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December 1 Newsletter 2016

Message from the Principal

As the year draws to a close, it's appropriate for us to recognise those members of the teaching staff that will not be returning in 2017. 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 five teachers. More formal farewells will be provided to these staff at a later date, but I wanted to acknowledge these teachers for their incredible commitment and drive to support our students.

Please join me in acknowledging and farewelling the following teachers;

  • Ricky Bakker - Sports Coordinator, RPS TV Producer & PE Specialist
  • Steve Broad -  Year 6
  • June Ivamy -   Year 4
  • Jessica Healy - Year 2
  • Judith Prowse - Enriched Learning Specialist & Orchestra Tutor

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


Exciting New Role for Shana Mutton

For the last seven years Shana has been the mainstay of our Year 6 Team, a team she has ably lead and supported.  2017 will see major changes in Shana's role at RPS as she moves from Classroom Teacher to Specialist Teacher - working with every child in the school.

Shana will head an exciting new initiative called S.T.E.A.M, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  Her brief will be to provide intense blocks of inquiry based learning for all students.  Most of her units of inquiry will incorporate at least two of the subjects listed above.

In designing this initiative,we are not looking to remove these subjects from the regular class - in fact all teachers will continue to provide units of work in these areas.  What we are looking to achieve through Shana's role, however, is more intense and focused opportunities for students.  Watch this space in 2017 for more news of this exciting programme.

In addition to her S.T.E.A.M role, Shana will also be our Sports Coordinator and the Producer of RPS TV.

These are exciting times for Shana. Please join me in congratulating her.


Library Building Development Update

Well - it has been close to three years in the planning, but the day has finally arrived.  On Monday December 5, Form Construction will begin establishing their building site that will enable them to commence the refurbishment of the Library Building as soon as school closes for the year.

In establishing the site - to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents, there will be some changes to the flow of pedestrian traffic within the school.  The map below shows where their site fences will be erected, and arrows indicating how to access the school from the Dromorne Rd entries.

Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with these changes.  Students will be informed of these changes by their classroom teachers.



Message from the Board Chair re Uniform Changes

In 2013, following requests from parents who were dissatisfied with having to pay for both a summer and winter girl's dress, the Board introduced a multi-seasonal dress.

This change was ratified by the Board of Trustees at the end of 2013 and has been slowly introduced over the past two years.  The grandfathering in period - where girls could continue to wear the old dresses, ends at the close of this term.

From 31st January 2017 the Green Tunic and Gingham Dress can no longer be worn.

From the beginning of the 2017 school year, only the following uniform can be worn:

Girls' Summer Uniform Terms 1 and 4

Tunic, Culottes, Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Optional: White short sleeved t-shirt (not available online)

Girls' Winter Uniform Terms 2 and 3

Tunic, Culottes, Long Sleeve Polo, White Skivvy

Optional: Navy Blue Tights (not available online)

Boys' Summer Uniform Terms 1 and 4

Shorts, Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

Boys' Winter Uniform Options Terms 2 and 3

Shorts, Cargo Pants, Long or Short Sleeve Polo

Sweatshirt (unisex) can be worn year round.

Bucket Hat or Cap (unisex)


Sports Shorts and House Shirt (Dromorne Green, Platina Yellow, Omahu Red and Armadale Blue)

Footwear: (available from Hannahs http://www.hannahs.co.nz/back-to-school-2017

Future Feet http://www.futurefeet.co.nz/

Number One Shoes https://www.numberone shoes.co.nz

*   Blue, Black, Brown shoes or sandals

*   Track shoes (solid colour) with Navy or White socks



New Life for Old Uniforms

If you have old uniforms (in particular the gingham dress and the green tunic), one of our Mums is working with community groups and Rotary New Zealand to identify new homes for this clothing.

So clear out the wardrobe and bring your old uniforms into the office.  If you are able to help with sorting, cleaning/mending and packing please contact Sarah on 021 142 7587.


End of Year Important Dates for your Diary

2016 RPS Year 6 Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony(Remuera Primary School Hall)

An invitation is extended to parents of all 2016 Year 6 students to attend the RPS Year 6 Prize-giving and Graduation which will be held in the Remuera Primary School Hall on Thursday 8 December from 6.30pm to 7.45pm (approx) Please bring your child(ren) to the venue at 6.15pm, in correct school uniform. Seating is limited so we request that siblings sit in the wings of the hall.

2016 RPS Carol Concert (Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell)

Please join us for this year's Remuera Primary School Carol Concert.   The service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, commencing at 7:00pm on Wednesday 14 December. Please bring your child(ren) to the venue at 6.30pm, in correct school uniform (unless they have been asked to come in costume). Entry is free but donations will be accepted at the door for our selected charity which will be listed on the programme. We anticipate this concert will last about 1 hour 10 minutes. We hope you will join us for this very special event on the RPS calendar.

2016 RPS Year 3 to 6 Awards Ceremony (Remuera Primary School Hall)

Our special Year 3 to 6 Awards Ceremony will take place at 9.15am on Thursday 15 December in our School Hall. Seating is limited so we request that siblings please sit in the wings of the hall.

2016 RPS Has Talent Final (Remuera Primary School Hall)

The final of our annual talent show will take place in the hall from 2.00pm to 3.00pm on Thursday 15 December.

Friday 16 December last day of Term 4, school closes at 12pm


RPS Bakesale & Bookfair


An event like this wouldn't be possible without the help of our entire school community. Many thanks to those who contributed with books, board games, puzzles and other wonderful gifts. Thank you to our fantastic home bakers (the tables were groaning under the weight of all that delicious food) and a big thank you to all of you who came along to purchase from our amazing array of books & bakes.   We have a great community at RPS and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying each other's company and stopping for a chat amongst the retail chaos.

Obviously events like this do not happen without some serious help behind the scenes. Fiona and I would like to say a huge thanks to those who helped to display books on Saturday morning with a special thanks to Jo Renfree, Max, Helene, Suzie, Rochelle, Cate, Ainslie & helpers, Julia, and to our BBQ Specialists Mark & Sean Hollier.  Also to our superstar staff Mary & Rachael for volunteering their time.  

Finally thanks to:

BAKERS DELIGHT REMUERA who supplied us with yummy Cinnamon buns.  
We would appreciate it if the next time you are in Bakers Delight you mention you are from RPS and that it was great that they donated to our event.  This, while a small gesture, helps us a lot with any further enquiries for help.


KEA COOKIES - for their generous donation of gluten/wheat/egg/dairy free cookies

Happy reading everyone!!

Fiona & Sharon

Barfoot and Thompson

Bakers Delight Kea Cookies small on red square


Pool Use Over Summer

It is with regret that we will not be providing community access to the School Pool this summer.

As you are aware, the school's major building project is starting this summer, and for safety reasons, we are looking to reduce the number of visitors to the school during the initial construction period.

We will, however, review this decision in 2017 in the hope that we will be able to once again make this resource available to the community.


From the desk of our Sports Co-ordinator Ricky Bakker

Unfortunately our Junior Athletics Day was cancelled due to the weather. However, we decided to still run the sprint races. Each junior class found their fastest 4 runners for both boys and girls. Then on Tuesday we held our sprint finals races. It was an awesome day with some really close finishes. So close that we couldn't tell on the video! Thanks to all the parents that came out and supported, we were lucky the weather was fine and we got to see some speedy children tear up the track.

That is our last main sporting event for 2016. On that note, I have really enjoyed my role this year as both a PE teacher and Sports Coordinator. One of the best things about my position this year was getting to know all of the children at RPS. I have worked in numerous schools both in NZ and around the world. RPS children sit right at the top of that list. Also, I would like to especially thank all those parents that helped out throughout the year with the various sporting events. These don't happen without you and the teachers appreciate your support more than you know.

I won't be back in 2017 as my wife and I are heading back to Invercargill to raise our little girl. I have loved my 3 years here at RPS and will miss both the staff and the community. RPS has a special character and is extremely lucky to have so many different cultures all working together. If you are ever in Invercargill, look me up or I'll probably just run into you….: )

Thanks and farewell,

Ricky Bakker

Sprint Race Results

Congratulations to all our sprinters and well done to our first, second and third place getters.

YEAR 0 Girls


Year 0 Boys


Year 1 Girls

1st place - HUIA BEHN, 2nd place - FATIMA MAFI, 3rd place - LAILA LATU

Year 1 Boys


Year 2 Girls

1st place - SHARON LAI, 2nd place - TESSA TONER, 3rd place - EMILY KING

Year 2 Boys

1st place TYLER MOORE, 2nd place - JAMES HOWARD, 3rd place - OSCAR WU


sKids Remuera, 2016 December Holiday Programme

sKids Remuera, 2016 December Holiday Programme - 19th -23rd December to be held at Remuera Primary School Hall.

Our 2017 Holiday Programme will re-open January, 9th. (CHANGE OF VENUE)

Due to building work at RPS from 9th January our Holiday Programme will be held at Remuera Intermediate School, 55 Ascot Avenue in their School Hall

For more information or to  book online at www.skids.co.nz or email, remuera@skids.co.nz, contact number 027-2919-115.


Auckland Libraries' Summer Reading Programme

Auckland Libraries' summer reading programme Kia Māia Te Whai - Dare to Explore.

Our programme is aimed at students aged from 5-13 years. Last year we supported 12,000+ young readers Auckland-wide to keep reading for enjoyment over their 6 week break. This year we aim to provide for an even wider audience!

Research continues to show that the programme's focus on fun and exploration has positive impacts on literacy outcomes for children, particularly those with the lowest reading confidence.

Kia Māia Te Whai - Dare to Explore is designed to help children:

  • Maintain or improve their reading over the summer break
  • Increase their love of books and reading
  • Become confident library users
  • Have fun and enjoy an adventurous summer holiday along with their families!


Every child who signs up for the FREE programme gets a booklet. Inside they will find a treasure trove of specially-designed activities to appeal to multiple intelligences - from reading and learning, to performing, creating, and problem-solving, encouraging the development of a full range of thinking and social skills. Activities can be completed at home, on holiday, at the library or online with friends.

Our librarians welcome as many children as possible; we will encourage their progress, stamp off activities, offer reward stickers and support children to achieve the 4 stamps necessary to gain their local summer reading party invitation. Our Auckland-wide goal: Every child with a library card, every child a reader.

Each community library implements Kia Māia Te Whai - Dare to Explore with their own particular flare and at Remuera Library we organise many fun activities including craft making, water fights, Geocaching, and movie nights to go alongside the Explore booklet challenges.


Things to do in the School Holidays

Roald Dahl



Funfest Vodafone

PT Summer Fiesta Flyer

Artz on show flyer





Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is opening a ReStore in Pilkington Rd, Panmure in February 2017. We believe every person deserves a decent place to live. Our ReStores provide revenue so that we can undertake home maintenance work, build homes that put people on their own journey to affordable home ownership and help build our global villages. 

We need volunteers and donations of new or pre-loved households goods: good quality furniture, bric a brac, clothing, whiteware, and homeware.

For larger items we offer a free pickup service. If you can help the community call Marilyn TODAY 0226188267.