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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 4 Week 5

Welcome to our new student Ethan Marayo

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

Assembly is this afternoon, 1.30pm in the hall .… sorry about yesterday’s short notice. I omitted to put this in the newsletter last week. This is the last one for the year, as the Production will be taking place of assembly in the last week of school.

Production practices are in full swing. This year’s production promises to be even better, more entertaining and spectacular than previous years. Diary the dates of either 18th or 19th December. It is in the early evening. The show will start at 6:30pm with children needing to be at school at 6.00pm to get into their costumes. Confirmation of these times will be in next week’s newsletter.

WANTED: Black dress pants and white shirts to fit 11 - 13 year olds for production. If you do have any that we could borrow, could you please name and send along to school. Thank you.

Production Stage Set Up

We need strong folk to set up the extended stage at the Community Centre on Sunday 8th December at 4pm. Please bring crescents, drills, and plenty of muscle! It usually takes about an hour to set it up, all going well. Thank you in anticipation of your assistance.

Sunhats please….

There are still a number of children who are not wearing sunhats at school. Can you please purchase and NAME a hat that they can leave at school in their desk. Thank you. PS Caps are not suitable as they do not protect the ears and back of the neck.

Review of our Education System

You may have read in the paper about the review of the education system over the next 5 - 10 years. It will re-shape Boards governance areas, and a number of other foundational aspects of Tomorrow’s Schools. I will keep you updated as more information comes out.

St John’s First Aid course

All children had a session with the First Aid educator from St John’s. They learned a lot of basic first aid skills. They will be able to share their learning with you. These are great skills to have for life, as you never know when children may need to draw on their knowledge to help someone.

Our Young Achievers

It was a pleasure to celebrate two exceptional Young Achievers, Esther Gardyne and Fletcher Pomare, on Monday night at the Croydon Lodge.

It is always a proud night listening to the citations written by principals and teachers, celebrating the achievement of their students.

Yahoo – the pool is open

Keys for the season are $80 and can be purchased from the Challenge Service Station. Thank you so much to Richard, Jo and the team there, for managing key sales to the community.

Coming Up This Term….

Monday 18 November - Board of Trustees meeting at 8pm in the staffroom.

Thursday 21 November - Four teams go to the Southland Golf Tournament.

Thursday 28 November - Jack from Cricket Southland is taking sessions with children from 9.00am - 12.30pm.

Friday 29 November - Teacher Only Day – School closed.

Monday 2 December - Swimming lessons with qualified instructor commence. Children swim daily for next 2 weeks.

Monday 9 December - Board of Trustees meeting at 8pm.

Friday 13 December - School reports, class lists and stationery lists sent home.

Monday 16 December - Year 8 Graduation in the school hall.

Wednesday 18 December - Great School Water fight at 2.15pm. Production evening.

Thursday 19 December - Production evening. School books will be sent home today.

Friday 20 December - Last school day for 2019. School buses run at 12.30pm and town children will be sent home at this time. Children only need to bring morning tea.


to the Home and School Committee for organising the Fun Mud Run. Special thanks to all of the helpers, sponsors, and you our whanau and families who supported this so generously. It raised $5600 – amazing!

Home and School Updates - Dash of the Dale

Wow! The numbers are in ... the Fun Run raised just over $5600 for the Home and School. A massive thanks to everyone who made a sponsorship donation!

The Committee wants to say a big THANK YOU to all the people and businesses who helped out with Dash of the Dale -

  • Andrew Cochrane for letting us use his section.

  • Thanks to those parents who helped the Committee with obstacles and setup and pack down on the day - Graeme and Kylie Davidson, Jo and Richard Clarkson, Haydn Blatch, Jenny and Darryn Wing, Liz Greene, Jason Hawker, Janine Marshall, Kerry Rutherford, Tracey Miller, and Quintin Souness.

  • Thanks to the staff for getting the kids organised and over to the venue.

  • Thanks again to our sponsors for their generous donations of goody bags and spot prizes - Challenge Riversdale, On the Spot Riversdale, NS Vets Riversdale, Hammond Davidson Accountants, Energizer, PGG Wrightson Gore, Banana Boat, Southern Wide Real Estate, Nice and Natural, Westpac, Rabobank, FMG, Farm Source, First National Gore, Resene and Mainland Minerals!

  • The BBQ was cooked by Lions of Riversdale, with sausages provided by Lions, G Kay Building, Brian Mahon Engineering and Waipounamu and Waimea Contracting Ltd.

The Riversdale Fire Brigade did a fantastic job, spending hours turning the dirt into mud and hosing students down - thanks Ewan, Jade and Paul.

Baking Mixes

Order forms will be going home with kids this week. Forms and money need to be returned by Thursday 28th November (Friday 29th is Teachers Only Day).

Packing (putting the dry ingredients into bags) will be Wednesday 4th December 7pm - 9pm, and Thursday 5th December 9am - 11am and 7 - 9pm. It would be great to see as many volunteers as we did last year and hopefully we can get through most of the packing on the Wednesday evening. If you can help please RSVP to Kylie Tayles on 027 2234230.


Home and School Committee.



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