Thursday Notice Board

One Day School 2016

posted by David Reardon

As a result of our Gifted and Talented review I am delighted to advise that gifted and talented education will continue to be a priority for the school.  We will continue to employ Suzanne Smith in the part-time role of G/T Facilitator.  Suzanne’s role is to lead the school in this area, with a focus on identification, assessment, monitoring and most importantly supporting teachers to differentiate their programmes to more effectively meet the needs of your children. There are also times when Suzanne takes special programmes.

Part of the review has led to a change for 2016.  We have decided that we will not run a one-day school programme. This decision was made for several reasons:

  • Feedback from parents was positive about the current programme but some saw cost as a barrier in 2016.

  • Some parents have commented that their child would already benefit from the Poutama environment where there is a high level of agency and personalisation. As a result parents would probably choose not to pursue the one-day option. It was also recognised that Suzanne already does an additional day per week in this flexible learning space.

  • Suzanne herself has a very full programme/set of commitments.

  • The cohort of students that have been participating will be lower in 2016.

Naturally this decision will be disappointing to some.  It isn’t a decision we have made lightly.

This, of course, could be an opportunity for you/your child to consider developing another talent or interest such as learning to play an instrument, taking drama or dance classes (or similar), either within the school, or outside.

Please do talk to Suzanne about this!

Warm regards

End of year senior trip

posted 27 Nov 2015, 17:48 by Nic Mason   [ updated 27 Nov 2015, 17:49 ]

November 28, 2015 Letter 2

Kia Ora Koutou,

A reminder that we will be visiting the Lido Aquatic Centre for an “End-of-Year-Big-Splash-Fun-Day” on Tuesday 8th December 2015. We are looking forward to this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful learning that has occurred across the senior team this year and thank the students for the leadership responsibilities that they have been part of.

Parents, whānau are you able to do a couple of things?

  1. Make sure your child’s Activity Fee is all up-to-date.  Or see the Office Team to make arrangements.

  2. Provide parent help for our “End-of-Year-Big-Splash-Fun-Day?” Classes will need 5 parents each to meet the 1:6 required ratio for safe supervision around water.  This is in addition to the regular trained Lido staff.

We still require at least 3 helpers per class!  Please fill in and return the slip if you are able to help out on the day.

Quick Info: When: Tuesday 8th December 2015, 9:30am-1:30pm.

Where: The Lido, Park Road

Who: Russell Street School Ranginui Team, Years 4 - 6.

Ngā mihi nui,

The Senior School Team @ RSS

From the Principal........

posted 25 Nov 2015, 14:59 by Russell Street School Office

Tena koutou nga matua

Greetings to all Parents,

I am delighted to be able to outline the very exciting organisation for 2016, as attached and also sent home in paper form today. This is the next stage of a series of complex and very important decisions around class placement and planning for the new year ahead.

You will notice that, after a very successful first two years, we have kept the more senior students together (in Poutama), the middle school in the Monarch block and all of the junior students in the main block. Your feedback has been helpful in making this decision. Please note we are very committed to ensuring our ‘buddy class’ culture remains a feature of the school and will continue to explicitly plan for this in 2016, despite classes not being next to each other, as in earlier years.

Numbers and more importantly numbers of children at each level influences organisation! While our school roll will once again be full, we have allowed for the likelihood that some families might leave between now and the start of the year, giving us a little bit of flexibility.  It is important to warn, however, that if there are significant changes (e.g. five more students all arriving at one particular age level) then we may have to make adjustments prior to the start of the new school year.

Russell Street School is part of a forward-thinking, optimistic, inclusive community.  It is very exciting to see Poutokomanawa (our Maori Enhancement Class) continuing on.

We welcome your involvement in the process of determining the best placement for your child’s learning.  In recent years a small number have taken the opportunity to put in writing any reasonable requests they had. If you have a request please put your request in writing to the office or email directly at  ( by this coming Tuesday lunchtime. Please note that all year 5/6 students in Poutama will be placed in a whanau group, with a whanau group teacher who will be directly responsible for your child’s learning progress and as point of contact for all communication.  

I am proud to lead such a formidable staff.  Each and every staff member brings their own qualifications, strengths and opportunities to their role with passion, intelligence and commitment.

Warm regards to you all,

David Reardon

Guidelines for Class Placement

From the Office.........

posted 25 Nov 2015, 13:23 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 14:53 ]

We are currently working through our pre-enrolment procedure and organisation for next year. It would be helpful to know if anyone is intending to leave/relocate etc. Also if there are any new enrolments, could you please let the office know by phoning 3586671 or email

If your child is going to be absent from school please phone and leave a message on the Absentee Line. If you child comes late to school, please get them to call in to the office to let us know so we can mark them on the roll. Thank you

You are warmly invited to our end of the year Parent Helper Morning Tea on Wednesday the 9th of December at 11.00 am
This is a chance for us to say a big "Thank you"
Please let Ag or Rachelle know if you are able to come

If anyone is interested in delivering the end of year newsletter around our school zone please let the office know. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you

Sports News...........

posted 25 Nov 2015, 12:49 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 12:56 ]

Harriers Hockey
A great game by all the team even though we had another loss. Player of the day was Jhaz for her great play.
Hawks Hockey
A tough game for our team against a skillful opposition. The team showed great resilience and never stopped trying to win the ball.
Player of the day went to Grace - fantastic effort in goal keeping!
Summer Soccer
Bullets player of the day was Siena Bovey who showed great enthusiasm throughout the game and tried really hard at Goalie.

Fireballs player of the day was Joe Stevenson for his efforts across the pitch.

Rockets player of the day was Rosie Gowan who is starting to get herself involved more and more every game!

Gunners player of the day was Sam Ross who hassled the opposition the entire game!

Sportsperson of the Year

posted 25 Nov 2015, 10:41 by Elly Warnock

Dear Parents of our 2015 Year 5/6 Students,

As we look towards the end of the year, we are reminded of the outstanding contributions that your children have made to the Russell Street School community.  At Graduation, we have the privilege of awarding one Year 5 or 6 student as the Sportsperson of the Year.  We invite students, teachers, coaches or parents to nominate people for this award.  These nomination sheets will be used to help inform the panel who will award the trophy.  Please complete the attached form and hand it in to the office no later than Friday 4th December, adding extra detail where you feel necessary. The criteria for this award are in the covering letter.

Raffle for a Ride This Friday

posted 24 Nov 2015, 17:25 by James Rea   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 01:05 ]

Congratulation to the children who were drawn to receive a special ride to school this Friday. We look forward to seeing the assembling of all the vehicles at 9am on the school field. If you would like to watch, we suggest watching from the room 9, 10 deck or waiting on the flat area between room 10 and 11. 

Calling For Camp Parents

posted 24 Nov 2015, 12:11 by James Rea   [ updated 29 Nov 2015, 11:43 ]

Another reminder that we will be taking our Year 5 and 6 students to El Rancho Camp in Waikanae for our biannual camp in 2016.  We will be leaving for camp on Tuesday 8th March and returning on Friday 11th March. An information evening was held on Tuesday 10th November and letter was sent home that week.

Camp parent applications, to be considered as a camp parent, need to be handed in by Friday 4th December.

Sports Equipment for Us!

posted 23 Nov 2015, 15:21 by David Reardon   [ updated 25 Nov 2015, 13:33 by Russell Street School Office ]

Each year iPlex Pipelines runs a charity golf tournament with funds raised returned to the community. For this year's charity iPlex has chosen to supply sports equipment to local schools.  Thanks to Liam's nana (Jackie Wix) we were one of the very lucky recipients. Thanks Jackie, Liam and iPlex!! This cool gear and will further our sporting activity!

Use of our Driveway!

posted 23 Nov 2015, 15:01 by David Reardon   [ updated 23 Nov 2015, 15:16 ]

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE In the interests of safety we ask that parents NOT use the drive at all between the hours of 8.30 -3.30.  Not even for a one-off pickup on a wet Friday afternoon! While we have not had any serious incident/accident, we certainly don't want one now or in the future.

The Board of Trustees have allocated some funding in 2016 for reclaiming some of the garden beside the pool (including widening of the path) which we believe will assist with congestion, but this alone will not reduce any risk of accident. 

This requires everyone's cooperation.  Thanks.

Please also note that the Board of Trustees will be discussing this further at its December meeting.  In the meantime, we will be shutting the gate when the road patrol  are on duty (which is the time students are predominately entering or exiting the school).

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