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Term 3, Week 10, Newsletter 4 (sent 28 September)

Kia ora...

...talofa, ni hao, mālō e lelei, hallo, hola, chomreabsuor, sabaidi, bonjour, namaste, kumaste, kia orana, yassas, as-salam 'alaykum, cześċ, Kon'nichiwa, and hello to all of our families.

This is the last day of Term 3 and I think we all deserve a rest. The school calendar has been very full and it's therefore no surprise that both students and school staff are feeling tired. Our students have been able to participate in at least 17 different extra-curricula events this term, that's almost 2 things on every week. We are very lucky to have wonderful community support and many of our parents have been helping at these events or have actually organised them. Thank you for supporting the school, and your children's learning in this way. It takes a village to raise a child, and a whole community to provide the wonderful list of opportunities that have been on offer this term.

Art Splash & Dance Splash

Well done to all of our Kūkupa tamariki who performed in the mass choir event "Art Splash" on Monday night at the Michael Fowler Centre, and thank you to whānau members for supporting children to be part of this. Participating in events such as this can be scary and there were lots of nervous children ahead of the show. The learning from such experiences however is enormous, as children recognise that they can rise to the challenge and be successful. It's also an excellent opportunity for them to be part of something much much larger than ordinary everyday events and contribute to making something both powerful and beautiful which cannot be done by just a few. In short, Art Splash is a wonderful resilience building opportunity which helps our students grow strong.

Also performing last week was the dance elective group, who were back at the Michael Fowler Centre on Wednesday evening to perform their 'Fight Song' piece. This was a stand out performance by our dancers. We are especially proud of this group as the ideas and choreography were completely their own and every member worked very hard to be at their best. They overcame the usual creative challenges and put on what was possibly the best performance of the night.

Ridgway School 💗Penthouse Cinema

The whole school enjoyed a trip to the Penthouse Cinema this week to watch a movie. We are very grateful to the Penthouse for hosting us, and for giving us a fabulous discount. If you are at the Penthouse in the near future, do mention that you are a Ridgway family and that we really appreciate the support we've had from them.

At our school we emphasise Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) and as part of our school curriculum we teach children to be RESILIENT, RESOURECFUL, RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL. We acknowledge children for demonstrating these behaviours with R cards which children put in a collection bin. Once the bin is filled, we treat ourselves to a whole school reward. The movie trip was a reward for filling the bin this term.

At Ridgway School we actively encourage children to support each other and work together as a team to achieve shared goals. Shared rewards that everyone can enjoy, promote the family or team culture that we are seeking. When children receive an R Card to acknowledge something they've done well, their peers can celebrate with them knowing that they will share in the reward too.

Weet-bix Kids Tryathlon

Ridgway School has been registered for this event.

To enter the tryathlon as part of our Ridgway School team, register using this link.

Help make our PIRT Garden

We are looking for help to build a tee pee for our garden play area. This job is for a builder or keen handyperson with some building skills. The tee pee design is big enough for a few children to play inside. Ideally we'd like to get it built before our Enviroday in Term 4 next term. Please get in touch with Sue Campbell if this is something you could help us with sue@ridgway.school.nz.

Ridgway School 💗 Island Bay Butcher

I'd also like to say a big thanks to the Island Bay Butcher for supporting our German Lantern Festival this term. Families who came along enjoyed German sausages from Island Bay Butchery, sang traditional German folk songs and then walked around the bike track in the dark with the lanterns that children made.

It was lots of fun for the children and a lovely cultural occasion for families.

Dropping off and picking up

Parents are reminded that the bus stop parking area near our gate on Mornington Road has a 2 minute time limit between 8.30am and 9am in the mornings, and between 3pm and 3.30pm (P2 zone). This effectively means that you can only stop here briefly while your children get in or out of the car. If you want to come into the school to escort your child to their class, visit the office, or collect your child from their class, you will need to park further away.

Next to the bus stop parking area there is a P10 zone. This means that between 8.30am and 9am, or between 3pm and 3.30pm, you can park for 10 minutes only.

This will give most people just enough time to walk from their car to their child's classroom and back again. You don't have time to chat with other parents or visit the playground after school if you are parked in this area.

It goes without saying that it is never ok to stop on the yellow line.

Thank you parents for your continued consideration for the safety of all of our children when you are driving and parking near Ridgway School.

No unsupervised children

Teachers have noticed an increase in the number of children left in the school grounds unsupervised after school. Parents are reminded that teachers and office staff are not able to look after your children after 3pm. If you can't be on time to pick your child up, please make arrangements for them to travel home either with another family or for older children, to walk on their own.

We have builders onsite (and will do for the foreseeable future) who from time to time need to drive their vehicles around the school or move equipment in or out of their work zones. They avoid doing this during the school day, to ensure the safety of our children. We don't want unsupervised children put at risk because they are in the school when we don't expect them to be.

Please don't tell your child to wait at the office if you are running late. Children will be directed to wait for parents at the picnic tables close to Mornington Road or if it is raining, to wait under the verandah outside Room 9. Parents have two after school care services available to them, and details of both can be found in the A-Z directory on our website.

Building updates

Remember to go to the Building Diary to keep up to date with the latest news about building work.

STEM week in Term 4

If you've got a passion for an aspect of STEM, and would be able to come in at some stage during the first week of Term 4 to run or help run an activity, we'd love to hear from you.

If you work in a STEM field please consider how you could be part of this week, perhaps even to describe your job or to inspire children in some way in this career.

Contact Sarah Taylor (DP) sarah@ridgway.school.nz to get involved.


Ridgway staff love to hear about students excelling even after they have long left us, and we are sure our community do too. Henry Hamilton, past Ridgway student is part of the winning NZ Under 16's team who

sealed their seventh straight OFC U-16 Championship title. Last week they beat Solomon Islands in a penalty shootout following a thrilling 0-0 draw. Henry will have a chance to participate in the Under 17 World Cup series in 2019.

Onesie Day

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the Wellington Free Ambulance on our Onesie Day this year. We raised $145.70.

Enjoy the next two weeks with your children

Noho ora mai

Kathryn Smith


community notices and repeated notifications

Term Dates for 2019

Dates for 2019 have now been posted on our website. Go to our calendar page to get our dates if you are planning for holidays. Remember also that Term 3 ends on Friday 28 September (3pm) and we start Term 4 on Monday 15 October (8.55am).

All school events are posted on our School Events calendar. This should be your first port of call if you are wondering about our upcoming events or term dates at any time. Our School Events calendar is public you can access it via our website or subscribe to it using the URL to keep up to date.

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are still on sale. Every book or digital membership sold by the school raises $11 for the bike track. So far we have raised $443.00.

To see some of the amazing offers inside go to entertainmentbook.co and scroll down to "click to read" to order your book or digital membership.

Lunch order reminders

Thursday - Sushi (via Lunch Online)

Friday - Pita Pit (via Lunch Online)

Juicies $2 on Wednesdays and Fridays (fundraising for Year 7 & 8 camp)

2018 Have A GO!

Have a Go! is a 6-week hockey programme designed for children aged 7 - 13 years

§ An introduction to hockey with an emphasis on having fun

§ An opportunity to learn by self exploration

§ A positive and quality coaching environment

§ Full involvement for all participants

§ Regular changes of activities to maintain enthusiasm and interest

§ A safe environment for all activities

§ Equipment provided required to play hockey (Stick & Ball)


National Hockey Stadium (NHS), Wellington = Mondays 5pm-6pm

National Hockey Stadium (NHS), Wellington = Sundays 2pm - 3pm

Day: Sunday or Monday

Registration information:

The cost for the 6 week programme is $80.

If children just want to have a go then they can join in for a few sessions and only need to pay $15 per session (pay coach on arrival).

The Have A GO! programme runs for 6 weeks and starts:

Monday 15 October

Sunday 21 October

Register here: https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=28624&OrgID=10264


The Wellington Harrier Athletic Club usually provides an October holiday programme and regular Saturday morning athletics to help children prepare for their term 4 school and inter-school events.

Wellington City Council has closed the grass at Newtown Park, and the whole of the top field.

We will therefore be unable to offer the holiday programme, but our full range of activities will be available in term 4.

The Athletics New Zealand "Get Set, Go" programme will be offered to children aged 4 to 6 (inclusive) and "Run, Jump, Throw" for those aged 7 to 14. In addition the latter group will have the opportunity for extra training for competitive events.

Enrolments will be open at Newtown Park between 11.30 and 12.30.on Saturday 29 September and the full programme will start straight after the holidays, on Saturday 20 October at 11.30 a.m.

In addition there will be a separate programme for all children with disabilities, starting at 10.a.m. on 20 October.


Julie Richards Geoff Henry

juliemaerdy@yahoo.co.uk ghenry@actrix.co.nz

021 295 9026 027 442 5439

Spring Uprising

Spring Uprising is Barbarian Productions' annual mini-festival celebrating arts for social change. All events are free or koha, and are centred around our beautiful Vogelmorn Bowling Club in Wellington, New Zealand.

This year we're kicking things off with a Whanau Day at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club. There'll be fun for the whole family, including a dress up jam, chill zone for the folks… you can even circumnavigate the Vogelmorn Green by bike with our very own Captain Cook.

Barbarian Productions will be testing elements of their 'Kiwi!' interactive project about national identity, so you can come and help us figure out how to collectively envision the future of our great Kiwi nation.

The Green Cafe will be open for business too so you can get a great coffee and a little something while you participate.

Spring Uprising is supported by the Wellington City Council.


Sun 23 Sep 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where:Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn, Wellington

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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