10 August 2018 UPPER MOUTERE SCHOOL newsletter

The Swim Magic responses are coming back to the office, thank you for this. Great too to hear the positive feedback re this opportunity for your children. If the cost is a concern please get in contact so we can make arrangements to overcome this.

We have just had the STRIKE NEXT WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST CONFIRMED. Upper Moutere School will be closed next Wednesday.

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 ( and a few Y4!) Tackle rugby players who took on the competitive grade Motueka School Competition recently. It is great to hear positive feedback about your positive attitude throughout the day. Thanks to the parents who made this day happen for our team.

Good Luck to our Technology Challenge teams competing next week at MOTEC.

With our Fair coming up next term each learning space is starting to think of products they may be able create to sell on the day. This will be a Unit of learning focussing on enterprise, learning about quality assurance, supply and demand, profit etc. If you have any ideas, or skills that you might like to share please let us know.

Music Showcase next Friday 17 August …an opportunity for all our students receiving private lessons from Odie and Cushla to share their skills and talents.

Today John from Southfuels and Tim from Moutere Motors delivered $2,000 of sports equipment to our school. Southfuels sponsor a percentage of all fuel sales to a nominated school. Tim, several years ago, nominated us so we have now had $4,000 of sports or IT equipment given to us from this scheme.

Thank You Tim… Thank You Southfuels

If you currently have bulk fuel requirements/ storage on your property, you could consider changing to Southfuels as your supplier and join the scheme as well. If you think this is a possibility give Grant a ring.

Principal Awards

Jacob; Jacob’s maturity and confidence in himself has grown incredibly. This guy is focussed, involved and humble in his approach. IMPRESSIVE!

Mazzy; Her positive attitude towards learning is fantastic. Her incredibly careful and thoughtfully constructed recent art work is stunning.


Ramaroa iti

  • Tate: Blaster Tate, watching your super powers in writing this week has been exciting for us all. Your enthusiasm helped others feel excited about their writing too! Ka mau te wehi on your detailed pictures of super heroes. What a great week you have had.
  • Indie: Vision Indie, your super powers this week have shone through in reading. You are beginning to read with confidence and hearing yourself read to check - does that sound right? Keep it up as you are making fantastic progress.
  • Linnea for your enthusiasm for taking a learning opportunity and seizing it. Ka pai on your measurement skills this week.
  • Seery for endeavouring for excellence when publishing your work. It has been wonderful discovering how much of an artist you are Seery. Tino pai.

Ramaroa nui

  • Lily; For making such an excellent start at Upper Moutere School. Being active in her learning and always making the right choices. It's a pleasure to have you join us.


  • Matai; for the focus and attention to detail you took with your Cityscape painting. You were totally lost in your artwork today – such a lovely sight to see!
  • Fianna; whenever we ask for a volunteer to help out with anything, whether it’s a job in the class or helping someone out you are always at the ready. We so appreciate your wonderful attitude towards others.
  • Leon – Jaz and I were so impressed with the way you immediately ran to help take the sports gear back to the P.E. shed after football on Wednesday. It was a heavy load and you insisted on carrying it alone. That was fantastic to see – thank you!
  • Morgan – You have stood out this week with your responsible and maturity. We love your positive attitude and diligence towards your learning and to top it off you sang with great gusto at singing time which was just awesome!


  • Connor: Your thinker light was shining bright this week. We loved your engagement and high level thinking during our banqer lessons.
  • Barney: The growth mindset you showed in Maths this week was inspiring! You were searching for a pattern in algebra and kept pushing yourself until you found it. Your synapses were firing!
  • Shayla: We are so impressed with your attitude and engagement in your learning. You are pushing yourself and taking responsibility. YOur confident light is shining at the moment Shayla. We look forward to seeing more form you. Tino pai to mahi.
  • Zoe: We are so impressed with your thinker light shining bright. You are engaged in our cheese making process every step of the way, especially outside of class time. Your help has been greatly appreciated. Nga mihi nui ki te awhi!
  • Annabel: Awesome enthusiasm, interest and involvement in your science investigation. You are showing your active light by being such a great participant in Marama. Ka pai tō mahi.
  • Maddy: Tīnō pai tō mahi for your growth mindset in Maths. You are taking your algebra learning outside the classroom and putting in extra practise.
  • Ariana: Maths - Ko to whakaaro i te Pāngarau he whakamataku! Your thinking in Mathematics is awesome! Keep shining bright, you are striving forward and achieving success. We are so proud of your efforts Ariana.
  • Grace W: Ngā mihi nui Grace for your organisation and effort during all your learning activities. You are showing you can push yourself to go the extra mile. Kia kaha te mahi!

Dates for your Diary

  • 14 Aug Y5/6 Technology Challenge
  • 16 Aug Y7/8 Technology Challenge
  • 17 Aug Music Showcase
  • 21 Aug EPro8 Challenge Y5//6
  • 22 Aug Epro8 Challenge Y7/8
  • 23 Aug Winter Sports Jnr
  • 24 Aug Winter Sports Snr
  • 29 Aug Tennis in Schools begins
  • 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
Retro & Vintage Fair Bunting And sew it begins... This might be shear madness but let's get together to sew bunting for the school fair and break the Guinness World Record in the process (17,600m long). Just kidding! 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

Country Kids Fundraiser this weekend 11th August @ 8pm. Join the Fun!

We would like to invite you and any of your friends to prebook a massage for the Ladies Night Market on the 6th September, by contacting either of the following therapists.

Back, neck and shoulder chair massage. Stephanie Crampton from The Good Place - Wellness, Spa, Sauna & Massage. Phone 027 425 2392. thegoodplace.nz

No oil treatments focusing on head and neck on massage table. Craniosacral/myofascial release. Kim Stevenson from Shanti Massage Therapy and Myofascial Release. Phone 540-3911 or text 021 161 8167 www.shantimassage.weebly.com

15 minutes for $20. The therapists will be in a private room off the main stall holder area.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening!

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 program utilizes sand filled bags, racquetballs, and balance boards. The exercises cross the body’s mid line, which integrates the left-right hemispheres of the brain. It demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching and is fun. The exercises benefit those students who may be labelled ADHD, being on the spectrum, dyslexic and it also supports regular learners.

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

Colombian Cultural Celebration

Colombian cuisine and culture at Founder's Heritage Park. 87 Atawhai Drive, The Wood, Nelson 7010

  • 11th of August 2018, 10am-4pm
  • Ticket info: Free entry, all ages

A family fun day revolving around the rich and highly diverse Colombian Culture. Food, Sports, and Arts will be presented.

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