Blast to the Past

Russell Street School presents: Blast to the Past
Directed by Rachel Lenart, Dean McKerras and the teachers of Russell Street School

Russell Street School has just turned 90 and to celebrate, the kids of RSS are going back in time with their school production.

“How’s this for elearning! A time machine! How better than to connect to the school’s history than to EXPERIENCE IT! Not in VR but IRL! Show me some wairua and come with me! “

For four kids at Russell Street, the opportunity for adventure (AHEM… Learning) proves too tempting. But their actions have some serious consequences. Will they be able to fix what’s been broken?

Each class focused on a different decade, learning about New Zealand and what life was like for kids ‘back in the day’. Sometimes poignant, sometimes ridiculous, these ideas were threaded together into an irreverent and vibrant play by award winning theatre director Rachel Lenart (Vinegar Tom, Modern Girls in Bed) a Russell Street mum with clearly too much time on her hands. Because it takes a village, she was joined by Russell Street mums and dads on choreography, local legend Dean McKerras (Dance NZ made, Shortland St the musical), Marika Harvey of Dance Works (choreographer of the year, Mary Poppins) and Chantelle Christiansen (Dean McKerras School of Dance).

“Oooh, look! A big red button!”
“Don’t press it!”
“Dude, I’m totally going to press it”

Join Russell Street School for one night only on a journey through time. Where the children find the values of today, by celebrating and sometimes clashing with what came before. Music, dance, comedy, doubtful physics, over their heads political gags and school history have never been so much fun!

Ki o Rahi

Congratulations to our two teams who played in the Kelly Sport Ki o Rahi tournament at Ongley Park this week.

Our 2 teams were amazing, coming away with 1st and 3rd places overall!

Ka mau te wehi! What an awesome result for our learners.

Te Pikinga

Te Pikinga Roopu from Russell Street School competing in our first regional Kapa Haka competition. Even though we have lots to learn, we are still so proud of our wairua, kotahitanga and panekiretanga!

A fantastic ERO Report for Russell St School!

Kia ora whānau!

We are both excited and proud to share with you the final report from the Education Review Office.

The report outlines the great things that are in place at Russell Street to ensure it is a fantastic place for learning. This is a huge acknowledgement of work our amazing and committed team of teachers, support staff, leaders and trustees do to make our school the best possible place for our students.

The report confirms that the school continues to be on a 4-5 year ERO review cycle (which is awesome!), and I would encourage you to read the full report as there is so much to be proud of about our school!

Read the full report and letter from Jann Marshall.

If you have anything you would like to follow up with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kia ora rawa atu, Nick

ePro8 Challenge

Our two ePro8 teams came 1st and 2nd= respectively in their Science/Technology Challenge. Fantastic effort from all of our learners; Flo, Cam, Daniela and Ava (1st); Emily, Joe, Josh P and Eva (2nd=).

God luck for the semi-final on April 11!

Mural Unveiling

This week we unveiled the amazing Key Competencies mural which was completed at the end of 2017.

It was great to have our Year 6 students, now year 7s at Ross and PNINS, return for the official event.

Thank you Carolyn for coordinating this event and guiding our learners in creating this wonderful piece of art.