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12th September Newsletter 2019

Curriculum Update

As part of the New Zealand National Curriculum children learn about a theme called 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' (KOS). This programme is designed by the New Zealand Police to support and teach children about applying a variety of safety skills when interacting with a range of people around them, to KEEP THEM SAFE. It is really important, when reading the below goals of the programme, to view it through a lens of equipping children with strategies of keeping themselves safe.

In Years 0-3


My Body is my own.

The children will learn:

  • To use the correct names of body parts
  • Say that their body is their own and no one is allowed to touch their personal space
  • To learn about the different ways, we touch

- Touch that hurts e.g. being pushed, hitting, and smacking

- Touch that is ok e.g. holding hand with Dad, being pushed on the swings, and a kiss goodnight

-  Confusing Touching e.g. someone pulling your pants down, tickling that is too hard

In Years 4-6

Topic: Safe and Unsafe

They will learn:

  • Identify behaviours of other people that make them feel unsafe or uncomfortable
  • Distinguish between touch they like, touch they don't like, and touch that confuses them
  • Children discuss the different ways of being SMART e.g. body smart, word smart, people smart, and music smart
  • Recapping around keeping themselves safe through digital technologies


On Monday 23rd September @ 3:15 pm there will be a drop-in session in the School Theatre with a presentation around this subject area and an opportunity to ask any questions. This will be for parents only, as some of the questions and information may not be appropriate for young children.


Writing Journey Books

Just a quick reminder that the Writing Journey books will go home on Monday 16th September and they will need to be returned back to your child's class teacher on Monday 23rd September. The aim of these books is to promote a child's progress in writing over their time at RPS. Please remember to make a comment and celebrate your child's progress.


Message from Kate Seales - Deputy Principal

Encouraging Positive Behaviour at RPS

"If a child doesn't know how to read, we teach."

"If a child doesn't know how to swim, we teach."

"If a child doesn't know how to multiply, we teach."

"If a child doesn't know how to behave......

we punish?......   OR      we teach?......

At RPS, the Restorative Practice (RP) model is embedded into the way we help our students resolve conflicts. It is an intentional strategy aimed at restoring and rebuilding relationships damaged through conflict. It is particularly useful when helping the children to resolve issues which happen during the break times.

The RP model encourages an engaged, collaborative approach to conflict which helps the students to own their behaviour choices, reflect upon how their behaviour has affected others and then restore relationships.

There are various forms of RP conversation prompts our staff follow when dealing with Junior, Middle and Senior School students.

We do, however, adopt a 'zero-tolerance approach' to all violence. Students who demonstrate gross misconduct or continued disobedience towards staff or students will be dealt with according to Ministry of Education guidelines which may result in stand downs or suspensions.  Our students are reminded to report all forms of anti-social behaviour to their teacher (or the duty teacher if it occurs during break time) as soon as it occurs so that it can be dealt with immediately.

If you would like to see a copy of the Restorative Practice conversation prompts we use with the children or the Restorative Practice Plan, do get in touch with me via email: kates@rps.school.nz



RPS Ski Team 2019

The 2019 RPS Ski Team at the North Island Primary School Ski Championships

Well done to our team of Meg Burrell, Benjamen Pidgeon, Max Stewart and Theo Chittenden who represented RPS at the NIPS Champs this year. They had some solid results in the Giant and Dual Slalom events on Days 1 and 2. Sadly, bad weather on Day 3 saw the cancellation of the Skier-cross event. The team had a great time staying at the Boomerang Lodge. Thanks very much to the parents who attended to support our team. We hope the apres ski was fun for you too!


Market Day Elective

Market Carnival Day is coming up in Week 9! The Year 4-6 Market Day Elective children have been working hard designing and creating a range of exciting products, as well as carnival games. Items range from 50c - $4 and the profits will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, as chosen by the children.

One of the many stalls will be selling second-hand toys and games, so if you have any of these items you're willing to donate, please drop them off to Room 24 or Room 30.


Kindo Lunch Orders

Please note the new deadline for all PTA lunch orders (Sausage Sizzle Mufti Days, Pork Buns and Jesters Pies) is now 9am Thursdays. All orders must be made via Kindo before 9am on Thursday, the day before the food event.

Orders have now closed for the sausage sizzle and mufti day tomorrow. The final PTA food date for this term is Jesters Pie Day - 27th September (Week 10).


PTA Green-a-thon Has Begun

Friday 6th Sept - Mon 23rd Sept

Greenathon has kicked off and already there have been lots of tasks completed, sponsors gained and competition entries coming in.

Don't forget to have your child bring their task sheet into the Greenathon Station in the foyer before school to have their completed tasks stamped. Competition entries can also be dropped off at the station.


Pre-Loved Children's Book Sale - Friday

Thank you for all the wonderful books that have been donated to the Greenathon's Pre-Loved Children's Book Sale. There are some amazing quality books available for purchase tomorrow.

The book sale will take place tomorrow during break time for the kids to browse and purchase, and from 2pm to 3:30pm for parents and caregivers to do the same.

Send a gold coin or two to school with your child or come along to the sale with them after school.

All books $2 each.



Date: Saturday 14th September

Time: 6:30pm until the clock strikes 12am

Venue: RPS School Hall

Last chance to buy tickets! $25pp on Kindo now. Email nicholatruman@icloud.com to be added to a table.


PTA Meeting Reminder

The final PTA meeting of the term is Thursday 26th September at 2pm in the staffroom.

All welcome!


Subway Lunches Update

From Term 4 ALL Subway orders will need to be placed online through Kindo, manual paper bag orders will no longer be collected. Please see the office for an instruction sheet, if you haven't set up a Kindo account.

Subway now has a GLUTEN FREE MENU. Please see below.

Our Gluten free wrap is manufactured in a gluten free facility.  How ever other menu items and ingredients in our restaurants contain gluten.  Although we take steps to reduce the chances of cross contamination, we prepare our items on shared equipment so we cannot guarantee our menu items are gluten free.  If you have food allergies, sensitivities or special dietary needs, please visit our website www.subway.co.nzfor more information.

Gluten free Wraps

These wraps are toasted

Leg Ham                       $7.60

Roast Beef                   $9.10

Veggie                          $7.00

Turkey                          $9.10

Chicken Strips              $9.60


Chedder Chesse







Honey Mustard                        BBQ

Sweet Onion


All Sandwiches are made on white bread.

6inch               Veggie Delight            $5.00

6inch              Leg Ham                     $5.90

6inch              Roast Beef                  $6.90

6inch              Carved Turkey            $6.90

6inch              Chicken Strips             $7.50


Footlong          Veggie Delight            $8.00

Footlong          Roast Beef                  $9.90

Footlong          Leg Ham                     $8.90

Footlong          Carved Turkey            $9.90

Footlong         Chicken Strips             $ 10.90



Mini  $4.50

Veggie Delight

Roast Beef




Chedder Chesse









Honey Mustard


Cookies  $1.20

Choc Chip

M & M

Double Choc


Keri Kids Orange Juice 250ml   $2.50

Mini Pump      $3.00

Fruit Crush Up  $2.80






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