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News & Events

Term 3, Week 9, 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.

Market Day

Market Day was a huge success on Friday last week! Our students (with the support of their hardworking teachers) did a wonderful job of fundraising for the charities that are important to them. We have yet to work out the final total as there are some expenses still to be paid.

The charities being supported are

Te Whānau ō te Kākā = Women's Refuge & Wellington Free Ambulance

Te Whānau ō te Kūkupa = Wellington Children's Hospital

Te Whānau ō te Tūi = (they are still deciding)

Te Whānau ō te Kōtare = SPCA

One of our core Ridgway values is RESPONSIBILITY. We understand this to include being "motivated to learn", as well as "acting responsibly for the well-being of ourselves and our community". In working to benefit their chosen charities, our students have been acting responsibly for the well-being of others. In doing so, they've also had opportunities to develop and show empathy and care for those who are less well off or are temporarily in need. While working towards the Market Day, students were also able to develop cooperation and collaboration skills, which we recognise as being very important for building strong communities and being successful.

Thank you for supporting the Market Day.

While we are thinking about money raised for others; Daffodil Day raised $222.70 for the Cancer Society and our Onesie Day raised $257.60 for Wellington Free Ambulance.


Artsplash is on tonight. Our choir have been working towards this all term, under the guidance of Lisa Harper-Brown and Ms Hanify. We hope that you very much enjoy the show at the Michael Fowler Centre.

Our choir performing in assembly recently, conducted by Lisa Harper-Brown

Election Day

Ridgway School will be a Polling Booth for the General Elections on Saturday 23 September.

Also, remember Kids Voting hosted by Barbarian Productions at Vogelmorn Bowling Club.

It's free, family-friendly and fun

Our "kids only" polling booth will be open 3.30 - 5pm Wednesday - Friday and all day Saturday at: Vogelmorn Bowling Club

To find out more about kids voting and the Election Night Party, visit Facebook/SpringUprising or www.barbarian.co.nz

Think Education when you vote

If you are still an undecided voter, or even if you have already made up your mind, I urge you to consider education before you cast your vote. You can read about the education policies of various parties at voteeducation.org.nz, where the NZEI have gathered information and responses to questions on topical education issues.

Learning Conferences

If your child in Year 1 - Year 3 is due for a Learning Conference and report this term, you should by now have received all of the information you need to book a conference time. If you are unsure or need to arrange a time outside of our conference schedule, please get in touch with your child's home group teacher. I will also be available to meet with parents during our conference times. All teacher's email addresses can be found on our website.

Learning Conferences are an important part of our school calendar and are the main way that we keep you up to date with what your child has learnt and what their next steps are. This is the time to ask questions about your child's social and emotional development and their academic achievement. Your child's teacher will want to talk to you about the ways that you can support your child's learning at home.

End of Term 3

The last day of term will be on Friday 29 September. We will finish the day with our last whole school assembly of the term, from 2.20pm - 3pm. Parents are always very welcome to attend our whole school assemblies, please find a seat in Room 8.

That's all for this newsletter.

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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