While many are crying out for rain for their gardens Russell Street had been making the most of the glorious fine weather during our annual sports events. On Wednesday the 27th of February the year 3-6 students all took part in the triathlon. What a great day of sporting celebration and support for each other it was.
As part of the 33 days of Cycling event run by Sport Manawatu to celebrate cycling we had a wheels day at school. We joined other schools around the Manawatu with a day to celebrate wheels. It was a lot of fun with a Race for the flags relay, ‘Pimp my ride Parade’ and a slowest bike race. We also used cycle mountain and made an obstacle course. We ran out of time for the race the teacher event but maybe next time! Watch out Chris!
Pictured below is the team that went on retreat prior to the start of the school year to experience life/protocol on a marae, further strengthen the staff culture and prepare/plan for the 2013 year. Our learning included the male staff learning the school haka and the female staff learning poi and a new waiata. RSS has assembled a formidable team, committed to providing the best learning opportunities that meet our vision of “Inspiring creativity and excellence …within and beyond the four walls of the classroom”.
Later this term, all students will participate in a Marae visit, with senior students staying overnight. It is likely that this trip will also include (for the senior students) walking the Gorge loop. More information about this is being prepared right now, with the costs being met from activity fee.
Nothing can be achieved without a plan. The 2013 elections are being run by the NZ School Trustees Association in partnership with the Ministry of Education. We need to prepare!
Triennial elections for school boards of trustees are an opportunity for the community to reflect on the skills and knowledge the board needs and the values it wants represented. This is the time to consider who would make an ideal trustee for the benefit of all students over the next three years.
Our timeline for the 2013 elections is:
April 15- Call for nominations.
April 30 noon -(Main) Electoral roll closes.
May 14 noon -Supplementary roll closes.
May 16 noon -Nominations close
Voting closes- May 30 noon
More detail, once available, will be communicated to you all, once the Returning Officer Guidelines are available and training for this person is complete. In the meantime, give some thought as to whether you might be one of the next trustees, or if you know someone else, that would represent this community well.
We look forward to meeting with you at ‘Meet the Parent’ on Tuesday, February 19. Bookings are being taken now. The intent of this opportunity is to allow parents to share openly everything about their child that might be useful for teachers to know, especially at a time when teachers are getting to know who is in front of them, their interests and their short to mid term learning needs.
Happy 2013 to you all. A quick reminder that Russell Street School opens for instruction on Monday, February 4 at our regular time of 8.55 am. The Office team will be on site Friday, February 1, making stationery sales from 10 am to 2 pm.
Please note all staff are already on site at various times, for a range of planning and preparation meetings, but will be away on retreat January 30/31.
The Principal welcomes knowing about any new in-zone enrolments now, as this facilitates a smooth start of year organisation. Please email him firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the answer phone (06-3586671) If you are considering enrolment at RSS, please note the usual place of residence for your child must be in-zone. There are no places for out of zone students at this time, as space does not allow.
We look forward to re-connecting (or meeting you for the first time) for what promises to be another exciting year.