News & Events

Term 4, Week 7, 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.

There are just 3 weeks left of the school year - then we can all curl up in a comfy spot and disappear into the wonderful world of stories. It's not too late to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge - see below. Even if your children are not signing up for the Challenge, they will still be able to access e-books. They will find out more about this exciting addition to our library service in class this week.

Parent helpers afternoon tea: Tuesday 5, Dec 2-3pm

It's been another busy year and our students have been involved in a wide range of activities from the Tournament of Minds to Artsplash and the noho marae to a long list of sports. None of these could happen without the support of parents, both financially and in more hands on roles.

On Tuesday next week we'd like to acknowledge your support and help and invite you to join us for afternoon tea in the big space from 2 - 3pm. If you've helped out in any way, please join us for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Farewell to Mrs Hill

Mrs Gill Hill is taking a new step in her teaching career and has accepted a position in another school, starting in 2018. We will be very sad to say good bye to her and she will leave big shoes to fill. Gill has been the teacher in charge of the library for a number of years and this year picked up liaison roles for the whānau hui and kapa haka groups. Previously she has organised our netball teams and been our Reading Recovery teacher. Both of her children were students here and she has taught almost every student in the school at some stage. Gill is a talented and hardworking teacher with deep commitment to the wellbeing of her students - we will miss her very very much.
Do take a moment to offer her your own farewells and thank her for what she has done for your children over the 7 years that she's been part of the Ridgway School community.

Christmas Tree Fundraiser for Kapa Haka

(repeated notice)

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.

Bring Your Own Device - BYOD

In 2018 (as was the case this year) we recommend all Year 6 - 8 students have their own device. Students are likely to complete most of their written tasks using their device.

We encourage Year 4 & Year 5 students to bring their own device to school also, however it is not compulsory.

BYOD is not new for us. We've had students bringing their own device since 2014. We recommended that all students in Year 7 & 8 had their own device from 2015, and extended this to Year 6s from 2017. The majority of students in these groups at those times have had their own device and we've been able to provide school owned devices for the few that don't.

Students in Years 5-6 were encouraged to bring their own device in 2016, and we extended this to students in Years 4-5 this year. An increasing number of students do have their own device. All children benefit from BYOD as they are able to use a device, either their own or a school one, when they need it.

I've become aware that there is quite a lot of confusion around BYOD for students moving into Year 4 next year. Many of the questions that parents have asked are on our Frequently Asked Questions page - I'm still adding answers to the questions that were asked at the information evening last week. I should have these up by the end of the week.

As stated above, Year 4s may bring their own device to school, however it's not compulsory and we have a number of school owned Chromebooks that our Kūkupa (Y4-6) students will be able to use next year.

Rigdway Summer Reading Challenge

(repeated notice)
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 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.

Remember these upcoming events...

Wed 29 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences for those students due

Thurs 30 Nov: Y1-3 Learning Conferences (2nd night)

Mon 4 Dec: Y8 leavers' dinner

Tues 5 Dec: Parent Helpers afternoon tea 2-3pm

Wed 6 Dec: Year 8 leavers function at Vogelmorn Hall (all Year 7& 8s invited)

Fri 8 Dec: last whole school assembly for 2018

- farewell to Mrs Hill, Ms Nolan & Ma Laoshi

- chess certificates

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

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


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