner

Abel with his Bronze Award Certificate, having earned 20 Gotchas so far this year.


School Library

The school library is closed as from today – please have a look at home and return any books that belong to the school. Thanks.


Bible in Schools Donations

Donations towards the cost of books for the children who attend Bible in Schools 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 families who have already paid.


Financial Donations for Term 4

Please make payment to the office at school or directly into the school bank account 030960-0112624-00 (child/ren’s name as reference).

Thanks to those families who have already paid. Your support is much appreciated.


School Lawns Roster

We have an alphabetical roster set up of all the school families for mowing the school lawns so each family only gets a turn once every couple of years. If the date doesn’t suit please contact the school and we can swap as necessary. Thanks for your support with this.

Here are the guidelines to follow (if you have any queries please contact the school office):

· 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 behind the sports container (container closest to carpark).

· Top mower up with fuel, when finished and return key to Four Square Supermarket.

The roster for the upcoming weeks is:

23/24 November Jiwan Family

30/1 December Jones Family


Report Writing

Lumsden Primary School or L.P.S is a kind and friendly environment. There’s at least 85 kids and all kind, friendly and supportive staff. In Lumsden school we always try our best and we are kind. You would love to go here in Lumsden School. The teachers here are the best and we always like a good challenge. Our learning here is fun and interests kids to know more! Welcome to Lumsden Primary School.

In our school we have at least 5 rooms. The year level goes from Year 1 to 6! To always try our best and be kind ,the staff member makes this amazing system. So if we always try our best and we are kind we get a gotcha if a teacher sees you for meeting these values. The teachers keep on track of how many gotchas you get. If you get 10 gotchas you get a prize from the treasure box! The more you get the better the prizes!

Our school loves having fun and being active all the time! So in our school we have 2 playgrounds, 2 sandpits, a football field, a native forest and our new bike track! The best area to play is the bike track! You get to use the bike track every lunchtime and it’s always fun and exciting! You can bring your bike or borrow one from our school. Our timetable is morning tea, fitness, lunchtime, 10 minute break and end of school!

In our school we don’t just do school work and play outside, we also do singing and dancing! For singing and dancing we contribute Maori to it. So we sing songs like Kapioioi, Hareruia and lots of other songs. We also dance to the song. Our lovely teacher Miss Madden teaches us the right dance moves and lyrics to it! The whole school does this and we perform our Kapa Haka in the Invercargill Stadium!

Lumsden Primary School is the best school you could ever go to! They make learning fun and knows what’s the best of you. We are a big family and I love coming here.

By Abbie Mendoza


Field Trip Fun


Summer Reading Challenge

There are two prize draws for readers at Southland District Libraries, Student and Family. Read 8 books, fill out the reading log on the entry form, available from 1 December, and drop or email it into one of our 8 branches. All books read during the period 1 December to 31 January are eligible, including e-books which are free to download using your Southland District Library card through Borrowbox or Libby/Overdrive. Enter as many times as you are able.

Have you downloaded the Southland District Libraries App? The last 4 digits of your library card number is your PIN. Go here to find out more




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