Join us in building a new school charter

Dear Parents/Caregivers
We’re engaging in further important work as we rebuild our school charter and we invite you to get involved.
In term four of last year, parents took the opportunity to complete ‘School effectiveness surveys’ focusing on the current position i.e. how well we are doing.  We also invited parents to join us for ‘charter chats’ discussing and sharing their vision for the future of learning.  All of this information was valued and welcomed.
We now turn our attention to building a new school charter, an important role undertaken by the Board.
We will also be taking 10 minutes to ask you a few questions around the important person specifications you would like us to consider as we go through the process of appointing new Principal.
We have arranged an open CHARTER WORKSHOP at which time we will examine, discuss and begin prioritising plans/activities for the next 3-5 years.  This workshop is open to all, with specific invites to Supporters’ Club Members, Staff and Board.  The date and time of this workshop is Wednesday, March 8, from 5.45 -8.00 with a light dinner included. You can expect to have a brief homework (preparation) activity and be involved in group discussion/tasks that assist with the development of our charter for the period 2017-2020 on the night. You are very welcome to join us.  To assist with planning we must know if you will be joining us -simply email or advise the office and we will add you to the list.

Maths Support Teacher

Welcome back to the 2017 school year everyone! It is wonderful to see our learners returning to school with their big smiles ready for an action packed year ahead of them. A very warm welcome to all our new families too – I certainly look forward to getting to know you all. One exciting aspect of the learning and teaching at RSS this year is our new role of Maths Support Teacher or MST. We are very fortunate to have this resource available to us. It is with a lot of excitement to the possibilities this role lends to our school, that I look forward to be facilitating maths support at RSS this year.

MST is the first year of a two year intervention initiated by the Ministry of Education. MST 1 and 2 provides short and long term supplementary support for groups of students below and well below the expected standard in maths. MST focuses on using the expertise within the school to evaluate the effectiveness of current practices that support accelerated mathematics learning and to closely monitor the impact of an intervention for small groups of students.

MST has the following outcomes for schools:
Acceleration for targeted students.
Improved student achievement of learners, with a focus on priority learners, enabling greater percentages of students to reach curriculum expectation.
The development over time, of a school Curriculum and Achievement Plan.
System improvement and capability building across each participating school.
As part of this intervention I will be completing a mathematics education post-graduate paper through Massey University.

This intervention also fits nicely with our participation in the Community of Learning and builds on our intensive work with Dinah Harvey over the last two years. If your child is selected to be in one of the small groups, I will be in touch with you over the next few weeks.

Warm regards, Mel

School is currently closed for the Christmas break.

We hope you have a restful break also and we look forward to connecting with you and your family again in 2017.

A reminder that stationery packs will be sold on 27th of January 10am – 2.00pm, in room 1.  Payment can be made by cash, cheques, eftpos.

2017 Term Dates –Russell Street School
Term 1 Tuesday January, 31 To Thursday, April 13          (104)
Term 2 Monday, May 1

Teachers Only Day –June 2

To Friday, July 7                         (98)
Term 3 Monday, July 24 To Friday, September 29                      (100)
Term 4 Monday, October 16 To Friday, December 15       (88)

Parents/ Caregivers should check with each school they have an association with as there is often small variation in start and end dates.

Thanks Brian and Shirley!

dsc03091Last week we took time to celebrate the decades of leadership and commitment that Shirley and Brian Pegler have given so generously and especially in this community.  Brian and Shirley have been at the forefront of the provision of Christian Religious Education in our school and in many other schools across the region. We enjoyed an assembly, followed by ‘high tea’ and photos. Thank you both for the wonderful contribution you have made, over many, many years.  And thank you to the family, as pictured, that joined us for the occasion.

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