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February 7th 2018

Term 1  Week 2

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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News from the Principal 

Start of Year News and Information
Welcome to all our new students and families to Windy Ridge School.  We have  22 new students so far this term, including some international students who have only recently arrived in the country.
Teams will be sending out their term 1 newsletters this week to update you on team-specific information about the term and year.
Meet the Teacher Evening:
On MONDAY 12th FEBRUARY we wish to invite you to come to school and hear from your child’s teacher about the plans and programmes in the team this year.  It is a time to hear about general rules, routines and expectations, rather than an opportunity to speak about your child specifically.   You will need to make a separate appointment with the class teacher if this is needed.
The evening will start with a fundraising sausage sizzle by the PTA from 5 pm – 6 pm,and some games on the field for the kids.  At 5.30 pm we will have a presentation in the Hall for families wanting to know more about Sports opportunities this year, and to collect names of players, coaches and managers for our teams.
Then from 6 pm – 7 pm we will have rooms open and presentations from teams.  This year we are scheduling the 10 minute presentations so you can attend more than one if you need to:
6.00 pm    Fantail Team  (Rms 1 and 2)
6.15 pm     Pukeko Team (Rms 5, 6, 7, 8)
6.30 pm    Falcon team  (Rms 9, 10, 11, 12)
6.45 pm    Tui Team       (Rms 13, 14, 15)
Parent Evening:
On  WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH we are pleased to be hosting a special Parents Evening here at WRS.  We have guest speakers coming to speak about ‘Resilient and Confident Kids‘.  Both the speakers are experienced and professional, and have many great strategies to share that can be used at home and school to support our children.
As this is a public event, I would encourage you to get in quickly to book your tickets.
Tickets are on sale online at KidsLink Event WRS
Our new staff have had a great start to the year and have appreciated the welcome they received from both students and whanau.  Over the holidays we have appointed a new part time caretaker, Thang Hlwenceau.  Thang has settled well into our school and staff and is enjoying the challenge of working in a school again – he used to be a teacher in Myanmar before immigrating to NZ.  He works from 7.30 – 12.30 every day.  Please make him welcome if you see him around the school.
For the last 25 years Sue Raymond has worked in our school assisting with the cleaning and caretaking tasks.  She has decided that now is the time to retire and spend more time with her beautiful grandchildren.   We will be farewelling Sue at a school assembly in the next few weeks.
We are eagerly awaiting the final touches to our two new classrooms, and will soon be moving into the new spaces.  Miss Hurley’s class will move across to the new Room 15 on the field, Mrs Micheel’s class will move over the new room in front of  Pukeko Team (continuing to be Room 5), and Mrs Walker’s class will take their place in Room 12.   I am very impressed with how well our students have managed their temporary spaces, and I know they are looking forward to setting up THEIR new rooms soon.  We will let you know when we receive occupancy certificates.
Thank You
Thanks to the team at Hirepool for the use of their BBQ trailer for our fundraising BBQ at the Lighting of the Bridge evening at Little Shoal Bay.   Please consider them if you are needing to hire equipment for home DIY jobs.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 2 – Team Tui, Week 4 – Team Pukeko, Week 6 – Team Falcon, Week 8 – Team Fantail, Week 10 – Inquiry presentations.  Assembly starts at 9.45am, prior to this we have a coffee and chat for parents in the staffroom from 9am with our Principal Brenda McPherson and board chairperson Caroline Hudson.
  • Meet the Teacher – 5 pm Sausage Sizzle, 5.30 pm Sports Information presentation, 6 – 7 pm Team Presentations.
  • Resilient and Confident Kids presentation – March 21st, 7-9 pm Tea/Coffee from 6.15pm  Tickets online at KidsLink Event WRS
  • Road Patrol Refresher Course – Next Wednesday (14th February) Constable Harwood will come to school to check that the road patrollers still know their stuff. This refresher is for all patrollers, whether they are on this term’s roster or not. Please remind your child to bring covered shoes for this exercise.
  • Road Patrol Roster – The new roster begins next week. By now your child should have been informed if they are on this term’s roster. We have way too many lovely volunteers this year, so I have had to organise the students in groups of three to cover patrol.  Even then, some children will not get a turn until next term.  An early reminder: next year we will not require Year 5’s to cover road patrol – there will be sufficient Year 6’s to cover the roster.
    However, in order to run road patrol safely and efficiently, we need parents or grandparents to take on the role of supervisors.  Please consider this small task you can do to support the school.  If you are new to the role, I will provide training.  If you carried out a duty last year and are happy to continue, or if you are new, please leave your name at the office and the day you’re available and I’ll contact you soon.
    Many thanks, Jenine
Term 1, 2018 starts on February 1st. 
  • Parking – We have begun the year with a higher than normal number of parents dropping off and/or picking their children up from school.  This has led to heavy demand for parking spaces and some crazier than usual maneuvers. Please respect the rules of the road (including the 40km speed limit) and restrictions on parking (including the 10 min parking zone out the front, no parking between the signs out the back and NO parking in the school car parks).
    Of course, in line with our Travelwise policy, we promote our students (especially from Year 3 up) walking to school.  We have three Walking School Buses and children who live further from school can be dropped off a distance from the school so that they can complete their journey to school by foot.  Our Travelwise Students will be promoting active, safe travel to school over the next few weeks.
  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am 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 available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • Lost Property – please see the office or the hall kitchen for any lost items, please remember to name all clothing and hats.
  • 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.
  • School Library – The library will be open from week 3 from 8.30am to 8.55am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and during lunchtime.  The students will also get to visit once a week with their classes.


Term dates 

School Terms 2018

Term 1     Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April

WAITANGI DAY – Tuesday 6/02

                   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 –  17/12  TBC

LABOUR DAY – Monday 22/10


PTA News 

  • AGM meeting – Wednesday 28 February 2018. Come along to the PTA Annual General Meeting to here about the year been. We will be nominating a new chairperson, secretary and treasurer.  Meeting will be at 730pm in the school staffroom.
  • Meet the Teacher Night – we will be holding a sausage sizzle on this night from 5pm. Come along and grab your dinner from us for the family before heading into meet your kids teachers.


Community News
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“Come and play rugby for your local club.  Join Glenfield Rugby & Sports Club for the 2018 season.  Make friends, have fun and develop your rugby skills.
Glenfield Junior players are aged from 4  – 10 years old.  Both boys and girls are encouraged to play.  For boys and girls aged 4 – 6 the focus is on learning ball skills, team work and the fundamentals of rugby by playing  rippa rugby.  From 7 – 10 rugby skills are further developed and tackle rugby is played.
Initial registration dates:  Wednesday 21st February 5pm – 7pm,  Sunday 4th March 2pm – 4pm & Wednesday 14th March 5pm – 7pm at Kaipatiki Park, off Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield (entrance via Segedin Place)
We will also be at Glenfield Mall on – 24th & 25th February plus 10th & 11th March – so come by and say hi!
For more information or to register on-line go to or contact Carol Herbert on 021 172 9245”
 New flyer for advertisement (1)
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Guess what? Marrzipan are running awesome confidence through drama classes at YOUR SCHOOL – Yippee!!
Marrzipan have gained a huge reputation in New Zealand for the development of shy children, especially those with anxiety, autism and selective mutism. Saying that, this is a class for the super crazy and dramatic types too, as we focus on positive leadership and social skills. Our classes focus on inner and outer self-confidence, and are super fun and exciting for children. Parents are kept up to date with weekly emails about what’s been covered in class and why, as well as what you can work on at home. We have two awesome showcases at the end of every term too, so you can see your child’s development first hand.
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!)
“Do you know someone who may benefit from attending a FREE and professionally run day time course for employment preparation and readiness?
Hearts and Minds are running a group starting 19/2 to 26/3 every Monday from 10-noon. Work preparation skills such as cv and cover letters, the interview and much more, as well as learning skills to lift self esteem and confidence.
Facilitated by a registered psychologist and HR expert. Phone 441 8989 or email to enrol now!”

 AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSESA fun and focused 6-week program for children aged 7 – 12yrs.

With step-by-step guidance students will explore methods and techniques useful for developing skills in drawing and acrylic painting.

Tuesdays in Birkenhead, 3.30pm – 5.00pm starting Feb 27. Cost $110

Bookings: email, ph. 09 483 6703



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.