From the Principal.....

posted 26 Jul 2017, 19:13 by Russell Street School Office   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 01:55 by James Rea ]
Kia ora koutou,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the school communtiy for their wonderful welcome on Monday. For my family and supporters, the powhiri was special time making us feel part of the Russell St community.

I have made an effort over my first few days to get out into the classrooms and talk to our learners, see learning in action and getting a feel for the school.
What I have seen and heard has reinforced to me what a great place Russell St School is with exciting and varied learning programmes, focused teaching and children eager to talk about their learning and how their classrooms work. I am excited by and looking forward to the challenge of further building on the great reputation Russell St has.

As a school we are always exploring how we can best engage our children in learning and empowering them to take control and direct it for themselves. During the term break staff took part in full day workshop looking at Play Based Learning. This approach dovetails with many concepts and beliefs that drive our vision, values and curriculum, including;
  • achieving an appropriate balance between direct instruction and self-directed, exploratory learning
  • the notion of the teacher as a 'coach' of learning
  • the use of academic, social and emotional coaching techniques to respectfully support students in their learning journey
  • self-chosen and self-directed learning
  • learning that is process rather than product driven.
There is a large body of research that supports a play based approach to learning which staff will be unpacking further as they explore what this approach could look like in their classes and together what the potential could be across the whole school. An exciting time ahead further demonstrating how the teachers continually reflect on their practice to improve outcomes for our learners.

I am always interested in your thoughts about our school and any ideas about how we can make it an even better place for learning. Please do not hesitate to get in touch either by popping in for a chat or emailing me at

Ngā mihi nui, Nick