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News & Events 

Term 4, Week 6, 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.

As we get closer to the end of the year we have a number of important dates - this newsletter is primarily to remind parents about these events.

Kūkupa & Kākā  Information Evening - Monday 20 Nov - 6-7pm

Parents of children in Kūkupa (Y4-6) and Kākā (Y7&8) in 2018 are encouraged to attend an information evening with teachers next week to find out more about camps and BYOD.  Please meet in the Big Space.

Homegroup formation

As our whānau teams work collaboratively, children invariably find that they are taught by all of the teachers in their whānau at some point in the week.  They may also find that they don't always do all of their work in the same learning space.  For this reason, we group children in "homegroups" rather than "classes".

In 2018 your child will have a homegroup teacher who will be your first point of call if you have any questions or need to pass on information.  We work hard to place children in a homegroup with some friends who they can work well with.  Children have been given an opportunity to name some of these friends.  When teachers put homegroups together they will consider the learning needs of all children, the positive relationships that already exist between children and any information that parents provide via our Placement Information form.  Please note that while teachers will consider all information provided by parents and students, we do not guarantee that we can meet any requests that are made, and will make judgments based on what we believe will be best for all children concerned. 

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 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. 

Christmas Tree Fundraiser for Kapa Haka

The whānau hui group are fundraising for kapa haka uniforms by selling Christmas trees.

Trees must be pre-ordered and paid for by Wednesday 29th November, but are a bargain at only $30 each. The group are also looking for more volunteers to help with chopping down the trees and bringing them back to Ridgway.  If you can help, indicate this on the form.

Order your tree using this form.

Pay $30 via online banking to 03-0510-0741239-00.

Ngā mihi


Important dates coming up:

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

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

Fri 24 Nov: Ridgway's Got Talent

Wed 29 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences

Thurs 30 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences

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

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