Thursday Notice Board

Congratulations Mike

posted by David Reardon   [ updated ]

Congratulations to Mike S, from Poutama, who has recently achieved the award of high distinction in his Trinity College London Grade 2 Piano exam.  And right on the tail, he has also won a table tennis trophy for his achievements in this great game.  For those of you that know Mike, you'll know that his achievements come from dedication, practice and determination. This young man has many fine qualities and it gives me pleasure to further acknowledge his success.

Community News.....

posted 30 Nov 2016, 17:22 by Russell Street School Office

Saturday 10th December 'Have a Recycled Christmas'
10am - 3.30pm at Te Manawa Museum
Sunday 11th December 'Willow Wreath Making
10.30am - 3.30pm  Outside Downtown Cinemas on Broadway, Palmerston North

Kelly Club Holiday Info ...

posted 30 Nov 2016, 16:59 by David Reardon   [ updated 30 Nov 2016, 17:02 ]

Details of all their exciting holiday programmes available on their website or click here:

From the Principal....

posted 30 Nov 2016, 13:54 by Russell Street School Office

Please note that in an earlier news item we have advised the staffing and organisation for 2017.  Any reasonable requests for class placement must be put in writing by the end of Monday, Dec 5.  Thanks

It was the usual lunchtime duty for me earlier this week.  A bit windier, but enjoyable all the same. My mind wandered to the charter chats we are currently having and also to the Nathan Wallis parent evening that many of you attended recently.  In line with these, I scanned the playground to get a sense of the importance of play, activity and sport –not only for the physical benefits but also the place it plays in socialization.  You won’t be surprised that there were probably 60+ different activities, with varying group sizes. Children were skipping; cycling; playing soccer; kicking goals; maneuvering through the fitness circuit; making chalk drawings; observing and chatting to the chooks; throwing a frisbee; scootering on the new track; playing cricket, tennis, or tag; climbing trees and cycle mountain; shooting goals; playing two man handball;  sketching while listening to the school radio station; dancing; gardening; sliding, swinging, and playing on the front playground; making up their own creative game on the ‘bridge playground’; and so much more.  It was a real pleasure being on duty and seeing children practice being part of a group, negotiating, taking turns, leading their own play and in many cases challenging themselves physically –all brought about by the environment and its design. Your children routinely demonstrate kotahitanga (unity and togetherness) and whakawhanaungatanga (relationships, getting along together).

From the Office...

posted 30 Nov 2016, 13:46 by Russell Street School Office

Reminder: Parent/Caregiver helper morning tea Thursday 8th December at 11.00am in the staffroom please ring the office if you are able to come we would love you to join us.

Activity Fees for term four need are now due.  Juniors will visiting the steam train and then going to the Makino pools on the 6th December. Seniors will be going to the Lido on the 15th December. 

Dean McKerras School of Dance.....

posted 30 Nov 2016, 13:22 by Russell Street School Office

Sports News.....

posted 30 Nov 2016, 13:17 by Russell Street School Office

As the end of the term is approaching some dates to remember for the end of sports are as follows:
Summer Hockey- finished this week and begins again in Term 1, 2017.
Summer Soccer- finishes on the 14th of December.
Teeball- finishes on the 10th of December and begins again in Term 1, 2017.
Flipperball- finishes on the 14th of December.
Cricket- A & B Grade finishes on the 10th of December and begins again in Term 1, 2017.
Cricket- C Grade finishes on the 6th of December and begins again in Term 1, 2017.
Cricket- Gold Grade finishes on the 6th of December.
Touch Rugby- finished last week and begins again in Term 1, 2017. 

Please hold onto uniforms for next season unless you are leaving school. If you are in Summer Soccer you don't need them next year as it is only played this term, however given that school ends on the 16th, they can be returned in the New Year.

Organisation for 2017

posted 28 Nov 2016, 13:18 by David Reardon

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I am delighted to outline the organisation for 2017.  This is the next stage of a series of complex and very important decisions around class placement and planning for the new year ahead.

First up I’d like to welcome Samantha Morfey to our teaching team.  Samantha is joining us from Somerset Crescent School, after several years teaching there.  Samantha has strengths in literacy, numeracy, elearning, collaborative teaching and working with diverse students.  Very recently she has been leading the sector in mathematical communities of inquiry –a very strong fit with our own recent developments in this important area. Her background and own professional learning make her a wonderful addition to the team.

2017’s organisation has been shaped and influenced by a number of factors, including but not limited to: 

Raffle for a Ride post from Manawatu Standard

posted 25 Nov 2016, 14:40 by James Rea   [ updated 27 Nov 2016, 12:21 ]

Sirens, lights and V8 roars at school gates for Russell Street School fundraiser


Last updated 17:08, November 25 2016

Miko Owen, 11, climbs down from a Kubuto tractor.
David Unwin/Fairfax NZ.

Miko Owen, 11, climbs down from a Kubuto tractor.

Muscle cars, convertibles and rescue vehicles came to Russell Street School for a unique fundraiser that thrilled the kids. 

Pupils bought tickets to win a trip to school in a fun vehicle, and 28 cool rides were pulled into service to drop 33 kids off in style at the central Palmerston North school on Friday morning. 

Among the collection were muscle cars, convertibles, race cars, and emergency services vehicles, including an ambulance, fire truck, and several police vehicles. 

Aishling Brown, 9 and Katelyn Cody, 9 in a 1965 Ford Mustang.
David Unwin/Fairfax NZ.

Aishling Brown, 9 and Katelyn Cody, 9 in a 1965 Ford Mustang.

The event has been run for several years to support the school Supporters' Club projects, parent organiser Debbie Woodroofe​ said. 

"The first year the kids asked us to run it the next year, so we just kept doing it. They are quite excited about it every year, and every year we get an awesome response from the community." 

This year the Police New Holland tractor with patrol car markings stole the show, with kids admiring the combination of lights, sirens and huge wheels. 

Russell Street School students arrive at school in all kinds of vehicles.
David Unwin/Fairfax NZ.

Russell Street School students arrive at school in all kinds of vehicles.

Angus Mackintosh, 10, rode to school in a Toyota 86 sports car. "It was really cool, it was a lot flasher [than other cars] and went a bit faster, and was lower.

"It sounded like a race car, and already I liked looking at race cars, but I'm more interested now." 

Miko Owen, 11, was thrilled with his ride in a big red tractor. 

"I always wanted to go in a tractor because they are very big and cool. We were touching the trees. It's got 107hp, and it was really, really loud." 

"There are really fast cars everywhere, and I saw a Porsche-Ferrari." 

Sophie Probert​, 5, rode to school with a friend in the front seat of an ambulance. 

"I put the sirens on. It was fun. I'd like to drive an ambulance when I get older. I'd like to rescue people."

Thanks to all the friends of the school who brought along their vehicles to share with the children. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Missing Scooter

posted 24 Nov 2016, 17:10 by James Rea

Last Thursday a scooter was left overnight in our scooter-cage and unfortunately our camera's have not picked up its removal. It is a Black MGP and was only a few weeks old. If you have any information about it please come to the office or email 

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