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Kororareka Russell School, in partnership with the community, will provide students with a secure and supportive learning environment so that they will achieve excellence and develop into lifelong learners who are confident, connected and actively involved.

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St. John Russell proudly presents Russell’s got (so much) Talent.

Fri May 07 04:08pm

Russell’s Got Talent

Russell Football Association – Thursday afternoon Soccer.

Wed May 05 12:57pm

Hi parents and caregivers,
the Russell Football Association will be starting up Thursday afternoon soccer at the school field starting tomorrow, 6 May 2021, running for an hour from 3:15pm. We will see how many children over what age range are participating tomorrow and decide how we will run things for the day. Any parent help is greatly appreciated, particularly on the 20th and 27th May, as well as the 3rd June, when I will be away on holiday. We have a limited supply of boots in various sizes should they be needed.

Thank you.

Shane Hogan
Russell Football Association

Russell School Board of Trustees Election Declaration of Parent Election Results.

Tue May 04 12:44pm

Parent Election Results

Pamela McManus – Returning Officer.

2 sleeps to go!

Sat May 01 01:36pm

Congratulations to all those keen mathematicians who put in some time on Mathletics over the term break. Several students were awarded certificates including…

Silver: Beau, Ruby

Bronze: Zoe, Henri-Lloyd, Asher J-T

Remember that one of the great things about Mathletics is that it can help you as parents see the sorts of skills your children are learning and some of the strategies they are able to use.

Enjoy your weekend, our teachers are counting down and getting excited about a fresh term


Final assembly for Term 1 – 2:15 Room 4, we look forward to seeing you there.

Fri Apr 16 11:35am


Wed Apr 14 10:47am

 Sent on behalf of the Russell Boating Club.

Voyage for Voyce


Mon Apr 12 09:56am

Tennis is on this afternoon and will be the last session for the term.

Mathletics – Week 10

Sun Apr 11 02:32pm

Congratulations to all the students who achieved certificates in Mathletics this week. 

Bronze – Kai, Zoe, Austin, Henri-Lloyd, George, Asher J-T, Vidar and Beau.

Silver – Asher J-T

With one more week of the term to go, it would be great to see all of our students achieve a Bronze before the end of the term.

Well done to all those students who are working independently to practice and review.


Reminder: Cricket season.

Thu Apr 08 10:58am

Cricket has finished for the season. Many thanks to the organisers and helpers for introducing cricket to our tamariki.

Kei whea kē mai te pai o te mahi nei!

Week 10

Tue Apr 06 02:17pm

Kia ora whanau,

Thank you all again for pitching in and making the most of a soggy Activities Week. We have rescheduled two events already and we will keep you up-to-date via the app and homenotes.

I am at a conference this week and out with Mrs Worthington at a seminar on Monday the 12th so I won’t be at school again until Tuesday 13th April. Classroom teachers or Lara can usually answer any queries but if you need more assistance please check in with Mrs Young who will be looking after everyone.

There is still one more week left after this week – Term 1 finishes at 3.00 of Friday the 16th April. Term 2 commences on Monday the 3rd. 

Kia pai to wiki

Nga mihi ki a koutou!

Thu Apr 01 07:49pm

Thank you to all our staff, parents and supporters who made our week so much fun. We have plans to catch up on missed activities which we will share with you next week. 

Have a wonderful Easter break together.


Family Movie at Cinema Kororāreka: Two by Two – Overboard. Saturday 3rd April 5:00pm

Thu Apr 01 03:49pm

Two by Two – Overboard
Adrift on a flood, two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.



Russell School Board of Trustees Elections

Thu Apr 01 09:00am

Nominations are open for the election of 3 parent representatives to the board of trustees.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 23 April 2021. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours (8.30 – 3.00).

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 26 May.

Signed: Pamela McManus
Returning Officer.

Reminder: school finishes at 1pm tomorrow.

Wed Mar 31 09:05am



Northland DHB Oral Health Visit

Tue Mar 30 02:17pm

Kia ora whanau,

Please refer to the below letter from the Oral Health team who plan to start seeing our students from Thursday next week. Any queries please contact the clinic directly or call/email Ulrike Herzhoff, Oral Health Therapist, Northland DHB on 027 496 7778.
Northland DHB Oral Health Visit
Nga mihi maioha.


Yellowtail Raffle

Tue Mar 30 12:57pm

Kelly Maddren and Ashleigh Parlane-Peters are fundraising for the 2021 Russell School Yellowtail Fishing Team. Please contact them directly should you wish to purchase tickets outside of school hours (details attached).
Yellowtail Raffle
If you would like to support the fishing team there are a limited number of raffle tickets available at the front office.

Kia pai to koutou ra.


R. Tucker Thompson

Mon Mar 29 02:45pm

Kia ora whanau,

The R. Tucker Thompson crew will communicate with us tomorrow morning and we will make our decision by 8.30. That means that your child should come to school prepared for a day at sea. If the trip is cancelled we will make the. ost of the day at school together.


Dental Truck

Mon Mar 29 02:34pm

As you may have seen, we have the dental truck parked up and ready to see our students next week. Keep an eye on the app for more information.

Noho ora mai,



Easter Break

Mon Mar 29 11:40am

Kia ora,

thiis is just a quick reminder that the Easter break is from Friday 2nd April until Tuesday 6th April. School is back on Wednesday the 7th.


Easter break

Surfing Cancelled

Mon Mar 29 07:21am

Kia ora whanau,

we have just had the call from the New Zealand Surf Academy that our sessions today will be postponed. We will look for other dates. School will run as usual..

Thanks to Lara and the Surf Academy for their efforts.


Activities Week

Sun Mar 28 07:25pm

Kia ora whanau,

We are keeping a very close eye on the weather and expect that most of our activities planned for this week will be able to go ahead.

Surfing: We have lots of parent support and will also use the school but f we need to transport children. If the weather is good for surfing but not for hanging out at the beach we will have half the group back at school while the other half is at the beach.

If the weather is more inclement we will postpone our surf day. Our expert instructors will let us know what they think first thing in the morning.

R. Tucker Thompson: We will come to school ready to go ob voard and will consult with the crew in the morning.

Orongo Bay Walk: The classroom teachers will decide on Tuesday morning if the walk will go ahead. 

Waitangi: With suitable wet-weather gear this trip should not be affected.

Russell Beach Day: Keep an eye on the forecast…

Please help your child by making sure that they are ready for the activities of each day. If you have any queries please use this app as well as email as the messages come through to myself and Lara promptly..

Ka kite apopo



More Mathletics Achievements

Fri Mar 26 08:08pm

Congratulations to Seth who was awarded a Silver Certificate today!

Bronze Certificates were awarded to Beau, Sophia, Bella, Austin, Henri-Lloyd, Mackemzie, Wiri, Sydney, Ava-Dot, Stevi and Conor.

Please encourage your student to do just a little bit every day to build knowledge, skills and confidence.

Have a great weekend!


Activities Week

Fri Mar 26 03:28pm

Kia ora whanau,

Although the weather forecast is a little grim, we are still planning to go ahead with as many activities as we safely can. Please keep your eye on your app for notifications of any changes. 

Nga mihi nui



No assembly today. Have a great weekend and please help your child be ready for Monday. We are keeping an eye on the weather .

Fri Mar 26 08:57am

More Bronze Certificates!

Thu Mar 25 04:52pm

Congratulations to Logan and John of Room 3 who both achieved Bronze Certificates in Mathletics today. I watched you deal with some really tricky problems, look for patterns and use your knowledge.

Ka mahi pai e tama!

Silver Certificate – Nico

Tue Mar 23 05:57pm

Well done Nico for achieving a Silver Certificate in Mathletics this week. A.J. has also scored a Bronze. Boys, I’m really proud that you are making time to practice your skills and review your new learning.

Ka mau te wehi!

Room 3 Mathletics

Mon Mar 22 01:34pm

Congratulations to Stevi for achieving a Silver Certificate this week. This is Room 3s first silver for 2021.

Ava-Dot, Mackenzie, Honour and Sydney also achieved Bronze Certificates! We are waiting patiently for the lads to catch up!

Yellowtail Fundraiser

Mon Mar 22 08:41am

Kia ora whanau,

Please read the attached letter outlining the fundraising plan for this year’s Yellowtail Team. If you have any great ideas or contributions please get in touch with Kelly Maddren, our Fundraising Manager.

Please pass this information on to any people or groups who might be able to help.

Nga mihi,

Kelly and Melissa

Yellowtail Fundraiser

Thanks to our amazing volunteers

Tue Mar 16 06:20pm

Russell School staff would like to thank some amazing volunteers who have been really busy around our school.

Jasper and Flo have help split and stack firewood cleared gutters and tidied several gardens around the school.

Hannah, Abby and Bianca have been busy in the vege garden and the kitchen, helping our children grow and cook delicious kai. 

Jenny continues to support us by taking care of our books in the resource room. 

Chris is helping us in the library by accessioning and cataloguing books. 

Fran continues to take great care of our lovely worms.

Riki, Jayne and Phil are coaching our youngest students in cricket.

And of course, Bec’s amazing effort raised over $8,000 for our school activities!

A little school like ours thrives when people get involved in practical ways. Please get in touch if you have something you would like to help with.


Reminder – Meeting at 5:30 today – Friends of Russell School (FORS)

Mon Mar 15 02:00pm

We need you….come and join the Friends of Russell School:
Friends of Russell School (FORS)

For our tamariki.
For our school.
For their future.

Please join us on Monday, 15 March 2021, 5:30pm in the Staff Room.

Milk Bottle tops needed

Mon Mar 15 08:35am

Kia ora whanau,

Please send in any spare, clean milk bottle tops to school with your child. Room 3 is looking for a variety of colours for a science experiment next week.

Nga mihi


Kiwi CAM Competitions

Thu Mar 11 02:22pm

 Kia ora whanau,

If your child is interested in entering the 2021 Kiwi Competitions for Science, Maths and English please check out the information here. You can print your own permission slip or request one from our office. The cost for each entry is $9.50 and all entries must be to our office by the 12th of May.

Kiwi CAM Parent Letter

Kiwi CAM Brochure

Kiwi CAM Poster


Tue Mar 09 02:47pm

Cricket starts on Thursday this week. All children are welcome. Our focus is on having fun together and learning a few new skills. Jayne and Anton will work with the younger students and Simon and I will work with the older children. Please pick your children up by 4.15


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