Mōrena Whānau,

Hoping you managed to stay warm and dry this yucky weekend.

What a fantastic day had last Wednesday by the team that went over the Tararua Ranges to Douglas Park to compete in our annual sports day. This is the fifth tournament we have had and our third time visiting them. It really is a great showcase of all our school values by everyone and a day of connecting and competing with our friends from Masterton. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring home the coveted Tararua Challenge flag, but we certainly did put up a valiant fight in pretty average weather! We topped them in both games of Basketball and all three games of Soccer, but Douglas Park proved to be too much for our Netball, Hockey and Rugby teams taking the series 3-2. We will be hosting the tournament next year at RSS so hoping we can capture the flag back from them.

On Monday last week, we had Stuart Cruden (Younger brother of Ex-All Back Aaron) come in and inspire our young rugby players with his journey from Palmy Boys 1st XV last year to the Manawatu Turbos development team this year. He certainly left our kids feeling pumped about their future endeavours in rugby.

We also had the Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School Roadshow stop in on Monday to showcase their talents and share what is on offer for our Year 6 students who are looking at making the decision about where to attend next year. Great to see some of our ex-RSS students participating in these co-curricular activities. PNINS are holding their open day this coming Thursday 8th August. They have 3 sessions that you can attend with your child at 9:30am, 11:30am and 2pm. Please let the team in our office know, as well as your child’s teacher if you plan on attending this so that we know where people are.

This Tuesday our Year 6 students are heading to Ross Intermediate to have a look at what is on offer there. Keep your eyes peeled on the School Stream for future posts about things to do with transition for our Year 6’s.

The week after next is Maths Week and we have a few things in the pipeline to mark the significance of Maths in and out of the classroom. Look out for the interactive challenges and take home packs around the school. All the best to the 3 teams we have competing in the Annual Mathex Tournament this coming Friday at the Awapuni Function Centre.

Our RSS Production team having been meeting frequently to make sure everything is lining up nicely come Thursday 19th September. Got any hidden talents you could share with us? We always need people with a bit of creative flair who can draw, paint, sew, assemble, sing, dance or act. Hit up your child’s teacher if you want to help out.

Thats about all from me.

Ka kite ano,

Troy