Newsletter Week 6 Term 3

Lauriston School 30th August 2022

Festival of Cultures


This year Lauriston School is excited to be hosting the very first Opuke Festival of Cultures. Taking place at Lauriston School on Thursday 22nd September, this is an event designed to celebrate not only Te Ao Maori but also to celebrate the rich make-up of cultures that reside across Opuke and Mid Canterbury. We warmly invite all families to come along and watch school performances, take a look at our range of cultural stalls and art displays or purchase foods on offer during the day. At this event, both our Senior and Junior Lauriston Kapa Haka groups will perform.


The festival will begin with a mihi whakatau to welcome participating schools into our school. Throughout the day there will be a range of 20-minute performances on stage, including performances from Mayfield School, Rakaia School, Chertsey School, Our Lady of the Snows and our very own Lauriston students. The Lauriston School Junior Kapa Haka group will be on stage from approximately 9:45am while our Senior Kapa Haka group will perform from approximately 12:45pm. Following the school performances, the festival will finish with a closing ceremony and prizegiving.

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At the Festival of Cultures, we have a dedicated area for kai(food) stalls. The Lauriston School Support Group will be running a BBQ at the event and this is an opportunity to get involved with the LSS to offer your support. Equally, we are offering families the opportunity to run a stall of ethnic foods, with all profits made to come back and support the school. If you or your family would like to run a stall of ethnic foods, please contact Laura at laurat@lauriston.school.nz.


Meet Our Lauriston Board Members

We will be introducing our current members over the next few weeks

Kiaora to all Lauriston School whanau

My name is Malcolm Cairns, and I have been serving on the Lauriston School Board of Trustees

for the last six months as a co-opted member. My wife Kate and I have three children attending

our school, and we have always been impressed by the positive environment and learning

interactions our children have experienced at Lauriston School. Most of the time, they are excited

about attending school each day, and show a real pride in being a “Lauriston kid”. For me, this has

always been the way I have assessed the perfomance of our school, and this positive view has

been further enhanced and deepened by what I have seen and experienced during my

involvement with the board.

I see passionate teachers at the cutting edge of educational practice, working as a team, doing

their utmost to deliver great learning outcomes to all students across all levels of learning.

I see quantifiable and robust measures of student achievement in reading, writing and maths that

compare favourably with any other school.

I see diversity and inclusion demonstrated by the makeup of our school roll, and the actions of our

students towards each other. Initiatives like kapa haka and the use of pou as an aid in wellbeing

are developing a wide worldview in the minds of our children.

I see a well managed school, with property and assets well maintained, led by a management

team who are fully up to speed with Ministry of Education processes and funding allocation

models, with robust financial reporting in place.

I see a growing roll, with kids coming from all around our district, and parents making the choice to

send their precious toanga to Lauristion because of what it offers.

As a school, we won’t always get everything right, and we will continue to strive and improve, but

fundamentally we have a great school here at Lauriston, and I respectfully ask for the opportunity

to continue to play a part in the governance of it.

About me:

My wife Kate and I operate an arable farm at Barrhill with our four school aged children. I have

been involved in governance and leadership with sporting groups (eg Methven Rugby Club),

agricultural co-operatives (eg Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Limited) and various arable based

industry groups.

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Birthday Celebrations

This week we have Leo Biehler turning 6 tomorrow and Lachie Chambers turning 9 on Saturday and Will Chambers turning 11 on Sunday - we hope you boys all have wonderful birthday celebrations!

Welcome

This week we warmly welcome Fletcher Stone to the Mt Alford class as a new entrant. Fletcher is the youngest son of Matthew and Tracey and younger brother of Archer - we wish you very happy school days Archer!
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Celebrating Success in Our School

Ready Rewards Congratulations to Ciaran Nish, Harry Davey, Claire Copland, Miriam Menefy and Sophie Back for success in demonstrating our READY Value Respect-Tipu. You show tolerance (manaakitanga), responsibility for the environment (kaitiakitanga) & consideration (ahuatanga). Congratulations to Sophia Rodriguez for success in demonstrating our READY Value Achievement-Koru. You are confident in knowing yourself (ko wai au?), produce quality work (puna matauranga) & are an effective communicator (karanga manawanui).

Ready Rewards

Congratulations to Ciaran Nish, Harry Davey, Claire Copland, Miriam Menefy and Sophie Back for success in demonstrating our READY Value Respect-Tipu. You show tolerance (manaakitanga), responsibility for the environment (kaitiakitanga) & consideration (ahuatanga).

Congratulations to Sophia Rodriguez for success in demonstrating our READY Value Achievement-Koru. You are confident in knowing yourself (ko wai au?), produce quality work (puna matauranga) & are an effective communicator (karanga manawanui).


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Speech and Poetry Finals

Last Friday we held the annual Lauriston School Poem and Speech Final. Congratulations to the following winners of each category.

Year 0-2: Tessa Sim

Year 3-4: Annabel Maw

Year 5-6: Henrietta Cairns


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Monday Morning Meeting Awards

Mt Alford: Lachlan Rutten for making fantastic progress in his literacy learning this term.

Mt Harper: Millie Martin for her awesome confidence during her poem presentation and Olivia Rodriguez for all the hard work she is putting into her spelling each week.

Mt Hutt: Sadie Wilson and Robbie Wightman for their fantastic determination, hard work and confidence they showed during our speech writing and presenting process this term. Well done!

Mt Winterslow: Annabel Maw, Archie Tonks, Ezekiel Sy and Shevonne Mavora for making it to our speech finals and doing an awesome job on the day!

Mt Somers: Ava Harrower, Sasami Koizumi, Henrietta Cairns, Livi Fletcher, Willow McKerrow, Mae Totty and Olivia Copland for making it to our speech finals and doing an awesome job on the day!

Kapa Haka: Mae Totty and Poppy Mawle for their leadership in senior Kapa Haka. Anna Letham for her leadership in junior Kapa Haka and Fergus Lochhead for his fierce pukana.
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Monday Morning Meeting Awards

House certificates: Fergus Lochhead, Josie Sim, Florence Black, Dallas Rooney and William Harrower

Bus certificates: Fergus Lochhead, Joe Owen, Archie Tonks and Blake Wightman

Update of Upcoming Events

Please note the following dates coming up on the calendar including the postponement of the proposed Hangi 9 September, 2022.


Following your feedback during our recent E.O.T.C survey, whanau indicated that this time of the year is a real stretch for being able to participate, contribute, attend or support every school event.


Looking ahead at our upcoming activities which have themselves been impacted by recent bad weather, we have decided to postpone the Hangi till either later in Term 4 or early next year to prioritise our pre existing commitments to our Snow Sports programme (new dates), Whole School Ski Day (date to be advised), Speech Finals, Winter Tournament (Zones Representation-Hockey), The Opuke Festival of Cultures and End of term Agriculture and Pet Day.


Nga mihi nui

The Lauriston Team

Upcoming Events


  • Whole School Ski Day - Still awaiting a date from Mt Hutt
  • Cluster Speech Finals @ Lauriston -30th August
  • NEW ERA IT Flipboard Workshop for Canterbury School Teachers hosted by Lauriston - 31st August
  • Snow Sports Programme Session 2- 6th September
  • Yr 5 & 6 Rotary Speech Finals - 7th September
  • Hangi - 9th September - Postponed
  • Snow Sports Programme Session 2- 13th September
  • Zone Winter Tournament - 15th September
  • Katie's Planet Day - 16th September
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 19th September
  • Opuke Cultural Festival - 22nd September with PP 23rd
  • Snow Sports Session Back Up Day - Monday 26th September
  • Snow Sports Session Back Up Day - Thursday 29th September
  • Pet Day - End of Term Three - 30th September
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