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RUSSLEY FIRE UPDATE - Thursday 19 September 4.30pm

Plans for Reopening 

Fire investigators have confirmed that the fire that gutted four senior classrooms on Tuesday morning was accidental and was caused by a faulty electrical multi-box. We hope that Russley families are coping well despite the disruption caused by the school closure. Teachers are preparing for children to return to school on Tuesday 24th September. 

Upcoming events:
Monday 23rd September:
Parents and whānau are invited to an information briefing in the new hall at 7.00pm run by Fire and Police. This evening is for adults only.

Tuesday 24th September:
Students to arrive at school at the usual time between 8.30am and 8.50am.  
  • Moana students report to the new hall where teachers will welcome them.
  • Awa Nui and Roto children will go to their classes as usual.
  • Waka children - as advised in an email from your teachers.
  • Whānau time at 8.50am will be held in the hall where children will be addressed by the Fire Service Specialist Investigation Team.  

Thursday 26th September

  • PJ day - a free mufti day
  • Morning percussion performance by Kaboom for all students
  • Afternoon assembly at 2.15pm

Friday 27th September

  • Lunchtime sausage sizzle donated by Mitre 10 Mega Hornby/Papanui/Ferrymead


Thank you to our Russley community for your ongoing support.

Greg Lewis, Pam Stretch, Jane Rush
Management Team



Russley Primary School, established in 1963, is a full primary school in the north-west of Christchurch, New Zealand.  The roll ranges between 400 - 450 students.

Russley School prides itself on the high work standards and behaviour achieved by the students.  Along with effective curriculum teaching the school has strong programmes in sport and performing arts.  The school dispositions encourage students to be respectful, self-aware,  self-managers, team players, creative, problem solvers and healthy.

The school has a total of eighteen classrooms, library, halls and robotics suite.  Playing fields, comprehensive adventure playgrounds and paved court areas are well laid out.  

The school enjoys the support of a capable Board of Trustees and an active Parent Teacher Association. 

Parents play a vital role, working in partnership with the school to support student learning.