Ahiahi mārie Atawhai whānau,

A short and sweet pānui from me this week.

We had the most amazing visit to Willard Home on Thursday where our tamariki performed waiata, shared their writing, and read stories with the residents. This relationship is so special to Russell Street School and dates back many years (even to before I was a student!). I just loved watching the kids interacting confidently with our neighbours and brightening their days. It’s truly a beautiful part of what we do at RSS and a genuine example of whakawhanaungatanga in action.

Notes for Wiki 8:

  • Swimming Showcase – Thursday from 1.30pm – 2.15pm.
  • RSS 90th Jubilee – Our birthday party is this coming Saturday, March 23rd from 3pm-7pm. We hope you can make it for a fun afternoon of celebrations. A huge thank you to those who have offered to help out on the day. We still need a few more helpers so let us know if you can offer any assistance! Click here to see what times & stations still need numbers, and email office@russellst.school.nz if you can lend a hand. Thank you!
  • Pūrerehua/Butterflies – In case you’ve missed it, 1 of our chrysalis’ has turned into a monarch and flown away, and we’re still waiting on the other two! We got to watch this happen in class which was very special.
  • Learning Conferences – Don’t forget, these are being held in Week 11 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here (code is 8w2hf) to book your appointment to celebrate your child’s learning with me!

In light of Friday’s tragic events, this week’s ‘Te Kupu O Te Wiki’ is aroha – love.

I hope all of your whānau and friends are safe, especially those in and around Christchurch. My Canadian cousins have finished touring the South Island now and are heading back our way today, along with their parents who have arrived from Vancouver, so I’m off for some whānau time. It’s been years since I’ve seen my Aunt & Uncle and I’m feeling very grateful to have them here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,

Mauri tau,



Enjoying some Tuakana/Teina time with Te Ono Pai (Room 6) and Te Whanake (Room 9)

Releasing our beautiful pūrerehua onto the plant outside so she could fly away. We named her Mia!

Spending time with our friends at Willard Home

Performing haka and waiata for them – check out our pūkana!