Riversdale School Newsletter Term 3 Week 6

Welcome to our new student Dakota Boyte

Farewell to Pagan Kirk

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

He aroha whakatō, he aroha ka puta mai.

If kindness is sown, then kindness is what you shall receive.

At Riversdale School children are awarded House Points for displaying the school values of; respectful, responsible and resilient. Children are working towards achieving values targets.

50 House Points = Bronze Values Award

75 House Points = Silver Values Award

100 House Points = Gold Values Award

Congratulations to the first three children at Riversdale School who received the Bronze Values Award last Friday. Ka Pai Hannah Scott, Lexi McNamee, and Harry Crooks.

Reap Art Classes

Two student from Room 7, Khloe Robins and Isla Hawker, attended the REAP Art Classes in Gore. As you can see, they created some fantastic artworks.

Deep Cove – 'Heads up'

We have a current booking for the very last week of Term 4. We would be going into Deep Cove on Friday 11 December, staying in over the weekend, and coming out on Tuesday 15 December. At this stage, we are hopeful that the camp will proceed, but of course that will depend on what Covid level we are in and the risk management strategies around this. We will keep you fully informed as we head into Term 4.


Does your child experience learning difficulties or do you feel they’re not fulfilling their potential?

You’re warmly invited to attend a Learning Differences Information Evening presented by Chris Cole.

This information evening is open to parents and caregivers of children of all ages, specifically those whose children have not been formally diagnosed with any particular type of learning difficulty.

Educators will also find the information relevant and informative and are welcome to attend.

The evening will be facilitated by learning differences specialist Chris Cole who brings knowledge from her own personal story as a parent of navigating learning difficulties and the types of intervention available.

Some of the areas they will cover include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Irlen’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia.

Come along and hear what this can mean for your child, your family, school and teachers.

Venue: Room 1, Riversdale School.

Date and Time: 8 September, 6:30pm until 8:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Coming Up This Term …


Wednesday 2 September - Speeches Area Finals, NSC starting at 6.30pm.

Thursday 3 September - Sarah, Sports Activator, working with all children.

Tuesday 8 September - Chris Cole, Learning Differences Information evening, 6:30pm until 8:00pm in Room 1.

Wednesday 16 September - Speeches – Grand Final, Winton, 6.30pm.

Monday 21 September - Board Meeting, 7.30pm.

Thursday 24 September - Community Assembly in the School Hall at 1.30pm. Host Room 7.

Friday 25 September - Last day of Term 3.

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.

Covid Level 2 Information


Please ensure you sign in when visiting school using either the sign in sheets located at entrances or the QR code.

This is the most up to date information that has been issued by the Ministry of Education.

All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region Alert Level 2 applies from midday today, Wednesday 12 August.


  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school and early learning. There will be appropriate precautions in place.

  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

  • Please be alert to illness and ask anyone who is presenting as unwell to go home, or ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.

  • Messaging about good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette to be reinforced.

  • Soap and water is very appropriate for washing hands, particularly if hand sanitiser stocks are low.

  • For schools, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.

  • In early learning there does not need to be a measurable physical distance between children/ tamariki or children/tamariki and staff. However adults should where practicable use 1 metre as a guide between themselves and other adults.

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).

  • School hostels will continue to operate for those boarders who are unable to safely return home. See the Alert Level 2 guidance for hostels as a reminder of what is required.

  • Support your community by displaying the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.

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