News & Events

Term 4, 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 the last term of the year and we'll be packing lots in; Athletics, Book Fair, Ridgway's Got Talent, PIRT, and (drum roll please) our end of year show, where every student participates to bring you an exciting display of music and dance.

PIRT in the Dirt

PIRT stands for Planting in Random Things. We are asking all students to bring a repurposed "random thing" that will be suitable for planting seeds or a cutting (for example an old gumboot, a used pot...let your imaginations run wild. We will need to be able to put holes in the bottom for drainage so something concrete probably wouldn't work).

We are also requesting the students bring cuttings from home to plant. We'll have seeds available for those who can't bring a cutting and will also supply the potting mix. Each whanau team will set aside a day to do their PIRTing, when they will do their planting and assemble their re-purposed receptacles. Teachers will give you more information about this.

Our PIRT garden will be a fun way for all our our students to contribute to brightening up an area of the playground and will also provide opportunities for learning about how plants grow. This collaborative work aligns with our Enviroschool philosophy. If you'd love to help out in anyway please get in touch with your child's homegroup teacher.


Our whole school athletics day is very close. We hope it will be a fabulous sunny day with lots of parents helping out at events. Please refer to the Athletics Notice that you've been sent already and remember to sign up for a voluntary role.

Walking School Bus

Congratulations to our Kingston community members for getting our Kingston Walking School Bus up and running today. We'd love to see more families involved with our Walking buses, and if you live in either the Kingston or Vogeltown areas and would like to find out more, please contact Sue Campbell (you'll find her email address on our contacts page) or pop in and see her in Room 1.

Cans for Good

Watties sponsor the "Cans for Good" initiative where schools gather cans of food which then get given to the Salvation Army foodbank to increase their food stocks ahead of Christmas.
This year, with your support, we'll be part of this this good work supporting the Salvation Army foodbank to support families who struggle to provide the basics for their children. If you are able to, please send a can (or more) to school over the next couple of weeks.

On Friday 3 November students in every whānau group will create can constructions with our donated cans. We'll take photos of these and enter the Watties Cans for Good competition and possibly even win prizes.

Lost Property

Missing something? Our lost property basket is very full. Please check for missing items this week as we will be donating items that remain in the basket after next week to charity.

Did you vote on September 23 in our Big Space and leave your keys there? We've been holding a set of keys in the office, but will hand them to the police if they are not claimed by Monday next week.

Noho ora mai
Kathryn Smith
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