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Term 2, Week 5: 28 May - 1 June 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.

Pink Shirt Day 2018


School Buildings

Last week’s board meeting was attended by a large number of staff and parents. Stephen Cross (Asset Team Manager Central South Region Ministry of Education) explained that the MOE now intends to complete another condition survey of the buildings before making any decisions about the demolition or repair of those buildings. The original report that was conducted 5 years ago indicated that the buildings needed to be demolished due to health and safety concerns. The new survey was done on Wednesday and they have told us that the report will be ready mid-June so now we wait (again) to see what the new report recommends and how it differs from the last report.


Parents, board members and staff are incredibly frustrated by the lengthy delays. Some parents have asked if they could write letters to express their concerns about the length of time being taken to start refurbishment work and to show their feelings about the state of our buildings. One of our parents has written an email that other parents may like to use as a template (click here for template). Obviously parents are welcome to send whatever emails they like to raise awareness for our situation. This template offers a format that people can use if they choose.


The list of suggested people to email are:

Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education - chris.hipkins@parliament.govt.nz

Kelvin Davis, Ass. Minister of Education - office.davis@parliament.govt.nz

Jenny Salesa, Ass. Minister of Education - jenny.salesa@parliament.govt.nz

Tracey Martin, Ass. Minister of Education - t.martin@ministers.govt.nz

Paul Eagle, MP for Rongotai - paul.eagle@parliament.govt.nz


Cleaning

This weekend cleaners are doing a deep clean in Rooms 9 & 10 and Jenny Jessep’s homegroup will move into Room 9 on Monday. The Nīkau Zone (Room 7) will then become the Pridelands den after school and be used for Mandarin and other small group teaching during the day. We have been using a dehumidifier in R 7 in an attempt to reduce moisture but feel it is safer at this stage to only have students in that room for short periods of time.


Toilets

The trailer toilets parked by the playground are likely to be in use from next week. They required some minor modifications to make them suitable for our little ones. Once they are ready the inside toilets beside Room 1 will be permanently closed.

School Photos

School Photo orders were due at the office on Friday 25 May.

If you’ve let this date slide you can still order online (www.schoolmemories.co.nz)

If you don’t have your “shoot key”, contact Anneleah.

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are still on sale, and you can purchase either a book or an digital membership to use via the phone app. Every Book/digital membership sold by the school raises $11 for the bike track. So far we have raised $154.00.
To see some of the amazing offers in this year’s Entertainment book visit their website and scroll down to “click to read”, or click here to purchase a membership now and support us.


Community news

Vogelmorn news

As part of Let's Make Work Together theatre incubator, there is a free morning yoga class each weekday until Friday 1 June, all welcome. (Monday + Wednesday-Friday upstairs at the Bowling Club 8.45-9.45am, and Tuesday 9.15-10.30am at Vogelmorn Hall) Some mats provided, or bring yours to be safe.


Our first two community dinners sold out, and the third one is this Sunday 27 May 5.30pm with a Mexican menu by local chef Angie Stainer. Kaibosh are running their Meal in May initiative and we're happy to host them to speak briefly just before the dinner. Bookings can be made on this form:


South Wellington mums Sacha Wilson and Brie Robins are working towards relaunching the cafe from 7 June. The plan is to open Thursday-Saturday 8-4pm. Keep an eye out for their snazzy new logo and name: "The Green"!


Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal

Rummage around for those unwanted mobile phones to donate to

Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal.

Each year at least 8 million Tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.

With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s World Environment day we ask for your support by bringing into school any unwanted mobile phones you may have and dropping them into the collection box located at reception.

Phones collected help raise funds for Sustainable Coastlines – a multi ward wining NZ Charity run by a small team of hard working staff and volunteers. Their mission is to inspire, educate and enable others to look after the natural places we love – our beaches and waterways.


Hei kona mai

Kathryn Smith

Principal/Tumuaki

Repeated notices

NZCER - Research Project

Our school will be participating in a research project led by NZCER and the Marie Clay Literacy Trust. The project aims to establish up-to- date statistics about the reading and writing of 5 to 7 year olds in New Zealand. You can read the parent information letter here. If your child is aged between 5 years and 7 years, and you do not want them to be involved, please contact Raelene in our office and let her know, office@ridgway.school.nz

Paid Union Meeting - Tuesday 19 June

NZEI members from Ridgway School will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on Tuesday 19 June. We will not be closing the school, but will only be providing supervision in the afternoon. If you are able to collect your child early on that day, however, we would be very grateful. Please note that this is also one of our Learning Conference days. Teachers will be back at school from 3.30pm to host conferences.

Children can be collected from the start of lunch at 12.40pm. If you decide to collect your child early please sign your child out in the usual way at the office. If you wish your child to be collected by someone other than yourself, please notify the office by email, office@ridgway.school.nz.

Volunteers - Library and Fundraising

Schools rely completely on the voluntary efforts of parents and community members. We are very lucky at Ridgway to have many parents helping out in a wide variety of ways.

Gala organisers

Currently we have just 3 mums working towards our next fundraising projects - and they are very hopeful of bringing some more people on board. Upcoming fundraising projects include the next gala - hopefully in Term 4. Please leave your name at the office if you’d like to join the fundraising crew at this time.

Library

Our school library is open for children to use at morning tea and lunchtime. This provides a place for children who would like to read and is a nice place for children to go when they want some time away from their friends. It’s especially popular on colder days.

We have a number of older students trained up as Student Librarians to take care of issuing and returning books, but really need more parent volunteers to supervise the library during the break times, and to help with keeping it tidy. If this is a way that you’d like to contribute to the life of the school, please get in touch with Anneleah in the office anneleah@ridgway.school.nz.

Fundraising

Juicies continue to be sold ($2) on Wednesdays and Fridays - fundraising for the senior camp later in the year.


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.


Seesaw

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.

Last week’s board meeting was attended by a large number of staff and parents. Stephen Cross (Asset Team Manager Central South Region Ministry of Education) explained that the MOE now intends to complete another condition survey of the buildings before making any decisions about the demolishment or repair of those buildings. The original report that was conducted 5 years ago indicated that the buildings needed to be demolished due to health and safety concerns. The new survey was done on Wednesday and they have told us that the report will be ready mid-June so now we wait (again) to see what the new report recommends and how it differs from the last report.

Parents, board members and staff are incredibly frustrated by the lengthy delays. Some parents have asked if they could write letters to express their concerns about the length of time being taken to start refurbishment work and to show their feelings about the state of our buildings. One of our parents has written an email that other parents may like to use as a template (click here for template). Obviously parents are welcome to send whatever emails they like to raise awareness for our situation. This template offers a format that people can use if they choose.


The list of suggested people to email are:

Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education - chris.hipkins@parliament.govt.nz

Kelvin Davis, Ass. Minister of Education - office.davis@parliament.govt.nz

Jenny Salesa, Ass. Minister of Education - jenny.salesa@parliament.govt.nz

Tracey Martin, Ass. Minister of Education - t.martin@ministers.govt.nz

Paul Eagle, MP for Rongotai - paul.eagle@parliament.govt.nz


Cleaning

This weekend cleaners are doing a deep clean in Rooms 9 & 10 and Jenny Jessep’s homegroup will move into Room 9 on Monday. The Nīkau Zone (Room 7) will then become the Pridelands den after school and be used for Mandarin and other small group teaching during the day. We have been using a dehumidifier in R 7 in an attempt to reduce moisture but feel it is safer at this stage to only have students in that room for short periods of time.


Toilets

The trailer toilets parked by the playground are likely to be in use from next week. They required some minor modifications to make them suitable for our little ones. Once they are ready the inside toilets beside Room 1 will be permanently closed.

School Photos

School Photo orders were due at the office on Friday 25 May.

If you’ve let this date slide you can still order online (www.schoolmemories.co.nz) If you don’t have your “shoot key” ,

contact Anneleah.

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are still on sale, and you can purchase either a book or an digital membership to use via the phone app. Every Book/digital membership sold by the school raises $11 for the bike track. So far we have raised $154.00.
To see some of the amazing offers in this year’s Entertainment book visit their website and scroll down to “click to read”, or click here to purchase a membership now and support us.


Community news

Vogelmorn news

As part of Let's Make Work Together theatre incubator, there is a free morning yoga class each weekday until Friday 1 June, all welcome. (Monday + Wednesday-Friday upstairs at the Bowling Club 8.45-9.45am, and Tuesday 9.15-10.30am at Vogelmorn Hall) Some mats provided, or bring yours to be safe.


Our first two community dinners sold out, and the third one is this Sunday 27 May 5.30pm with a Mexican menu by local chef Angie Stainer. Kaibosh are running their Meal in May initiative and we're happy to host them to speak briefly just before the dinner. Bookings can be made on this form:


South Wellington mums Sacha Wilson and Brie Robins are working towards relaunching the cafe from 7 June. The plan is to open Thursday-Saturday 8-4pm. Keep an eye out for their snazzy new logo and name: "The Green"!


Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal

Rummage around for those unwanted mobile phones to donate to

Sustainable Coastlines Mobile Phone Appeal.

Each year at least 8 million Tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute.

With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s World Environment day we ask for your support by bringing into school any unwanted mobile phones you may have and dropping them into the collection box located at reception.

Phones collected help raise funds for Sustainable Coastlines – a multi ward wining NZ Charity run by a small team of hard working staff and volunteers. Their mission is to inspire, educate and enable others to look after the natural places we love – our beaches and waterways.


Hei kona mai

Kathryn Smith

Principal/Tumuaki

Repeated notices

NZCER - Research Project

Our school will be participating in a research project led by NZCER and the Marie Clay Literacy Trust. The project aims to establish up-to- date statistics about the reading and writing of 5 to 7 year olds in New Zealand. You can read the parent information letter here. If your child is aged between 5 years and 7 years, and you do not want them to be involved, please contact Raelene in our office and let her know, office@ridgway.school.nz

Paid Union Meeting - Tuesday 19 June

NZEI members from Ridgway School will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on Tuesday 19 June. We will not be closing the school, but will only be providing supervision in the afternoon. If you are able to collect your child early on that day, however, we would be very grateful. Please note that this is also one of our Learning Conference days. Teachers will be back at school from 3.30pm to host conferences.

Children can be collected from the start of lunch at 12.40pm. If you decide to collect your child early please sign your child out in the usual way at the office. If you wish your child to be collected by someone other than yourself, please notify the office by email, office@ridgway.school.nz.

Volunteers - Library and Fundraising

Gala organisers

Schools rely completely on the voluntary efforts of parents and community members. We are very lucky at Ridgway to have many parents helping out in a wide variety of ways.

Currently we have just 3 mums working towards our next fundraising projects - and they are very hopeful of bringing some more people on board. Upcoming fundraising projects include the next gala - hopefully in Term 4. Please leave your name at the office if you’d like to join the fundraising crew at this time.

Library

Our school library is open for children to use at morning tea and lunchtime. This provides a place for children who would like to read and is a nice place for children to go when they want some time away from their friends. It’s especially popular on colder days.

We have a number of older students trained up as Student Librarians to take care of issuing and returning books, but really need more parent volunteers to supervise the library during the break times, and to help with keeping it tidy. If this is a way that you’d like to contribute to the life of the school, please get in touch with Anneleah in the office anneleah@ridgway.school.nz.

Fundraising

Juicies continue to be sold ($2) on Wednesdays and Fridays - fundraising for the senior camp later in the year.


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.


Seesaw

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.


Lunch order reminders

Monday - Subway (Subway lunch orders will no longer be available after Monday 9th June)

Thursday - Sushi (via Lunch Online)

Friday - Pita Pit (via Lunch Online)



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