Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

Lauriston School 25th May 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou ma whanau Kotuku Lauriston,

What a wonderful day we enjoyed together at the annual Area Schools Cross Country with Methven Primary and Our Lady of the Snows. I felt incredibly proud of our team and whanau as we pulled together another successful day at Lauriston. A big thank you must go to Laura and staff for the leadership, organisation and planning that sat before, during and after this event. We also need to acknowledge the fine efforts of Ducky and the Lauriston School Support team for their work in providing food and refreshments for our school and visitors-an excellent collaboration and engagement from our whanau who provided beautiful baking, support in the food tent and marshalling support out on the course-we so appreciate the way our community worked together to make this day a success!

An acknowledgement of the Copland, Black and Van Polanen Whanau is also needed for their work in helping to set up the course again this year-we continue to move from strength to strength each year-and as Laura said, we would be lost without their incredible support and efforts!

Last but not least, a big thank you must also go out to Faa Tuhemoloa and whanau for allowing us access to their farm for the day-and for the the use of their quad cart this year-I am not sure who enjoyed driving this the most Laura or Tania!!!

It is certainly is wonderful to see our community shine-and to see all the happy faces celebrating another opportunity to come together, cheer on our children and enjoy fellowship with one another again- nga mihi manaaki whanau! Thanks again for all your support!

Over the holidays and Term 2, our students have enjoyed participating in the Run NZ challenge within each classroom and at home as individuals. We have covered a lot of km's over the past 5-6 weeks, setting a collaborative goal in running the length of NZ from Cape Reinga to the Bluff. To date we have just about reached Oamaru! It has been great to see the children's enthusiasm and excitement participating in this challenge-with an integration of math involved in keeping an accurate measurement of the combined km's being accumulated by running laps of the field as individuals and collectively as classrooms. What a perfect way to illustrate Math in context-which helps our children see the value and usefulness of Math in their everyday life, a real focus of our teaching team since 2020 when we began to question the status quo around how math is taught in NZ. (Keep an eye out for next week's newsletter as I provide our whanau with a short video outlining our team's inquiry into Math in the Local Curriculum Context over 2020-2022.)

Recently we have been inspired to learn of the fundraising efforts of one of Lauriston School's own ex-students, Richard Turpie- Miss Georgina Turpie's brother. As a recent Stuff article explains, Canterbury University student Richard Turpie is doing an ultramarathon as a fundraiser for Chase Porter - who needs a heart transplant


Chase is a four year old boy who was born with an incredibly rare genetic condition called Barth Syndrome that has caused his heart to fail. Chase’s parents have been on the toughest of parenting journeys watching hopelessly as their son tackles a life threatening condition. Chase has astonished his family and medical professionals that he has been able to survive for this long. The family now waits for the opportunity to have a required heart transplant as a long term solution, which during a pandemic is another difficulty to add to the situation. As for his parents, they live with one simple goal and that is doing everything in their power to keep their son alive.

As Richard states:

"This story was a reflection point for myself realising the complete insignificance of any problems we might face. We love to compare ourselves to others on social media, let's compare ourselves to something real. This isn't made up, this isn't drama, this isn't for social status, this is a child's life in the balance. A reason for donation that doesn't need any more explaining. To raise money for Chase's family I'll be running an 100km ultra marathon around Hagley Park on the 4th of June 2022.

In a world with a global pandemic, war and mass protesting a little bit of positivity and perspective can go a long way. Any donation or form of help is going to aid in the easing of pain for this legend and his family, so before you buy a morning coffee tomorrow maybe think twice about who that money could benefit more."

Richard helps us to all be able reflect on our own attitudes and beliefs and to question any limitations we have have placed on ourselves for thinking we are too small to make a difference or to question any ideas we have put up, thinking that whatever I do may be insignificant or just a drop in the bucket. What he proves is that, a bucket of water is made up of thousands of tiny drops of water-and as such if we all make an effort, each of us in our small way, together, can make a big difference in the lives of others. Let's be encouraged to shift our focus towards service and looking after one another- by focusing on others. As research shows, we experience greater happiness and an enhanced feeling of well being than when we are solely focused on our own lives and our own problems.

What a great example to inspire us and our children. As our school whakatauki for the next two weeks states: "Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko nga pae tata whakamaua kia tina - the potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today."

Nga mihi nui

Colin Brodie

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Bring on the Presents

Our best wishes go out this week to Olivia Rodriguez-Jimenez who turned 7 on Sunday - we hope you had a wonderful day!

Opuke Teacher Only Afternoon

A reminder that this teacher only afternoon is taking place next Tuesday 31st May and school will finish for the day at 12.30pm with buses leaving at 12.40pm, so please make arrangements to either collect your children or expect them home 2 hours earlier than normal.

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

Congratulations to the following year 5 and 6 children that have qualified for the County Sports which are to be held in Ashburton next Tuesday 31st May:

Charlie Honeywell

Sasami Koizumi,

Livi Fletcher

Henrietta Cairns

Raffia Stehouwer

Olivia Copland

Katie Rollinson

Izzy Gray

We wish you all the very best!

Upcoming Events

  • County Cross Country - 31st May
  • Opuke Staff Only Afternoon - School finishes 12.30pm 31st May
  • Queens Birthday Holiday - 6th June
  • New Entrant Evening - 7th June
  • LSS Meeting - 15th June
  • Scholastic Book Fair - 20th - 23rd June
  • Zone Cross Country - 22nd June
  • Matariki Whanau Celebration - 23 June
  • Matariki Holiday - 24th June
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 27th June
  • End of Term Two - 8th July
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Hell Pizza Reading Challenge

The Hell Pizza Reading Challenge is back for 2022 and Lauriston School is excited to participate again. Similar to previous years, children must read seven books (in their own time) and complete a reading log at home to record the books they have finished. Children can collect a reading log from their classroom teacher or from Miss Twiss in the library. As a child returns a completed reading log to school, they will receive a pizza wheel to take home and can head into any Hell’s Pizza location to exchange it for a free 333 Kids Pizza. It’s that simple! Books can be non-fiction, fiction and/or include books on Epic and there is no limit on how many Pizza Wheels one child can complete until January 2023. The possibilities of reading are endless!
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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.

Kapa Haka Uniforms - We need You!

Lauriston School is looking forward to hosting the very first Kahui Ako ‘Festival of Cultures’ later next term. For this event, we have 58 students as part of our junior and senior Kapa Haka teams who will be performing and need Kapa Haka uniforms. We are excited to confirm we have the process underway and Trudy is leading our sewing operation. We are now calling for volunteers to help us sew our uniforms. A timeline and dates for sewing requirements are to come. Although if you are keen to help we would love to hear from you. Please let either Trudy or Laura know.

This Week in Mt Alford

The children in Mt Alford loved taking part in the cross country yesterday. They were buzzing to share their favourite part about the cross country today during sharing time. We used this discussion to help us write about the cross country during writing time. The children worked really hard to express their ideas.

This week in Mt Harper

We have been having lots of fun in Mt Harper over the last couple of weeks. The children have been introduced to Frisbee Golf, counting their throws and recording their scores on a 6 hole course we set up on the school field. We have used this as a way of practicing counting on from larger numbers in order to calculate our total school.

We enjoyed dressing up for pink shirt day last Friday, standing together to stop bullying.

Mt Harper put in lots of practice in preparation for Tuesday's cross country. The children all did so well, tried their best and ran a great race. It was nice to catch up with old friends visiting from Methven Primary School and Our Lady of the Snow.

A big congratulations to Blake Wightman for receiving our Term 1 Cup and to Walter and Archer for this week's certificates.

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This week in Mt Hutt

It has been an exciting couple of weeks here in Mt Hutt! Firstly, we enjoyed a relaxing and fun trip to Methven to see Mel at Flow. We learnt new yoga poses and explored games that required new dance moves and quick thinking. A huge thank you to our parents who helped us get there on the day! Another highlight was the Methven Area Cross Country yesterday. We are so proud of how every team member in Mt Hutt gave it their best and had a great day all around!

In Mt Hutt, we have also been making progress with our term focus on chickens and recently completed a book study around the topic. One book was called 'Chickens on the Loose' and we produced our own humorous piece of writing, drawing on describing words we had spotted to tell the story of what our chickens do! As we build on our chicken knowledge, we would love to visit a chicken farm or have an expert come in to speak to us. If you or you know of anyone who could help, please let us know.

We would lastly like to welcome Whetu to our Mt Hutt team! Whetu started with us on Monday and it has been awesome getting to know him this week. We can't wait to see you flourish this term.

This week in Mt Winterslow

St Johns Visit

On Wednesday 11 th of May, St Johns visited our school. Mt Winterslow students learnt a lot

of valuable information regarding keeping themselves and others safe while at school. By

keeping our belongings neat and tidy, looking for hazards and reporting them, wearing

protective gear and looking after each other, are some ways we can help to prevent

accidents and create a safe environment.


Congratulations to our BOOST students on being awarded with certificates for your efforts

in Term 1. We thank our special group of volunteers who come in every week to support our

students. Congratulations to Ali Palmer for being awarded 3 rd place for her colouring in

competition. Congratulations to Archie Tonks for being awarded Star of the Week for his

working collaboratively & contributing to class discussions, Honor Rooney for taking

responsibility for her own learning. Sam Honeywell for using strategies in maths to help him

solve problems independently.

Ka Mau te Wehi!


Using our maths in real life practical situations, and connecting it to our native bush area, bird highway and Matariki has provided many of the contexts for maths in Mt Winterslow in Term 1 and so far this term.

Students have created leaf art by learning different techniques to create patterns. The 9 Matariki Stars have provided another learning context, for example, the star, Waipuna-a -rangi represents the water cycle, weather, clouds, precipitation, seasons, students can make connections to the natural world with patterns and relationships.

This week in Mt Somers

On Tuesday we had a fun filled cross country. Methven Primary and Our Lady of the Snows came to join us and competed in the races. We would like to thank all the parent helps for coming and doing multiple things such as cooking the sausages, being great marshals and running the successful food stall. The race for us was 2km all together. Everyone tried their best and we have 8 people from our class going through to the Counties Cross Country.

Last friday was Pink Shirt Day and Manaia had multiple prizes to be given out. One was for the best anti bullying play which was won by Willow, Sasami, Henrietta and Isobel. Another was for the best dressed and we did a funky catwalk with all our awesome outfits. The winner was Willow. We raised $134 which was amazing. We also want to thank Manaia for running an awesome Pink Shirt Day and providing our prizes and activities.

Tomorrow is the rippa rugby tournament. In the team are Henrietta, Mae, Sasami, Livi, Raffia, Charlie Q, Charlie H, Ollie, James Mc, and Sam. They will be playing lots of different teams as it is a Mid Canterbury tournament. They have been putting heaps of effort into their practising, so fingers crossed, they will do well.

Today we are going to do Flow Yoga in Methven next to the Enchanted Forest walk. Some people are travelling in the minivan and other people are going in a parent help car. Everybody has brought some exercise clothes for all the stretches. Everyone is super excited and looking forward to our session as it is a new experience for our class.

On Monday we had our term assembly. Sam and Henrietta ran it for us and they did an amazing job. The Mathletics Cup went to Sophia and the Term Cup went to Isobel. So congratulations to the both of you and all the other award winners. Thank you to all the parents that attended the assembly. It was great to be able to do it again as a school and community.

Last week’s student of the week went to Florence.

Article written by Willow & Isobel

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Lauriston School Support AGM

Wednesday 15th June 2022

7pm in the School Library.

Followed by a regular meeting.

We are looking forward to sharing drinks and nibbles with all our families face to face.

Any apologies please contact Jacqui Quinlan

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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.