Thursday Notice Board

Gala College St Normal

posted 16 Nov 2017, 13:45 by Russell Street School Office

“The College Street Normal School Spring Gala: a day of games, prizes and sweet treats for the whole family. Shop at the arts and craft market and quality goods stalls for bargains and Christmas gifts while enjoying live entertainment and grazing the food court of multicultural cuisine stalls. Come and join in the fun on Sunday 26 November at 11am – 3pm!


Office .......

posted 15 Nov 2017, 17:29 by Russell Street School Office

2018 Student Leadership Announcements

posted 15 Nov 2017, 17:22 by Nic Mason

Kia ora koutou, 

after much deliberation and discussion we have come to a decision about our 2018 Road Patrol leaders, our School Ambassadors and our House Leaders. 

It has been a rewarding process highlighting just how incredible our young leaders are! But this also highlights that there will be some people who miss out. Please help us support these people during this. 

We will be announcing these at our Sport's Assembly on Friday the 24th November. See you at our Sport's Assembly from 2pm. 

Ngā mihi



Supporters' Club....

posted 15 Nov 2017, 17:19 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 17:24 ]

Final Supporters' Club Meeting for 2017 will be held on the Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the staff room all welcome.

Raffle for a ride, Friday the 24th November vehicles will be arriving at 9.00am

Willard Home Gala Day

posted 15 Nov 2017, 17:17 by Russell Street School Office

School Organisation - Class Placement 2018

posted 15 Nov 2017, 16:31 by James Rea   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 17:13 by Elly Warnock ]

Kia ora Koutou,

As a Leadership Team we have been involved in consulting, planning and decision making regarding  opportunities for 2018. We are looking at maximising staff and environment strengths to best meet the needs of our learners. You might notice some changes. But be assured, these have been well placed for the future direction of our kaupapa (vision).

One of the most significant changes is shifting the Jean Wilkinson Library Hub to the location of Room 11 (currently Poutokomanawa). There are many reasons for this: growing Poutokomanawa, maximising the outdoor play area for our newest learners, enabling a kitchen area for the new Library to name a few.

Due to our final appointments for next year not being finalised, information about which staff are working where is not yet available.  We will have this information when class placements are sent out with reports in the final week.

The class spaces we plan to have next year are as follows:  

As in previous years we welcome your involvement in the process in determining the best placement for your child’s learning. In previous years a small number of parents have taken the opportunity to put in writing any reasonable request regarding year grouping or friendships. If you have a request please put it in writing or email to the office ( ) by 3pm Friday November 24th.

Please read the class placement guide which helps inform the staff as we organise the lists. A large amount of time and thought goes into this important process.

From the Principal...

posted 15 Nov 2017, 16:30 by Nick Rate

Kia ora koutou, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
Warm greetings to you all.

In this pānui I would like to take the opportunity to update you on some further staffing changes for 2018.

Firstly congratulations to James who has been appointed to the position of Principal at Mt Biggs School. Well deserved and a huge congratulations to him! I know that he will be amazing for the school and it will be a great step in his career. He will finish up at the end of the year ready to jump into his new role in 2018. As we close out the year, there will be plenty of time to recognise and celebrate the substantial impact that James has had at Russell St. An official thanks and farewell will take place at our final assembly on December 15.

We have also recently made 2 appointments for teaching staff for 2018. 

We are super pleased to let you know that Eileen, currently teaching part time in Room 8 Illuminate, will be full time next year. Eileen is also a parent of our school and it is exciting to know we have her expertise as a teacher in a full time capacity.

We have also appointed Stephanie McPhail as a teacher for next year. Stephanie is currently teaching at Island Bay School in Wellington and will bring with her a rich array of experiences and knowledge to compliment what we do here at Russell St School.

I am really confident that these two teachers will further enhance the great place our school is to be a part of.

Finally, we are in the process of finding replacements for both Elly and James. This process will come to a conclusion in about 2 weeks time. These are very clearly two key appointments to make for the school and as such and you can be assured that the appointments panel makes sure that the successful applicants will be of the highest calibre and continue the great legacy that James and Elly have left behind.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Year 6 Graduation

posted 15 Nov 2017, 14:54 by James Rea   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 14:57 ]

WOW the end of the year is fast approaching and it is time to farewell our year 6 group of children. 

On Wednesday December the 13th we will be holding a special graduation assembly (Poroporoaki) to celebrate the significant, positive contribution our Year 6 students have made to Russell Street School and the fantastic year of learning we have all shared.

The special assembly will begin at 1pm and be held in the Palmerston North Boys’ High School hall. Following the assembly we will be having a shared afternoon tea for the Year 6 students and parents and adults involved in supporting the education of our students. If families of year 6 students could please bring a plate of finger food to share it would be appreciated There will be tables set up in the Boys’ High hall for you to put your plates on when you arrive. You are welcome to take your child directly from Boys’ High at the conclusion of the afternoon tea.

Camp 2018

posted 15 Nov 2017, 14:43 by James Rea

A further reminder for parents of our 2018 year 5 and 6 students that it is a camp year. We have booked camp at El Rancho in Waikanae for the 13-16 March. Camp Parent Applications will be selected this year to allow time for leave and complete the documentation needed. Below is a slide of information shared about camp. 

Ranginui Wonder trip and family barbecue 2017

posted 15 Nov 2017, 14:38 by Nic Mason

The senior classes have been reading the book Wonder and basing much of our learning around the themes the story explores, we intend to go and see the movie! Then we thought we could celebrate with a picnic, play and a swim at Memorial Park afterwards to burn off some energy.

What: Movies and picnic at Memorial Park

When: Tuesday 5th December 9:15am - 2:30pm

Where: RSS to Downtown Cinemas (9:15am) to Memorial Park (11:15am) to RSS (2:15pm).

Who: me, you and everybody!

How: by bus

Please return the slip and return it to school ASAP. If you misplace the slip you can download and print here.

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