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September 20th 2017

Term 3  Week 9

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, Cześć, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

 General Elections Saturday 23rd September – Don’t forget to vote this Saturday at the Windy Ridge School hall.
Parenting Support Programme – Help needed
Whanau Marama are reviewing their parenting Support Programme and would like to speak to any parents from any culture who have been in NZ for less than 5 years.  They would like to know what information you found useful or what you wish you had known about being a parent in NZ – supports available, how schools work etc.   This will help them shape their next programme.
The facilitator (Noriko Hill – an ex-WRS mum) would like to meet in week 1 or 2 of next term with a small group of people. For more information please contact Noriko –
Quiz Night – PTA event – THANK YOU!!!
Many thanks to the organising team and all those who attended the Quiz Night last Friday evening.  Great fun was had by all and we raised over $5,400 in funds for the School.
Future Inspiration
On a recent conference we attended  these were some of the key messages about the future of education:
Due to the changes in the outside world we have become aware of the need to prepare our students for a very different future and the unknown possibilities of tomorrow. As teachers and parents, it is up to us to ensure we are doing the best job possible.
What will not change is the relationships we build with our children, the time we spend with them and the experiences we share together. Teaching them how to have adaptive agility, empathy and resilience and being there for them when they need you.
What sort of lives will our children experience in the future? What sort of future will we create for our children?
These are questions that at the moment we do not have an answer for, however the secret of success is not predicting the future, it’s creating people that can thrive in a future that cannot be predicted.
Community Survey
The role of the Board of Trustees at Windy Ridge School is to ensure that all students have equitable access to education and are reaching their full potential as individuals.  We also have to ensure that we are providing a safe physical and emotional environment for students and employees.
It is important to us to connect with our community and to receive feedback.  We would appreciate it if you took the time to complete this survey.  Your answers are submitted anonymously direct to Stacey Anderson, Board Trustee. Click on this link for the survey:
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Fantail Trip: The Pumphouse Threatre – Mrs Wishy Washy, Wednesday 27th September Team Fantail Trip – The Pumphouse Theatre 
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 8 Falcon team, Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • Family Science Workshops: Students will be notified tomorrow about who has been selected for the Family Science Workshops.  Thank you to all the students who filled in application forms.
  • Digital Citizenship Week at WRS: This week classes have been focusing on Digital Citizenship, especially Online Safety. We have two catch phrases that we are discussing with students. Respect and Protect schoolwide (looking after both yourself and others online)  and for Teams Falcon and Tui we have also been looking at YAPPIE ( information that is important to keep private). Please take some time this week to discuss this with your child/children. Here are a couple of clips that may be helpful to watch with your family. Netsmartzkids RBS – The Movie and Brainpop Internet Safety Fun
  • PhotoLife Class & Portrait Photographs:  These photos will take place in week 1 of next term on Friday 20th October, all orders must handed into the office before this date.  Sibling photo envelopes are available at the office.
  • Team Tui EOTC: Year 5 & 6 students will be participating in education outside the classroom next term in week 3.  Team Tui Year 5 & 6 EOTC
  • Sun Safety – Next term all children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • 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, and also in the Hall Kitchen.
  • 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 23/10

PTA News 

  • Calendar Art – students are currently creating an artwork for this fundraiser, the artwork will be displayed in their classrooms.  Sample calendars, cards, diaries, mouse pad and sketch pads can be viewed in the office.  Please return your orders before the end of next week, 29th September. Calendar Art Order Form
  • Quiz Night – Thank you to everyone who supported this event, the PTA raised over $5400.
  • 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

Animates Holiday ProgramSchool holidays are just around the corner, and for the first time, Animates is partnering with ‘Kids Safe with Dogs’ to provide the perfect activity to help educate children how to behave around dogs. Your local Animates store will be hosting free seminars at 11am on Thursday 5th and 12th of October. Trained staff will use interactive real life scenarios, using a toy dog, to teach children how to behave around their own dog, and those that they encounter on the street.

Key points will include:

  •  How to approach a dog (when tied up, when eating, when in a car etc.)
  •  How and where to pat a dog
  •  How to make eye contact with a dog including best body language to use
  •  Learning the importance of always asking permission before approaching a dog
  • These sessions will also be beneficial you’re thinking about introducing a fluffy friend to the family.There will also be the opportunity to ask the in-store experts for advice, and children who complete the workshop will take home a free activity book and certificate to proudly display on their wall or fridge.Although bookings aren’t necessary, the events are usually well attended so it’s advisable to arrive early.


Marine Education & Recreation Centre in Long Bay

For an awesome experience in the

October School Holidays

Dates: Monday 2nd October – 6th October

Monday 9th October – 13th October

Ages: 7—13 years (inclusive)

Cost: $40 per person/per day

Time: 9am—4.00pm


Early drop off from 7.30am $5 extra

Late pickup until 6pm $5 extra

For more information contact the MERC team on

Ph: (09) 473 0714 or  or

Sir Peter Blake MERC Holiday Program






  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.

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
“Back By Popular Demand.
We present our Northcote Softball Club NZ’s “Have A Go Days” for new and exsisting players.
100% Free on Freeman Field @ Rosedale Park
10am – 12 Noon Saturday’s:
2nd September (Everyone)
16th September (Girls Only)
30th September (Everyone)
Open to anyone, you don’t have to play for Northcote just spreading the Love of Softball.
Suitable for 3-17 year olds:)
We will have very experienced Coaches taking skill specific sations for the kids, in age groups that they will rotate around.
Of course concluding in our massive Tug of War!!!!
Thankyou Softball New Zealand for their support.
So share away….. Let’s fill the Park with Kids.

Mini Chef School Holiday Programme


What to do during the short school holiday’s coming up?

We are pleased to offer another school holiday programme for the upcoming school holidays.  All of our courses are offered online, making them the perfect parent/child holiday experience!  Whilst learning and having lots of fun, students will gain some great kitchen skills and learn new recipes along the way!

There is no need to leave home, and at the end of the session, the Mini Chef’s are guaranteed to have learnt some exciting new techniques!

As a SPECIAL OFFER to each school that promotes the course to their students, either through their school newsletter or promoting to interested students, we will be offering the following:


For the school with the most student enrolments to our Mini Chef School Holiday Programme – Chef Andy will visit and do an exciting demonstration!


For every 10 students enrolled on the course, we will give 1 free course to the school in the form of a voucher.  You can use this for fundraising or give it to a deserving child!

There are two courses to choose from – Cooking or Baking!  Both courses cover Hygiene, Food Safety, Production Schedules and Recipe Costing.

COOKING – Students will learn to make FRESH Homemade Pasta and a sauce, Parmesan Twists, Mystery Basket ingredients to make a dip, a main course and a dessert!  They will also learn to make decorated Cupcakes and make their own Chocolate Moulds!

BAKING – This course will cover decorated Cakes, baking a Swiss Roll, create shaped, flavoured biscuits with decoration, Chocolate Mousse, Pavlova and/or Meringues and Parmesan Twists!

All information is available on our website at

If you have any questions, please email me at  


Save the Date! Sat 14th October Upper Harbour Eco Fun Day

We have some exciting news! We are hosting our first Eco Fun Day at Hobsonville Point on Saturday 14th October!

Kaipatiki Project is partnering with Homes Land Community (HLC), the Upper Harbour Ecology Network (UHEN), Good Health, the Upper Harbour Local Board and the Hobsonville Community Trust to bring you the Upper Harbour Eco Fun Day!  This event will combine family fun, learning, music, creativity, nature and sustainable living – all in a festival atmosphere at the fantastic Rifle Range facility at Hobsonville Point.

The Rifle Range facility is located adjacent to Bomb Point Park and the Coastal Walkway, so bring your walking shoes and cycles and explore the beautiful surroundings of Hobsonville Point.  Even better, leave your car at home and cycle or walk to the event as parking will be limited.  And while you’re there, pay a visit to the fantastic Farmers Market located on the waterfront too!

Sat 14th October 10am-2pm

Location: Rifle Range facility, Catalina Bay Drive, Hobsonville Point

More Information :

To register your interest as a food or drink vendor please complete this quick form: UH ECO FUN DAY 2017 – Form for Food and Drink Vendors

To register your interest as a general vendor, activity provider, community/environmental organisation or volunteer, please complete this quick form: UH ECO FUN DAY 2017 – Form for Vendors, Activity Providers, Community / Environmental Organisations and Volunteers

Spanish Lessons




Art classes for children ( ages 7 – 12yrs )

Kids that love drawing and painting keep coming back to these one-day workshops and after-school classes with step-by-step guidance from artist Eion Bryant.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: October 9th, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Birkenhead. Cost $50.

AFTER – SCHOOL ARTISTS: Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 5.00pm for 6 weeks starting October 31st. Cost $105.

BOOKINGS:, ph. 483 6703 




THE FLASH BANG SCIENCE CLUB – SPRING HOLIDAY SCIENCE WORKSHOPS (7yrs-16yrs) are open for bookings now and filling fast! Inspire your curious kids with practical, hands on experiments these holidays with classes available in Ponsonby and Pakuranga.  Learn about all things fizzy in FIZZING FRENZY and engineering feats in BUILDING BRIDGES. For more information and bookings please check out or email:



YOUNG AT ART – SPRING HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOPS (5yrs-16yrs) are open for bookings now and filling fast! We have  more fun and exciting projects on offer this holidays with classes available in Birkdale and other venues across Auckland. Inspire and encourage your young creative while they have fun learning technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings please check out or email: