Riversdale School Newsletter Term 2 Week 3

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.


Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana

(From the older sibling the younger learns how to do it, from the younger sibling the older learns how to be tolerant/everyone has responsibilities, both the old and the young.)


Waimea Cross Country


WHEN: Thursday 27 May, 2021 (no postponement date).

WHERE: Ray and Louise Ferguson’s property, Blaikie Road, Waikaia (will be signposted from the Waikaia Bridge turn off).

START TIME: 1.00pm Sharp.


Parents/caregivers transport their child/ren up to Waikaia if possible, and teachers can transport any students who need a ride. We will have an early lunch at 12 noon and ask parents/caregivers to collect their child/ren from the front gate at 12:20pm, so you are at Waikaia prior to 1:00pm. Five year olds run first, so it is important they are at Cross Country by 12:50pm.


Please let your child’s teacher know if they need a ride to and from Cross Country.

Please notify your bus driver if your child is off the bus on the afternoon of Cross Country.

Ages for competitors are as at the 31 December, 2021.


  • Toilets will be open at the Museum in the township.

  • It is highly recommended that competitors have a spare set of clothes to change into and a towel.


As per Southland Primary School rules, gym shoes must be worn (no sprigs, spikes, socks or bare-feet).


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.


Teacher Only Day


Reminder: On Tuesday 8 June the school will be closed to students for a Teacher Only Day. This is the day after Queens Birthday Monday. This is because teachers and the Board of Trustees are having a professional development session with Tamsin Hanly on New Zealand History, as this will be a compulsory part of the New Zealand Curriculum as from 2022.


Pink Shirt Day


This Friday 21 May is Pink Shirt Day to support anti-bullying. Children are asked to come dressed in pink and bring a gold coin donation to fundraise for anti-bullying. Every dollar raised helps the Mental Health Foundation to run Pink Shirt Day, raise awareness about bullying prevention, and provide free resources to help make our schools safe and inclusive for everyone.


Gumboot Friday

Friday 28 May is Gumboot Friday. We would like to support the I Am Hope Gumboot Friday Campaign by asking all staff and students to wear gumboots to school on Friday 28 May and bring a donation to support the campaign.


The I Am Hope Gumboot Friday campaign is raising funds for free counselling for any kids who needs help. Having depression is like walking through mud every day, so on Friday 28 May we ask you to show your support, put your gumboots on, give a gold coin, and take a walk in their shoes for just one day.


It's a fun way for kiwis to join in the mental health conversation, while raising money to provide FREE and timely counselling for any young person in need.


Our children have been enjoying some fine days, getting out and playing skills-based games.


Values Certificates


We will be acknowledging the students that received certificates for displaying the values of being respectful, resilient and responsible, at Riversdale School, in the newsletter the following week. Ka Pai! You all displayed the school values so well last week.


Room 1 Natalie, Logan, Jayden.

Room 3 Lexi, Georgia, Odin.

Room 4 Maggie, Campbell, Grayson.

Room 5 Lucy, Evie, Harry.

Room 7 Adam, Jack, Dakota.


Our children have been enjoying some fine days, getting out and playing skills- based games.

Coming Up…

Friday 21 May - Pink Shirt Day. Please bring a donation to support anti-bullying. 24 and 25 May - Tess Livingstone from the Education Review Office is at school. Thursday 27 May - Waimea Cross Country at Waikaia.

Friday 28 May - Gumboot Friday, please wear gummies and bring a gold coin donation Monday 31 May - Board of Trustees meeting, 7:30pm. Thursday 3 June - Northern Cross Country. Thursday 3 June - Freeze your bits off busking competition. School Choir performing in Gore. Monday 7 June - Queen’s Birthday observed – school closed. Tuesday 8 June - Teacher Only Day. School closed to students. Friday 18 June - Southland Cross Country at the Waimumu Field Days site.

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