End of 2019 Update

Kia Ora Whānau,

The last day of 2020 is nearly here…

What a fantastic day this was for our departing 49 Year 6 leavers that we have. All we can say is that Ross, PNINS, Feilding and St Peters are very lucky to be receiving an amazing bunch of learners. Thank you for the leadership you have provided our school in your time here. Rosie, Nic, John, Bianca and Mel, as well as the rest of the staff are so very proud of you and your achievements. You will all be missed.

End of Year Prizegiving:
On Wednesday afternoon we had our end of year prizegiving recognising our many award winners and what an afternoon it was. We held it onsite in our hall for the first time in a number of years and it was a full house! Check out the nominees and recipients here: End of Year Prizegiving 2019. Congratulations to all our winners!

The annual mural was unveiled yesterday morning and I’m sure I say this every year, but this is my new favourite! It is simply breathtaking. Thanks to Carolyn for her leadership in this space, I know you are so proud of Peyton, Jack, Keira, Meleena, Eva, Daniela, JC, Rebecca and Emily. What a talented bunch of artists they are.

Tomorrow we farewell a number of staff who are finishing up with us::
Suzanne Smith has been a valued member of our staff for  years and has lifted the profile of GATE within our school. She has positively impacted many children’s lives through her One Day Schools, Create Groups, Teaching in Poutama and being our Reading Recovery teacher. She moves on to join the Feilding Kāhui Ako as the Learning Support Coordinator.
Stephanie Bookless was only really with us for 2018, but was a loved teacher by the kids in 6 with a Mix. She has decided that the ‘Mum Life’ is for her with her daughter Olivia. We wish her and Marc all the best.
Demelza Darby has been a great addition to the team keeping us covered while our Mums were on leave; taking over from Ebony last year when she had Evie and then this year for Samantha when she had Jaida. Hopefully she will be back doing some relieving for us one day.
-Bridget Higson has been an excellent part time teacher in a range of classes over her time her. She has shared her love for sport and art with a wide range of learners from Poutokomanawa, Te Whanake, Atawhai and Waka Huia. Thank you for your contributions to our school.
Kate Cliff has been a Teaching Assistant for the last few years supporting our priority learners. This year she became our Quick60 teacher, which is an intervention designed to help lift students achievement in reading and has gathered pleasing results. We wish her all the best for her next journey.
Jeremy Phillips has been our resident tech fixer upperer over the last 17 years and has decided to move on to the next stage of his life. His wicked sense of humour will be missed.
-Also a massive farewell to our parents who are ending their tenure with us by default, as they have a year 6 leaving tomorrow and they are the last in their family to attend our school. Like I always tell kids “Russell Street is more than a school, it’s in your DNA!” so don’t be a stranger. Farewell to any of our families who are leaving our school tomorrow and moving on to new schools in 2020.

School Reports:
These went home with your child today. Our staff have worked tirelessly to get these finished and they are all a beautiful read. I personally love the student voice element, which puts your child at the centre. Please take the time to read these alongside your child as opposed to on your own, as they really are a special document.

Start Dates for 2020:
Information about this is included in the report in the class placement. Korero Mai (Meet the Learner) is all set to go for the 28th/29th January 2020. You will need to book a 20 minute slot for your child/ren on either day. These are taken as school days and attendance is compulsory. The timeslots are at 11.30am-7.30pm on Tuesday 28th January and 9-5pm on the Wednesday 29th January 2020. Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the code is 228us to book. Full school back for instruction on the Thursday 30th January.

Class Placements:
Here is the map for 2020 so you can see where everybody is next year.

With Suzanne leaving us, from Term 2 John Smith has agreed to be our new GATE teacher for 2020 and beyond. He is extremely passionate about working with children who need further extension, so is the perfect person for this job (MuWahahaha)

Nic’s Sabbatical:
For those of you who don’t already know, Nic Mason won a sabbatical for Term 1 of 2020. John Smith will be the full time classroom teacher for those learners in Room 7 next year during Nic’s absence. When Nic comes back in Term 2, he will be resume co-teaching with John. (Nic: Monday, Tuesday, Friday. John: Wednesday, Thursday)

Sports Uniforms:
All our Summer Sports concluded yesterday and we desperately need to restock our shelves with our uniforms ready for next years sporting codes. If you forgot to give them back to your coach, could you please hand them in to the office, especially if you are a year 6 student who doesn’t have any younger siblings.

Library Books:
Have you seen these books? Rebecca would love them back please.

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.