24 August 2018 UPPER MOUTERE SCHOOL newsletter

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Welcome Grace Dobson and her family to Upper Moutere. Grace joins Ramaroa iti from Tahunanui School.

Last Friday our hall was packed with family to see their children and grandchildren share their musical talents. We had pieces performed on the piano, keyboard, guitar, drums, ukulele, flute and vocals. We had items by both the Senior and Junior Bands and two other recently formed groups. Thank you Odie and Cushla for providing the opportunity for our children to perform. There was pride oozing from the hall.

This week saw our Y5/6 team Caleb, Amelia, Isaiah and Dyln and our Y7/8 team of Annabel, Oliver, Ariana and Xavier compete in EPro8 at Nelson Intermediate and Motueka South School. Our Senior team took out third place,

This was also Winter Sports week. Hockey was played at Saxton ( Y5/6 next Wednesday) while Netball and Football were played at the Motueka Recreation Centre. I was impressed by the positive energy and especially the team play. It was also great to see so many parents there supporting our teams. We are lucky to have parents able to support teams and provide transport to these events. I also want to acknowledge the work Saree does to allocate transport offers and ensure everyone gets to and back!

This week saw our Property Managers and Board meet to consider options for upgrading our property to make it more collaborative and flexible to meet learning needs. Thank you too, Wayne Manley for offering to join us. Last week our senior students gave their thoughts on how we could upgrade the Ramaroa area of our school. Their input was extremely valuable. I was extremely impressed with their ideas and especially their reasoning.

Property will be a focus for our Board Meeting on Wednesday 12 September. The Board invite any interested parents who may be considering seeking election to the Board next year to come along and join them, 5.30pm Library.

Thank you to Blair at Tasman Trucking for going above & beyond with his service to make it convenient for us when refilling our pool. Great service - thank you!
We are being donated native trees from Appletons for our school fair. Planter bags and potting mix will be needed to pot up these bare rooted plants. If you can donate these or know of somewhere we can get them cheaply please contact Ruth Vlaming 0278181781 asap. There will be a potting up session at the end of the month – please let Ruth know if you can help with this.

Our plant stall will be flourishing with edibles, natives and more, but we need your help! Do you have shallow trays suitable for potting up multiple strawberry plants or small bedding plants (be creative, so far we’ve used polystyrene bins previously used for fish)? Or any plants you can donate to the stall – maybe extras from your garden, something that can be divided (herbs, flaxes, dahlia tubers…….)?

We also need potting mix and seedling mix, and planter bags so if you can donate these or know of a cheap source please let us know.

We will be fundraising for the Cancer Society on Daffodil Day next Friday 31st August. Wear yellow if you dare and bring a gold coin donation for a daffodil trail!
We will host a Scholastic book fair again this year during the week of 3-7 September. The theme this year is 'Paws for Books', so get your thinking caps on for our dress up day on Thursday 6th September. Dress as an animal with paws or a book character. Your purchases help us put more books on our shelves so please come along and browse the books on offer for your children or for gifts - Christmas will be here before we know it!

Principal Awards

  • 24 Aug; Otto Richards… I value Otto’s take on leadership…I appreciate his reliability, his thorough approach to ensure tasks are completed to the best of his ability and I especially enjoy his sense of humour while doing it!
  • 17 Aug; Isla for her stunning manner when coming into the office…WOW!!! You impressed Saree and me.
  • 17 Aug; Leam Stanley Brito this guy has a fresh positivity to his learning, which is so great to observe…GO LEAM!


Ramaroa iti

  • Hope: Hope you are an all round super star learner in Ramaroa iti. You can find words you need on the word card so your writing has taken flight this week. You have taken your time in learning to draw a bird and you can be proud of your results. Well done!
  • Soren: What a brilliant start to school you have had (after all the sickness). You take initiative to find out when you are unsure, you ask. You are eager to learn and take pride in your work presentation. Ka pai Soren.

Ramaroa nui

  • Amanda; For going above and beyond in her learning- always looking out for others and being completely humble.


  • Phoebe C and William: For your superstar effort during Hockey practice with Julieanne. You two have shown an amazing attitude and have given it 100% each session. It’s great to see you both so eager to give something new a try.
  • Ruby J: For your positive attitude and huge amount of effort you put towards each learning task. You take control of your own learning, understand your goals and strive to achieve these. We are super impressed Ruby.
  • Rose: You have such lovely manners Rose. Each morning you come into Turama, greet us with a big smile and ask how we are. You will often end the week on wishing us a great weekend too. It’s so lovely and mature of you.
  • Riley – For the responsible way you quickly get organised with a task. We love your positive attitude and high standards in your learning. Well done!
  • Leam you’ve astounded me with your reading! You are taking more time and care to use your decoding strategies when you need to solve a tricky word. It’s so great to hear the enthusiasm in your voice as you read. Keep going!
  • Monique: For the wealth of knowledge and amazing vocabulary you share during our Reading group discussions. You are such a mature, reliable and focused learner.
  • Robert: Thank you for your amazing Maths brain! You are the second teacher and ‘go to’ student for Math challenges. We love the attitude you bring to each Maths day. Keep it up Robert!


  • Saffron: For your super progress in reading comprehension. You’re using a range of strategies to make deeper meaning and finding evidence in the text to support your answers. Ka pai tō pānui Saffron.
  • Max: The way you approach problems in Maths is well beyond your years. You explore complex concepts with a zest for learning.
  • Jade: For your all-round amazingness! You approach all learning with a smile and a positive mindset, and we love teaching you!

Dates for your Diary

  • 6 Sept Ladies Night Market
  • 10 Sept Swim Magic Sessions Begin
  • 11 Sept Speech Competition
  • 12 Sept BOT Meeting
  • 25 Sept Student Led Conferences
  • 28 Sept End Term 3
  • 15 Oct Term 4 begins
  • 3 Nov Retro Fair
  • 11 Nov Athletics Day
  • 11 & 12 Dec School Production
With our winter sports codes starting to wind up, look out for registrations for term 4 touch coming soon.
Retro & Vintage Fair Bunting And sew it begins... We are gathering on Saturday 15th September, 10am - 3pm in the UMO school hall for a sewing frenzy. Come for an hour or the whole time. Please bring along any gear you have (sewing machine/iron/rotary cutters/mats/rulers/extension cords/snacks/chocolate) for some basic sewing and also very social occasion. Life seams better when we're sewing! Year 7/8 kids who can sew are welcome. Tea and Coffee provided. Donations of material will be gratefully received, go sort out those fabric stashes! If you're keen talk to Tessa Werner

Entries are now open for the NBS Richmond Summer Touch module, both Senior and Children’s for the 2018/19 season. Please register with the following link or come along to our rego day, Saturday September 15th @ the clubrooms, Jubilee Park, Richmond. http://www.sporty.co.nz/richmondtouch

Bouncing balls to support learning is called Bal A Vis X. Bal A Vis X Bal A Vis X is a series of Balance / Auditory / Vision/ eXercises, of varied complexity, which are deeply rooted in rhythm. These exercises require full body coordination and focused attention. The Bal A Vis X trainers are coming out from Singapore to Upper Moutere to present a 3-day training. The training is 12 – 14 October Friday, Saturday Sunday – the last 3 days of the holidays. The cost is $450. For any enquires please contact Alexandra Partington partganda@gmail.com or 03 5432 335

The Nelson Half is back. Based at Saxton Field on 4th November, the running and walking events over 2.5km, 5km, 10km and 21.1km cater for all levels of ability. Each entrant can nominate a school in the region which will receive up to 50% of their entry fee back and the further you run, the more your nominated school could benefit. www.thenelsonhalf.co.nz For more information, check out our website or flick me an e-mail at afestivalofrunning@gmail.com......see you there!


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