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News & Events

Week 10, Term 1, 2017

Kia ora, talofa, ni hao, mālō e lelei, hallo, hola, chomreabsuor, sabaidi, bonjour, namaste, kumaste, kia orana, yassas, as-salam ‘alaykum, cześċ, Kon'nichiwa, and hello to all of our families.

Staff Changes

At the end of this term we will sadly farewell Kim O'Brien from Kākā and Renata Balfour from Tūī.

While Kim has only been with us for just over a year we have appreciated the energy and enthusiasm that she has brought to her classroom teaching and to our staff. Kim has done a lot of work behind the scenes in reviewing our procedures for running events and trips and has made a valuable contribution to our Enviroschool team. Kim is resigning to be able to better support her own family.

Renata has been a teacher at Ridgway since 2013, working in the junior area, and will have taught many of the children currently attending our school. Renata has made an important contribution across the school particularly in teaching te reo Māori and establishing our kapa haka group, also acting as a liaison between the parent whānau hui group and our staff. She has also been a key person in our Enviroschool team. Renata is resigning for health reasons.

We wish Kim and Renata well for the future and thank them both for the work they've done here at Ridgway. Both of these teachers have worked extremely hard for our students and remain loyal and dedicated to this school.

We have advertised both of these positions and will follow a careful appointment process to ensure that we appoint the best people possible. We are very lucky to have several highly competent relievers who are already familiar with our systems and know our children well; we know that we can rely on them to stand in the gaps in the short term. Our collaborative teaching approach ensures that even though one homegroup teacher is leaving (in each of Whānau Kākā and Tūī) the other teachers will be able to continue classroom programmes with minimal disruption.

Move - a - thon

Weds 5th April/ postponement 12 April.

We hope that this will be our big fundraiser this year and encourage you to help your child get some last minute sponsorship.

If the weather is too nasty on Wednesday we may have to postpone until next week - if this is the case you will be notified via text message by 8.15am on Wednesday.

Sausages & Juicies

Sausages & Juicies for sale - Order forms for meat or vegetarian sausages and juicies (all$2 )were sent home last week and must be in tomorrow morning. Ring Raelene or Anneleah in our office if you need help to make an order. If it's wet and the Move-a-thon has to be postponed, the sausages and juices will still be provided but will be delivered to classrooms.

Kapa Haka Group Photos

School photos have been taken already, but we have asked the photographers to come back to school on Thursday 13 April (that's the last day of term) to take formal group photos of the 2 kapa haka groups. Kapa haka students need to wear their Ridgway t-shirts on this day.

Hei konā mai


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