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August 16 Newsletter 2018

From the desk of the Principal


We would like to remind parents that there is NO parental parking available in our Staff Carparks.  Due to the construction project it was necessary to leave the gate to the building site open for construction deliveries. The gate will remain open whilst the last of the work is completed, please do not use this carpark as a drop off facility. We would also like to remind you that this driveway is not to be used for pedestrian access.


We have once again received a number of complaints from concerned parents and neighbours regarding the actions of some parents when picking up and dropping off students from Dromorne Road, Armadale Road, and Platina Street.  We would like to remind parents that standard road rules apply and you should not be parking or stopping on yellow lines, over driveways, in the bus stop, double parking and coming up onto the footpaths.  Be aware that there is heavy foot traffic of small children crossing and walking in these areas during these times.

In particular in recent times we have had parents park across driveways restricting the homeowners from legally entering or exiting their own properties.  The Road Code defines Driveway parking as follows:  Drivers must not stop, stand or park their vehicles so that they obstruct driveways. Obstruction is defined as a vehicle being parked within 1m of the side of the driveway (Road User Rule, clause 6.9).

As a school we value the relationship we have with our neighbours and rely on them to keep an eye on our school during evenings, weekends and school holidays. Please help us show our appreciation by parking legally and respecting the spaces around their driveways.


Access to Learning Meeting tomorrow Friday 17th August 8.40am

Access to Learning Meeting tomorrow Friday 17th August from 8.40am to 9.40am in the Staffroom.

All parents are welcome to attend this meeting with Kate Seales to discuss supporting children in our community who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Florentine van Rossum (Psychologist) and Lauren Forster (Speech and Language Therapist) from the Ministry of Education, will be our guest speakers and will answer any questions you may have. They will also deliver information around the following areas:

What is ADHD? The symptoms/initial criteria that must be met for ADHD to be diagnosed and how this impacts in an everyday school context. What you can do as soon as you believe your child may have ADHD symptoms. And, additionally, some simple strategies to support children with ADHD.

There is still time to RSVP to Kate Seales on kates@rps.school.nz




You can order sausages and mufti until 8:45am tomorrow morning on Kindo via the RPS Website. Click here.

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.




Well done to the children for all their hard work preparing for the knowledge-a-thon and collecting sponsors. All sponsorship forms and money need to be returned by Friday 31st August. There are two options for returning your sponsorship money;

1. Use Kindo - School Online Shop on the RPS website (more details on the information sheet)

2. Have your child return their money and completed sponsorship form to their class teacher

Don't forget that we have some FANTASTIC prizes from our generous sponsors! If you have any queries please contact Julia Stafford Julia.stafford@xtra.co.nz or Rachel Bowkett rachelb@ihug.co.nz.


Year 3 to 6 Cross Country Results

Tuesday 7 August turned on brilliant weather for our Year 3 to 6 Cross Country.  The sunshine and light breeze made for excellent running conditions and even better viewing conditions for spectators.  Our students can be very proud of their efforts throughout the races.  Once again, RPS students proved themselves to be great citizens, displaying perseverance, resilience and sportsmanship.  Well done to everyone. Congratulations to our top 3 finishers.

Year 3 Girls

1st Place Ava Donnelly

2nd Place Penelope Becker

3rd Place Kate Henry

Year 3 Boys

1st Place Conor Lloyd

2nd Place Kade Irvine

3rd Place Astar Liu-Li

Year 4 Girls

1st Place Zahrena Soma

2nd Place Olympia Goldsmith

3rd Place Bronte Devoy

Year 4 Boys

1st Place Tyler Byres

2nd Place Freddie Littlewood

3rd Place Oscar Wu

Year 5 Girls

1st Place Ella Lloyd

2nd Place Izabella Leong

3rd Place Emily Allen

Year 5 Boys

1st Place Aidan Ashworth

2nd Place Joshua Rowbotham

3rd Place Jake Gunson

Year 6 Girls

1st Place Zara Calleja

2nd Place Isla Pengelly

3rd Place Molly Sherrard

Year 6 Boys

1st Place Joshua King

2nd Place James Magnusson

3rd Place Ethan Lee


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Remuera Zone Gymnastics

On Thursday 9th August a group of 22 Year 3-6 girls attended the Remuera Zone Gymnastics.  It was an excellent display of gymnastic talent and sportsmanship and the girls can be extremely proud of their efforts.

Special congratulations to our Year 4A girls team, Elaine Li, Olympia Goldsmith, Emily King and Sharon Lai who placed first overall in the Year 4 girls.  What an awesome achievement. Elaine also placed 3rd overall in the Year 4 girls individual competition. Our Year 4 girls now move on to the Auckland Championships later in the term.


Writing from Year 6

Writing from Room 25

Room 25 studied the poem 'Hiawatha's Childhood' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Maria Sminchisescu wrote a description for the falling leaves

Having a barbecue, the gods nice.

The heat shot up to the leaves,

And the leaves crackled down to the grass,

Hitting the flowers and changing

To their original colours

And frost

Hehea finds an animal,

It was white with a lot of fur,

Hehea picked it up,

Calling it: Feyrost. Next morning,

There was ice left everywhere, Winter.


Room 28's World's Worst Student: 25 word story.

"Chocolate or Vanilla? by Isla Pearce

Which one should I pick? This is the hardest decision I've ever made!! Or what about caramel? There's so many choices!"

And that's how Indecisive Isla got her name.

Gabby the Groover by Gabriella Leong

Slide! There's goes Gabby prancing around…. on stage, doing twisted twirls, little leaps and crazy cartwheels. She's such a show off and a polished perfectionist...

And that's how Gabby the Groover got her name.

Goody Goody Gabriella by Taylor Went

"I'm telling on you!" "Why?" "Because you're looking at me". Once again this bratty girl was telling on an innocent classmate for not doing anything...

And that's how Goody Goody Gabriella got her name.

Jumpy Jasper by Jasper Howse

He was constantly non-stop jumping around! It would completely annoy and agitate everyone he knew, until one unlucky day when he jumped way too high...

And that's how Jumpy Jasper got his name. - Jasper Howse

Jolly Joshie by Joshua Choi

Ding!!! Joshie's instincts took control and he leapt into the air, shot past a few small birds before landing, exhilarated on the concrete school grounds...

And that's how Jolly Joshie his name.

Spoilt Sassy Sasha by Sanuthi Abeyratne

"I don't want that. Not that either. I want pink! Pink, nothing else but pink" screamed the careless diva, her parent's just rolled their eyes...

And that's how Spoilt Sassy Sasha got her name.

The Owl By Olivia Brennan-Lynch Room 29

Staring into the night sky his emerald green eyes shimmer in the moonlight. He dreams away as stars shine bright. Tweet twooo the peaceful noise of midnight collapses on your ear. Dancing the night away on his ledge of glory, the owl deeply inhales when the sun comes up and then lays down for a relaxing sleep. The world around him plays a fun tune. We wish you good night owl.

All Was Lost By Tessa Bain Room 31

Fear. That's all I felt. Shivering in a thin gown in the snowy white room. Creatures in rubbery masks crept around the crisp, clean bed. I couldn't, no! I tried to turn back but cold, strong hands grabbed hold of me and thrust me down. A man in a pearly white suit gently placed a mask on my worried face. Slowly, I drifted away to a faraway place, away from the sterile place of white. I opened my eyes, was it over? My mum burst in, her face tear stained and flushed pink. She pulled me into a hug as though scooping me away from all the pain and sadness of the universe.


Mid Winter Luau Friday August 31st




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College Rifles Touch Rugby 2018 – 2019

Summer touch rugby is played on Fridays and has always been very popular.


RPS has registered six teams for the following dates:

26th October - 7th December 2018 (7 Weeks) @ Liston Park 15th February - 15th March 2019 (5 Weeks) @ College Rifles

Year 1 & 2  play at 5.30pm to 6pm

Year 3 & 4  6pm to 6.30pm

Year 5 & 6  6.30pm to 7pm

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 and 5 who want to play together, they will need to enter the year 5 & 6 grade.

The year refers to the school year group your child is in 2018.  The children stay in this year grade for touch into second half of the competition in early 2019.

The cost is $60.00 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 in 2018: 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.

Thanks Tara and Jo