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December 6th 2017

Term 4  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)

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 

Well done to everyone for they way they participated in the school Athletics on Friday and Monday.  It is great to see the way our students support each other and cheer on their friends.   We stress to our students that our school values should be visible in all the things they do, and that includes sport.  As the school gets larger it gets to be quite a feat to organise a day like this, and time runs out very quickly with so many participants to get through for each event.. In future years we may need to look at running this event over two days.
Good luck to our students representing us at the Cluster Athletics tomorrow,  and a big thank you to Ms Mahoney for her organisation.
End of Year News and Information
 As we move towards the end of the year there are many housekeeping and organisational tasks that we need to attend to.  If there are any families who are moving away next year, we need you to contact the office and let us know as this impacts on our planning for class sizes and staffing.
Conversely we also need to know about any expected enrollments for the year, for the same reasons. The significant roll growth and implementation of the school zone means that we are are unlikely to have places in the school for out of zone students that are not siblings of current students.  This may change if there is a change in the pattern of enrollment next year, however at this stage we need to ensure space for our in-zone students.
We have a lot of end of year events that are still to come in these last two weeks so please make sure you check the school calendar and notices on the website, and Facebook for reminders.
On the last day of the term we will be sending home reports for all year 4-6 students, and anniversary reports for some Y0-3 students.  There will also be information about 2018 room placement, stationery lists and some Year Level trip information for senior students.
A reminder that the school closes early on Friday 15th at 12.30pm. 
Next Wednesday will be our final newsletter for the term, and the year.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Cluster Athletics Day – Thursday 7th December, 9am to 3pm, all students involved in this event will have received a notice home yesterday.
  •  School Prizegiving Assembly –  Monday 11th December starting at 11am.
  • 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 is visiting the school this week.
  • Email Address Changes –  Vodafone hav now closed their email services from the 30th November for the below addresses, if you have had to change your email address please notify the office –,,,,,,,
  • 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 

  • Disco – Wednesday 13th December from  5.30pm to 7.30pm in the school hall, ordered tickets will be sent home next Tuesday.
  • Christmas Raffle – Please return your raffle tickets by Thursday, there are some awesome prizes.  The raffle will be drawn at assembly this Friday.
Community News
Salvation Army and AandC Christmas

Kia ora from ‘What Now’

 After 36 years of What Now being a studio based kids tv programme we are taking it ‘on the road’ for 2018!

40 shows/40 communities, and we would like you to be part of it!

 Our first 10 shows for 2018 are based around the wider Auckland area.  Please find attached an invitation for  individual families to register to be part of the live audience on a Sunday morning.

WN Invitation 2018

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.

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)


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.