Friday 18 November

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

Kapa haka performance opportunity!

Our kapa haka has been asked by the National Library to open their exhibition called ‘The Long Waves of our Ocean: New Responses to Pacific Poems’.  This is on Friday 26 November at 5.30.  They will provide a bus for us to get there and back.  If your child would like to be part of the performance you can drop them at school at 4.15 and they would return back around 6.30 (times approximate at this stage). As our entire school are part of kapa haka, we are asking who would like to be part of this performance. The group that opened an exhibition at the National Library three years ago did an amazing job which is why we’ve been invited back. Please fill out this form if your child will be participating. You are also welcome to attend the opening. 

Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is an enduring and dynamic cultural force, and an influence on artistic practice in Aotearoa and the Pacific. For this exhibition, early-career artists Sione Faletau, Ayesha Green, Turumeke Harrington, Ana Iti, Sione Tuívailala Monū, Ammon Ngakuru and James Tapsell-Kururangi have created new artworks made in response to a selection of poems by Alistair Campbell, Keri Hulme, J. C. Sturm, Hone Tuwhare and Albert Wendt.


These artists and writers address Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa in its varied and shifting roles, engaging with fictions and histories and encouraging us to inhabit new perspectives. The long waves of our ocean searches for the shape of poetry beyond written or spoken language, describing waves of influence using new materials and images. Hanahiva Rose is the exhibition’s curator.

Stationery lists for 2023

Stationery lists for 2023 will be out next week! Note that if your child is in Ruru, their stationery requirements have been incorporated into their mainstream class lists (Year 0 - 2 Kōtare, Year 3 - 4 Tūī, Year 5 - 6 Kererū, Year 7 - 8 Kākā).

Community Immunity

The vaccination centre on Taranaki Street is holding a community vaccination event this Sunday. 
All ages welcome, no appointments necessary.

Any library books?

If you have any library books or readers at home please send them back in so we can do our stocktake before the end of the year. 

German movie opportunity

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut New Zealand warmly invite you to attend the screening of Zu weit weg – A universal tale for the whole family about friendship, uprooting, beginning anew and the love of football. The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.  Entry is free.

When? Sunday 20 November, 2pm

Where? Penthouse Cinema, 205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn, Wellington

RSVP essential (limited seating) by Friday 18 November via email to:

 For further information about the film please visit ZU WEIT WEG


Upcoming Event

24 November: Year 7 & 8 Immunisation (date change)

28 November (across the week): Ridgway’s Got Talent auditions

12 December: Year 8 Farewell 6pm - 7pm 

13 December: Ridgway’s Got Talent 

15 December: final assemblies (junior assembly 9.15am and senior assembly 2.15)

19 December: final day of the year / clean up day.

Ngā mihi,
Sarah Taylor
Deputy Principal
Ridgway School

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