News & Events
Week1, 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.
Welcome to our new families we are looking forward to getting to know you and hope that your children are already making friends at school.
And welcome back to everyone else. Teachers have been working hard to get ready for the year and I'm excited about the year ahead. Students I spoke to yesterday all appeared very pleased to be back at school too.
Meet the Teacher
Every year we host an evening where parents can come along and meet their child’s (or children’s) new teacher or teachers. This year we invite you to come in on Thursday 7 February at the following times;
5pm - 5.30pm Whānau Kaka (Year 6-8)
5.30 - 6pm Whānau Tui (Year 2 & Year 3)
6pm - 6.30pm Whānau Kotare (Year 1)
6.30 - 7pm Whānau Kukupa (Year 4 & Year 5)
We realise that these times may not suit everyone and that for some this is not enough notice to make arrangements to attend. There will be other opportunities later in the term to meet with teachers informally and if you have questions, or even if you just want to say hello, please make contact with teachers via email. All teachers email addresses are located on our website.
Learning Conferences Year 4 - 8
The beginning of the year conference is when students, along with their parents and teachers, reflect on last year’s achievements and consider their goals for the year ahead. These conferences will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon of Week 3 this term and teachers will send home more information shortly.
Keeping in Touch
Schools are busy places and it can be a challenge at times for parents to keep up with everything that is going on.
We update the website each fortnight and this should always be your first place to look if you want to find out what is happening at school. We send out an email each fortnight with reminders about upcoming events. I’ll be trying to keep this much shorter this year, with more links back to our website so you can get the extra detail if you need it.
Teacher’s email a short message each week to let you know what is happening in whānau groups and will include reminders that are relevant to your child.
We use Twitter to highlight some of the great things that are happening around the school during the day and if you are not already following us, please do. I will also send out links to surveys and relevant information via Twitter from time to time.
The school events calendar is the best place to check dates, and very soon we will have a list of sports events posted also.
Occasionally we will send out a SMS message (text). We use these for late notice cancellations or to let you know that an event is still on.
We use Google Forms to get your feedback and help us improve what we do. We will be moving to greater use of Google Forms during the year for trip permissions and to seek parent help.
In an emergency we will text and email as soon as we can.
If you are not able to access the internet please talk to our office staff to let them know you need paper notices. Obviously we rely on you to let us know if your contact details change.
We have a small but committed group of parents who meet once a term and actively work to support Ridgway School. This group seeks not just to meet the needs of our Māori tamariki but also to ensure that all of our students can enjoy rich cultural learning experiences.
They are very keen for more parents to join them and extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to be involved.
The next Whānau Hui is scheduled for Thursday 16 February at 7pm in the staff room. The group will be discussing what the Whanau group can do for our tamariki in 2017. Everyone is welcome.
Feedback on Bells and Breaks Trial
During Term 4 last year we tried different ways of organising our school day. You can read more about why we did this on my blog page.
Please let us know what you and your child think about our daily schedule by completing our Bell Trial Questionnaire.
All students in Years 6-8 need to bring their own device to school. A chromebook is our preferred device as these are affordable entry level computers that allow students to work effectively with Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
Students in Years 4-5 will also use Chromebooks for some of their learning and students in this area of the school have the option of bringing their own device to school. The school has some chromebooks that will be used by Kukupa students.
You may be interested in purchasing from Norrcom, our school technology support provider, via their website. Use “Ridgway” as the password. (Please note that Norrcom only servcie school owned devices and are not able to help us sort out problems with student owned devices.)
Help us to keep all of our children safe as they come to school and as they leave again by taking the greatest care with your driving and parking around the school. Remember that allowing your child to get out of your car while you are stopped on a yellow line is a definite "no no", and that we will report anyone that does this to the police.
End of Day Pick Up
(WhānauTui and Whānau Kotare )
As I write this it is raining heavily and I'm aware that parents will soon be arrving to collect children from school. On miserable days when it's cold, windy or raining you are welcome to wait in the library while your children finish their day. Please do not stand in corridors as this makes it difficult for children to get to their bags or for last minute messages to be taken to teachers. The pick up time is the perfect time to catch up with other parents and enjoy conversation, but please remember that we are working and the noise can be a distraction and an annoyance to students, teachers and office staff. Take those conversations into the library if you want to.
Weet-Bix TRYathlon 2017
If your child is interested in competing in this event, please contact Kim.
Kim will be taking over the organisation of sport this year.