Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

Week 11 is nearly here and we have a pretty busy final week of school before our two week break to mark the end of Term 1.

I know the learners in 2Meke will be sad to see Ebony take her much deserved maternity leave at the end of this week. I’m pretty certain she will be in next term to let us meet the new addition to her whānau (and bring in some baking for the teachers..) We are very lucky to be having Carolyn start earlier than usual as she will be taking over from Ebony. This will reunite her with a lot of her learners from last year. A top outcome for all!

It also marks the end of Charlotte’s time at Russell Street School too. She started here as a teaching assistant when her own 3 children (now all adults!) were at school here and has had a huge impact on many, many learners over her time at RSS. Charlotte has developed an amazing rapport with many students, staff and members of the community, so I know Friday will be emotional for all as we say farewell to her! You will be missed buddy xo

We had some excellent results the week before last at the various Interschool competitions we competed in. Our Road Race team did exceptionally well with a couple of top 10 finishes. Our two Epro8 teams came 1st and 2nd= respectively in their Science/Technology Challenge. Our Northern Cluster Swimming Team came 2nd= overall, with some truly fantastic team and individual performances. I feel so proud to be part of this special place!

As you’re probably well aware, we have our Learning Conferences starting tomorrow and Tuesday afternoon. We have had over 220 bookings made which is awesome to see. If you still haven’t booked, please contact your child’s teacher and try to find a free slot as these are such a valuable part of your child’s education. At these, they get to share their successes, discuss next steps and plan for continued impact in their learning journey. (Don’t forget school finishes at the earlier time of 12.30pm tomorrow to allow for these)

You may have also read that next term we will be trialling a new Play first, Eat second initiative. We are sure this will lead to positive outcomes for our tamariki and are interested in your feedback about this. The timetable of the day hasn’t changed dramatically, so don’t worry, no new times to learn! We are essentially swapping the order of eating and playing time.

Upcoming events this week that are of interest:
-Learning Conferences Monday/Tuesday
-Lit Quiz on Monday at PNINS. All the best to Emily, Izzy, Tui, Henry, Max, Eva M, Eva H, Daniela and Sofina!
-EPro8 Semi Final on Wednesday at PNINS. Kia Kaha to Campbell, Florence, Ava and Daniela!
-Papatūānuku Team Planning Day on Wednesday. (All teachers in the Junior School will be off site)
-Ranginui Team Planning Day on Thursday. (All teachers in the Senior School will be off site)
-Winter Sports Registrations close on Friday. Click here to register
-School finishes at 3pm on Friday and Term 2 starts on Monday 30th April.

Hoping you all have a choice as week ahead!

Ngā Mihi Nui,

PS The SPCA informed us that last Tuesday our Turkey friend from Week 8 went off to her new home. Thankfully it was to a farm, not a freezer!
PPS 5-0 #letsgonewarriors