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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 3 Week 4

Welcome: William Smith

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

I had the pleasure of hearing our senior children present their speeches last Thursday. The repeated years of practice certainly show through, as all children spoke confidently. It was an incredibly hard decision this year as a number of children were separated by only a point, and that is reflective of the skill of the children and the support they receive at home in writing these. There were a wide range of topics covered. I know that you will enjoy the junior school children’s speeches next week. A note has gone home to all parents in Rooms 4, 5, and 6 informing them of the time that they will be presenting. If you are not sure then please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Congratulations to the following children who will be delivering their speeches in the Waimea round on Monday 19th at Balfour. They have all the information with them today. We wish you well in this round.

Years 5 and 6 - Clodagh Greene, Jake Eden.

Years 7 and 8 - Fletcher Pomare, Amanda-Rose McMath.

Culture and Heritage Unit

Teachers are nearing the end of the Relationships and Sexuality Unit undertaken this term. Shortly we will be moving into a Culture and Heritage Unit of work. I know that some classes have already been looking at their family history. This unit of work will go until the end of this term, culminating in a cultural evening on Thursday 26 September, that all community members are invited to. It will be held in our school hall, and all children will be presenting their learning about culture. This will replace the usual community assembly that would be held during the school day. We would really like you to diary this date now, as are going to make it a super evening that you will not want to miss!

Recently I have had the pleasure of teaching our delightful Room 5 children and also our young teens in Room 7. I took each class for an afternoon, and it really is what I love doing. It is a privilege to work with such lovely ‘country’ children, who model strong values and have a love for learning. Part way through working in Room 5, I had the Room 6 children join us, and it was lovely to see the supportive way that they helped the ‘wee nippers’ with their Alley Cats. Both classes, the 5 and 6 year olds and the 12 and 13 year olds, worked independently which is a testament to the very capable and highly skilled teachers they have. Congratulations Kimberley and Tiffany for developing that love of learning and strong work ethic in our youngest and oldest children.

Coming Up This Term….

Monday 19 August, Waimea Speech Competition hosted at Balfour, 9am start.

Board of Trustees meeting 7.30pm at school.

Year 5 Netball Tournament.

Tuesday 20 August, Year 6 Netball Tournament.

Thursday 22 August, Community Assembly 1.30pm in the school hall.

Monday 26 August, Shuttle time – Badminton skills learning for children.

Wednesday 28 August, Polyfest for our Kapa Haka children in Invercargill.

Monday 2 September, Shuttle time – Badminton skills learning for children.

Wednesday 4 September, Years 5 and 6 PE session in Invercargill.

Friday 6 September, Auditions for School Production lead roles.

Friday 13 September, School Disco in the Hall – 6.30pm-8.00pm.

Children advised of Production parts.

Monday 23 September,Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm.

Thursday 26 September, Cultural Evening in the school hall.

Friday 27 September, Last day of Term 3.

Monday14 October, First Day of Term 4.

Monday 28 October, Labour Day – School closed.

Sports coming up Miniball and Touch, then Tennis and Cricket

I would like to extend a very big thank you to Miss Stevenson who has coached our netball girls across the season – well done girls on your win in the last game. She has been supported by Shelley and Megan and I thank them also. As you would see in the Coming Up… section, our boys and girls are in a Year 5 or Year 6 netball team and are playing in a tournament in Invercargill next week. Many thanks to the parents who are providing transport, managing the teams and refereeing.

There are a number of sports that children can participate in this term and next – miniball, or touch are happening soon. It is also moving into tennis and cricket season. Children will have bought home a note if they were interested in playing touch or miniball, however if not, please get in touch with Miss Stevenson at school. Badminton skills will be taught once again across two consecutive Mondays later this term during the school day.



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