Friday 17 February

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

Oliver’s funeral

Thank you to our school community for all your support on Wednesday, including all the kind messages and words.  Every staff member who wanted to attend was able to, which was really appreciated. It was a lovely but emotional send off for Oliver.  Massive thanks to Jo Nixon for keeping us in the loop, we know how tough this is on you. Kia kaha Jo. 

Meet the Teacher Slides

Ahead of the goal setting conferences, here are slides each team has prepared with a bit of information about them and the spaces. 





Goal Setting Conferences

Click here to make a booking for goal setting conferences. When you click on ‘make a booking’ use the event code hk4xc.

Please book one conference with your child’s kaitiaki teacher.  We will only have enough times available for one conference per child. The conferences will be in classroom spaces so please head there and wait until your time.  (Conferences with Harriette for Kākā students on Tuesday from 9am to 3.00pm will be in Tūtaki - please come and sign in at the office.)  

Days and times as follows: 

Mon 27th Feb 3.30 to 5.00pm - whole school 

Tues 28th Feb 9am to 3.00pm - Kākā only, 3.30 to 5.00pm - whole school

Wednesday 1 March 3.30 to 5.00pm - whole school

Thursday 2nd March 3.30 to 8pm  - whole school

Pōwhiri - February 24 at 9.15

We will be welcoming our new staff, tamariki and their whānau next Friday morning.  You will receive further information about this if you are new to school. Otherwise and as always, all are welcome.  We have a new space to do this in this time round and will gather out the front of the school from 9am.  

Whānau hui Wed 8 March 6pm - 8pm

We invite whānau to join us for a potluck dinner on Wednesday March 8 from 6 - 8pm. Bring kai to share and we will eat between 6 - 6.45.  From 6.45 we will continue the kōrero we started last year about decolonising our school and making it a place where everyone feels like they belong.  The wonderful facilitators from Poutama Pounamu will run this part of the evening. If you are new to the school or didn’t come last year, you are so welcome to join us. Come along and see what it’s all about and enjoy some shared kai.  Children are welcome and there will be supervision for them from 6.45. 

Ridgway T-shirts - have you borrowed one?

We know they’re a hot commodity, but if you borrowed one of these for the performance at the National Library (or for personal use), we need it back! Please just drop it into the office as we have sports teams starting and a distinct lack of hire t-shirts. 

Lucky Book Club

Here is the latest edition of the Lucky Book Club. Cut off date for orders is Friday 24th February

Chess Club

Chess Club is run by our expert chess teacher Mark van der Hoorn every Thursday. He takes a beginner class and an advanced class. It is $30 per term, paid to the office. If you’d like to sign up your child, please fill in this form by Wednesday 22nd Feb. 

Ridgway School Whānau Facebook Group

If you are on facebook, you may want to join this group. It’s run by whānau rather than the school and you can ask questions and get information there. Just search for Ridgway School Whānau Group and ask to join, answer a question and then someone will add you. 

Missing emails 

Sometimes our school emails seem to go to spam folders (funny that), so please make sure you check in those too from time to time. 

Upcoming Events

22 and 23rd February: Our Kids Online Presentation 6.30 - 7.30pm

24 February: Pōwhiri 9.15am

Week beginning 27 February: Learning conferences 

8 March: Whānau Hui evening 6 - 8pm

23 March: Athletics Day Newtown Park 

6 April: Teacher Only Day

7 April: Good Friday and start of school holidays

Community Notices

U R Here

Barbarian Productions bring their radical theatre magic to the great outdoors, transforming a little-known park into an open-world adventure full of weirdness and wonder. Are you ready to play? With a cast of 27 brilliant performers and super-cheap ticketing optins this is an experience for the whole family - especially if they like to move, sing and play!

U R Here is an active event - to explore all of its secrets you’ll need to do a fair bit of walking, mostly on grass and including some gentle hills. There is support for those with limited mobility, but people would be advised to wear sensible shoes.

For more information visit

For Tickets visit

Vogelmorn Upstairs


Welcome to Vogelmorn Upstairs, your very own community bar in the charming upperspace of the Bowling Club. ⁠

~ Striving for zero-waste and great taste ~ ⁠

Vogelmorn Upstairs will stock a delicious range of tap beers and Everyday Natural Wines all sourced within a 150km radius of Vogelmorn.⁠

Swing by from 3pm - 10pm Thursday to Saturday and check out your new spot for locally sourced drinks.⁠

Ngā mihi,
Sarah Patterson
Deputy Principal

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