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News & Events

Term 1, Week 4, 2018

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.

New P2 Parking Zone

You will have noticed that the bus stop parking area is now a P2 zone between 8.30 - 9am and afterschool from 3 - 3.30pm. This means that there is a 2 minute time limit on parking in this space at these times. I’ve already noted how many more cars can come and go as most drivers are already observing the new signage. If you want to accompany your child into their class in the morning, or linger for conversations with other parents afterschool, remember to park further away.

The bus stop operates from 9am until 3pm, every school day. Please don’t park here before 3pm, as often our buses don’t return from trips until the last minute. We’ll see lots of bus traffic next week with Kūkupa Year 5s and Year 6s heading out to camp on Monday and Kākā and Kūkupa Year 4s going on day trips. Swimming continues every Tuesday and Whānau Kākā students attend technology every Wednesday, usually not returning until 3pm.

Cyclone Gita Fundraising Bake Sale - Thursday 22 Feb (tomorrow)

This newsletter has taken a while to put together this week and unfortunately this means you've had very short notice about the fundraising bake sale which 4 of our Kūkupa students have organised for tomorrow. Hopefully your children have seen the posters up around the school.

When: Thursday the 22nd of February.

Why: to raise money for the Red Cross helping people in Tonga.

Where: The veranda between room 9 and 10.

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm

Everything will be priced from 50c to $2.00

Can you please make some home baked goods for our stall?

These can be delivered on Thursday to Room 9

I'm really proud of Maia, Hanna, Sofia, and Connie for the interest and care they've shown for people in Tonga affected by Cyclone Gita. They have really shown resourcefulness and responsibility in organising this fundraiser. All money raised will go to the Red Cross to support recovery work in Tonga.

Bike Track

It's nearly here! After some delays, we expect to see work starting on the bike track this week. This message is from the fundraising group who have been working hard to get us this far.


- Skills training area at the Vogelmorn Bike Track!

We have recently raised funds to lay an asphalt cycling track around Vogelmorn Park! The track is scheduled to be completed by early March. This community initiative has been organised by parents from Ridgway and Brooklyn schools and members of the Kaka Project, in conjunction with Ridgway School.

We have also raised money via grants and the Ridgway School Board of Trustees to purchase approximately 50 bikes for the school and 200 helmets - one for each child!

We now want to make this into a next level community facility and enhance the cycling track by adding an awesome cycling skills training area and a pump track, which is why we need your help!

Our aim is to create a fantastic biking facility that can be used in and out of school hours by all children in our community. Please see the givealittle page for more information and help us if you can!


EOTC events

On Friday most of the school will visit the Stardome here at school. This event is part of the NZ Festival and will highlight how important the stars were in helping our Polynesian ancestors navigate the oceans to settle in New Zealand. (Hopefully many of you will be able to visit the waka on Taranaki Wharf this weekend.)

Next week will be busy with our Year 5&6s out on camp, and our Year 4s, 7s and 8s making two out of school trips to continue their "journeys Inquiry".

Juicies will continue to be sold at lunchtimes on Wednesdays and Fridays ($2). This money supports our students attending camp.

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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