Newsletter Week 2 Term 2

Lauriston School 10th May 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora Koutou ma whanau o te kura Kotoku ko Lauriston,

Thanks for your feedback last week on the panui and video update on the School Vision Map for 2022.

Early last Friday morning, Mid Canterbury Freight delivered our 4 donated toilets on the school field. A big thank you to Phil and Paula Hill of Mid Canterbury Freight for choosing to deliver these toilets at no cost to the school. We are so grateful for the community spirit of kindness that has been displayed by both the Ashburton District Council and Mid Canterbury Freight which has meant that to date, the obtaining of these toilets and their delivery has cost the school nothing!

We also wish to acknowledge and thank the Stone family, who had previously indicated that they would be happy to cover the delivery costs; it is so heartening to have the school community behind our vision for sustained improvements in the school!

Thanks also to Craig Wiggins our BOT chair for setting this up for our school, and to Jeff Nowell for all his work behind the scenes maintaining the grounds, preparing the temporary site for their delivery and for meeting us pre dawn to help us unload the toilets.

Our next steps for the toilets will be outlined soon, so please do keep an eye out for ways you could help us bring these toilets up to spec and ready for installation behind Mt Hutt and Mt Harper.

Below are some photos from last Friday:

Nga mihi nui whanau

Colin Brodie


Bring on the Presents

Our best wishes go out this week to Ali Palmer who turned 9 yesterday and Florence Black who will turn 9 tomorrow - we wish you both very happy days!

Absentee Messages

Just a reminder that all absentee messages MUST go to the school office either via phone 3024799, email - or via the school cell phone number 0275149499. As teachers don't always have their phones on them and may only get to check them at break times it is important that if you are messaging them, that you also message the office.

These lines of communication are all checked daily even when Trudy is not in the office.

Methven Area Cross Country

We are excited to confirm Lauriston School is once again hosting the Methven Area Cross Country incorporating Methven Primary and Our Lady of the Snows Schools. This event will take place on Tuesday 17th May in week three with a postponement date of Thursday 19th May.

The Cross Country races will start on the school field and children will run part of the farm adjacent to the school grounds. Children will wear their sports uniform - school sports top, navy or black shorts and running shoes.

The Lauriston School Support group will again be running a BBQ and will be selling sausages $2, burgers $5 and ice-blocks $1. There will also be a coffee cart on site.

Once again they will also run a cake stall and every family are requested to donate an item for this, whether it be a cake, slice, biscuits, muffins, pies, quiche, sweets etc. If these could all be delivered to the Mt Alford kitchen on either the afternoon of Monday 16th May or before 9am Tuesday 17th May.

Can we please have all yellow return forms back to the office by tomorrow - Wednesday 11th May

Guitar & Ukelele Lessons

These lessons with Mrs A and Mr Taylor will start this Wednesday 11th May at 2.45 until approx 4pm. If any other students are interested in participating in these lessons please contact Mrs A or Mr Taylor.

Upcoming Events

  • Methven Area Cross County - Tuesday 17th May pp 19th May
  • St John in Schools - 11th May
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 23rd May
  • County Cross Country - 31st May
  • Opuke Staff Only Afternoon - 31st May
  • Queens Birthday Holiday - 6th June
  • LSS Meeting - 15th June
  • Scholastic Book Fair - 20th - 23rd June
  • Zone Cross Country - 22nd June
  • Matariki Holiday - 24th June
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 27th June
  • End of Term Two - 8th July

This Week in Mt Alford

This week Mt Alford have been looking at the sound ‘sh.’ We have found lots of things that start with this sound or have this sound at the end. Today for writing we chose a word that starts with the ‘sh’ sound to write a sentence about. Our confidence with writing is really starting to develop and we all enjoy the challenge of listening to all the sounds we can hear in each word.

Here is some of our writing:

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This week in Mt Harper

Mt Harper has had a great first week back at school. We have been practicing our Māori language and can now introduce ourselves and our parents in Māori. We are working towards being able to do a full pepeha to tell others about ourselves and our heritage.

We have also been increasing our knowledge and understanding of teen numbers. The kids are working in pairs to create teen monsters with facts about their number. These will be displayed in the classroom once they are finished.

We are super excited about cross country next week and have been getting in lots of practice.

This week in Mt Hutt

We had a great start back to term here in Mt Hutt sharing holiday stories, completing holiday writing, playing sports and taking over chicken duty! The hen house is a big responsibility we are looking forward to working on this term and we have already created a roster to ensure everybody takes on a role.

We have also been participating in the school-wide cross-country challenge and trying to beat our daily record each time we run. It has been a big maths challenge as we explore the difference between meters and kilometres and have to calculate the distance we complete. It is encouraging to hear children using this mathematical language in their everyday discussions in class.

This week Hudson received our certificate for his excellent work out on the school farm. He has a wealth of knowledge he loves to share with the class. Mt Hutt would also like to say a big warm welcome to our new class member James Tonks.

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This week in Mt Winterslow

Mt Winterslow Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to Annabel Maw for consistently completing homework activities and to a high standard. Lachie Chambers for running the most distance during the holidays.

Ka Mau te Wehi! Awesome! Fantastic!

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to Ali Palmer who turned 9 on the 9th of May. Thank you for sharing your birthday photos of your bunnies, Rosy & Cloud. Very cute!

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This week in Mt Somers

Last week’s Student of the Week was Isobel Davey for working hard, having great focus, and getting things done.

We have been busy tidying up our gardens ready for winter. We discovered lots of nettles so we are making nettle “tea” plant fertilizer with them to put nutrients back into our gardens in a few months time. Each day we also check our school sheep and feed them a few sheep pellets to get them friendly and used to being close to us. They now have a ram in with them so we’ll be watching out for lambs from late September. Learning about sheep will be a big focus for us this term.

Cross country training has also been a daily activity and this has been great maths for us as well, as we tally up our laps, convert them into metres and kilometres, and calculate the class total. Our fitness is improving and everyone is putting lots of effort in. On Tuesday, we had our first Digital Ambassadors session with Neysa. A very enthusiastic group of students have signed up to be Digital Ambassadors, and they have lots of ideas about how they can help and support others in the school, and spread the word about how to stay safe when using digital devices. We had our first Kapa Haka practice on Wednesday which was lots of fun. On Friday we made special Mother’s Day cards and we hope all our mums had a lovely day on Sunday.

Mens Dinner

All men in the district are invited to a MEN’S DINNER to be held at the Winchmore Hall on the 25th of May 2022 at 6.00 p.m. Cost is $30 for refreshments and a meal.

Guest speaker is Hamish Riach who will speak on his involvement in Canterbury rugby (if feeling inclined- wear a rugby jersey).

Register by 20th of May with

Ben Streeter 0276143374

Chris Curd 0272498844

Steph Butchard 3024848

Tim Parsons 0273024218

Pink Shirt Day

Speak Up Stand Together Stop Bullying

As part of her READY Challenge, Manaia Foulshom-Dodson is running a Pink Shirt Day on Friday 20th May. Please come along wearing anything pink in support of this cause and bring a gold coin donation.

Connecting Community

You are invited to an event next Wednesday May 18th at the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall in Methven. There will be free dinner, free childcare and some awesome spot prizes. Come and connect with people from the wider community and find out more about some great local initiatives. ALL WELCOME, 5.30 - 7.30pm. Please register so we know how much food to cook!

Kate White- Connecting Mid Canterbury Charitable Trust

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Please ask your classroom teacher for a copy of this colouring competition. Each entry that gets returned to the Farm Source stores listed will receive a very cool Rosie Goody Bag from DairyNZ.
Please get a copy of this colouring competition from your classroom teacher.