Friday 24 March

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

Support your child with their te reo learning

In extension te reo, children have been learning how to ask ‘what are you doing?’ and to reply ‘I am_____’. 

Kei te aha koe?  Kei te ______ ahau. 

They have been learning words that you can use in these sentences like: moe - sleep, hikoi - walk, oma - run, korero - talk, kai - eat, whakarongo - listen, kanikani - dance.

Just put the verb in the gap and you’re away!  For example:

Kei te aha koe?  Kei te kanikani ahau.  (What are you doing? I am dancing.)

Farewell to Julie Hanify

Sadly our time is nearing for Julie’s departure from Te Kura o Tawatawa / Ridgway School.  We are planning to have afternoon tea on Thursday 30 March from 4.30 - 5.30pm to celebrate all the wonderful memories that Julie has created for our whānau and their tamariki. If you would like to come and join us and say farewell to Julie, please feel free to come along and say a haere ra / bon voyage / auf wiedersen.

Support safe travel for all in our neighbourhood - March 30th, 5.30pm

There are a lot of members of the community who are worried about traffic safety near the school. Come and hear about the work being done by Te Kura o Tawatawa and whānau to improve traffic safety in our neighbourhood. This event is in support of ‘Movin’ March’, where schools across the motu are encouraged to walk, scoot or pedal to school. Come along and join the conversation.

Bike Track Working Bees

Thanks to all the volunteers who’ve made it along so far to these working bees.  There is still a lot of work to do!  Come along on any of the next four Sundays from 3pm - 6pm. We’d love to get it all done!  He rau ringa e oti ai (many hands make light work).


Yummy stickers

We are collecting Yummy stickers for apples. Please collect them for us and then bring them in so we can get some new PE gear!

Upcoming Events

All of March:  Movin’ March

Bike Track Refresh: 

Sundays 3 - 6pm (26 March, 2 April, 9 April and 16 April)

30 March: Farewell to Julie Hanify 4.-30 to 5.30 and ‘Support Safe Travel’ korero at school 5.30pm

5 April: End of term assembly at 9.15am

6 April: Teacher Only Day - school closed

7 April: Good Friday and start of school holidays

24 April: Teacher Only Day

25 April: Anzac Day

26 April: First day of Term 2

4 May: School Cross Country

16 May: Southern Zones Cross Country

19 May: Pink Shirt Day

Community Notices

Hoop Camp

Are you looking for an engaging and fun activity for your kids during the upcoming school break? Look no further than Hoop Kids Autumn Camp!

Our camp provides a unique opportunity for girls and boys of all skill levels, whether just starting out or looking to take their game to the next level. Our coaches and trainers will deliver 6 hours of daily instruction focusing on fundamental development while creating a positive and supportive environment that encourages making new friends and building confidence.

At Hoop Kids Autumn Camp, children are encouraged to progress at their own pace and ability without the pressure of competition. The camp is open to kids from Years 3 - 8 and offers a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced.

Join us from Tuesday, 11th April to Thursday, 13th April, at the Ākau Tangi Sports Centre from 9 am - 3 pm. The cost for this unforgettable experience is $155. to register

Ministry of Education bulletin

Consultation on schools’ planning and reporting regulations and supports

Changes to how schools and kura plan and report came into effect on 1 January 2023.

 There are transitional arrangements in place until new regulations take effect from mid-2023, and ahead of schools and kura having their first strategic plans in place by 2024. You can find more information at Education and Training Act 2020: Improving schools’ planning and reporting.

 As you may be aware, from 13 March to 6 April, we are consulting on draft Regulations, which provides the detailed requirements for key school planning and reporting documents. We are also  engaging with schools, whānau and communities to help further develop material to support schools and communities with the changes.

 You can view the draft regulations and support material at Kōrero Mātauranga.

 As part of this consultation, we are holding some online workshops to run through the changes and gather feedback on the draft regulations and support material. 

  • Wednesday 5 April – for parents, whānau, and communities – to share their thoughts on how they would like schools to work with them in their planning and reporting processes, to ensure that schools plans meet the needs of all learners.

  • 3:30pm – 5pm, or 7pm – 8:30pm

If you would like to register for a workshop, please email with the date and time that you would like to attend.


If you are not available for attending an online workshop, you can also have you say via the online surveys on Kōrero Mātauranga website.

Ngā mihi

Sarah Patterson

Deputy Principal

Te Kura o Tawatawa - Ridgway School

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