Kia ora Whānau,

I normally write my pānui on a Sunday, but I must have had too good a weekend, so here is my update on the week ahead…

Raffle for a Ride
This morning we had the lucky draw and had some delighted children who won a fancy ride to school on Friday morning. A note went home with your child this afternoon with the details about these if they won. To the rest of the community, come up and have a look at the hot rides that will arrive at school. They will be here between 9 and 9.15am on Friday 29th November. Thank you to Win and the Supporters Club for your mahi in this space. Here are a list of the Raffle for a Ride Winners.

Last week on Friday we had our School Athletics Day here at school since we had to cancel our planned event up at Massey on Monday. Because the track is so heavily booked, we were unable to hold it up there again, but opted to host it at school so that our tamariki didn’t miss out. It was a beaut of a day and had a nice ‘vibe’ being on site, heaps of parent support which is always great to see and lots of positive encouragement for our participants. Here are the Athletics Results 2019 We will be giving out the 1dst place certificates at a special assembly on Wednesday 4th December at 2.15pm if you would like to come. Congrats to our children who are representing RSS at Interschool Athletics on Thursday. Ka pai to mahi!

Days like today remind us of the importance of being Sunsmart. We have Sunblock top up stations at school set up in the playground, but we advise you in helping them at home in the morning before coming to school. We are certainly having some beautiful weather at the moment and we are happy to see the sun, but you may have seen on Stuff that there are a bunch of popular Sunblock brands that are not doing the job they say they should be.

Jeans Day
Just because Jean has finished working for us, doesn’t mean some traditions don’t continue… This Wednesday 27th November is Jean’s 96th birthday and she will be coming back for a special morning tea. Make sure to dress your child in jeans or jean shorts to celebrate this with everyone.

Hand Sanitiser
A few months back, some learners from 10acity presented their research around germs at school to our Board of Trustees. They unanimously voted in favour of getting these units fitted in each classroom for next year. As a trial run though for this year, the students have put out 2 units in the playground to help when kids get a bit dirty out in the playground and need to get cleaned up. This is a great initiative and evidence of some problem based learning that these kids have been through where they see a problem, inquire into how to resolve it and come about with an action. Tumeke stuff 10acity!

Soar Fund
At the same BoT meeting as above, a family from our fantastic community whose children have been through and completed their schooling at RSS approached us to start up what we are calling the Soar Fund. The aim of this fund is to support individual children or groups of children who are experiencing some form of inequity or disadvantage and giving them the support and opportunity they need to succeed. It is underpinned by the principle of inclusiveness where no learner should experience any isolation due any social or economic issues. The dream of these parents is that other parents may feel the desire to make a contribution to this fund as well. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please let feel free to make a contribution to it however you see fit. If you want to do it anonymously, you could put money in an envelope labelled Soar Fund and hand it over at the office or you may like to deposit the money in the school bank account 12 3143 0398304 00 with SOAR as the reference.

ICAS Writing/English
The certificates have arrived and will be handed out tomorrow morning at Ranginui Hui at 9am. Feel free to join us.

Parent Voice
Thank you to those of you who have taken the chance to share your voice with us on what would be best for your child for 2020. We are closing this at the end of the week, so fill it out here if you haven’t already so we can consider your thoughts.

That’s all from me. Have a fantastic week. See you around school.

Ngā Manaakitanga,