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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

Russell School Board Meeting

Thu Jun 23 03:50pm

Notice of Russell School Board Meeting

29th June 2022

5:30pm Russell School

The following items will be on the agenda:

Change to Board constitution.  This is so we can change from 5 parent elected members, The New  Zealand School Board Association has recommended 3 parent elected members is suitable for a school of our size.

Opt out of the staggered election cycle and move to the national triennial election cycle, this will bring our school board elections in line with most New Zealand Schools.

Community members are welcome to attend all School Board meetings, a request should be made to the Presiding Member before the start of the meeting if you wish to speak on any of the issues on the agenda.

Nga Mihi

Rachel Holland

Presiding Member


Butterfish Draw

Tue Jun 21 05:22pm

Congratulations to the Jung family – you have won our Butterfish voucher draw! You can collect your voucher from Ange in the office. Thanks from all of us for your engagement in our consultation process and enjoy your meals.

Matariki Book Week

Thu Jun 16 05:54pm



Matariki Book Week – helpers needed

Mon Jun 13 03:29pm

Kia ora whanau,

we still need a few helpers for book week sales next week. Please email me at [email protected] or call the school office on 09 403 7016 if you can help.

Nga mihi


Health – Growth and Personal Development

Thu Jun 09 11:13am

Kia ora whanau,

the documents attached will be coming home with your child today. They are an outline of our planning for Term 3 when we will be teaching about growth and development, including pubertal change and relationship and sexuality education. Our planning is informed by the latest research from our Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office as well as our knowledge of our learners and their academic and social needs.

On Tuesday the 21st of June our classroom teachers will be available in their classrooms to discuss any aspect of this programme with you between 3.15 and 4.00. We are especially eager to hear any cultural perspectives that will help us deliver the most inclusive programme possible.

This is a sensitive topic for some people and we welcome the opportunity to talk with you one on one as well if you would prefer that. Please make your needs and preferences known to us.

Whanau have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the programme that they don’t feel fits with their child’s needs or their cultural and spiritual values. If you make sure you are as informed as possible about our content and approaches you will be able to make those decisions more easily.

Nga mihi


Growth and Personal Development

Room 1 and 2 are back at school.

Tue Jun 07 05:56pm

Kia ora whanau,

we are back a little early and your children are ready to be picked up.

Many thanks to our teachers and Ray from Clark’s for a wonderful day.

Nga mihi


Manea Trip – Tuesday 7th

Fri Jun 03 03:57pm

Kia ora whanau,

This is just a reminder that our senior school (Years 5-8) trip to Manea is on Tuesday next week. 

Students need a good packed lunch for a longer school day, shoes and a filled water bottle.

Thank you for making the extra effort to collect your children later from school so that we can really enjoy this experience.

Enjoy the long weekend.



Manea – Room 1 and 2 trip

Wed Jun 01 12:16pm

Kia ora whanau,

Please send in any outstanding permission slips by tomorrow to help us organise Tuesday’s trip.

Children need their packed lunch and a full water bottle. We will not be stopping anywhere to buy food but we will take some water containers to refill drinking bottles. They will also need suitable clothing for the weather.

We will be getting in touch with a few people to make sure we have our drop-off arrangements sorted but please feel free to let us know if you would like to meet your child at Okiato or the GAS Station.

We are really excited about the trip as it feels like we are starting to get back out and about in the wider world. 

Noho ora mai


Teacher Only Day/Tech

Tue May 31 09:12am

Kia ora whanau,

this is a quick reminder that we have a teacher only day on Friday this week. 

To minimise disruptions, the Tech programme for our Year 7 and 8 students will still go ahead. These students can catch the school bus in the morning and afternoon at the usual times. Moerewa School has a teacher only day on Friday, June the 17th, so we hope that our students will take this opportunity on Friday.

Please let us know as early as you can if your Year 7 or 8 student will not be attending tech on Friday – especially if they use the school bus run.

Noho ora mai



Matariki Book Fair

Fri May 27 11:00am


Book Fair Flyer

Teacher Only Day June 03

Fri May 27 09:06am



SpotX Fishing Charter raffle

Thu May 26 12:06pm

Kia ora whanau,

We are raffling off a spot on a SpotX Kingfish charter, generously donated by Katarina and Stefan of Screaming Reels.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. You can get them at the school office and possible at Butterfish from tomorrow.

Thanks again to Screaming Reekls for the very generous support.

Nga mihi


Kingfish Charter Raffle

Surfing is on today for Rooms 1 and 2 (Year 5 – 8). The weather is great but please make sure you have a warm layer.

Thu May 26 09:20am

Thursday Netball

Tue May 24 03:45pm

Thursday Netball

Hi Families,

To keep the momentum from the fun the tamariki had at Maromaku, a few parents and some of our wonderful year 7 students would like to offer informal Netball fun on Thursday afternoons.

This will be at the School Netball Courts starting at 3.15pm and finishing at 4pm.  This will be weather dependent and will not run if it is raining.  This is open to all interested students years 2 and up and will run for the duration of this term.  If you are a caregiver with a love for netball and would be happy to share your skills we would love to welcome you along.

We will start with a warm-up and then split into older and younger groups to work on ball skills and drills and then hopefully there is enough present to finish with a friendly game.  

Please ensure your child has a snack for after school, a drink bottle and some closed in shoes (sneakers preferably).

All parents are welcome to come along and watch or take part.  Please note we will be on the netball courts only and will be unable to watch your child if they wish to move around the school and not take part in what we are doing.  Practice will finish at 4 pm so please ensure you have made arrangements for your child for when we finish.

If you have any questions you can email me at  [email protected]

Warm Regards
Kelly Barnett

Teacher Only Day Friday June 3rd

Mon May 23 10:41am

Kia ora whanau,

This is a quick reminder that we have a planned Teacher Only Day on Friday the 3rd of June. We will also send a paper note home closer to the date. Currently, we would still like our Year 7 and 8 students to attend Tech at Moerewa as usual. Please email me at [email protected] if you have any feedback about that.

Nga mihi mahana


Book Fair 2022

Sat May 21 04:01pm

Kia ora whanau,

Kororaareka Russell School will be hosting a Matariki Book Fair from Monday the 20th to Thursday the 24th of June. We receive  20% of the value of book sales over the week to support our school library, so every book you buy helps us provide a learning environment that values and promotes a love of reading.

We would love your help to make the most of the week. If you could volunteer some time for sales, set-up or pack-up, please let me know by emaiing me at [email protected] or phoning the office on 09 403 7016.

Everyone is welcome to come and shop so please let your neighbours and friends know about this opportunity to support our kura.

Nga mihi


Updated Maromaku Booklet

Thu May 19 01:35pm

ViewUpdated to reflect new draw.

Maromaku Draw – Please try again

Thu May 19 12:57pm

ViewWe have found a couple of errors in the draw so there will be an update later today.

Nga miji

Maromaku Draw

Thu May 19 10:26am

Kia ora,

Please find attached the most up-to-date Maromaku information including the draws. Some changes may be made on the day but this is the information we are working from tomorrow.


Wed May 18 03:22pm

Hello Russell School Community!

The Friends Of Russell School (FORS) would like to invite you to our upcoming meeting Monday, May 30th at 5:30pm, 9 Wellington street  (Ms Fulton’s house)

We will be discussing the planning of potential events including a quiz night and a Kids Disco.

Nibbles will be provided, hope to see you there.



Well done Yellowtail Team and supporters!

Wed May 18 03:17pm

Our Yellowtail Team raised $165.00 today from the sale of kiwifruit and worm wee today. We still have 5 bags of kiwifruit left at school for $5.00 each.

Oyster raffle tickets are selling quickly and you can buy them from the school office or from Butterfish. The prize is a whopping 5 dozen oysters and tickets are limited to 100. Your ticket is eligible for either draw.

Tickets for the Butterfish dinner are available from the Butterfish counter. This is a prepay system to make sure the night goes smoothly.

Many of our children who aren’t in the team this year are pitching in and helping which we are very pleased to see. 

If you have any items you would like to donate for a raffle, please contact Ange on 094037016.

Lastly, thanks to Simon who spent his lunch hour with the team and their kiwifruit stall.

Nga mihi


Maromaku Information

Wed May 18 11:29am

Please read especially if you are planning to attend as some things have changed from previous years. 


Maromaku – Friday 20th

Wed May 18 11:20am

Kia ora whanau,

On Friday children will need to bring their own food, a filled water bottle, clothes suitable for the weather and a plastic bag for any muddy gear.

The bus leaves school promptly at 9.05 and returns before 3.00.

If your children require medication for hayfever, bee stings or asthma they need to come prepared on the day as we don’t have any currently in storage. They can hand them to the teacher in charge of their team or care for them if they feel able. 

We will take our new tent, so look for the penguins to find our home base. 

If your child is travelling by private car on Friday they will be sent home with their sports shirt on Thursday so that they can arrive prepared. We do not have many spares, especially in the larger sizes so please make sure your child remembers theirs.

If you take your child early please let the team co-ordinator know…

Ms Higgins and Miss Jackson – Year 7 and 8 Netball 

Mr Graham and Mrs Maioha – Tear 7 and 8 Rugby

Miss Starr – Year 5 and 6 Netball

Simon – Year 3 and 4 Netball

Mrs Cooke – Year 3 and 4 Rippa Rugby

If children bring money they will need to buy tickets to use at the food stalls. Please look for signage at Maromaku.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Kiwifruit for sale – $5 per dozen

Wed May 18 10:01am

Available from Russell School students outside the Four Square between 1.15 and 2.30 today.

Orders will also be accepted at the school office.

Many thanks to Raumati and Miriam for their support of our Yellowtail Team.

Butterfish Dinner – Yellowtail Fundraiser

Mon May 16 08:11pm

Kia ora whanau,

Butterfish are hosting a fund-raising dinner for the 2022 Yellowtail Team. The flyer attached will also come home with the children tomorrow. 

We are very grateful to Colin and Amy for their generous support and we hope to see as many of you there as we can.

Please book your seats through Butterfish but remember you can buy raffle tickets for the oysters through the school office. 

Nga mihi


View PDF

Oyster Raffle – Yellowtail Fundraiser

Mon May 16 03:55pm




Fri May 13 11:15am



Year 5 – 8 Surf Day

Thu May 12 01:13pm

Kia ora whanau,

We have been offered a day with the New Zealand Surf Academy on Thursday the 26th of May. The tide is perfect! Our year 5 – 8 students will walk over the hill and spend the day at the beach. A permission slip will come home to you early next week. we will be looking for parent volunteers who are happy to spend a little time in the water. All gear is provided.

Nga mihi


Dungeons and Dragons expert needed

Wed May 11 09:12am

If you have any experience with setting up and running Dungeons and Dragons games and you would like to help us set up an eager group, please email me at [email protected] or call on 09 403 7016.

Nga mihi


Maromaku Permission Slips

Tue May 10 09:18am

Kia ora whanau,

can you make sure these get back to the office as soon as possible.

Nga mihi


Nga Wheturangi Matariki Kiorahi

Thu May 05 12:50pm

Another date for your calendar whanau – Wednesday 22nd June – Ki-o-rahi Tournament at Simson Park in Moerewa.

This is for our Year 7 and 8 class only.

Nga mihi



Lovely Worm Tea

Mon May 02 03:38pm

Kia ora whanau,

We have some delicious worm tea available for sale from the school office. All of our funds are going towards the Yellowtail Fishing Team’s fundraising.

While the price of everything else is going up almost daily, our Worm Tea is still $2 for a 2-litre bottle. Please call into the office to get yours. 

Nga mihi

Yellowtail Fishing Team

Yellowtail Fundraising – Book Sale

Wed Apr 13 03:05pm

Kia ora tatou,

Well done to Bernie, Hope, Nixon and Vidar who set up and ran a fund-raising stall for this year’s Yellowtail Team.

Over the past 12 months, we have done a library stocktake and have taken books off the shelves to make way for more updated texts and series that are of high interest to our current students. This has left us with some books that we are selling to raise funds for the team. Today the team raised $245! They will be back in their spot outside the Swordfish Club entrance from 10 – 12 tomorrow. They are asking $5 for as many books as you can carry away in your arms.

Thanks you to Ange and Amy for their support for this. Ka mau te wehi, team! 



Thu Mar 31 11:38am

Playcenter are having a Easter Raffle, They welcome your support.

View PDFThank you


Bay of Islands Swim Club Holiday Programme

Mon Mar 28 09:37am

Holiday Programme – BoI Swim Club

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