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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

October 26th 2016

Term 4  Week 3

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

We would like to send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mrs Andrews, who is at home recovering from a serious injury sustained over the holidays.  We hope to see Mrs Andrews back in the next few weeks.  We are pleased to welcome back Mrs Peggy Seaton who is in Room 1 until Mrs Andrews is able to return.  Mrs Seaton is well known to our school and community, and is doing a great job stepping in at short notice to support the students and the team.   Please make her welcome in our school.
Sports @ WRS
I want to say thank you to the outstanding response we have had this year from families committing to our sports teams.  We have had a big increase in participation across all levels of the school, and the demand is increasing.  Sports offers an opportunity to practise all the values that we teach and encourage in our children; resilience, perseverance, commitment, respect, teamwork and cooperation, how to be a gracious loser and a humble winner.
The increase in sporting opportunities has only been possible thanks to the support and commitment from a keen group of parents who have taken on the task of managing teams and events.  The WRS Sports committee is a new initiative and one that is certainly making a difference in our school. We will be meeting in a few weeks to plan sports for 2017, so if you are keen and able to volunteer some time you are most welcome to join us.  Keep an eye on the notices for a date and time.
Touch Rugby starts tonight
Good luck to our THREE teams playing tonight in the local competition.  The games are at Kaipatiki Park (GF Rugby Club) and we are represented by students from Year 1  through to Year 6.
The games this week are:
Year 1/2 – 4:30pm against Birkenhead 2 on field 3A
Year 3/4 – 4:30pm against Birkenhead Teague on field 6
Year 5/6 – 5pm against Birkenhead on field 2


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.
  • 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.


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