Kia ora koutou!

Welcome back to RSS with another exciting year ahead with our great team of learners, parents and staff. It has been a while since I have written a Leadership Pānui with being away in Term 4 last year but needless to say I am very happy to be back at school and looking forward to carrying on the valuable work from last year and put it into practice for 2020.

A priority for us is implementing our local curriculum, based on our 10 values, where demonstrating understanding and capability in learning, relationships and wellbeing are a clear focus for everyone. Plenty more information will be shared with you regarding this as we build our systems and documentation. In the meantime, do you know the story behind ngā uaratanga (our values)? Check it our here: https://www.russellst.school.nz/values/

We have also had some exciting news with Kelly announcing she is expecting a baby in June. We are super excited for Kelly and wish her and her husband Kahu all the best over the coming months!

Here is a round up of key information to put you in the know for the start of the 2020 year.

Key Dates

  • Today, Tuesday 28th January: Korero Mai (Meet the Learner) conferences. More info below. Please note you only attend school for the time of your conference.
  • Wednesday 29th January: Korero Mai (Meet the Learner) conferences. More info below. Please note you only attend school for the time of your conference.
  • Thursday 30th January: First day of classes for everyone. Powhiri @ 9am.
  • Thursday 6 February: Waitangi Day, school closed.

School Stationery

Please head to myschool.co.nz in order to firstly find our school and then your child’s relevant class/year level. The list generated indicates what is required to fully participate in learning activities throughout the year. It is over to you if you purchase the required items through myschool or another supplier. Buying through myschool does give the school bonus points which can be redeemed at a later date saving the school some valuable dollars! .

Hats

School hats are compulsory in Term 1. If you need a new one, call into the office and purchase one for $15. Please check the hat is also clearly named!

Pool

Unfortunately the pool will not be ready for the first week of school. We are aiming for the second week and will keep you posted so you know when to pack those swimming bags.

Pōwhiri

We always start the new school year with a full school pōwhiri to welcome all of our new staff, students and families to our school. This takes place on the front courts shortly after 9am. Everyone is welcome. Rosie has shared another post earlier this week with our pōwhiri kawa (protocols/way of doing things).

LEOTC

We require this permission to be renewed for all learners in 2020. Please go to the forms section on this app to complete this process.

Digital Citizenship Agreement

This is a one off agreement that is signed by both the student and the parent. Your child’s teacher will let you know if this needs to be completed. Please go to the forms section on this app to complete this agreement.

Coronavirus

The Ministry of Education is working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that schools have the most relevant information to inform our planning in regard to the potential risks associated with the coronavirus. As required, will be taking a cautious approach and will err on the side of caution if necessary. This can involve a principal precluding a student which means they cannot attend school until the illness has passed.

It is a timely reminder for you that anyone who is unwell (for any reason) should not be at school anyway. We appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

Korero Mai (Meet the Learner) Conferences

These are underway right now. There are still spaces available to book a 20 minute slot for your child/ren on either day. The time slots are at 11.30am-7.30pm on Tuesday 28th January and 9-5pm on the Wednesday 29th January 2020. Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the code is 228us to book.

These are taken as school days and attendance at a conference is compulsory for all enrolled students but you only attend for the time of your interview.

As part of the conference we expect your input. We have a genuine interest in what you have to say. The role of the teacher is to listen to you and your child.

Here are some question prompts for you (parents and whānau) to think about in relation to your child and the year ahead at RSS:

  1. What is the most important thing for you to talk about today?
  2. And what else?
  3. Tell us more about why this is important?
  4. What are your expectations of us (teachers)?
  5. What are your expectations of your child?

Don’t forget too, every child needs to bring along 3 artefacts (items) that are important to them that will help the teacher learn more about your child and their interests and passions. For example; favourite toy, book, movie or game; photo, trophy, sport, hobby etc – there is no right or wrong here).


If you have any questions, let us know!

Ngā mihi, Nick (& the rest of the team @ RSS)