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Newsletter 7 - March 26th 2021

Kia ora koutou

Today there is a small group of athletes travelling to Te Anau to compete in the Northern Swimming competition. Some of this group are competing again tomorrow with others at the Southland Athletics held at Surrey Park. We wish all of our athletes all the very best, and we will hopefully be able to share some triumphs and photos in our next newsletter.

There has been quite a bit of sport happening recently. Touch Rugby has been going well and after speaking with some of the children (and parents), I know there’s a bit of excitement surrounding rugby season too which is just around the corner. And this year without the same interruption as we had last year! I’m looking forward to getting around the different sports running over the next few months. Hockey in Gore is always good to watch!

Sadly, Mariette Geldenhuys is leaving us at the end of the term as her family are moving out of the area. Although she has been here for just a short time she has had a huge impact on all of us lucky enough to work with her. She supports learning in classes each day and will be a huge loss to our school.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has been helping out in and around the school so far this year, even small things can have a huge impact. I know I’ve said it previously, but a school like ours just can’t function as well as it does without that support. Thanks heaps!

Just a reminder too that there is a teacher only day coming up on Monday 12 April. Have a great weekend everyone.

Ka kite ano

Callum Tytler




The FoLS AGM will be held on 15th April, at 7.30 pm, at the Lumsden Hotel. All welcome.


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 March Baker Family

  • 3/4 April Crawford 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).

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.


Junior Hockey

Welcome to Eastern Southland's Junior Hockey registration. This year again all age groups will play on the turf. Please complete the following form to register your child for the 2021 season.

Please note registrations MUST be completed by the 9th April (Yr 0 – Yr 6). Any registrations after these dates will not be possible.

· Yr 1 & 2 Fridays 3:30 - 7pm Subs $40 Julie Bensemann 027 233 5673

· Yr 3 & 4 Fridays 3:30 - 7pm Subs $55 Maria Hansen 027 208 0101

· Yr 5 & 6 Monday 3:30 - 7pm Subs $70 Nic Roy 027 233 4728

Once you have completed your child's registration you will be sent an email with a reference number. If you do not receive an email confirmation or have any questions please contact the appropriate person listed above.

Can you please make payment to 03 0915 0312424 008 and use the reference number in the email along with your child's name in the code field by the 16th May.


2021 Rugby Season – COACHES NEEDED

Coaches are required for all Junior Grades to enable the kids to play. If you are interested and able or keen to help out, please contact Mike or Deon for details. There will be a Small Blacks session on Monday 29th March at 6.30 pm in the Mossburn Pirates Rugby Clubrooms for all coaches and managers of Northern Southland Rugby.

Coaches and managers either complete their invite to re-register for 2021 or register via Sporty Page prior to attending your Small Blacks course. Please remember to bring your Drivers Licence to the course. There is no e-learning for Small Blacks.

Mike 027 591 8344 or Deon 027 672 0682


Dipton “Big Dipper” Trail Ride: Two 30 to 40 km loops suitable for all ages and ATVs, plus lots of expert loops for a bigger challenge. Sunday 4th April from 8:30 am at 106 Spirit Burn Road, Dipton (Sign posted from Dipton village). Food and drink available on the day. Check out the details on Facebook. (including trail videos). Fundraiser for the Dipton Volunteer Fire Brigade.




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