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February 28th 2018

Term 1  Week 5

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 

Education in the News
National Standards and Reporting: 
With the election of a new government late last year, there have already been a number of changes to the education sector and many more planned for the near future.  The first and most significant for the primary education sector is the removal of National Standards as a tool for assessing children’s learning, and then reporting that to parents.
This is well received by the sector as we have long felt that this model of assessment was not consistent with basic child development theory.  With the removal of this requirement, we are able review our reporting systems within the school, and design something that better suits the need of our community.  We will be working on this in the next 8-10 weeks and will have something new to you for the mid year report that takes into consideration the feedback from both the community and staff surveys completed last year.
Review of the Education Act:
The Government is planning a review of the Education Act that will create a blueprint for our schooling system for the next 30 years.  It has been interesting to see some of the debate around what adults think is important for students learning, and the competing perspectives offered by various media commentators.   As adults we are inclined (based on our own experiences) to see education as something we do to children, rather than seeing them as interested participants in this process.   My hope is that as a community (local and national) we can see beyond our own experiences at school in times past, and see the opportunities that exist for our children by delivering them an education system that is innovative, relevant, creative and engaging.  It is important that the decisions we make are based on best practice and evidence-based research, and puts what is best for children at the centre of the discussion; not just what is affordable or familiar and easier for the adults.
In the interests of being ready to contribute to upcoming consultation I will be sharing articles in these newsletters that give a range of views about the changing face of education nationally and internationally.
This week I want to share an article that was published in the New Zealand Herald last week.  It is written by two lecturers from Deakin University in Australia and discusses the importance of learning through play for children in early primary years.   There is a growing body of research and evidence to support the importance of learning through play in providing a strong basis for later success at school, and is supported by current brain theory about readiness for formal instruction.
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   (Tickets $20, plus a booking fee $3)
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Tui EOTC –  Year 6’s and selected Year 5’s will be staying at an overnight camp in Tawharanui on 21st & 22nd March see attached flyer for more information. EOTC Tawharanui    – Year 5’s will visit the Zoo on the 2st March and Rotoroa Island on the 10th April see attached flyer for more information. EOTC Rotoroa Island & Zoo 
  • Assemblies for this term:  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
  • Hockey Teams – Please see the attached notice for registering to play hockey for Year 3 to 6 students. Hockey-Newsletter
  • Ideas for Home Learning – At our recent Meet the Teacher evening we shared some homework suggestions, copies are also available from the office.  Ideas for Home Learning
  • Regular Happenings & Groups – here is a copy of the chart if you want to put it on the fridge at home. Regular Happenings & Groups
  • 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.
  • Music Lessons – John Casson from MusiqHub is now offering music lessons at our school, see the attached notice for more information. John Casson Flyer


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 7.30pm in the school staffroom, all welcome refreshments provided.


Community News
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LEGO® lovers look out! Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman), one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals globally, will bring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks to Auckland Museum in one month, just in time for the school holidays.

Discover 50 LEGO masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.

Book your tickets now to ensure you can experience the wonders of the world in LEGO at Auckland Museum!

Sunnynook Jubilee email
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Pop Up Auckland - March 2018


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

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 to register now

Register online by the 8th March and be in the draw to win a $50 Glenfield Mall voucher!




Parenting Helpline
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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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 Spanish lessons Milford Senior Citizens Hall Tuesdays from 3.50pm to 4.50pm – AD 2018 MILFORD
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



Boys and Girls 7 to 12 years old.  Thursday 4.45pm to 5.30pm.

Milford Senior Citizen’s Hall (behind New World) Milford.

$25 per term includes shoe hire.

Contact: Lois, 440 5568  Or  Liz,  027 405 3415


 Netball Coaching Clinics

Westlake Girls High School are holding a Coaching Clinic for all young netballers to coincide with up and coming school trials.  The clinics are being run by ex Silver Fern April Ieremia, together with the help of the Westlake Girls High School Premier Netball Squad.  The Clinic is ideally suited to years 5 to 8 but we can also accommodate younger players.

 The Clinic will be held on Sunday 4th March at Westlake Girls High School under the covered courts, we are holding two sessions, 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm, the cost is $35 per session.  You can register and pay online by going to, go to the online payments tab and it is under “Coaching Clinic”  2018 Westlake Girls Netball Coaching Clinic pp



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.