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Week 5, 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.

Learning Conferences Year 4-Year 8

Thank you for attending a learning conference with your child in week 3. This first conference helps teachers to get to know parents and also helps them to understand your child better.

Please take the time to give us some feedback about the most recent learning conference, by completing our survey.

If you missed out on a learning conference please contact your child's teacher.

Te Reo Māori "R" Words

This year we plan to introduce te reo Māori kupu (words) for each of our values, or "R" words. We think that the following te reo Māori kupu may be appropriate to use alongside our English words.

> Respect - Manaaki <

> Responsibility - Totika <

> Resourcefulness - Kamakama <

> Resilience - Kaha <

Please let us know what you think about using these words.

Once we've adopted appropriate te reo Māori words to describe our values we'd like to update our R cards. This is something we'd like our students to participate in. If you have artistic or graphics talents and would be able to “workshop” with a group of children to update our R card design in 2017 to include the te reo Māori kupu, we'd love to hear from you.

Movin' March

The Greater Wellington Regional Council promote "Movin' March" every year to encourage and celebrate children who walk and scoot to school. Every year Ridgway School acknowledges Movin' March in some way.

Our fundraisers have come up with a cunning plan to get our kids movin', and raise some more money towards our Shade the School effort the same time. I'll be meeting with anyone interested in walking to school.

Walking School Bus

Walking to school is a healthy and sustainable lifestyle option and reduces the number of cars crowding the street around our school. We'd like more of our students to walk, at least some of the way to school and would like to discuss extending the walking schoolbus network with interested parents.

If you have an interest in setting up, joining, or keeping up a walking schoolbus, or you are interested in being part of the conversation around promoting healthy and safe journeys to school consider joining me in the staffroom either tomorrow at 9.10am or next Thursday at 9.10am to talk further on these topics.


Ridgway Move-a-thon

Money raised will be added to our Shade the School fund.


Wednesday 3 April

(postponement day Wednesday 12 April)


Children challenge themselves to complete a number of loops of the the field.
Students set their own goals and can choose to complete the loops any way they like - run, walk, hop!


Students ask for pledges from family, friends and neighbours to complete their challenge.
Pledge forms will be sent home next week.
Online donations will be possible.


Have fun and dress up.
There will be individual prizes for the

  • best dressed on the day
  • top earners
  • greatest distance travelled

There will also be a friendly competition between home-groups to see who can raise the most and who can travel the greatest distance.

Parent volunteers

Thank you to Helen, Alan, Elaine and Emma who have volunteered to go onto the road patrol roster. We would still like to see more parents involved in road patrol supervision. If you'd like to help out with this, please contact Kim (kim@ridgway.school.nz) to be added.

This is a good opportunity to say thank you to all of you who regularly help us out with trips and all manner of jobs around the school (putting away junior readers, running the Early Words programme, odd jobs around the grounds, library shelving/tidying and running the Scholastic book club, to name just a few!) Today special thanks goes to Whānau Kūkupa parents who came out in force to join our Year 4 & 5s on their Experiencing Marine Reserves trip.

CEMNZ competitions

In previous years Ridgway School has offered the ICAS exams in maths, science, reading and writing, to those students who wish to sit them. We are no longer going to offer these exams, but will instead provide our students with an opportunity to sit the CEM Kiwi Competitions in English, science and maths.

Students in Year 5 - 8 may enter any or all of the competitions at their year level, but must hand in an entry form and fee to the office before April 28. All tests are in an online format and will be administered in the last two weeks of Term 2.

Nga mihi


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