Kia ora e te whānau,

9 1/2 days to go!  Well December is here and Christmas is in the air with the Palmerston North Christmas Parade yesterday. I cannot believe we are coming to the end of our school year – and what an amazing year at RSS it was!  There is a lot happening over the next two weeks so keep an eye out for School Stream posts.

Raffle for a Ride

Wow, what an amazing event this is every year!  It is such a highlight on the school calendar and the children just love it.  A HUGE thank you to all of our drivers for giving up your time and vehicles to make this day so memorable.   A special thank you to our Supporters Club, especially Win and Troy, for organising the event.  Raffle for a Ride turned out to be the best play provocation for Toru Toa – some of the learners in this room  turned their classroom into a workshop and was busy fixing cars. Check out the learner voice below…

“Turn on the car to check I’ve fixed the leak,” said Xavier the Mechanic.

Harry turned on the car… “brmmmm brmmm splutter splutter”

“Ohhh no the leak is still there…” said Xavier

Transition to School

Last week Waka Huia hosted ECE’s as part of our transition to school.  Our learners showed whakawhanaungatanga and manaakitanga welcoming our future Y0’s to RSS.  They played so nicely with them and enjoyed the kai that the lovely parents provided.


We would like to invite all parents/caregivers/grandparents to help us with the final stages of our Values Wheel.  This is an important piece of work that the staff have spent a considerable amount of time fitting together.  2020 will see us using the Values Wheel as a key document in the teaching and learning that occurs at RSS inclusive of reflecting and goal setting.  We would greatly appreciate your voice as vested stakeholders in your child’s education.  We have taken our ten values and come up with three key indicators for each one under the learning contexts of Relationships, Well-being and Learning. On Wednesday 4th December from 3:30-5:pm I will be in the staff room with the Values Wheel and would love it if you could join me.

Kapa Haka Road Show

Kapa Haka Road Show is on Friday – here’s the plan

We will be taking 100 children on two buses Te Piriti (Yr3/4) and Te Pikinga (Yr5/6) to Winchester 10am,

Westend 11.15am, Lunch at Esplanade till 1pm, Terrace End 1.10

Hokowhitu 2.10pm on the 6th of December 2019.

This is our schedule for the day:

  • 8.55am – Each child will go to their own class to do the roll

  • 9.05am – Meet Rosie, Nic and Eileen in the hall

  • Buses will leave RSS at 9.30am

  • First performance will start at Winchester at 10am.

  • Second performance will start at Westend at 11.15am

  • Lunch at Esplanade From 12pm till 1pm,

  • Third performance will start at Terrace End at 1.10pm

  • Last performance will start at Hokowhitu at 2.10pm

  • Return to RSS by 3pm

Tātai Whetu’s End of Year Celebration Trip

  • Thursday 5th December.  We hope they have a wonderful time.
2019 Road Patrol Celebration
A note is coming home today regarding this celebration on Friday 6th December.  We are requiring help to transport our Road Patrollers down to Broadway Ave and back to school.  If you are available to help please come and see Troy or Mel.
2019 Prizegiving
  • Wednesday 11th at 2:20 in the hall at RSS.
Y6 Graduation
Our annual Yr 6 graduation assembly will be held on Thursday December the 12th at Russell Street School from 1.15pm – 3:00pm. We will be farewelling our Year 6 students and celebrating their contributions to the Russell Street School whānau and the fantastic year of learning we have all shared.

Following the graduation assembly we will be having a shared afternoon tea for the Year 6 students, their parents and adults involved in supporting the education of our students. This year, each Year 6 student will be responsible for bringing a plate of kai to share. We would like the year 6’s in Rm 6 to bring something sweet, the Year 6’s in Rm 7 to bring a hot savoury item (we will heat the food here) and the year 6’s in Poutokomanawa to bring a cold savoury item e.g. cheese crackers, fruits and veg. There will be tables set up in the staffroom and on the deck for you to put your plates on when you arrive. You are invited to take your child directly from Russell Street at the conclusion of the afternoon tea.

We are grateful to the Supporters’ Club who have generously offered their services to supporting us with set up of food on the day.

Library Books

  • A reminder to return your library books as soon as possible please.  Look down the back of the couch and under the bed. We really appreciate the effort you go to, to have all library books returned.  Thanks!

Sports Uniform and Reading Books

  • Please have a big look around home to hunt out any sports uniforms and reading books please that are hiding – thank you!

Don’t Miss The Bus

  • Pack the Bus will be with us on Friday 6th December.  If you would like to bring a gift along to Pack the Bus please drop it off to the office.  I know it would be greatly appreciated.

School Pool

  • The pool will be ready soon for the summer holidays so keep an eye out for the message about the keys – you won’t want to miss out!

Code Camp

  • Summer Holiday Programme
    • Monday 13th-Friday 17th January 2020, College Street Normal School, 9 am – 3 pm (with optional 5 pm pick up).
    • Register now at

Have a fantastic week everyone.

Ngā mihi, Mel