Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

Lauriston School 9th August 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou ma whanau o te kura Kotuku Lauriston,

Lauriston School values E.O.T.C (Education Outside the Classroom) experiences and opportunities for our students. Over the years we have offered many outstanding opportunities and wish to sustain this practice.

As a staff we have begun to develop a vision of what our school's E.O.T.C pathway looks like as we move forward over the next 5-6 years. We think our families would value these experiences and have had feedback which indicated that many of our families would also value the certainty that would come with a guaranteed programme of E.O.T.C activities over the course of each child's primary schooling experience while they are attending Lauriston School.

As such the team have put together a vision for what this might look like as part of our community consultation practice, which helps us re-evaluate our communities needs and desires when it comes to our partnering up together within the school, to be able to ensure that these opportunities are not only made available for students, but are also on point with what our families want for their children.

To learn more about our vision for ‘E.O.T.C 2022 & beyond’ please watch the following video.

E.O.T.C @ LPS 2022-2028.mp4

Please also provide feedback on the following questions linked in the survey below by Friday 12 August (answer as many or as few of the questions asked as you like irrespective of your child/children's age or stage currently): E.O.T.C survey.

Colin Brodie, Principal


This is now being held next Monday 15th August. Please meet outside the school office. Everyone welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events

  • Snow Sports Programme - 3rd- 5th August
  • Powhiri / Tree Planting - 8th August
  • LSS Meeting 7pm - 10th August
  • Jump Jam Competition @ Ellesmere College - 13th August
  • Powhiri - 15th August
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 15th August
  • Winter Tournament Yr 5 & 6 - 18th August
  • Opuke Staff Only Afternoon - 23rd August
  • Whole School Ski Day - 24th August
  • Whole School Speech Finals - 26th August
  • Cluster Speech Finals @ Lauriston -30th August
  • Yr 5 & 6 Rotary Speech Finals - 7th September
  • Hangi - 9th September
  • Zone Winter Tournament - 15th September
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 19th September
  • Opuke Cultural Festival - 22nd September with PP 23rd
  • Pet Day - End of Term Three - 30th September


Miss Imogen Taylor who is currently on maternity leave from her teaching role in Mt Winterslow-Opihako up until 26 August, 2022 has resigned and won’t be returning to Lauriston School.

Miss Nerina Hawkins will continue teaching in Mt Winterslow-Opihako for the remainder of this year while a permanent replacement teacher can be found to fill this position in the new year.

We wish Imogen and family all the best for their future back in Dunedin.

Ski Notice

Many thanks to those families that have already returned their ski notices to the office - can we please have them all in by this Friday 12th August so we can continue with our organisation.

Just a reminder that all children in Year 0-3 MUST be accompanied by an adult on this trip to the mountain.

Last Week in Mt Alford

Mt Alford have had another great week with lots of great learning. We have settled in beautifully for the term. A highlight of the week at the moment is our Rippa Rugby sessions. On Friday's we have representatives from Mid Canterbury rugby take us for sessions and they are so much fun. The sessions include lots of fun skills and games and it is great to see everyone giving them their best go. We are looking forward to playing a game of Rippa in our last session in a few weeks.

Here are our favourite parts:

Ayan: I like putting the ball under my leg.

Lachlan: I like putting the rugby ball under my legs as I walk.

Ezra: I like putting the ball on the line and running back to my team.

Mikayla: I like holding the ball and running.

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Last Week in Mt Harper

This week Mt Harper has started learning about different countries around the world. Our first country is China. We have learnt how to say Ni Hao which means hello in Chinese. We looked at pictures of the Great Wall of China and talked about why it was built and how long it is. Each day 3 different students will be wearing pedometers for the day to track their steps. At the end of each day we will record our results so that we can see how far along the Great Wall of China we can travel by the end of the term. We also learnt that roughly half the world's pigs live in China.

A big congratulations to Walter and Bruno for receiving this week's class certificates.

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Mt Winterslow Happenings

Commonwealth Games 2022

In Mt Winterslow, we have been busy learning about the 2022 Commonwealth Games in

Birmingham. Students completed a scavenger hunt to find and record facts about the

Commonwealth Games history on to medals, posed for photos of themselves, playing a sport, if

chosen for the Commonwealth Games and created tin foil figurines of themselves playing their

chosen sport.

2022 Speech Writing

Mt Winterslow have been very busy brainstorming topic ideas and ideas for speeches, using the

Hamburger Model. Writing an introduction with a hook was a main focus and then students

focused on adding details, researching and sharing ideas with family for the main body of their

speech. Our next steps are to focus on voice projection, voice clarity, expression, eye contact,

confidence, stance once students have completed their drafts, edited and published speeches.


Congratulations to Aaron Rai and James Menefy for working diligently on their speeches

with Nan and Tania. Happy Birthday to James McNally who will turn 10 years old on

Thursday the 11th of August. Ka Mau te Wehi!

Mid Canterbury Rugby

Mt Winterslow are thoroughly enjoying their rugby skills and drills on Fridays with Nasi

Manu and Kirsty. Communication, passing, catching and working as a team have been our

focus. Keep up the great work team!

Last Week in Mt Somers

In Mt Somers we have been having lots of fun with Rippa coaching each Friday, polishing our ball skills and learning to work well in teams.

Last term we started planning how to use the pumpkins from our class gardens. We decided to do some baking and chose 5 interesting recipes: pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin whoopee pies and pumpkin brownie. Last week and in the first week of term we did our baking and had a delicious “pumpkin” feast.

We have also been very busy writing our speeches and practicing for winter sports, and the Jump Jam team has been preparing for their competition this Sunday.

Today we have spent all morning taking part in the Food For Thought programme with Karli from Foodstuffs, learning all about nutrition, food groups, healthy eating and how to use the labels on the back of packets and cans to help make healthy food choices and avoid sugary or super salty foods. We will be putting our learning into practice by planning, budgeting for and buying the ingredients to make a healthy shared morning tea using a $60 grocery voucher.

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Scholastic Bookclub

The first issue of Scholastic Bookclub for term three is now available in your child's classroom.

As we are handling less and less cash in the office these days - if you are able to place your order online this would be much appreciated. Please see the below flyer with a FREE book offer that is currently available from Scholastic but only when you order online.

Last day for orders is Friday 12th August.

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