Kia ora whānau,

Yesterday officially saw the first day of summer and the countdown to Christmas!  It is very hard to believe that we have only two weeks of school left for 2018 – there is a lot happening in the next two weeks so keep an eye on School Stream for updates.  Any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  I have outlined below some key events;

  • Y5 Hui – Tomorrow morning (Monday 3rd) at 9am.  All our Year 5 students will be acknowledged for their service to school.
  • Sausage Sizzle – Wednesday 5th December.  The sausages and Juicies will be delivered to those who have ordered them.  Thank you to everyone who have purchased one, your donation is gratefully received.
  • Mural Unveiling  – Wednesday 5th December at 1:45 pm.  This will take place outside The Jean Wilkinson Library Hub.  All welcome.
  • Papatuanuku End of Year Trip to the Esplanade – Thursday 6th of December.   What a wonderful way to end the year.  If you are able to come along with the team for this day, please let your child’s classroom teacher know.
  • Stuff The Bus –  Friday 7th at 11:30 am – 12 pm.  Make this Christmas special for Manawatu families by brining along any non-perishable food item or gift to ‘Stuff the Bus’.  All donations will be gifted to the Methodist Food Bank and Barnardos to help support local families in need these holidays.
  • Kapa Haka Road Show – Friday 7th December.  Nick, Rosie, Nic, Eileen and Whaea Metarina will be taking our Kapa Haka to some schools around our region.
  • On Friday 7th December our Road Patrollers will be celebrating the end of their service with a parade down Broadway Avenue and a movie.  If you are able to help with this trip please let Mel know.
  • Athletics Prize Giving – Monday 10th at 9am.  We would love you to join us if you can.
  • School Prize Giving/Year 6 Graduation will take place on Wednesday 12th of December at 1pm.  This will be hosted at Freyberg High School this year.  For the Year 6 students graduating and their families, there will be a small afternoon tea following the ceremony.
  • Reports and Info for 2019 – this will come on Thursday 13th of December.
  • Last day of school – Friday 14th of December  School will be closing at 12:30 pm.  We will be having our final assembly at 12:00 pm.  Again we would love you join us if you can.
  • Choir – Friday 14th December.  Our RSS choir will be performing at Square Edge from 5 pm.

As you will know Nick, Troy and I were up in Auckland for three days last week.  The first day saw us presenting the impact that MST (Maths Support Teacher) has had at Russell Street School and how we implemented MST.   I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this accelerative approach to maths over the last two years.   I will be forever grateful for the opportunity this has given me to up skill my mathematics teaching and curriculum content knowledge, it is some of the best professional learning I have ever had.  It is always good to come together with other schools and share approaches, it was pleasing how many more schools this year were reporting on dispositions.

The following two days were spent visiting schools – three new builds (Oh my goodness they were impressive spaces!) and one intermediate.  It was fascinating listening to how the schools were established, the challenges they faced and overcame and how they are delivering the curriculum with their learners.  Our biggest focus when visiting these schools was to look for innovative approaches to learning and teaching and how these schools are empowering the learners through focussing on learner dispositions.  There was a lot to take in and some very interesting information to listen to.  I think it is fair to say our heads are full of ponderings and the beginning of new ideas – certainly some clarity on where to next.    Our last visit was to Manurewa Intermediate to especially see the school gathering together to celebrate the end of their week on a Friday afternoon – wow, they had their hall pumping!  It is also nice to reflect on the wonderful staff and students we have at RSS, the wonderful learning that takes place day to day, term by term, year to year and how unique our own space is.  I am very proud of RSS!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow.

Road Safety  – Can everyone please speak with their children around crossing roads safely; looking left and right and then left again before crossing, slowing down on their bikes and scooters when they approach roads before moving out onto the road, scootering carefully around pedestrians and an awareness of driveways.  Sometimes when crossing the road we also need to ensure the children are looking behind over their shoulders too if near a corner.   It is a busy time of day before and after school but also a very time of year – let’s keep our team safe.

Finally we would like to warmly congratulate Samantha and Drew on the news that they are expecting their first child, what an exciting time for them both.

Have a wonderful week everyone.  Ngā mihi, Mel