News & Events

Term 4, 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.


Our Athletics Day at Newtown Park was a great success thanks to the enormous effort of our parent volunteers, our dedicated teachers and our wonderful students.

Pam Clark did an outstanding job of organising the day, which went off without a hitch.

Rigdway Summer Reading Challenge

(This notice is repeated from last week because it's so important!)
It is well known that the amount of reading that children do at home is a key determiner of how well they read. To put it simply - the more your child reads at home, the better reader they will become. It's also well known (to teachers at least) that many students who do not read over the summer holidays, suffer a "summer drop" which they have to make up again in the first few months of the new year.

We want to encourage our students to keep reading over summer and have come up with a fun and exciting reading challenge!

The aim of the challenge is to:

  • encourage reading over summer

  • make it fun

  • make it achievable for the reluctant or struggling reader - to ensure this, teachers will help students to help select their books.

The details are:

  • it's free and voluntary and open to all returning students

  • different challenge for different ages

  • students get a summer reading challenge pack with books and cool surprises

  • shelfie (selfie reading a book in interesting places) competition will run alongside the reading challenge

  • completion certificate for each student who meets the challenge

  • students who return all their books in the first week of school will go in a draw to win 1 of 3 $20 scholastic vouchers.

  • book selection will take place two weeks prior to the end of term and packs will come home the second to last day of school.

A sign-up form will be sent out shortly so please keep an eye out for it! Let's make reading exciting!

School Organisation in 2018

We are rapidly approaching the end of the year and it will soon be time for us to turn our attention to placing children into home groups for 2018.

Sadly we will be saying good-bye to Kim Nolan at the end of this year as she is returning to the UK to be closer to her family. We will be welcoming 2 new teachers (Ms Jessop and Ms Weren), and some of our teachers will change levels.

Whānau Tūi Students and their families will remember Jenny Jessop who was a trainee teacher with us during Term 2 of this year. Our other new teacher, Sophie Weren, will be moving from Hamilton to join us.

Each of our whānau teams is made up of 40 - 100 children and up to 4 teachers. All whānau teachers share responsibility for teaching all children in the whānau, but will have primary responsibility for a home group of 15 - 30 students. The home group teacher is your first point of contact for questions about your child's learning and wellbeing and will ensure that your child achieves success in the curriculum.

Next week all students will be asked to name up to 4 friends who help them to learn. We will then do our best to ensure that every child is placed in a home group with at least one of their named friends.

Parents who wish to let us know of any concerns they have that could impact on their child’s learning and wellbeing in 2018 may do so by completing the Class Placement Information for 2018 form. Please note that parents cannot ask teachers to pass on information and that information provided previously will not be considered.

Go to the staff page on our website to see which Whānau teams our teachers will be teaching in next year.

Kūkupa Information Evening - Monday 20 Nov

Parents of children in Kūkupa in 2018 are encouraged to attend an information evening with teachers next week to find out more about camp and BYOD.


Students in Years 5 & 6 will be going to Forrest Lakes camp very early in term 1. We'll be selling juicies at school twice a week until the end of term 4 as a fundraiser to bring the cost of camps down for everyone.


We expect all students in Years 6 - 8 to bring their own device to school, and encourage those in Years 4 & 5 to do so as well if they can. (We do have some Chromebooks available for those who can't.)

Parent Supervision for Safety after 3pm

The day this newsletter was written one of our 5 year olds was knocked over by another child riding a bike around the buildings. He was bruised and cut and very upset.

Parents are reminded to closely supervise their own children playing in the school grounds from 3pm onwards. By all means stay and chat to other parents and allow your children to play on the playground. Children playing in the school grounds after school however, need to meet the same behaviour expectations that apply during the school day. No one should be riding bikes or scooters around the buildings until at least 3.20pm when there are few children running around and playing. Neither should children be climbing trees, unless you are directly supervising them. There are no circumstances when children should ever be climbing on fences or rubbish bins. It takes all of us to ensure the safety of all of our children.

Important dates coming up:

Sunday19 Nov: last chance to submit Class Placement Information for 2018 form

Monday 20 Nov: Kūkupa information evening (BYOD & Camps)

Wed 29 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences

Thurs 30 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences

Fri 24 Nov: Ridgway's Got Talent

Mon 4 Dec: Y8 leavers dinner

Fri 8 Dec: last whole school assembly for 2018 - farewell to Ma Laoshi

Mon 11 Dec: Student Reports sent home (all Y4-8 and some Y1-3)

Year 8 leavers function at Vogelmorn Hall

Wed 13 Dec: End of Year show at Wellington High School's Riley Centre 6pm

Thurs 14 Dec: Students meet 2018 homegroup teacher; stationery lists available

Fri 15 Dec: School clean up day

Ngā mihi

Kathryn Smith

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