Newsletter - Friday 22 July

He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
Bonjour à toutes nos familles

Opening Celebration - seated by 8.55am

Our Opening Celebration is first thing on Monday morning and will be held inside the new building, rather than starting outside and walking into the building as we originally thought.  All children need to go upstairs with their bags when they arrive at school on Monday morning. Children do not enter through the main entrance, but rather down the walkway off The Ridgeway and they will be directed by teachers to head upstairs.  If children could be at school by 8.45 at the latest that would be helpful.  Parents will be seated in the Tawa space (which is the collaboration space downstairs) for the celebration. Everyone needs to be inside and seated by 8.55 otherwise they have to wait outside until after the blessing. Masks are required for attendance. 


Opening Evening

If you can’t make the Opening Celebration, you are welcome to come to school on Thursday 28 July, between 5 - 6 pm to have a look around.  Nothing formal, just an opportunity to ogle at the beautiful new building!


Mask Wearing in Term 3

Following advice from the Ministry of Education, we will continue to ask our Year 4 and up to wear masks at school.  We encourage all our children across the school to wear masks. 

 Entrances to the school

Entrance for students to the school is via the side doors rather than through the main entrance into the office.  They can walk down the walkway off The Ridgeway to get to their space.  If you’re around at the weekend you may want to come and have a walk down there to practice. We are still waiting on signage for the walkway to indicate it’s the student entrance. 

Learning Conferences - now open to book

Learning Conferences are open for parent bookings. Event Code to book:  ydref

Friday 29th July - 

Kēreru/Kāka in VBC Upstairs room - 9am to 3pm.

Tuesday 2nd August -

Tūi and Kēreru/Kāka - 9am to 2.45pm at VBC, then 3.30pm to 6pm at school.

Kōtare - 3.30pm to 6pm at school.

Wednesday 3rd August - 

All rooms 3.30pm to 8pm at school.

Thursday 4th August -

Kōtare - 9am to 2.45pm at VBC upstairs room and 3.30pm to 6pm at school.

Tūi and Kēreru/Kāka - 3.30pm to 6pm at school

Board of Trustees election

Nomination forms for board electionshave been emailed out, so if you’re thinking about standing, check your inbox. Regular reminders will be emailed.

Main Roll Closes                    13 July

Nominations Called by           15 July

Supplementary Roll Closes    1 August

Nominations Close                 3 August

Invitation to Vote                    10 August

Election Day                           7 September

Declaration of Result             13 September

New board in place                14 September


Upcoming Events

Term 3: Swimming (starts Week 2 August 2nd, Year 1 - 3 Tuesday, Year 4 - 8 Friday)

Monday 25 July: Opening celebration for our new building, 9am

Wednesday 27 July:  Noho marae Year 4, 5 and 6

Thursday 28 July: Open evening 5 - 6pm

Monday 1 August: Kahui ako hui - school shuts at 1pm

2, 3, 4 August: Learning conferences

4 August:  Swimming Sports

Monday 8 and Monday 15 August: School photos 

Tuesday 16 August: Spellathon test (Year 5 - 8)

19 August: Calendar art orders due

31 August - 2 September: Year 5 & 6 Camp at Forest Lakes

7 September: Board Election

12 - 15 September: Year 7 & 8 Camp Makahika

Community Page

You can find out more about what’s happening in the community here


Ngā mihi.

Sarah Taylor

Deputy Principal

Ridgway School

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