Kia ora whānau!

Our school value to highlight this week is rekareka (fun & enjoyment). Pīwakawaka (fantails) are the perfect example of birds who are all about rekareka. In the symbol the four birds are nestled on a pōtaka or spinning top. We want all our learners to embrace this by being innovative and following their passions and interests, and having fun in learning and life. What a great occasion out our 90th birthday was to demonstrate rekareka in our whole community!

90th Birthday – What a fantastic event we had yesterday to acknowledge our amazing school turning 90 years old. Thanks to everyone who attended but a very, very special thanks to those in our community who put their hand up to help organise and run the event on the day. You helped make the occasion the success it was. Lots of super positive feedback already about the relaxed family atmosphere with lots of options for both young and old. I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Thompson who started school at Russell St on the 2nd of February, 1931!! She, and the other past students I spoke to, had some fascinating memories of what school was like for them. Great stuff – looking forward to the 100th already!

90th Baking – There is some baking left over from the 90th that would make a perfect addition to your child’s lunch tomorrow. Send them to school with some 20c or 50c pieces so they can pick up a delicious treat at lunchtime.

Jean – Jean Wilkinson, our incredible 95 year old librarian, is going to be finishing with us at the end of this term. This is a significant occasion for someone who has been a part of our school for many, many years. We will be honouring Jean’s retirement on the last day of the term. Stay tuned for more details!

Deb – Debbie Bary, one of our amazing teaching assistants, is also finishing up and the end of the term. Deb is returning to her former career in retail. We will also be farewelling Deb towards the end of the term.

Updates from the Board of Trustees – The Board can confirm with you the outcomes of the recent reviews on school uniform and Christian Religious Education. Thank you to everyone that returned the surveys as we had a higher percentage returned than ever before.

  • Uniform review: the outcome of this process is that the school will not be implementing a school uniform. This will be reviewed again in 5 years time.
  • Christian Religious Education review: this process is more complex due to the range of comments and information provided in the survey returns. The Board have requested more information in order to make a fully informed decision. This will be done at the next meeting taking place of April 3.

Board of Trustees Elections – Thinking about standing for the Board in the upcoming elections in Term 2? Why not come along to the next Board meeting, 5:30pm on April 3 to find out more.

Other reminders:

  • Please book your learning conference now if you have not already done so (April 9 & 10). Please go to to book now using the code 8w2hf (except for Robin & Sandi’s class – a seperate notice has gone home about that).
  • School will be closed from 12.30pm on Tuesday the 9th of April.
  • Thank you to those who have already returned the yellow Student Record Update sent home a couple of weeks ago. Keep them coming in please!
  • Please remember to pay your activity fee ($10/student/term), without this, school trips, visiting performers etc can’t happen.
  • The school donation is a voluntary payment but one that makes a significant impact to the learning opportunities we can offer at our amazing school. The donation amount is set at $200/student/year or $350/family/year. Any amount helps no matter how big or small and you can talk to our amazing ladies in the office to set up payments of even go to our online shop and pay right now!

Thanks everyone. I am away in Christchurch with our Kāhui Ako’s other principals until Thursday so see you all then.

Ngā mihi nui, Nick