Photo of girl student

News and Events

Term 3, Week 7, Newsletter 3 (sent Monday 3 September)

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.

This term we have had a strong Arts focus running across the school. After all the hard work that has gone in, we are now approaching the exciting exhibition and performance time. This week we hope to see all of our families at school for our classroom art exhibitions. I encourage you to make the most of this chance to talk to your child about what they have learnt, and the skills that they’ve developed. In 2 weeks time our Kūkupa whānau will be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre as part of the Wellington City Council’s School’s Artsplash week.

Next term we’ll be looking to focus more on STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, starting with a STEM week.

Art Exhibition & Lanternfest

Thursday 6 September – 5.00pm to 7.30pm. Come at any time, for all or just part of the evening. See the programme outline below.


It’s been an exciting term watching our first school mural growing from just an idea sketched on paper to a lovely art work under the guidance of Mrs Hainsworth. Every child in the school has had an opportunity to be involved in some way and will be able to see the results of their contribution.

The Tawa Arts and Crafts Society generously gave us a $10, 000 donation at the end of 2016 to use in the promotion of the Arts. Over 3 years (2018 - 2020), we plan to create 3 murals that tell our story and brighten up the outside of the school. The money provided by Tawa Arts and Crafts Society allows us not only to purchase the materials, but also to employ a specialist artist or release an expert art teacher to oversee the work. We are very lucky that our Kūkupa teacher Libby Hainsworth has the vision, skills and artistic flair to carry out our mural plans!

Art Exhibition

As well as being involved with our first School mural, all tamariki have been enjoying a visual arts learning focus this term. Teachers will be displaying student’s work around the school on classroom and corridor walls. We invite you to join us on Thursday evening for a walk around the classrooms to view the work on display. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about the learning they have done in the arts this term.


Following the exhibition time our German families will host a traditional Lanternfest walk. This is a German tradition where children sing songs, and walk around with lanterns. Everyone is invited to stay on and join in this traditional German cultural experience.

Art Exhibition & Lanternfest

When: Thursday 6 September

Time: 5pm - 7.00

Who: Everyone! We hope to see all of our Ridgway families at this community event


Art Exhibition and Mural Blessing

5pm - blessing of the mural, speeches, kapa haka… meet in the wharenui (big space)

5.30-6pm - art exhibition: students guide their families around the school viewing work on classroom walls

Lanternfest - hosted by our German families

6 - 7pm - Meet in the wharenui (big space) for nibbles, and singing,

  • followed by a walk with lanterns around the school

Winning Ways to Wellbeing

During our assembly last week we looked at 5 ways that we can look after our head and our heart to keep well. I encourage parents to view the material that we presented to children and discuss this further at home; you’ll find it on the PB4L page of our website. The key message for all of us is that keeping our head and heart well, helps us to be resilient when thing don’t go as planned.

Our presentation was based on this graphic from the Mental Health Foundation where you will find more excellent information on keeping your head and heart well.

It’s a Full on Friday this Week….

Onesie Day

We’ll be supporting the Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day this Friday 7 September and encourage children to wear their onesie to school (or if they prefer dress up as a paramedic or other emergency service worker). There will be a collection box at the office for gold coin donations to support the work of the Wellington Free Ambulance service.

Friday 7th September, and this will be taken class to class first thing in the morning.

Orange Day - Road Patrol

This Friday 7th September our road patrollers will be joining other Wellington schools and marching from Parliament to the Michael Fowler Centre. The bus will leave at 9am and students will return about lunch time. Parents and whānau members are encouraged to cheer on the road patrollers as they parade from the Beehive, leaving at 10am, to the Michael Fowler Centre. An especially big thank you to our parent helpers who are joining us on this trip.

STEM week in Term 4

If you’ve got a passion for an aspect of STEM, and would be able to come in at some stage during the first week of Term 4 to run or help run an activity, we’d love to hear from you.

If you work in a STEM field please consider how you could be part of this week, perhaps even to describe your job or to inspire children in some way in this career.

Contact Sarah Taylor (DP) sarah@ridgway.school.nz to get involved.

Term Dates for 2019

Dates for 2019 have now been posted on our website. Go to our calendar page to get our dates if you are planning for holidays. Remember also that Term 3 ends on Friday 28 September (3pm) and we start Term 4 on Monday 15 October (8.55am).

All school events are posted on our School Events calendar. This should be your first port of call if you are wondering about our upcoming events or term dates at any time. Our School Events calendar is public you can access it via our website or subscribe to it using the URL to keep up to date.

Noho ora mai

Kathryn Smith


Please read on for Other upcoming events and repeated notifications

Artsplash (choir) Dancesplash (Dance)

All Kūkupa students ( Years 4, 5 & 6) are involved in the Artsplash mass choir performance (Monday 17 September) and some are also performing in DanceSplash (Wednesday 19th September).

Art Splash

Monday 17th September

Students will travel to the Michael Fowler Centre by bus for a rehearsal between 11.30am to 2.15pm.

Parents will need to take their child to the Michael Fowler Centre for the evening performance which will be held from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Drop off and pick up times and locations will be advised.

Students will need a Ridgway t-shirt for this event. If you haven’t yet purchased yours, contact Raelene or Anneleah in our office. (We have some for hire, please arrange to hire early to ensure your child has a t-shirt).

Parents can purchase tickets from the office for $5 each.

Dance Splash

Wednesday 19th September

Students from the Dance Elective will be performing their work at Dance Splash on Wednesday 19th September in the Michael Fowler Centre from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Tickets can be purchased from our office for $5 each.

Building Updates

Parents interested in our latest building updates can access the “Building Diary” via the front page of our website.

Te Wiki O Te Reo

Next week is Te Wiki O Te Reo and our Kākā and Kūkupa students will be joining the Wellington Parade from Parliament to Te Ngakau (Civic Square) on Monday 10 September. Parents have already been notified of this trip (click here to read trip information). If you can help out please indicate this on the Parent Help Form. Students should wear their blue Ridgway t-shirts on this day.

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.

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.

Entertainment Books

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 $443.00.

To see some of the amazing offers inside go to entertainmentbook.co and scroll down to “click to read” to order your 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)

MoST Content Management V3.0.7013