Riversdale School Newsletter Term 3 Week 7

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 Georgia Martin and Jessie Polglaze who received their Bronze award last Friday. Ka Pai!



Wheels Wednesday

Next Wednesday, 9 September, we will be having ‘Wheels Wednesday'. Children can bring along their bike, scooter, skate board, or roller skates to use in designated areas at morning tea and lunchtime. Please ensure your child also brings their helmet for all types of wheels. If children do not bring a helmet they cannot use their wheels.

No wheels can be brought to school on the bus, due to Ritchies policy, so parents will need to drop children’s wheels off if you wish to bring them to school.

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.

Baby Sitting Service

If you need to bring your children, we will put a movie on and supply some snacks so that you can attend this meeting.

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.


Thank You

Riversdale School would like to say a huge thank you to Waipounamu and Waimea Contracting, Brian Mahon Engineering and G Kay Building for donating their time and resources into fixing and painting the netball hoops and replacing and painting the basketball hoops. They look fantastic and we really appreciate your generosity. The children are very excited to use the flash new hoops. Thank you to the Home and School for organising the upgrade of the hoops. We appreciate all you do for Riversdale School.

Prime Lamb and Calf competition Friday 12 February, 2021

Just a reminder about this annual fundraiser – half the proceeds go to the School!

Keep 1 calf or 3 lambs out NOW to be in to WIN some great prizes and support the Community and School.

If you would like to pledge a calf, please contact Curly Napier on 021 475853.

Coming Up This Term …

Tuesday 8 September - Parent evening around Learning Differences with Chris Cole. 6.30pm, Room 1. All welcome.

Wednesday 9 September - Wheels Wednesday.

Thursday 10 September - Room 3, 4, 5 Speeches at 9:15am in your child’s classroom.

Wednesday 16 September - Speeches - Grand Final, Winton, 6:30pm.

Monday 21 September - Board Meeting, 7:30pm.

Thursday 24 September - Sarah, Sports Activator, working with all children.

Thursday 24 September - Community Assembly in the School Hall at 1:30pm (if Level 1). Host Room 7.

Friday 25 September - Last day of Term 3.

Monday 12 September - First day of Term 4.

Values certificates


The students who received certificates for displaying the values of being respectful, resilient and responsible, at Riversdale School last week -


Room 1 - Lykan, Dillon and Eden.

Room 3 - Aoife, Nicole and Liam.

Room 4 - Aria-Lea, Lexi and Priyah.

Room 5 - Sam, Emma and Edie.

Room 7 - Isla, Harlem and Blaine.


Ka Pai! You all displayed the school values so well.

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 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).

  • 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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