Kia ora e te whānau

What a great weekend of weather we have had. It was certainly great for the Saturday morning sport I was involved in, compared to last Saturday’s wind and rain. I hope you have managed some quality family time over the weekend too. Here is a roll out of what you need to know heading into week 7 of the term.

Teacher Only Day: Firstly, and most importantly, there is no school tomorrow (Monday March 9). Teachers are working with a facilitator from CORE Education for the day undertaking some learning to support them in getting even better at what they do. We are so lucky to have a great team of teachers at Russell Street School and days like this are super important to give us the space to focus on further developing our skills. Thank you for your cooperation in making this possible.

COVID19/Coronavirus: A seperate notice was sent out on Friday regarding this. Just a reminder that the focus is on prevention and following good hygiene habits:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Swimming Sports: Ranginui Team (all Year 3-6 students) have their swimming sports on Tuesday at the Lido from 11am. Rosie put all the details of what to bring and race times in the last leadership pānui. Just check that out to get all the info you need.

Year 5/6 Interschool Triathlon: Good luck to our triathletes who are representing the school at Wednesday’s interschool event. We know that you will be striving for panekiretanga (excellence) while also having some rekareka (fun and enjoyment). We look forward to hearing how you get on!

Beautification Day: The Board of Trustees is currently in the process of orgainsing a beautification day to help tidy up parts of the school that over time need a bit of TLC. We want your help – if you can use a broom, you’re in. A tentative date is set for Sunday April 5. Keep an eye out for confirmation of this and how you can help.

Hazard Notice – Sandpit Area: You may have noticed that our sandpit area is increasingly showing signs of wear and tear, and the negative impact of tree roots. Please be aware that this is a known hazard area around at school, especially the uneven pavers. Please take care when around this space! The good news is that we are currently working with the Ministry of Education regarding the funding to remodel this area and remove all hazards.

Yummy Stickers: Please keep collecting these throughout the year and hand your sheet in to the office when it is full, grab another one and keep on collecting. The sticker collection sheet is also attached to this notice. Help get sports gear for the school just by eating healthily!

Eggs: If you are grabbing the opportunity to buy eggs through the Supporter’s Club fundraiser, these will be delivered on Tuesday this week for pick up, not Monday due to the teacher only day.

Acorns: The schools was buzzing with activity on Friday as heaps of students took on the challenge of collecting as many acorns as possible to trade them in at the Acorn Trading Store. The goal of course was to remove as many of the acorns as possible from the school grounds as they make the place look messy, clog the drains and are also so tempting to hit around with a tennis racket… There are still 1000s of acorns yet to drop so the store will be back in business later in the week.

Thanks everyone. So glad that you are all a part of our great school.

Ngā mihi nui, Nick

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