Newsletter Monday 13th August

Kia ora parents

What a busy term we have coming up.

NZEI Strike Day - Wednesday 15th August

While they fully expect most children to remain home on Wednesday 15 August, 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.

Thank you to those parents who have let us know their intentions for the day. If you haven’t yet let us know,  follow this link and tell us if your child will be coming to school or not on Wed 15 August

PB4L Reward Disco – Thursday 16th August in te Wharenui (Big Space).

Years 1 to 3 - 4.30pm to 5.45pm

Years 4 to 8 – 6.00pm to 7.30pm

The theme for the Year 1 - 3 is Superheroes - come dressed as your superhero or Disney character.  

For Years 4 - 8, the disco theme is Red Carpet, come dressed in your fanciest clothes.  There will be prizes for best dressed, great dancing and more!

Children may wish to bring money to buy food, drinks and glow sticks at the disco.  The items for sale are $1 and $2. All money raised will be going towards the Year 7 and 8 camp.

10 minutes prior to the end of each disco we invite parents to join us in a final dance, prior to collecting your children.  Don’t be shy, it is our chance to share our celebration with you!  5 minutes prior to leaving, all children are expected to remain and help tidy up, reinforcing our value of Responsibility.  If you could help reinforce this message it would be much appreciated.

Parents please note: Children will not be released from our supervision until a parent has come to te Wharenui (big space) to collect their child.  

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Berhampore Pool Party – Fundraiser for the Year 7 & 8 Camp

Sunday 19 August – 4.00pm to 6.00pm

The Year 7 & 8 students will be running a fundraising activity at Berhampore Pool to raise money for their senior camp.

Entry fee is $5 per person for swimmers.  There will be a lifeguard present, we ask that parents supervise their children at the pool as well.  Spectators are free.  

There will be food and drink to purchase but you are also welcome to bring your own.  There will be equipment at the pool but you can bring your own as well.

Each child will need to bring:



Cash (to purchase food and drinks)

Goggles (Optional)

Clothes (If person wants to change there)

Pool equipment (Optional)

Te Reo Maori

We are offering an extension te reo lesson on Wednesdays. To be selected for this group your child needs to know their whakapapa and be able to share this. They also need to have a family member at home who is able to support the learning with their own knowledge. This group will be taught by Pam Clarke and will cover tikanga and te reo.  This is an extension group and will supplement the te reo that is currently being taught at the classroom level. Please email sarah@ridgway.school.nz if you are interested in your child being involved in this.

Watties and Salvation Army Food Bank “Cans for Good” collection

13th to 24th August

Bring your cans into school and on Friday 24th August classes will be making art creations with the cans.

Pedal Ready Year 6 - 8s: 13th to 22nd August  

Once again Pedal Ready are in the school to upskill our Year 6 to 8s in their bike riding skills, teaching them how to ride safely on the road.

Southern Zone Swimming Sports – Years 4 - 8

Tuesday 26 July – We have 26 students attending this year. Students need to be at school at 8.30am to be ready for the bus to leave at 8.45am. Go Ridgway!

Capital E Trip for Years 4 to 8

Tuesday/Wednesday 28th & 29th August – Movie Making. More information to come.

Tournament of Minds for Year 7 & 8

Sunday 2 September.

Whole School Art Exhibition

Thursday 6 September – 5.00pm to 6.30pm

More information to come.

Art Calendars School Fundraiser

3rd September to 14th September

Each year every child produces artwork for a range of products to appear on calendars, cards, diaries, sketch books and mouse pads. Artwork will be on display for parents to view and order. Orders close on Friday 14th September.

Orange Day - Road Patrol March

Friday 7th September. Our road patrollers will be joining other Wellington schools and marching from Parliament to the Michael Fowler Centre.

Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day

Friday 7th September.

Students can wear their onesies to school and bring a gold coin donation to donate to Wellington Free Ambulance.

ArtSplash – Kūkupa – Years 4, 5 & 6

Monday 17th September - Choir rehearsal 11.30am to 2.15pm.

Choir performance at the Michael Fowler Centre from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

More information to come.

DanceSplash – Kūkupa Years 4, 5 & 6

Wednesday 19th September - Performance at the Michael Fowler Centre from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

Year 7 & 8 Camp - Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre

Monday 17th September to Thursday 20th September.

Interschool Chess Tournament – hosted by Ridgway School

Monday 24 September. 9am to 3.00pm. Students representing Ridgway School will be selected by Mark van der Hoorn our Chess tutor.

STEM Week -  Term 4

We are going to run a STEM week at the start of Term 4 (STEM meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). If there are any parents out there who would be able to come in and run an activity related to any of these areas we would love to make the most of your expertise. We are thinking science experiments, building structures, robotics and coding but the options really are limitless. Email sarah@ridgway.school.nz if you want more information or are able to help.

Last day of the term is Friday 28th September. Students will be released at 3.00pm for a well earned rest after such a busy term.

Sarah Taylor

Deputy Principal

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