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Newsletter 7 - March 20th 2020

Kia ora

It’s fair to say that this week has presented a few challenges to people up and down the country. We’re in the fortunate position that everyone in our school community is playing their part including keeping unwell children at home. Thank you. There is more COVID-19 information attached to this newsletter and we’ll continue to keep you updated as we’re made aware of new developments.

The impact of current events is being felt here already. Today was meant to be the day that our swimmers were to compete in Te Anau. This has had to be cancelled as were the last three days of our Swim Safe programme, Tuesday night touch rugby and a rippa rugby tournament that was going to run in the last week of term. On a positive sporting note, the results of last weeks Northern Athletics are attached. Well done to everyone that competed!

The renovations are almost complete! We’ve just got the heating system to have completed, and we hope to have that operational by next week so our students can come and enjoy a warm cosy space on these chilly mornings. Already children are making the most of the new bright environment and using it as an additional learning space for independent learning. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to pop in for a look please do.

There remains a vacancy on our BOT for another member, please get in touch with me if you would like to know more. There is also a vacancy to join myself as a school representative to work with the pool committee. Again, if you think you’d be able to help out and would like to know more please get in touch.

I hope everyone has a good weekend despite the weather outlook. I look forward to seeing you all safe and well next week.

Ka kite ano,

Callum Tytler

Acting Principal


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:

21/22 March Reed Family

28/29 March Santelli Family


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). Thanks to those families who have already paid.


Northern Athletics Results


Visitors to School Reminder

All visitors to school need to sign in at the office please – unless you are coming to school for Assembly. Thanks.


FoLS News

FoLS met last Thursday night to discuss funding avenues and sources which will help support with furnishing the new build as well as enhancing other learning areas of the school, both in and outdoors. If you have any ideas or access to fund sources, please let us know.

We are also planning more landscaping and planting but in light of the C-19 situation, this has been postponed until later. Some work may take place over the school holidays but planting will happen in the spring.

Thank you to Kirsty Bryan who has offered to run Friday BBQs and thank you to all those who have been helping to make food, stand behind the BBQ for 10 minutes or do anything else that helps take the load off the teachers and others. Nga mihi nui.

FoLS team.


Secret in the Box – Room 5

Sarah showing off the learning she has done about ‘The Secret in the Box’ with help from Indy.


Great Descriptive Writing – Room 1

Room 1 has been doing descriptive writing about being on a boat that is sailing a stormy sea. Their focus has been adding examples and explaining their ideas to give them greater detail.

This is the picture that they had to write about…

“Hey guys, welcome back to a new video. Today I’m going to be telling you about how my ancestors were amazing sailors”…

As the harsh waves crashed against the side of the rustic boat, the captain shouts “All hands on deck!” “Aye aye captain!”. The seagulls swooped down for safety, dodging all lightning in their path. CRASH! BANG! BOOM! Tremendous waves speed through the ocean. The captain is thrilled for adventure. Yet us, we are shivering from head to toes with fear.

As the light house shines in our eyes, we know we are closer to land. CRASH! We go flying back as we hit the rock. All hands are on deck as water starts to fill the boat. The mist stops us from seeing anything and the captain says we are not moving. “Land!” we shout. Finally, our journey is accomplished.

Finlay Jones


Winton Football Club

Registrations are now being taken for football players born 2016 upwards, male and female. Practices are now not allowed to begin until 18th April. Registrations are required so we know what teams we can form, sub payment is not required at registration.



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