Kia ora e te whānau,

Where has this year gone! It is such a strange feeling that it is the last week of school. I am a bit of a sook when it comes to the end of the year, saying bye to my class realising how much they have grown and blossomed. 2019 has been a beaut of a year at RSS!

With one week to go there is a lot of reminders and events to be aware of. Please read carefully below.



Little books and Readers

Can you please help your children to dig deep in their rooms, in the car, wherever they read, for library books and school readers. They all need to be returned asap please.


If you have a summer sport season finished please return uniforms and gear bags. If you have any old RSS uniforms again dig deep in your draws please.




A big thank you to the sport coaches and managers out there! You guys are truly amazing. Without your support, time and care our tamariki wouldn’t have the opportunities they have had. THANK YOU!


Thank you to all those who helped your child contribute to ‘Stuff the Bus’. We all waited in anticipation last Friday for the bus to arrive. It was a fun giving experience for our tamariki.  




  • Papatūānuku team have a Funday Monday starting at 11.30am. Children can dress up for christmas or any fun costume. There will be pizza and ice cream. If your child has a scooter and helmet this would be a great day to bring them. Let’s hope the weather clears up. 
  • The community are hosting a farewell afternoon tea for Suzanne in the staffroom after school. 


  • Straight after the morning roll call we all will be gathering for the Mural Unveiling. I can’t wait to see this!!! A huge thank you to the talented Carolyn, for making this possible for our senior learners and school. 
  • In the hall at 2.20pm we will be having our End of Year Prizegiving


  • Year 6 Graduation at 1.30pm at Russell Street School. Following this will be shared kai for afternoon tea.
  • Reports go home with your child/ren today. Their 2020 class placement will also be attached and information for Korero Mai (Meet the Learner). Please follow the instructions given to book your Korero Mai. Please note this appointment is compulsory this year. 


  • Friday- the last day of the school year is a HALF day of school. Please pick up your child/ren at 12.30pm.  


To leave you on a lovely note I would like to share this..

I asked my whānau class some reflective questions to help promote gratitude. One of the children said that they are grateful for Christmas because they get presents. Another spoke up respectfully and said, “Christmas is about being together with family. I am grateful for my family”. This started a whole heap of new grateful ideas as you can imagine.


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,

Kelly Stickle