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December 6 Newsletter 2018

Message from the Principal

As the year draws to a close I would like to highlight some of the amazing achievements our students have made throughout the year, and also draw your attention to some of the school's recent accomplishments.  We really are blessed with an amazing group of students.  Please join me in applauding them.

Academic Achievement:

  • NZ National Curriculum Achievement
  • In our first year "post national standards", we have measured our student progress against the highly regarded New Zealand National Curriculum.
  • Reading, more than 80% of our entire school are achieving "at or above" their expected rate of progress.
  • Writing, 75% of our entire school are achieving "at or above" their expected rate of progress.
  • Mathematics, 85% of our entire school are achieving "at or above" their expected rate of progress.
  • ICAS International Examinations
  • More than 147 students in Year 4 to 6, once again elected to sit the annual University of New South Wales ICAS examinations, and once again we have excelled on the international stage.
  • Collectively, our students earned 18 High Distinctions and a massive 52 Distinctions.
  • In addition to this, Isabella White (Year 6), scored an impressive 100% in the English Examination.  This mark earned her a gold medal as the highest scoring Year 6 in Australisia.
  • Scholarships
  • More than 10 students have been offered scholarships to Private Schools.

Sporting Achievement:

  • Athletics: Auckland Zone Competition - Year 6 Girls won 4x100m relay.  Emma Bews Hair won 100m sprint, 2nd in long jump.  Maria Sminchisescu won the 200m sprint. Karson Hawkins 2nd 60m Sprint
  • Gymnastics: Auckland Zone Competition - Elaine Li 3rd overall, Emily King 5th overall, Sharon Li 7th and Olympia Goldsmith 8th. Year 4 girls team 1st overall.
  • Gymnastics: All Auckland Championships - Elaine Li 10th in Auckland, Emily King 15th
  • Swimming: Auckland Zone Championships - Charlie Forsythe placed 3rd in breaststroke, Ella Lloyd 3rd in freestyle
  • Cross Country: Auckland Zone Championships
  • Netball - 65 Year 3-6 girls played in school netball teams throughout terms 2 and 3. Special thanks to Caroline Allen for all her work co-ordinating teams and coaches.  Without her dedication, these teams would not have been possible.
  • FlippaBall - We had 3 FlippaBall teams representing RPS this year.  Many students were new to the sport but took to the game like ducks to water.  Special thanks to Nadeen Parton and her team of coaches (Emma Best, Mike Bright, Cindy Singh, Amanda Donovan) and supporters for ensuring this could go ahead. It was also awesome to hear of RPS 'old boys' helping out the coaching of the teams.
  • Cricket - In partnership with Parnell Cricket Club, RPS has been able to pull together our first all girls cricket team to play in 2019.  Special thanks to Sally Woolfield and Dominic Drumm for their help with this.

The Arts:

  • The following groups have trained tirelessly throughout the year, and represented our school with pride.  Look out for their final performance at this year's End of Year Celebration.
  • Kapa Haka
  • Kids for Kids Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Jump Jam
  • Hip Hop Dance Troupe
  • Ballet Dance Troupe
  • Rock Band - James Walsh
  • Rock Band - Kane Chong
  • Marimba Band
  • Ukulele Band

Recent School Accompishments:

  • ESOL Programme.  RPS' ESOL programme was reviewed this year as part of the governments' five yearly review process.  I am delighted to inform the community that this independent audit, described our practices as exemplary. Their report even described many of our programmes as "best practice". A huge congratulations to Nikki Grant, Natalie Morfett and Julie Agnew, our amazing ESOL Team.
  • Continued development of our highly popular STEAM programme.
  • Staged yet another amazing Cultural Concert.  Such a wonderful showcase of the beauty of our community.
  • Whole School Electives were once again staged in Term 3, and were an amazing success with children engaged in a wide range of high interest topics.
  • Completion of the Ministry of Education funded, Year One Teaching Block
  • Completion of the Ministry of Education funded, Library, Theatre and STEAM Room Block
  • Reinstatement of the Junior School Playground
  • Refurbishment of the Middle School Playground
  • Instalation of the School Beehive

From the Board of Trustees re Year 5 & 6 Camps

Parents Meeting Thursday 29 November - School Camps

Thank you to the many parents who attended the public meeting last Thursday to discuss year 5 and 6 camp payment issues.

The public meeting was held to seek community input on the increasing non-payment of camp costs by some of our families.   At the meeting we explained that under NZ law the school cannot demand payment for anything that is deemed to be part of the school curriculum.  School camps are very much part of school curriculum - students plan, prepare and debrief in school time.  A student cannot be excluded for non-payment from any activity that is part of the curriculum.

This has placed the school in a difficult position.  Due to increasing non-payment, the school is now required to "top up" the unpaid amount of camp payments from funds that could be allocated towards other resources.  (Please note however that special provision will always be made for families who are genuinely not in a position to pay for school camp).

We asked our community whether they would prefer the school to continue topping up camp funds to counter increasing non-payment or whether we as a school should consider cancelling 2019 camps if appropriate levels of funding are not met.  Despite intense frustration and much discussion over the non-payment issue, the overwhelming response from parents was that camps in 2019 should go ahead and that the school should plan to underwrite any unpaid costs.

It was also strongly felt that this is not a long-term solution and that the situation should be readdressed following the outcome of camp payments in 2019.  The Board will continue to consult with the community in this regard.

It was heartening to see so much passion from our community for the great institution that is the kiwi camp and we hope that simply by having brought the issue to the community's attention we might see a significant improvement in contributions towards camp.

We wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas.


End of Year School Events

2018 RPS Year 6 Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony

An invitation is extended to parents of all 2018 Year 6 students to attend the RPS Year 6 Prize-giving and Graduation which will be held in the Remuera Primary School Hall on Tuesday 11th 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.

2018 End of Year Celebration: We are excited to present our 2018 End of Year Celebration (formally the Carol Concert). This year's celebration will be held outdoors at school on the evening of Wednesday December 12, with a rain date of Thursday December 13.  Children will be required to meet at school (in uniform or costume if part of a special group) by 6:00pm, with the evening's formalities starting at 6:30pm.

The programme will take approximately 60 minutes, and we extend a warm welcome to you all to join us for what I am sure will be an incredible evening.

2018 RPS Year 3 to 6 Awards Ceremony Remuera Primary School Hall

Our special Year 3 to 6 Awards Ceremony will take place at 9.10am on Tuesday 18th December in our School Hall.

RPS has Talent 2018 Final

RPS has Talent final will be held in the School Hall on Tuesday 18th December at 2.10pm.


Last day of school for 2018

The last day of Term 4 is Wednesday 19th December.  School will finish at 12pm on this day. Please arrange to pick your child/ren up at 12 noon.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Thursday 31st January to Friday 12th April

Term 2: Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July

Term 3: Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

Term 4: Monday 14th October to Wednesday 18th December




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).


No Subway lunch available Monday 10th December

Due to a full day of Staff Training for myself and my staff unfortunately there will be no Subway Lunch available on Monday 10th December.  We will continue our back to normal service from Tuesday 11th December until Tuesday 18th December.

I apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for yor understanding.

Vandeeta Tailor
Subway Rialto


Writing from Years 0 and 1

The Pet Shop by Jeffrey Wang: Room 3

I'm going to the pet shop. No I don't want to go to the pet shop, because I am hungry!

Why do I need to go to the pet shop?

The Hail by Steve Yang: Room 2

The icicles are so big and cold because it is freezing. It is noisy when it hits something metal and wood. When it hits you, you will be freezing.

STEAM by Jake Janiurek: Room 4

At STEAM we learnt about a robot called Botley. The codes showed him where to go. There was a remote control. Botley is a fun robot.

Touch Rugby by Sophie Chudzynski: Room 1

I played touch rugby. I nearly got a try.

Guess What? Leewon Kim: Room 5

I look like an umbrella. I am soft. I taste yummy. Guess what vegetable I am?

I am a mushroom!

Dinosaurs by George Grey: Room 6

I travelled back in time to see dinosaurs. There were pterodactyls and an Allosaurus. I wanted to climb up one but it was too high. I like dinosaurs.

The Fire Engine by Mia Wong: Room 8

The fire engine rescued the little cat. The cat said "Thank you Fire Engine".

The Desert by Lucy Robinson: Room 7

I am riding on a camel in the desert. It is hot and dry in the desert.


Family Fun Night 2019


We are currently putting together the Family Fun Night team for Thursday 14th March, 2019.  We are looking for people to assist with the following:

  • Suppling/organising SUSHI. This is very popular with the children and it would be a shame not to have it for the next Event.
  • GENERATOR to supply power for the dumpling stall and keep the running of this safe.
  • Posters - Simon Pengelly has kindly designed and donated all our fantastic Family Fun Night posters over the past few years. We need someone who is able to print/design these posters so they be displayed around the school at the start of Term 1.
  • We are looking for sponsors for a family fun night ride (naming rights available). If you know any businesses, individuals or families that might be interested please contact Rochelle on email below.

If you are happy to help with any of the above or start something new, we are looking for individuals, groups and communities to participate.

Please contact Rochelledandrhoon@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of the team for next year.

Thank you for your support! Jo & Rochelle


sKids Remuera – Operating from Remuera Primary School Hall offering all OUT OF SCHOOL CARE Services.


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.


FoodStorm is partnering with Nestle in Term 4 to showcase our special FoodStorm module 'Nestle Healthy Active Kids (NHAK) Collector's Edition' Programme! The programme runs every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm. This is our fun cooking programme with a focus on health and nutrition. All recipes are approved by the NZ Heart Foundation!


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


PTA 2nd Hand Uniform Sales

PTA 2nd Hand Uniform Sales

The PTA are currently building a new team for our Second Hand Uniform Sales.

We need a two person lead team, to organise it, as well as 4 more volunteers to support the lead team and help run this important school community event which occurs three times a year.

Term One

Term Two

Term Four

There will be an opportunity to work with the exiting team, to see how it's run, at the first "2nd Hand Uniform Sale" in Term One 2019.

Please contact us at rps_pta@outlook.co.nz to express your interest.

Many thanks

Your PTA


Realisticus Art Academy Student Competition 2018

More than 300 students from Central Auckland competed for the Most Realistic and Most Creative artworks in "Under the Sea" Art Show /Competition 2018. The winner of Junior Realisticus Award for 'Best 3D drawings skills' in age group 5-6 is Selena Yin from Room 12.

Congratulations Selena well done.


Auckland Netball Holiday Programme