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August 03 Newsletter 2017

Message from the Principal

"The whole art of teaching is only awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."

By Anatole France

Parenting is tough. There are no manuals, no six step plan, and kids today are very complex. They communicate in ways only dreamed about by people of our generation and their ability to "listen to music", attend to homework, while watching TV and telling you that they did nothing at school today, is nothing short of remarkable.

But, how active are you in your children's lives? Do you take the time to stop to ask specific questions about the events of their day? Do you probe a little deeper into the dynamics of the game played at lunch? Do you make the time to ask more than the standard "How was school today?"  - the response to which we typically listen too, but don't hear.

We all work hard, and at the end of the day it can be quite difficult to make the time to really become engrossed in your child's day.  Sure, there are times too, when they make it perfectly clear that they are more interested in "Sponge Bob", than giving you a dissertation on their day at school.

The ability to pose good questions when confronted with complex situations contributes to our growth and allows us to live our lives to the fullest potential. We cannot, however, wait until our children have left school or home to do this. We need to cultivate their curiosities within the bounds of their minds from the earliest possible opportunity.

As a school, the place where your children spends a great deal of their waking day, we must too, foster a culture of inquiry wherein all children learn to conceive and cherish questions. Children must also learn to act on their curiosities. To speculate reasonably and with respect, about what they are doing and about the natural and interpersonal worlds into which they are growing.

Our brain is essentially curious, but this curiosity must be nurtured and developed, if our children are to develop to their full potential. Our brains are constantly seeking to make connections between the new and the known and it is only through one's ability and desire to be curious that this can be fully developed. We need our children to be inquisitive; to ask questions that will open new landscapes for exploration and discovery.

I appreciate the challenge that this may pose for some. I remember struggling with just getting in the door after a 60 minute commute. Typically, I'd arrive at the "witching hour". Shower time, homework, dinner …… it's all happening and the choice to engage the children in meaningful discussion or my wife with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc was tough. But clearly, there is much to be gained by actively getting involved with our children. By asking pertinent questions we can support our children in developing an inquisitive spirit. I urge you to take a few moments and go beyond the cursory "How was school today?" I have no doubt your kids will love you for it, and they will astound you with their knowledge.


2017 ICAS Science Examination Results

Congratulations to the following high achievers out of those who sat the 2017 ICAS Science Examination last term. The certificates will be handed out in the week three assembly - Friday 11 August.


Mikayla Chai 1st =

Evan Fuller 1st =

Lucas Wang



Jordan Gibson 1st =

Dulhara Jayalath 1st =

Saffron Tse

Serine Watkins

Isabella White

Nuran Duwage

Ian Parker

Wayne Zhuang



Ethan Chuang 1st =

William Guan 1st =

Luca Toner 1st =



Jacob Hawksbee

Sam McKay

Ashley Wong

Sophia Alexander

Hayley Alford

Struan Harrild

Conor Dunwoodie


Class activities - contribution for years 3, 4 & 6

Class activities - contribution for Years 3, 4 & 6

Thank you to all those who have paid the contribution towards the years 3, 4 & 6 class activities for terms 3 & 4.

If you have not already made your contribution we would appreciate payment by 10 August.

Year 3 -$13.50

Year 4- $11.50

Year 6- $11.50

(internet banking to account 12 3030 0467377 00 with your child's name as a reference, or at the school office by eftpos, cash or cheque)




School Online Shop is open for Sausage Sizzle and Mufti donation payments. Click here.

Important Note - We will no longer accept cash for sausage sizzle and mufti.

Login, select your child, select what they want to eat and drink, select the mufti donation if they are wearing mufti (casual clothes) and make payment.

You can choose to pay-as-you-go, or add funds to your account in advance using:

  • Account2account (POLI)       Instant transfer from your bank account.
  • Bank Transfer                     No fees but allow two days for processing.
  • Credit/Debit card                 Instant transfer from VISA & Mastercard.  50c charge + 2% fee.

You can order sausages and mufti from today until 9am Friday 18th August. Please note, if you choose to pay by Bank Transfer the cut off time is 5pm Tuesday 15th August.

If you require any help with setup or payment options please contact the Kindo team at The Growth Collective via email helpdesk@thegrowthcollective.co.nz or phone 09 475 5287 (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm).

Please contact the sausage sizzle team at RPSsizzlesisters@gmail.com if you can assist in any way or have any queries regarding the sausage sizzle days.




This week your child will have brought home their questions for the 2017 RPS Knowledge-athon. For families that are new to the school, the Knowledge-athon is one of the major fundraisers run by the PTA each year. It is held in conjunction with the RPS teachers with the aim of increasing the children's learning and, at the same time, raising funds for the school.

As you will see in the notice, the children are being asked to research the answers to their questions over the next two weeks and their teacher will check all answers with them on Friday 11th August. Knowledge-athon testing will take place in class on Thursday 17th August. New Entrant, Year 1 and Year 2 classes will have their tests orally and Years 3-6 will complete their test in written form.

The children are also being asked to find sponsors to support them. We encourage the children to acquire as many sponsors as possible. As an extra incentive for the children to take part, we have some FANTASTIC prizes from our generous sponsors! For more details, see the information sheet coming home with your child on Tuesday.

Please be advised that there was an error in the parents' information sheet. The prize for the Year 0-3 child with the highest sponsorship amount is the new Maxi Micro Deluxe scooter, valued at $229.50. https://www.microscooters.co.nz/scooters/kids-scooters/maximicrodeluxe-maxi-micro-deluxe

We are hugely grateful to our sponsors micro®scooters, Fuji Xerox, Hell Pizza Remuera and Scholastic.

If you have any queries please contact Julia Stafford Julia.stafford@xtra.co.nz or Rachel Bowkett rachelb@ihug.co.nz.


Year 6 RPS Students visit to Remuera Intermediate

On Tuesday 8th August at 11am we welcome Year 6 Remuera Primary students for a tour of Remuera Intermediate.

Our school councillors will be guiding small groups around the school, highlighting the various programmes, facilities and activities on offer. In addition, the councillors will be there to answer any questions your children may have about the move to intermediate.

Although the focus of this opportunity is to support our future year 7 students with their transition into intermediate school, we welcome parents to follow along and hear what our current students have to say.

We have made arrangements for the Year 6 students to be transported to and from Remuera Primary. If you wish to attend the tour, please meet us at the St Vincent Road entrance where your children will be waiting to commence their tour.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

Kyle Brewerton



College Rifles Touch Rugby 2017 – 2018

College Rifles Touch Rugby 2017 - 2018

It's that time of year already for registration of touch teams.

Summer touch rugby is played on Fridays at College Rifles and has always been very popular.  
RPS has registered nine teams for the following dates:-

Friday: Dates TBC but usually around end October to  - early December (7 weeks approx.)
Friday: Dates TBC but around mid-February to mid-March (approx. 5 Weeks)

This year College Rifles has broken up the competition into blocks of year groups to create more even competitions.

Game times are yet to be confirmed, however based on previous years they will probably be as follows:

Year 1 & 2 - 5-5.30pm

Year 3 & 4 - 5.30-6pm

Year 5 & 6 - 6-6.30pm

Please note children can play up a grade, but cannot play down a grade.

Therefore if you have a group of kids who are for example year 4 & 5 who want to play together, they will need to enter the year 5 & 6 grade.

The year refers to your child's year group in 2017.  The children stay in this year grade for touch into the second half of the competition in early 2018.

The cost is $55.00 per player.

Payment is to be made by direct credit to Remuera Sport 12-3030-0619887-00.

Don't miss out! Please be aware that spaces fill quickly and can only be confirmed on a "first paid, first confirmed" basis.

If you would like to register your child please email Tara and Jo on rpsrugby@gmail.com

Please include the following information:-
Child/ren's Name:

School Year Group in 2017: e.g. Year 5

We always need keen parents to coach!  If you can coach or co-coach please do let us know as without parental assistance the children will not be able to play.


Kung Fu @ RPS

Do you want your child to be Confident, Disciplined and Fit?

The Kung Fu School

At The Kung Fu School we specialise in classes for children, teenagers and adults which are designed to be productive and rewarding. Our overall aim is to help you:

  • Lose weight and get fit
  • Learn to defend yourself
  • Have greater confidence in your abilities
  • Reduce stress and gain focus
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Make friends and be part of something unique

The club has 4 venues in Auckland and 17 nationwide. We have been teaching from the Remuera Primary School Hall for over 11 years. Children's classes start at age 7 and teenagers 12-13.

Remuera Primary School Hall

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - Children 6pm-7pm, Teenagers and Adults 7pm-8:30pm

For your free trial class visit www.shaolinkungfu.co.nz or call 027 7512-777