Thursday Notice Board

Unbeaten Rockets get Surprise from Coach Jason!

posted 1 Apr 2015, 19:38 by David Reardon   [ updated 1 Apr 2015, 19:39 ]

Pictured is our 'B' Cricket side enjoying the moment when surprised by their coach Jason L at today's sports assembly.  Jason, a very proud coach, was justifiably proud of his team who showed tremendous growth throughout the season and not surprisingly went through unbeaten. Many (all?) of these players were playing for the first time!  Quite unexpectedly Jason presented the team with 'Rockets' caps (with the word 'unbeaten' on the rear of the cap).  Nice touch.  Well done team. 

97% 97% 97% 97% 97%

posted 30 Mar 2015, 13:08 by David Reardon

That is the percentage of parents/caregivers that have attended Student Led Conferences for term one. This reflects the value and commitment that you as a community have for a high quality education. This percentage is very satisfying, especially given there is a group of children that have only just arrived at school (and for which a conference wasn't arranged). 
Please do remember that teachers welcome your approach during term time, should you wish to have a catch up, want to celebrate aspects of learning or indeed discuss any issues or concerns.

Kelly Club Drawing Competition

posted 29 Mar 2015, 22:07 by David Reardon

Congratulations to these three students who have won either 2 x afterschool full sessions in term two, or a free day at the April Holiday programme! 


Siena, Year 1

Sofina, Year 3

Amy, Year 6

Netsafe Parent Workshop

posted 28 Mar 2015, 15:37 by James Rea   [ updated 28 Mar 2015, 15:41 ]

Feedback from those parents who attended the Netsafe meeting at Ross last week was very positive. We have limited copies of the flier handed out in the office and attached to this post if you would like a personal copy. 

Some of the key messages from the session for me where; 
  • that schools and families should be working alongside children explaining risks and opportunities with technologies rather than focusing solely on developing stronger and stronger security measures and restrictions. 
  • We need our children to make informed and positive choices online whether we are watching closely or not, and these to be made throughout their lives. 
  • The ongoing learning and messages we are sharing with the children about digital citizenship is certainly important. 
  • A shift in vocabulary from digital footprint to digital tattoo highlights the permanence of what we post and say online. 
  • The ongoing and most important message was to be actively involved and interested in your child's interactions with technology. Knowing what they are using technology for, who they are connected to. 
  • Developing ground rules around life balance etc are important. 

For more information visit the Netsafe website 

Feedback from Masters' Students

posted 27 Mar 2015, 15:00 by David Reardon

Following a visit from over thirty Masters of Teaching and Learning students (Primary and Secondary) I thought it was worth publishing some of their positive feedback.

"I felt as though I had been introduced to a school of professional learners.  These students were independent and had an engaged attitude towards schooling. It was nothing like I had seen.  I am excited to see how this type of education makes its way into the secondary sector and teaching and learning!"

"It was inspiring to see how involved the children were in helping design and manage their own learning."

"Wonderful sense of community"

"My experience at RSS can be summed up in three words -inspiring, encouraging and refreshing. I was left feeling excited about becoming part of the teaching profession."

And our feedback to them....we're pretty darn excited to see the quality of trainees about to enter the profession!!!

From the Principal ...

posted 26 Mar 2015, 15:47 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 26 Mar 2015, 15:52 ]

Thursday March 26TH.

Next week we send home a full community newsletter. Thank you to the parents/families that have offered to assist with the delivery of these. We routinely receive positive feedback about it, especially from families that were previously involved with the school and indeed from those about to get involved. And from time to time we get wonderful offers of help, equipment or sponsorship. This week one of our longstanding homeowners donated some spring bulbs that we are able to plant to further beautify the school. This community is certainly more than just the school!

We are receiving a steady flow of uniform survey returns. As of today we have 47 returns. Please, please, please make your opinion known and take the time to fill this in and return via mail or the office.

I wish to advise that Joy will be taking a period of approximately five weeks medical leave at the start of term two. A separate letter has gone home to parents in R7 today about this. We welcome Alyssa Collingwood to our staff during this period.

Community Newsletter Deliverers

posted 26 Mar 2015, 15:46 by Russell Street School Office

Need some exercise?  Would you like to help the school at the same time?  Let Ag or Renee know that you are able to help us out by delivering the Community Newsletters to our community. 
Your help is very much appreciated : )

Sports News

posted 25 Mar 2015, 14:26 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 26 Mar 2015, 15:50 ]


Great last game RSS Robins. 
You have all improved so much since the start of the season. 
Everyone is Player of the Day!

2015 Winter Sports Trials Next Week
These trials will determine selection of our top teams as well as suitable team placement.
All players should meet the Sports Team with the appropriate equipment, ready to go as soon as they are released for lunch.
  • Tuesday - Basketball and Netball
  • Wednesday - Hockey
Students should keep an eye on the Yellow Book for reminders.

TOMORROW ... Friday the 27th is the absolute last day for Winter Sport Registrations!      They must be into the office with payment by 9am!

We are still waiting on returns of trophies for the Summer season from last year, if you still have one please return ASAP as we need to have them engraved for the next recipient.

Community News

posted 25 Mar 2015, 14:08 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 25 Mar 2015, 14:54 ]

iBike4Kids –a fun event for kids who just love being out on their bikes

Sunday May 24, 2015. Victoria Esplanade, Palmerston North

Enter Online -  (entries open this week)

Events Start at 10:00 am

All ages up to 15 years. If you can ride a bike, you can enter. Easy, medium and long courses.

COST Only $15.00! All participants get a medal and a goody bag too!

T-SHIRTS available to order at time of entry

Loads of cool spot prizes up for grabs.

More info at or


Want to go camping, do crafts and have adventures?

Want a heap of different experiences and to meet new friends?
Scouting is for both boys girls.
We have enrolment openings for KEAS, CUBS AND SCOUTS at the Milson Group.
If you’re interested please give us a call.
We would love to meet you at our Den on JFK Drive!



Congratulations Weetbix Triathlon Participants

posted 25 Mar 2015, 00:32 by Ebony Maaka

Well done to everyone who participated in this years Weetbix Triathlon. You joined over 2000 competitors for a fantastic event held at Ongley Park on a stunning day of sunshine!

I want to thank you all for doing your best and doing RSS proud. You are all stars! Thank you also to the parents who came down to support you all.

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