Thursday Notice Board

Thank You All!

posted 14 Apr 2016, 15:25 by David Reardon

re-School Beautification Day

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Tena koutou nga matua,

The Board would like to extend a very big thanks for the tremendous support, expertise and effort, shared last weekend at our ‘School and Beautification Day’.  For us it was another very good example of the collective unity and spirit that we’ve come to know as being a feature of living in this part of town.  This is certainly a great place to raise your children!

We would like to thank parents/whanau/grandparents that rolled their sleeves up on the day; the many parents that kindly provided food for the workers; the Supporters’ Club team for their overall coordination of food, entertainment and general organisation; Ivan, our caretaker who carried out much of the preparation; and anyone else that loaned equipment or assisted in another way.

We particularly want to thank: Steve Whitten, a current (and longstanding) parent, who once again, provided at no cost, the machinery and labour, for all of the digging/earthworks and chipping. This alone made the work so achievable;  (Thanks too to Hireworks, the company Steve is associated with) and Hugh Paddison, a grandparent, who gave great advice, coordinated much of the work, and worked furiously at the frontline.  We can’t thank either of you enough.

Thanks too, to Melody’s New World and Export Meat Warehouse, for their valuable donations towards the sausage sizzle.  Both of these companies have previously supported our school and once again they were keen to help.

Soon you will notice some improvements to the front entrance and later, fenceline.  Our primary focus is on making the front entrance safe and more functional.  Naturally it is also a good time for us to make it more welcoming and inviting.  We are also currently working with the Ministry of Education to have the school fully secure/fenced (in the same way that early childhood centres are). This has a longer drawn out approval process, but once we have the ‘green light’ you will see this spring up quickly.  The Board, at this time, will also take the opportunity to improve the overall landscaping/look of the school frontage.

What a wonderful success the ‘School Family and Beautification Day’ was. And what a great message there was in having your own children join us, contributing to the improvement of their own school!

Warm regards to you all,

Naku noa, na

Cindy Irvine and Andrew Jamieson

Board of Trustees Co-Chairs

Community News.........

posted 13 Apr 2016, 18:00 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 13 Apr 2016, 18:58 ]

Make an Anzac Poppy

When: 10.00am – 3pm  Tuesday 19th April REACT base, Rangiwahia, Weds 20th Wild Things ex-florist by Focal Point, Friday 22nd Memorial Quadrant, Square Feilding, Saturday 23rd Feilding Library.

Come and make a Poppy, from willow & tissue paper,to add to a Community Wreath being presented in the Square Feilding, for Anzac Commemorations on the 25th.  Or keep and take to an Anzac ceremony. Personalisation with Remembrance name along petal edge encouraged.

Enquires to REACT 06 3282823


5th Anniversary of iBike4Kids – a fun event for kids who just love being out on their bikes

Sunday May 22, 2016. Victoria Esplanade, Palmerston North

Enter Online -

COST Only $15.00! All participants get a medal and a goody bag too!

Events Start at 10:00 am

All ages up to 15 years. If you can ride a bike, you can enter. Easy, medium and long courses and NEW for 2016 a ‘Balance bike – 3-5 year olds’ section on a shorter course, for only $10 (and they get a medal and goodie bag too).

T-SHIRTS available to order at time of entry

Loads of cool spot prizes up for grabs.

Schools participation prizes up for grabs.

More info at or

Have we got your correct address?

posted 13 Apr 2016, 12:40 by David Reardon

Earlier this term the office team sent home the summary information (contact details, address, phone etc) we have on our database, seeking any updates or confirmation that the details we hold are current and correct. For those that we did not get returns, we have re-sent these yesterday.
Getting this information correct is critically important, mostly so we can contact you in the case of an emergency. It is also very important that we have this right so you can vote in the upcoming board of trustees election. (If we don't have your correct mailing address, you will not receive voting papers!) The main roll closes Wednesday, May 4.
Please help us to get this updated asap.  Thanks

Sport News

posted 13 Apr 2016, 00:50 by Troy Duckworth   [ updated 13 Apr 2016, 12:26 by David Reardon ]

Summer Sport Prizegiving:

We welcome you all to attend this for the following codes; Soccer, Hockey, Touch, Teeball, Badminton and Flipperball. It will start at 2.30pm on Friday 15th April. Coaches please come along as we would love to thank you for your ongoing support.

Hockey Socks:

We now have a school socks for all hockey players. This is exciting news and means our teams will look even sharper! You can purchase these from the Office next term for $11 a pair. It is expected that by Week 3 all hockey players will be wearing the school socks. Please come and see us if you have any queries.

Sha and Troy.

Board of Trustees Elections -Have you got what it takes?

posted 11 Apr 2016, 12:47 by David Reardon   [ updated 13 Apr 2016, 12:25 ]

Have you got what it takes? Do you enjoy analysing data and strategic planning? Are you a team player and have good communication skills? Is raising student achievement important to you? If you have answered yes to any of these then you might be interested in the challenging and rewarding role as a Board of Trustees' member.

As a Trustee you have input into how the children at Russell Street School are educated, you will be able to consult with and represent the views of our school, students and community and you will have the opportunity to participate in Trustee Professional Development.

Board of Trustee elections take place this June and in preparation for this the current Board of Trustee members invite you to attend the next Board meeting at 5.30pm on the 4th of May in the staffroom. This will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the Boards work and any answer any other questions you may have over coffee and cake.

Please RSVP to or phone 3586671 if you are attending.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Cindy Irvine
Board of Trustees Co-Chairperson

From James.........

posted 6 Apr 2016, 19:27 by Russell Street School Office

Students Leading Learning
We have had significant postiive feedback from parents, students and teachers regarding student led conferences held this week. These conferences are a powerful opportunity for children to share their understandings, goals and celebrate success. Alongside the high quality daily teaching and learning where children are regularly thinking about the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be successful, it is important to stop and reflect on and celebrate success. These conferences are also developing ‘real life’ skills in presentation, reporting, developing a community of learners and are an authentic audience for learning artefacts.
If you are one of the 5% of parents who have not been able to have your SLC this week please see your child's teacher.  

Professor John Hattie has completed extensive research, acclaimed around the world, which reinforces the benefits of our students completing conferences in this format. When students are part of the process of analysing success, goal setting and sharing this with others, accelerated progress can be made. Many others' research, including Carol Dweck’s research on 'growth mindsets,'  also highlights the importance of learners knowing their strengths, setting goals and working toward them. 

At Russell Street we have a strong infusion of digital learning content, specifically aimed at storing and sharing learning. Student Blogger blogs in senior school and Seesaw blogs in the junior school were strategically introduced to enable parents increased, realtime access to classroom learning and to allow parents, grandparents etc the ability to continue the conversations at home. We love hearing that children are regularly having learning conversations, similar to student led conferences, throughout the term and that parents are leaving feedback on their blogs. Subscribing to your child’s learning blog and commenting regularly are important ways to participate in, and support your child’s learning. If you would like support with this see your child’s teacher or James in the office.

We are also aware that sometimes parents want specific information and support for their child, and their learning, that is not covered in the S.L.C format. Sometime this need can be met by an email to the teacher and sometimes a face to face meeting is required. Teachers welcome meeting with parents and we encourage you to make an appointment if there are additional matters you would like to discuss. To ensure this meeting meets everyone's expectations, teachers would appreciate an email to set a time, gather thoughts and information as well as ensure their is adequate time to meet fully. 

Once again we are delighted with the Student Led Conferences and how well our students can reflect on their learning success, identify next steps and articulate this in a presentation.


From the Supporters' Club.....

posted 6 Apr 2016, 19:17 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 19:31 ]

Come along, enjoy some cake and see what the Supporters'      Club member are up to!

Next meeting on Tuesday 12th April at Petit Fours at 7.30pm (next to Briscoes)

Agenda for next meeting:
Beautification Day - How did it go?
Pie Sales - helpers
Quiz Night - confirm date
Book Fair - confirm date
Mothers Day Raffle - forms out day 1 of term 2
Budget for food (Douglas Park exchange)
Feedback from teachers for wishlist fun

Reminder pie orders need to be in Wednesday 13th April. Thank you

Hot dog lunch next Thursday 14th

Community News......

posted 6 Apr 2016, 18:59 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 19:00 ]



Wed 4 May4.30 to 5.15pm

Learn the Cha Cha, Waltz & Rock N Roll

5 WEEK COURSE - $45 Juniors


Course fees include a Social Dance held at the end of the course.



Thurs 5 May5.15 to 6pm

·       It's never too early to enjoy learning the basics of Ballroom & Latin American dancing.

·       Enjoy partnering your child as you both learn the dance moves.

5 WEEK COURSE - $42 Juniors


Course fees include a Social Dance held at the end of the course.



Studio: Shirley Wall Academy of Dance

3rd Floor l Regent on Broadway l Palmerston North l

Bookings: Please contact Shirley - 06 3552099 or


Principal: Shirley Wall

Qualified with the NZFDT – Ballroom, Latin American & New Vogue

Registered with the NZD&DC

4 times NZ Professional Latin American Champion



Community News........

posted 6 Apr 2016, 16:38 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 16:44 ]

French Lessons.....

posted 6 Apr 2016, 15:33 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 19:01 ]

Learn French during the holidays with our fun and interactive French School Holiday Programme for all children aged 5 to 15 years old. Cooking, arts, crafts, and lots more. For more information, call 06 560 0749 or email or visit

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