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14th March 2018

Term 1  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 

Education News
Teacher Union news: This week primary teachers and principals have started their union meetings to discuss the upcoming contract negotiations with the Ministry of Education.   There are three main areas of focus; staffing difficulties – recruitment and retention, workload and career development.
Teachers are looking for a reasonable increase in remuneration that reflects the complexity of their responsibilities, and for support to complete the range of jobs they are tasked with.   Anyone who has spent any time volunteering in a classroom will appreciate the diversity, pace and challenge that faces a classroom teacher on a daily basis.  We are asking for greater resourcing for special needs provision in schools to better support those children who for a wide range of reasons have difficulty managing themselves, their learning or their world.
Teachers and principals have consistently worked to meet increasing workloads and expectations on decreasing resourcing, and this has resulted in a workforce that feels undervalued and overworked.   It is time for a change.
Visible Learning: This weeks education reading is some background information about a programme of learning that our whole school is involved in  – Visible Learning.   Professor John Hattie has spent much of his academic career analysing studies about education and learning to find out what the most influential strategies are to positively impact student outcomes.  John Hattie developed a way of ranking various influences in different meta-analyses related to learning and achievement according to their effect sizes. In his ground-breaking study “Visible Learning” he ranked 138 influences that are related to learning outcomes from very positive effects to very negative effects. Hattie found that the average effect size of all the interventions he studied was 0.40. Therefore he decided to judge the success of influences relative to this ‘hinge point’, in order to find an answer to the question “What works best in education?”  Simply speaking if the intervention was graded at 0.40 or greater it increased learning of more than a year within a year, and below 0.40 it potentially has a limiting effect.
One part of the Visible Learning work we are doing at WRS, and at the other schools in our Community of Learning, is to focus on what, how and when we assess student learning to ensure that we have valid and useful data to then choose the most influential teaching interventions suitable for our students.
If you wish to investigate the now updated 195 Influences and Effect Sizes related to Student Achievement you can find out more at this interactive website.  Many of the research papers analysed originate in the USA and so some of the names for the factors are different from those we would use in NZ; however it is still very interesting reading.
School Policy Review
We would appreciate your feedback in the process of review of one of our school policies – Home Learning.   Our policies are stored online at SchoolDocs and reviews are also completed online.
This policy outlines the intent and procedures behind our approach to home learning.
Our approach to home learning (home work) has changed over time as we have taken into consideration the research around the impact and value of homework tasks for primary aged students.  It is timely that we review this.  Your feedback is appreciated.
  1. Visit the website SchoolDocs – Windy Ridge School
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy –  Home Learning
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Upcoming events and 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
Junior Playground Plan:
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Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Tui EOTC –  Parental consent forms were sent home to all of the Team Tui students participating in EOTC trips in March & April, please complete and return to the school office. Tawharanui Parental Consent – Auckland Zoo & Rotoroa Isl Parental Consent
  • Kath Bee Performance – Next Wednesday 21st March at 1.30pm in the hall, Kath Bee will be performing for the students from Teams, Fantail, Pukeko and Falcon.   – Kath Bee Performance
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 8 – Team Falcon, 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 Year 3-6 – Please return registration forms to the office asap so teams can be allocated and practises can begin.   Hockey-Newsletter
  • Netball Teams – Please see the attached notice for registering to play netball Netball Season 2018
  • Reading Eggs & Mathletics –  For more information about these online programs that we recommend for home and classroom use follow these links or talk to your child’s class teacher. –  To subscribe please complete the attached forms and return to the office –   Mathletics & Reading Eggs Yr 1 & 2  –  Mathletics & Reading Eggs Yr 3-6
  • Pacifica & Kapa Haka Groups – The Pacifica group will now be on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm as the Kapa Haka group for years 3 to 6 will be taking place on Friday afternoons from 1.45pm to 2.45pm.
  • Updated – Regular Happenings & Groups – We have updated this form with some recent day and time changes – Regular Happenings & Groups 2018
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Head Lice – Unfortunately these are very common in the community and we have noticed a recent increase in cases, please check your child’s hair regularly.  We have attached this information sheet with some handy advice – Head Lice Notice
  • 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 in Guitar & Ukulele at our school on Monday mornings from 9.30am, 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 

  • Easter Raffle – Please bring tickets and money back to school by the 28th March, the raffle will be drawn on Thursday 29th.  Thanks for your support.
  • Chairpersons Report – PTA Chairperson Report 2018 
  • Treasurers Report – 2017 Treasurer’s Report 
  • Families in Parks – The Kaipatiki Communities Facilities Trust will be on the field with games and toys for everyone to enjoy this Friday 16th March from 5pm to 7pm, the PTA will be bbqing sausages.
  • Entertainment Book Fundraiser –Hey all! We have connected with the Entertainment Book to help fundraise for the school. This book/app is amazing! I save way above the cost of the book in no time (last year it was within one 2 week school holiday) Available in book form or app (i recommend the app!) Purchase through this link before the 15th March and receive 2x Movie Tickets. Share far and wide – any purchase a % comes to the school ($14 from the Auckland ones) may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text


Community News
Kelly Sports
 Wicked Winter Sports! Term 2 after school sports on Fridays from 3.10pm to 4.10pm for years 0 to 5 students.
See the attached flyer for more information and booking information.
Kaipatiki Eco Fun Day
Sat 24th March 10-2pm Eskdale Reserve, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale Is a fantastic, family event which aims to inform, encourage and inspire the local community on how to care for the local environment and live more sustainably. There will be tours and talks of Eskdale Reserve, Stream life activities, Boomerang Bags, Live Music, Hoola Hoop workshops, face painting, giant bubbles, Pest Free Kaipatiki, Compost Collective, yummy, fresh, healthy and raw food vendors, healthy, natural and sustainable products. More information at

TAPAC’s April Holiday Programmes run by practising industry professionals are now open for enrolment on!

 We have 12 programmes for children and teens (aged 5-16 Years) running from Saturday 14 – Friday 27 April. There are 2-day, 3-day, full week and weekend workshops, as well as many new programmes across all artistic genres including “Screenwriting”, “Comedy and Improvisation” and “Make A Film”.



Auckland Live Kids 2018
Friday 9th March to Sunday 23rd December

The Auckland Multicultural Society is holding the 21st Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2018 on Sunday 18th March 2018  from 1 – 5 pm

At the PumpHouse, in Takapuna, by Lake Pupuke, North Shore. 21st Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2018   21st Lakeside Multicultural Festival PROGR


Are you feeling tired and too busy to have time for YOU in your life? Highbury Community House is hosting a talk that will help you to get more energy and get un-busy, make time for you and not feel guilty about it!

Easy-to-implement tips that you can start doing straight away. Facilitated by Melissa Lowe, – a holistic based approach, focusing on health, nutrition and lifestyle behaviours.

Thursday 22 March, 7.30 – 9pm at Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at More info from or 480 5279


Kaipatiki Bike Gala

Sunday 25th March from 11.30am to 3pm at the YMCA

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Cheerleading Classes – All Star Cheerleaders
Come along and join in the fun and try one of our free cheerleading classes, we run classes for pre-school all the way through to 18 year olds.  We have beginners classes to suit everyone.  If you would like to come along please feel free to contact us, either Ph 444-5597 or email  We will also be running a fun school holiday programme in the second week of the school holidays.  Misconceptions-about-Cheerleading-1
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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!

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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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“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:  Tonight, Wednesday 14th March 5pm – 7pm at Kaipatiki Park, off Kaipatiki Road, Glenfield (entrance via Segedin Place)
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
Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need 45 minutes a week to take part in organised craziness?! 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!)
“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


Kauri Park School – End of Summer Festival

EOSF 2018



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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.