Mōrena Whānau,

Hope you have all had a great weekend so far and are enjoying this nice bit of sunshine that has come out.

Happy Mothers Day to all the fantastic Mum’s out there! Our school value of Manaakitanga comes to mind here as we expect all our learners to treat each other with respect and care and show the same to any visitors to our school. The essence is based on selfless acts of kindness and generosity. The Pātiki or flounder design symbolises hospitality and this same pattern is also found on the rourou or food basket. I trust your beloved children make you feel special every day and not just save their best for today!

We have two new staff members joining Russell Street School and they are the typical staff of the human kind. Artie and Murphy are two therapy dogs that will be working with a couple of our learners. Thanks to their owners Trisha and Pam from www.caninefriends.org.nz

Every month we have a Board of Trustees meeting up and we like to give them a bit of student voice so I had the pleasure of having a chat with a couple of learners from every class. Check them out in our Class report that we put together. Last week nominations forms were sent home to all eligible parents. Keep an eye out for those in your letterbox. If it doesn’t arrive, or you need more, drop into the office to pick one up. I’m sure we will have plenty of people keen.

This term I have been enjoying getting back in the classroom and working with 50 students from the Ranginui Team for their maths. For the last two years Mel did this and it has traditionally been called MST. This stands for Maths Specialist Teacher and that is what I am training to be, not the kids. So we have decided to change our name and we have several suggestions and the kids will vote on this next week. To give you a snapshot of what we have been up to, I’ll give you our Shape X Shape challenge. Flick me an email at [email protected] if you can solve it.

Please remember that we are having a Teacher Only Day this week and school will closed for students this Friday 17th May. Staff will be at school engaged in some new learning for them and as such will not be able to care for any learners.

The Ranginui team will be learning some Traditional Māori Games every Monday starting tomorrow. This is exciting for them as they look to grow and stem on the experiences from our Marae trips last term.

Netball starts this coming Saturday the 18th May for our Year 5/6 team. All the best to them. Basketball starts on Thursday 23rd May and we still need a few more Year 3-6 basketball players.

Cross Country is pegged for Wednesday 29th May at Skoglund Park, but this date could potentially change. We will keep you posted.

That’s all from me.

Ngā Manaakitanga,