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Newsletter 4 - February 21st 2020

Dear School Friends and Families

I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came along to the Meet and Greet last night. We had a good turnout and several people commented to me about the ‘feel’ of the night. It was relaxed with everyone having the chance to have a chat with others. For most of the night the kids (little and big) played games out on the field which was great to see. The purpose was to provide the opportunity to meet informally with your child's teacher and find out a bit more about what goes on at school from them and our BOT and FoLS group who were also there. I think we can tick that one up as a success. We hope to have another informal get together later in the year so if you were unable to come last night, perhaps next time. Watch this space.

Around the school this week it’s been great to see the curriculum in action. Becky and Tia have introduced a new game and have been running it at lunch times. It is new to our school, it was shown to Becky by friends. Tia said “We found the equipment for the game in the sports shed”. Becky says “we used to play a game called infection tag, we added rippa tags into it to create a new game”. It is essentially a modified game of seaweed with the rippa rugby tags introduced. Yesterday at lunch time we had a large group playing the game out on the field, organised and run by students. Awesome!

On Tuesday we had Fenton Herrick from the Police here to train our road patrollers for 2020. He worked with the senior students in class and then out by the road. He is planning to come back later in the year to support learning further during road safety week.

We have touch rugby teams set up and ready to go. The games begin on Tuesday night at NSC. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to lend a hand on the night.

We have athletics day coming up in two weeks on March 4. We would appreciate some helpers on the day. Each station will have a teacher on it but if you could spare some time to assist we would appreciate it a great deal. It could even be recording names or numbers on a clipboard while one group of children pass through that activity. If you’re interested let your child’s teacher or myself know.

It’s not just our students who are out trying to do their best. Next week Mrs Waller is away in Christchurch at the Master’s Games. She is competing in the hockey tournament with her first game on Sunday. We wish her every success. If you are calling the school please be aware that there will times that the office will be unattended. If you need to get in touch with Callum the contacts are and 027 367 5130.

We plan to announce our 2020 student leaders at a special assembly, Thursday at 2:45. This is a big moment for our leaders who have been busy with their applications for the different areas of responsibility. If you would like to attend this assembly to help celebrate and recognise our leaders on Thursday, you are most welcome.

Ka kite ano,

Callum Tytler

Acting Principal


FoLS Update

Hi Everyone,

It was lovely for many of us on the FoLS committee to connect with new parents and teachers at the meet and greet last night. Thanks to the staff for putting on a great BBQ. FoLS has had a busy start to the term with our first meeting gone and our next meeting to be held in the staffroom on Thursday March 12th. Please come along as we are having a special catch up to try and brainstorm avenues of funding which may be available to us... do you know of any??

We have also just completed a catering job for NZ Adventures 4wd Co. and this money along with our other fundraising endeavours this year will go toward furniture in the new learning spaces.

In addition to this, we have money specifically pledged toward further planting, landscaping and the continued aesthetic development of the school. A new exciting sculpture has been loaned to us for our front entrance by the American artist, and part-time Lumsden resident, Diane Relf. We hope to install it this weekend. This is an extremely generous loan and we are sure our community will treat it with the care and respect it deserves.

A huge thanks to Oleta Crawford and Kirsty Bryan who have offered to organise the BBQ for the forthcoming Mid Dome athletics on March 4th. We as school whānau are all FoLS members and as such there is an understanding that everyone will be expected at some point to help with the smooth running of the school. This will be in the form of catering, fundraising, gardening, maintenance, working bees, or with sports and cultural support. Your help is needed, and greatly valued. The FoLS facebook page is a great way to notify us about how and when you can help.

Nga mihi nui

The FoLS team


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 by the 28thFebruary 2020. Alternatively you may wish to pay the full annual donation as a lump sum before this date. 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). Thanks to those families who have already paid.


Term 1 Swimming

Children will be swimming on Wednesday 26th (please remind them to bring their togs, etc) prior to the coaching programme commencing on Monday 9th March. The coaching programme will run each morning, 9:30am-12pm from that date until March 23rd.


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. Wheelbarrow next to shed or in vege garden area available if required

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

The roster for the next few weeks is:

22/23 February Moulin Family

29/1 March Muir Family

7/8 March Neary Family


Studying Spiders in Room 5

Syd, Seby, Fraser and Johnny were excited to be able to share their learning about spiders.


Rippa Fun!

Some of the kids who participated in Rippa Seaweed at lunchtime.


Superstar and Girls Smash Cricket

Superstar and Girls Smash Cricket is starting next Thursday 27th February at Lumsden School 4-5pm and running for 6 weeks. Lots of our children have indicated they are keen to play. There is no need to register online just turn up on the day and Mark, Cricket Southland Coach, will be able to take registrations.


Dipton Gymnastics Club *** FIRST SESSION FREE ***

We operate on a Wednesday out of the Dipton Memorial Hall. Starting at 3.30 - 4pm for the 2 – 5yr olds, this is for fun and learning body awareness. 3.45 - 4.30pm for the 6 – 8yr olds and 4.30 - 5.15pm for the 9yr olds and up, to learn the correct technique and moves, meet new people and have some fun.

We have casual and full-time enrolment options available. Full time enrolment is $5 per week per child (10 weeks in the term = $50). The casual option is $7 per week for one child and $5 per week each for two or more children.

For more information give Monique a call on 0278 252 572




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