Empower, Enrich, Excel.

Whakamana, Whakahaumako, Whakahirahira

Empower – Whakamana

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

At Russell Street School, Empower means giving learners the skills and knowledge they need to reach their goals and chase their dreams. It’s about making sure everyone feels proud of who they are, where they come from, and know that they are valued, heard and have the confidence to achieve what they want in school and life. It’s like giving them a special key to unlock all the amazing possibilities ahead of them.

Enrich – Whakahaumako

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu.

Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar.

At Russell Street School, Enrich means making our school environment and approaches to learning really awesome for our learners so they are inspired to learn and become even better at what they love to do and what they need to know. It’s about finding what each student is really good at and giving them lots of chances to try new things. It’s like giving a garden just the right conditions to flourish.

Excel – Whakahirahira

Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei.

Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.

At Russell Street School, Excel means our learners are doing their very best and getting better at something little by little, like when they practice a sport or a hobby and keep getting better each time they try. It’s about setting goals and working hard to reach them, even if it takes time. It’s like spreading your wings and soaring, reaching new heights with effort and determination.