Newsletter Week 8 Term 2

Lauriston School 20th June 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora ma whanau,

Thanks for your feedback from our Matariki Celebrations Survey last week.

We had 38 families respond from 63 families in total within our school. Don't worry if you didn't complete the survey as the feedback we have received to date has been invaluable for our planning purposes.

The results of your feedback have indicated that:

  • The 8th of July is the best day to house all the planned activities from Hangi, Powhiri, Workshop at the Whare for Parents and End of Term Assembly. If the weather is unsuitable for the Hangi to go ahead-this day of activities will be postponed until Term 3 (though the End of Term assembly would go ahead in the Lauriston Hall at 1.30pm if wet)
  • Our whanau would like to donate food, materials and time towards the Hangi and offer this kai to all who attend free

What a pleasing result which reflects the spirit of Matariki celebrations spent together as a community-my thanks to you all for this feedback.

Please keep an eye out tomorrow for a second survey around our Hangi Preparations-it is vital that all families complete this survey to help us determine our total numbers for catering purposes and for establishing our volunteer teams on the ground who will be working with kids to prepare and carry out the Hangi on the 8 of July.

Nga mihi nui

Colin Brodie

Teacher Only Day - 27th June

As noted in the newsletter early in term one, we have a Teacher Only Day on Monday 27th June which will give you an extra long weekend as Friday 24th is the Matariki Holiday.

This will be a professional development day for staff with Nathan Crocker on Student Inquiry and Agency and also time with Mark Treadwell on competencies.

Bring on the Presents

Our best wishes go out last week to Hudson Lochhead who turned 8 on the 15th and Aliyah Worner who turned 10 on Saturday 18th - we hope you both had wonderful days!

Upcoming Events

  • Scholastic Book Fair - 20th - 23rd June
  • Zone Cross Country - 22nd June
  • Matariki Holiday - 24th June
  • Teacher Only Day - 27th June
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 27th June
  • End of Term Two - 8th July

Whanau Hui Bookings

Please see the attached link for our Whanau Hui bookings.

Whanau hui is an opportunity for parents, the child and their teacher to celebrate the learning that has happened so far this year and to look at goals for the remainder of 2022. We highly value these meetings and allocate 30 minutes to each to ensure we have plenty of time. These are being held over Week 7 and 8 of the term from Monday 13th June - Thursday 23rd June. We have one late night option on Monday 20th with appointments available to 8pm.

Please let us know if you have any trouble booking in.


The Lauriston team

Scholastic Book Week and Book Fair

Book Week and the Scholastic Book Fair are back at Lauriston for 2022! Running from Wednesday 15th June until Thursday 23rd June we have a range of exciting events taking place throughout the week including:

Wednesday 15th June - Dad's Day! Dad's come along and read a book or share something fun with your child's class.

Thursday 16th June - Mums are super stars! Mums come along and read a book or share something fun with your child's class.

Friday 17th June - Book character dress-up day and parade! Come along dressed as your favourite book character.

Monday 20th June - Grandparents Day! Grandparents come along and read a book or share something fun with your grandchild's class.

Tuesday 21st June - Pyjama Day! Come to school in your pyjamas and bring along your favourite teddy ready for a movie afternoon.

Please keep an eye out for a timeline with greater detail of activities coming soon.

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Last Week in Mt Alford

Last Tuesday we had our very first 4 year old afternoon in Mt Alford. These are afternoons designed to give children who are 4 plenty of time to get used to school. We are trialling these this term with the plan to make them a permanent part of our transition to school programme. They are an extra on top and do not replace our normal school visit schedule.

For our first afternoon we had lots of fun with songs and music. We kept to the beat with the happy sticks, joined in with the beanbag song and even got the parachute out. It was lots of fun.

We are looking forward to our next afternoon on Tuesday 28th June from 1.45-2.30. Younger siblings are welcome. Please let us know if you can make it:

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Last week in Mt Harper

Mt Harper has been busy learning about Matariki. We have talked about how different cultures celebrate things at different times of the year and that Matariki is the Māori New Year. It is a time to come together with family and friends and enjoy some kai together. We read the story The Little Kiwi's Matariki and have been busy creating some amazing artwork of a kiwi gazing up at the Matariki constellation.

Our pigs are growing friendlier by the day and Mt Harper have enjoyed interacting with them, giving them pats while we feed them to help them get used to being around people.

A big congratulations to Ollie Royston and Jack Sim who received our class certificates this week for the hard work and effort they have been putting into their reading.

Last week in Mt Hutt

Last week in Mt Hutt we wrote imaginary stories about one character of our choice and our characters came across some problems in their stories! Check out some of our story snippets below:

Once upon a time, there was a cheetah and a tiger and they were fighting. The cheetah won the fight and the tiger was breathing fast when suddenly there was a storm. By Elena

In the jungle, there was a koala. He was minding his own business then a monkey came along! The monkey said, "what are you doing minding your own monkey business?" By Sadie

Once upon a time there was giraffe that meet a Zebra. The giraffe had black dots like a zebra except zebra's have black stripes and giraffes have yellow all around the black dots. The Zebra has black and white stripes. Then a tiger came along and gobbled the Zebra up all in one golp! So then the giraffe didn't have a friend. By Claire

Once upon a time, there was a pokemon card with Richu on it. Unfortunately lightning blew up the lab then lightning struck the pokemon card with Richu on it! Suddenly, Richu came to life. That is the story of how pokemon came to life. By Archie

Once upon a time, there were two horses galloping around. The farm one stopped galloping. She sat down and suddenly two legs popped out of her tummy. Then the rest of it came out! The other horse stopped. The farm horse had a foal. By Sophie

Last week in Mt Winterslow


Using real life practical situations, and connecting it to our native bush area, bird highway

and Matariki continues to provide many of the contexts for science and mathematics in Mt

Winterslow so far this term.

The 9 Matariki Stars have provided another earning context, by making connections to the

natural world with patterns and relationships. Students are able to tell what each star

represents and how it is connected to the environment. The star, Tupu-a-rangi represents

nature, trees, birds, forests. Mt Winterslow have related trees, to patterns of leaves related to

the seasons. Students have been very busy creating a paper mache model of their very own

bird or ngahere. Photos to come as we are up to our painting stage. We also look forward to

planting more trees during our Matariki celebration. We enjoyed making Matariki lanterns to

represent the stars, Pohutakawa which represents the passing of loved ones, and Hiwa-i-

terangi , the star that represents goals and aspirations.


Congratulations to Harry Davey for being awarded Star of the Week, for showing determination in everything he does! Displays a consistent work ethic & Farrah Wilson for showing responsibility to complete tasks while away sick at home.

Ka Mau te Wehi!

Flow Yoga

On Wednesday the 8th June Mt Winterslow travelled to Methven to participate in Flow Yoga. We thoroughly enjoyed our session. Student’s showed great flexibility and agility. We would like to say big thank you to Mel our instructor and thank you to our parents who provided transport. Hope you enjoy some of our photos.

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Last week in Mt Somers

In Mt Somers we have been busy learning about Matariki.

Yesterday we spent the morning making Matariki kites with Mt Winterslow. We worked with a buddy - each of us chose a Mt Winterslow student to work with. We planned our own designs and used lots of skills like measuring, symmetry, team work, negotiating and problem solving. Come and see our beautiful kites which are on display in the library for book week.

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Mid Canterbury Rural Community Dance

Grab a bunch of friends and come along and have an amazing night out - it's a great chance to get a bit glammed up and dance the night away!
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