A to Z information directory

Please find below an A to Z guide of all our school information. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact the office (office@ridgway.school.nz / 939 8771).

Absences

According to New Zealand law, all children enrolled at school must attend unless they are sick. If your child is sick, please phone the school office before 8:55 a.m. Please also let us know if your child will be arriving later than 9:00 am. A system is in place to follow up on any child who is not present for roll call if parents have not phoned the office.

If you need to collect your child before 3 pm (eg for a medical appointment), please call into the school office and fill in the Early Leaving book.

Family holidays during school time

Parents and caregivers are asked to seek approval from the Principal for any absences arising from family holidays taken outside normal school holidays.

After School Care

Enjoy Childcare is the independent OSCAR approved after school care option available at school. They operate a programme on site.

For more information about Enjoy Childcare visit their website www.enjoychildcare.co.nz/ or call 022 651 0773

Arriving at school and collection after school

We prefer children to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. Parents should not to drop children at school earlier than 8:30 a.m. as teachers appreciate having time to prepare for the day without children present.

At the end of the day, our new entrant children must be collected from their classroom by a parent, caregiver or older sibling.

Assemblies

Whole school assemblies are usually held in the middle and at the end of the term. Dates and times will be posted on the school events calendar.

Whole school assemblies are formal occasions when we meet to sing, congratulate students who have represented Ridgway School or have achieved particularly well, and occasionally to listen to a visiting speaker.

All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend assemblies and hui..

Behaviour

In 2014 we became a PB4L-SW (Positive Behaviour for Learning - School Wide) school. You can find out more about PB4L-School Wide from the NZ Ministry of Education.

We teach children the expectations we have for how everyone (adults and children) should act in various school situations and acknowledge children's positive behaviour.

Parents are notified of any concerns regarding their child's behaviour. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Board of Trustees

See the Board area of this website.

Bullying

We take all reported incidents of bullying very seriously. Bullying is a social problem that can have a serious and long lasting impact on those who are targeted.

At Ridgway we work hard to provide children with an environment where bullying cannot thrive and take all reports of bullying behaviour very seriously. We do a range of things to teach children how to recognise and respond to bullying and also to preserve a school culture where bullying has no place.

we teach children how to be respectful, responsible, resilient, and resourceful

mini lessons each week
"R card" used to acknowledge positive behaviours


Teachers are trained to use positive behaviour management strategies

teachers actively supervise play areas during morning tea and lunch times

all children are taught ways to peacefully resolve conflict
  • senior students are trained as peer mediators and are available at break times to help younger children to resolve conflict in a peaceful way

  • circle time is used in classes to discuss and resolve problems

  • Friends programme is taught across the school to help children manage their emotions and anxiety

Bus services

Ridgway School is very well served by public transport - buses stop directly outside the school.

  • The #7 bus route is from the CBD to Kingston, along The Ridgway.

  • The #21 bus route links Ridgway, Vogeltown and Berhampore.

  • The #29 route runs between the Ridgway and Island Bay.

For maps, fares and timetables, see the MetLink website http://www.metlink.org.nz/network-map/

BYOD

We encourage all students from Year 4 - Year 8 to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to school. All students in Years 6 - 8 require an appropriate device that they can use at school daily. Students in Years 5 - 6 are strongly encouraged to also bring an appropriate device.

Cellphones

Cellphones should be treated as valuable items (like money) and can be given to the class teacher to lock away for safekeeping during the day. We cannot take responsibility for valuable items that are lost or damaged if they have not been handed in.

At times, especially in the senior school, it may be appropriate for a student to use their cell phone in class. Students could, for example, use the calculator function or take photos of a science experiment they are doing. In these instances, students are expected to take responsibility for caring for their phones and using them appropriately. Phones may not be used during break times.

Children using phones inappropriately at school will have them confiscated and parents will be contacted to collect them from the office.

Children should not use their cell phones to contact parents for any reason during the school day. If they are unwell they must report to the office. Office staff will contact parents if this is necessary.

Charter

The School Charter incorporates our school Mission Statement, and sets out a framework within which all school activities are conducted. It provides a benchmark against which we can measure our progress and performance. The Charter is reviewed regularly to ensure it remains relevant to the needs of our community.

Clothing

Ridgway School does not have a uniform. We expect children to wear sensible clothing and shoes appropriate for school activities and the time of year. Please remember to name all items.

We do have a school t-shirt, which we encourage children to wear while representing the school at sports events or on class trips. Ask at the school office if you would like to buy a school t-shirt.

We would appreciate donations of t-shirts once your children have outgrown them or left school, for lending.

Communication


Dental treatment

The Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service provides free dental care to all children from birth to year 8 across the Wellington Region. Ridgway School students receive dental treatment at the Newtown Hub. Parents/caregivers will need to ring 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) for an appointment, if their child is in pain or if there are any concerns.

EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom)

The Wellington region is very rich in learning opportunities and resources, and we take full advantage of these, with visits to Te Papa, art galleries, plays and concerts offered from time to time. We also bring in outside visitors to enrich teaching programmes. Parents' consent is sought at the start of the year for all EOTC trips. Parent help with travel and supervision on these trips is often needed.

The EOTC opportunities that are provided at Ridgway School are fully embedded into curriculum programmes, but unfortunately funding provided by the Ministry of Education is not sufficient to cover the full cost . Parents are expected to pay for the EOTC experiences provided. Where extreme hardship would prevent a child from participating, we seek support from various grants or sponsorships.

Emergency preparedness

We are very well-prepared for emergencies. Staff are trained in dealing with a wide range of emergencies, and there is a school policy specifically dealing with emergency situations.

Emergency contact information

When enrolling your child it is essential that you provide alternative contact numbers which may be needed in the event of an emergency. It is essential to tell the school about any special health needs your child/ren may have, such as allergies or medication requirements.

If you have any change in your circumstances, it is vital that you inform the school office about any changes to your address, work and home phone numbers, emergency contact numbers, care or custody arrangements and changes to your child's health status.

Enrichment programmes

These vary from year to year depending on the availability of tuition. In 2019, the following options are offered:

  • Guitar, piano and violin lessons during school hours

  • Chess Club during school hours

  • German lessons

Enrolment

To enrol your child at Ridgway School, please contact the School Office to arrange a time to come in and fill in the necessary forms. These include a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunisation certificate. Our school zone is in place from the start of 2021.

We encourage children approaching school age (at around 4 years 10 months) to come to our pre-entry sessions with their parent or caregiver. These sessions are very beneficial in helping children become familiar with the school and its routines, and for parents to get to know the school, staff and other parents.

Please note that the parent or caregiver must stay with the child during these visits.

Healthy eating

The school promotes healthy eating habits. Lollies, chewing gum and fizzy or other high sugar drinks are not allowed at school.

Lunchtimes

At the beginning of lunch time, children must sit down to eat their lunch (this is a health and safety requirement). Teaching staff supervise children to ensure that children do not skip this meal. When they have finished eating, children may go to play.

ICT User Agreement

We believe in a digital citizenship model for supporting safe and responsible use of the internet in teaching and learning. All students using digital technologies at Ridgway School must agree to use ICT responsibly and sign our user agreement.

Injury or illness

There is a first aid/medical room opposite the main entrance. In minor cases, first aid will be given at school. In more serious cases the Accident and Emergency department at Wellington Hospital will be used and parents contacted immediately.

In the event of children becoming ill at school, children will not be taken or sent home unless the parent or caregiver has been contacted first.

Please ensure that your Emergency Contact Details held by the School office are up to date.

Late arrivals

If you bring your child to school after 9:00 a.m., please call in to the school office to let office staff know that you have arrived BEFORE going to class. This is very important, as your child's name will have been entered on the Absence sheet and will need to removed by office staff before they start phoning parents to determine the whereabouts of their child.

Leaving the school grounds

No child is permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless this has been arranged between the school and a parent, caregiver or teacher, or are participating in an approved EOTC activity.

Lost property

Please make sure that all your child's clothing and property (shoes, socks, sweatshirts, coats, lunchboxes, raincoats, school bags) is NAMED. This helps us to return lost and unclaimed property to its owner promptly.

Medication

Where it is necessary for medication to be administered to your child during school hours we require written and signed permission accompanied by detailed instructions of medication, dosage and time to be given. Please complete and sign the Medical Register which is held at the office for this purpose.

Meetings with the Principal and staff

The Principal is usually available to talk to parents and caregivers during the school day and after school, however it is best to arrange an appointment.

Teachers are also happy to talk with parents and caregivers as the need arises. To ensure that the teacher you want to talk to will be available, it is advisable to contact the teacher via email.

Money, valuables and toys

Children should not bring money, valuables or toys to school. If children bring money to school for anything other than paying for special lunches, books or other costs, it must be given to the teacher for safekeeping during the day.

News and information

We send out a newsletter every fortnight (sometimes weekly) and families will receive weekly emails from their whānau teachers..

Office hours

The Office Manager (Raelene Sloper) is in the office from 8:30 am to 4 pm each day.

You can ring the school's number 939-8771 at any time and leave a message on the school's answer machine. We clear the messages regularly at 8:30 am, during the day and between 2:30-2:50 pm every day. We attend to phone messages promptly. You can also email office@ridgway.school.nz.

Payments

Payments to the school can be made in the following ways:

  • By calling into the school office and paying by cash or EFTPOS.

  • By internet banking, using our bank account number 12 3141 0104464 00. Be sure to put your child's name and the nature of the payment on the transaction for your records and our own. Please advise the office of your internet payment, by emailing office@ridgway.school.nz with details of your child's name, class, amount and the item being paid.

  • By sending the payment to school with your child, in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name, class, amount and item being paid. Please ensure that your child hands this envelope to their classroom teacher.

All payments received will be processed and a receipt sent home with your child.

Please note that payments for Ashton Scholastic Book Club payments are separate to school payments and should be handed into the office to give to the organiser.

Road patrol

The two pedestrian crossings near the school are patrolled before and after school by senior students and a duty teacher or parent. The times patrolled are:

Morning: 8:30-8:50 am

Afternoon: 3:00-3:10 pm

The students are trained with the help of the Police Traffic Safety Branch. Parents are asked to cooperate with children who are on duty, and to encourage good road sense in their own children.

Parents who wish to help the school can be of great assistance by volunteering to be on duty one morning or afternoon per week, to free up teachers before and after school hours. Please contact the school office if you can join the roster.

School hours

See also: arrivals, late arrivals, after school

School photos

Once a year, a professional photographer visits the school. You will get ample warning beforehand. Orders can be placed for individual, family, class and sports team photos.

School routines and safety rules

  • Wide brimmed sunhats are worn while outside on sunny days in Terms 1 & 4

  • During morning interval, children are to eat their morning tea inside for five minutes before going out to play.

  • At lunchtime, children eat their lunch from 12:40-12:55 pm inside their classroom. This is supervised by their teacher. Children may then go to play after checking that the area/classroom is clean and tidy with no rubbish.

  • We encourage healthy eating - no lollies or fizzy drink at school.

  • Children must not leave the school grounds during the school day unless they have permission from their teacher. They MUST check out at the office before leaving, and check back in again.

Smokefree status

Smoking is not allowed in the school buildings or grounds at any time.

Spare clothing for accidents

Accidents and spills do happen. The school has some spare clothes available, particularly for the younger children.

Special education

Group Special Education Service (GSE) has specialists trained to help children with special learning needs, emotional difficulties or social problems. You can find out more about Special Education services on the Ministry of Education website or call 0800 622 222. Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLBs) are specialist teachers who support schools to meet the specific learning needs of children.

If your child needs specialist help we will, in consultation with you, make a referral to the RTLB service.

Sports programme and sports teams

Children take part in a full health and fitness programme, learning the skills of both winter and summer sports. The school actively encourages children to take up a range of sports. We have a number of school teams playing inter-school games for example netball and miniball. Parental assistance is always needed. If you are interested in becoming involved, please let the office know.

Class Stationery

At the start of the school year, all students are provided with a Stationery List. This includes a range of exercise books, dictionary requirements, pencils, rulers etc. Stationery may be bought from any stationery outlet. Stationery Lists are available on the front page of the website. If extra stationery is needed during the year a note will be sent home informing you of what is required (e.g. boards for science fair posters).

Supervision in the school grounds

We are fortunate to have spacious and sheltered school grounds - the upper area around the school buildings, and the lower playing field. This latter is in shared ownership with the City Council and has a Council sports field. The upper level includes our adventure playground. At morning interval and lunchtime, two staff members are rostered to patrol the grounds.

Support services available

All children in their first year at school have their vision and hearing tested by a specially trained nurse. As part of the enrolment process you will be asked to sign a consent form for these tests. Parents will be notified if any problems are identified. Good hearing and vision are critical to progress in learning, and any problems with be followed up with appropriate referrals.

A speech therapist visits the school on request to check on children with speech difficulties.

Sun protection

Sunhats

It is school policy that all children must wear a wide-brimmed sunhat while outside during Term 1 and Term 4. Hats can be purchased from the school office, but children may wear any suitable hat.

Sunscreen

We encourage parents to provide their children with sunscreen to ensure adequate sun protection when they are outside.

Swimming tuition

All children who are learning to swim take part in our Learn to Swim programme either at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie or Little Makos in Berhampore.

The costs of these classes must be covered fully by parents, and cover pool entry, qualified instructors and transport to and from the pool.

Swimming is compulsory and children must take part unless they are sick. A note from the parent is required if children are to be excused from swimming tuition. On swimming days, children need to bring their swimming gear (togs, towel, goggles) to school.

Toys

Children should keep their toys at home and play with them after school.

Voluntary donation

Parents are asked to make a voluntary donation each year. In 2019, it is set at $240 per child per year. For those families with two children it is $432 and three children families pay $648. We are happy to spread payments either term by term or monthly, whichever is easier. The funds are used for teaching resources for the school. This donation is tax-deductible. If you pay it before 31 March each year, you can claim the rebate with your tax return the same year.

How to claim your rebate

Because this payment is a donation, you are entitled to receive a rebate of 33% (payment for trips, activities and Year 7& 8 technology materials are not eligible for this rebate). To claim your rebate, save all your voluntary donation receipts for the tax year (1 April to 31 March) and send them to the IRD along with a completed rebate claim form (IR 526) for that year.

To obtain a copy of the rebate claim form:

  1. Go to the Inland Revenue website www.ird.govt.nz;

  2. Go to the Forms and Guides section (on the lower right hand side);

  3. Categorise the forms by number, and locate form IR 526 which can be downloaded and printed out;

  4. You can also obtain an IR 526 form by phoning 0800 257 773 and following the prompts. You will need your IRD number on hand;

  5. You may also be able to claim childcare costs (such as Pridelands) using the same form. See the fact sheet IR 525 for details;

  6. Send the completed form, with all receipts attached, to: Inland Revenue, PO Box 39090, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045.

You should receive your refund within 6 weeks of lodging the claim. Also, note that you can claim rebates for donations made up to five years ago - if you still have the receipts.

Zone

Our school has a zone from the start of 2021.

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