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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 4 Week 9

Welcome: Harry and George Houghton

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.


Congratulations to the following students who were awarded prizes at the Year 8 Graduation:

Amelia Nicholson was presented the Switzers Award.

Sam Smaill received the Elder Trophy for Sporting Excellence.

Graduation 2020

We had a really lovely evening on Tuesday to farewell our Year 8 students. Especially lovely was having the special people they chose introduce them. Thank you so much to

Kerry and Tony Rutherford.

Roger and Tracey Miller.

Scott and Rachael Nicholson.

Emma and Charlie Smaill.

who are the parents of the youngest child in their family.

We really appreciate everything you have contributed to the school over a long period of time. Some of you have been employed here, some have stood on the Board, Pool Committee, or Home and School for a lengthy period. All of you have supported fundraising, transporting children to sports and cultural events, school camps, production, and pet days, it’s endless.

We wish you all the very best in your new era of supporting your children’s Secondary School’s.

Stationery Arrangement for 2021

Teachers have ordered stationery packs for you for 2021. These will be delivered to school. School will be open on 27 and 28 January, as well as the following week, for you to come in and pay and collect the relevant packs. We do not know the exact price as yet, but this will be advised via School Stream as soon as we do know. It is noticeably cheaper through the supplier we have chosen this year. Please be advised that you will not be able to buy this any cheaper at the Warehouse, or Warehouse Stationery, as we have obtained special pricing deals.

Once you are advised of the cost, you can make payment by direct credit to the school’s bank account Riversdale School Board of Trustees 03-0915-0285825-00.

Please do not be offended, but staff will be asking you to provide proof of payment before you collect the stationery. This may be by showing the direct debit transaction on your phone. You may choose to pay by cash, either method is acceptable and staff will be recording your name as they release the stationery to you.

School Picnic

On Thursday 17 December we will be having a school picnic at Dolamore Park. We will depart from school at 9.30am. Here is a tentative programme for the day. All parents and family members are welcome.

9:30am Depart from School for Dolamore Park.

10:00am Assemble in classes. Kapa Haka performance.

10:20am Morning tea.

10:40am Activities - Bush Walk, Playground, Water Slide, Sports.

12 noon Choir.

12:15pm Lunch.

1:00pm Activities - Bush Walk, Playground, Water Slide, Sports.

2:00pm Tidy up.

Depart for School in time for buses.

Parents transport their own children to Dolamore Park if possible. If you cannot attend the school picnic and cannot arrange a friend to transport your child/children, please let your child’s teacher know. Staff members will transport any children who need a ride to the school picnic.

Children will need their togs and a towel for the water slide, a sun hat, sunscreen, gym shoes for the bush walk and clothing to suit the day. Children need a packed lunch and drink bottle or alternatively families can pack their own picnic basket.

The Great School Water Fight

On Wednesday 16 December we will have the annual Great School Water Fight. The Water Fight takes place after lunch and there is a separate area for Juniors and Seniors. Students need to bring along water pistols, drink bottles or containers for the water fight. No water balloons are allowed as they create too much rubbish. Please ensure your child brings their togs or shorts and a t-shirt and a towel for the water fight. Children do not have to participate, it is by choice only.

We usually go for a swim in the pool at the end of the water fight, so children need togs and towel.

Coming Up This Term …

Friday 11 to 15 December Room 1 on camp at Deep Cove.

Wednesday 16 December Great School Water Fight 1.30pm at school. Thursday 17 December School Picnic at Dolamore Park. Friday 18 December Last school day of the 2020 year. Buses run at 12.30pm.

January 27, 28 School Stationery pick up.

Wednesday 3 February Working Bee at school. Helpers wanted.

Wednesday 10 February First day of school for 2021

Values Certificates

The following students that received certificates for displaying the values of being respectful, resilient and responsible at Riversdale School. Ka Pai! You all displayed the school values so well last week.

Room 1 - Jake, Ebony, Renee.

Room 4 - Odin, Olivia, Lachie.

Room 5 - George, Lucy, Harry.

Room 7 - Natalie, Blaine, Zeke.

School Values

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 Nicole, Mihai, Eden, Meg, Archer, Daisy, Hazel, Bella and Meila who received their Bronze award last Friday. Ka Pai!

Congratulations to Max, Jaelyn, Kate, Campbell, Ella, Logan, Hunter and Aria-Lea who received their Silver award last Friday. Ka Pai!

Congratulations to Lexi who received her Gold award last Friday. Ka Pai!

Congratulations to

Mattie and her Hokonui under 12 team placed 2nd in both Technical and Display at the South Island Championship on Sunday, in the under 12 grade. They also won Display and placed 2nd in Technical at the Otago Comp on Saturday against all the South Island teams as well. Countless hours and a huge amount of work goes into Marching, bring on Nationals.

Peace Posters

1st Adam Wing

2nd Ebony Eden

3rd Renee Pomare

Highly Commended:

Amelia Nicholson

Lachie Smith

Certificate of Appreciation - Bella Grey

Working Bee

On Wednesday 3 February we will be having a working bee to paint the lines on the courts and have a general tidy up of any other jobs that need done. Your help would be greatly appreciated if you are available to attend. We will advise of times and further information via school stream in January.



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