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News & Events

Term 1, Week 11, 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.

Seesaw Digital Portfolios

Every child in the school has a digital portfolio on the Seesaw platform. We will be using this as our primary method of reporting what students have learnt. Teachers experimented with Seesaw last year, and this year we are using it in a much more deliberate and purposeful way. There will be a written report provided for each student at the end of Term 2 and Term 4, but it will be a much simpler version than we’ve previously used, as information about learning will be given via the Seesaw digital portfolio.

During Term 2 we will be developing a schedule that will guide what and when teachers and students post to Seesaw. This schedule will cover all aspects of the curriculum and provide parents with up to date information about what their child is learning and how well they are doing.

Reporting on learning - whānau focus groups

As we develop our reporting schedule and guidelines for Seesaw portfolios we are seeking frequent feedback from parents, caregivers, guardians, and other important people in the lives of the children we teach. One of the ways that we will gather your views is to convene a couple of focus groups that will meet regularly during Term 2 and Term 3. If you’d like to be part of one of these groups please let me know via an email.

It is likely that one group will meet on a Friday morning at 9am while the other will meet on a Monday evening at 5.30pm.

Building work

Quite a lot has happened over the last month with regard to buildings. The board will update the school community later this week on progress with our shade developments and about design work taking place now for the junior toilets and roof replacement.

Student Newspaper

We always like to encourage students to take charge of their own learning and to act on their own great ideas. This has seen a number of student led fundraisers for charity and clubs set up in the school over the last few years.

This week a group of girls from Kūkupa have created a full colour school newspaper, which will be on sale from Tuesday to Thursday this week for $1 a copy. Money raised will go towards our Bike Track fundraising effort. Many thanks to parents who have supported them to achieve their goal.

Safe Travel to School

If you need information about our walking school bus routes or how to get involved, get in touch with Sue Campbell  (sue@ridgway.school.nz).  Walking to school is a safe and healthy way to start the day and we encourage every family to walk at least some of the way on a least some days.

If you are in your car, remember to slow down and take extra care around our school (and any school you travel past).  Last week one of our parents received a nasty scratch to their parked car because the other driver was careless and did not allow enough room to safely get past.  It’s worth slowing down and taking an extra couple of minutes to get to your destination in order to keep other road users in our community safe, especially when those road users are children.

The following notices are repeated from previous newsletters...

Internal Review

Like many organisations, schools regularly review all aspects of their operation to check that our systems are working as they should and to make improvements where necessary.

This term we’re looking at homework and our provision of on site after school care. As both of these topics impact considerably on families outside of school hours, we invite parents to express their views and complete the relevant survey. Simply click on the links to have your say. (If you experience any difficulty completing either survey, please let me know as soon as you can.)

Homework Review

After-school care Review

Both of these surveys will close on Friday 20 April.

Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track

Keep on spreading the word about our fundraising, every little bit gets us closer to building the next 2 stages of the track.

Entertainment Book

Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our Bikes in Schools programme. Follow this link to order a book.

Give-a-little page

Please promote our give-a-little page with your contacts in our wider community. The Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track will be a wonderful community asset for many years to come. We need our wider community to help get it finished. If you are part of a group or organisation whose members may benefit from and will enjoy this track, do encourage them to contribute.


Jason Eady is still waiting to hear from willing volunteers with landscaping knowledge and expertise (0210656372 or jasoneady@hotmail.com). There will be some work to do around different points in the track to beautify it and also to ensure that children ride around the track and don't create new tracks across the football fields. Once we have a landscaping plan, we will call for helpers to do the actual work of digging, moving dirt and planting.

Lunch Order Reminder

Monday - Subway

Thursday - Sushi (via Lunch Online)

Friday - Pita Pit (via Lunch Online)

Hei konā mai

Kathryn Smith


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