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Riversdale School Newsletter - Term 2, Week 1

2 May 2019

Welcome to our new student: Mikaella Pelesco

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

Welcome to Term Two as we move into the winter months with dark mornings

and evenings. On the plus side this is a time for snuggling up in front of the

fire and enjoying hot soup! It has been wonderful to see happy children return

to school. Please make sure your child has their fluro vest in their school bag as they keep visible and safe when travelling to school now that the mornings are so much darker.


New School Phone Number – 027 555 3534.

Please delete all previous numbers and only use this number, or the landline, to contact the school for messages, absences, or to talk with staff. The landline is still 03 2025 814.


A reminder about the use of technology and your children:

  • Do you know what your children are doing on devices? Only allow the use of technology in a public room in the house; never in the bedroom.

  • What social media are your children using? Is it legal? e.g. Facebook and Snapchat are R13.

  • What games are your children playing and what is the content of them? Is it age appropriate? What is the legal age to play it? Who are they talking to? Is it addictive?

  • Is your child still getting outside and playing, doing things physical and creative?

  • Is your child having a break from the screen regularly? Do they go off devices at least an hour before bed so that the blue light doesn’t stop them from sleeping?

  • It is not easy managing technology with children who have been brought up with it and know no different but the above questions may highlight some things to check up on. John Parsons is in the school on 25th July (early in Term 3), so try to get along to the parent session as he has lots of tips and knowledge that can help us, as parents, to keep up with the world that our children are growing up in and also, how they can keep themselves computer safe.


Coming up this term:

Tuesday 7 May Teachers paid Union Meetings – School as normal.

Thursday 23 May Waimea Cross Country – all children attend. Held at Waikaia.

Monday 27 May Board of Trustees meeting, 7.30pm at school. All welcome.

Thursday 30 May Community Assembly at 1.30pm in the school hall.

Monday 3 June Queens Birthday observed. School closed.

Thursday 6 June Northern Cross Country.

Monday 10, 17, 24 June Senior children at badminton skills sessions.

Wednesday 19 June Home and School AGM.

Friday 21 June Southland Cross Country at Waimumu.

Thursday 27 June Community Assembly at 1.30pm in the school hall.

Friday 28 June School Reports and children’s workbooks are sent home.

Monday 1 July Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews from 3.15pm.

Tuesday 2 July Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews from 3.15pm.

Friday 5 July Last day of Term 2.

Monday 22 July Term 3 starts.

Thursday 25 July John Parsons, Cybersafety expert, at school working with teachers and children. Parents also welcome to come along.


Please consider standing for the Board …. if you would like any information about the role of a trustee, give one of our current Board members a call. (Emma Smaill, Andrew Allan, Richard Clarkson, Sonia Dillon and Gavin Tayles).


Board of Trustees Elections

  • Close Main Roll Noon Wednesday 8 May, 2019

  • Call for Nominations by Friday 10 May, 2019

  • Close Supplementary Roll Noon Wednesday 22 May, 2019

  • Nominations Close Noon Friday 24 May, 2019

  • Voting Papers sent by Wednesday 29 May, 2019

  • Election Day (voting closes) Noon Friday 7 June 2019

  • Count Votes Thursday 13 June, 2019

  • Board takes office Friday 14 June 2019


Pink Shirt Day

It is on Friday - 17th of May. Please wear something pink to show your support and acknowledge that we are an anti-bullying school. Room 7 are going to collect a gold coin donation that will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation.


Home and School AGM, 7:30pm

Wednesday 19 June, Waikaia Hotel

Meal followed by the meeting


A Salute to Sally



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