Thursday Notice Board

These Things Can Help me At Home (6)

posted by David Reardon

The following areas are often considered to have a 'multiplier effect' on learning.  i.e. success with reading, writing, maths and development of key competencies, impact on all other learning.  We're publishing some practical ideas that you might like to try out at home that support the development in these areas. 
Maths - Ask me to help prepare dinner and talk to me about any maths involved - for example, halves, quarters, litres, grams, temperatures, etc. and get me to do any measuring or weighing needed. 
Reading and Writing - When the reading book I choose seems a bit hard, take turns at reading it with me and talking about the story - for example, ask me things like: What do you think will happen next? Do the characters remind you of anyone you know? 
Key Competencies - Talk to me about the ways other people might see issues. Help me see things from a range of different perspectives. 

From the Principal....

posted 25 May 2016, 15:36 by Russell Street School Office

Once again we have an outstanding group of nominations for the Board of Trustees.  With eleven in total, we will now have an election.  Voting papers were sent out earlier this week and should be with you, depending on the post service, by the end of this week. The turn around time is very tight, so for that reason we advise you vote immediately, and either, return your voting paper (in the official envelope) early next week to the office; or put it in the post.

The election closes noon next Friday! Complicating the return of forms is that school is closed next Thursday and Friday (Teacher Only Days), and of course we need to factor in the reduced postal service.  These are both important reasons why it is important to action voting asap.

Graeme Brown, our Returning Officer, is hoping for a 80% plus voter response!


Please also note that Kelly Club is running sessions on both of these days.  You can find out more by emailing or visiting their website


From Gracie....

posted 25 May 2016, 15:25 by Russell Street School Office

A huge thank you to everyone who supported Gracie's American Hotdog Fundraiser.
Russell Street School raised over $550 towards Gracie's trip to Australia with the Manawatu Cricket Team.
Thank you very much to David for supporting us in holding the fundraiser.
Many thanks to Nicky and the office staff for helping us to organise the day and special thanks to Melody's New World for donating all the rolls and the Mad Butcher for assisting with the frankfurters.
All your support is much appreciated!
Kylee and Gracie

From the office

posted 25 May 2016, 15:20 by Russell Street School Office


If your child is sick or unable to attend school for all or part of the day, please phone the school office by 9.00 a.m. so that your child’s absence can be accounted for.  This is most important to alleviate any concerns about your child’s whereabouts.  If no communication has been received from parents then a member of the office staff will contact you by telephone. Please note, we only accept this information from parents and for that reason we do not accept texts.


If an absence is planned for a special reason, a note or telephone call to the school in advance is appreciated.  In cases of prolonged absence, prior warning can enable work to be set or the dates of special class events changed.


Raincoats for everyone!

posted 25 May 2016, 01:12 by Joy Kitt

Just a heads up....I was in Pak'n'save this evening and they had children's raincoats for sale in their foyer for $5 each. There were several colours and two styles - a proper raincoat and capes that do up at the front and have a hood. With the weather deterioating at the moment this could be a useful addition to the school bag!

Matariki Concert / Hangi

posted 24 May 2016, 22:53 by Rosie Parker

Kia Ora e te Whānau,

This term the Junior and Senior Kapa Haka are having a Matariki Concert and a Hangi on the 24th June 2016 to celebrate Matariki – The Māori New Year! The concert will act as a dress rehearsal for both the Junior and Senior Kapa Haka groups before they head off to the Regent for Pae Tamariki on Monday 27th / Tuesday 28th June 2016. During this evening we will also have a hangi. Hangi tickets will be available to families  from Week 5 Monday 30th May. So please check your child’s bag. Hangi tickets will be $10 for meat and vegetables and $5 for a vegetarian option. Thank you to everyone who has said they can come and help but we are still in need of helpers. If you can help with preparing the hangi pit and cooking the hangi on Friday 24th June 2016 or help with preparing the food from 11.30 in Poutokomanawa on Thursday 23rd June 2016. Please let Rosie know by either visiting Poutokomanawa or emailing her at

Ngā Mihi,

Rosie and Nic


School Closed for Teacher Only Days

posted 23 May 2016, 17:21 by David Reardon

Please note that school is closed on Thursday and Friday, June 2/3 (as well as Queen's Birthday on Monday, June 6).  It is closed on the Thursday and Friday enabling staff to carry out a professional development tour of Hawkes Bay Schools. 
Kelly Club has advised that they will be running sessions on the Teacher Only Days. Please email for bookings or go to their website

X-Country Letter

posted 22 May 2016, 20:30 by Troy Duckworth   [ updated 23 May 2016, 17:25 by David Reardon ]

The Ranginui team and Stephen's whanau all should have received a letter today informing them about the X-Country on this Thursday. The course that we will be running is on the letter but because it was printed in black and white it was hard to see so I have attached the colour copy here. 

Coaches Clinic

posted 21 May 2016, 02:39 by Troy Duckworth

Do you coach a sport and would love some fresh ideas to bring to your team?
Do you want to coach a sport, but don't feel you have the knowledge or skills?
You may be interested in a Coaches Clinic that Sport Manawatu are running at our school from 3.30-4.45pm on Wednesday 1st June in the staffroom.
Jason and Shaun are very experienced in the area of coaching and are very happy to share their pearls of wisdom with you.
If you would like to attend, please email

Measles -Being Prepared as a School

posted 19 May 2016, 15:21 by David Reardon   [ updated 19 May 2016, 15:34 ]

Several outbreaks across the country have brought to my attention how prepared we might be as a community and school, should this affect the Manawatu region and in particular our school. Usually on enrolment at age five, families provide details of whether their child has been fully vaccinated or not. A summary of our information held on the database shows that there is a considerable number of children for whom we don't have this information. To assist and prepare, we are sending home confirmation of the records we hold on your child/ren. Should these be incorrect or incomplete, you will need to provide the usual proof (Immunisation Certificate issued by GP or similar) before we can adjust any records.
Measles is highly contagious and easily preventable. It affects both adults and children. The Ministry of Health has a very useful page with information about symptoms, prevention and resources available. 
It would be appropriate right now to check with your Doctor whether you and your family have been fully immunised against measles -especially if you are travelling overseas or were born after 1968.
This video is from the Ministry of Health website.

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