Kia ora whanau, welcome to Week 4.    I’ll start our pānui off today with some great news…we have secured MST (Maths Specialist Teaching) again for 2019.  Hooray!   This year it will be led by Troy who has spent today in Auckland with Nick planning what this may look like at RSS.   This is wonderful news for our all of our learners – students and teachers alike.

Last week close to $800 was delivered to the Cancer Society on behalf of Russell Street School.  This was the money raised from the sausage sizzle and Juicie lunch near the end of 2018.  Thank you very much for supporting this – it was greatly appreciated.  Thank you to Blake and Nick for organising the lunch and Chris, Jada, Tui, Cullen, Lucy, Jenny and Kelly for helping on the day.   Events like this allow our learners to display, use and find values such as;  kawenga, manaakitanga, motuhaketanga, hautūtanga, ngākau tapatahi and whakawhanaungatanga.   We all make a great community!

On Saturday March 23rd from 3pm-7pm we will be having our 90th birthday celebration – save the date and spread the word.  This will be a fun community event with bouncy castles, sausage sizzle, birthday cake, school tours, memories from the past and a photo booth.  We would love to see you and all our past teachers, leaders and students there.

Now for some very important safety messages

  1. If you hold a pool key can we please ensure that the pool gate is closed when entering the pool and locked on exit.
  2.  All scooters, skateboards and bikes need to be walked up the driveway and footpath on entry to school from 8:30 am – 9am and again after school from 3pm-3:30pm.  We have had some close calls as this area is so busy with our families during these times.
  3. A reminder that skateboard, scooter and bike riders need a helmet to wear to and from school and at school.
  4. Please, if you are exiting school out the gate through the playground and need to cross the road, walk down and use the patrolled crossing as it is very hard to see pedestrians crossing from Russell Street over to Matamau Street.


Have a great week everyone, Mel