Newsletter Friday 4 December 2020

He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa - warm greetings to all.

Organisation for 2021


Derek Champion and Julie Hanify


Danielle Neale, Laura Cherry, Josie Carson


Harriette Cowan and Daniel Crow


Pam Clarke and Libby Hainsworth


Nicolas Delaire and Lucy King (part time)

Transition to new classes

We are running three transition times where children will spend time with their teachers for next year. This gives children and teachers a chance to spend time together and sets them up for success next year.

Staff farewells

This year we are saying goodbye to Sue Campbell. Sue is leaving to take on a new role as Learning Support Coordinator which is an exciting career move for her.

Reporting to parents

Just a reminder that our reporting is done via Seesaw. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child's teacher. The final comment will be a star comment (which tells you how wonderful your child is).

If you want to have a paper copy of how your child has gone over the year, you can easily print out the summary by clicking on the … (3 little dots) in the bottom right of the post and printing from there. If you would like to download their Seesaw journal you can follow these instructions.

Please remember that by using our app you can see assessment data anytime. If you click on the "Assessments" icon within the app you are able to see how your child has done in the assessments that we use to monitor progress and achievement in core learning areas.

Books and reading over the holidays

Children are able to take books out over the holidays and the classroom teachers will organise this with the children over the next week. If you do have books at home from this term it would be great if they could be returned so other children can get them out. Children are also able to access our elibrary and get books out on a device.

You can access Ridgway School's eBook collection from any browser or device via this link

All students have a username in the following format: firstname.lastname The password (case sensitive) is: Responsible1

Wellington City Libraries also have an online collection that you can access with your library card. There are loads of audio books available through the library as well (

Upcoming building work

We can now announce that Naylor Love will be building our new school. They are not wasting any time at all, and will be working through December and January to prepare the site for the work of building our new school to start about the same time as we start our new school year. The old buildings will come down in the middle of January, so when we return to school at the start of February, things will look very different! The school will come together on 4 February to bless the site, and work on the new building will begin on the very next day. You can find out more about the building project in the building diary.

Reminder about events

Tuesday 8 December - Sports Day on the field in the morning - parents welcome

Tuesday 8 December - Water fight on the field at 1.30pm

Wednesday 9 December - Junior final assembly 2pm at Vogelmorn Hall - all welcome

Thursday 10 December - Senior final assembly 2pm at Vogelmorn Hall - all welcome

Friday 11 December - Ridgway's Got Talent - two shows - 1.30pm and 2.15pm (the two shows are exactly the same, just the audiences change due to space restrictions)

Monday 14 December - final day of the term, clean up day.

Keeping up the kindness - holiday baskets

Thanks to those who have donated and nominated. We are still collecting to make like holiday baskets of treats to donate to families in need within our community. If you know of a family who would benefit from a basket of treats to make their Christmas brighter, please nominate them here. If you are in a position to help, we would love a donation towards our holiday hampers. We are looking for things like chocolate, coffee, herbal tea, holiday treats, bubbles (or sparkling grape juice), small gifts, biscuits and this sort of thing. Please bring to the office.

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