Thursday Notice Board

Looking for Piano Lessons in 2017?

posted 11 Jan 2017, 19:23 by Elly Warnock

Dean McKerras School of Dance.....

posted 14 Dec 2016, 17:34 by Russell Street School Office

The Dean Mckerras School of Dance holiday programme is back by popular request! Dean and his senior students who are fundraising for their LA Tour 2017 will run this relaxed and fun day on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd December, 9-4pm each day- new programme daily and the cost is just $30 per day per child. Book now by emailing us Or text Dean on 0272850284. All welcome! J


Wishing you all the very best for the Christmas and a fantastic 2017!

Dean Mckerras

Director / Choreographer of A Chorus Line

for Arohanui Hospice 19-13 April 2017


Creator & Director DanceNZmade

Director Dean Mckerras School of Dance


Pool Keys

posted 8 Dec 2016, 11:18 by David Reardon   [ updated 8 Dec 2016, 11:22 ]

We are delighted to advise that pool keys will be available to the school community effective immediately.  The pool will be available until the weather lasts, hopefully till the end of term, at a cost of $50 ($15 of this is a key bond, refunded when the key is returned). To get a key, you MUST see the office team and make payment directly. We are not able to take phone reserves sorry. Please note there are strict rules and responsibilities around being a keyholder.  You will be required to sign an agreement indicating you will abide by these rules at all times and you must attend one of the following pool key holder's 'risk and agreement' meetings: Tuesday, Dec 13 at 5.00 pm or Wednesday, December 14 at 3.15 pm. You will need to be thoroughly conversant with all of the rules, so please read everything carefully before signing. Please also note that this opportunity is for the school community and is intended to be a family friendly occasion. A copy of the agreement and rules are linked below:

Agreement                                            Rules

School Ends 1pm Friday Dec 16th

posted 8 Dec 2016, 10:41 by James Rea   [ updated 8 Dec 2016, 11:23 by David Reardon ]

A reminder that school will end at 1pm following our final assembly next Friday. If you would like to come along to the assembly we will be beginning a little before 12pm.

From the Principal....

posted 7 Dec 2016, 14:52 by Russell Street School Office

We’re six years into national standards now. It has become embedded in the sector. Many of this year’s year sixes started school when NS were first rolled out! We’ve done a lot of work and learned a lot over those six years.

Despite NS coming of age, there are still variations about how national standards are reported.  One of these matters came to light at the start of this year and just recently I had another parent asking about it, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explain.

The standards, for year 1-8, set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing, and mathematics in the first eight years at school. The anomaly that exists is that some schools report to parents on where a child is achieving early in the year, against a national standard that is meant for the end of the year! In other words, almost a whole year before they should be meeting it.

(fictitious example –a year 4 student joined us in March and assessment information provided showed that the child was ‘below standard’ for the year 5 maths standard, despite this child having a report from the end of the previous year that showed he was ‘at standard’, for the end of year 4 standard. Clearly this child has another ten months of learning before being formally re-assessed against the year 5 standard)

Guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education state (from :

·       At mid-year teachers should not report against the end of year standard. They should state if students are on track to meet the appropriate year’s standard.

This is how most schools manage it, including Russell Street.

I hope this helps you all.  In effect, if we were reporting in February, about your child in his/her next year’s year group, many/most of your children would be a band lower (at standard instead of above, and below standard instead of at) as they have just clicked over into a new classification, without having done any of 2017s learning!


Warm regards to you all,




posted 7 Dec 2016, 13:44 by Elly Warnock   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 13:53 ]

On Wednesday December the 14th we will be holding a special graduation/prizegiving assembly (Poroporoaki). Although this assembly is primarily to celebrate the significant, positive contribution our Year 6 students have made to Russell Street School, there are other awards (Axcell Cup, Performing Arts Awards) that are presented to students outside of Year 6.

The special assembly will begin at 1pm and will be held in the Palmerston North Boys' High School hall. Come along and help us celebrate the wonderful year of learning that 2016 has been.

Palmerston North Boys' High have asked that we DO NOT park in the Mitre 10 carpark. Instead, parking may be available on the field (weather dependent). Feel free to drive in the front entrance and onto the field adjacent to Featherston Street.

All students in Year 1 - 5 will walk back to Russell Street School at the conclusion of the assembly. Year 6 students will stay to share in an afternoon tea with their friends and parents. (Parents of Year 6's - please bring a plate to share). You are invited to take your Year 6 child directly from Boys' High at the conclusion of the event.

We look forward to your attendance.

From the Office...

posted 7 Dec 2016, 13:24 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 8 Dec 2016, 11:23 by David Reardon ]

Please check the lost property we have a lot of clothes that haven't been collected yet.

Stationery packs will be sold on 27th of January 10am - 2.00pm. Payment can be made by cash,cheques,eftpos.

Rental Property wanted 3+bedroom in RSS Zone please phone Rachel 021 885 714

From the Supporters' Club....

posted 7 Dec 2016, 13:13 by Russell Street School Office

As the year draws to a close we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the people who have helped/volunteered for the Supporters Club with our numerous fundraising activities and big thank you to all the parents who supported those activites by buying a calender, selling chocolates, pies, hot x buns, coming to our quiz night or buying a sausage sizzle for their kids! We look forward to more adventures in 2017 and helping raise funds for our school and our kids community! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Flou7ish at work again

posted 7 Dec 2016, 01:48 by Joy Kitt   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 01:52 ]

My fantastic class has done a consistently great job of contributing to the school environment this year. 
Over the past couple of weeks we have been working hard to create a set of table and chairs for the new entrants to use. Perhaps you can see that they are cable reels? The children designed them and painted them. Meanwhile the rest of the class has been creating gardens in the tyres out by the harakeke, making perching posts for the handball court by recycling the old obstacle course posts, painting a seat and making a stage and curtains outside room 1,  and sorting out the chicken run and gardens. Flou7ish's legacy.

Maths Pedagogy Statement

posted 3 Dec 2016, 12:44 by David Reardon

Developed from a national and international 'Best Evidence Synthesis' programme, RSS staff has adopted the following statements around best teaching of maths. Indeed, there are very strong links with all learning areas.
We believe that mathematics education best occurs where the following are to the fore:
-An ethic of care;
-Arranging for Learning;
-Building on Students' Thinking;
-Worthwhile mathematical tasks;
-Making Connections;
-Assessment for Learning;
-Mathematical Communication;
-Mathematical Language;
-Tools and Representations;
-Teacher Knowledge.
Full document linked here.

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