Thursday Notice Board

Parking (Letter to Neighbours)

posted 27 Aug 2016, 16:18 by David Reardon

Good morning everyone,
After sending this letter out to our closest neighbours I thought it was worth posting it, so everyone is aware.....

Dear Immediate Neighbours of Russell Street School,

We understand that the local council has been engaging you all in consultation around parking/congestion solutions for this area.  Recently, we too, initiated discussion with them.

We’re very keen to see some progress towards alleviating the current problems, both for you and for anyone else that needs shorter term parking at any time in this residential area.  

Since the parking changes for employees of Mid Central Health were introduced, parents of the school have become increasingly frustrated by the very limited parking available to them, mostly at the end of the school day.  During school hours, all of Tyndall Street is full and both Florence Ave and Rongopai St (from Russell Street to Heretaunga Street) have very limited parking, if any at all.

As a result, many of you will know that families frequently park or stop illegally, use your drives as ‘drop-off’ spaces, park on berms, double-park or just block the street up!  All of these practices are dangerous and/or illegal and not surprisingly, darn right annoying for you all.

To be clear, our school community generally support children walking, scootering or riding their bike to school, and indeed many of them do, even in the rain. We simply see that there has been a complete change in parking, congestion and driver behaviour, since Mid Central Health changed their parking arrangements. This neighbourhood has become a long-term parking lot!

We are looking forward to the council taking swift, decisive action to remedy this problem and urge you all to make your thoughts known to them as well.

We value the positive relationship we have with you all - many of you have supported the school for years and years, and in some cases foiled burglary attempts.  My hope is that we can have influence together to find a solution that is amicable to all.

Yours faithfully,
David Reardon


We have just been advised by a neighbour that there is to be an extension of the yellow lines on this end of Matamau Street!  Please note-  the school has not been engaged in this decision making either.

Community News....

posted 25 Aug 2016, 17:44 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated ]

Ignite Kids Outside School - Holiday Program.

Ignite Kids is new to the heart of Palmerston North City.  It is a Christian base service that helps children to inspire, ignite and become an innovator through our amazing, fun program that includes dance, arts, performing arts, cultural arts and more.

Our Holiday Program will operate from, Monday 26th, September.
After School program term 4:  Monday 10th October.

For more information contact Chontae Taingahue 0204-112-1464 or

Highland Home Christian Camp.....
Autumn Kids Camp 9 to 12 years
Theme - Deep Sea
Sunday 25 to Thursday 29 Oct 2016
Arrive 5pm (including tea) Depart Thurs 1:30pm
Early Bird price $165 – after 16 Sep $185
OSCAR funding available
Contact Jan 063294716 or

Junior Kids Camp 6 to 8 years (boys limited, girls needed!)
Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 October 2016
Arrive Mon 10am – Depart Wed 3pm
Early bird $95 - after 23 Sep $115
Contact Jan 06 3294716 or 

Northern Cluster Performing Arts Festival

posted 25 Aug 2016, 15:56 by Nic Mason   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 21:36 ]

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Kia ora, 29/08/16

Every two years the Northern Cluster organises a Performing Arts Festival showcasing the talented performers from around the Manawatū!  The Northern Cluster includes schools such as  Roslyn, Ross and Winchester. Your child was selected to be one of the Russell Street School performers from either Kapa Haka or the school band.  There will be one performance on Wednesday the 14th September.  The performance is held at the Regent Theatre from 7pm. We need some adult assistance during these performances to help us get children into costumes, move instruments on and off stage etc, so if you can help please let me know via email.  

You will be able to purchase ticket programmes from the office, please see the TNB for details around this.  They will be $4 per ticket. Tickets are limited so be in early.

If there are any other questions please feel free to contact me at



Important Notice: Teacher Union Meeting

posted 24 Aug 2016, 16:51 by James Rea   [ updated 24 Aug 2016, 16:54 ]

The school has been advised by the NZEI Te Riu Roa that it is holding a Paid Union Meeting for teachers at 1.30, Wednesday, September 14.Accordingly, almost all of the school’s staff (teachers and support staff) will be unavailable after 1.00 pm on that date.

NZEI is the union that represents primary teachers, primary principals and support staff.  Under the Employment Relations Act, paid union meetings are a legal entitlement to discuss union business. Please see full post linked here.

From the Principal.....

posted 24 Aug 2016, 16:39 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 25 Aug 2016, 12:21 by David Reardon ]

There continues to be lots of exciting successes and developments to reflect on. The ICAS Science results were stunning! Well done all.

Earlier this week, we met with Shiree and Jason, regarding the development of the scooter park.  This plan is very exciting -we can't wait! Now that the field has had some drying out time, you can expect to see some truckloads of dirt piling up in preparation for the shaping/contour of the park. Shiree and Jason have taken leave from their regular jobs to lead a small team in the construction phase of the project in the first week of the upcoming break (From September 26). They need a team of helpers, preferably with some experience with concreting/boxing throughout that week, for half days/whole days or whatever can be managed. Is this you? Please let the office know directly.  Thanks.

School resourcing is certainly in the media right now as the Government undertakes its review. Please note in my column last week the information about paid union meetings to be held on Wednesday, September 14. 'Normal school' will end on this day at 1.00. 

Going home today with the eldest in each family is a letter outlining how schools are currently funded.  This does not include the teaching staffing component, which is allocated according to a formula determined by number of children at respective age levels. The letter about funding describes the various sources of funding and the importance of locally raised funds in meeting our expectations of a high quality education for all. 

A big congratulations to the Supporters' Club team who ran a very professional, highly enjoyable Quiz Night last Saturday.  The profit from this event is going directly into the upgrade of sound and projection gear in the hall, something that is well overdue.

Warm regards to you all,

NZ Navy Band Performance

posted 24 Aug 2016, 15:30 by James Rea   [ updated 24 Aug 2016, 15:43 by Elly Warnock ]

We have secured a limited number of seats to attend the NZ Navy Band performing at the Speirs Centre.This will include most classes but for seating reasons not all, a letter will have been sent home today with the students involved. The show will be at 1pm on Thursday September 1st and we will travel by bus.   

The show ‘Commander Claire and the Pirates of Provence’ follows a storyline where New Zealand is under attack from the infamous French Pirate Captain Langlois and his fiendish Gallic rooster Napoleon. From the Hauraki Gulf to Foveaux Strait, nowhere is safe from his piratical plundering. When all else fails New Zealand turns to the Royal New Zealand Navy and the courageous Commander Claire to lead the resistance against the feisty French marauder and what she uncovers could change the course of New Zealand history forever!

This fast-paced (50 minute), funny show has lots of audience participation, puppetry, songs and over-the-shoulder cardboard ships.

The performance is free and bus costs have been met by the activity fee. If you have not yet paid this term’s activity fee we would appreciate this as soon as possible.

Supporters' Club......

posted 24 Aug 2016, 15:20 by Russell Street School Office

Thank you to everyone that supported the RSS Quiz night. We raised $1767.00 which will go towards a new sound system for the hall.  A big thank you to the families and businesses  that donated prizes.

A reminder that all chocolate money or chocolates need to returned by this Friday 26th. Thank you to everyone that has returned them already.

Ross Intermediate in 2017?

posted 24 Aug 2016, 15:19 by Elly Warnock

Daffodil Day Friday 26th

posted 24 Aug 2016, 15:04 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 24 Aug 2016, 15:06 ]

Russell Street School supports Daffodil Day by selling silk flowers for a gold coin donation, from the office foyer this Friday the 26th August. 

New Opportunity -RSS Harriers Club!

posted 22 Aug 2016, 17:32 by David Reardon   [ updated 22 Aug 2016, 17:36 ]

Dear Parents

We would like to announce the new RSS Harriers Club which is to commence in the 4th term.

Encouraged by the awesome cross country efforts of the children last term, where they built up their endurance and determination to complete the course, it seemed there was an opportunity to build on what they had already achieved.

This is in no way designed to be a competition, but a way where each individual can monitor their own progress through setting targets and aiming to achieve them. Each week they will be encouraged to better their time, even by a small amount.  There are to be junior and senior distances available.

The benefits of distance running are of course the obvious fitness results, but also the confidence that comes from achieving and self-development from seeing the growth in personal best times.

Even if your child is not a natural runner, it may be because they’ve never really had the opportunity to try, so we would like to encourage your child to come and give it a go with us.

Copies of this letter, including a registration part, are being sent out this week. Click here for an electronic copy.


Shiree Arnold, Catherine Lee and Bella Ives

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