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Make a Difference

Everything the school community, its staff, and students focus on ensures that all they do, now and in the future, will make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others. 

We support many events over the year as a school as well as encouraging students to think about how they, as individuals or groups, can make a difference in the school and the wider community. 

How we make a difference:
During Term 2, we have fund raised for our very special Matua Murray at this difficult time that he is having with his health.The Kapa Haka group took part in a celebration concert and a whole school mufti day took place. Rm 8 invited Matua as their special guest during their class Hangi.

Wig Wednesday -The Child Cancer foundation is doing their very first Wig Wednesday on the 22nd June. All Black Jerome Kaino is the ambassador for this and it is pretty self explanatory. I thought it would be quite fun to do and would love to take part but I also understand the financial pressures of fundraising at this time of year and that all small donations such as gold coin muftis etc do add up. This is not going to be compulsory for Room 27 or the rest of RBS but if your child would like to come to school on Wednesday with a wig of some kind and a small donation that would be great.

Next Friday 22nd May we are holding a mufti day to raise money for Samuel Nagle, the older brother of Troy in Rm 11, who escaped from a fire that left 30% of his body burnt. 

Troy is helping to raise money so Samuel can attend the Alisa Ann Ruch Burns Foundation Camp and spend time with other burns survivors.

Watch the next RBSTV to see an interview with Samuel to find out more about his life changing experience and his hopes.

On Friday 15th May we will be collecting donations to support the rescue and rebuilding efforts in Nepal after the devastating earthquake. 

During Week 8 we had a collection for the Vanuatu emergency appeal.
We raised $250. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.
• $100 can help re-build school water tanks
• $76 can help re-build sanitation facilities in schools
• $30 can help provide water purification tablets

On Friday 27th February we held mufti day with gold coin donation to support Logo


How others make a difference:

Two of our former pupils have been focused on improving the local park. Their involvement began some years ago as a homelink challenge and they came back to share the news that their perseverance has paid off and the park upgrade is now underway.

Take a look at this RBSTV episode the see the Sandpit monitors in action.

Sandpit monitors:
We are the Red Beach School sandpit monitors. We make a difference to the school by making sure the sandpit is ready to be played in and is tidied up at the end of the day. We have to unlock the shed, clean and put the toys away and we lock up at home time to keep our toys safe. We enjoy helping the younger children in our community to have somewhere fun to play.


Maria, Eduard, Carter and Hannah - Room 11

Nepal has been recently devastated by an earthquake, leaving homes and lives destroyed. A member of our local community, Phillipa Coleman, has spent time in Nepal and is trying to fundraise for the village of Gumdi, which is very remote and not easily accessible.

See the pictures below of the village before the earthquake.

 to see further information from the Altitude for Change organisation.


Neil Lindsay

As part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, this Orewa College ( ex Red Beach) student is volunteering weekly in our library, fixing books and assisting our librarian.

Reading Club: 16 retired volunteers assist weekly with individuals in reading and developing confidence.
"We get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the progress of the children over the year. We've also enjoyed being a part of school events like 'Grandparents Day'."
What could YOU do?


Shakespear volunteer planting days 

12 June 2016 - 17 July 2016 

Northern Regional Parks Planting Days 

Make your mark on the planet - help us plant trees

 in our beautiful regional parks.

Seeds are collected on the parks and propagated into

 seedlings during the winter months. The planting days 

are the culmination of months planning and help from 

our volunteers.

Just follow the signs to the planting site. Wear good 

enclosed boots or shoes and weather-appropriate

 clothing, and some gloves if you have them.

We'll lend you a spade and we'll have warm drinks

 and food ready when you've finished planting. You'll 

leave us muddy but satisfied with a job well done. 

Long Bay Regional Park

Sunday 17 May, 10am-1pm

Beach Road, Torbay

Help us plant trees at Long Bay Regional Park. No need to book - just follow the signs to the planting site.  

Scandrett Regional Park

Sunday 24 May, 10am-1pm

Scandrett Road, north of Snells Beach

Tawharanui Regional Park

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May (Queen's Birthday Weekend), 9am onwards
Sunday 5 July, 9am onwards 
Sunday 2 August, 9am onwards

Takatu Road, RD6, north of Warkworth

Shakespear Regional Park

Sunday 14 June, 10am-1pm
Sunday 21 June, 10am-1pm
Sunday 19 July, 10am-1pm

End of Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa

Foster Hope Pyjama Drive: Sweet dreams for kids in care – to give children in foster care a pair ofpyjamas so they can have sweet dreams knowing someone cares about them.  Many children entering care may never have owned a pair of pyjamas and a lot have never have had a brand new set of their own. For children already in care, it will bring a little bit of joy to their lives with something as simple as pyjamas.  If you would like to donate a new pair of pyjamas (The Warehouse has them for $8 at the moment) for children aged from 0 to 16 years, please drop them off to the school office for Sheree. Thanks x

March is Child Cancer Appeal Month and we're looking for volunteers for our Street Appeal on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March. 
A couple hours of your time can make a real difference to children with cancer. 
See for more details.

Get involved as a conservation volunteer for a Department of Conservation (DOC) project. You can also join conservation groups working with DOC.