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Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

Lauriston School 14th March 2023


Kia ora ma whanau o te kura Kotuku Lauriston,

As you will be aware from last week's media release, Primary School Teachers and Principals across NZ have voted to strike on 16 March, joining the Secondary School Teachers and Principals who earlier voted to do the same last week.
As a result Lauriston School wishes to advise families that we will be closed for instruction on the 16th March, 2023.

The following is an open letter from NZEI on behalf of the 50,000 teaching staff and principals from schools across NZ:
Our tamariki need a quality education. And we want to give that to them.

Unfortunately, the funding for our schools and kindergartens is not enough for us to give us the time we would like to support all our kids to thrive.
We need to attract and retain educators by ensuring that teaching is a valued and attractive profession.
Principals and teachers in primary and area schools and kindergartens have considered at length offers from the government to settle our respective collective agreements.
The offers did not meet our expectations, nor make sufficient steps towards the changes we need for our children to succeed.
You may have seen that we voted to take industrial action on 16 March.
It’s the last thing we wanted to do. And the decision was not taken lightly.
We felt that this was the only way the government would listen and recognise that when they support our children to learn and succeed, we are supporting whānau and communities to thrive.
We look forward to another great year in 2023 – and together with your support, building the case for better investment in our tamariki.

Nga mihi nui

Colin Brodie

Birthday Wishes

This week we have just the one student birthday and that is Joe Owen who is celebrating his 10th birthday today - we hope you have a very happy day Joe!

Upcoming Events

  • Zones Triathlon - 14th March
  • LSS Meeting - 22nd March
  • BOT Meeting - Monday 27th March
  • New Entrant Evening - 3rd April @ 6.30pm
  • Wha Club - 4th April
  • Zones Swimming - 6th April
  • End of Term Assembly & Prize-giving for 2022 Year 6 Leavers & Farewell for Wendy - 6th April - time TBC subject to confirmation from families of 2022 Year 6 leavers.
  • Teacher Only Day - 24th April
  • Anzac Day Holiday - 25th April
  • Start of Term 2 for Students - Wednesday 26th April (Due to Anzac Day being on Tuesday 25th, Lauriston will have a staff only day on Monday 24th April with students starting Term 2 on Wednesday 26th April)

Celebrating Success in Our School

Classroom Certificates

Mt Alford: Bella Fridd, Georgia Copland
Mt Harper: Tilly Marshall
Mt Hutt: Sophie Back, Jamie Henderson
Mt Winterslow: Shevonne, Sadie Wilson
Mt Somers: Ali Palmer for showing all of our Ready values in everything you do! Your kindness and determination are fantastic to see! Katie Rollinson for your determination and notice to detail in everything you do! You have shown this through your awesome work this past week! Well done.

Principal's Award

This week went to Joe Owen for his sound leadership and excellent example.

House Certificates

Yellow: Tilly Marshall for picking up a lot of rubbish during tidy kiwi. Good job!!
Blue: Penelope Pearce for tidying up rubbish and being kind to others.Gabbie for tidying up and helping others.
Green: Clara Wright for also doing her best during Tidy Kiwi
Red: Jack Sim for picking up lots of rubbish and respecting his house leaders.

Waste Certificate

Mt Harper

Bus Certificates

Barhill: Welcome to Caleb Lay. Natalie for being sensible on the bus. Well done, keep it up.
Methven: Welcome to Sadie Sim. Fergus Lochhead for an awesome week.
Whinchmore: Bella Fridd for being quiet on the bus and being kind to everybody.

Congratulations to Ali Palmer and James McNally who have qualified for the Zones Swimming Sports.

From Our Classrooms

Mt Alford

Mt Alford have been busy this week creating our art to be displayed at the Methven Show. Our class theme is wheels following on from our awesome Wheels Week. We have been experimenting with a range of materials to create colour and texture which we are going to cut into the parts of machines with wheels. If you visit the Methven Show, make sure to have a look at our finished pieces!

Mt Harper

Mt Harper has been busy preparing art for the Methven A&P show. Each child chose an living art image before covering half of the picture with a blank piece of paper. We then learnt how we can trace the outline of the main features by holding our paper up to the window. We looked at the colours of the original and experimented blending chalk pastels together to see if we could make a similar colour. The children were very engaged and we are super proud of the results.

Mt Hutt

Week 5 in Mt Hutt we had a focus of settling back into routines after a busy week with Wheels Week. We did lots of reading, writing, and maths activities.

Our aim has been to make our writing more interesting. We are doing this by adding in describing words. We brainstormed lots of describing words and talked about different objects. Below is an example of our writing about a zebra on a tightrope from Sophie.

Mt Winterslow

We have been working really hard in Mt Winterslow on our self portraits. We have used the artist Romero Britto to model our self portraits from. He uses lots of bright colours and patterns in the background of his portraits to make them pop. We are really proud of the art that we have created!

Mt Somers

On Monday the 6th of March till Friday 10th of March, Mt Somers has been up to lots of different things. Last Tuesday some of us students went to Counties for Swimming Sports. When we got there we were the first school to arrive and we had to walk around the pool and wait for our name to be called out to go to a briefing in the briefing room. We used the diving boards to enter the pool but some people also just started on the side of the diving boards. We had to hit the end of the pool hard because it wouldn’t record our time without a hard push. At the end of the week we also all finished the amazing race and yesterday had our medal ceremony to congratulate the winners. We have also been doing some very fun games. Joe taught us a game called acorns and Mr B taught us a game called spiders and flies. In acorns, first you need one fox, then you need two squirrels, one owl and the rest are acorns.The aim is for the acorns to be the last person standing. In reading, we have started our novel study on the BFG and our first focus area is characters. We can’t wait to share our Big Friendly Giants with you!

Spud In a Bucket

All children that have grown their 'Spud in a bucket' for the Methven A & P Show and wish to have them judged , need to have these brought to school for
collection which will take place this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure they are clearly labelled with child's name, school and age and please leave just inside the gate bedside the pool.

Afternoon Pick-ups

Just a reminder that if you are going to be collecting your child from school and they will not be travelling on the bus - all communication needs to be done through the school office not the classroom teacher.

General permission Slip

I still have a few families that have not yet returned this slip can you please sign and return this blue form to school at your earliest convenience.

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