Mōrena Whānau,

Hope you haven’t been blown around too much by all this crazy Palmerston North weather we’ve been having lately. We are knocking on the door of Week 4 and there is plenty going on, or has gone down so I’ll give you the low down…

On Friday, we had two visitors from the Ministry of Education into Poutokomanawa to verify the Māori Language teaching component. Needless to say that they were both utterly blown away by what our tamariki are achieving in there, but also mentioned the ‘vibe’ that is ever present in that space. We talk a lot about our value of Wairua (Spirit and Determination) but it also means that ‘feeling in the air’ and it’s truly a special thing. Be proud Eileen, Rosie, Whaea Meta and the team that work throughout that space to make it tick. Tē tōia, tē haumatia – Without your planning and efforts, this wouldn’t be achieved.

TEACHER STRIKE DAY. This has been confirmed for Tuesday 13th November and school will be closed for instruction for the whole day. If you need to arrange child care please get in touch with Grace from Kelly Club or click link for more information. This is the day before our School Athletics Day out at Massey Athletics Track.

The Breeze are running an event that we would love to take part in called Stuff the Bus. From November 26th, a bus will be on the street and at local events and people are encouraged to bring along a Christmas present or non-perishable food item to stuff the bus with. These will be donated to Barnados and the Methodist Food Bank to ensure that those families in need still have a festive season. The bus will arrive at Russell Street School on Friday 7th December so we encourage you to show some Manaakitanga (Kindness and Caring) and get behind this as our termly ‘give a little’ that we are all about.

This week our leadership roles for 2019 closed and we were inundated with quality applications for those who want to step up to be House Leaders, School Ambassadors and Road Patrollers for next year. I was so impressed with the efforts that some kids went to by striving for Panekiretanga (Excellence) through this process. As always, it will be tough making the selections with so many aspiring students looking to show their Hautūtanga (Leadership).

Steph, Rosie and Nic are well in the midst of organising the upcoming Year 6 Graduation/End of Year Prizegiving which is at 1pm on Wednesday 12th DecemberUnfortunately the PNBHS Hall is unavailable this year at that time due to some renovations being done, so we are lucky to secure the Freyberg High School Hall for this event. More information will follow, but lock in the date and venue change.

This coming Saturday, the lovely Samantha will be getting married to her beau Andrew. All of us wish you both the happiest of times Samantha, we know it will be a beautiful occasion! If you see her this week, make sure you send her your congratulations and well wishes. PS She loves hugs!

Raffle for a Ride is back for another year… Tomorrow your kidlets will be bringing home a sheet of ‘Raffle for a Ride’ tickets to buy. For some lucky children, they will be given the VIP treatment as they arrive to school in style on Friday 23rd November. This event always ‘brings all the boys to the yard’ (if you just sang that, you’re my kinda person) as it is a car lovers dream event. So make sure you come and hang out from 9am and be part of our annual event.

This Tuesday, our Year 5’s will sit the TIMSS (Trends in International Maths and Science Study) test. This is conducted in over 60 countries worldwide and is designed to measure and interpret differences in national educational systems in order to help improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science worldwide. We are sure they will all do extremely well.

Arrivederci to Jenny, who left for Italy this week for the month. So your tamariki will be changing their music instruments for sports gear as I am taking over from her for her weekly music sessions and giving them a little bit of extra sport in preparation for our School Athletics Day.

Bit of a meaty one from me this morning, encapsulating the ongoing general business that makes up Russell Street School.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Noho ora mai koutou (All the best to you)