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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.

Latest Notifications

Whanau Ora – Ngati Hine Health Trust

Fri Sep 23 12:46pm

Kia ora 


I have attached two flyers describing a couple of health initiatives from the Ngati Hine Health Trust.  All checks, consultations, and activities are free.


 


Mauri Ora Market

Project Island Song permission slips must be returned by 9.00 this morning so that we can get our information to the organisers. Nga mihi,

Wed Sep 21 08:57am

Project Island Song

Sun Sep 18 03:24pm

Kia ora whanau,


This reminder is for Year 5 – 8 students only.


Please return all Project Island Song slips as quickly as possible so we can send the information to our organisers.  We have enough parent helpers and cannot take anymore due to the size of the boat and the group. 


Nga mihi


Melissa

Floating Classroom – Urupukapuka Island

Tue Sep 13 02:01pm

Kia ora koutou, 


Please keep and eye out in your Year 5 , 6, 7 and 8’s school bag this Thursday for a permission slip for Project Island songs Floating Classroom field day that will be on Thursday the 22nd of September. 


We also need a 3 – 4 keen parent helpers for the day. Please indicate on the permission slip if you are able to help. 


Kia pai to ra!


 

Office Closed

Wed Sep 07 02:01pm

Due to a bereavement, the school office will be closed for the remainder of the week. If you need to make change’s to your child/ children’s after school arrangements, please contact the school before 1:30pm. 


Our thoughts are with Ange and her whanau during this time. 


Kia pai to rā


 


 

Conservation week 5 – 11th September 2022

Wed Aug 31 12:43pm

Russell Kiwi Protection and the Russell Landcare Trust invites the community for a fun family day celebrating the conservation efforts being made in our community by our community as apart of Conservation Week 2022.
Take part in our:


– Trap building workshop
– Fun activities for the kids
– Native plant i.d and potting workshop
– Wildlife photography competition 
– Kororāreka bay beach clean up
– Geocaching
– Information stalls to learn about how you can help Russell become a pest free sanctuary for our local flora and fauna.



If you would like to hold a stall on the day, enter the photography comp or have any questions about the event email [email protected] or call Rachel 022 604 1374

Russell School Board vacant Parent Representative position

Wed Aug 31 09:34am

Russell School Board vacant Parent Representative position



4 of the 5 vacant parent representative school board positions were filled during our school election.
The Board can choose to either fill the remaining position with another election (by-election) or by selection. 



This message is to inform our school community that the board would like to fill this position via selection.



If you have any questions or objections, please contact the board’s presiding member (formerly chairperson).
Rachel Holland 
[email protected] 
0211855579
or by letter delivered to the school office

Hui-a-kura

Mon Aug 22 01:43pm

Kia ora whanau,


This week we would like to invite you to join us in our whole school assembly on Friday. This starts promptly at 2.15 so all visitors need to be seated by then. You will be hosted by Conor and Eva Hiroa. Please wear a mask while you are inside with us.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Board Agenda for meeting Aug 24, 5.30 in our staffroom.

Sun Aug 21 12:55pm

Agenda 


Kororareka Russell School Board Meeting 24 August 2022


Welcome from Principal


First Meeting Tasks


Code of Conduct and Good Faith Agreed to
Conflict of Interest and Contact Registers
Banking forms 
Elect Presiding Member
Motion to Co-op Erin Bomati
Motion to fill 5th Parent Representative position by selection


Apologies


Previous minutes


May (to be approved)
June (to be approved) 


Matters Arising


Motion to Set Election Date
Motion to change fee paid to Returning Officer


Correspondence in


Correspondence out


Principals report


Motion: To make 25 keys available for lease for the 2022 – 2023 summer season under the terms of the Agreement for the Use of the School Pool 


School Docs Policy Review


NZSTA Term checklist


Property


School House Progress
New Class Room
Solar Panels


General Business


 


If you would like speaking rights on any agenda item please contact our Presiding member, Rachel Holland or myself.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Cross Country Cancelled

Sat Aug 20 10:10am

Kia ora whanau,


This year’s Southern Bay of Islands Cross Country, hosted by Karetu School, has been cancelled due to the unavailability of the venue. 


Nga mihi


Melissa

Russell School Board Election

Wed Aug 17 11:37am

Russell School


School Board Elections 


Parent and Staff Election Results Declaration 


At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was fewer than the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected: 


Parent Election


Holland, Rachel 


Barnett, Kelly


Peterson, Kathleen


Hall, Arapera Jessica



Staff Election 


Prentice, Arthur


A huge mihi to these wonderful people who have chosen to carry out the important mahi of our school board. 


Signed, 


Rachel Thwaites 


Returning Officer

Te Whanau Marama – School Production Cast

Mon Aug 08 12:42pm

Kia ora whanau,


the speaking roles for our school production have been cast. Your child will be able to tell you if they have a role this afternoon. To be able to fulfil this they must be present at school as much as possible, and with no planned absences in November. If you or your whanau are planning a trip away in term 4 please let us know so we can adjust the casting.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Office closed today

Fri Aug 05 08:59am

Kia ora whanau,


Our school office is closed today. If you have any changes for after-school plans, please make sure you have rung and left a message, or put a message through this app by 1.00 today.


It is still very important that children who are coughing and showing symptoms of s respiratory illness are kept home from school. This protects us all.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Office closed today

Thu Aug 04 09:49am

Kia ora whanau,


Our office is closed today. If you have any messages for children regarding after-school arrangements please make sure you have rung us before lunchtime (1.00) so that we can make sure your messages get through.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Bus runs at 1.00

Wed Aug 03 01:04pm

Kia ora whanau,


This is just a quick reminder that our school closes and the bus runs at 1.00 today for goal-setting interviews.


Nga mihi maioha


Melissa

School Board Nominations

Tue Aug 02 11:20am

Nominations for School Board close tomorrow.


Are you thinking of joining the Russell School Board ?(formerly The Russell School Board of Trustees)


Board members don’t have to have children at our school, they just need to be nominated by someone who does.


If you have any questions I am available to talk today, there is also information in the link below.


I look forward to hearing from you


Rachel Holland


Russell School Board Presiding Member


0211855579


https:www.schoolboardelections.org.nz/becoming-a-board-member/

Goal-Setting Appintments

Mon Aug 01 10:33am

Kia ora whanau,


Please ring the office directly if you still need to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher.


We hope to have all of our children in the meetings as they have a wonderful insight into their areas of strengths and what they need to learn next. Please talk to them before you meet with our teachers to make sure that you are discussing the issues that matter most to our children.


We will stop taking bookings from 12.00 on Tuesday for Tuesday afternoon/evening, and at 12.00 on Wednesday for Wednesday afternoon.


If none of the times or dates suits you please let us know and we will arrange another time.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Computer Use Agreement Update

Mon Aug 01 10:17am

Kia ora whanau,


Today your child will bring home a Computer Use Agreement form. We are updating our records and need these returned, signed by all of our parents and caregivers as well as our students. 


Your child’s teacher has reviewed the material in the agreement and it reflects our everyday practices. 


I have also attached the appropriate policies for you to view.


Please discuss the importance of using our equipment and networks responsibly with your child and return the signed for as soon as you feel comfortable that they and you understand its content and intentions.


Nga mihi maioha


Melissa


Digital Technology and Cybersafety



Responsible Use Agreement

Goal-setting meetings – school closes at 1.00

Sat Jul 30 11:14am

Kia ora whanau,


Just a quick reminder that on Tuesday and Wednesday school closes and the bus runs at 1.00. Please make sure you communicate any changes to your child’s after-school routines to Ange in the office. Children cannot wait at school for your interview time as there will be no active supervision. We look forward to seeing you and ask that you wear a mask inside the classroom.


Many thanks


Melissa

FORS Meeting (Friends Of Russell School)

Wed Jul 27 03:29pm

Hello Russell School Community!


The Friends of Russell School (FORS) would like to invite you to our upcoming meeting on Monday August 1st.


We will be celebrating the success of the school disco that we recently organized and discussing our next event …… Quiz Night!  We’ll also review our progress toward a new school playground and sandbox.   We would love your support in strengthening our Russell School community culture and supporting our hard working teachers and staff.


The meeting will be at 9 Wellington st (Ms Fulton’s house) at 5:30pm. Nibbles will be provided, 


Hope to see you there!!


Kindly, Erin Bomati (on behalf of the FORS committee)


[email protected]     ph 0274676368  (feel free to reach out if you have any questions,comments,ideas)

FREE COOKING LESSONS

Wed Jul 27 11:34am

 



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Kiwi Spelling Bee

Tue Jul 26 03:26pm

Kia ora whanau,


Attached is the entry form for this year’s Kiwi Spelling Bee. This is open to children in Year 5 and up. Your child can collect a paper copy from the office if you would like to participate. Entries must be returned to school by Thursday next week.


Nga mihi


Melissa



Kiwi Spelling Bee

Goal-setting meetings

Tue Jul 26 10:30am

Kia ora whanau,


Thank you to all who have sent back their goal-setting permission slips so quickly. This helps us organise the best time for you and for our teachers. 


Please make sure these are returned as soon as possible, and if you have lost yours, just call Ange in the office and she can make you an appointment.


Nga mihi


Melissa

Goal-setting Meetings – August 2 and 3

Mon Jul 25 02:06pm

Kia ora whanau,


We are holding goal-setting meetings for parents, students and teachers on Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of August. On both days school will close and the bus will run at 1.00.


Your child will bring a booking sheet home today. We make bookings as soon as the sheet is returned to school so you have the best chance of getting a time that suits you by returning the sheet quickly.


The purpose of meeting mid-year is to set goals for your child’s academic progress and social development. If you have anything you wish to discuss in particular, please email your child’s teacher so that they can be best prepared for your queries. 


It is ideal to have children present at these meetings as they are often the greatest experts in what they need to learn and do next.


We look forward to seeing you.


Melissa



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Goal-setting Meetings – August 2 and 3

Thu Jul 21 04:27pm

Kia ora whanau,


We are holding goal-setting meetings for parents, students and teachers on Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of August. On both days school will close and the bus will run at 1.00.


Your child will bring a booking sheet home on Monday. We make bookings as soon as the sheet is returned to school so you have the best chance of getting a time that suits you by returning the sheet quickly.


The purpose of meeting mid-year is to set goals for your child’s academic progress and social development. If you have anything you wish to discuss in particular, please email your child’s teacher so that they can be best prepared for your queries. 


It is ideal to have children present at these meetings as they are often the greatest experts in what they need to learn and do next.


We look forward to seeing you.


Melissa



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Nomination form for School Board Elections

Mon Jul 11 09:07pm

 



Nomination Form – English



Becoming a board member

Russell School Board Parent Elections 2022

Mon Jul 11 06:18pm

Tena koutou katoa, 


Nominations are now open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board. All eligible voters will receive a nomination form on Monday the 25th of July, the first day back of Term 3. Keep an eye out in your kids school bags! Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in our community. 


Information on who is and who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. If you would like a nomination form or have any other questions before the first day of term 3, you can contact the returning officer on [email protected]  Nominations close at noon on Wednesday the 3rd of August. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination. The electoral roll will be held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.


More information on voting will be issued on Wednesday the 10th of August and the voting will close at 4pm on the 7th of September. 


Naku noa,


Rachel Thwaites 


Returning Officer


 

Dental Caravan

Mon Jul 11 11:36am

Kia ora whanau,


This morning I rang the Northland District Health Board to try to find out when the Dental Caravan will be visiting Kororareka Russell School. So far, it is not scheduled for Term 3. If you have any queries please ring 0800 MY TEETH (0800 698 3384)


Nga mihi


Melissa

Kiwi CAM Spelling Bee

Mon Jul 11 11:28am

 



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Policy Review Term 3

Mon Jul 11 10:53am

Kia ora whanau,


As always we like to hear from you about what is working and what could be improved at Kororareka Russell School. This term we are reviewing the following policies and would appreciate your input. 


Abuse Recognition and Reporting


Care and Management of Students


Supporting Student Wellbeing


Food and Nutrition


Staff Wellbeing


The most direct way for you to do this is to go directly to our policy website SchoolDocs and follow the instructions.


Visit the website https://russell.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm


Enter the username (russell) and password (bakerst).


Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.


Read the policy.


Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.


Select the reviewer type.


Enter your name (optional).


Submit your ratings and comments.



If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form when we are back on the 25th of July.


I have attached PDFs of these policies to this alert.


Thank you for all the contributions you make to helping us improve our school.


Nga mihi


Melissa


 



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Mid-Term Reports

Thu Jul 07 10:31am

Kia ora whanau,


Tomorrow your child will bring home their mid-year report. This report focuses on their learning and achievement in the priority areas of English and maths.


There are a significant number of whanau isolating due to COVID-19 or who are unwell for other reasons. If your child is absent due to these reasons tomorrow we will either hold on to the report or post it to you. Please let us know if you would like it posted otherwise we will give it to your student next term. 


We will be scheduling goal-setting meetings in week 2 of term 3. A booking sheet will come home on the nfirst day back.


Nga mihi


Melissa


 

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