Friday 20 October

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

Kai and Waiata Night

What a great turn out last night! Thanks so much to everyone who came along and joined us. It was a bit blustery out there but the waiata were great and the sausages and other kai exemplary! Hot on the success of last night, you are invited to join our Whānau Hui group. We would love some more faces, especially as some of the OGs will be leaving the group at the end of this year or end of next year as their babies are now ready for college! Have a look at the flyer below. 

Scarlet Fever

We have had a couple of cases of Scarlet Fever at school. It is obviously going around at the moment as the doctor told the parents they were the third family in the last week with it. It starts with a sore throat/strep throat and then a red rash appears on the upper torso and neck. Apparently it’s easy to misdiagnose so just be aware it’s going around. 

Tea towel fundraiser

Love doing the dishes?  Looking for a perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything? Have we got just the thing for you! Coming your way soon, hot off the printing press, is our Tawatawa - Ridgway tea-towel! A great way to add some colour to your own kitchen and look fabulous drying the dishes or give the gift of stylish dish drying to those you love this Christmas.  Sponsorship from Naylor Love for the tea towels means that all proceeds go to planting around the bike track so you're supporting the beautification of our school!

Kids Voting

Our Year 5 - 8s took part in ‘Kids Voting’ where they got to vote in a mock election but in the same way the adults did. The form and the process were the same. We have now collated the results and the Greens won the party vote with 48% of the vote and the electorate was won by Julie-Ann Genter with 60% of the votes. Labour got 19% of the party vote and came second in the electorate with 18%. One disgruntled voter was so appalled by their options that they ripped their voting paper into shreds before putting it in the box. Two voters exercised their democratic right excessively and cast multiple votes on one form so couldn’t be considered. Despite these crimes against voting, we are clearly strong Green supporters here at Tawatawa - Ridgway. 

Scholastic book orders

Scholastic orders close on Wednesday next week. If you’d like to order, please do so via Scholastics’s website. They usually take about two weeks to arrive after the order closes.

Upcoming Events

  • 23 October Labour Day - school closed

  • 26 October - Tui trip to Ākau Tangi 

  • 2 November - Southern Zone Athletics 

  • 8 November - Makara peak Bike Monitors’ trip 

  • 14 November - Chess tournament 

  • 4 - 8 December - STEM week

  • 21-22 November - Ridgway’s Got Talent! - Auditions

  • 12 December at 2pm - Ridgway’s Got Talent! 

  • 14 December - Year 8 leavers’ celebration 5.30 - 6.30pm

  • 14 December - Final Assembly Juniors 2pm

  • 15 December -  Final Assembly Seniors 2pm

  • 18 December - water fight and sausage sizzle (postponement day 19 December)

  • 19 December-  last day of learning activities school

  • 20 December -  clean up day

  • 1 Feb 2024 - first day of school

  • 2024 camps Year 5 & 6 Forest Lakes 3-5 April, Year 7 & 8 Camp Makahika 17 -20 September

Sarah Patterson
Deputy Principal
Te Kura o Tawatawa - Ridgway School

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