News & Events

Week 9, 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.

Move - a - thon

Weds 5th April/ postponement 12 April.

It's getting closer. Please support our number 1 fundraiser this year by encouraging your child to seek sponsorship from friends and family.

Picnic - We invite you to join us for a picnic on the bottom field after the Move-a-thon. All students will be on the field for our lunch time lunch box and sausage sizzle picnic. Parents bring their own lunch box or buy a sausage on the day.... or both.

Sausages & Juicies for sale - Order forms for meat or vegetarian sausages and juicies will be sent home on Friday 31st March. All $2 each. Orders need to be handed in to the ordering desk that will be set up in the office foyer. All orders must be in by Tuesday 4 April. 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.

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.

Family Day

Saturday 1 April
Vogelmorn Hall & Green
3pm - 8pm
All welcome
The Whanau Hui group welcomes all families from school on Saturday 1st April 2017 for a Family Day at the Vogelmorn Hall/green.  The day will run from 3pm until 8pm. This is a great social opportunity for parents to mix and mingle with their tamariki. We encourage people to bring a picnic / food for their meal. A barbeque will be available for use too. We will have some poi toa (large poi's) on hand for our tamariki and parents to play with and people are welcome to bring balls for a kick around etc.  A gold coin donation to help fund the hire of the venue would be appreciated. We hope you can join us to celebrate the last day of daylight saving and take this opportunity  to mix and mingle with others in the school community.

Walking School bus

So far we've heard from 22 members of our community, with almost as many children who would use a walking school bus, either as 'riders' or 'student leaders'. I'm sure there are more families who would benefit from a bus route in their areas.

Weet-bix TRYathlon

Gongratulations to all of our students who competed in the Weet-Bix TRYathlon last weekend. Events like these can be lots of fun, but are also a challenge. Well done for showing Resilience by doing something that requires persistence to be successful.

Please wear your Weet-Bix t-shirts and bring your medals on Wednesday 29th March as we will be taking a photo on this day.

More group photos - Kapa Haka & Whānau groups

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 photo of the 2 kapa haka groups and of our whānau groups (Tūī, Kotare, Kūkupa, & Kākā). Kapa haka students need to wear their Ridgway t-shirts on this day.

Te reo Māori "R words"

We'd love to update our R cards this year to include our te reo Māori kupu. If you have artistic or graphics talents and could help us, please let us know.

>Respect - Manaaki

>Responsibility - Totika

>Resourcefulness - Kamakama

>Resilience - Kaha

Painting during Discovery Time in Tui last week.

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

Construction activity during Discovery Time in Tūī

Parent Volunteers

We are all very grateful to the parents that help out in various ways around the school. This week I want to particularly thank the fundraisers who are organising the Move - a - thon. If you'd like to be involved in this event, or help out in some other way, please get in touch with either our office staff or myself.

Children getting off the big red bus that brought them back from their Capital E! Arts Festival trip.

Nāku noa


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