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 News & Events

Term 2, Week 1:  Week starting 30 April 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.

It’s been a slightly murky start to the term but we are all hopeful that by Friday the sun will be shining.  This term promises to be as busy as ever with our Year 0 - 3 students starting swimming on Tuesdays from the 15 May, City Gallery trips for everyone in the last 2 weeks of June, and our annual Matariki celebration on the 28 June.  There’s plenty of sporting action on during the term too with winter netball and basketball competitions getting underway for some and the school cross country for everyone on Thursday 17 May.

Official opening of the Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track

On Friday this week (4 May) the whole school will be involved in the official opening ceremony of the Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track.  Mayor Justin Lester, Peter Jackson from the local iwi and a number of other invited guests will be joining us. Please come along and help celebrate the opening of this fantastic facility and acknowledge the tremendous work that has been done by the bike track group.

Our students will perform as a kapa haka group and should wear a blue Ridgway T-shirt if they have one.  It’s a great opportunity for you to see Ridgway kapa haka on show and I’m sure their performance will be a highlight of the ceremony.  

Parents are invited to take part in the fun, bring along your bike and join in our “whole school ride”.  Ice-creams and sausages will be on sale once the official speeches are completed. Sausages must be pre-ordered via this form (a limited number of extras will be cooked); ice-creams can also be ordered and prepaid.

Kiwi Competitions

Once again this year the University of Canterbury is delighted to offer the Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. The Kiwi competitions are written by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students and are based on the New Zealand curriculum. The online competitions will be run in the last 3 weeks of Term 2. All participating students will be awarded a certificate and prizes will be awarded to top students in each year group. The cost for a student to participate is $8.50 per competition entered.

If you would like your Year 5 - 8 child to sit a Kiwi Competition exam in science, maths or English please register via the Sign up form before Friday 11 May.  

In the past we have offered our students the opportunity to enter the ICAS exams offered by the University of New South Wales but are no longer providing this option.

French Bilingual Class

An information evening will be held on Wednesday (2 May) this week for parents of children who may be interested in enrolling in the proposed French bilingual class.  This evening is primarily aimed at families who are not yet part of our Ridgway community, who are seeking French language education for their children, but is of course open to all who are interested in finding out more.  Meet in the library at 7pm.

This meeting is not part of our formal consultation process. The board will offer various opportunities for our Ridgway community to ask questions, and express their views via a survey and information evening in the next couple of weeks.  

Reporting to parents on student learning

Learning Conferences

Learning conferences will be held in Week 8 of this term (18 - 21 June).  These conferences are important as they allow parents, teachers and students to discuss what has been learnt, where the child is at compared to where we expect them to be based on their age and year level, what they need to learn next, and how whānau can help at home.  Closer to the time you will receive information about how to book a time that is convenient for you.


All students are building up a digital portfolio of work on the Seesaw platform that they and their teachers will have commented on.  The samples of work gathered in Seesaw during the year are selected to highlight your child’s achievement and progress across all learning areas.  Regularly checking your child’s Seesaw portfolio enables you to stay informed about what they are learning and how well they are going. At any time you may comment on this work or ask questions about it.  The Seesaw digital portfolio is now our main way of reporting to parents.

If you have difficulty accessing your child’s Seesaw digital portfolio, please discuss this with your child’s homegroup teacher.

New report format

At the end of this term, following Learning Conferences, all students will receive a short written report on a new format.  This format is not intended to give detailed information as this is found in Seesaw, and elaborated on during the Learning Conference.  It is simply a brief summary stating the level your child is achieving at in the key learning areas of reading, writing, and maths. There will also be an indication of how well your child demonstrates our values of respectfulness, resilience, resourcefulness and responsibility.  This written report will be sent home with your child in the last week of the term.

Information Evenings and Focus Groups

The use of Seesaw for reporting on children’s learning is a significant change and we want to ensure that parents understand the benefits of these changes and have excellent information about their child’s progress and achievement.  We expect to offer an information evening for interested parents in the future to explain our reporting processes in more detail.

It will be helpful for us to get feedback on how parents are experiencing the Seesaw digital portfolio and how well informed they feel about their child’s learning.  For this reason I am seeking to gather a couple of small groups of parents together into focus group. If you want to join a focus group and are available to meet on either a Friday morning or a early on a Monday evening, please let me know.  

Vogelmorn Park Playground

The new playground for Vogelmorn Park has been delayed because of shipping hold ups with  equipment. The Wellington City Council now expect the supplier to deliver gear to the contractor in mid-May.  It shouldn’t take long to install, but the work is weather dependant.

Hei kona mai

Kathryn Smith


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