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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

October 19th 2016

Term 4  Week 2

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

Hello, 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

 Planning for 2017
As in any school, there are many things that influence how we organise our school, and we endeavour to keep you informed as best we can.   We are in the process of organising the school for 2017; class lists, staffing placements, new staffing appointments, property allocations, new classrooms.    If you know that you are going to be moving away from the school next year, can you please inform the school office so we can factor that into our planning.  If you know of families considering joining our school next year, can you please ask them to make contact with us also.
We do not currently have an enrolment zone, but this has been discussed with us by the Ministry of Education. We are required to consult with community as part of the implementation process, so you will be fully informed if this goes ahead.
Community Of Learning  (CoL)    We have completed two major events for the Community of Learning in recent weeks; combined meetings for Boards of Trustees and school teaching staffs.  The CoL framework will begin in earnest next year as we begin to appoint staff from our various schools to leadership positions, and begin the cluster-wide professional learning plans.  We will offer some information sessions for parents next year to explain in greater details the overall goals of the Community and the specific goals as they relate to our school.
Hats, Hats,Hats   PLEASE ensure your child comes to school each day with a named sunhat. They are welcome to leave it at school. We have sunblock available for during the day if needed, but encourage families to apply this at home at the start of the day.  If children do not have a sunhat, we require them to play or sit in the shade areas.
Breakers and the Wildcats.   Good luck to the WR Wildcats as they open for the Breakers this Thursday evening – very exciting!!   I know there will be lots of support for the team, and that they will play their very best.
Labour Day holiday – MONDAY 24th October
Please remember that there is a national holiday on Monday and that the school will be closed.
Have a fabulous day and we will see you back on the Tuesday morning.


School Notices are available on the school website.

  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that as we head into summer (hopefully) children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • 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.  If you are planning a holiday in term time please advise your child’s teacher and the office.
  • 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 our car parks are not available for parent pick ups and drop offs as they are 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:  We still have a large amount of unclaimed items in the office. Follow this link to see some of these items this week Lost Property 19.10. All unclaimed items will be donated to Womans Refuge at the end of the term.
  • Scholastic Book Club: Please send in your orders by this Friday, or use the online ordering by registering at
  • Ice Packs:  We are missing a few of our first aid ice packs, if you happen to have one at home please return it to the office, thanks.


  • School Athletics Day: Friday 25th November (Week 7) sava day Monday 28th November (Week 8). To run the events successfully we require parent help on the day.  If you are available please contact John Keoghan in Room 8.
  • Cluster Athletics Day: 2nd December, sava day  9th December
  • Touch Rugby: Year 5 & 6 team training’s every lunchtime with Mr Keoghan, meet outside Room 8 after lunch eating. The year 1 & 2 team will be having a training run before their games, but if they would like to join in at lunchtime they are welcome.
  • Chess:  Chess club day has been changed this term.  We will meet in the library on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  Everyone is welcome to come along and learn how to play.

Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2016/2017

Term 4     Monday 10th October – Wednesday 14th December

School holidays during the term:  Labour Day – Mon 24 Oct

Term 1      Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017



We have our end of year Disco coming up on the 4th November.  Theme will be GLOW.  Forms came home on Monday so get your orders in now.


Community News

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The Spooky Shed Tour, Northcote Rugby Saturday 29th to Monday 31st October 5pm to 8pm.
Mothers Helpers Presents

Mum, you deserve a night out!  Gather the girls and head out to a “Mums Night Out – Movie Night” to see the hilarious movie “Bridget Jones’ Baby.”  Proceeds go to charity Mothers Helpers who are helping mums who have Postnatal Depression.  Tickets include complimentary popcorn and awesome goodie bags with contributions from Go Healthy, Essano, World Organics, Les Mills, NZ Home & Garden Magazine and more!  7:45pm Wednesday 2nd Nov West City Events Cinema.  No door sales – buy tickets here:

Community Light Party