News and Events
Term 3, Newsletter 1 (sent Friday 3 August)
...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.
STEM week in Term 4
We are scheduling an exciting week of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) for the first week of Term 4. We aim to inspire our students with a broad range of STEM related activities that will both challenge them to think as well as encourage their creativity in problem solving. We know we have many whānau members in our community who have expertise in these fields and invite you to volunteer to run an activity with a group of children. Perhaps a scientist could explain an aspect of science and help children to conduct a hands on experiment? Or you may have engineering or building skills and be able to guide a group of children in a quick building project. Perhaps you’ve got IT skills and could teach some coding skills? Lead a tour of your STEM related workplace? Show…, tell…., make…..,
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got some STEM to share!!! Watch out for our request for STEM activity helpers later in the term.
Road safety at drop off and pick up times
It's definitely looking like a wet and wild winter ahead of us. No one much likes getting wet or cold at pick up time. However, with extra cars and reduced visibility around we must continue to be vigilant. It is imperative that parents model appropriate road safety. This includes crossing safely at the pedestrian crossings and parking legally at all times. Please don't risk the safety of your’s or other’s children because of bad weather or because you are in a hurry.
Mayhem at the School Gate - Stuff published this article on May 31 this year and it is an all too familiar story for anyone who has done road patrol duty at Ridgway School on a regular basis.
Why not walk to school instead?
Walking to school, or even part of the way to school, is a healthy and sustainable alternative to driving. We have 2 Walking School Buses operating, one from the Vogeltown area, and one from the Kinston area. If you live in either of these suburbs and want to find out more, please talk to Sue Campbell.
Police tips for safely walking to school
The following Police advice is for parents and caregivers of students:
Teach your child how to get safely to and from school and other places they go – whether they walk, bike or go by bus.
Make clear rules about getting home.
Go to school with your child so that you can show them the safest route.
Teach them to deal with hazards like narrow footpaths or busy roads.
If they walk, make sure they always use pedestrian crossings.
Who does your child walk home with? Meet the parents of children in your area and keep in touch.
Teach the children to walk home together in twos or small groups, not alone.
Make other arrangements if someone is away.
Anyone who has an immediate concern for their safety should not hesitate to call 111.
We actively encourage students to report anything that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. This can be to a trusted adult, a teacher or the Police.
Volunteers needed - Library, Road Patrol, and Fundraising
We have a a number of parents who help out in the library or on road patrol, and are very grateful to these people for their commitment and service to the school. This term some have had a change in circumstances and can no longer help, so we need to find more volunteers for these roles. If you can contribute to the school community by taking on a road patrol or library supervision slot please get in touch with Libby Hainsworth (Road Patrol) or Sue Campbell (Library).
If you’d like to help with fundraising (possibly a gala in Term 4) please contact Anneleah in our office.
NZEI teachers pay claim
Teachers who are members of the NZEI (teacher union) will be on strike on Wednesday 15 August.
People working in the education sector rarely take industrial action, however unsustainable workloads, the lack of funding and resources for children with special needs, and looming crisis in teacher supply have brought us to this point. While the pay rise teachers are seeking (16%) may seem significant, it is an indicator of how much teacher salaries have slipped back when compared to other professions.
While they fully expect most children to remain home on this Wednesday, the Board of Trustees have decided that Ridgway School will remain open. There will be 3 teachers available to provide supervision for students but parents should note that this is not a “fun day” and neither is it a normal day of learning. We ask that parents do not offer going to school as a choice for their children, but do their best to find their own child care for the day.
It is important that we know who will be at school on Wednesday 15 August, and who will not. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this simple form to indicate your plans for your child. Ridgway School’s attendance and safety procedures require our office staff to call parents if children are not at school, so please ensure that you do notify us - Raelene and Anneleah will be very grateful!
Below is an edited excerpt from the NZEI website to explain why teachers have taken this action.
Teachers and principals have consistently spoken about high workloads, lack of support for students with additional learning and behavioural needs, and undervaluing of the profession, as key issues over the last few years. We have tried to address these issues through previous rounds of negotiations and through work programmes.
Although we've made some progress, it has been insufficient to address the deep-seated and fundamental issues facing our profession. This has led to a crisis in recruitment and retention of teachers and principals.
So our Kua Tae Te Wā/It’s Time campaign has been launched to achieve the significant investment we need so that all children can reach their potential, and show that teaching is an attractive, valued and well-supported profession.
Schools are struggling to attract and retain great teachers.
There is also a drop in the number of people choosing to train as teachers because of years of political undervaluing of the profession.
Career development opportunities vary between schools, limiting growth of the profession overall.
There is no recognition of specialist skills
There aren't enough resources available for supporting children with additional learning needs.
Teachers and principals need time to teach, and time to lead.
Striking teachers will rally at Parliament on the strike day. They will march from Westpac Stadium at 11am and gather at Parliament between 12pm and 1pm. Parents are welcome to bring their children and join us to show your support for teachers.
Entertainment Books are still on sale. Every book or digital membership sold by the school raises $11 for the bike track. So far we have raised $308.00.
Follow the link below to place your order for a book or digital membership.
Lunch order reminders
Thursday - Sushi (via Lunch Online)
Friday - Pita Pit (via Lunch Online)
Juicies $2 on Wednesdays and Fridays (fundraising for Year 7 & 8 camp)
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