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Term 3, Week 9, Newsletter 4 (sent 17 September 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.

Art Splash

Monday 17 September

Every second year we make it compulsory for all children in Years 4 -6 to participate in the Art Splash choir. While many children initially feel reluctant or find this a bit daunting, it is a wonderful experience that gives them a small taste of what it is like to be part of a large scale event. Taking part helps them to develop resilience as they overcome their nerves and rise to the challenge of performing. Thank you whānau members for supporting your tamariki to be part of Art Splash. If you haven't already got tickets, you can buy these at the Michael Fowler Centre tonight ahead of the performance. Parents need to get their children to door 31 in the Michael Fowler Centre by 7pm, and collect from from the same place at 8.45pm

Art Splash details

7pm - Children meet at Door 31 (top floor)

7.30pm - Performance starts

After the performance parents must pick up children from the same place - Door 31

(If you are not watching the performance, please be waiting at Door 31 to collect your child by 8.40pm.)

Children wear blue Ridgway t-shirts

Dance Splash

Wednesday 19 September

Students from the Dance Elective have been working hard over the term to choreograph and rehearse their dance which they'll be performing at Dance Splash on Wednesday this week in the Michael Fowler Centre. If you haven't yet bought tickets, these will be available from the Michael Fowler Centre on the night.

Dance Splash details

Dancers meet at Door 7 at 7pm

Collect your dancer after the show at 8.40pm from the same Door

Minutes taker for Board of Trustees meetings

After nearly 10 years of service, Anneleah Thornburrow has resigned as minutes taker for the board of Trustees. Anneleah has faithfully carried out this role for 3 boards and is resigning to give herself more time for herself! (She'll still be working in the office.)

The board are now looking for a new minutes taker.

This involves

  • attending board meetings twice a term and recording minutes on a Google Doc,

  • preparing minutes for board approval using board minutes format

  • sharing minutes to board members via Google Drive

The board usually meet on a Wednesday night. If you'd like to take on this paid role, please contact me (principal@ridgway.school.nz).

Mural & Art Exhibition

Local kaumatua Peter Jackson and Jude Jackson blessed our mural last Thursday, and Barbara Russell cut the ribbon.

We had a large turn out last week for the blessing of our first mural by Peter Jackson. Our Ridgway School community certainly displayed lots of resilience by braving the bitter cold to be part of this auspicious occasion.

We've called this mural Tōku Kainga (My place). It shows our view of Wellington harbour and depicts us, our location and our values. The birds reference the people in our school community as these bird are the names we use for our whānau rōpū (learning teams). Our school values are represented by the koru (Takohanga/responsibility), the wind turbine (kakama/resourcefulness), a boat (manawaroa/resilience), although this hasn't quite sailed into the harbour yet) and the birds (manaaki/respect). There is a strong environmental theme in this work, which highlights that we embrace the guiding principles of Enviroschools.

Under the guidance of teacher Libby Hainsworth, every Ridgway student had the opportunity to be involved in the mural work during Term 3. The ideas for the design all came from students, and every element was drawn by children from different parts of the school.

Of course there were many people involved in actually making the mural happen. Barbara Russell, grandmother of former and current students, was instrumental in our school receiving a generous donation from Tawa Arts and Crafts group of which she was a member. Tōku Kainga is the first of the 3 murals we plan to make with this money between 2018 and 2020. We also acknowledge the support of Mike Barker who has offered advice on materials and installed the panels, as well as Ridgway staff who all played their part.

Building updates

Work will be starting in the holidays on both sandpit and shade structures and on the junior toilet and roof project. There is also a possibility that fencing contractors will be in to upgrade fences around the school.

During the holidays, much of the school playground will be fenced off and will become a building site, and contractors' vehicles will be in the school grounds to access these sites. For everyone's safety, please stay well clear of construction work over the upcoming holidays.

Remember to go to the Building Diary to keep up to date with the latest news about building work.

Yummy Stickers

If you've been collecting Yummy Stickers, and we hope you have, it's now time to bring your collections back to school. Hand these in at the office by the end of next week at the latest (Friday 21 September) so we can cash these in for PE equipment. It really does make a difference to get this extra equipment and we really appreciate you collecting the Yummy stickers and bag coupons.

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.

Sick children

There are lots of nasty bugs around and we've noticed an upsurge in student sickness over the last couple of weeks. Please keep your child home if they are unwell so they can recover. If you are keeping your child home due to sickness please phone the office (04 939 8771) and let us know before school starts for the day.

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 and you can access it via our website or subscribe to it using the URL to keep up to date.

Te wiki o te Māori

Learning te reo Māori is a key plank in our school languages strategy, and we are developing a comprehensive programme of learning that all teachers will use in 2019. To support us in this, staff will be involved in weekly te reo Māori learning. We have already started our extension te reo group, which Pam Clarke is teaching. Children wishing to be part of this group should contact her via email; pam@ridgway.school.nz.

Kūkupa and Kākā whānau at the hikoi to mark the opening of te wiki o te reo last week.

Art Calendars are still able to be ordered.

We will close orders on Wednesday 19th September.

Next week...

On Monday next week (24 Septembr) we are hosting a Chess Tournament with a number of teams coming from other schools. This tournament runs all day and our Chess tutor, Mark van der Hoorn, will be officiating.

The last day of term (Friday 28 September) is "Loud Shirt Day". We'd like to support the NZ deaf community by collecting a gold coin donation from anyone who'd like to contribute. Students are encouraged to dress up loud!

Noho ora mai

Kathryn Smith



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 $500.00.

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)

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