Reporting to Whānau

Ridgway School formally reports to parents about the progress their children have made in their learning via a digital portfolio using the Seesaw platform and Learning Conferences. We also send home a written report at the end of the year which summarises student achievement in the core learning areas of literacy and numeracy and performance against our school values curriculum.

Digital Portfolio

Every child has a Seesaw digital portfolio and this is our main way of reporting on progress and achievement. Throughout the year teachers and students add samples of work along with comments that explain how the piece of work shows where the student is at in their learning. We encourage parents to also make comments on their children's posts to acknowledge the effort and progress they are making.

Student Led Learning Conferences

Children attend Learning Conferences with their whānau so that they can explain to their parents, with the help of their teacher, what they have learnt. These conferences are important for helping parents to understand how they can support their child's learning at home and for helping the teacher better understand each individual child. In 2019 we are changing the structure of these. Conferences will now be led by the student, and teachers will only be involved for part of the conference time.

Goal Setting Conference

The first Learning Conference for students is a Goal Setting Conference early in the first Term.

Students and their families are asked to consider the student's strengths, interests, personal goals and learning needs prior to the conference so that these can be discussed. Assessment information from the previous year will also be referred to (teachers will have access to school records) and the child's digital portfolio will illustrate where they are at in their learning.

This first conference is invaluable for both families and teachers as it enables everyone to get to know each other and gives an opportunity for clear directions to be set for learning.

Mid-year Conference

A second Learning Conference will be held in the middle of the year. The student, with the support of their teacher, will explain what they have learnt and how they have progressed towards their goals. New goals will be set and the ways that whanau will help at home will be agreed.

Written Report

Our written reports consist of one "Star Comment", an overall teacher judgement relating to our values, and an overall teacher judgement relating to achievement in the core learning areas of reading, writing, and maths.

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