Thursday Notice Board


posted 20 May 2015, 15:48 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 21 May 2015, 13:53 ]

Sports News

posted 20 May 2015, 15:35 by Russell Street School Office

Hockey Fire Birds

Player of the day was Devin Dunlop.
A really tough 1st game with all the team giving a great effort!

Community News

posted 20 May 2015, 15:26 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 20 May 2015, 15:28 ]

What is the Maker Movement?

posted 20 May 2015, 12:46 by James Rea   [ updated 21 May 2015, 12:23 ]

Many of you may have heard of "The Maker Culture.” It has been identified as one
of the ten education trends over the past few years. This phrase is being heard more and more in education and at Russell Street we have embraced this concept, where it adds value to our program. Large RSS projects such as the Go Karts, Cycle Mountain, The Orchard Grove and Bottle Greenhouse have been student driven and develop the maker culture concept. Smaller more personal design projects in classes such as the rocket cars also fit with this learning concept.    

The Maker Culture has grown out of a desire to see students using the growing tools available to plan, design and make rather than passively consume technologies. When students identify a need or goal and set about working together to complete the task we see the NZ Curriculum Key Competencies come to the fore. These are thinking, using language, symbols, and texts, managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing. Each of these competencies have been identified as being key skills needed for employment now and in the future. With the development of cost effective, reliable technologies some of these maker projects now involve programming, robotics and 3d Printing.

Just this week we have been awarded a Grant from the Lion Foundation to purchase programmable robots. With these new tools children will be learning to manipulate these robots with an aim to enter the Jnr Robo Cup in 2016. 

At home you can foster this Maker Culture thinking by encouraging children to get out the glue guns, card, scissors, lego etc and plan think and imagine. Take a look at this clip and identify the planning, problem solving, thinking and creativity needed to complete these projects. I wonder what your children will come up with….


If you would like to find out more see CORE’s Ten Trends site or read about the Maker Movement.  


Kelly Club Fun Day -Friday, May 29

posted 20 May 2015, 00:51 by David Reardon

Did you know that Kelly Club Russell Street is running a fun-filled programme on Friday 29th May, during Teacher Only Day! 


If you would like to know more about this event, or to book your child in, please visit


Do feel free to email Shayla at if you have any questions about this event, or with enquiries about our Before & Afterschool Programmes and upcoming July Holiday Programme.

Supporters' Club @ Facebook

posted 19 May 2015, 02:25 by James Rea

Connect with the Supporters Club at their new RSS Supporters' Club Facebook Page. Events, information, activities, ideas and images can all be found at this online space. 

iBike 4 kids

posted 18 May 2015, 19:22 by James Rea

Victoria Esplanade Sunday May 24th 2015

Update on Schools Participation Prizes
- top three schools so far
Percentage =Pukeokahu, Kairanga, Kumeroa-Hopelands,
Numbers = Kairanga, Winchester School, Whakarongo

2015 Entries now open 
                                                       Eventbrite - iBike4Kids 2015

iBike4Kids is up and running again for 2015. Last year kids on bikes took over the Esplanade, with approximately 300 children pedalling around the bush and river tracks participating in the inaugural iBike 4 Kids event. Somehow we had great weather on the day. The event is an off-road cycling event aimed at children up to 15 years of age.

iBike 4 Kids is a partnership between the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club and Sport Manawatu. Participants can choose between an easy, medium or hard course and can also test their talents on the skills course.

From the Office...

posted 18 May 2015, 15:21 by Ag Allen

Spare clothing...
From time to time we require spare clothing for those 'little accidents' and we are really short of long pants especially for the juniors.  if you have any that you no longer need in sizes 4, 6 or 8, we would love to take them off your hands. Thanks in advance.

Summer Sports Photos... These will be taken on Tuesday 16th June.  Please mark this day on your calendar. 
Class and Winter sport photos will be in the 3rd term, but there will be plenty of notice about that nearer the time.

Community News....

posted 18 May 2015, 15:13 by Ag Allen   [ updated 18 May 2015, 16:48 by Russell Street School Office ]

House for Sale

Family Home at 84 Rongopai Street
3 Bedroom/ 2 bathroom 
Kitchen and bathrooms renovated
Large deck, partially covered
TradeMe ID EHI680 (City Centre)
Ph Gina 022 6281033 or visit Sunday's Open Home 1.30-3pm.

Highland Home presents....
Justice League Camp
Sunday 5th to Thursday 9th July
Start 7pm Sunday and finish 1pm Thursday
9 to 12 year olds
Early Bird $150.00 After 26 June $170.00
OSCAR subsidies available
Contact Jan on 06 3294716 or online at

Exploring Further...

posted 18 May 2015, 01:19 by James Rea

Have you explored over HERE?

Some of these links are untapped useful information for parents and families. 
Wondering if we had any picture from that last school event? When time permits staff upload images to their blogs and an archive is kept here 2015 RSS Photo Gallery  

Not able to make it to the assembly. How about watching live on your smartphone or computer. RSS Assembly Online streams live during assemblies and keeps a recording of the latest events. Tell Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents to tune in from anywhere in the world.

Finally I'd like to highlight the RSS Radio link. Some year 4 students are running a live radio station 11-11:25 and 1-1:40 Weekdays. This will play on a computer or smartphone. Again families can tune in from anywhere in the world.

Take a look at the links provided on the left. At Russell Street School we want to be open and share information with our community. There is a huge amount linked here and even more on the main RSS Website.  

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