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5th December Newsletter 2019

Farewell to Departing Staff

As the year draws to a close, I would like to recognise those members of the teaching staff that will not be returning in 2020. As a school we have been blessed with an awesome staff who - collectively, contribute richly to the learning experiences of every child at RPS.

Teaching today - as you know, requires staff to invest enormously.  As well as planning incredible lessons for our students, they also give so freely of their time outside of the classroom.  Be it coaching a team, leading a music group or providing support to those students who require an extra boost.

Remuera Primary School has been fortunate in recent years to have maintained a relatively low staff turnover, but this year we bid farewell to eight teachers. More formal farewells will be provided to these staff at a later date, but I wanted to acknoweldge these teachers for their incredible commitment and drive to support our students.

Please join me in acknowledging and farewelling the following teachers;

  • Katrina Barber - Year 1
  • Sarah Bush - Year 1
  • Katharine Grigor - Year 1
  • Jasmine Ko - Year 1
  • Michelle Sutton - Year 1
  • Olivia Wallace - Year 2
  • Karolina Kirchmann - Year 6
  • Amanda Taylor - Deputy Principal

To each of our departing teachers, I thank you for your amazing work with our children. You have each left your mark on Remuera Primary School and we are indeed richer for the talent, enthusiasm and professionalism each of you has brought to our school.

I would also like to announce that Nicole Dunne has been appointed as the Deputy Principal with responsibility for the Junior School from January 2020.  Please join with me in congratulating her.

As this is the last newsletter for 2019 I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Important Information Regarding the 2019 Year 6 Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony

Important Information Regarding the 2019 Year 6 Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony

We are very much looking forward to this special evening on the Year 6 calendar.

King's School has kindly allowed us to use their venue for the ceremony this year - it will take place in their War Memorial Hall off Remuera Road (close to Portland Road) on Tuesday 10 December. Students must meet their teachers outside our designated entrance to the side of the main doors at 6.15pm, just before parents take their seats in the hall. The ceremony proper will start at 6.30pm and run for approximately 75 minutes.

As we have 5 x Year Six classes this year, seating will be limited. Please take this into account when you decide when to arrive and who to bring - siblings or grandparents would mean standing room only for fellow parents. The front row will be reserved for our guest speaker, Principal and members of the Board of Trustees. Doors to the theatre will open at 6.10pm.

The ceremony is a formal occasion so students need to be well groomed and in exact school uniform - including black shoes. Hair ties/ribbons must be in school colours.

See you on the night!


Zone Athletics Results

2019 Zone Athletics Results

Congratulations to the following students who performed very well in the highly competitive Zone Athletics Championships at Mount Smart Stadium on Tuesday 26 November. All athletes present on the day gave their all in the various events - so well done also to the entire team. Superb effort!


Year 5

  • Harrison Day Year 5 boys Long Jump 1st =
  • Harrison Day Year 5 boys High Jump 2nd Place
  • Harrison Day Year 5 boys 800m 2nd Place
  • Tyler Byers Year 5 boys 60m 3rd =
  • Year 5 boys 4 x 60m relay team - 2nd

Year 6

  • Karson Hawkins Year 6 Boys 200m 1st Place
  • Karson Hawkins Yr 6 boys High Jump - 3rd
  • Year 6 boys 4 x 60m relay team - 2nd
  • Zoe Miller year 6 girls ball throw - 3rd


Congratulations to the following students who achieved High Distinction or Distinction certificates in the 2019 ICAS English Examination. Certificates will be handed out in the Week 9 assembly.


Oliver White 1st

Vivaan Sarda


Zihan Chen

Isabella Foster

Vanessa Leong

Zecheng Shan

Guangxi Zhou


Marco Cheung 1st

Sophie Dunlop

Ariella Manners

Zhiyi Shan

James Turnbull


Jenesis Au Yeung 1st


Zoya Beig

Mikayla Chai

Evan Fuller

Mia MacDonald

Louise Molon-Noblot

Joshua Rowbotham


School Lunches for the end of 2019 and the start of 2020


The last day to order Subway lunches for 2019 will be Friday 13th December.

The first day to order Subway lunches for 2020 will be Monday 10th February.


The last day to order Sushi will be the Wednesday 11th December.

The first day to order Sushi in 2020 will be the 5th February, week 1.


PTA 2020 – So much to look forward to!

PTA 2020 - So much to look forward to!

As we all say farewell to 2019, the PTA is already putting plans together for 2020. Our favourite events are back for another year plus we have a couple of new exciting ideas taking shape.

Get involved…

Hot Cross Bun fundraiser, Matariki celebration, Milo Fridays! We have the ideas, but to bring them to life we need more people to help organise them. You don't have to attend PTA meetings and you don't have to do it alone! Grab your friends and send us an email letting us know what you would like to be involved with on rps_pta@outlook.co.nz

Fundraising in 2020…

In 2020 we will continue to fundraise towards improvements to the school's outdoor environment. There have been some exciting changes to the outdoor play areas this year and the school has more projects in the pipeline that the PTA would love to help fund. These projects directly benefit our kids so please continue to support our fundraisers and events so we can hit those targets as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your support in 2019 and see you all in 2020!

Your RPS PTA team


Family Fun Night – Save the Date

Family Fun Night - Save the Date

The biggest PTA event of the year is back for 2020! Family Fun Night is an afternoon of fun and food on the school field. Mark the date in your calendar - Thursday 12th March, 4-7pm.

There will be exciting rides, delicious food stalls and games and activities.

More information and ticket sales will be available in Term 1 2020.


Class Liaisons 2020 – More volunteers please

Class Liaisons 2020 - More volunteers please

We still need a few more class liaisons for 2020.

It doesn't matter if you have been one before or if you are brand new and want to give it a go, we are on the lookout for volunteers for class liaisons for 2020, so we can hit the ground running in Term 1.

What's involved?

The Class Liaison is the link between the PTA organising committee and our school community. You will support the PTA by passing on important information to the classroom parents and caregivers via email.

Optional extras: If you want to you can also organise class events for parents to get to know each other, or team up with other class liaisons in your year to do the same. This is a great way to welcome new families to the school and build the school community.

Interested? Email rps_pta@outlook.co.nz for more information.


Back to School Uniform Sale 2020 – Save the Date

Back to School Uniform Sale - Save the Date

Our uniform shop will be back for 2020, opening as usual on Tuesday afternoons.

However we will also be holding a one-off Back to School Uniform sale on Tuesday 4th February 2020 from 8:15am-9:15am on the junior turf.

Fancy a coffee while you shop? Just sign up to the PTA mailing list while you are there and you will receive a free barista-made coffee on us!


Reminder – Support the Giving Tree for KiwiHarvest

The RPS Giving Tree is in place in the school foyer and ready to receive your generous donations of dry or canned food items. Please place them under the tree by Friday 13th December.

Donations will go to support Kiwiharvest. KiwiHarvest reduces the negative impacts of food waste on our environment by redistributing excess food; helping to create lasting positive social change by nourishing those in need. They collect good food before it goes to waste and get it to those in need.

Thank you for your support.



RPS School Directory 2020


The PTA invites RPS families and local businesses

to advertise in the 2020 RPS School Directory

The RPS Directory is a PTA initiative that helps to connect families and build a stronger school community.  Every family within the school receives a printed copy in Term One.

Production of the directory is funded through the generous support of our advertising partners.  It provides an excellent opportunity to promote your business/service within our community. There are advertising options to suit every budget from $150 through to full page colour page advertisements.

For further information on advertising please email Sarah at s_c_greer@hotmail.com


Buy a Christmas Tree and Support RPS

Xmas trees


Reminder – Pick up Christmas Hams Friday 13th December

Reminder - Pick up Christmas Hams Friday 13th December

Thank you to everyone that has bought a Christmas Ham through our PTA Hams Fundraiser. Please come and pick up your ham on Friday 13th December between 12pm and 4pm from the school foyer.


Friends of the School Mitre 10 Mega

Mitre 10 Mega


sKids Before and After School Care and School Holiday Programme at RPS


The right start to a child's day is essential for great learning. sKids are able to care for children at school before school begins for the day. We're open from 7.30am. Join us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for a hot breakfast and a take-away Café-style coffee for all parents!


Whether children need care until 4pm, 5pm or 6pm, for a full week or just one or more days, sKids can help with all permanent or adhoc casual care.

Kids have so much fun at sKids they often don't want to leave. We'll provide a nutritious afternoon tea (please visit us to see our new-improved Food Menu), supervise their homework, let them play, then run a fun activity so parents can rest assured that they are safe, secure and having a great time.


For more information on our exciting programme follow the links below.



Please contact us for any enquiries at remuera@skids.co.nz or call us on 948 4548 or 021 191 9115.


Lewis Eady 2020 music lessons at school start the week of Monday 10 February!

2020 music lessons at school start the week of Monday 10 February!

We offer group or individual tuition on piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele and more.

If you would like your child to learn music at school next year, please enrol online at www.lewiseady.co.nz by 20 December 2019.


Learn to Sail School Holiday Programme Glendowie Boating Club

Learn to sail Glendowie


College Rifles Athletics

College Rifles Athletics


School Holiday programmes

2020 tenis


Parnell Trust's Summer Blast Holiday Programme
-  awesome activities every day for 5-14 year olds from 9th December - 31st January

Parnell Trust has an amazing line-up of activities and adventures for the Summer holidays, guaranteed to keep your kids happy and active every day! Choose from two activities each day priced from $59. Specially for busy parents, you can drop your kids off as early as 7.30am and pick them up as late as 6pm for no extra charge.  Programmes are available in Parnell over December and both Parnell and Epsom in January from 7.30am to 6pm every day - perfect for working parents. See our website for details https://www.parnell.org.nz/shp or phone 09 555 5194.


Netball Dec 19



AT PARNELL LAWN TENNIS CLUB (Auckland Domain - next to Museum)

FOR MORE DETAILED PROGRAM INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT http://www.parnelllawntennisclub.co.nz/junior-programme/

Come and join us for some great tennis and fun at Parnell TC, NZ's premier club.

We endeavor to structure groups according to player ability from beginner to advanced standards. FLEXIBLE ENROLMENTS CHOOSE WHICHEVER DAYS SUIT YOUR CHILD THE BEST.

AGE: 4-18 years old


9:00 am to 12 noon (Morning Clinic) $180  or  $45 per day

12:00 noon to 3:00 pm (Afternoon Clinic)      $180  or  $45 per day

9:00 am to 3:00 pm (FULL DAY CLINIC) $340  or  $80 per day


TENNIS FOR ADULTS!!! (Beginners only) is on Saturdays from 8am to 9am.

ENQUIRIES: Coach,  Goran Marsic NZPTCA (Level 2), TCNZ (Competition Coach), 28 years experience.

Phone: (021) 167-7460, (09) 377-9393, E-mail: gmarsic@gmail.com