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February 14th 2018

Term 1  Week 3

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 

Thank you
A big thanks to all the families that joined us for the ‘Meet the Teams’ evening on Monday night.  The feedback has been very positive, and the new format seems to have made a difference for families needing to be at more than one team presentation.   The information shared at the team presentations will  be available on the school website at the end of this week.  (News and Events – School Presentations)
The information collected at the Sports Presentation will be collated and then we will make contact with people as each particular sport begins to plan for their season.   Many thanks to the wonderful people who have offered to assist with or find out more about coaching and managing teams – I will be in touch soon with some dates for coaching training sessions.
Also many thanks to our PTA team who provided us with our sausage sizzle dinner – they raised $ 324 – a great effort.
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
Our school behaviour management philosophy is based around a framework that encourages and teaches appropriate behaviours to support productive learning time in our classrooms.  The four school values (respect, resilience, integrity and kindness) underpin all of our conversations about behaviour in the school, and when someone gets it wrong we take the opportunity to explicitly teach the replacement behaviour we want them to demonstrate.
We have a Values assembly every fortnight where we introduce our focus for the next two weeks, and teach what it would look like.  This also becomes the focus for feedback to students for that period of time.
In classes we allocate time each week to reinforce the Values and teach again what it looks like in different contexts eg kindness in the playground, resilience in my learning,  etc.
We use the chart below to outline our expectations for our students and guide our discussions with classes.    We have also left space for you to add an “At Home” section if you would like to continue the approach at home.    Let us know if you think it is helpful.
Science – Family Science Workshops
In term 4 of last year we trialled some workshops encouraging parents and children to participate in a range of science activities together.    They were really great and so we have continues the programme into this year for Year 4 and 5 students.
Miss Hurley wrote an article explaining the programme to other schools, and this was published this week in the NZ Education Gazette.
We are delighted to share it with you (Science article) and also to congratulate Miss Hurley on both the initiative and for having the work published.
Music Lesson
Over the last few years we have been able to offer private music lessons for children held at school.  These have been very popular, with children learning guitar, keyboard and drums.
This year we are able to offer this programme again and extend it to lessons within school hours.
The school provides the space and time, the tutor provides the expertise and the families fund the lessons privately (directly to the tutor).   While classroom programmes do include basic music (rhythm, singing, performance, movement, enjoyment etc) we are unable to offer individual or small group instrumental lessons for students.
If you are interested in finding out more about how this programme works, please make  read this Teacher Flyer Les Watene, and if need be make direct contact with Les for more information.
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
Nationwide Issues for Schools and School Leaders –  NZEI  (Teachers Union)
You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers.
Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention
they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching.
Nationwide we see children missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional
learning needs.
A national NZEI Te Riu Roa campaign, called ‘Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s  Time’  has been designed to address these issues.   The goal is to free teachers to teach, and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. And we’ll attract more people to teaching by respecting and paying them as the professionals they are.
NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school have been invited to paid union meetings in March
so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and their upcoming collective agreement
negotiations.  School will not close for teachers to attend these meetings.
The meeting schedule has been planned so that teachers and principals across the country
can work out the best meetings for them to attend, including the option of groups of
teachers attending meetings at different times. This is to help reduce disruption to teaching
programmes, children and parents.
Our children deserve the best education in the world, and New Zealand can afford to
provide it. It’s just a matter of priorities.   Thanks for your co-operation in this important matter.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Fantail Trip – Thursday 22nd February see the attached flyer for more information and payment details.  Team Fantail Clip&Climb Trip 
  • Team Tui EOTC –  We are just about to finalise the payment details for the 2 upcoming events, a notice will be coming out on Friday to all Year 5 & 6 students.  Please see the 2 previous information notices that have already been sent home. Team Tui – EOTC   –   EOTC Information 
  • Assemblies for this term:  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.
  • Resilient and Confident Kids presentation – March 21st, 7-9 pm Tea/Coffee from 6.15pm  Tickets online at KidsLink Event WRS
  • Road Patrol Roster – The new roster began this week. By now your child should have been informed if they are on this term’s 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
  • Scholastic  Book Club Orders – please return your orders to school by Friday morning 16th February.
  • 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.  You can either telephone the office and leave an absence message or go online to the school website and use the Report an absence tab.  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.


Community News
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Free Books for Schools – We need your help

Mrs Ogden has signed us up to the Free Books in Schools with the Kellogg’s promotion. If you shop at New World and purchase a nominated Kellogg’s products then you can go online and select Windy Ridge School.

We can win up to 20 free books so please get your friends and families involved too.

  • Step 1 – purchase any Kellogg product with the Free Book artwork on it.
  • Step 2 – Register on (you’ll only need to do this once)
  • Step 3 – Upload your receipt
  • Step 4 – Select your school to receive the book pack

You are done! Thanks for helping us while you shop!   

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Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk
Sunday March 11 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Put the date in your diary for a fun filled morning with spot prizes, certificates for every

participant and activities for the whole family before during and after the event.

Gold coin donation raising money towards connecting our parks and making our coastal

walkways more beautiful!!

5km and 1km Courses to choose from

Like us on Facebook – Beach Haven Fun Run for more information and registration




Parenting Helpline
 Chinese New Year lessons at the library:
Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Glenfield library on Sunday 18th February.  
Mr Chen will be teaching free lessons for kids to learn about Chinese Calligraphy,
speaking Mandarin and making yummy dumplings!
Please visit the website or email for more information.
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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”
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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 CLASSES – A 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



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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.