Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tokelau Language Week

Last week we celebrated Tokelau Language Week.  Veronica Vaovasa was amazing with all the knowledge that she has about the Tokelau culture.  We Thank you!!! 
The children had a fun week of activities.  They had Vaka races in the hall where the teachers got involved and raced the kids too and the teachers lost. Booohooo. Lol. 
The kids had Best Dressed and Creative Dressed Fashion parade.  AWESOME Room 9 for being the most creative.  Friday the FANTASTIC parents and helpers came and prepared an Umu to which all the money raised will go towards our trip to Te Papa.  Thank you very, very much whanau!!!
A MAJORLY HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Whaea Rachel for all the amazing work that you have done over the last 2 weeks with the Tri Nations Language Week and the Tokelau Language Week.  Without your musical talents we would be totally lost.  AROHANUI. <3

This is our little man Zunndro enjoying the festivities of the Tokelau opening ceremony. 

Room 6 students waiting patiently and enjoying the sunshine.

AWESOME Whaea Rachel and Teve playing the drums for the Opening Ceremony.


Introducing.....Whaea Sharlene. :)

My name is Sharlene Vai.
I have two children
I started as a T.A at Russell School in August.
I am really enjoying the hands on experience in class with the teachers and children.
I plan to pursue Primary School teaching.  So working in a Primary School is a great learning experience to becoming a teacher in the future.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Here is Phoenix and Danny who are apart of the Garden Club.

Wendy is our Super Star Garden helper. Awesome Wendy!
 Great work Max, Phoenix and Josney!!

Danny, Josney and Phoenix taking a break from all that FANTASTIC gardening.

Josney made a sandwich with the Lettuce that was picked by the Garden Club Boys.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Kapo Kapo

Our FABULOUS Russell School students will taking part in the Kapokapo at Te Rauparaha Arena this Friday the 27th.  Tickets cost $8 for 13yrs and over and a gold coin donation at the door for under 12 years of age.  Please come and support our hard working kids and AWESOME Teacher Aides, Whaea Rachel and Matua Andrew who have worked long hours and who have given up their lunchtimes to take practices with our kids.

Here are our handsome boys doing the Haka.
Look at how beautiful our girls are. Way to go Faamanuia....Pukana BLAH!
On the week of the Queens Birthday the whole school took part in planting trees along our back bank. All the children were able to get their hands dirty and were also able to learn how to plant a tree properly.  This was a great experience for everybody, myself included.  Peter and Chris from the Forest and Bird Society donated us 200 trees.

Susan and Riley are planting a  Ti Kouka or Cabbage Tree

Peter and Ezra have just planted their Ti Kouka and are members of the Garden Club

Danny (on the left) and Phoenix are collecting the mulch for their tree.

Phoenix (back), Danny (right) and Neziah have just finish planting their tree.

Monday, 14 April 2014


This week see's our Senior School (Years 5 & 6) venturing out into the big wide world of CAMPING.  For some it could be seen as GLAMPING but there shall be no hairdryers, full length mirrors or chalets to bunk down in...we are doing it RUSSELL SCH style - CLASSY YET REAL :)
Our kids will have an amazing time and life experiences that only come once in a blue moon at this age so lets support our tamariki and come to the concert on Wed night 6pm, Palm Grove, Paraparaumu.

(Pic 2012) Just some of the things we will be doing at Palm Grove :)
Matua Andrew will be joining us in the afternoons to have some fun and hang out with the kids.
Matua Aaron, Whaea's Helaina, Nancy and Deb will be holding down the fort while we're on camp but I will sure be keeping you all informed on what we've done etc next blog.

Until then take care and happy reading :)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Juniors garden up a storm too :)

Planting and having their own plant pots.

"Children are like flowers, water them daily with love and watch them bloom."

Each week we have the priviledge of having Whaea Nancy take our Senior kids to gardening club and now we have a prent help come in and show our Junior school kids how to look after and plant seeds to make our gardens (and their own at home) look nice.  
Here's some pictures of our Junior kids doing what they love - Gardening.
Infront: Harlem, Zung Bwam, Cordieus, Oceana, Airini (obscured) with their pot plants and some of our plants in the school gardens
One of many butterflies in our gardens.
Every Thursday and Friday you can catch Whaea Nancy and her green-fingered angels planinting, pottering or cleaning around and in the gardens.
Be in quick to get some of our scrummy silverbeet, tomatoes or beans.  Homegrown by our very own Russell School Gardening clubbers :)

  I leave you with this
"Every child is a different kind of little flower,
and all together they make this world a
beautiful garden."
Happy reading and come in to enjoy our gardens :0

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Malo Lelei 
Week 9 has indeed crept up on us and so much to report.  It's been a week and hope my latest updates will bring you all up to date but most of all bring a smile to your eyes :)

 Several of our Teacher Aides have been on a workshop or supported sports over the last week.  
PB4L Workshop: We have Matua Aaron and Whaea Rachel who attended a workshop (with Whaea Lynda) about Positive Behaviour For Learning (PB4L) in our schools and to learn/listen from other Kaiako.  Here we have Lynda and Aaron working on some strategy sheets
 Big ups to Matua Andrew who got special mention from our speaker Liz for work well done with his Whakairo group.  AWESOME :)
Inter-Sch Hockey Tournament:  Whaea Helaina went with our Yrs 5 and 6's to the Inter-school Hockey Tournament last Wednesday.  Here's some shots to see how they worked those hockey stick...could be Black Sticks reps in here?
               (Light Blue Team) - Shyheim, Hussein, La'mont, Telsie, Tony, Miti, Fano and Angelica.              
(Navy Blue Team) - Siose, Cornell, Patrick, Soane, Nate, Shelshel, Melita, Eli, Reanne. 

Light Blue Team (Top) and Navy Blue teams in action
Congrats to all our kids who participated in the Hockey tournament :)

Reading Together Programme:  Whaea Rachel is helping with afterschool care for the Reading Together programme so if you are interested please see Whaea Michelle or Whaea Eunice.  There are lots more spaces to fill :)
Here's a look at what activities our T.A's have done this week.  Enjoy :)
Rm 1 - Taniela, ARJ and Alatina work on their writing and sentences.
Rm 1 - Harlem, Reign, Tylah, Valentina, Taniela, ARJ and Enele get into the spirit of recycling bottle-tops to create pictures
Scrabble anyone?  Dominic plays "Sound Dominoes" with ARJ and Taniela.
Fa'amavaega and Nino challenge each other with scrabble.
Whaea Nancy working with Galway, Matua Andrew working with Cale
 On that note, have an amazing read throug.


Monday, 17 March 2014

Gardening Club Rocks :)

Tena Koutou

Week 7 and our kids are blooming just like our awesome garden (awesome to see so many greenies) so check out our garden pics curtesy of Whaea Nancy and her gardening crew.

ReAnne and Tony work through the dirt and placing dirt into pots.
Clean up of outside staff gardens :)
Awesome teamwork  from Kaipara, Melita, Tony and ReAnne :)

 Happy reading fellow-bloggers :)