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Right Choice Reward


What a day!  Thanks to the Manawatu Standard photographers for these great photos.


Year Six Farewell

We farewelled our Year Sixes on Tuesday night.  Congratulations to all Year Sixes and especially to Ana and Luke,  joint winners of the Bergerson Trophy for all-round excellence and Sara who was awarded the new Arts Trophy.


Junior Neighbourhood Support Winners

Congratulations to Saul and Natalya for winning the BIG prize.  Enjoy some of their writing about the day.

My Moment

It is the day I find out if I will get my big chance. It's 11:50 - 40 more minutes until the Junior Neighbourhood Support winners are announced. "Dang," I think.

  "Its going to be a longer assembly today so we are going at 12.15," says TC, my teacher. 

  "This is great," I think in my mind. I look at my watch. It's 12.00. I know that time is moving but it seems like it it's just, well, stuck. Come on... five more minutes until assembly... two more minutes... one more minute... Ding Ding Ding!!!!

 My palms are sweaty as I enter the school hall.  My brain is racing, my heart is pumping. I go to sit down and I can't feel my legs.  I'm

just numb with excitement.

   "Ok now everybody, here are the two winners of the big prize.  The first is a Year Five from LC13."   I have this in the bag. "Saul Pasene."

This is great. This is wonderful. I think its the best thing in my life.  This feeling flies and sparks in  my stomach.  It is my moment.

by Saul, LC13


Now it’s my big day and as I come out from the office all I can hear is children and teachers saying, Good luck".  I get my big helmet on and I am struggling to see.  Suddenly the police officer lifts me onto his 1000cc BMW motorbike.  I am trembling like someone shaking a drink. I'm off like the speed of lightning.

In the nick of time I am at the airport, ready to go to the rescue helicopter.  I'm soaring through the sky, seeing the awesome views and looking at small schools.

Next it's to the council to have some yummy morning tea at the mayor’s office.  I am scared because Jono and some police officers are sitting by me.

At ten pin bowling I come 1st at bowling out of the girls and 2nd out of everyone.  Yeah!  It's time to go to one of my favourite eating places: Breakers.  I am only one to have a kiddy meal.

Finally at the squash gym we have some lessons on how to hit the squash ball.

And that’s my neighborhood support day.

by Natayla, LC13


Choir Prize Winner

Congratulations, James, and thank you for being such a loyal reliable and enthusiastic choir member for so many years.  We wish you well as you head to Intermediate and hope you continue to enjoy the joy of music.

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Athletics Day

The rough weather moved aside so that Riverdale students could enjoy a huge day of running, jumping and throwing at the Massey Athletics Track on Tuesday.

Thank you Mr McCallum and your trusty team of assistants for all your hard work and organisation.
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More photos (taken by Mrs McCallum)


Digi Awards Success

Congratulations to all Riverdale students who had their work forwarded to the Digi Award finals.  Three projects from Riverdale School were selected for the finals out of over 600 entries from all around the Manawatu.

They were:

  • 'Rippa World Cup' by Ana, Maddi and Payton (Documentary category).
  • 'Kids Stay Kids' by Sophie, Sara, Tyler, Campbell, Cindy and Rebecca (Advertisement category)
  • 'We Are Who We Are' by Ana, Maddi, Linda, Jaime, Aidan, Lucy, Tom and Matthew (Advertisement category)
"We Are Who We Are" won the best advertisement for Year Four to Six students AND the supreme Year Four to Six award.  They also won a fabulous Laser printer.
Congratulations to all involved, and especially to the finalists and winners.  Take a look at what our students have created.

Official Photo Link


Great Writing Following DARE Fun Day

Water up my nose, gasping for breath, I can only hear the rushing of water.  As my lungs feel the air wafting down my throat, a new energy surges through my chest.  My feet are paddling like an out of control jackhammer.  Once again I am filled with oxygen, as I enter a dark, blue pit; deep and unfathomable.  Going where only the bravest swimmers go.  I lurch, as the Lazy River suddenly sucks me into its pull, dragging me into its watery depths below.  As my underpants give me a very painful wedgie, my heart thumps through my skin.  An evil voice is saying, “You’ll never make it, Josh.  You’ll drown!”  Trying to shake away the thought, I relax.  As I exit the pool, grandma hands shaking, I know this will be a day to remember.

By Josh R, LC11


Snow in Palmy?  Yeah Right!


Enjoy this writing from Riverdale students:

Monday was a sunny day.

I went to school and came back then around 4.00pm started the falling flakes of joy.

I got my gloves, pants, coat, and hat then chucked on my shoes then wooooooosh - I am out of the house and stealing snow off people cars.

I'm making giant snow balls out of snow then I bring Mum outside and the snow fight begins!!

After a while we run out of snow and go inside to have a nice warm shower and we have tea. During tea a power cut happens for about 1 hour.

Power is back on. I finish tea, do my homework then go to bed. Next day I wake up and look outside the window and voila the water has turned into ice and everything I chuck on the ice just slides to the frozen grass.

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Tianau, LC12:

Cloudy with a chance of snow!!Last night was like none other than I have experienced in my whole life. People of Palmerston North were stoked to see snow, for some it is there first time to touch snow or to see snow fall. I thought it was hail but it was not, in fact it was snow so I ran outside and started playing I ran home put some pants on. Me and my brother had a snow ball fight at home my brother hit me in the face really hard and it hurt. After the fight we got our dog and took him for a walk to Ongley Park at the park we tried to throw snow balls at my dog and he just ate them. Then we went home and ate dinner shortly after dinner there was a power cut it went for 25 minutes. Last night will be my highlight of the year.
Jack, LC11:

Winter wonderland

throwing snowballs on the ground

the sun is glistening on the ice

reflecting all around

my toes are frozen stiff

the fun begins when the snow falls

and stops when the snow melts away

LC13 Highlights
Natalya:
I put my head out to taste some snow but the snow only tasted like ice cold water.
The snow feels like soft feathers down from the dark grey sky.
The snow didnt sound like rain it only sounded like a little baby sound a sleep.
In the end I end up making a snow ball to start a snow ball fight.
Jaime:
I witness my little brother laughing his head off all because of one stupid snowball. It’s like a tall sharp knife digging into the middle of a helpless soft sponge! I start to scream as it gently rolls off my shivering skin. 
Ana:
I look up I see the beautiful snow falling from the sky it looks like little drops of cloud falling from the sky.   I leap outside into the glacial air. I already have goosebumps shooting up my spine. When I look up the snow is floating round in the air like little bits of fluff that don’t want to hit the ground. I’m in a a Snowy Winter Wonder Land.
Alana:
I look up into the sky. I see tiny white balls drifting lazily on to the deck!  The snow feels soft like swan feathers, I notice it is falling down in mini spirals. I feel like an ice block as a shiver runs down my spine.  I hope it snows tomorrow!
Sophie:
WOW it tastes like fluffy ice cream but falling from the dark shadowy sky.  It feels like foam. Its my kind of winter wonderland.


Our Rippa Team did us Proud


Riverdale School put on a huge welcome for our conquering Rippa Rugby World Cup heroes.  Finishing 4th in the competition at North Harbour Stadium this week was an outstanding achievement for our players.

Congratulations to the team - Matt McCallum and Paula Whenuaroa (coaches), Tom (captain), Samuel, Tipene, Woodrow, Noah, Ana, Sara, Maddi, Sophie and Payton.

For more photos, click this link.

Look at these other links:

NZ Herald video – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/video.cfm?c_id=4&gal_cid=4&gallery_id=120747

TV1 news – http://tvnz.co.nz/rugby-world-cup/video-nz-schools-take-fields-1-38-4345135

TV 3 news – http://www.3news.co.nz/Henrys-men-will-not-become-complacent/tabid/317/articleID/221349/Default.aspx

Stuff photos – http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-sport/5416136/Rippa-day-for-little-Kiwi-teams

Facebook site set up by Michael Lindsay, coach of Canada (Albany) - https://www.facebook.com/#!/RippaWorlsCup


Senior Skyscrapers’ Technology Market Day

Posted on September 8, 2011 by TC

Tomorrow is the big day our Seniors have been working hard towards.  They have been learning about the Technology process and using it to design and make a huge range of products.  Come along tomorrow and see for yourselves, and maybe find some great Christmas presents.  Funds raised will go to buy iPod Touches for Senior classes.

Because we at Riverdale School believe in our ‘Connected Curriculum’ students have also been learning about advertising in Literacy time.  Enjoy some of the advertisements they have made.

Catching up on some extra events

Posted on July 8, 2011 by TC

The Year Five Boys’ team received their certificates for coming first at the Manawatu Interschool Cross Country event.  Noah came in first place, Sam came second, Luke was 9th and Caleb 10th.

The Boys High Band popped in to give us a concert.  It was great to see Adam and Rowan come back to visit their old school.


Lynette Kenyon organised a visit for the Senior Skyscrapers from Dave Rennie and some of his Turbos.

(more photos here)

Lynette also brought some Jets to talk about leadership and work with some lucky Seniors.

(more photos here)

The Senior Skyscrapers did a gigantic park clean-up  at Waitoetoe Park.

(more photos here)


Lynne Burgess’s sabbatical study report

Posted on June 29, 2011 by TC

Click on this link to download Lynne’s report about the latest research on the teaching and learning of statistics in primary schools.


Science Expo

Posted on June 13, 2011 by TC

It was fantastic to see so many families attending the Science Expo over the week end.  Your enthusiasm and support means so much to your children and us as a school.  It makes all the hard work feel worthwhile.  Click this link to see a 360 degree panorama of the hall as it looked for the Expo.  Thanks to Mr McNaught for the great shot.

Cross Country

  The sun shone for Riverdale School at this year’s cross country event.  Here are all the race winners.

Click this link for lots more photos

Rippa Result for Riverdale Rippa Rugby

Posted on April 14, 2011 by TC

The challenge: Win the Palmerston North Schools’ Rippa Rugby Tournament

The reward:  Travel to North Harbour, meet up with the All Blacks and play in a National Rippa Rugby Tournament around World Cup time

Just making one of the two Riverdale teams to go to the tournament was a test. Many talented players trialled, with 24 finally being selected.  The teams trained every lunchtime for several weeks.  Then came the big day.

Five round robin games were played.  Mr McNaught’s Riverdale Hawks team won won the same number of games as the other teams in its pool, but missed out on the play-offs because of points differential.

Mr McCallum’s Falcons team came top in its pool, won its semi and found themselves in the final.  I’ll leave it up to Samuel P to report what happened:

We are in the final facing Ashhurst, our arch enemies.  They score. 0-1 nil to them.  Then again and again.  It’s 0-3.  Now we score three in a row.  Both teams score more tries. The hooter blows and it’s 6-6.  That’s it – we are going to go into extra time.  It’s 2-0 to us, then they score. 2-1. The game is over.  We’ve won.  Everybody rushes on.  We  are handed the trophy. We are told that we will be going to fly up to stay in a motel and see the All Blacks and then we play in the North Harbour Stadium in a Mini World Cup. I am taking a ball up to get signatures on.

The result: Victory

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Posted on March 4, 2011 by TC

Thank you to Riverdale Families for reaching into your wallets and showing such tremendous generosity.  Our school has raised $2184.50!  You have shown that a disaster like Christchurch has suffered is very close to all of us.  Thank you.

 

More photos here

Earthquake Appeal

Posted on March 2, 2011 by TC

Riverdale School is holding a RED & BLACK day on Friday 4th March to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.  Children can come dressed in Red & Black clothing/costume/hat etc. All donations will be given to the Red Cross Earthquake appeal.

Children can bring along a donation to their classroom which will be placed on a class ‘letter’ (each class has a letter spelling ‘Christchurch!’).  At 10.45am on Friday we will have a short parade and display our donations from each class.

We also have a donation box in the school office if you would like to post in an envelope.

The city of Christchurch was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22, causing widespread devastation to the city. The quake caused significant loss of life and injury, as well as severly damaging buildings, infrastructure and services. Red Cross is there providing essential support and humanitarian assistance where needed.

Red Cross has over 130 trained staff and volunteers from all over New Zealand currently working in Christchurch to support the relief efforts. Teams from Australia have arrived to add further support. Sixty Red Cross welfare volunteers are working with the Christchurch City Council, going door to door in teams of two, to check in on affected people in the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch.

All funds raised will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods. As weeks go by, different needs will be identified and Red Cross, there for the long haul with your help, will be meeting them.

Swimming Sports

Posted on February 28, 2011 by TC

Riverdale School is holding a RED & BLACK day on Friday 4th March to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.  Children can come dressed in Red & Black clothing/costume/hat etc.

All donations will be given to the Red Cross Earthquake appeal.

Children can bring along a donation to their classroom which will be placed on a class ‘letter’ (each class has a letter spelling ‘Christchurch!’).  At 10.45am on Friday we will have a short parade and display our donations from each class.

We also have a donation box in the school office if you would like to post in an envelope.

The city of Christchurch was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22, causing widespread devastation to the city. The quake caused significant loss of life and injury, as well as severly damaging buildings, infrastructure and services. Red Cross is there providing essential support and humanitarian assistance where needed.

Red Cross has over 130 trained staff and volunteers from all over New Zealand currently working in Christchurch to support the relief efforts. Teams from Australia have arrived to add further support. Sixty Red Cross welfare volunteers are working with the Christchurch City Council, going door to door in teams of two, to check in on affected people in the Eastern suburbs of Christchurch.

All funds raised will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods. As weeks go by, different needs will be identified and Red Cross, there for the long haul with your help, will be meeting them.

Delightful Duathlon

Posted on February 17, 2011 by TC

On a balmy February evening the Riverdale community came out to support its kids as they ran, biked and ran again.  Congratulations first to all the winners of some hard-fought races and well done to all who dared to enter.

 


Thanks to the PTA for making sure there was some great food and well done to Matt McCallum and his team of trusty teachers and ex-students for 

organising and running the event.

More photos this way…


Japanese Students Visit our School

Posted on February 17, 2011 by TC

Riverdale School welcomed a group of Japanese secondary school students last week.  Our students performed three waiata with great enthusiasm.  The students spent lunchtime in the playground with our kids and then went back to classrooms to see some Kiwi classrooms in action.

 



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