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Douglas Park Sports Exchange

Kia ora koutou,

What a great day the Year 5/6s had at Douglas Park School in Masterton on Tuesday in our annual sports exchange. We were respectfully welcomed with a powhiri that set the scene for a wonderful and very successful event.
Russell St came away with the Tararua Challenge flag and will proudly hold on to it until next year.

There was a whole lot more to celebrate beyond simply winning and losing. Our students were awesome and embraced the opportunity to compete even when the scoreline may have not been in their favour.

It was also fantastic to have a number of parents and whānau supporting our tamariki in conditions that were not the best. A very special mention to
our coaches and teachers who make days like this possible and prepare our students for the competition. On behalf of everyone – kia ora, thank you!

The exchange is a great opportunity for all of us; students, staff and parents, to demonstrate and see in an authentic context our school values:

Finally,  the developing friendship and camaraderie between our schools at both a child and staff level is fantastic. This is a very positive relationship with another school that will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years and something that all students at Russell St can look forward to participating in.

Ngā mihi nui,


We have had a great 2 weeks refreshing and planning new learning adventures for the children and can’t wait for the term to begin. We hope you are able to join us for powhiri on Monday as we welcome our new Principal, Nick Rate and new students, families and Massey Masters of Teaching Students. 

Of note are the events in the first few weeks listed below. 

 Week 1 Powhiri on Monday
 Week 2 Douglas Park Yr 5/6 sports exchange
Junior Team Trip to the Globe
Rm 12 & 14 Assembly
 Week 3 Senior Team River/ Te Manawa visits
 Week 4 School Photo’s
Rm 2 & 3 Assembly


Learning Conference Bookings Now Open

We are presently preparing for Learning Conferences  to be held Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.  We are looking forward to meeting with you all. Details of how to book these times are being sent home this Wednesday.

The letter of explanation is attached here and instructions on how to book your Learning Conference are here. We’ve got pretty close to every student having a conference in years gone by but we haven’t yet hit the 100% mark.  I’m sure we can do it this time?

Term Dates 2018

The following Table shows the term dates for 2018, as approved by the Board of Trustees.

Please take special note of the teacher only day prior to Queen’s Birthday weekend during which time the staff will be engaging in a full-school professional development day. These days have been added onto the end of the school year, meaning we will finish on Friday December 14th (and not Thursday December 13th).   

Russell Street School Term Dates and  Holidays 2018
Term 1 Start Tuesday, 30 Jan To Friday, April 13 (100)
Term 2 Mon, April 30 Fri To July 6

TOD -1 June (96)

Term 3 Mon, July 23 To Fri, Sept 28


Term 4 Mon, Oct 15 To End Friday, Dec 14 (88)


The school will be open until December 14th,  which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half-days in 2018.

384 half days in total
Waitangi Day –falls on Feb 6 (Tuesday)
Easter (30 March- 3 April)– including Easter Tuesday,
Anzac Day (25 April)–falls in the term 1 break
Queen’s Birthday –June 4 (Monday)
Labour Day –October 22  (Monday)