Current Events


Coming up @ Russley


  • Wed 22: NW Zone cross country
  • Fri 24: 9am student awards
  • Fri 24: Winter sport
  • Wed 29: Teachers' strike: no classes held
  • Thurs 30: Young Leaders' Conference
  • Thurs 30: Russley Families:Tea & Talk 3.15pm
  • Thurs 30: New entrant open evening 6.30pm


  • Wed 5: Yr 5/6 basketball tournament
  • 6 - 7: Yr 6 cycle safety
  • Fri 7: winter sport
  • Fri 7: te Reo class 1.30pm
  • 10 -14: Yr 6 cycle safety
  • 10 - 14: Book fair week
  • Wed 19: Centrals cross country @ Halswell Quarry
  • Fri 21: Student awards 9am
  • Fri 21: Reports issued
  • Tues 25: school closes 12.30pm for student led interviews 1pm-7pm
  • Wed 26: NW choir rehearsal, evening performance Aurora


  • Tues 2: Student led interviews 3.15pm-7pm
  • Fri 5: Student awards 9am
  • Fri 5: No winter sport today
  • Fri 5: School closes for the term 3pm.
  • Mon 22: Term 3 commences 8.50am
  • Thur 25: Russley families Tea & Talk 3.15pm
  • Fri 26: Winter sport
  • Wed 31: NW Zone winter tournament

Dear Parents and Guardians

The Board of Trustees has decided that Russley School will not be open for instruction on Wednesday 29th May 2019 if the planned day of strike action by primary teachers and principals goes ahead.  This means no classes are able to be held at Russley School next Wednesday.

Due to the majority of Russley teachers being NZEI union members, the Board is also unable to secure enough non-union staff to provide adequate supervision to ensure the safety of children at school on this day.

Whilst mediation continues between the teacher union and the Ministry of Education in the hope a strike may be avoided however the Board urges parents to plan as if the strike will proceed and to make arrangements for childcare on May 29th.

The Board recognises that this situation will result in challenges for our Russley families and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Jonathan Fearn
Board of Trustees

Kindercare Linwood, Christchurch Methodist Mission and Linwood Union Church are holding a Parenting Together workshop.  To view dates and times click here.

We are currently reviewing our school timetable to support the improvement of student self-regulation, attention and memory. Many schools throughout Christchurch have implemented ‘Play, Eat, Learn’ with great success.  This term, classes will begin the transition to the new timetable by reversing the playing and eating times of the day.  

Research shows that when eating happens after play, the body has a chance to calm and the children are in a better place to be ready for learning.

You may find some helpful tips on the following websites, about the sorts of lunches and snacks that support and maintain good cognitive function.

Healthy Food New Zealand

How to Pack a Healthy Lunch Box

Fuel For School - Building a Healthy Lunchbox

As part of our wellbeing programme, we will be teaching the children about the importance of staying well hydrated. Our hope is that every child will have a named water bottle at school.