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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

July 6th  2016

Week 10 Term 2

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal

Student Led Conferences – Wednesday August 3rd from 2pm  – SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.30 PM.

Student Led Conferences are an opportunity for your child to reflect on their learning and explain in their own words their effort and achievements so far this year.  This process is powerful in developing both accountability and responsibility, contributing towards our goal of growing independent and reflective learners. Teachers will be available in rooms to clarify or expand on any information the children share with you.  If you have specific questions or concerns, it would be useful to communicate those to the teacher prior to the meeting so they can ensure they address them at the conference, or make another time to meet with you.  Mrs Millard will also be available to speak with those families involved with the ESOL programmes.

You can book a conference time at (code fkrxn). See the office if you have issues with this or need help making a booking.

If you need help with Childcare on this afternoon, please make contact with Steve ( 021 298 7926 )  who runs the Afterschool programme as he will be opening early that day.

Room Changes and Staffing

Next term we open a new classroom – Room 6 – in the room that previously held our school library.  Mrs Turner will be opening that room with our newest students, and working closely with Miss Weston in Room 7 to develop a smaller version of the Fantail team learning environment.  This will bring a change for Room 7 also, and we are waiting to confirm the appointment of an experienced teacher in the next few days.  She will take the literacy block each day for Room 7, and will be working alongside Mrs Turner so there is continuity for the students.

Mr Taylor and Mrs Walker have been working very hard to move the library resources over to the classroom space in the Hall, and everything is looking fabulous there now.   You will have an opportunity to see the ‘new’ library on the Conference afternoon, as it will be open for the Scholastic Book Fair and the Glenfield Intermediate staff ‘Q&A’ opportunity.

Sports Coaching – Free training session

We are hosting a free training session for anyone interested in sports coaching, either here at school or in clubs elsewhere. The session is here at school on THURSDAY evening at 7pm.  Meet in the staffroom.   You are most welcome to join us – just let the office know if you can come so we know who to expect.

End of term information

It has been a very busy term and everyone is feeling a bit tired, especially our students.  They have worked very hard this term and will need the two week break to recharge their batteries ready for yet another busy term.  Many thanks to the large number of parents that have supported our teams on school trips this term; if the photos are anything to go by everyone had a great time at their various events and activities.

Please note that school closes this Friday at the normal time (3pm), and Term Three starts back on Monday 25 July at 8.30am.   As we prepare to head off for the holiday break, we remind you to feel welcome to use the school grounds over this time.  We do ask that if children are here at the school that they are supervised by an adult, and that they try not to distract the adults working in the school over this time; OSCAR Holiday programme, teachers in classrooms, cleaners, property maintenance contractors etc.  Please phone the police if you have concerns about how other people or groups of people are using the grounds.  We really appreciate your support in ensuring our buildings and property remains safe.

Please keep an eye out for reports and newsletters coming home on FRIDAY.

As always, thank you for your on-going support of our school

Brenda McPherson.



Term dates and Upcoming Events

  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am each day. We do follow up lateness and absence as we are required to report on both to the Ministry of Education and the Board of Trustees.
  • Banking day is Thursday – please send ASB envelopes to the office.
  • Ez Lunch available all days of the week now. Please go to to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • PTA Facebook – Information about our fabulous PTA is available online on Facebook. Search ‘Windy Ridge School PTA’ for the page and join up for updates and information about events and news.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – you need to request to be part of this page. Search – Windy Ridge Parents. It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff’.
  • Parking: Parents please remember that the front car park is not available for parent drop offs as it is for staff and disability parking only.  Also remember that when you are parking in Valley View Road there are signs limiting parking between 8.45-9.15am and 2.45-3.15pm. Please park outside the designated area or be aware that this is a ticketable traffic offence.
  • Lost Property:  This ever growing pile will be displayed on the halls steps until Friday, when we will donate what is left to Women’s Refuge.  Please remember to name your child’s clothing so that when found it can be returned to them.


School Terms 2016

Term 2     Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July

Term 3     Monday 25th July – Friday 23rd September

Term 4     Monday 10th October – Wednesday 14th December (tbc)

School holidays during the term:

  • Labour Day – Mon 24 Oct

Team Fantail Swimming Term 3:  Every Friday from 29th July for 8 weeks.

Leadership Certificates:  This week we had a special assembly to celebrate leadership, congratulations to the following students who received certificates.  Maria T, Emilie S, Ambar G, Sadie B, Charlotte L, Tyler K, Hannah D, Motuhu O.  A special congratulations to Lucy L for receiving the Young Leadership Award.

Enviro:  Thank you to CJ Donaldson for generously donating his free time this term to maintain our orchard and gardens and  sharing activities with the Enviro team.


Chocolate Fundraiser:  Thank you to all of our families for supporting this, we still have a few boxes outstanding so please remember to return your money or chocolates by this Friday.

Community News

Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome drama classes at school, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. All children receive an end of term progress report too, along with a certificate to remind them they are awesome! Give me a call to come along for a no-obligation trial class, or just a chat to discuss how our classes can benefit your child’s development. Contact Jex on 027 217 0693 or email

Klay Master Term 3 After School Program
Starting 27th July, this 9-week program runs every Wednesday from 3.30 – 4.30pm at the Glenfield Community Centre. Klay Master get kids using their hands, showing kids aged 5 – 12 years how to create art using colourful polymer clays. All materials provided and weekly masterpieces can be baked in a regular house-hold oven to finish. Bookings essential so if you are interested in joining the Term 3 program at the Glenfield Community Centre, contact Amanda: 021 148 3821 and for more information visit:

Numberwork’snwords holiday programme. We are running a 3 day holiday programme during July,

2-4 daily. Dates are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 19 th – 21 st July. Cost $312 per child. Please

phone 489-8388 or email