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BP Challenge Success


Today three teams from Russell Street School took part in the BP primary school challenge at St Peters College in Palmerston North.
The BP challenge is a creative thinking science and technology challenge where teams get set tasks and materials like newspaper and string to complete them. This years big project was to create a bird feeder. The year 5 / 6 mystery task was to make a marble run and the year 3/4 team had to make a stretcher to carry 2.5kg of flour through an obstacle course.
Our 2012 year 5/6 teams were Scott, Millar, Madeline and Cameron (RSS1) and Laura, Oliver P, Jack M, and Ethan J (RSS2). The year 3/4 team was Lili, Ben, Oliver F and Jacob C.
RSS was 1st in year 5/6 bird feeder and 2nd in the year 3/4 bird feeder and the RSS teams won a microscope spot prize.


“We worked really well as a team and it was fun being creative.” Laura
“It was challenging to get the team to listen to our ideas when we were competing,” Scott.

RSS Uke Group

The Russell Street School Ukelele Group are busy honing their skills in preparation for the Central Ukelele Festival. This festival will be held on September the 1st at Arena 2.

Jessica:”I like it how we all learn new and different chords with help from Jen.”

Hannah:”I love learning all the different chords and having fun at all times. We have been getting better at standing up in front of an audience and being confident!”

“Wot Not To Wear” Thank You.

The Russell Street School Supporters’ Club would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations and support for the “Wot Not To Wear” evening with Suzie Johnson.  Our fundraiser event was very successful and we are very grateful for the support these businesses have provided to help us reach our fundraising goals.  Every guest was presented with a gift to take home, and there was over $1200.00 worth of spot prizes won on the night.
The proceeds from this event will be directly applied to subsidising the music and cultural space for our children to gain a variety of rich learning experiences and opportunities.
Thank you again to the following businesses.
 NZ Magazines
 Moxon Showcase Jewelers
Whitcoulls Plaza
 Forget Me Not Flowers
Cameron Jewelers
 Max Wilson Diamond Jeweler
 Hair Works
Hairos on Russell
 Paper Plus

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week has been developed by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission – in order to raise awareness about the Māori language and increase opportunities for people to learn and use it.  Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language.

Take a look at the class blogs to see some of the ways each class has fostered Maori language and celebrated our rich cultural heritage. Below is a sample of how our Room 4 Monster Minds class has developed their oral language skills and understanding.

We encourage you, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do, to find a way to express how you can use, honour, speak and show your love for the language of our country. If you some ideas go to: for learners; for speakers; and for businesses.