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May 24 Newsletter 2018

Important notice re School Bus

From Monday 23rd July 2018 Remuera Primary School will no longer be serviced by the 019 school bus.  Below is the information we have received from Auckland Transport. Please contact Auckland Transport directly if you have any issues or queries around the suspension of this service via email to Busreview@at.govt.nz

Message from Auckland Transport

This is to advise you that from Monday 23 July, Day 1 Term 3, 2018 there will be changes to school buses operated by Auckland Transport.

These changes are part of a wider public transport review affecting all of Auckland. Most Central Auckland suburb public bus routes will be changing on Sunday 8 July 2018.

Most school bus routes will be given new route numbers to formalise the route numbering system and remove duplication. Some bus routes are changing to remove differences between the morning and returning afternoon routes to make them easier to understand and use. Some routes are changing due to low patronage.

Information about all the school bus changes for Auckland's Central suburbs, including this information attached, is on our website - https://at.govt.nz/centralschoolbus

Information about the public bus changes being implemented on 8 July, 2018 is on our website - https://at.govt.nz/newnetworkcentral

Plan your new journey our online AT Journey Planner (please note that these new school and public bus services won't be on the Journey Planner until 16 June, 2018) - https://at.govt.nz/journeyplanner


Queen's Birthday Weekend

Monday 4th June is a Statuatory Holiday in New Zealand. A gentle reminder that there will be no school on Monday 4th June. Enjoy the long weekend.




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.


Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser

Box of Choc

Whittaker's Chocolate Fundraiser

So shout out to all those chocolate fans you know!

Your PTA are pleased to announce that for Term 2 the PTA fundraising campaign will be delicious Whittaker's Chocolate - proudly NZ owned and made. This fundraiser will enable us to support our school in the purchase of new shade sails and water fountains for our kids.

Important details:

  • Friday the 1st of June - Each child will be sent home with a Whittaker's fundraising pack.
  • Fundraising pack - Contains 36 bars. Sale price is $2 per bar. $72 should be returned for every complete Fundraising Pack that is sold.
  • Awesome prizes!!! - Sell as many packs as possible. There will be prizes given for the most fundraising packs sold, as well as a random prize draw for any child who sells a complete fundraising pack. There will also be a class prize for the class that sells the most packs.
  • Campaign Length - 3 weeks from Friday 1st of June - Friday 22nd of June.
  • PTA Chocolate Station - The PTA will be operating in the school foyer from 8:30am - 9:00am Mon, Weds, Fri. For any returns in the first week and new collections throughout.
  • Opt out and Donation - Options are available. If you do not wish to take part in selling chocolate simply fill in the form attached to the fundraiser box. Please return the form and your unopened fundraiser box to the PTA Chocolate Station in the school foyer by no later than  Friday the 8th Of June.
  • Donation: We make over $30 profit from each pack (36 bars).  If you would rather not take part in the chocolate selling and prefer to simply make a donation of $30, your child will still be entered into the prize pool for students who sell a pack. You can make this donation via Kindo or with cash at the Chocolate Station.
  • Kindo - $30 donations and Complete Fundraising Pack sales($72) are accepted. All partly sold boxes and funds must be returned to the Chocolate Station.
  • Friday 22 June 2018 - campaign ends. Any unsold chocolate and money collected must be returned to the Chocolate Station in the school foyer.

We suggest you sell to family members, colleagues in the workplace, at busy sports fields, friends or neighbours.  We do not recommend involving children in selling, but if they are involved, they should do so under adult supervision, especially if selling door to door.

If you are able to help out with labelling and distributing the packs to the classrooms or manning the chocolate station please get in touch with Rochelle Hoon via email to dandrhoon@gmail.com

Good luck and we thank you in advance for supporting the school and this fundraising event.

Your PTA.


Writing from Year 4

Kelly Tarltons by Abigail Faigao Room 22

I was bursting with excitement, SO excited to sleep in the world of sea life. I had been waiting since Year 1 to do this!!! This was my VERY first sleepover ever and I could not believe that my parents agreed to let Mrs Bray take me!

As Mrs Bray took Rooms 22 and 24 along with Mrs Page and a few parents to the classroom, I felt like my heart was going to EXPLODE! Once everyone came inside the classroom, three educators came in and introduced themselves. Their names were Steve, Nicole, and PJ.

Next all of us took a stroll through the car park and headed down to the penguins enclosure. It was disappointing that we didn't get to say hi to the penguins at night, they were all asleep. It was okay though, we would get to see them the next day.

After that, we all had some supper, (cookies and juice/water). Eventually, the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE BEGAN!!! Every year the girls win!! Guess what...the girls WON AGAIN because all six girls stayed with their hands in the ice bucket, but only one boy survived the challenge.  Having my arm in that bucket of below 0 degrees ice was so freezing that it felt like a million knives were stabbed into my hand! To get it warm and not numb, we had to soak our hands in cold water. Unbelievable!

After that, we got to feed the fish on top of the shark tunnels… We had to take a piece of meat that still had blood on it and throw it to the fish. Next we had a mission to go find a few fish -the game was called SPOTLIGHT and we played it in the dark using our torches. The fish we had to find where the Wobbegong Shark, Clownfish, Pigfish, Pufferfish and Moray Eel. Vesa and I found everything, except for the Pigfish.

Next, we all got changed into our pajamas and brushed our teeth, then we got to choose where we wanted to sleep. I wanted to sleep in the shark tunnels but then I realized that I wasn't sleeping with my friends, so I moved to the fish gallery where ALL of my friends were. I slept with Leilani, Zahrena, Amelia and Ariella. Vesa, Gemma and Danica slept on the left of me.

In the morning I brushed my teeth and got ready for our adventure to continue. Before we all started- everyone had breakfast, which was cereal, weet bix with milk and toast. The spreads were marmite, jam and butter. As soon as everyone finished we had a chance to have a 15 minute play on the playground.

Afterwards, we headed back to the penguin enclosure to say good morning to all of the penguins, especially the KING penguins. I even happened to see the new boy baby penguin. Eventually, we went to Turtle Bay and watched a video about a famous diver who wanted to show the ocean to the world. The famous diver's name was Kelly Tarlton and that is why the Aquarium is is called Kelly Tarltons. When the video was done, PJ and Nicole gave us a quick walkthrough in the shark tunnels. The faint sound of the ocean made me feel so relaxed. Then it was finally the time where we got to pick something to buy at the gift shop. I bought a baby penguin for one of my Year Three friends but I also got something for myself-a Sea Pup. It was SO adorable!

Finally it was time to get back to school and say our goodbyes. Everyone said goodbye to Nicole and PJ and packed our bags. We carefully followed Mrs Bray along the Penguin prints to the school bus. Mrs Bray said she ordered a bendy bus for both classes to go on together but sadly, there was no more left so we got two smaller buses.

Our adventure had ended with a tiring ending. It was the most exciting and incredible adventure that I have ever had!

Reflections & Dreams of Kelly Tarlton's by Room 20 - each student from Room 20 has contributed to this piece.

My heart pumps so rapidly as sand tiger sharks tower over me like I am about to be swallowed.

Hovering above my head there's a shark with a colossal mouth that looks like a great white but it's really a broadnose sevengill shark. Aaarrgh it's so creepy!!!

"Splash!" the little penguins speed through the water while tiny bubbles squirt from their feet.

As i walk into the cold, icy enclosure I hear the splashing of a raft of penguins swimming with excitement

"How can Scott sleep in any of this mess! It looks like a bomb literally exploded!" I cried to myself, "he should really tidy up his hut!"

"I can't wait to go to the NIWA SOUTHERN OCEANS when I am a year four next year. I will jump and down with excitement when I see the jellyfish!"

"Ssssshhh, GO TO SLEEP!"

Dancing across the beautiful, colourful screen, my fluorescent fish is shining in the light.

"I'm really looking forward to sleeping in the shark tunnel because I haven't seen a shark in person before."

Peering up at the shark tank, I see lots of beautiful fish but my favorite one is the shark, gliding peacefully and gracefully in the water.

''Their tiny feet look so cold," I said to myself as I watched the Gentoo penguins speeding through the freezing, icy water.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the fish gallery next year!"

The baby  penguin was big, brown and fluffy - it was even bigger than the other penguins!

"Ssssshhh, GO TO SLEEP!"

Did you know, not all species of turtles eat jellyfish! Say like the Hawksbill eats coral.I want to learn more about freshwater turtles and sea water turtles when I got to KT's next year.

Another interesting fact: Sharks do not swim in shallow water, but they sometimes attack a person lying on a surfboard near the shore because the sharks mistake them for a turtle or seal.

Next year, I can't wait to see the seahorses because I think they look really colourful.

I can't wait to see the penguins next year because it's so funny watching them when they slide on the snow or ice.

I heard a penguin dive into the water. It swam up to the glass to meet me. "Tap ,tap ,tap," the penguin studied me with fascination while I adored it.

Waddling to the pool, the baby penguin was ready to dive into the pool but his parents saved him in the nick of time.

"Ssssshhh, GO TO SLEEP!"

Penguins excitedly slide on the chilly ice, their feet freezing as they shiver in the snow.

The baby penguin plays.

The penguins dived into the water like a rocket shooting into the sky

"I'm looking forward to the shark tunnel because you can see lots of different  kinds of sharks and sleep under the shark tunnel."

The baby penguin looks fluffy and soft like my friend's cat.  When I look at them I want to touch them.

"These people are so noisy!" I whispered to Willa from my sleeping bag.

I think Kelly Tarlton's sleep-over is the best school experience so far!

"Ssssshhh, GO TO SLEEP!"


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Health News

Strep throat - causes, symptoms, treatment

As we have had some students away from school recently with strep throat we felt it prudent to advise parents to be vigilant should their child complain of a sore throat and have it checked out by a medical professional.

Strep throat, also called streptococcal sore throat, is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by a Streptococcal bacteria. Typical symptoms are sore throat, chills, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Strep throat is cured by antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, strep throat can cause serious heart and kidney complications. Strep throat is contagious. It is spread by close contact with an infected person, usually by inhaling airborne droplets from an infected person. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 years have the highest incidence of strep throat.

If your child has a sore throat we recommend you err on the side of caution and take them to your doctor.


Children selling Slime and other products at school NOT ALLOWED

We have had some children producing and selling slime at school - which is very entrepreneurial of them but not ok in a school setting (for obvious reasons). Some children have been exchanging pretty large sums of money and we have heard from some concerned parents.

Unless it is part of a structured curriculum initiative that has been run past the Principal and Deputy Principals, no slime or any other products will be sold by students within the school grounds during the school day.


Top Flight Football Academy

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