Ahiahi mārie (Good afternoon) Pīwakawaka whānau,

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of another term with just one week to go before the holiday break. Time is flying! Some pānui as we look ahead to Week 10:

Mid-Year Reports and Term 3 Learning Conferences

  • Mid-Year Reports will be sent home on Thursday July 5th.
  • Learning Conferences will take place in the first week of Term 3 on Wednesday July 25th and Thursday July 26th (school closes at 12.30pm on Weds 25th July)

For more information about these, please click here. There is a lot of important info that you need to be familiar with in order to understand the reports and to book your learning conferences, so please make time to read this when you can.

General Pānui

  • Anna is teaching in Pīwakawaka on Monday, July 2nd instead of Wednesday as my classroom release day has changed for this week only. Anna is also working for me on Thursday, July 5th as I am off-site attending a Papatūānuku Team Planning day.  Anna is so excited to be working two days this week and we are SO lucky to have her!
  • The lovely Fiona (Room 9’s teacher) is finishing with us at the end of this term. Her poroporoaki (farewell) assembly is on Tuesday, July 3rd at 2.30pm. You are more than welcome to join us in wishing her well (bring tissues!).
  • Thank you for providing a spare change of clothes in your child’s bag. This is such a huge help on muddy, rainy days. Our school supplies are very limited and it makes life so much easier when there’s a spare set ready in their bags. Ngā mihi!
  • TOMORROW (SUNDAY, July 1st) is PLANT A TREE day at school. If you’re free between 1pm and 3pm and can BYO spade we’d love you to help us beautify our grounds. Troy has promised his Nana’s scones as a sweetener so make sure you come along if you can! Throw Troy an email if you’ve got any pātai (questions), or just to let him know you’re coming so he knows how many scones to bring… troy@russellst.school.nz
  • With Whakawhanaungatanga being our overarching value for 2018, my Nan & Grandad spent Thursday morning in our classroom which your tamaiti (child) may have talked about at home. Nan is about to turn 90 and Grandad is 85, so it was a bit special to have them join us. They were absolutely blown away by how clever and beautiful our kids are! We got to show them how fantastic we are at Writing and Reading, and then we performed our haka and waiata which made them both tear up. I was so proud of the Manaakitanga (respect & hospitality) our tamariki showed my grandparents. We’re excited for their next visit!
  • On another Whakawhanaungatanga note…Check out the Arohanui Hospice Facebook page to see a post they did about our awesome kura’s contribution to ‘Shorts for Hospice’ day. It features a pikitia (picture) of our kids with their Shorts Day artwork! (If you’re not on Facebook don’t worry, I’ve attached the photo they posted below along with other pictures from our week).

Te Kupu O Te Wiki

  • Ka pai tō mahi! – Good work!

This is a phrase you will often see on Seesaw so I thought it was a useful one to chuck in here this week.

Stay warm & enjoy the rest of your weekend. I can’t bring myself to talk about the Warriors and there’s no All Blacks game to write about tonight…Levi got Player of the Day at Rippa today though so I’m celebrating that instead! Can’t wait to hear how our other Rippa players got on.

If you have any questions or wonderings about any of the above, feel free to drop me an email: lucy@russellst.school.nz.

Kia pai tō pō (Have a good night),


Shorts for Hospice artwork

Lucy’s grandparents watching our haka and waiata – they were so impressed!

2Meke and Pīwakawaka celebrating Kascity and Katiya’s birthday on Thursday – we were treated with a cake! Thank you Saies whānau!

Kascity and Katiya were excited to share their keke with us