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February 21 Newsletter 2019

Message from the Principal


As our students return to school following the summer holidays, our thoughts begin to focus of their progress and goals.  I have no doubt that you have had discussions with your child about where you would like them to improve. Perhaps it's to improve their reading, learn their timetables, or enhance their creativity in writing.

Regardless of the goal, my message is a simple one.  We must encourage our students to focus on the path, not the peak or destination. It's often too easy to get ahead of ourselves and focus too much on the end game, rather than the small incremental steps that will ultimately lead to our success.

Here's a metaphor that may help illustrate my point.  Imagine that you are running a race through a field of tall grass. In the distance at the end of the field, you can clearly see the finish line. Unfortunately, the field you're running through is littered with rocks and exposed roots. What do you think will happen to you if, during that race, you keep your eyes completely focused in the distance on the finish line and getting a good time or place? You'll either snag a root or trip over a rock and, in either case, you'll go down fast and hard!

Keeping your eyes on the path, on exactly what's in front of you right now, means that you have to discipline yourself to stay away from an outcome focus.  Improving your reading is the ultimate goal, but what are the incremental steps that will lead to this success?  This is the path.

Of course children will need support - from both their teachers and parents, in identifying those small milestones along the path.  Once identified, coach and praise the heck out of your child and soon enough their success will flourish.


Tomorrow's Schools Review Epsom Electorate Public Meeting

Tomorrow's Schools Review Epsom Electorate Public Meeting

Thursday 7th March 7pm to 9pm at Holy Trinity Cathedral, St Stephens Ave, Parnell

It is no exaggeration to say that the Tomorrow's Schools Review Taskforce Report 'Our Schooling Futures' proposes the most significant changes to education in New Zealand since the current system was introduced in 1989.

The proposals would transfer all of the legal rights and responsibilities currently held by parent-elected Boards of Trustees to newly created 'hubs.' Each hub would govern in the interest of approximately 125 schools rather than any particular school. The implications for school leadership, buildings, zones, staff, and even teaching style are severe. At the same time, the reports authors aim to address serious problems of educational inequality.

In the Epsom Electorate suburbs of Mt Eden, Newmarket, Greenlane, Parnell, Remuera, and Epsom itself, education is a vital foundation of community. If you live in the Epsom Electorate, you owe it to yourself to be informed of these changes. 

I have invited the authors of 'Our Schooling Futures' along with two critics of the report to present at a public meeting on the topic.

I hope to see you there,

David Seymour

MP for Epsom



Thank you to those families who have made payment towards the 2019 donation. Receipts will be emailed to you in the next week. Please retain these to enable you to claim a tax credit from Inland Revenue.

Some families who paid before 31 January may have already received a receipt which included  a gst component for the donation. This was an error and you will be mailed a corrected receipt.


Road Safety

Pedestrian Crossings on Dromorne Road and Platina Street

Can we please remind parents that we all need to use the pedestrian crossings on Dromorne Road, and Platina Street.  There has been an increase in the number of parents who choose not to cross at the appropriate pedestrian crossings.  Not only are you putting your children at risk, you are sending the wrong message to your children.

Our children need guidance on how and where is the safest place to cross the street before and after school and that is on the Pedestrian Crossings which are manned by parent volunteers and our Year 6 students.


Access to Learning Meeting Friday 8th March

Access to Learning Meeting

Friday 8th March 2019

2.15pm to 3pm in the Theatre

We would like to extend an invitation to our families of children at RPS who have learning support needs to join Amanda Taylor and Kate Seales at our first Access to Learning Meeting of 2019. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation around the roles of the Deputy Principals this year and gather feedback from parents around the transitions into the 2019 classes.

Please RSVP to Kate Seales on kates@rps.school.nz by Friday 1st March




You can order sausages pay for 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).


Flippa Ball 2019


Flippa Ball is a miniature version of Water Polo aimed exclusively at year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children. It is a stepping-stone to Water Polo and is run by the New Zealand Water Polo Association.

Games: The RPS Flippa Ball runs in terms two and three and is held on Sunday afternoons at either St Cuthberts or Diocesan School for Girls in Epsom.

Training:. Our training times for 2019 will depend on the pool availability at either St Cuthberts, but in all likelihood it will be Saturdays 2-3

The game comprises of two teams with six field players and one goalie (seven in total). Flippa Ball is played in a shallow pool, where children can touch the bottom. The ball can only be caught or passed with 1 hand. The game consists of two 8 minute halves, and is a fast paced fun game. The maximum number of players on a team will be 8, to ensure that we have 1 sub for each game.

Year 6 - will play minipolo the kids are unable to touch the bottom of the pool unlike flippa ball so being swim fit is important.

All gear is provided and the league will begin in term 2.

Flippa Ball/minipolo is a fun team sport and its important for all children to attend all practices and games. Please do not enroll your child if they have other weekend commitments that will prevent them from participating in Sunday games because we need you all there.

If you would like to know more about the sport, please have a look at the link below or come and chat


Please let us know by email if your child wishes to play in 2019, the cutoff date will be the 9th March. Contact Nadeen Parton to parton@xtra.co.nz or Donna McDonald to donnamac014@gmail.com


RPS Skiing 2019

Are you interested in skiing for RPS?

RPS Skiing is for Years 5 and 6 and you do not need to be a super-racer, but you do need to be able to ski from the top of the Snowplanet slope. So, unfortunately, it's not for complete beginners, but if you have some skiing experience and want to give racing a go, you are very welcome! We learn new skills and have lots of fun. There will also be a limit to the numbers who can be accommodated, so priority will be given to Year 6 / early registrations.

There will be ski training at Snowplanet in Terms 2 and 3. We will also compete in the annual North Island Primary School Ski Champs (NIPS) being held at Whakapapa from Monday 2 September to Thursday 5 September 2019.

RPS Training

Sessions will be 9.15-10.45am on the following Sundays:

Term 2:
•    9 June
•    16 June
•    23 June
•    30 June

Term 3:
•    28 July
•    04 August
•    11 August (time trial gates - TBC)
•    18 August.

We can run a carpool.

The cost of each session is $56 per child per session (if not a member of Snowplanet), this includes snow pass and coach. If needed, skis, boots and clothing can be rented. A non-refundable deposit of $5 is charged by Snowplanet for an access card.

NOTE: The wearing of helmets is compulsory.

Ski Trial

A ski trial will be held at Snowplanet on Sunday 11 August (TBC), to rank the team(s) for the champs. The cost for the trial is included in the 11 August session cost.

North Island Primary School Ski Champs (NIPS)

The champs are run over four days with ski racing scheduled for two days. The event runs from Monday 2 September to Thursday 5 September 2019. Sunday 1 September is the practice day so we try to get down on the Sunday morning. If all goes well, the team racing is Monday and Tuesday with optional racing on Wednesday. However, the mountain weather can mean racing runs over into Wednesday and even Thursday, so it generally requires parents and children to be available until the end of Thursday.

We are limited in how many we can take, but we're hoping to take up to 8 skiers and enter two teams of between 3 and 5. The ski trial enables us to place the skiers into teams.

We will need parent helpers for the NIPS event.  There should be one parent for each child. We hope to be staying at Boomerang Ski Club on the mountain for 3-4 nights from Sunday 1 September, returning to Auckland on Thursday 5 September (or earlier if the racing finishes earlier). The club is self-catering, so parents and children do the cooking and cleaning - dInner and breakfast is provided.

This event is paid for by the families participating. Costs will be finalised closer to the time but last year the accommodation and food was about $105 per night per parent/child, and the entry fee/lift passes was about $290. So you're looking at about $710 for competition entry fee, ski passes, accommodation & meals (breakfast, dinner) for child and parent.


To register an interest, please email Ito Stewart (ito.stewart@gmail.com) with the following information:

Child's Name:
School Year (Year 5 and 6 only):
Class Room Number:
Date of Birth:

Attending Snowplanet Ski Race training sessions: Yes/No

Parent's Name:
Mobile Phone:
Email Address:

Mt Ruapehu season pass: Yes/No

The NIPS event is a lot of fun and a great experience for the racers, particularly as we intend to stay together on the mountain.  Any queries, please contact Ito Stewart by email ito.stewart@gmail.com or call on 021 443 292.


PTA News

Lost Property and Uniform Labels

Each term we end up with a huge amount of lost property to sort through. Both Uniform and Mufti items. We would like to encourage all families to please label your Childs items before sending them to school.

The PTA currently have a 5% off voucher code for all RPS families to use at Name It Labels which have a wide variety of labels for clothing, shoes and lunchboxes available.

Simply go to www.nameit.co.nz and enter the code: "Remuera" to receive 5% off your order.

Using this voucher code also helps to raise funds for the school.

Important: Please be aware that the lost property area will be checked and cleared weekly from now on. Any unlabelled uniform items will be transferred into the next uniform sale where we will happily sell them back to you. All Mufti items will be donated to goodwill charities at the end of each term.


PTA Food Orders Term One

Sausage Sizzle - Friday 22nd February and Friday 29th March. Order Via Kindo

Pork Buns - Friday 8th March and Friday 5th April. Order via Kindo

Ice Blocks - Every Friday Term One(unless rain) $2 (cash only).

Jesters Pies - On hold until a replacement organiser can be found. Please contact us at rps_pta@outlook.co.nz if you are interested in this key fundraising role.


Your PTA


Family Fun Night 2019

Family Fun Night 2019

Proudly presented by Leila & David MacDonald

And Barfoot and Thompson

  • Ride bands for sale now on KINDO
  • Great entertainment for all
  • Food Stalls - BBQ, Chinese, Korean and MANY more!




Kung Fu at RPS

The Kung Fu School



BARADENE COLLEGE - OPEN EVENING will be held on Thursday 7 March, 2019 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.

Enrolments for Year 7, 2020 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 15 March, 2019. A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 15 March, 2019.


St Cuthbert’s OPEN DAY

St Cuthbert's OPEN DAY is on Saturday 23 March from 10.30am - 12.30pm. Come and see our amazing school in action. Go to stcuthberts.school.nz to register now.