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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

June 21st 2017

Term 2  Week 8

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 


This week we have been learning about Matariki and doing a range of activities to celebrate. Our new learning culminates at the end of this week in a celebration on Friday where we will be having our hangi lunch followed by a special performance by our kapa haka group.

We have sold 180 tickets already and so this afternoon your child should have brought home another order form for any adults who would like to order a small hangi plate on Friday.       If you would like to try our hangi lunch, please get your orders in to the school office (cash please) by THURSDAY afternoon – Hangi Order Form for Parents & Caregivers .  We only have about 100 tickets remaining, so don’t leave it till Friday as we may not have tickets left.  We are still accepting children’s orders also.

A HUGE thank you must go to Jason ‘Chopper’ Gerbes who is taking the lead on organising our hangi, and his fantastic team of volunteers who are coming in at different times Thursday and Friday to help us out.  (Everyone should know by now who is needed and when.)

The hangi preparation starts on Thursday afternoon when the pit will be dig. The team will light the fire on Friday morning about 4am for those keen enough to come and have a look. The fire is to heat the rocks and then the hangi will go down around 7am.

The Friday afternoon programme starts at 1.30 pm with a special powhiri to welcome two special visitors from Auckland Council then a performance from our fantastic kapa haka group after that.  All our families are most welcome to join us for the afternoon and if you have never experienced a powhiri you can even join the Councillors for the formal welcome.

THURSDAY – Don’t forget to send your potato or kumara to school to be peeled for our hangi. (Peelers greatly appreciated – please name and send in a plastic bag.)

Tuesday Happenings at WRS

Pukeko Team had a fantastic day yesterday at the Shakespear Open Sanctuary learning about native birds and conservation. It was  a long day but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, thanks to the excellent planning and fantastic volunteer helpers – thanks team!   While they were away our Fantail team had their big day learning about the people who can help us, with assistance from St Johns, Auckland Council, and the NZ Fire Service.  A highlight was definitely the visit from the Fire Truck!


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Glenfield Intermediate School tours for Year 6 students and families have been offered for the following Tuesdays:  27th June at 9.30am, 11.30am or 2pm. Glenfield Intermediate Year 6 Information
  • 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.
  • 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: Congratulations to Donna Wilson on winning the gift basket and thanks to Denise Callan for kindly donating the prize.                        


 Community News
Childrens Art Classes – Holiday Program
Scratchpad Technology Learning Centre – Minecraft



It’s almost time for our AUCKLAND HOLIDAY WORKSHOP with Zac and Jen!
The Marrzipan Holiday Workshop runs from 10am-4pm Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th July. Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day!
Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment.
For more information check out our website – Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!


Both weeks of the School Holidays Tuesday 11th July to Wednesday 19th July 2017 

Ages 9-13 Boys and GirlsThe cost is $115 for all 3 days of each week.  Thus $230 if you wanted to do all days of both weeks. Single days will cost $45 each.

Register online now at

  • Ages 8 – 9 Girls and Boys         Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 10 – 11 Girls                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 10 – 11 Boys                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 12 – 13 Girls                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 12 – 13 Boys                     Becroft Park 9am till midday


Tuesday 11th July                        Monday 17th July

Wednesday 12th July                 Tuesday 18th July

Thursday 13th July                    Wednesday 19th July

Enquiries If you have any questions regarding our Holiday Coaching Programme please feel free to contact Karyn Parle email Register online now at

Lost black mico scooter, left in school grounds over Queens Birthday weekend.
Contact  T Seuseu 021 988 033,  there will be a big box of Chocolates for a reward.

Edventure Great Outdoors Camp July 10-14
Calling all 8-13 yr olds! Based at Aongatete Lodge, Katikati, we have planned a range of activities including tramping, rock wall, archery, Martha Mine, Karangahake gorge, hot pools, orienteering, team building, camp cooking and other camp challenges. (kayaking and fishing weather dependent). $455 OSCAR available, pick ups Auckland- North Shore, Central and Papakura. this camp is going to be AWESOME!!! or 02102241576



July 1-day Holiday Programmes
Relieve school holiday boredom by booking your children into a full day of bouncy fun!

Monday            10thJuly
Friday              14thJuly
Monday            17thJuly
Friday              21st July

Cost: $60 per 1-day course

Times: 9am to 3pm

Holiday Prog Enrolment Form (1 day courses) July 2017


July 3-day Holiday Programmes
Come along to our popular 3-day courses to learn some new skills, make some new trampoline friends and have heaps of fun!

Tuesday 11th to 13th July
Tuesday 18th to 20th July

Cost: $120 per 3-day course

Times: 9am to 12pm each day

Holiday Prog Enrolment Form (3 day courses) July 2017

Venue: North Shore Trampoline Club (based at North Shore Events Centre), Silverfield  (off Porana Rd), Wairau Valley



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;



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





Wairau Intermediate School will be holding open days during school hours on Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August and an open evening on Thursday 31 August from 7.00-8.30pmCurrent Year 6 children and their parents / caregivers are invited to visit the school during these times.  Enrolment packs will be available at the open days and evening and can also be obtained by phoning the Wairau Intermediate School Office on 410 7805.  Our enrolment week is Monday 4 – Friday 8 September during school hours.   Year 6 students from our main contributing schools will be attending transition days in August.   Should you wish your child to come along and join in on one of these visits, this can be arranged by phoning the school office.
 Animates - free school holiday activites
The Forest School Holiday Program
Rotary Book Fair  – Rotary Northcote annual bookfair

Art in the Holidays

Drawing and Painting one-day workshop for ages 7 – 12 yrs.

With step-by-step instruction from artist Eion Bryant children will draw then create a vibrant acrylic painting learning tips and techniques along the way.

Venue: Beach Haven Community House, Beach Haven, Monday 10th July, 10am – 3.00pm

Cost: $50 (includes all materials)

BOOKINGS:, ph. 483 6703