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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

May 3rd 2017

Term 2  Week 1

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

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

Welcome back everyone.

Welcome back to the new term, and a special welcome to all our new families starting with us.  Our school-wide Inquiry this term is “Where we are in Time and Place”  and this will be approached in different ways by different teams, depending on the age and interests of the children in that team.  We will also be looking at “Being Brainy” – a science study on brain development and neurology. This unit is supported by Auckland University neurologists who will  be visiting each class next week. A pink newsletter came home on Monday about this and is also available on the school website.                      More team-specific information will come home in the next week or so.


We are delighted to welcome Ms Lynley Bendall to our teaching team this term.  Lynley comes to us with a wealth of experience in early childhood education, and is working in the Fantail team.  Please say HI when you see her and make her feel welcome in our school.

We are also pleased to announce that Mrs Sarah Turner is the newly appointed Team Leader of the Fantail team.  This will be a big job as we anticipate that by the end of this year we will have 5 classes in this team.

We would also like to welcome Caroline Walker, a trainee teacher who is working in our school (Room 10) over the next five weeks.  We enjoy having university students in our school as they bring new ideas and energy to the rooms they work in.


Our school was represented at Anzac Day celebrations in the holidays by our prefects, but also by a large number of students participating in other community groups. It was a lovely service and we laid a wreath on behalf of our school community.

Holiday Reading  I have spent time over the holidays reading some professional articles, and found the following very interesting.  We talk a lot to our students about having a growth mindset and demonstrating resilience (or grit) in their approach to learning, and these ideas will be reinforced in our ‘Being Brainy’ unit also. These excerpts from one article I read explain a little more about these ideas.

‘Science says parents of successful kids have these things in common’

They value effort over avoiding failure.

Where kids think success comes from also predicts their attainment.  Over decades, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has discovered that children (and adults) think about success in one of two ways. Over at the always-fantastic Brain Pickings, Maria Popova says they go a little something like this:

A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens that we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.

At the core is a distinction in the way you assume your will affects your ability, and it has a powerful effect on kids. If kids are told that they aced a test because of their innate intelligence, that creates a “fixed” mindset. If they succeeded because of effort, that teaches a “growth” mindset.

 They teach “grit.”

In 2013, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth won a MacArthur “genius” grant for her uncovering of a powerful, success-driving personality trait called grit. Defined as a “tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals,” her research has correlated grit with educational attainment, grade-point average in Ivy League undergrads, retention in West Point cadets, and rank in the US National Spelling Bee.  It’s about teaching kids to imagine — and commit — to a future they want to create.

SAFETY Request – Please can you encourage your children to wear shoes at school when in the playground.  We have a number of trees that drop small needles at this time of year, and they feel and act like prickles, getting stuck in small soft feet.


**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****

  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that children should still bring sunhats to 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 am 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 is available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • Mothers’ Day gift from Ezlunch

    Ezlunch offers a great food service for our school, ordered online through, and have just let us know about their Mothers’ Day promotion. Please read below…

    It’s time to celebrate Mums – and how better than to skip the lunch making and read a magazine instead! Place an order with

    ezlunch for delivery 8th – 12th May and be in the draw for a $50 magazine voucher to gift to Mum on Mothers’ Day.

    Go to to book your lunch and be in to win. Winners will be notified by email and/or phone on Friday 12th May.

  • 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’
  • Scholastic Books – please return orders to school by Friday 5th May
  • Netball Year 4/5
    Practices will be after school Wednesdays (weather permitting)

    First game at Westlake Girls courts starts Saturday 13th May. Games will be between 10-12noon. More information here

Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2017

Term 2      Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July

Term 3      Monday 24 July – Friday 29 Sept

Term 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec

PTA News

 Community News
Raeburn house

Young at Art After School Classes for children aged 5yrs-15yrs are open for bookings in Beach Haven for Term 2. Inspire and encourage your young creative while they learn technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings please check out or email:

THE FLASH BANG SCIENCE CLUB After School Classes for children aged 7yrs+ are open for bookings in Beach Haven. Bring science to life with fun filled, action packed science and technology sessions. For more information and bookings please check out or email:



After-School Art Class for ages 7-12 yrs

A structured drawing and painting program with full-time artist/art tutor. Fun and focused.

Tuesdays 3.30 – 5pm for 6 weeks, starts May 23 at Highbury House, Birkenhead. Cost $105.00

Bookings essential: email, Ph. 4836703


Learn tools to feel confident speaking English.  Tuesdays 16 May – 20 June, 7-9pm Community Trust Rooms @ No. 12 Greenhithe Road

BRAVE workshops 




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