News & Events

Term 3, Week 5, 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.

Weather and play

The soggy weather has prevented students from playing on the field all term, but despite this our students have been playing responsibly around the 'upper' play areas. Perhaps one bonus with so much rain is that children don't feel the need to carry water to the sand pit as the sand is wet enough. There has been quite a lot of digging going on there too.

Our weather has been very hard on our playground over the last 7 years and in order to keep it in tip-top shape we've had some maintenance done. The missing playground equipment is back from Auckland where various parts were repaired or replaced. Before these pieces can be reinstalled, all the welded joints need to be cleaned and repainted to prevent rust from taking hold. Hopefully this weather will hold for this work to be done this week and next. The playground will be completely out of action for a few days while this painting takes place.

Walking School Bus

Walking to school is a great way for children (and parents) to be active, and Walking School Buses make walking more enjoyable and safe for all children. We’d love to see more of our children walking to school and more families committing to supporting a Walking School Bus.

Being part of a Walking School Bus can help you get to know other families in our school community and will benefit all of our children by reducing the congestion at the school gate.

Some Ridgway School families have been involved with a Walking School Bus for several years, which is fantastic. We’d like to support these parents to continue this community service, as well as supporting families in other areas to get a Walking School Bus route set-up. With this goal in mind, Sue Campbell has been working this year with interested parents and Hilleke Townsend (Wellington City Council Sustainable Transport Coordinator).

Earlier this year we surveyed parents to see how many of you would be interested in being part of a Walking School Bus. Earlier this month we gathered data from our students about how they travelled to school and where they came from, using Track and Travel software developed by the Wellington Regional Council.

Our next step is to get interested parents together to plan the Walking School Bus routes and develop a school policy for how these Walking School Buses will operate. Hileke will guide this process, but parent input at this stage is crucial. At this stage we understand that not everyone is ready to make a commitment and that some of you may be cautious about adding any extra stress to what can be a very busy time of the day, but we hope that you will at least come along to our information evening and think about it some more.

Walking School Bus Information Evening

Monday 11 September 2017

7-8 pm

The Big Space

If you can't attend the information evening but would like to find out more please contact Sue Campbell. You can pop into Whanau Tui (Rm 1) for a quick chat before or after school or email her; sue@ridgway.school.nz.

Takapūwāhia Noho Marae

Our noho marae trip to Takapūwāhi Marae is next week. Those involved will have received 2 notices via email already and will get a third early next week. If you've not been sent these, please contact the office. All notices are available on our website homepage. Please return Health and Medical forms and payment as soon as possible this week.

We've had several families offer to sponsor another child to go on this overnight trip, so if cost was the reason you haven't already signed up, and you want your child to go, please get in touch with either myself or our office staff to make sure that your child can enjoy this fabulous opportunity with their friends. There is no charge for parents accompanying their child.

Upcoming Events

Remember that our website is the best place to access notices, newsletters and information about Ridgway School. The Parent Portal lets you see the information that we hold about your child (including personal details, attendance, achievement, and behaivour information). Our school events calendar can be viewed via both our website and the parent portal.

Art Splash Performance

The Art Splash choir are working hard to get ready for their performance on Monday 18 September at the Michael Fowler Centre. Remember to book your tickets via the school office. Information will be emailed today.

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is this Friday 25 August and once again Andrea Faul will be selling fabric daffodils to support the work of the Cancer Society. Children (and parents) should take their gold coin donation to her in the library before school tomorrow.

Other events

Other things to put in your diary include...

Art Calendars - children's art work on display 4 September

Chess Tournament - Tuesday 5 September

Wellington Free Ambulance Onsie Day - Friday 8 September

Yummy Stickers - return to school before 22 September

Thank you for supporting the canteen committee's hot chocolate sale last week - watch out for their next canteen day coming up soon.

Hot chocolate line last week - cold day, warm drink, fantastic!


Ari Koed Chang has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Pacific School Games/All School Games in Adelaide in December. Ari will compete in the 100m sprint and long jump events. (Ari left Ridgway at the end of last year and is now in Year 9 at WHS.)
This is an exceptional achievement - well done Ari.

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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