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End of 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.

Term 1 highlights

As we come to the end of the Easter weekend I am reflecting on a very busy term of learning across the school. Along with all of the usual work that you'd expect us to be doing (maths, reading and writing) all children attended the National Capital E Arts Festival. We are lucky to be located in the capital city and have access to such high quality musical and dramatic performances. Kotare and Tūī tamariki spent time every Tuesday in the water at Little Mako's Swim School learning to swim and students from Whānau Kūkupa received tennis coaching. Thank you to the Vogelmorn Tennis Club and Paula Ash in particular for organising the funding to cover the cost of this coaching. Many of our Kūkupa parents braved the waters of the south coast to join students snorkeling in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay - and were treated to close up views of the local inhabitants. (I'm amazed at the variety of marine life that live so close). Participating in the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme will, I'm sure be a highlight of the year for many of our Year 4&5 students and will help them to understand how important it is for us to do our best to care for our environment. Whānau Kākā also got out and about, this term going to ASB, Capital E! Digital, and journeying over a good portion of the Southern Walkway. Phew! It's no wonder everyone is tired out!

Staff changes

This term we welcomed Kim Nolan to work with Julie Hanify and our youngest children in Whānau Kotare. Kim moved from England earlier in the year and we are thrilled with the experience and expertise that she brings not to mention her enthusiasm and love for teaching.

We said good-bye to both Renata Balfour (Tūi) and Kim O'Brien (Kākā) at our assembly last week. Renata has been at Ridgway for the last 5 years and has played a significant role in kapa haka and in our enviroschools programmes. She is leaving teaching to recover from illness. Kim arrived at Ridgway last year full of enthusiasm and ready to contribute in any way she could - and indeed did so with vigour. She is leaving us in order to support her own children and will seek part time work.

We will be busy during the holidays working through our appointments process for teachers to join us in each of Whānau o te Tūi and Kākā, and will update parents as soon as we can.

Tawa Arts and Crafts Society (inc) donation

We are very grateful to the Tawa Arts and Crafts Society who have donated $10, 000 to us to use for the benefit of our students in the arts. We've been planning to paint some large murals to brighten up our outdoor spaces, so this donation will be a massive help.

Barabara Russell, grandmother to current students Nicholas and Christopher Shaw came to assembly on Friday to explain to the students that the Tawa Arts and Crafts Club, of which she is a member, had sold their building and selected a number of schools to donate the profit to. We are one of those schools, simply because of the link she has to us through her grand children.


If you've forgotten to order class or individual photos you haven't missed out completely, but will now have to order from the School Memories website.


It was a relief to get a couple of fine days at the start of the last week in the term to run our Move-a-thon. We've raised over $10,000 from sponsorship and our students had fun dressing up and moving around the field. This money will be put towards building more permanent shade structures.

Thank you for supporting the Move-a-thon. It was an amazing effort from all of our families. Money can still be taken into the office next term if you didn't have a chance to do this yet.

We owe enormous thanks to Anna, Sarah, and Bex for the work they have put into making the Move-a-thon happen. Stunning work!

Poneke Rugby

The U9 Poneke Pythons need you!

We’re putting the call out to Ridgway families to see if there are any boys or girls who are keen to have some fun playing rugby as part of the Under 9 Poneke Pythons rugby team! Ridgway’s Lucius Lockhart (Room 9) is in the team and unfortunately we’re a couple of players short of a full squad. It’s a great team from all over the South Wellington area - and of course Poneke is the home of the mighty Dane Coles so you’ll be in good company! Training is on Wednesday nights at the Poneke Grounds, Kilbirnie Park from 5pm till 6pm and even if you’re new to rugby that’s fine - we’ve got a great coach and a fun group of passionate and very supportive players and parents.

Please get in touch with Tim Lockhart (021746749) or team manager David Johnston (021814221) to find out more or if you know an Under 9 who might be keen to sign up. The first game isn’t until after the school holidays on May 6th, so there’s plenty of time to prepare! Find out more info at: http://www.sporty.co.nz/ponekerugbyjnr


School starts at 8.55am. By this time children should have hung up their bag, said hello to their friends and be ready to start learning. To achieve this it's best that they arrive between 8.30am and 8.50am.

We've noticed an increasing number of children arriving at school before 8.30am and remind parents that while we won't growl at your children for being too early, they must remain outside whatever the weather and will not be supervised by staff. Teachers use the time before 8.30 to prepare for their lessons and cannot do this efficiently if children are in classes.

School ends at 3pm each day. Parents wait outside for their children to keep our corridors clear. Children are released via the sliding doors to the Mornington Road side of the school.

Our pedestrian crossings are supervised every morning from 8.30-8.50am and in the afternoons from 3pm-3.10pm. We are grateful to have some parents joining our road patrol students, but still need more parents to volunteer in this role.

Reading at home these holidays

Did you know that the most important factor in the difference in achievement at school is the amount of reading at home that children do? Encourage and support your child to read every day over the holiday period (and at other times too) as this will help them to make strong academic progress across all areas of the curriculum. This includes the books that you read to your child.

If you don't have a reading at bedtime routine, I encourage you to start one. Reading to your young child at bedtime allows you to share precious time together and you will most likely both enjoy the stories. As your child gets older you may find that they prefer to read to themselves, but you still have a role in ensuring that they have books to read and go to bed early enough that they have time to read them.

I hope that you all enjoy time with family and friends over the Easter break.

Ngā mihi

Kathryn Smith


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