Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 9.06.14 pmWhat a fantastic experience our year 5 & 6 students had on Tuesday as we travelled to Douglas Park School in Masterton for our inaugural sports exchange.  This exchange involved five sporting codes (Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Basketball and Soccer). The children were thrilled with the wins in basketball, rugby and soccer and although disappointed in losing in other codes enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to make new friendships. We certainly felt very welcome and look forward to hosting Douglas Park next year.


Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 9.08.35 pmThis exchange builds on many years of sporting development and success. Participation in local organised sports has grown each year and we see developing an ongoing relationship with a school outside of Manawatu as the next step in growing lifelong participation in sports. The ability to participate and compete with similar sized schools outside of the Manawatu area will further lift our children’s participation and enjoyment of sport, helping develop lifelong participation at a high level.
 
Thank you to the parents and staff who ensured this was a success and supported us during the planning and at the event.
If you would like to see more images of the day click here.

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The following table shows the term dates for 2016 as approved by the Board of Trustees. Please take special note of the two days prior to Queen’s Birthday, during which time staff will be on a two day tour of schools out of the region. (These days have been added on to the end of the school year, meaning we finish on Friday, December 16 (and not Wednesday, December 14).

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I was eager to run the cross country.  Kerri warmed us up IMG_0168on the yellow line.  We started to go up the hill.  My shoes got soaked.  I kept on going on, running on to the finish line.  Down the shoot where you start to sprint, loud footsteps behind me made me go faster.  I  huffed and puffed! (Reagan) 

 

I was dreading cross country, because there were going to be puddles on the field.  Kerri was warming us up.  Kerri boomed, IMG_0150“On your marks, get set, go!”  The blocks banged.  It was loud and then we took off like a shot.  When I saw a puddle I always went around it.  When I got to the shoot I looked all around.  It looked  like I was going to be fourth. (Isabelle)

 

I was dreading cross country, because there were going to be puddles on the field.  Kerri was warming us up.  Kerri boomed, “On your marks, get set, go!”  The blocks banged.  It was loud and then we took off like a shot.  When I saw a puddle I always went around it.  When I got to the shoot I looked all around.  It looked  like I was going to be fourth. (Helna)

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Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 12.13.33 pmWe are delighted to report further success by RSS students, this time in Inter-school equestrian. Abby and Bella I both excelled in this event! Bella won the dressage in her division and in fact first across all divisions (120 students) and Abby came a remarkable third in her division.
This meant that the RSS/Whakarongo team were first in the Dressage! And they were one of the only primary schools there competing against high schools and even tertiary students!
Bella was clear with no faults in both of her jumping rounds and Abby who wasn’t even planning to jump but challenged herself also did a great job. She had a lot of support from the crowd as was by far the smallest rider! A great future ahead Abby.
Well done to you.  Everyone shares in your success.  All the best with your next event girls and thanks for representing our school so positively!

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Here’s a great video clip of students taking charge of their learning.

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