News & Events
Term 2, Week 9, 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.
Most parents will be meeting with teachers this week for Learning Conferences and we look forward to seeing you back again next week to celebrate Matariki. The Whānau Hui group are working hard to prepare a range of fun activities for children and adults alike, and our kapa haka group will perform.
Matariki Celebration & Kapa Haka Performance
5.30 - 7.30pm
Thursday 6 July
bring kai to share
We have started to plan a noho marae experience for our kapa haka students in Years 2-8. If your child is interested in this overnight trip to Takapuwahia Marae please complete the expression of interest form. Expressing an interest does not mean you are committed to going, but will help us to know how many people we should plan for. More details of this trip are posted here.
End of Era for Desktop Computers
We will soon be removing most of the desktop computers from classrooms as they have come to the end of their useful lives. This is the end of an era! Next term students in Whānau Kotare and Whānau Tūi will get 8 more ipads to share and students in Whānau Kūkupa will get 10 new Chromebooks.
The desktop computers that have been in use over the last 5-6 years were all donated to the school. They were rebuilt and installed by parent volunteers, with Phil Del Favero taking the lead role and carrying out most of the work. Phil has also maintained these computers during this time, spending many hours in the school keeping them going and providing our students with ICT internet access that has enabled them to build valuable skills and knowledge for learning in a digital world. To Phil we say "Thank-you very much!" Our debt to Phil and our gratitude for his work cannot be overstated.
Over the last 3 years we have asked our Year 7&8 students to bring their own device (BYOD) to school. This year we extended this down to Year 6 also, to encompass all of our Whānau Kākā students. At this level up to 80% of learning time requires the use of a laptop or Chromebook. We have a small number of students who are not able to purchase their own device and these students are increasingly disadvantaged. In the past they have used desktop computers around the school and we intend to set aside a few Chromebooks for these children to use at school, but this won't be the same as having 'any where any time' access to their personal device for learning. If you have a functional laptop that you are no longer using, please consider giving it to the school for one of our Ridgway students to use.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind parents that students need their support to ensure that devices are charged each night at home and are brought to school every day. Students who do not bring their device are not able to fully engage in learning at school and are likely to get behind. Students who leave their device at home in 2017, can be compared to students in 1980 who went to school without a pen and paper.
Our playground needs some repairs and a facelift so will not be available for playing on during the holidays. We hope to have it fully functional again as early as possible in Term 3.
While tree climbing is a healthy pursuit and lots of fun to do, I am concerned for the safety of children climbing trees along our Mornington Road fenceline. There is risk that children could fall onto the fence or onto an area of concrete, which (for some unknown reason) is directly below one of the best climbing trees. Such a fall could potentially cause a serious injury and this is why children are not allowed to climb these trees while they are under the care and responsibility of the school.
If you are the parent of a tree climber please ensure that you are directly supervising your child while they climb and ensure their safety.
Have you visited our school library lately?
Our library team (Gill Hill, Anneleah Thornburrow, and parent-volunteer Leigh Borret are doing a wonderful job and have recently rearranged and put up new signage. We now have a dedicated section called "Maramatanga" which holds Māori stories and non-fiction texts. The team have also set up a library page on our website which has lots of useful links for finding things out.
On those wet and nastily cold afternoons parents are welcome to wait in the library for their children to finish classes (rather than in the corridor). This keeps our corridors quiet and enables children and staff to safely move between classes at the end of the day.
Enjoy the holidays and remember to read
This is our last newsletter for the term so it is also time for me to remind parents and children that children should be reading every day during the holidays. There is unequivocal evidence that children who regularly read at home do better in school than their non-reading peers - and it's never too late to start.
During the holidays, libraries in the Wellington region have a number of exciting activities planned. I think it would be a dreadful shame not to take advantage of these. Check out the free activities on offer at www.beyondthepage.nz and have a great holiday.
Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei