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August 2 Newsletter 2018

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Confirmation of Full Day Teachers' Strike on Wednesday 15 August 2018

The NZEI has advised the Remuera Primary School Board of Trustees that the Principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action around workload issues, extra learning support and ways to stem the growing crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers, for a full day on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

The Board has carefully considered the availability of teaching staff, and unfortunately decided that we can't provide the normal teaching services during the strike. It's important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children on the day of the strike as the school will be closed for tuition.

I know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, but please be assured that student safety is our main concern. Thank you for your understanding.  Please also note that SKIDs - the before and after school care company, will be operating throughout the day on the Strike Day. If you are interested in utilizing this service, please contact the centre Manager, remuera@skids.co.nz

Please contact the school office if you have any queries relating to this decision.


Jo Christie

Chairperson Board of Trustees



Congratulation to the following students who received Distinction and High Distinction in this year's ICAS Science examination:

High Distinction

Year 4 Marco Cheung 1st

Year 6 1st= Charlotte Christie, Dulhara Jayalath and Isabella White


Year 4 Riley Hoon, Alex Shan, Sophia Wang and Isumi Weerasinghe

Year 5 1st= Ethan Lee and Louise Molon-Noblot

Year 6 Jordan Gibson, Ian Parker, Saffron Tse, Molly Sherrard, Robert Turnbull and Matthew Wang


2018 RPS Cross Country Year 3 to 6

Cross Country Running Races are scheduled for Tuesday 7 August at Thomas Bloodworth Park.  Fingers crossed the weather plays nice and it can go ahead as planned.

9.45am Year 4 and 3 run- order (Year 4 girls, Year 4 boys, Year 3 girls, Year 3 boys)

11am Year 5 and 6 run- order (Year 5 girls, Year 5 boys, Year 6 girls, Year 6 boys)

However, if we are once again unlucky with the weather, we will still go ahead with the Year 5 and 6 students.  If this is the case the times will be as follows

IF RAINING - 9.45am Year 5 and 6 run- order (Year 5 girls, Year 5 boys, Year 6 girls, Year 6 boys)

The Year 3 and 4 students will run a school-based Cross Country on Tuesday 4th September.

We will keep you up-to-date via the RPS app and any change will also be placed under the Weekly Notices on the front page of our Website.


The Ned Show

The NED Show® produced by All for KIDZ®, Inc., is an innovative, character education assembly. Using humour, storytelling, audience participation and amazing object lessons including yo-yo and magic tricks students learn through the adventures of NED, a character kids (and adults) can relate to. His name is an acronym for:

Never Give Up, Encourage Others, Do Your Best®

The NED Program uses a multi-sensory learning model to motivate, encourage and inspire students to become Champions at school and in life.

We are delighted to share this programme with all our students and have been fortunate that it is coming to RPS through their the Pay it Forward programme. We are the lucky recepients of another school selling the Ned Yoyos and now we would like to do the same.

Pay it Forward

We Pay it Forward by selling the NED Show Yoyos.

Next week, before school each day, we will be selling The NED Show Yoyos, in the Office Foyer. Children need to bring the order form, along with the exact amount of money or a cheque made payable to RPS. There will not be an eftpos machine option sorry. If you do not have a printer you can pick up a form at the RPS Office before popping over to place your child's order. The Yoyo's will be for sale from 8.20am - 8.50am each morning.

There are three AMAZING NED Yoyos to choose from, the Glow in the Dark one costs only $8. The show has been gifted to RPS as we agreed to host this 'Pay-It-Forward' sale. It usually is an enormous cost and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Please do support The NED Show and make a purchase if you can, as we can then gift the show to another school and make a donation to Starship Hospital.

To order your NED Yo-Yo, click this link for the order form.  Yo-Yo Order Form


Access to Learning Meeting Friday 17th August 8.40am

Access to Learning Meeting

Date: Friday 17th August

Time: 8:40 am - 9:40 am

Location: 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.

RSVP to Kate Seales on kates@rps.school.nz by Monday 13th August



Knowledgeathon 2018


This week your child will have brought home their questions for the 2018 RPS Knowledge-a-thon. For families that are new to the school, the Knowledge-a-thon 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 10th August. Knowledge-a-thon testing will take place in class on Thursday 16th 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 notice.

We are hugely grateful to our sponsors Micro®scooters, 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


Sausage Sizzle & Mufti Day Friday 17th August


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

You can order sausages and mufti from today until 8:45am Friday 17th August via the RPS website.

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.


Cultural Concert 2018

The Cultural Concert will be performed in Week Ten of Term Three. The dress rehearsal will be on Tuesday September 25th and the final performance will be on Friday September 28th

Many children have signed up this week for this year's 'Cultural Concert' with Mrs Grant. Some of these children are already a part of a dance group outside school while others wish to teach something from their country of origin to another student or group of students.

Many children who have signed up only have a group or an idea organised, but that's fine. Remember you don't have to be from that country to learn that act. You can learn from another student.

Performances run from 2-3 minutes in length.

What you can get out of being involved in the Remuera Primary School,  Cultural Concert:

  • you find out about another culture
  • learn parts of a new language
  • represent your country
  • perform in front of an audience
  • have awesome fun!

If you have missed this week's sign ups please don't worry you can still contact Mrs Grant or come and see her before or after school. Her email is: nikkig@rps.school.nz

We are looking forward to the new dance, martial arts and singing acts for 2018's 'Remuera Primary School Cultural Concert!'


skids Before and After School Care

sKids Remuera - Operating from Remuera Primary School Hall

We offer: Before School Care, After School Care & Holiday Programmes and Speciality Programmes


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 Cafe-style coffee for all parents!

See what one of our RPS Parents had to say about our Before School Care:
"Hi Faieka. My daughter Bailey has been going to before school care for about 5 weeks now, to the Remuera Centre and this is a quick note to let you know we are highly impressed with the service! Sam and the ladies are absolutely outstanding and Bailey gets excited to go there every day, which for a parent, is such a relief. 
Please pass on my thanks to the team! They are truly an asset to your team."

Juliana Xavier Peterken

Thank you so much for your feedback Juliana!


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 be rest assured that they are safe, secure and having a great time.

We also offer a range of specialty programmes. Term 2 we run our cooking programme FoodStorm every Wednesday afternoon from 4pm. Casual bookings welcome

It's back by popular demand and runs every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm. This is our fun cooking programme with a focus on health and nutrition. All recipes approved by the NZ Heart Foundation!

Bookings can be made for a one off or weekly session! Bookings can be made online at: https://skids.aimy.co.nz/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f


We've had a fabulous July Holidays with the children and already our October Holiday Planning is under way! To be the first to get our flyers, make sure you register your details on our website: http://www.skids.co.nz/locations/remuera/

If you're not sure about sending your child to Out of School Care, see what Research says. 5 Reasons to send your kids to Out of School Care. You can read it at:  http://www.skids.co.nz/5-reasons-to-send-your-kids-to-out-of-school-care/

Please contact us for any enquiries at email: remuera@skids.co.nz or call us on 948 4548 or 021 191 9115 or
0272 111 279.


Football at RPS

AUgust Soccer




Pio is one of New Zealand's most loved entertainers. In this show, Pio combines story-telling, singing, and video to entertain audiences and deliver helpful messages on how to have a happy, healthy family life. ​​

Thursday 9th August


Doors open at 7pm for drinks & nibbles

At The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane

Book at www.theparentingplace.com




Diocesan School Open Day Thursday 9th August

Diocesan School Open Day Thursday 9th August. See details below. Dio have asked us to let parents know that that due to high demand they have changed their enrolment process. They are now enrolling for new students in 2020.  Applications for placements in 2020 close 24 August 2018.
Applications are still being accepted for placements in 2019, however there are only limited places are available with many year levels having already reached capacity.

Dio open day August 2018