Mōrena Atawhai whānau,

Hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend in the sun! Week 2 has flown by and we’re already heading into Week 3. We’re settling into routines nicely now and looking forward to lots of exciting learning opportunities throughout the term.

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:

Kaukau – Swim/Swimming

Heads up for Week 3:

  • Swimming – Just a reminder that our swim days are Monday, Thursday, and Friday so we need togs and a towel in a separate bag on these days. Thank you!
  • Library Books – These can stay at home. We go to the library every Thursday, and books are issued on a 2 week cycle. There’s no need for your child to bring their library books to school each day – it makes their bags super heavy and we have lots of cool pukapuka (books) in class. Instead, keep the books at home and enjoy reading them as a whānau. However, your children can return them to the library before our Thursday visits if they wish to.
  • Apple Crumbles – The famous RSS Apple Crumbles are on sale on Tues, Weds and Thurs of this week (Week 3). They’re made from apples off our very own tree and a new GF option is available. They’re $5 each. If you want to make an order, email joy@russellst.school.nz or head over to Room 10 and place an order with her in person.
  • Toys – Just a note to remind everyone that toys need to stay at home – this is a whole school rule. We have plenty of toys to play with, and bringing special items from home often leads to them getting lost, broken, or causing issues in the playground. Thanks for your support in this!
  • Well-being workshop for Parents – At RSS we’re part of the Palmerston North East Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning) with 9 other schools. You’re invited to attend a free presentation organised by our Kāhui Ako this Thursday evening (Valentine’s Day!) from 7pm-8.30pm about the importance of well-being in schools. You need tickets to attend, but there’s no cost. Have a chat to our lovely office ladies (Ag & Rachelle) if you would like tickets. Click here to read more info.
  • Reading Books – As you will have noticed, we don’t have little readers going home just yet. In the meantime, continue to enjoy reading books from home each night – we’ll begin sending little readers home soon.
  • Tiaki – We have 2 class pets – a (yet to be named) Kiwi, and a cute little baby giraffe. We’ve named our giraffe ‘Tiaki’ because it has a similar meaning to Atawhai (ask your kids what they mean!). Tiaki will be taking turns coming home with everyone for snuggles and/or adventures. Please don’t feel pressured to print photos and create an elaborate entry in her book! I appreciate how busy life is, so there are coloured pencils & a book in her peke (bag) – a little drawing & a sentence or two done by your child is heaps. We have a sharing time the next day so everyone has a chance to talk to the class about what they got up to with Tiaki. Sometimes her adventure may be that she got thrown in the washing machine… 🙂

This week’s Leadership Pānui was written by Troy, click here to check it out.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday, and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

Mā te wā (see you later/that’s all for now),



Working on some Maths problems together

Our first Tuakana/Teina time! We are so lucky to have 2 big buddy classes this term! (Room 6 and Room 9)

Exploring some independent Maths tasks in buddies

Swimming! On Friday we were SO lucky to have Kelly and Kahu join us for part of our session. We love them!