Nǐ hǎo!

This final week of the term is upon us. Looking forward to the great last week but it is a busy one again! Our Ranginui (senior) teachers are out on Wednesday for their termly planning day and our Papatūānuku (junior) teachers are out on Thursday. Don’t forget Walking Wednesday as well as getting your summer sports registrations in by Friday. What other reminders do we have? Read on…

Firstly, thanks to the team of helpers who got stuck in with their spades and shovels to plant out our front entrance area and some more cherry trees up the driveway. A positive transformation has been made. On behalf of the school community, thanks for giving up some of your Sunday afternoon!

This week is NZ Chinese Language Week. The purpose of the week is to bridge the language and cultural gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist Kiwis to learn Chinese, ranging from programmes and resources in schools and libraries to business and government organisations. Find out more by checking out the NZCLW site.

Closer to home, our very own Festival of Cultures rolls out on Tuesday from 4-7pm. I am really looking forward to this event. It will be great opportunity for everyone to have some rekareka as well as showcasing how our learners are striving for panekiretanga! Not too sure about what it is and what is happening? Check out this highly engaging and informative video from Nic… see you all there!

As a school we strive really hard to meet everyone’s needs and to make Russell Street School the very best place for learning. However we acknowledge that we don’t always get it right and rely on our school community to point out any issues and concerns that may arise. A such the school operates a Concerns and Complaints Policy which outlines the process to follow in order to resolve any concerns. You can find this policy and all our others on the school’s website.

Just a reminder to all that school is open for students from 8:30am. Unfortunately we are seeing some of our students getting to school at 7:45am which means that they remain unsupervised for up to 45mins before the 8:30am bell. We would encourage all of our students to get to school by 8:30am at the earliest. If students need to be at school earlier, please utilise our on site before school programme Kelly Club. Thanks for your cooperation.

Another reminder to everyone that we have a Teacher Only Day scheduled for Tuesday October 23. This is the day after Labour Day in Week 2 of Term 4.

We are looking forward to a great final week! As always please feel free to drop in for a chat the teaching and leadership teams always welcome your thoughts and feedback.

Zài jiàn, Nick