Friday 1st February 2018

Tēnā Koutou e te whānau,

Nau Mai Haere Mai, Welcome back to the new school year! What an amazing tropical island break it’s been, right? The Manawatū has surely put on a mint (once-every-five-year) summer. We hope you have enjoyed spending time with your whānau over the break: beachin’ it, river mishes, forest exploring… what a beautiful country we live in?

This year the Ranginui Team, Year 3 – 6, includes:

Room Class Name Year Name Email
Room 6/ 2 TBC 5/6

Mel (Deputy Principal – Co Hapū leader)

Bianca (classroom teacher)

Room 7 / Pātikitiki TBC 5/6

Nic (Leadership team member, across school leader Kāhui Ako)

John (Wednesday/Thursday Release teacher)

Room 8 Watch this Space! 3 Ebony (classroom teacher and WIST Kāhui Ako)
Room 9 TBC 3/4

Demelza (classroom teacher)

Bridget (Monday release teacher)
Room 10 Tenacity (10) 4/5 Joy (classroom teacher)
Room 13 Poutokomanawa Te pakoko 3/4 Eileen (classroom teacher)
Room 14 Poutokomanawa Te korowai 5/6 Rosie (Assistant Principal – Co Hapū leader) Samantha (First term Release teacher after lunch from Tues – Fri)

We also have Steph for the first 3 weeks of term, supporting the whole School in different learning areas before she leaves to go on Maternity Leave. Ngā Mihi, Steph!

We are also fortunate to have many others involved in working with our students including Whaea Metarina (Kaumātua), Deb Bary (teaching assistant), Nicky Bateman (teaching assistant), Noeline Richards (teaching assistant), Lorraine Keefe (teacher assistant), Rachelle Adrian (teacher assistant), Tracey Davidson (teaching assistant), Kate Cliff (teaching assistant), Troy/Mel (support in maths), Suzanne Smith (support with GATE), and Jenny Boyack (music).

Hautūtanga – Leadership

This year, our overarching kaupapa (learning theme) is focused around Hautūtanga. Teachers will be designing all of our learning through this concept.  We want our children to make connections and relationships between people, places, stories and experiences. Below is our breakdown in understanding Haututanga.

How can you help at home?

As a starting point, we believe that children learn best when they have a strong understanding of turangawaewae (who they are, where they come from and where they want to go).  You can support this by sharing stories about an ancestor, a hero, someone they know or a famous person’s journey in life. Where did they come from? Where did they end up? How did they get there? What were they passionate about? What drove them?

Sun Safety

With this beautiful summer weather we have been experiencing, it is a good time to remind you of our Sunsafe Policy and to particularly remind you of the expectation that all students will own a Russell Street School hat.  Hats will be worn while outside during Term 1 & 4.  If your child needs a new hat, please see Ag or Rachelle in the office.  These can be purchased for $1[b]5. All children should come to school with sunscreen on and sunsmart clothing. Sunscreen top up stations will be available throughout the day.

Brain Food

As well as a healthy lunch, please ensure your child comes to school with brain food each day.  This could be unsalted popcorn, raw nuts or seeds, fruit, and/or vegetables. Children will also need to bring along a named, drink bottle of water to remain hydrated during the day, especially in the hot summer months.

Swimming & Sports

This is an integral part of our Term 1 PE programme and children need to come to school with their togs and towel in a separate bag.  If for some reason your child is unable to take part, please send a note to the class teacher. It is recommended that you name your child’s swimming gear. Here are the days that the Ranginui team are swimming. The lido has also been booked for Ranginui Swimming Sports Day which will be held on Wednesday the 13 of March 2019!

Rāhina Monday



Rāapa Wednesday

Rāpare Thursday



Ruma 2 – Mel/Bianca

Pātikitiki / Nic

Ruma 8 – Ebony

Ruma 9 –


Ruma 10 – Joy

Ruma 13 – Eileen

Ruma 14 – Rosie

Noho Marae

Ever since 2010 RSS has made it a priority for our tamariki and staff to build their knowledge and confidence of Māori culture through an authentic Marae experience every 2 years. This term, we wish to continue that tradition but with a few minor changes. So this year, each whānau group will be responsible for designing their own Marae experiences. The whānau groups look like this:

Kapa Haka 

This year, there will be a Yr 3/4 Kapa Haka and a Yr 5/6 Kapa Haka roopū. This will start at the end of Week 3 on Friday 15th February. The Year 3/4 Kapa Haka roopū will start at 11.30am in the hall and the Yr 5/6 Kapa Haka roopū will start at 12pm. The Kapa Haka roopū will be run by Rosie, Nic, Eileen, Whaea Metarina and Matua Ropes. All Whānau are welcome to come and join us. Nau mai Haere mai!


Each student has their own Seesaw online portfolio which you will be connected to and it is where your child’s learning will be shared. Instructions including a QR Code to scan in will be sent home by your child’s classroom teacher. If you need any support, please see Troy or your classroom teacher.

Other Information

If your child is absent from school please let the office know ASAP. If you know your child will have a planned, approved absence let the teacher and the office know prior to that date. Thanks. 

Children should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:55am. If for any reason your child arrives before 8:30am, please discuss this with your child’s classroom teacher. They must remain in the playground area as classrooms are not open or supervised until 8:30 am. Children arriving after 8.55am must report to the office.

Please help us respect our school resources and insist your children use a bookbag to transport library books and notices to and from school.

Te Hapū O Ranginui look forward to working alongside you and your child this year.  Please ask your class teacher if you have any questions or concerns.  

Ngā mihi nui,

Te Hapū O Ranginui

Nic, Rosie, Joy, Eileen, Ebony, Demelza, Samantha, John, Mel and Bianca.