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News & Events

Week 7, 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.

Movin' March

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

This year we are holding a Move-a-thon and, if there is enough interest, setting up more walking school buses.


All students have been given a passport and will be able to collect a stamp for each day that they walk all or part of the way to school. When the passport is all 'stamped up' you can send it away to go in the draw for a new bike.

School Photos

Class photos will be taken on Thursday this week.  Please return the request form for sibling/family photos by Thursday 16 March.  Photos for non school siblings will be taken from 8.30am in Room 8.  

Team/Chess/Kapa Haka photos will also be taken, please ensure your child is wearing their blue Ridgway T-shirt on Thursday for these photos.


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


Wednesday 5 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 traveled

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

Walking School Bus

To gauge community interest in setting up more walking school bus routes, and to better understand how our children travel to school, we are asking all families to complete a Travel to School Survey. This survey will be sent out via email but will be available on paper by request. Please complete the survey before the end of March.

Are you interested in setting up a walking school bus from your street?

Join me in the staffroom this Thursday (or next Thursday) at 9am for a cuppa and a chat about our travel to school plans.

National Capital E Arts Festival

This week children from Kotare and Tui will be going into the city to watch 3 different performances (Chop Chop Hiyaa, Odd Lands and Sticks Stones Broken Bones). Next week it will be the turn of our older students.

The benefits of education in the arts are many, including helping children to develop into creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. We are so lucky to be able to offer such high quality children's theatre to our students and are grateful to the support of our families in doing so. The cost per student for this event is $21 dollars, and we have asked parents to make a voluntary payment of this amount. The board and teachers are well aware that not every family will be able to contribute to the cost of sending their children to the Arts Festival and wish to point out that payment is voluntary and no child need miss out because no donation has been made.

We believe that the Capital E Arts Festival is an important learning experience for all of our students, and although it is not compulsory we hope that you will elect for your child to go. We also hope that if you are able to make a donation to cover the cost of the trip, that you do so.

Learning Conferences survey

Thank you to those parents who gave us feedback on recent learning conferences. A summary of your views has been posted on our website.

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.

Parent volunteers

Are you able to help us out? We know that our community is full of talented experts in a wide range of fields. We are looking for more helpers on road patrol. We are always happy to have more volunteers helping in classes and around the school grounds, as well as people who can lend us their design and building skills for upcoming projects. Sound like you? I'd love to hear from you!

Nga mihi

Kathryn Smith

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