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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 2 Week 9

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

Our thoughts are with Kay Stevens and her family at this time.

We are thinking of Kimberley Harper and wishing her a speedy recovery. The Room 5 students miss her very much and are looking forward to her return.

Matariki Breakfast

A huge thank you to all the whanau that attended our Matariki Breakfast on Tuesday morning. It was wonderful to have you with us and to celebrate Matariki – the Maori New Year. Coming together for breakfast was a special way to start the day. It was wonderful seeing the mix of grandparents, parents, students and siblings gathered around tables enjoying their breakfast. The pre-schoolers had such a great time that they all wanted to join Room 5 for the remainder of the day.

We were very lucky to have a break from the weather and see some stars and the moon. Lloyd Esler was there to join us and spoke to the community about the night sky. He visited each classroom during the day and talked to the students about the planets in our solar system. We are very fortunate to have such a valuable resource, with such a wealth of knowledge about Science, offer to share information with us.

Thank you to the Home and School for doing such an amazing job with breakfast. We greatly appreciate all the time and effort put into preparing and organising the food and hot drinks, before and during the morning. Many went up for second and third helpings!

Southland Cross Country

A fantastic level of effort was displayed by all of the Riversdale School students that attended the Southland Cross Country event at the Waimumu Field Days site. You represented the school proudly and displayed high levels of resilience.

Heidi Clarkson 10th

Flynn Reed 14th

Quinn Campbell 15th

Blaine Dillon 16th

Fabrice Frei 23rd

School Disco

Some of the Room 7 students have organised a disco on Friday 28th June (tomorrow night) at the Riversdale School Hall from 6:30 - 8:00pm. The theme of the disco is colourful clothing in support of Pride Month. There are eight spot prizes to be won for dance competitions and best dressed. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, as well as strobe lights and other fun decorations. Everyone is welcome, so come along and have some fun.

Lost Property

There is a heap of lost property in the school hall. Lots of brand named clothing, including Canterbury pants and hoodies are in the container. Please take the time to look through the clothing before the end of the term. After this, the clothing will be washed and delivered to the Salvation Army.

Community Assembly

What an outstanding Community Assembly today. There was a range of different items, from songs and dances, to humorous plays. The choir sounded amazing and the Kapa Haka group displayed a powerful presentation. A huge congratulations goes out to all the students that received a certificate today. It was fantastic to see all the student’s learning from the past term.

School Reports and Student Workbooks

Teachers have been working hard on your child’s school report over the past couple of weeks. These will provide you with a clear picture of where your child is at, their next steps and how you can support them at home. Along with the reports, your child’s workbooks will be sent home. This will give you the opportunity to thoroughly look through them. They will provide evidence to support the comments written in their school report.

Please remember to return their workbooks to school on Monday morning.

Parent/Child/Teacher Interviews

Interviews are being held on Monday 1st July and Tuesday 2nd July from 3:15 to 6:30pm. If you haven’t already booked a time, you can do so on School Stream by clicking on the Forms section of the app, or by contacting the school directly. It is encouraged that all parents book a time with your child’s teacher. This provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your child’s learning.


A reminder that NO shoes worn outside are allowed in the school and in classrooms, in Terms 2 and 3. In the case of a medical condition, please provide a pair of shoes for your child to wear indoors and inform the classroom teacher. Thank you for your support.

Reminder from Ritchies Coachlines - There is to be NO eating (drinks are to be water only), scooters, skateboards and bikes on any of the Ritchies School Buses.

John Parsons will be at the School on 25 July

please diary this date

Internet Health and Wellbeing with John Parsons

John Parsons is an expert in this field and the author of the book ‘Keeping Your Children Safe Online’. This book is a great resource for schools, parents and teenagers.

Face to Face with students in class

John works directly in class with teachers and students helping them to take ownership of their wellbeing and to become capable, confident, and connected within the ‘online world’.

Parent Workshop

John works directly with parents, facilitating a highly interactive workshop where he encourages debate and audience participation. Parents leave with knowledge that helps them relate to and build strong relationships with their children and school. Face to face workshops are far more effective than remote video streaming or DVD deliverers.

9am - 3pm Student Workshop: Nurturing and Valuing Identity

The philosophy underpinning these workshops is that students need to learn to make informed ethical decisions, founded on common decency and reasonable standards of right and wrong.

John's workshops help students learn to:

  • Repel and report unwanted attention when online.

  • Support each other in times of need.

  • Project self-confidence and control online.

  • 'Nurture and protect online identity.

  • Future proof themselves for later employment.

  • Develop a strong sense of self-worth.

6.30/7pm start: Parent/Guardian Workshop: Raising Resilient Capable Children

Duration 1.5 hours

  • Identifies the specific challenges children face when using ICT.

  • Includes guidance on behaviour management processes for parents in the practical situations they will face.

  • This workshop empowers parents to take responsibility for safeguarding their children.

  • Parents leave with the tools to support their children in how to use ICT safely and ethically at home and at school.

For more detailed information about John Parsons check out his website

Gore High School Open Night, Thursday 4 July from 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Prior to Open Night, the school will be conducting guided school tours each day from Monday 24 June to Wednesday 26 June from 9:50 am to 10:50 am for prospective students and their families to explore the school, meet with staff and view the different learning areas.

If you are interested in coming along, please telephone Kirsty Wyatt at the school office on 208 9130 Extension 206 to arrange an appointment.

“The school has a strong focus on student achievement. Students are set high expectations for work and behaviour.” – ERO

General information from the New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police recently launched a new non-emergency number,105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call us on 105 for all non-emergencies, or you can go online at to report things like:

Lost property.

Theft for a public place or car.

Intentional property damage.

Or to get an update or add information to a previous report.

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.

Lego Holiday Programme

16 - 18 July, 1:30 until 4:00pm at the Riversdale Presbyterian Church

$2 per day or $5 for 3 days

Contact Sarah on 021 02588731 for more information



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