Newsletter Week 2 Term 3

Lauriston School 3rd 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.

During the past 5 years, our team has developed increasing E.O.T.C opportunities across the classrooms as children transition through the school. We have seen a variety of camps, whole school excursions such as our big day out to the Ashburton Lakes and our annual Whole School Ski Days, classroom trips and many cultural and sporting trips depending on the age and stage of the child. We have also moved to include Y0-4 students within our Snow Sports Programme during this period of time to maximise opportunities for all our students and their families.

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 we 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 (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.

Noho ora mai

Stay safe, remain well

Colin Brodie, Principal

& The Lauriston Team


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
  • 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

Last Week in Mt Alford

We have had a great start back for the term. Mt Alford has only a small number of children to start Term 3 with a group moving through to Mt Harper. We have lots of children due to start and we are looking forward to welcoming them.


Mt Alford has welcomed Mrs G to our space for the next 5 weeks. Mrs G is a student teacher in her final year of study and has enjoyed her first week getting to know all about our awesome wee school.


We have settled back into our routines for the term and have been exploring our new local based curriculum topic of composting. We have been sorting the rubbish from our lunchboxes into what goes ‘yucky’ with time and what will still look the same. We have started an experiment where we have buried a variety of items including bread, wrappers and banana peels. We are going to dig these back up each week and see what happens to them. We are looking forward to our first observation later this week.


We also enjoyed going on a bear hunt last week and joining in our first Ripa Rugby session.

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Last Week in Mt Harper

What an amazing first week Mt Harper has had for term 3. Although we were sad to say goodbye to some of our friends as they transitioned into Mt Hutt, we are very excited to welcome some new students to Mt Harper. Amelia, Brody, Hettie, Leo, Millie and Tilly, have transitioned beautifully into their new learning space. It feels like they have been with us all year.

Weather was a prominent theme for our writing this week, sharing what we observed from the rain and flooding on the roads as we made our way to school. We also discussed the clouds and how they come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, using our imaginations to visualise what objects we might see in them and then writing about it.

Mt Harper were super excited to have the team from Mid Canterbury Rugby come to teach us some rugby skills. We had lots of fun running drills and playing games, and can't wait to see them again next Friday.

Last Week in Mt Hutt

In Mt Hutt we were so excited to have five new members transition into our class and join our team this term! We welcome Natalie, Penelope, Jamie, Oliver and Tessa to our class. It has been fun showing them our routines and learning some new routines all together.

This week, we have been looking at patterns in maths and studying how they make up the world around us. We have begun creating our own patterns and turning these into some funky pattern chickens! Last Friday we especially enjoyed our Rippa Rugby session with Mid-Canterbury Rugby. We played some quick feet games and practiced passing skills. Lastly a lot of our time so far this term in Mt Hutt has been on writing our speeches and practicing poems! We know in Mt Hutt when we get to Year 3 we write and present a speech at the competition rather than sharing a poem. Although our whole class is learning all things speech writing which has ignited lots of awesome discussions.

BOT Elections

Our triennial BOT Elections that should have been held in March this year but were postponed due to COVID are now to be held in September. Each family will receive a hard copy of a covering letter explaining the election process accompanied by a nomination form.


Please see attached copies of these forms.

Please note nominations close on Wednesday 17th August at 12 noon.





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Scholastic Bookclub

The first issue of Scholastic Bookclub for term three is now available in your child's classroom. All orders need to be into the school office by Friday 12th August. Please see the below flyer with a FREE book offer that is currently available from Scholastic.
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