Ahiahi mārie Piwakawaka whānau,

What an ātaahua (beautiful) day it has been today! Te Rā (the sun) has been shining down on our washing lines – let’s hope it continues!

Here are our pānui for the coming wiki (week):

  • Pōtae – Term 4 is a ‘hat wearing’ term. We’ve had a week to get back into the routine, but from now on it is important that every child brings (and wears!) their RSS pōtae (hat) each day whenever we’re outside – especially at play times.
  • Calendar Art Orders – Order forms with an envelope attached went home in book bags this week. If you can’t find it there is every chance it’s buried at the bottom of the bag, so have a rummage. Let me know if you need another!
  • Lucky Book Club – While you’re digging for the calendar art form, check also for the latest edition of Lucky Book Club! There are some awesome items in there as usual.
  • Walking Wednesday – This is continuing in Term 4! We had a great turnout yet again last week for the first hīkoi (walk) of the term. Join us each Wednesday morning on the corner of Featherston St & Russell St from around 8.30am. You are more than welcome to drop your kids off with us or come for a walk too. The kids get their Walking Wednesday card clipped by Troy at the school gate when we arrive. Once they’ve got 5 clips they go in the draw to win some cool prizes!
  • Assembly – Our block of classrooms (Niho Taniwha) is on Assembly in Week 3 at 2.20pm. We’ll be showcasing Panekiretanga (Excellence) and Rekareka (Fun & Enjoyment), so pencil it in. All welcome!
  • REMINDER: School Closed Monday & Tuesday – Tomorrow is Labour Day so school is closed. We are having a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday, so school will be closed then too. See you on Wednesday the 24th!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

Ka aroha – An expression of sadness

This week we lost a taonga (treasure) in our community – Matua Shane. He was a kind, generous, and proud Rangitāne man who actively shared mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with countless kura (schools). He will be sorely missed throughout the Manawatū region – including here at RSS. This week’s phrase is dedicated to him. Moe mai rā e te rangatira (rest in peace, our leader).

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday, and your day off (hopefully!) tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday morning for a short Week 2. Enjoy looking through some pikitia (pictures) from our first week back!

Ngā mihi mahana (warm wishes),



Welcoming all the new students to Papatūānuku & celebrating recent birthdays at hui on Monday

Ebony and her baby Evie visited us on Tuesday. We were just as happy to see her as she was to see us!

‘Shake-Out’ drill – we did lots of learning about earthquakes this week and took part in the national ‘Shake-Out’ practise on Thursday morning.

Chloe showing Manaakitanga & Whakawhanaungatanga to Liz on the swings during our playground break

Cloud gazing before writing time (it was a bit bright!)

Athletics Rotations – we’re all in different groups and have been practising skills alongside the rest of the Junior School in preparation for Athletics Day in Week 5

We had Buddy Time again on Friday (Yay!!) so we performed our haka and waiata for them. We received some helpful feedback and feedforward to help us get even better!

On one of our morning playground breaks we spotted this machine being driven along the road. It prompted some great writing and questions!