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News & Events

Term 3, Week 3, 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.

Swimming Sports

Kūkupa and Kākā students have Swimming Sports on Tuesday (tomorrow). We are holding this event at Freyberg Pool again from 9.15 - 12pm.

Parents are welcome to join us and we will need some to help out with timekeeping. Please talk to Pam Clarke or Sue Campbell at the pool or contact them today to let them know you will be able to help. Parents will be released to watch their own children swim - so won’t have to miss a thing.

Please note that for safety reasons, parents are not allowed to stand on the pool side to watch their child race. All spectators must be seated in the stands with students.

Parent Portal

Our office staff will be sending out information this week about our @school parent portal.

Parents will receive their own unique username and password which will enable them to access information that the school has recorded about their child. The portal allows parents to see contact details, permissions, payments, attendance, behaviour and assessment information.

We are opening up the parent portal now so that parents can access the information we hold, but please be aware that we still have some details to add and that there are a number of functions that will not be fully operational immediately. Please check your child's details and get in touch with us if you have questions or if your contact details have changed.

Maths Week

14 - 18 August

Maths Week is a New Zealand wide celebration of maths that sees students completing a range of challenges. Ridgway School is again taking part and teachers are planning some special maths events for next week.

This is a great time to think about how you can support your child’s maths learning at home also.

  • Students in Years 6-8 can (and should) regularly do Mathletics at home. 5-10 minutes on Live Maths daily will help them to build and maintain solid basic facts skills and revising their concept knowledge through completing general activities, will ensure that they keep up with national expectations.

  • Tūi and Kūkupa students should be regularly practicing their basic facts at home. Speedy recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts (at their level) is important for doing well in maths. When students can quickly remember their basic facts, their short term memory is freed up to work on solving the problems they are set, allowing them to get to the answer quickly with a greater chance of being accurate.

  • Kōtare children need their parents to help them learn to count forwards and backwards, and to use the language of maths in everyday situations. Talking about halves and quarters, bigger and smaller, more or less, and equal sharing will help them to do well.

Parents may like to browse the families page on the NZ Maths site to find out more about how you can support your child to do well in maths or look into the ways that are suggested on the Ministry of Education's For Parents page. Contact your child's homegroup teacher if you want more specific ideas for how you can support your child at home.

Walking to School

We are all well aware that children need to be active and that active students learn better. The Ministry of Health recommends that children "do at least 1 hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity spread over each day" and that they "also do a variety of light physical activities for several hours a day." Walking to school is a great way for your child to keep active, and arrive at school ready to learn.

If you live too far away for you and your child to walk the whole way, consider parking your car some distance away from the school gate and walking some of the way.

James Russell - Author visit

This morning students were introduced to Dragon Brothers Books by author James Russell. One of the things that make this book series so special is that these books are interactive and children can use an app on a phone or tablet that brings the world of the book alive. You can purchase a book from the Dragon Brothers website or, return the order slip with money to school tomorrow morning (Tuesday 8 Aug).


While he was here we introduced James to one of our own authors, Geronimo LaHood, and they compared books.

You can purchase a copy of Geronimo's book "Fairy Tales" for $10. Find him in the playground or send him an email LG118@ridgway.school.nz

Lunch online

Remember that we have changed our lunch provider to Lunch Online. To set up an account go to www.lunchonline.co.nz

Sushi is still available on Thursdays and Pita Pit on Fridays.

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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