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Term 3, 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.

Term 3 is off and racing! We've welcomed 6 new families into the school this term as well as 2 new teachers. Do introduce yourself if you see a new face and make our new people feel welcome.

Other changes happening this term are the opening of our school student data portal and a change to our lunch service provider. The biggest event coming up is our overnight Marae stay.

Noho Marae

Takapuwahia Marae - Porirua

Thursday 31 August - Friday 1 September

Our parent whānau group are planning an overnight marae stay (noho marae) this term. Staying overnight on a marae will be a fabulous experience for any child (and their parents) expecialy if you have not had such an opportunity before.

This will be of particular interest to those children in our kapa haka group, but others will be able to go if there is space.

Before we can finalise our planning and work out the cost of this trip we need to know how many children and parents are likely to attend. If you haven't already, please indicate that your child (and where applicable an accompanying adult) wants to go on the noho marae trip on our expression of interest form. Thank you to those families who have already done this. The form will be closed off on Tuesday next week (1 August).

Learning Conferences

At the end of last term most families attended a learning conference and recieved a mid year student report. We hope that you are feeling well informed about your child's progress and understand how you can support their learning at home. Please give feedback about your experiences to your child's teacher. Teachers will be sending out the links to their surveys again at the end of this week.

Ridgway School staff are keen to continue improving what they do, and hearing suggestions from parents is always helpful to us.


Ka pai to our Whānau group for hosting a fabulous Matariki celebration at the end of last term. Tino pai to our kapa haka tamariki for an outstanding performance! We are all so proud of you.

If you forgot to take home your empty kai plates, please collect them from the staffroom where they have been put in a safe place on the shelf facing the lift.

School Portal

Our school student data portal will be opened up next week. This will allow parents to view student assessment information, attendance records and daily notices. You will receive information about how to access the portal from our office staff shortly.

Lunch Online
We have changed our school lunch provider to "Lunch Online" however sushi is still available on Thursdays and Pita Pit can still be ordered on Fridays.
Parents who have previously ordered sushi or Pita Pit lunches will need to create new accounts with the new provider and we apologise for this inconvenience. On the plus side of things, there are more options to choose from, and the possibility of a Subway option being offered later if there is sufficient support for this service.

There is a link to the Lunch Online website on our school website. Remember that Pita Pit are offering a $2 opening special for this Friday only. Creating an account and ordering lunches is easy to do and only takes a few minutes.

Graphic Designer

It's time we updated our values posters and "R cards". I'd like to engage someone with graphic design skills to help us create something unique to Ridgway.

Posters and cards will retain our "R" words: Respect, Responsible, Resilient, and Resourceful and incorporate the te reo kupu that we've adopted to convey our values.

Can you help? Please get in touch if this sounds like you.

Cans for Good

30 October
Later in the year Ridgway School will be involved in the Watties "Cans for Good" competition. We will be asking families to donate cans of food (any brand) that we will use to create impressive and amazing designs as part of the competition. The cans will then be donated to Salvation Army food banks.

After school behaviour

Thank you for supervising your children after school while you catch up with friends, coordinate sports events and arrange play dates. Remember that children are not ever allowed to climb on the gate, or rubbish bins and must wait until at least 3.10pm before riding their scooters around the front of the school for their safety as well as others.

If your child loves to climb the trees in front of the school, please be aware of the falling hazards and be there to supervise this activity, which may only happen with your consent and understanding of the risk involved.

That's all for now
Ngā mihi

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