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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

August 2nd 2017

Term 3  Week 2

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)

Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

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, Cześć

News from the Principal 

‘ What Now’ TV filming

Today was very exciting with the TV crew in from ‘What Now’ to film our school and students.  They spent a little time in most rooms and spoke to the children about what they like about WRS and their learning.  The day ended with an obstacle race for the House Captains, complete with water foam and gunge, with loud support from the rest of the school.  The children went home wet, muddy and very happy.  We will let you know when the programme will air on TV.

Staffing – new positions

We are pleased to welcome Mrs Julia Sides to our team, working one day per week in the Fantail team. Julia will be supporting Miss Ford as she continues her professional training and development.

Congratulations to Miss Amanda Hurley and Mrs Sarah Turner who have been appointed to In-School Leader positions to work on the Community of Learning goals.  Sarah will be working on a project developing systems and protocols for transitioning students from Early Childhood education into our primary schools, and Amanda will be leading the work we are doing in our school around assessment and making learning visible to our learners. Both teachers will be working with teachers from our other CoL schools. They will continue to be WRS classroom teachers, as well as contributing to the work of our Community of Learning.

 Review – school policy

We invite you to participate in a review of our Learning Support policy.  This is completed online and provides us with feedback about the delivery of support for children with special learning or behaviour needs.  In order to contribute to the review

  1. Visit the website SchoolDocs – WRS
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.  Thank you for your feedback and support.

Family Information Evenings

This term we have planned for two evening events for families to come along to school and participate in some activities.  The first will be an evening where we ask for your ideas, opinions and feedback on a range of different topics important to our school. The second will be some workshops for you to learn some games and activities to help support your child’s learning at home.   We have planned for these evenings on the 23rd August and 20th September – we will send reminders in future newsletters.

Traffic management

Auckland Transport have informed us that they will be in our area in the next few weeks monitoring traffic and driver behaviour. They will be issuing tickets for illegal or dangerous driving and parking, so please be aware of what the road rules are about speed limits, bus stops, corners, driveways and limited time parking.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Monday 31st July to Tuesday 8th August in the school library, look out for more information coming home next term.
  • Science in a Van – 30th August  – newsletter on the school website and Facebook  Science in a Van
  • Dance – Hip Hop Yr 4 Dance Hip Hop Year 4 starting yesterday and every Tuesday afternoon for the next 5 weeks.
  • Dance – Ballroom Yrs 5 & 6 Dance Ballroom Year 5 & 6 starting tomorrow and every Thursday afternoon for 6 weeks.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 2 Pukeko team, we will be starting the assembly at 9.20am with the Book Fair Parade followed by the normal assembly. Week 4 Fantail team, Week 6 Tui team, Week 8 Falcon team, Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • Team Falcon Trip –  Kelly Tartltons Friday 18th August Team Falcon – Kelly Tarltons Trip
  • THERE IS NO CAR-PARKING FOR PARENTS TO DROP OFF AND PICK UP CHILDREN FROM WITHIN THE SCHOOL GATES.  Please ensure you park sensibly and legally on the road outside the school. School carpark gates will be shut from 8.30am. Visitors to the school during school hours can park in the visitor parking in the back carpark between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm. (Mobility taxis use this space otherwise).
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property- collected and stored in the Health Room.
  • 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. 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 3      Monday 24 July – Friday 29 Sept

Term 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec

                   Labour Day – Monday 23/10

School Terms 2018

Term 1     Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April

                   EASTER: Friday 30/03 – Tuesday 3/04

Term 2     Monday 30/04 – Friday 6/07

                   Queens Birthday: Monday 4/06

Term 3     Monday 23/07 – Friday 28/09

Term 4     Monday 15/10 –  17th or 18th Dec (tbc)

                    Labour Day – Monday 22/10

PTA News 

  • Ice Skate Tour – We are excited to have the ice skating rink back with us again in the  school hall from Thursday 10th – Friday 11th August from 3pm to 7pm & Saturday 12th August from 10am to 4pm.  Prices include ice skates, helmets and gloves.  An advertising flyer will be coming home this Friday.
  • Chocolates –  REMINDER!!!!
    Thank you for the amazing support we have received in our Whittakers Chocolate fundraising project! Please bring your money into the school office by this Friday 4th August. We have amazing prices in store but only those who are brought their money back will be in to win!!!
  • Entertainment Books – This month and next we are selling entertainment books as a fundraiser with $14 from each book being donated to the school.  We have a sample book in the office with order forms or see the attached link to order a book or digital membership online
 Community News
OPEN NIGHT –  1 AUGUST 2017 FROM 6.30pm-8PM

This is an opportunity for parents and their children to visit Glenfield Intermediate and find out more about our school. The evening starts with a presentation in the hall, followed by a tour of the school by our student leadership team. Classrooms and programmes will be operating.


Parents and any students who want to have a look around GIS are welcome to come for a tour.

Please call the school office (444-6582) to book your time.

Tuesday 8 August, 15 August, 22 August

9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm


Parents can enrol at the GIS school office at any time during the school day (8.30am-3.30pm).

Enrolment evenings – 12th and 14th September – office open until 7pm

Please help us plan effectively for 2018 by submitting your enrolment by 29th September at the latest.


The 2017 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament will be held on Saturday, 12 August in Murrays Bay Intermediate School gymnasium. All details are on our website:



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.
Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at school, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to their peers. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)
Raeburn House
Parenting Anxious Teens & Tweens
 YOUNG AT ART, AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSES (5yrs-15yrs) are open for bookings. Available in Beach Haven and lots of other venues across Auckland. Inspire and encourage your youngcreative while they have fun learning technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings  or to talk to us about a FREE TRIAL please check out or email: 
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Kaipatiki community Bushcare Days
Mathematics with Numicon

What:   “Finding Guyland – The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men”. An evening with international teen parenting expert, author and TED Talk presenter, Michael Kimmel

When: Monday 7th August – Westlake Boys High School

Time:    7.00pm – 8.30pm

Price:    $10 per ticket available online at Eventbrite