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Term 2, Week 6:  Week starting 4 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.


Winter is most certainly with us now, as I look out the window the sky is grey and puddles are appearing all over the courtyard.  Stay warm and dry and enjoy spending time with your children over the long weekend. Monday is of course a public holiday and the school is closed.


Kapa haka performance

Tuesday 5 May

1pm - 3pm

South Wellington Intermediate School


A group of 100 students have been selected to take part in a kapa haka event with some other local schools on Tuesday afternoon next week.  If your child has been invited to take part you will be sent further details about the event and what children need to wear (blue Ridgway t-shirt, boys = dark coloured pants girls = dark coloured skirt).


Providing kapa haka performance opportunities outside of our school has been a school goal for some time and it’s wonderful to be able to meet up with other schools to both perform and enjoy the performance of others.  We are exceedingly grateful for our kapa haka tutor Henare Parata who has worked hard with all of our students to bring us to this point. I expect that there will be many more kapa haka events in the future, so if your child is not involved this time, they will certainly have chances to participate in the future.


Languages Strategy

Our languages strategy  sets out how we intend to meet our charter aim of fostering an inclusive culture, through providing opportunities to learn languages other than English.  The strategy outlines 3 key initiatives, (1) Whole-School Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori Knowledge; (2) stand alone language learning, e.g. Mandarin; and (3) Bilingual Learning Opportunities, e.g. French.  Learning languages is obviously not the only way that we will meet our inclusive culture aim, but it will certainly provide us with exciting opportunities.


French Bilingual class

Work is underway to establish a bilingual French-English unit at Ridgway, which would fulfill a need in the wider Wellington community and also bring many advantages for our current and future students.  You are invited to read our Languages Strategy and comment via the online survey.  There will also be a meeting on June 13 at the school at which you can ask questions and get more information.  The board will make a decision about whether to open a French bilingual class at their next meeting after considering the feedback provided to them from our consultation.


The Cook Strait News has recently published letters to the editor from members of the general public who oppose the the idea of a bilingual class.  This writers have no connection to our school and have made statements that are completely untrue. If these writers have raised particular doubts for you, I invite you make an appointment to discuss your concerns with me.  You may also like to read Sarah Taylor’s comments on the Prinicpal’s Blog section of our website.


Link to Languages Strategy online survey  (closes June 18)

Languages Consultation evening:  Wednesday 13 June; 7 - 8pm


City Gallery Visits

All students will be visiting the City Gallery in weeks 8 or 9 of this term.  Students will view the “This is New Zealand” exhibition and participate in a workshop taken by Gallery staff.  We are planning a school art exhibition later in the year, and this trip is sure to provide some inspiration for our budding artists.


There is no charge for this trip as the cost is covered by a donation we received from the Tawa Arts and Crafts Society in 2017.  You will receive a separate notice about the date and time of your child’s gallery trip. We will need several parents from each homegroup to help with supervision during these visits.  


Learning Conferences

Learning conferences are just a couple of weeks away and you will soon be sent information about booking a conference time.  Please note carefully the days and times available for your child as different whānau groups will host conferences on different days.  We are providing evening conference times on Tuesday 19 June between 6pm and 8pm for those of you who cannot make it before 6pm.

Learning conferences are an important time in our school calendar and along with digital portfolios (Seesaw) are the main way  that we report to you on your child’s progress in learning.

Kākā - 3 evenings -  26 slots open
Thursday 14 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm 
Tuesday 19 June - 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday 20 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm

Kūkupa 4 evenings -  34 slots open
Wednesday 13 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm

Thursday 14 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm
Tuesday 19 June - 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday 20 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm

Tūi - 3 evenings -  26 slots open
Wednesday 13 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm 
Tuesday 19 June - 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday 20 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm

Kōtare - 3 evenings - 26 slots open
Thursday 14 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm
Tuesday 19 June - 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Wednesday 20 June - 3.20pm to 6.00pm

Buildings Update

It seems that many of you have written letters to the Ministry of Education or to Members of Parliament.  Thank you for taking action in support of our school. We now have a meeting next week with senior Ministry officials and will take this opportunity to express our priorities for immediate and future building work.

The urgent junior toilet upgrade and roof work is on track to begin in the upcoming holidays.

Brooklyn Market

Book Stall

Sat 23 June; 2 - 5pm


Anneleah Thornburrow will be at the Brooklyn Market selling surplus books from the library (these include books that have not been issued over the past 2 years) on Saturday June 23 between 2pm and 5pm.  The profit made from these sales will be used to buy new books for our library. If you have books at home that you’d like to donate for sale, drop them in to Anneleah at the school office. Remember to go to the Brooklyn Market for some great book deals too!


Hei kona mai

Kathryn Smith


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