Connect Communication

4th March 2020

Kia ora Whanau

Another great week of learning here at Ararira Springs. Our bees have settled into their new home on the field. Children have watched from the edges as the bees search for food. Lee, from Beesthingz, is supporting the school with the hives.
Cafe Teretere has been up and running this week. Hinehau and Deb have led learning around this wonderful initiative. Children have taken turns to be customers, chefs and wait staff and have been paid in compliments.

Kaunuku 3 our Year 7 and 8 class head to Arthurs Pass next week. They have lots of activities planned for this mountain setting including a tramp and overnight in the mountain terrain. They will be well supported by parents and instructors. We welcome Whaea Georgina from the University of Canterbury who will be joining Sam. She will attend camp and stay with us until the end of the term

Tomorrow night whanau are getting together at the Lab for chit chat. Thanks to the THT - Te Hapori Tautoko for organising this get together.

If you are not already doing so, please consider following our Facebook page. This is a wonderful place to see photos and events as they happen. It is a great medium for quick communication. We do understand if Facebook is not your thing!

Enjoy your week,
Claire and the Team

Kupu o te Wiki - Word of the Week

Karawhiua! ( car- ra- few-a)

Meaning: (verb) give it everything! sock it to them! go for it! give it heaps!

Events to Diary

    Thursday 5th March
    • Teretere - studying biodiversity at the river
    • Join THT at The Laboratory for drinks and nibbles, starting at 6:30 pm.
    Friday 6th March
    • Ranfurly Shield Tour
    Monday 9th March
    • Huarapa visiting Lincoln Library
    Tuesday 10th March
    • Y5/6 Active Leaders Workshop
    • Selwyn Sports Trust - Try it out Tuesday, 3.30 pm
    Wednesday 11th March - Friday 13th March
    • Y7/8 Arthurs Pass Camp
    Sunday 22nd March
    • What Now! filming in Lincoln - see below for registration for the event

    From the Office

    Request for help. . .
    Can you help one of Ararira families who live near the University? Due to work and study commitments and only having one car, one of our families is seeking help getting their daughter to school in the mornings and home in the afternoon. At the moment, she is transported by another family but this arrangement will end shortly when the family helping returns to Indonesia. Please email if you can help.

    Spare Clothing
    As the field is still being irrigated, it is often wet at playtime. Please ensure that your child has a change of clothes in their bag as we don't have spare uniform - this applies just as much to the older children as the young ones! If your child has been lent clothing, please ensure that it is returned the next day as it is in demand.

    Absences/Late arrivals at school:
    If your child is going to be late to school or absent, please let us know before 9 am by either leaving a message on our answerphone or by sending us a message on our Skool Loop App. When arriving at school, please be sure to call into the office and get the children to mark themselves as arrived on our desk tablet.
    If you are shopping at one of our App advertisers, please let them know you've seen their advert on our app so they know we are supporting them!

    Skool Loop:
    If you haven't added SkoolLoop to your phone, this is a great tool to keep the school calendar and newsletter handy, report absences and receive notices. Download from Google Play or the App Store.
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    WHAT NOW - New Zealand's top youth TV series - is broadcasting a special Lincoln Primary School show live from Lincoln High on Sunday, March 22nd. And everyone - far and wide - is invited!
    It's our 4th show of 2020 and we're pumped! (Evander won't be with us, but we've got a brand new presenter joining Erin and Chris who we can't wait for you to meet.)

    Expect loads of free, fun, family-friendly entertainment. Not to mention slime and gunge galore! Ideally, we'd love you all to please register to be part of our audience at
    But don't want to register? No worries! Just rock on up on the day and be a part of a fantastic event, showcasing Christchurch to the nation!

    Te Hapori Tautoko | THT
    Kindo Online Store
    Kindo online store is up and running for our sushi orders and other fundraising initiatives, including Bento Ninja and toothbrushes. Make sure you register to make the most of ordering sushi and supporting THT fundraising. Close off time for sushi orders has been changed to 8.30am. You can place your orders here.

    Bento Ninja Fundraiser
    Bento Ninja sells a range of lovely eco-friendly bento lunch boxes and stainless steel pegs. These can be ordered on our Kindo online store. Bento Box orders close 6th March.
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    Up and coming events for the term...

    Friday 27th March
    Popcorn and Movie Night
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    Friday 3rd April: Sausage Sizzle

    Drinks and Nibbles at The Laboratory
    We are having drinks and nibbles this Thursday at The Laboratory if you would like to come and join us for a chit chat and get together.
    When: Thursday 5th March starting at 6.30 pm
    THT Tuesday Morning Get-Togethers
    These take place in PÅ«tahi (Library) every Tuesday morning once you have dropped your child or children at school. It is a warm welcoming environment where preschoolers are welcome. Please come along for a cuppa and a chat.
    THT Facebook
    THT has a Facebook page which keeps you up to date with THT information, upcoming events and fundraising. Please join our Facebook page by clicking on this link.
    Norwex Fundraiser
    Thank you, Miriam, for organising the Norwex Party at our school. It was a fantastic night out and a great way to raise funds for the school that fitted so well with our Enviroschool status.
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    Music Lessons

    Are you interested in your child learning an instrument? Contact Trisa, Katrina or Cat. Details and information can be found on the music team page of our website.
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    Swimming Sports
    Congratulations to all our swimmers who represented Ararira Springs at the Lincoln Zone events at Southbridge on Monday. . .

    Huxster Mountain Bike Race - as this newsletter is being created, Dan and Joel are racing the Huxster Mountain Bike Relay Race as a Year 5/6 boys team "Mad Skills'' at McLeans Island. Each lap is approx 4kms. Karawhiua boys! Give it heaps!

    McDonalds' Youth Duathlon is on Sunday 5th April - you can enter it here. Events are for 7-10 year olds and 11-15 year olds.
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    Earthworks . . . .

    Blakely Construction has advised us that they will soon begin work earthworks on the empty sections across the road from the school. They are developing their site safety plan to mitigate exposure to hazards for our school; dust, heavy machinery etc and will let us know the commencement date in due course.

    This is likely to take up to two weeks and be carried out sometime mid-March. The good news is that these sections are likely to be then sold. This will be a great time for children to watch large vehicles in operation.

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    Merino Jumpers Care Instructions
    We have been communicating with True Fleece Merino for the best way to care for their jumpers. They offer three care instructions;

    1. Buy the correct size to avoid extra wear and tear on long cuffs
    2. Use a liquid, eco friendly wool wash product
    3. Avoid drying the garment in the sun.
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