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October 26 Newsletter 2017

Message from the Principal

"Life and Strife"

Several years ago I had a chance to attend a conference with prominent New Zealand child psychologist - Nigel Latta. Nigel is well respected within both the medical and educational communities, for his ability to work with young people. He is also very well known for his lack of reverence and ability to "tell it" exactly like it is. You may also know him from his work in television earlier this year.

During the holidays I happened upon one of Nigel's books, "How to have kids and stay sane". The book is a quick read and provides an excellent support for parents. Nigel's humour, together with the awesome illustrations, will keep you laughing and almost make the book too difficult to put down.

One of the chapters toward the end of the book, titled "Give teachers a break …. don't whine", has prompted this article. While Nigel cuts right to the chase suggesting that some parents are "anxious, often well-meaning, but utterly annoying", the essence of this chapter is about establishing good lines of communication between home and school, and to a degree allowing the teachers to do what they have been trained to do. As well as having a poke at parents, he also points out that there are a few "bad egg" teachers too.

Nigel suggests that parents should not rescue their kids all the time. If there's a fire, sure go ahead and rescue. He contends that "life and strife" rhyme for a reason. They go hand in hand. As parents we need to let our kids know that we are there for them, but they will grow immeasurably if we afford them opportunities to stand up for themselves and "fight their own battles".

Another well-known educationist Dr. Thomas Hoerr suggests that experiencing failure is an important ingredient in the recipe for successful maturation.  He often asks teachers if success in a school setting is identical to success outside of school?  In his opinion schools need to provide opportunities for children to experience failure. An interesting notion I am sure you will agree.

Dr. Hoerr believes that when we experience failure, we grow from this, but more importantly we learn how to cope with the experience of not succeeding. Too many children - in his opinion, go through school having only experienced success. Now, I have no doubt that Dr. Hoerr was not encouraging us to set children up for failure, but perhaps more importantly address the area of risk-taking and choice making.

For me the message from both Mr. Latta and Dr. Hoerr is timely. I believe that educating your child is best achieved when we can work in partnership. A collaborative approach, where teachers and parents can work together will allow your child to be supported, nurtured and extended in a way that meets their individual needs.  This may also mean allowing them to experience the consequence of a poor choice.

I feel very fortunate that our school is supported by a wonderful group of parents, who want nothing but the best for their kids. Together we can provide them with the scaffolding they will need to find their own success.

As we all know there is no "handbook" on parenting.  We all do the very best that we can.  I sincerely thank you for the support you provide for your children.


Important Notes from the School Office

STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO RPS IN 2018 (EXCLUDING OUR CURRENT 2017 YEAR 6 STUDENTS): Can you please notify the School Office in writing or by email to kimr@rps.school.nz if your child is not returning to RPS in 2018 so that the paperwork around the leaving process can be completed.

NEW ENROLMENTS: If you have a child turning 5 in 2018 and you have not already done so, can you please stop by the office and pick up an enrolment pack. This is particularly urgent if you have a child turning 5 in January, February, March or April.

TROPHIES: If your child was the recipient of a trophy at the end of year prizegiving in December 2016 and you have not already done so, can you please return the trophy to the School Office as soon as possible.


Just a reminder that that your child must wear a school cap or hat this term if playing outdoors.  Replacement caps/hats are available for purchase from the school office.


Important dates for end of year events

Friday 1st December Year 6 Breakfast @ 7.30am

Tuesday 5th December Year 6 Graduation and Prize-giving @ 6.30pm

Friday 8th December Carol Concert @ 6.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Year 3-6 Awards Ceremony @ 9.15am

Thursday 14th December RPS Has Talent Final @ 9.15am

Friday 15th December Term 4 Ends @ 12.00pm




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

You can order sausages and mufti from today until 8:45am (please note new cut-off time) Friday 10th November. Click here.

NEW LOOK FOR KINDO ONLINE SHOP - This is designed to work much better on phones and various screen sizes, and provide a more modern look, as well as some new features.

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.


Junior School Cross Country 2017

Junior Cross Country photo 2

On Tuesday the Junior School took part in the annual cross country event.  After a cold and rainy start to the day, the weather came right and the event was a great success.

Congratulations to all our junior athletes who demonstrated persistence and resilience throughout their races.  A thanks also to all the parents for their support on the day.

Junior Cross Country Results:

Year 1 Boys:                           

1st Place Rafferty Seales

2nd Place Hugh Gunson

3rd Place Zac Mahon

Year 1 Girls

1st Place Madison Hoon

2nd Place Sophie Lee

3rd Place Mila Doker

Year 2  Boys                            

1st Place Kade Irvine

2nd Place Astar Liu-Li

3rd Place Cash Kanlyyasaeng

Year 2 Girls

1st Place Ava Donnelly

2nd Place Lizzie Hawksbee

3rd Place Penelope Becker

Juniior CC photo 3


S.T.E.A.M Room Resources

S.T.E.A.M Room Resources (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)

The Term 4 S.T.E.A.M programme is well underway and it is set to be an exciting term.  Each year group is undergoing a different project and for these projects we need some extra resources. Projects for the term include marble runs, magnetic mazes, photography, sculptures made from dismantled appliances and 3-dimensional letters.  In order for the programme to run smoothly, there are a few extra resources Shana requires.  If you have any of the following items that you would be willing to donate to the S.T.E.A.M room we would be most grateful.

-          Philips screwdrivers - various sizes

-          Hammers

-          Pliers

-          Cardboard tubes (anything other than toilet roll tubes)

-          Plastic Piping

-          Old small appliances such as toasters, old phones (not cell)

If you have any of the above, please bring them to the S.T.E.A.M room, located at the front of the school.  If you have any questions about the programme or the resources listed above, please contact Shana Mutton shaman@rps.school.nz

We thank you for your continued support.


Nutcracker at the Carol Concert

Our Christmas celebration in the cathedral this year will include the story of the 'Nutcracker'. The concert will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell on December the 8th beginning at 6.30pm

As part of our play we require a number of different props and would be delighted if you could donate anything from the following list. Please bring them named to the office. We will ensure they are looked after and returned to you. We also need help making props. If you are interested could you contact me, Nikki Grant on nikkig@rps.school.nz

In particular we are looking to borrow the following;

2 Old Fashioned Cake Tins

Harry Potter Wand

Old Fashioned Santa Sack

Lacy Old Fashioned Handkerchief

A Christmas Tree with a star attached firmly (so the star doesn't fall off being carried on and off stage)

Large Basket with handle

Old Fashioned Metal or Wooden Spinning Top

2 chairs with tall backs that can be made into thrones

Feliz navidad!

Nikki Grant


Remuera Intermediate School 2018

Important Message for students who are in Year 6 at RPS this year.

If you intend for your child to study at Remuera Intermediate School in 2018 and you have not already completed the enrolment process can you please do this at your earliest convenience. We are beginning our class placements next week and it is important we have enrolments from all prospective students.

Thank you


Message from SKids

"The Big Hoot", presented by the Child Cancer Foundation, is coming to Auckland in 2018 and SKids is proud to be an Owl Sponsor!

For more information on The Big Hoot, visit http://www.thebighoot.co.nz/about/

Any child from the schools we operate from are able to enter our Owl Colouring Competition. The Top 5 designs will be printed on the cushion covers that will be on sale during The Big Hoot! We'd love to see one of our children's pictures being showcased in such a huge Auckland event! It's a fantastic opportunity for our budding artists!

Recently, your children brought home a picture to colour and enter into the competition.

Please note the closing date has been extended to 3rd November.


NZ Warbirds Open Day

NZ Warbirds Armistice Day 2017


AUckland Netball

Netball Oct 17


Coatesville School Fundraiser

Coatesville School