Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

Lauriston School 7th September 2022

Principal's Message

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For more information regarding the above notice - please see the panui that has been sent out today and please note that the information may not have yet been uploaded to the school website.

From Our Classrooms

Mt Alford

Last week we were lucky to have Anthea from Eco Educate come into each class and share her knowledge on recycling. We worked together as a class to sort out what items go to landfill and which are recyclable. We had lots of great discussion around this.

Here is some information she

gave us to share with our families:

Recycling has to be clean!

Clean paper (flat paper and larger than an envelope) (Paper towels and tissues are rubbish as they are dirty)

Clean cardboard (flat cardboard and larger than an envelope)

Clean tin cans

Clean aluminium cans

Clean hard plastic 1, 2 and 5 (larger than a yoghurt pottle and up to a 4 litre container)

All lids are rubbish, that is small lids like off bottles and flat lids from margarine and ice cream container lids and tin lids.

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Mt Harper

Mt Harper has continued investigating other countries, finding out what makes them the same and what makes them different to New Zealand. We have loved learning how to say simple words in other languages (hello, goodbye, thank you etc) which has become a regular part of our morning routine. This week we are learning about Japan. We were very lucky to have Shun from Methven Preschool visit us. He told us about his connection to Japan and shared a slideshow where he told us about his experiences from the time he has spent there. We learnt that Pokemon, Nintendo and Playstation all come from Japan as are a lot of the cars that our families drive. We were amazed at the amount of different things you can buy from their vending machines, even cooked pizza!! Later in the week we will be doing some origami and have another visitor come to our classroom to teach us about karate.

Mt Somers

The past two weeks in Mt Somers we have been focusing on noticing and tipu (respect). We have built an inside whare for when it is cold and frosty so we always have somewhere to breathe and tune in to our breath, our feelings and connect to each other. We have learnt lots of different breathing techniques. For example we learnt the one where we stand up and focus on something in our Whare and we do deep belly breaths.

We learned a lot about Nan’s kowhai tree as we saw the tree falling and its roots exposed but we just walked straight past it. Eventually the class decided to help the tree by standing it up. We put soil over its roots and watered it. We put rocks around it and then every one of us in the class placed a small handful of soil over top of the rocks that we had already placed.

In our Whare we have some animals which are our ngahere and our guides. They all teach us different things. For example, the kingfisher (kotare) teaches us to wait and be patient and it won’t dive into rough shallow waters, they will dive into deep calm waters. In the middle line of our setup we have the Ruru (Owl) and Kahu (Hawk) they both see in different times of the day the Kahu sees in the day and Ruru sees in the night they support each other in their opposite strengths and they teach us how to work with others and support each other. We also have two tohora (whales) which are communicating and sharing their wisdom to each other. As well as kereru and tui they are also having a conversation. Kereru can eat poisonous berries. It shows that you can turn something negative into something positive.

Today we made a waka. We made a waka to show that we are ready to tie everything together that we have learnt and we all gave a stick so we all connected something over ours.

By Willow and Isobel.

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This week we are offering mixed savouries. Please fill in the order form and return it with your money by Thursday.


Number of savouries @ $1 each______________

Gluten & dairy free option @ $1.50 each____________

Total amount of money ___________

Any Change needed_____________

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Festival of Cultures

This year Lauriston School is excited to be hosting the very first Opuke Festival of Cultures. Taking place at Lauriston School on Thursday 22nd September, this is an event designed to celebrate not only Te Ao Maori but also to celebrate the rich make-up of cultures that reside across Opuke and Mid Canterbury. We warmly invite all families to come along and watch school performances, take a look at our range of cultural stalls and art displays or purchase foods on offer during the day. At this event, both our Senior and Junior Lauriston Kapa Haka groups will perform.

The festival will begin with a mihi whakatau to welcome participating schools into our school. Throughout the day there will be a range of 20-minute performances on stage, including performances from Mayfield School, Rakaia School, Chertsey School, Our Lady of the Snows and our very own Lauriston students. The Lauriston School Junior Kapa Haka group will be on stage from approximately 9:45am while our Senior Kapa Haka group will perform from approximately 12:45pm. Following the school performances, the festival will finish with a closing ceremony and prizegiving.

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At the Festival of Cultures, we have a dedicated area for kai(food) stalls. The Lauriston School Support Group will be running a BBQ at the event and this is an opportunity to get involved with the LSS to offer your support. Equally, we are offering families the opportunity to run a stall of ethnic foods, with all profits made to come back and support the school. If you or your family would like to run a stall of ethnic foods, please contact Laura at

Meet Our Lauriston Board Members

We will be introducing our current members over the next few weeks

Kia Ora

It was with extreme honor that I was selected in Oct last year to be part of the BOT for Lauriston school. I can honestly say it has been a total privilege to sit on this board and see the inner workings and progression that goes on behind the scenes. The dedication and commitment from all the staff and strong leadership has put this great little school in a very strong position. Both my boys have grown strong leadership ideals and important qualities during their time at Lauriston, the farm developments, Te Ao Māori and related ideals are features they feel strongly about. I hope to continue working with this team and help govern the school's decision making processes.

Nga Mihi nui

Richie Owen

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Birthday Celebrations

This week we had Livi Fletcher turn 11, Manaia Foulsham-Dodson turn 10 and Brody Horne turn 6 all on 5th September - we hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations!


A big welcome to Izzy White who is the eldest daughter of Vanessa Weily and Timothy White and has joined the Mt Alford class as a new entrant. We wish you happy Lauriston School days filled with learning and discovery.

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Celebrating Success in Our School

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Ready Rewards

Congratulations to Tom Quinlan for success in demonstrating our READY Value Respect-Tipu. You show tolerance (manaakitanga), responsibility for the environment (kaitiakitanga) & consideration (ahuatanga).

Congratulations to Mae Totty for success in demonstrating our READY Value Achievement-Koru. You are confident in knowing yourself (ko wai au?), produce quality work (puna matauranga) & are an effective communicator (karanga manawanui).

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Classroom Certificates

Mt Alford: Ezra Sy for showing growing confidence with her writing and always giving it a go!

Mt Harper: Archer Stone for the hard work and progress shown in reading and Clara Wright for settling so well into Mt Harper and being a great role model during mat time.

Mt Hutt: Andy Wright for his super return to school and awesome work with his Father’s Day writing last week and Oliver for his super reading skills and engagement during guided reading. Keep it up Andy and Oliver!

Mt Winterslow: Annabel Maw for representing our school with pride at the 2022 Cluster School Speech Competition. Wilbur Cairns for using tidy numbers to solve 2 & 3 digit sums, independently in Maths.

Mt Somers: Florence Black for noticing things and showing initiative.

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Kapa Haka Certificates

Junior Kapa Haka: Jamie Henderson and Millie Wiggins for showing kaha and performing in front of an audience with pride throughout junior kapa haka!

Senior Kapa Haka: Shevonne Marova and Alba Worner for showing Hiringa and determination during practice sessions. Ka pai!
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Monday Morning Meeting Awards

House certificates: Ann-Marie, Clara Wright, James Tonks and Jamie Henderson

Bus certificates: Frost Stehouwer, James Gray and Claire Copland

Waste Certificate: Mt Winterslow

Upcoming Events

  • Yr 5 & 6 Rotary Speech Finals - 7th September
  • Hangi - 9th September - Postponed
  • Snow Sports Programme Session 2- 13th September
  • Zone Winter Tournament - 15th September
  • Katie's Planet Day - 16th September
  • BOT Meeting 7pm - 19th September
  • Opuke Cultural Festival - 22nd September with PP 23rd
  • Snow Sports Session Back Up Day - Monday 26th September
  • Snow Sports Session Back Up Day - Thursday 29th September
  • Pet Day - End of Term Three - 30th September
Planet Day

Please come dressed in something green or if you don't have something green then mufti will be fine.

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