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November 29th 2017

Term 4  Week 7

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 

Change is the only constant in our lives
 This message is important for all of our students as we approach the end of the school year.  Some of our children will be leaving us for new schools, and the others will be changing class, teacher or team.  Our message to them is that while things change much of what is familiar remains, and to identify all the things that will be the same.  The familiar brings comfort.
It is important that we help our children to feel comfortable with change, as it is something we all face throughout our lives.  Sometimes we have control of that change, and other times we don’t.
It is important to talk with your child.  Finding ways to focus on the positives rather than worries can be useful; choosing new stationery for the new room, or setting up some play-dates with children from the new room before school starts back, writing a letter to the new teacher together to let them know what your child is good at and enjoys doing.
We know some children are more anxious than others, and parents are generally very good at knowing what level of support their child needs.  We encourage you to have a conversation about new starts and how we can make them work for us, offering us new opportunities and adventures.
Helpers Morning Tea – Wednesday 6th December at 10.30am to 11am
Every year we offer a huge range of extra events, activities or opportunities to our students.  Most of these could not be offered without the amazing support of a fantastic group of volunteers.  These include our road patrol parents, sports coaches and managers, reading tutors, trip helpers, PMP parents, hub helpers and so the list goes on! If you have offered support by volunteering in our school this year we would like to invite you to a special morning to tea to say thank you. Please rsvp to the if you are available to attend.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • School Athletics Day – Friday 1st December
    Team Fantail will be having their field activities from 9am. They will join the rest of the school for the Running Races after lunch time. Field Events for Pukeko, Falcon and Tui Teams will start at 11.15am with High Jump, Long Jump, Discus and Shotput.
    1.40 – All running races will start from this time. We will start with the 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 year olds. Then complete the 400 metres. If you are able to assist on the day – measuring, place getting and the other jobs can you please send an email –  The PTA will be selling ice blocks at lunchtime.
  • Pirate Show – Teams Fantail, Pukeko and Falcon will be attending the show this Friday, please remember to bring a cold coin donation.
  •  School Prizegiving Assembly –  Monday 11th December starting at 11am.
  • Hell Reading Challenge – If you child has completed their pizza wheel, Sunday December 3rd is the last day to redeem these at Hells Pizza.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 8 – Team Pukeko, Week 9 – Prizegiving & Yr 6 Graduation.
  • Digital Citizenship WRS: Here are a couple of clips that may be helpful to watch with your family. Netsmartzkids RBS – The Movie and Brainpop Internet Safety Fun
  • Dental Van – The Glenfield dental mobile van will be in school next week.


By Elliana Tait

The eyes

The eyes

The eyes in the sky.

They sit there and stare,

And stare,

And stare at the world.

They wink at us,

And we wonder about them.

In the darkness they wait,

And wait,

And wait for something to happen.

They sit in a group,

A pack,

A cloud,

And stay there.

Interesting things they are,

Sitting somewhere is a star.




hiding away,

Wanting not to be found

in the day.

Lurking in the water

or hiding behind a tree,

Thinking, Ha ha ha,

they can’t find me.

Sitting in the shadows,

waiting in disguise.

You better stay away,

and not look into their eyes.

It could be your teacher,

or the monkey at the Zoo,

They will act suspicious,

which will give you a clue.

Drinking cranberry juice,

that’s a bit too red,

Or staring at you

when your knee bled.

They’ll come up to you

ready to munch,


That’s lunch.


Mind of its own,

Racing the leaves

Tearing at our hair,

Pulling us away

Skipping over ponds,

Cool summer nights

Pushing over daisies,

piling leaves

Helping insects fly,

So so high

Whispering in my ear,

Whistling to the moon

Singing songs,


Swirling round,

Makes me cry

Dyeing down,



  • Library Books – We have now closed the library for the year so we can carry out our annual stocktake next week.  Could you please return all library books to school this week.
  • School Readers – Instructional reading has now finished for the year and all readers now need to be returned to school for our annual stocktake.  Please check bookshelves, under beds, on the coffee table and in the car for them and return them to school this week.
  • Sun Safety – This term all children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).                                                                 Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property – please see the office or the hall kitchen for any lost items, please remember to name all clothing and hats.
  • 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 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec (12.30pm finish)

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 –  TBC


PTA News 

  • Athletics Day – The PTA will be selling ice blocks for $1 at lunchtime.
  • Families in the Park – Friday 1st December on the school fields from 5pm to 7pm, thanks to the Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust we will be hosting this event.  See the attached flyer for more local summer events. 2017-2018 Events
  • Disco – The disco will now take place on Wednesday 13th December from  5.30pm to 7.30pm in the school hall, order forms will be coming home today.
  • Christmas Raffle – Please return your raffle tickets by next Thursday, there are some awesome prizes.
Community News

Registrations are Open!

  The free Curious Kaipātiki program has kicked off on Auckland’s North Shore!

Join us in exploring nature hidden within the urban environment with a group of mad environmental scientists. Get help from a professional documentary film maker to make a short film and see it on the big screen. Check out the website for more details.

The science experiences are now open to all youth between ages 7 and 18. The filmmaking workshops are open to youth aged over 12 (but contact us if you are under 12 and super keen to make a film). Places are limited, so be in quick. Register here.

Marlborough Primary School 
International Food & Cultural Festival Friday 1st December 5-8pm
Food Stalls, Craft Stalls, Face Painting, Raffles
Wykem Place, Glenfield



Summer holidays Drama Programme poster
Summer holiday prog 2018 - Shakespseare
Music Holiday Courses: Thinking of learning a musical instrument, but not sure which one to choose? Scherzo are holding an ‘Instrument Smorgasbord’ and also an ‘Intro to Drums’ course on Saturday 27th January, 2018. Students will have the opportunity to try out many instruments!! For more information and to register, visit their website: or email
Intro to Drums Instrument Smorgasbord
Sunnynook Jubilee email Performing Arts Classes
Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre
2018 Bookings Now Open! classes for 2018 are now available to book online!
And if you secure your 2018 booking now you are welcome to jump into the final classes of 2017 which run right through until December 16thPlease note that the above offer is not available for the In School Hours classes.

Have a look at our site to find all of the information that you need.
We run 38 venues Auckland wide so there will be a class near you.
We look forward to you becoming a part of the family for 2018!

Book online at or phone us on 0800 PFORMNZ (736 766)

BPS Art Festival Flyer

Tennis Holiday Programme
2018 Enrolments open soon
 Numberwork’snwords holiday programme.  We are running a 3 day holiday programme during January 2018, 10am – 12pm daily.  Dates are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  23rd -25th January 2018. Cost $300  per child for full program, or $50 per hour.  Please phone 418-0950 or email Andrew,

Edventure Summer Camps. WIN A SURFBOARD!!!

We have three great camps coming up these summer holidays.
8-13 yr olds, OSCAR available, Free pick up/drop off.
BOOK NOW and you could win a surfboard!
– Edventure Surf Camp, Jan 15-19
– Edventure Summer Camp Jan 22-26
– Edventure Great Outdoors Camp  Jan 29 – Feb 2
Eliette's Music Academy 1
School Holiday Computer Classes from Monday 11 December
For ages 5 – 15 at Westlake Boys High School in  Minecraft, Coding in Scratch or Python, Creating 3D Games, Web Design, Animation, Video Editing or Build a PC and if young the Discovery Computer Class. For further information call 488 0787 or visit 
Are you looking for a challenge? It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will be performing for parents and their peers at the end of term. Come along to a 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!)



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.