Term 3, Week 6, 2019 (28 August 2019)
He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa - warm greetings to all!
A huge thank you to all parents who have completed our survey. If you haven't yet found a chance to do it, we would really appreciate it if you could do it as soon as possible as we are closing the survey on Monday. Your voice matters - CLICK HERE to access the survey.
New teacher arriving from France
We have a teacher coming to Ridgway School from France via the Jules Verne programme. He will be arriving around September 21st. The purpose of his visit is to learn more about how we teach in New Zealand and he will be at Ridgway School for two years. His wife and their two 12 year old daughters are expected to join about 10 days later.
Vincent has been looking for accommodation, but it is not an easy task: accommodation costs are beyond what they were expecting and they are also looking for a fully furnished place seeing as they are only staying in NZ for two years. Therefore he is asking for help to find a place to live for him and eventually his little family. Any temporary options are also welcome. The girls are enrolled to start at Ridgway in Term 4, so ideally a place around the school would be ideal. Even a very small/shared space would do, and I know they would be grateful for any support.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any accommodation leads.
Just a reminder that we have The Green just down the road at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club with delicious coffee and yummy food. It's a great place to go after school drop offs or pick ups! The lovely Sasha is offering Ridgway parents a $7.50 coffee/scone deal until the end of next week. Just mention you've seen this in the newsletter. Also, the last Friday of each month is BYO Friday with lots of child friendly food available. It's a great opportunity to catch up with other Ridgway families and friends. This is happening this Friday after school and they will be open until 6pm.
We're looking for interest in putting together some Touch Rugby teams for next term. It is heaps of fun and great for fitness. The grades are Y1/2, Y3/4, Y5/6 and Y7/8. You need 5 players on the field and for mixed grade you need at least 2 girls (girls get 2 points per try to the boys 1 to encourage the boys to pass it to the girls). It's played at Wakefield Park (the turf fields in Island Bay) on Wednesday afternoons. The cost is $165.00 per team which gets split between the number of players. The season starts on the 23rd of October and runs for 6 weeks. I am happy to manage teams and run practices but I work alternating Wednesdays so we will need a parent volunteer to wrangle each team (apart from Y5/6). If your child is interested please let Katherine (Jamie and Robbie's mum) by emailing email@example.com.
Tournament of Minds
A group of year 7 and 8 students have been working really hard in preparation for the Tournament of Minds which is happening this weekend at Victoria University. This competition gives students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. We wish them the very best on Saturday! If you would like to watch them perform, their challenge is at 1.20 in Room KKLT 303 at Victoria University.