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Term 4, Week 21, Newsletter 6 (sent 26 October)

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.

Athletics Day

We had a really great athletics day yesterday at Newtown Park. We totally rely on parents to help run events and are grateful to those of you that gave up a day to be part of the action. It was also lovely to have lots of spectators. Thank you for staying outside the fence as requested. Well done parents for your win in the relay!

The Sandpit

We were thrilled to arrive back at school to find that the sandpit was full of sand. While we weren't looking someone wonderful has been in and got very busy with a shovel and a broom. A huge big thank you to that person!

Official Opening Ceremony

We will be holding an official opening ceremony to which parents will be invited in the near future, but dates and details are not yet confirmed. This will be where we express our gratefulness to the many people who have played a part in getting our new sandpit and also our new shelter structure or 'outside classroom'. Both of these structures are covered and will provide protection from both the sun and the rain, allowing important play to continue even in marginal weather.

Bell rings at 8.45am on Monday

On Monday morning (29 October) we'll be starting the school day slightly earlier. All classes will gather at 8.50am at the sandpit. Our kapa haka tutor, Henare Parata will say a karakia and then the school will sing a waiata. After that children will be able to play in these areas and enjoy the shelters (well they'll actually go straight back to class, but I'm sure the sandpit will be very full at morning tea time). The bell will ring at 8.45am, please try to arrive at school before this time. If your child does arrive later, they should just join their class at the sandpit. Parents are always welcome so if you want to be there for this informal occasion do join us. We'll be singing Whakataka Te Hau - learn the words here if you are not familiar with this waiata.

The Big Dig
Remember that the BIG DIG is on Thursday next week. We've invited all families to sign up (so we can be prepared for you) and join us on Thursday evening to plant around the new sandpit and also on the bank area. Sign up on this form.

Skills Track Fundraising Raffle

Tickets for the Skills Track Raffle will be on sale after school next week. Organisers are seeking volunteers to man the raffle table - if you can help, please contact Anna Bridgman (anna.bridgman@gmail.com).

Raffle organisers are also asking parents to sell raffles at their workplace or social events - this way we can reach out to the wider community to support the development of what is a fabulous community resource, rather than trying to raise all the money needed just from Ridgway families. Talk to Anna about this too.

Meet our French Class Teacher

Wednesday 7 November 7 - 8.30pm
There will be a potluck supper on Wednesday 7 November for families of children entering our French bilingual class in 2019. Come along to meet the Teacher, Nicolas Delaire and find out more about how the class will run.

Chess Tournament

Monday 5 November 9.15am - 2.30pm in Room 7
We have our annual Ridgway School chess tournament facilitated by Mark van der Hoorn. Any student who can play chess is welcome to enter, chess club members are free and $5 for non-members. Please sign up on this form.

Thinking ahead to 2019

Planning for 2019 is underway. We would appreciate hearing from you if you know that your child is not returning to Ridgway next year.


Kia pai tō rā whakatā - Have a great weekend!

Kathryn Smith
(Principal)


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