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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 4 Week 6

Welcome: James Reyes

Farewell: Mason Pollard

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana

(From the older sibling the younger learns how to do it, from the younger sibling the older learns how to be tolerant/everyone has responsibilities, both the old and the young.)

Levi Goodall – BMX Rider

On Tuesday we were very lucky to have Levi Goodall visit our school to share his skills and knowledge with our tamariki. He is very skilled and we all thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

After his performance, the senior students were lucky enough to hear Levi’s story. He shared these three main points, with examples, to our senior students:

1. If you have a dream persevere and work hard to achieve it.

2. When life gets hard, forget about the negative and focus on the positive.

3. Putting other people first and helping other is more important than talent.

Congratulations to Casey Campbell who was 6th at the South Island Primary School Tennis Competition.

Teacher Only Day - School Closed to Students

Reminder: Next Friday 3rd December we will be having a Teacher Only Day so school will be closed to students.

Vaccination requirements for parents coming onsite

We continue to have queries regarding whether parents and caregivers coming onsite are required to be vaccinated. To clarify: parents or caregivers who are dropping off, picking up or settling their children, or who are attending meetings or events on site are still permitted to attend on site whether they are vaccinated or not. This vaccination requirement also does not apply to those who are performing services remotely or who are onsite only when children and students are not present. The requirement to be vaccinated is only for those people who are working for the school, which may be unpaid work such as volunteering. The table below will clarify. A reminder that at Alert Level 3, there should be no non-essential visitors onsite regardless of vaccination status.

School Opening Date 2022

This is now Wednesday 9 February, as Tuesday 8 February will be a Teacher Only Day.

Coming Up…

03 December Teacher Only Day - School closed to children.

06 December Board of Trustees meeting, 8:00pm at the school.

14 December Year 8 Graduation. Croydon Lodge.

15 December Year 8 students trip to …

16 December Great School Water fight.

17 December Reports sent home.

20 December Last day of school for 2021. School finishes at 12.30pm. School buses

will run at this time, and town children will be sent home then.


7 February Waitangi Day – School closed.

8 February Teacher Only Day - School closed to children.

9 February First day of school for 2022.

School Values Awards

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.

100 House Points = Silver Values Award.

150 House Points = Gold Values Award.

Congratulation to Cooper who has received his Bronze School Values Award for earning 50 House Points in 2021.

Congratulations to Ben, Jake, Olivia, Archie, Brendan, Khloe and Logan who received their Silver award for earning 100 House Points in 2021.

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.

Room 1 - Max, Archie, Mihai.

Room 3 - Mason, Lexi, Nicole.

Room 4 - Cooper, Daisy, Ella.

Room 5 - Lucy M, Leigh, Harry S.

Christmas Items Needed

On Monday 6 December we are singing Christmas Carols at school and would like children to be in the Christmas spirit. Please send along any Christmas clothing or accessories you have, in a named bag, by Thursday 2 December. Some ideas include green/red clothing, Christmas pyjamas, Santa hats and headbands etc. Please do not go out and buy any. We will access something for children who don’t have any Christmas items.

Riversdale School Office Administrator

Between 20 – 25 hours per week, depending on scope of role

Term time only position

We are seeking an Office Administrator who has a high skill level in all administration tasks, as well as financial management. School related knowledge would be an advantage, confidentiality, and a high level of communication (spoken, written, and computing) skills are required. The current role involves Board Secretary duties as well.

Please apply with a covering letter stating your strengths, Curriculum Vitae and the names of three referees to Applications close on Friday 10 December, 2021 at 5:00pm.



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