News & Events
Term 4, Week 7, 2017
...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
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.
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
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