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Newsletter Issue 31 - September 27 2019

Dear School Friends and Families

Another lot of salt runs out of the hour glass for the second last time this year! Speaking of next term, the Sun Smart visit on Tuesday by Bridget Forsyth from the Cancer Society will stand us in good stead for the good summer we hopefully have coming up! We are now officially a Sun Smart accredited school. Bridget presented us with our certificate, a golden ash tree to plant for shade, and a UV index sign in recognition of our sun smart procedures and practices.

Congratulations to our 2019 Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award recipient, Ava Leach. Ava was recognised in a special leadership assembly last Friday, with Lachie Wood from Westpac presenting her with her medal. Ava received the award for her outstanding learning attitude, kind helpfulness, and the excellent example she sets for her peers.

Staff had a very fruitful planning afternoon for Term 4 on Monday. We’ve locked in a four week Conservation context for learning (‘Kaitiaki Kids’ – Kaitiaki meaning guardianship). This will include class field trips – Te Anau Conservation Centre and Bird Sanctuary; Stream Study; Native Bush walk; Wind Farm (TBC). Other key events to look forward to are Camp, Country Day and the ever-popular Lumsden’s Got Talent Show!

Well done to Jed Sheat and Nic Cowie who are our latest Bronze Gotcha Award recipients, along with Leah King, Elijah Thompson and Duncan McFadzien who gained their Silver Awards. Great to see the steady stream of photos being added to our special wall in recognition of children displaying our Lumsden Expectations We are kind; We always try our best.

A reminder that Labour Weekend will be a day longer than usual for Lumsden School children, as we have locked in a Teacher Only Day for Friday October 25. This is one of the eight days which the Ministry of Education has recently allocated to every school to use over 3 years (Up to schools when they take them) to address workload issues for teachers.

Thank you to Mrs Watson, Mrs McLean, and Mrs Cowie for taking the helm so well over recent weeks while Mrs McMillan and Miss Madden have been away. Miss Madden is having wonderful European sightseeing experiences going by the images coming back to us, and Mrs McMillan is on a good recovery path following major surgery.

Have a great sojourn before we tip that hour glass up again. Ngā Mihi

Andrew Watson




FoLS Thank You And Upcoming Working Bee Notice

Nga mihi nui to all those amazing children and whānau who helped make last Thursday’s planting afternoon such an awesome experience. The next step is to lay newspaper and riverstones around the front sign area (This is only the next step of a few over the next year).

Northern Southland Transport is hoping to deliver these on Friday evening so a working bee on Saturday at 1.30 pm is planned. Please bring a wheelbarrow if you have one and some newspapers. Call Linzi on 021 984 842 if you would like more information.

The FoLS group will be having a meeting early next term, (week two) on Thursday 24th October. Venue to be confirmed.


Annual Survey Reminder

It’s that time of year again when the Board would like to seek some feedback from parents about the experiences which the school provides for our children, and ideas about what we could improve on and develop. Within the next couple of weeks, a board member will give you a call for a conversation based on the following 3 questions: In 2019 what has Lumsden School done well so far?; In 2020 what could Lumsden School do better?; What, for you, are the most important things for Lumsden School to concentrate on in the next 1-3 years? These questions are also on Survey Monkey, which you could respond to if you wish in preference to responding to the questions via phone. Responses will be treated anonymously, and will be much appreciated as the board considers its future planning. Link:


Sir Peter Blake Young Leader

Ava with her Young Leader medal and certificate presented by Lachie Wood last week. Congratulations Ava!


School Photos

Our school photos are now on Thursday 17th October starting with class photos around 11.00 am. Anyone wanting family photos please be at school at 12.30 pm as these are scheduled for lunchtime. Thanks.


Lumsden Values SILVER AWARD Winners

Leah, Elijah and Duncan with their Silver Award Certificates, having earned 40 Gotchas so far this year.


Lumsden Values BRONZE AWARD Winners

Nic and Jed with their Bronze Award Certificates, having earned 20 Gotchas so far this year.


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). Wheelbarrow in shed is 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:

28/29 September Hamers Family

12/13 October Hansen Family


Spring Creations

The Art and Craft Clubs group proudly displaying the daffodils they created on Thursday with Mrs Cowie.


More Clubs Action

Nic, Tilly, Sawyer and Ava displaying their skills at the Lumsden Squash Courts on Thursday.


Does Lumsden have the next JK Rowling?

Here’s the start of Abbie Mendoza’s wonderful chapter story …

Chapter 1

“Tick! Tock! Tick! Tock!” went Robert Van Go’s watch. Wait! You don’t know him very well. I’ll explain. Robert Van Go studies about teaching. When he earned enough money, he decided to spend half of the money wisely and build his very own school.

His dream will finally come to a reality! He owned the school for only 20 years. But something tragic has happened. He got bank robbed and so to keep his legendary or reputation he used an empty classroom and hid his childhood memories there. Before he has to sell his beloved school, he risked and spent a lot of money to make a golden key. While waiting for the key to finish. He put his childhood memories in the classroom with great sorrow. The very next day he hid the key in the room where the misbehaving kids go. The Detention Room.

Once everything in the school was cleaned, he put it on the market for $600 dollars. Enough to buy food for him. But the story doesn’t end there.

Since he lost his school, he worked as a substitute teacher and worked at the town bank. But how did he become wealthy? He saved enough money and changed his career to be a bank owner. He owned the bank till he got ill and gave it to his eldest grandson, William II.

Now, let’s go to the present. Year 2019.

If you would like to read the full story we have a copy available at the office.


NSCRCCT School Holiday Fun Day - On Wednesday 2nd October at the Village Green from 1pm to 3 pm. Registrations to



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