News & Events

Term 4, Week 9, 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 our last week of the school year. When I look out the office window I notice that while the grass isn't growing our students certainly are. They are taller, but that's not all the growing that they've done. After a year's worth of learning they've also grown in knowledge and skills. I've been especially impressed by how many of our students have earned "excellent effort" on their reports which they are taking home today (Monday). Not everyone will get prizes for being the best, but everyone can do their own best. It's pleasing to see how many Ridgway students have done just that.

End of year show - Wednesday 13 December

Wellington High School
Riley Centre
6pm start

Only 2 more sleeps (as I write this) until the greatest stage production Ridgway has presented this year!
Students in all classes are polishing their dances and we are all looking forward to putting it all together on the night.

During the day students will be bused in groups to the Riley Centre at Wellington High School to rehearse their part in the show.

They will go home as usual at 3 pm but need to be back at the Riley Centre for the evening show at:
Choir members = 5pm
kapa haka members = 5.15pm
This will allow these groups to have a quick run through together and to practice getting everyone on and off the stage in good time.
All other students should be there by 5.30,
and we ask our audience to be seated at 5.45pm so that we can get started at 6pm.

The show will be followed by a short ceremony to hand out our 4R Certificates. These are awarded to one boy and one girl from each homegroup for demonstrating our values to the fullest extent throughout the year.

Year 8 Awards

At our Year 8 leavers function last week, the following trophies were awarded:
Aroha Girls to Sasha Crane
Aroha Boys to Hugo Randerson
Sports to Flynn Arnold
Arts to Ione Murray
Most Outstanding to Tom Robinson
Congratulations to all of these recipients.

Thursday 14 December

Students meet 2018 teachers -

On Thursday this week children will find out who their homegroup teacher will be for 2018. They will spend some time with their new homegroup which will enable them to get to know each other just a little before the end of the year.

Parents will have an opportunity to chat with teachers at our
Forward to Learning event on January 31 2018.

You will be mailed more information about this event later this week.

Picnic and Sports reward - Thursday 14 December 1.40pm

Students have earned sports reward time by filling the R card box.
This will be held on Thursday afternoon on the field.
Parents and other family members are welcome to join us to enjoy a picnic lunch on the field at 1.20pm followed by games from 1.40pm.

Students may be disappointed not to have a water fight this year, but teachers feel strongly that we can't go ahead with a water fight while there are water restrictions in place.

Library News




The school would like to thank the Thomas George MaCarthy Trust for their biennial Library Grant received in December 2017. We have used this Grant to buy more books for our Library.

Overdue notices

Overdue notices are being sent home today. A big Thank You if you have already returned these in the last week - if so, please disregard the notice.

New eBook Collection for our library

We are excited to launch ePlatform, which is an eBook Collection specially curated for primary school children. With over 1,200 eBooks at your fingertips 24/7, your child will never run out of something to read!

Great titles include:

- Billie B Brown, Hey Jack, Go Girls, Captain Underpants and many more series for beginner readers.

- Popular authors like David Walliams, Roald Dahl, C S Lewis and Rick Riordan.

- Popular series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lemony Snicket, Diary of a Whimpy Kid and many more.

- New Zealand titles by Joy Cowley, Kate De Goldi and Maurice Gee.

The collection is very simple to access and use, and can used on any browser or device. Full instructions and information on borrowing are available on the Library page on the Ridgway website.

Alternatively, please watch this short video to see how easy it is to get connected: https://www.facebook.com/ePlatform/videos/vb.288013601244772/1537820859597367/?type=2&theater

Note: The video clip includes audiobooks but we only have the eBook collection.

Leaving us?

If your child is not returning to Ridgway next year, please make a special effort to hunt out any reading books, library books and Ridgway t-shirts that you've borrowed and bring them back to us.

School security over the holidays

Over the weekend someone broke into our PE shed, damaging the door in the process. Hopefully that was a one off incident, but it's also a timely reminder that we need to be vigilant and security conscious.

We always encourage our families to enjoy our playground and sandpit out of school hours - and know that many of our children have learnt to ride their bikes while riding around our buildings. Your presence in the grounds helps to ensure that our school remains a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

While you are here, or even if you are just walking past, please keep an eye on the place. If you notice anything that needs attention please contact either myself or a board member.

Thank you to our closest neighbours for the excellent job you do in keeping an eye on our grounds - whether it's watering plants or telling teens to stay off the roof, we appreciate your efforts.

Enjoy the school holiday break. Have fun, read books and be safe.

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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