Photo: Waahi Koru have great fun with bubbles

  RidgeView School Newsletter

19 February 2018
Issue Two
Education Review Office Report
School life
Upcoming Events
Nigel Latta - Series 2
Links and contacts
Ridgeview School
09-413 9808
1 Cutts Crescent
North Shore City, Auckland, 0632

Education Review Office Report

Photo: Waahi Pakari

Education Review Office Report

Last term, the Education Review Office conducted their scheduled audit of our school.  We have now received their report and are pleased to share the highlights with you.


The reviewers reported that:

  • The Board of Trustees, leadership team and staff prioritise equity and excellence for all children.
  • Diversity is celebrated and viewed as a strength in the school.
  • In addition to literacy and numeracy, students achieve very well in relation to other school-valued outcomes, demonstrating: (i) confidence in themselves as learners, (ii) having a strong sense of belonging in school, (iii) using values to support their positive       interactions with others and (iv) actively involving themselves in learning and contributing to the life of the school.
  • Whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, mahi tahi, and ako are significant features of the school's culture. Children fulfil tuakana/teina roles in a safe and inclusive environment, and their voices are respectfully heard and valued by their peers and adults.
  • Maori students are achieving at higher levels than previous years and an increasing number achieve above expectation.
  • Children, parents, whanau and community groups feel supported through affirming relationships with the school.  The school has an innovative approach to involving whanau in child-led conferences.  
  • Staff focus their school goals, practices and decision-making on what is best for children.  Teachers collaboratively reflect on and consider their practice to identify ways to improve their strategies for catering for children's diverse learning and well-being requirements.  This learner-focused approach to school decision-making and inquiry is resulting in positive outcomes for children.
  • The Board provides good stewardship.  Trustees are strongly committed to the community and children.  They work collaboratively and successfully to contribute to student outcomes, learning and wellbeing.


The full report will be made public and published online within the next month.

School life

Photo: Mr Solanki guiding a group in a Treaty of Waitangi discussion

Treaty of Waitangi

On Monday, 5th February our students learnt about the Treaty of Waitangi and investigated how the principles could be applied to our learning environments.


Waahi Koru learnt that the Treaty of Waitangi is an important agreement that means everyone in New Zealand understands the expectations. They made their own treaty by writing down the things that they agreed would make a positive class.


Our older students in Waahi Pakari investigated and presented the following concepts in groups:

  • What makes our school unique to Aotearoa?
  • How can we include everyone in our learning environment?
  • "Nothing about us, without us"

Student Led Conferences

This Wednesday, 21st and Thursday, 22nd February we will be holding our first Student Led Conferences of the year. 


Thank you for using the online booking form sent via email.  Confirmation of your appointment time will be sent home today.


Student-led conferences are meetings between parents, teachers and students.  As students adopt greater responsibility for their learning, they take over the leadership of the meeting and the classroom teacher becomes a facilitator in the conference process.


This first conference will focus on establishing academic and personal goals for the next six months.


We look forward to meeting with you and your child later this week.


Classroom swimming lessons continue to be delayed due to problems with our filter and pump.  We will let you know via email when these have been fixed and the water quality has stabilised. 


When swimming resumes, we ask that children bring their togs and towel in a waterproof bag on following swimming days.


Waahi Koru:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Waahi Pakari: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


As previously communicated, we suggest students bring their togs every day in case we can organise lunchtime swimming or water play.


Using digital tools

Our students use digital tools to support their learning in literacy, numeracy and inquiry topics.  Waahi Koru students will be making use of classroom Ipads and stand alone computers.  Waahi Pakari students will be using Google Classroom and collaborative documents to share their learning with their teacher  and parents.  They may also make use of their google account to complete home-based tasks.

Teacher Only Day - Term 2

We remind families that school will be closed on Friday, 1st June.  On this day, teachers across our Community of Learning schools will attend their annual conference.  The focus of this year's conference is Learner Agency.  Our teachers will learn together and share the expectations they have of our students as they transition from Early Learning Centers to Primary School to Middle School and then to High School.


We ask that you diarise this date if you haven't already.

Upcoming Events

Events and Activities for Term 1

Monday, 19th February

Classroom swimming lessons begin.  Students to bring togs and towel in a waterproof bag on their classes' swimming days please.  Please also ensure your child has pre-applied sun-cream.


Confirmation of Student Led Conference booking times sent home today.


Wednesday, 21st February

9.00am Scholastic Bookclub orders due to school

3.15pm - 5.30pm Student Led Conferences


Thursday, 22nd February
Coffee, biscuits and a discussion with the Principal about modern teaching and learning.


3.15pm - 7.30pm

Student Led Conferences


Friday, 25th February

Subway lunch orders


Wednesday, 7th March

6.00pm Board of Trustees meeting in the staffroom


Friday, 16th March

1.00pm- 3.00pm Whole School Swimming Carnival and BBQ


Tuesday, 20th March

Interschool Swimming Competition at Coatesville School for selected 8yr+ students


Thursday, 29th March

1.30pm - 3.00pm

Whole School Biathlon


Friday, 30th March - Tuesday, 3rd April

School closed - Easter

School resumes on Wednesday, 4th April


Wednesday, 4th April

6.00pm Board of Trustees meeting in the staffroom


Friday, 13th April

3.00pm School finishes for Term 1

Term 2 begins at 9.00am on Monday, 30th April


Nigel Latta - Series 2

Mind Over Money TV Show with Nigel Latta

Ruckus Media Ltd is producing the 2nd series of Mind Over Money with Nigel Latta, New Zealand’s best known psychologist.


The television show is an accessible and insightful primetime series that takes an entertaining look at our relationship with money. 


Mind Over Money upends the assumptions we make about our behaviour with money and explores our spending, splurging and saving habits. This programme is made up of six half-hour episodes that promise not to nag viewers about saving or opening a cheque

account – instead it delves deeper into the psychology of money and shares simple life hacks to making better financial decisions.


Latta will be filming an episode of his second series of Mind Over Matter at our school on Saturday, 3rd March.  We are looking for expressions of interest from 40 adults to take part in three experiments with Nigel and his filming crew on this day.


If you would like to express an interest in being part of Nigel's second series, please complete a google form via this link:


You may also like to view the first series via the following link.

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