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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

May 31st 2017

Term 2  Week 5

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 

Traffic Concerns around the School

Please can all drivers be vigilant about their driving behaviour around the school.  We have had two near misses in the last week, caused by people not following basic road rules.  Some of the behaviours of concern are:  parking on corners, parking on yellow lines, not stopping at pedestrian crossings, making u-turns in front of other traffic.

Because our children are not able to anticipate what cars will do on and around the road it is very important that we all follow the road rules, drive slowly around schools and consider the impulsive nature of our children.  It only takes a moment of carelessness for a tragedy to occur, and that is something we all want to avoid.

If you see driver behaviour that is dangerous or careless, you can report this directly to the Police at this website – Report a Bad Driver .  Alternatively we have forms in the school office that you can complete and send in.

Matariki Festival – June 19 – 23 June

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki).  It is also celebrated in other countries by other names; for example in Japan it is called Subaru.

This year we are celebrating Matariki at our school with a week of fun activities, culminating in a hangi lunch and Kapa Haka performances on Friday 23 June.  We are still in the planning stage for this but more information will come home soon.

 Furniture – free to a good home!

We have some furniture that we no longer have a need for.  If you are interested and able to collect it yourself, then please pop into the office on Friday and speak to Suzanne about seeing what we have.

Literacy Support for Adults

We are happy to be hosting an Adult Literacy class here at our school next term, on a Monday or Tuesday  from 9-11 am.  It is free help for NZ citizens and permanent residents, and offers help with literacy, numeracy, English language support and practical skills for managing everyday life.  We have information brochures and enrolment forms available at the office for anyone who is interested.  More information is available at this website.    Please speak to us if you are interested.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • SCHOOL HOLIDAY – 5th June for Queens Birthday weekend. School re-opens on Tuesday 6th June.
  • Team Pukeko  –  Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8 .    Team trip to Shakespeare Regional Park – Tuesday 20th June.  (Wet Weather plan – Tues 27th June)  A notice came home tonight for this trip. Team Pukeko Trip to Shakespear Regional Park  For information about the sanctuary
  • Rippa Rugby Tournament – Could all players attending this event next week please remember to bring back their Junior Rugby Player Registration Forms as soon as possible. Rippa Rugby Player Registration Form
  • Glenfield Intermediate School tours for Year 6 students and families have been offered for the following Tuesdays: 13, 20, 27 June at 9.30am, 11.30am or 2pm.
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property– Please make sure all clothing and other items are named, we have a lost property box located in the Health Room at the back of the office.  Items will also be on display during Friday’s assemblies, on the deck area in front of the library.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Term dates 

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 

  • Arbonne Raffle:  Drop by the office to purchase a ticket in our beauty raffle kindly donated by ex parent Denise Callan.  For more information about these products see the below flyer for contact information.                         


 Community News
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M Sports Rugby Kidz Skills Clinics at Windy Ridge School

M Sports are coming back to hold fun Rugby Kidz clinics at the school. Girls and boys from years 0-6 are welcome to participate. They’ll play fun games, learn exciting new skill techniques, play small matches and make new friends all under the guidance of our great team of qualified coaches.

When: 5 weekly sessions starting Tuesday 30th May 
Time: 3.10 – 3.55pm
Where: School Field
Cost: $49 per child, $24 per extra sibling

Register on the website more info please email Chris on



We would like to offer your school the opportunity for students and families to purchase tickets for our next home game taking place at the North Shore Events Centre next Wednesday 31st May – SKYCITY Mystics vs Central Pulse –  for the special rate of $10 per ticket.

Please find below the link for this offer.

Good news! It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! Marrzipan is a revolutionary self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will perform for parents and their peers at the end of term. Come along to a no-obligation Trial Lesson and see whether you like it! You can sign up for one directly via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)


The Kaipatiki Free Winter Fun “Preschool Play“  mornings, commences on Tuesday 9th May at Northcote War Memorial Hall and St Barnabas Church Hall and Thursdays Beach Haven Hall. 10am to Noon.  The two programmes on the Tuesday are similar but have a different approach to the other we hope you like what we have provided this season.  This activity is held every week from May to October on  those days in those locations.  The Free Sunday Family Playdates will be promoted at a later date when organised with venues. Information re the programme;      4848854    0274 834511  or watch our FB Pages.  Full Programme is on the website;

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Parenting Anxious Teens & Tweens course, starts Sunday 25th June (2 weeks) from 3.30-6.30pm at Raeburn House in Northcote. Cost $50 pp or $70 for couples.

Learn more about the causes, patterns and affects of anxiety in your tween or teen. Develop skills that you can use in the home to support their journey to overcome anxiety. Meet other parents who share some of your concerns and feel supported by the group and facilitator.

Confidence, Wellbeing & Employment Guidance, starts 13th June from 1pm to 2.30pm in Northcote (6 weeks) FREE to attend.

Improve your personal wellbeing and confidence, while increasing your employment prospects.

Learn to identify your strengths, discover what support is available in your community and receive coaching on job seeking skills.

To register, please call 441-8989, email, or

“Pressing The Right Buttons” Allison Moody

Saturday 17th June 7pm in the College Auditorium $15 tickets available from student finance or reservations by with name, contact and ticket numbers.  Allie is a fun, entertaining speaker but most important she has a message that is informative and life changing, you will agree with her clients……  “vibrant, insightful, funny, engaging and relevant.”  You like to sit and think – but your partner likes to talk, non-stop.  Your daughter must have everything neat’n’tidy – but her brother couldn’t care less.  You’re a born ‘get-up-and-goer’ but you’ve married to someone who has never got up and gone anywhere without being pushed.   Why?  You declare in frustration that you’re opposites, that you’re like chalk and cheese and that you just can’t figure it out!  Come along and hear Allison speak about personality differences, how people are wired and what makes people tick.  Learn how to effectively press all the right buttons to create unity and harmony in your relationships with family, friends, workmates and neighbours.

 7pm Saturday 17th June in the Rangitoto College Auditorium

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