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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

August 30th 2017

Term 3  Week 6

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Hello, Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Visitors at School – Education Review Office

This week we have been hosting some reviewers from the Education Review Office who have returned to complete a scheduled  three year review.  Thank you to the parents who joined us for the powhiri on Monday.

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.  Education reviews are reports to Boards of trustees, managers of early childhood education services and the Government on the quality of education provided for children and students in individual centres and schools.

This week the team has spoken with senior leaders, classroom teachers, students, the Board and some parents.   Their focus has been on student achievement, and we have had very valuable discussions as we have shared our school’s journey since last review.   They will present their findings to the Board at the end of this week, and then a final report will be published some weeks after that.  Once we have received a confirmed report it will be made available on both the ERO website and on the school website.

 Science in a Van
We had lots of fun at ‘Science in a Van’ today.  The programme was fast-paced, energetic and engaging for all involved.   The presenters were very skilled in delivering learning, and I am sure that your children will have many new facts about science to share with you.
Dance – Hip Hop and Ballroom
The final session for both the Year 4 Hip Hop and Year 5/6 Ballroom is next week.  This session is a performance session and parents are very welcome to come and join us for this.  Details of times and days are in a notice sent home today – please ask to see it. Hip Hop Year 4 Notice  Ballroom Dance Years 5 & 6 Notice
Cross Country – Reminder and Update
 We have planned to run the cross country on Friday, but the weather is not looking very supportive.  However given that Auckland weather is very unpredictable, we will make a final decision by Thursday lunchtime.  Plan B might involve running the senior students even if it is drizzling, but postponing the juniors for a nicer day next week.  We will confirm this asap.
The Cluster Cross Country event is planned for Thursday next week so we need to pick our team of senior students before then.
House Captains
We are in the process of choosing our new house captains, and these will be announced at the next school assembly – Friday 15 September.  Thank you for your patience.
Junior Playground – Tower to be closed
The time has come to decommission the old Tower in the existing junior playground.  We have decided to close it for use from now on and remove it permanently in the school holidays.   The age of the materials means that we are no longer confident that we can repair it satisfactorily and  in the interests of health and safety we need to say goodbye.   It has been well-loved by generations of WRS students, but now needs to make way for the new playground equipment coming in the near future.    We will ensure that signs are in place to indicate it is closed, but ask you to keep this in mind when your children are using the grounds on weekends.
Slapped Cheek
We have been notified of a case of Slapped Cheek or Fifth disease at school. The condition is contagious for up to 2 weeks prior to the rash appearing, once the rash appears it is no longer contagious. The child usually presents with red cheeks then a fine rash can appear on their arms, torso and limbs.  If you are concerned about your child please keep them at home and contact your doctor.
Early symptoms may include:
low-grade fever
body ache
sore throat
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Pukeko Trip – Motat, Thursday 7th September Team Pukeko – Motat Trip
  • Team Fantail Trip – The Pumphouse Threatre – Mrs Wishy Washy, Wednesday 27th September Team Fantail Trip – The Pumphouse Theatre 
  • Dance – Hip Hop Yr 4 Hip Hop Year 4 Notice  final session on Tuesday 5th at 1.40pm.
  • Dance – Ballroom Yrs 5 & 6 Ballroom Dance Years 5 & 6 Notice  final session on Thursday 7th at 1.40pm.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 6 Tui team, Week 8 Falcon team, Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • Cross Country – Friday 1st September, lunch will now be starting at the earlier time of 12.00pm with the cross country commencing at 1.00pm.  The students will be racing in age groups starting with the 5 year olds.
  • Reviewing school policies
    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.
  • 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. Other 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.  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 

  • Fathers Day Raffle – last Friday your child received 5 raffle tickets, the PTA would really appreciate your help in selling these tickets. Please return all money and tickets butts to the school office by Thursday 31st August.  Look out for the prize display in the foyer.
  • Quiz Night – Friday 15th September at 7pm, tickets cost $20 see the attached flyer for more information Quiz Night
  • Chocolates –  REMINDER!!!! please bring all outstanding money or chocolates to the office this week.
  • 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
October 2017 - HP



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
Plastic Free K

Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust Sustainable Neighbourhood Project.

Boomerang Bags ` `made in Kaipatiki “ is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level through our KCFT Sustainable Neighbourhood Projects which is supported by the Birkenhead Licensing Trust.   The many dedicated volunteers get together to make re-usable bags using recycled materials as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags in Kaipatiki.

To set the scene, of Plastic Free Kaipatiki, we absolutely need your help!   Keen Volunteers needed to help with cutting  and sorting the materials, pinning, ironing, stamping and sewing at the planned sewing bees.
All ages welcome! No experience required – sewers non sewers…….churches, community sites………every one volunteer is exceptional……..if you’re keen please let us know,   or if you  can donate material for this programme…….or other ideas, we welcome contact   Let’s see how many sewing bees we can add to the existing  at Bayview Community Centre,   Chartwell Hub and Beach Haven Community House.  Our  two lovely project leads Tracey and Alana……would be keen to hear from you.

The Facebook Page  Boomerang Bags North Shore Auckland    Thank you.






The Little Mouse’s Tail Book Launch – Saturday 26th August, 11am at Glenfield Library. 

To order this book

Mouse launch poster

Maths Craft Festival 9-10 September – Events Centre Auckland Museum

Maths Craft 2017 – Auckland – final

Kaipatiki Trust have a wonderful day coming up for children and their families who have a disability/special need.
Flyer (1)
Poly Sports Beach Haven Holiday programme
To register please contact Patrice Senio, Pacific Community Coordinator

PH: 09 415 4653 | MOB: 027-7004018 | E:

FREE for Pacific Students 6-12 years
Fathers’ Day gift from Ezlunch

It’s time to celebrate dads – and how better than to get them something a little different, and not socks!

Place an order with ezlunch for delivery this week (28th Aug – 1st Sept)  and be in the draw for a $50  Gift Voucher to gift to Dad on Fathers’ Day.
The winner will be notified by email and/or phone on Friday 1st September.  Good luck!