Kia Ora Koutou,

I’ve been told you can pick my Leadership Pānui within the first few lines of reading it and I think that’s choice as! I’m all about that personal voice, so cheers for the feedback whānau. Hoping you have all had a beautiful weekend so far and gee, how nice has this weather been? Whiti mai te rā, Kei te pai! (The sun is shining, It’s all good!)

This week gone has been Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, it’s been awesome to hear so much Te Reo being used in and around the school. Don’t be whakamā (shy) to Kei te rere Te Reo (Let the Language Fly) as we love that embracing the Reo is just part of what we do at Russell Street School. Even if it is as simple as replacing your ‘Good Morning’ with ‘Mōrena’ (say: more-ren-a) we appreciate the effort and want to normalise using it for everyone. In reality, every week should be Māori Language Week!

This coincided with sending out expressions of interest regarding Poutokomanawa for 2019, as well as having an open week to give whānau a feel for the vibe in there. The doors are always open if you missed out and would still like to take that opportunity and Rosie, Eileen, Whaea and all the tamariki would love to have a korero with you about the kaupapa (purpose) of what it is all about in there. The responses have been overwhelming with both Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 classes nearly full. There is still a few spaces available in the area of expanding into a Year 1/2 class next year, so lock in your spot if you haven’t already.

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On Friday we took a team of 45 students to the annual RICOH Tournament. This is an event that we compete against 5 other schools in the Palmerston North region. (Riverdale, Central Normal, Cloverlea, Hokowhitu and College Street) We were extremely proud of all those who participated and showed plenty of Wairua! We came away with 3rd place in Rugby, Soccer and Hockey and 4th place in Netball and Basketball. A big mihi to our coaches that helped out and the parents who came and supported on the day. Our Winter Sports have started to wrap up and registrations will open for Summer Sports tomorrow, so look out for that post and make sure you chat with your children about what they would like to play, as we would encourage all our tamariki to play at least one code.

Some sad news as we have to farewell two members of the RSS whānau. Shiree Arnold is finishing up in her role of the Sports Coordinator at the end of the term. Shiree has poured so much time and energy into organising our out of school sports and continuing to raise the profile of all sports at RSS, including her passion for hockey coaching and the setup of the popular Harriers club initiative that runs in Terms 1 and 4. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us Shiree, your commitment and enthusiasm has been appreciated. Maddy Speirs has been working this term with the learners in BGR8, job sharing with Joy on a Thursday and Friday. She has won a job at South Makirikiri School for Term 4. We wish you all the best with your new journey Maddy.

A massive thank you to Sheree Rasmussen and Aaron Evans who are Riley in Waka Huia’s parents. They took out a home loan and nominated us to be the recipient of a $500 contribution from ASB. Many thanks to you both for supporting our school, we hope you enjoy your new home. If anyone else is in the market for a new whare, check out the team at ASB.

We are eagerly preparing for our Festival of Cultures evening which is next Tuesday (25th Sep) from 4pm-7pm at school. Make sure you knock off mahi a bit early so you can pop down with the whole family to enjoy what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening celebrating our year long focus on Whakawhanaungatanga. Nic alluded last week to the types of things on offer so we hope to see you all there.

All the best to the team that was chosen for the DanceNZmade Interschool Nationals that will perform this coming Saturday at the Regent. Thanks parents and the McKerras whānau for your support with this exciting event. Shout out to Fortnite for its role in the resurgence of boys busting out their dance moves and getting involved.

Upcoming events this week that are of interest:
-The Hive is off to Foxton to embrace some Kawenga (responsibility) and do a beach clean up this Tuesday. (18th Sep)
-The RSS Supporters Club meeting is on Tuesday night at 7.30pm in the Staffroom. Come sample some of Troy’s Kombucha. All welcome.
-Walking Wednesday, we love our morning hikoi with your kids from 8.30am, either drop them off at the end of Russell Street along with their card or get them to wait for the pahi (bus) to come pick them up anywhere along the way.
-Full School Assembly this Wednesday (19th Sep) in the hall at 2.20pm. It will be hosted by all the classes in the Purapura Whetu block.
-Papatūānuku Team are off to visit our old mate James at his new kura in Mt Biggs on Thursday (20th Sep). This will be an awesome day of Kotahitanga (unity) with both schools joining together to have some Rekareka. (fun)
-Poutokomanawa are cruising down to Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) to check out the Māori exhibits on show at Te Papa on Thursday too. Mean!

Good yarns, Kia pai to wiki koutou (have a good week)
Ngā Mihi Mahana,

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