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Term 2, Week 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.

Here we are in Term 2, looking forward to cross-country for everyone, and electives and swimming lessons for Year 4 - 8s. In the last 2 weeks of this term teachers will invite you to learning conferences and mid year reports will go home (for those who are due). I am sure that our children will be looking forward to coming back to school and catching up with friends, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again too.

Teachers have been working very hard over the holidays preparing for student learning this term. Five of our teachers attended a Google Education Summit over two days and will be planning to implement some new things with their students as a result. I intend to say more about the professional learning that teachers engage in soon to help parents understand why this is so valuable for our students.

We will be holding a pōwhiri to welcome our new students and staff early in the term. This will take place on Thursday afternoon during our kapa haka time, possibly in week 3.

New Teachers

Towards the end of Term one we advertised 2 teaching vacancies, but have not been able to fill either of these.

It is important to us that we appoint outstanding teachers who will meet not only the NZ Teachers’ Council standards but who will also be able to live up to the expectations held by the Ridgway School community.

I am aware that there are a number of schools who are similarly finding it difficult to fill teaching vacancies with suitably qualified and capable teachers. Those of us working in education have ongoing concerns about workloads and the commitment required of teachers to live up to the the standards set by our profession, expected by our parents, and deserved for our children. This is perhaps a factor in why it is difficult to find the staff we need.

We will readvertise both positions, but in the meantime are grateful to be able to call upon experienced teachers to teach in Tūi and Kākā for Term 2.

Peggy Bruce and Gretel Standage will be teaching in Tūi and taking care of Renata Balfour’s homegroup. Peggy will work Monday - Wednesday and Gretel will work Thursday and Friday. Gretel will also be teaching throughout the school, providing release for teachers at various times during the term. Ken O’Sullivan will join Kākā whānau for this term, working closely with Kim’s homegroup.

Whānau Group Hui

Thursday 18 May 2017



The whānau group is made up of parents, caregivers and staff

who are interested in growing tikanga Māori and te reo Māori at our school.

The group is keen to grow and welcomes anyone who would like to be involved.

The Whānau Hui group will be discussing plans for Matariki, and a Noho Marae (local marae visit with sleepover). All are welcome. Please contact Jo Pohatu or Kamaea Tukaki through the school office if you have any questions.


Any more sponsorship money from our move-a-thon should be taken to the school office.

Road Patrol , Bus stop, and Road Safety

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 have 5 more supervision times that need a parent volunteer.

Parents parking illegally is an ongoing concern for us. Some parents are regularly parking on yellow lines making it difficult for our road patrol students to see oncoming traffic. This puts students using the crossing at risk.

The parking area closest to our school gate on Mornington Road is a bus stop from 9am - 3pm. This means that parents may NOT park in this space between these times. When drivers park in our bus stop they can cause considerable inconvenience as well as putting our student's at risk. I have witnessed parents sitting in their cars at this bus stop before 3pm, and remaining there even while a bus full of our students pulled up behind them, which I find quite unbelievable. Parking a little bit further away from the school gate is the healthy and safe option.

Parents parking as above shouldn't be surprised if they are reported to the police for inconsiderate parking.

Nga mihi



The following items are repeated from our last newsletter, just in case you missed them.

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 actively 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 in rooms 1 - 5 are released via the sliding doors to the Mornington Road side of the school.

The U9 Poneke Pythons need you!

The Lockhart family are 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
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