Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

Hoping you have all had an excellent weekend so far. I had a family wedding last night so I’m writing this to you all from sunny Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) which is my hometown. Don’t hold that against me though as I’ve seen the light and I’m all about that ‘Palmy Pride’ now!

We have just got stuck straight back into the term this week with our Learning Conferences happening on Wednesday and Thursday just been. There were almost 240 conferences booked over the two days and some amazing learning being shared and continuing those strong connections and partnerships between kura and whānau.

You would by now have had a chance to read your child’s interim report that was given out at the end of last term. As we iterated in the pānui (notice) that accompanied it, this report was designed to give you insight into your child’s progress this year. If you are wondering about the changes to this form of reporting, I whipped up a screen recording to explain these here: (https://youtu.be/OTfkAxs0l4I) if you want to know more. As with all new things, we welcome your feedback, so flick me an email with your thoughts.

Welcome back to Kerri who has taken over in Harakeke as she has come back from her time away on the STLP (Science Teaching Leadership Programme) through the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Her and Brenda have played tag as Brenda has just got underway in the same programme and is based up at Massey University’s School of Sport and Exercise with Dr Toby Mundel. An exciting time for both teachers as Kerri will look to infuse all she has learnt with her class and also pass on to the rest of us on staff too.

A special welcome to Maddy Speirs who has joined the RSS Whānau working Thursdays and Fridays in BGR8. She brings a wealth of experience from her teaching at Central Normal and College Street. We know you’ll be a great fit in there with Joy.

This Wednesday, we are accomodating the entire senior team from Douglas Park School in Masterton as they come across and compete in the annual Tararua Challenge. This will be the fourth time that the event has taken place and our second time hosting at RSS. We play them in Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Netball and Hockey and it is always a great day and encapsulates our school values of Manaakitanga (hospitality), Rekareka (fun) and Whakawhanaungatanga (positive relationships) A big thanks to the RSS Supporters Club and our Year 3/4 classes for arranging the kai for our manuhiri (visitors) from the Wairarapa! We’d love to see you cheer on the kids, so have a look at the proposed timetable for the day below. All games are played at RSS, except the Hockey is played at QEC on their turf. (Use the entry off North Street) #keeptheflag

Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead. Lets pray for some more of that early spring weather we are getting.
Ngā Mihi Mahana,

PS Tough loss for Joseph Parker this morning. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn…
PPS If you can, tune in tonight at 7pm on TV2 to see Awhina’s mum on the Survivor Reunion tonight. You’ve got our vote for the Peoples Choice award Karla!