Friday 5 May

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

Sickness everywhere!

We’re getting hit pretty hard at the moment with a respiratory virus and a gastro bug.  Please keep your children at home if they’re sick so we can try to contain the spread of these nasty bugs. Thoughts and prayers to those dealing with multiple illnesses in their family at the moment!  One sick child is hard enough but more than that…you all deserve medals, and sleep. 

The Saints basketball session

Our favourite Wellington team came and ran a session with our basketballers earlier this week. Thanks Christine and John for organising!

Cross Country Postponement - Monday 8 May

We will run this on Monday afternoon as, according to the weather forecast, it’s looking like the best day next week! The first race starts at 1.10.  Everyone is welcome to come and support. They start and finish on the field. 

Warm up - 5 mins prior to run time

Run Time

Year 1 All


Year 2 All


Year 5 Girls


Year 5 Boys


Year 6 Girls


Year 6 Boys


Year 7 & 8 Girls


Year 7 & 8 Boys


Year 3 Girls


Year 3 Boys


Year 4 Girls


Year 4 Boys



Upcoming Events

8 May - School Cross Country

16 May - Southern Zones Cross Country 

18 May - Vision and Hearing for new entrants (and children not previously screened) and Year 7 Vision Screening

19 May - Pink Shirt Day

26 May - Mid term assembly 2.15pm

5 June - King’s Birthday Public Holiday

8 and 9 June - School Photos

9 June - Year 7 & 8 Immunisations

20-21 June - Noho Marae Year 4 - 6 at Pipitea 

28 - 30 June - Scholastic Book Fair

29 June - Last day of term and end of term assembly at 9.15

30 June - Teacher Only Day, Learning Conferences all day

Community Notices

Mia Hargreaves’ family challenge - Challenge MS

Some of you will remember Mia Hargreaves who was here until 2022 and her lovely mum Amanda. 
The Hargreaves whānau and the MS research team at Te Herenga Waka are involved in a fundraiser called Challenge MS, raising money for a Masters research scholarship focused on Multiple Sclerosis. 
If we raise $20,000 Mia's mum, Amanda, will shave all her hair off on 30 May, World MS Day. Surely people will pay to see that!

You can read more about Challenge MS here and Mia’s grandmother's story here.
Please share this with your whānau and network. If you want to get involved, contact You may even be up for a shave too, Amanda would love some company 😊
Thanks for your support.

Online Peace Art Competition

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers,
The International Women's Peace Group is very excited to invite your child to partake in our upcoming Online Peace Art Competition which is taking place at 10 am on Saturday 13th May!
The competition is held on Zoom for Year 4-6 students, providing two hours of free entertainment and the opportunity to get creative, promote peace and win some awesome prizes (winning artworks will even be sent overseas with further chances to win)!  
The Peace Art Competition is a two-hour-long event, providing children with entertainment, the opportunity to get creative, and the chance to win some fantastic prizes! Participants will have the one hour provided to create their artwork and give a short written explanation of their work based on the theme "What does 'Peace' mean to you?". The final artwork must be done within one hour of creating time, however, everyone is free to create a draft of their art and write out their explanation in the days leading up to the competition (this could even be a class activity!). The explanation can be attached to their artwork during the event.
Register your child by Wednesday 10th May to participate, here's the link:
We look forward to seeing your tamariki's talented artworks and smiling faces.

Ngā mihi,
Sarah Patterson
Deputy Principal
Te Kura o Tawatawa - Ridgway School

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