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23 May 2018

Term 2  Week 4

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 Jenine Maxwell & Inge Millard Acting Principals 

Nga mihi nui, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

This week, as part of our response to the Community Survey, we will look at:

Reporting to Parents

The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum is for our young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. The purpose of reporting is to share information about a child’s learning, progress, and achievement towards this vision in ways that support further learning.

Communicating clear, dependable information about progress and achievement provides a basis for building a strong partnership between the child, the teacher, and the child’s parents, family, and whānau to support learning and improve student outcomes.

Effective reporting includes sharing with parents and whānau through both formal written reports and informal reciprocal exchanges of information.

We formally evaluate progress and achievement twice per year by

  • Formally evaluating progress and achievement
  • Making overall evaluative judgements
  • Acknowledging strengths
  • Agreeing on next steps
  • Supporting and celebrating success

We all work in the spirit of ako by

  • Supporting akonga to take increasing responsibility for their own learning
  • Sharing information
  • Providing feedback
  • Celebrating learning

At Windy Ridge School, we provide a number of opportunities for whanau to find out how their children are doing at school.  

  • New Entrants receive a report and feedback session on how their child is going, towards the end of their first term at school
  • Currently our Year 4 – 6 students receive a data report at the end of term 1.  This report is a simple snapshot of their latest assessments
  • All children from this year on will receive a Mid Year Report on progress towards their year level expectations at the end of Term 2.
  • At the beginning of Term 3 we have Student led Conferences where children share their goals and learning.
  • All children will receive an end of year report at the end of Term 4 showing student achievement against expectations.

The Ministry of Education has now done away with National Standards.  Instead we are focusing on the progress and achievement of all children across the wider New Zealand Curriculum, acknowledging the different ways and pace at which children learn.  In light of this change, as noted above all children will now get a mid year and end of year report. Where a child has specific learning needs or challenges, we may communicate more often with parents in order to support their learning journey.

NZEI:  Teacher Union Meetings

On Tuesday 19th June, teachers across New Zealand are attending a Union Meeting at 2pm to discuss recent negotiations with the Government.  

Although the school will not be closed, I strongly encourage you to seek alternative care for your child on this afternoon and ask that you collect them from school at 1:00pm. The after school care programme at Windy Ridge will be open for bookings. There will be a skeleton staff of one teacher and the office staff back at school to cope with any emergency.

Junior Playground

The Junior Playground should be installed in the next few weeks depending on the preparation of the groundwork and the weather conditions. Opening of the playground will be when it is fully installed and the surrounding areas are completed. However, it is definitely on the way!!


Playground Roster

The Student Council discussed and designed a playground roster which they presented at the School Assembly. It is based around their ideas and student voice so we will trial it for the rest of the term and see how it works. It will be great when the Fantail and Pukeko team are also able to use their new playground when it is finished.


Health and Well Being Survey

Thank you to the people who completed the community survey on Health and Well Being. We have been able to use the information from the survey to help us plan our next steps.


Pink Shirt Day

It was great to see so many students and teachers wearing something pink last Friday for Pink Shirt Day. We raised over $150 towards Anti Bullying. In their teams children discussed the meaning of bullying and the difference between bullying and being mean or unkind to someone either on purpose or by accident. They talked about what to do if you are being bullied or if someone is being mean to you and also how we can show kindness to others.

Bullying is targeted, repetitive behaviour and involves an imbalance in power.


Just a reminder to be aware of where you park when dropping off or collecting your child from school. Please think of our neighbours and allowing them access to their driveways.  Remember there is no parking available in the school grounds.  We are waiting for the council to approve the painting of yellow lines around the corners of the intersections of Seaview Road with Glencourt Place and Tamahere Drive , so please do not park there.  New Zealand Road Transport Rules state that you must park a minimum of 6 metres from an intersection.

Policy Review

This term the school is reviewing the Reporting to Parents policy.  To participate in this review please follow these instructions:
  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  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 Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****


  • Team Pukeko Zoo Trip – On Thursday 14th June Team Pukeko are visiting the Auckland Zoo. Team Pukeko Zoo Trip
  • Team Tui Camp – Carey Park Camp, Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th September – Please return permission forms and payment slips to the office.  Team-Tui-Carey-Park-Camp
  • Swimming Lessons –  Teams Tui & Fantail swimming skills, water confidence and safety skills at the Glenfield Leisure Centre.  Please pay online through the KINDO shop or cash to the office.  Team Fantail – Swimming Lessons  – Team Tui – Swimming Lessons  Teams Pukeko & Falcon will receive their lessons later in the year. Team Fantail will be having their lessons from 9.30am and returning to school at 11am and Team Tui’s lessons start from 10.30am and they return to school at 12.30pm.
  • Assembly Day Change:  Assemblies are now on Wednesdays this term as Teams Tui & Fantail are at their swimming lessons on Fridays.  Week 6’s Assembly will be on Wednesday 6th June and starts at 9.45am, prior to this we have a coffee and chat for parents in the staffroom from 9am with our Deputy Principals Jenine Maxwell and Inge Millard and board chairperson Caroline Hudson.  Assembly Timetable – Week 6 – Team Falcon, Week 8 – Team Tui and Week 10 – Leadership
  • 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 –  Junior Kapa Haka started today and will now be on every Wednesday lunchtime from 1pm with Ms Bendall, this is for all years 0 to 2 students.  The Pacifica group for all years is on every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm. The Kapa Haka group for years 3 to 6 is on Friday afternoons from 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Regular Happenings and Groups
  • School Donation – Thank you to all our families who have made their donation, these are not compulsory but help support the school and are tax deductible. School Donation 2018
  • Donation Receipts – Kindo is now sending out the receipts you need to claim the tax back on your school donation. If you pay your donation now through Kindo, you will receive a PDF attachment to your normal Kindo emailed receipt – please print this and hold on to it for your tax return.  Kindo will also be sending out receipts for those of you who have paid a School Donation via myKindo prior to now – please look out for this. Shortly you will also be able to access copies of these from your myKindo online account (on the ‘my orders’ page). To pay your donation now, you can use our Kindo link below…Login or create a new account
  • Regular Happenings & Groups Term 2 – We have updated this form with some recent day and time changes –
  • 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 four 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 term.
  • Head Lice – Unfortunately these are very common in the community, please check your child’s hair regularly.  We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information.
  • 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.
  • Ezlunch available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information is available at the office. Ezlunch Term 2 Menu
  • 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 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 starting from next Monday 26th March 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 (School Closed)

Term 3     Monday 23/07 – Friday 28/09

Term 4     Monday 15/10 –  17/12  TBC

LABOUR DAY – Monday 22/10


PTA News 

  • 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)
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Community News
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Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
We offer a truly enjoyable yoga experience
 Birkenhead Swimming Advert March18
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Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
Beach Haven Pocket Rockets
Tartan Day 2018
Did you know you can now recycle your expired or damaged child car seat?  Around 90% of seat materials are recyclable which is great news for the environment, and keeping expired car seats out of circulation is good for child safety. SeatSmart accepts any brand of capsule, booster or reversible car seat (no polystyrene boosters) for a small fee of $10 (RRP). For collection site details visit You can also like us on Facebook (SeatSmartNZ).
Auckland Live Kids 2018
Friday 9th March to Sunday 23rd December
 KidsLink School Advert 1
Parenting Helpline
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!)
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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.