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27 June 2018

Term 2  Week 9

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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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
We would like to welcome a new staff member to our team, Mrs Sarah Huppler will be joining us in Team Fantail next term.
This week as part of our response to the Community Survey we will look at:

The Nature of Learning

Over the last few years, we as a staff have been accessing a range of presentations and research articles to help inform our decision making processes in regards to the shape of learning at Windy Ridge School.  In 2016, the OECD commissioned and published The Nature of Learning to support schools as they reconsider their approach to teaching and learning.  This publication uses research to inspire practice and provides a powerful knowledge base for the design of learning environments for the 21st Century.

Schools and education systems around the world are having to reconsider their design and approach to teaching and learning. What should schooling, teaching and, most especially, learning look like in this rapidly changing world?

The research produced seven principles of learning that are recognised to be central to learning today.  These are:

  1. Learners at the centre – The learning environment recognises the learners as its core participants, encourages their active engagement and develops in them an understanding of the activity as learners.  Can learners articulate their learning, the why and the how?  Can they manage their own learning times and set specific learning goals?
  2. The social nature of learning – The learning environment is founded on the social nature of learning and actively encourages well-organised cooperative learning.  Can learners collaborate in a team environment and grow the necessary skills for citizenship and the workplace?  What opportunities are there for students to collaborate?
  3. Emotions are integral to learning – The learning professionals within the learning environment are highly attuned to the learners’ motivations and the key role of emotions in achievement.  How well can learners manage their own emotions?  Can learners name adults in their learning environment that believe they will be a success in life?
  4. Recognising individual differences – The learning environment is acutely sensitive to the individual differences among the learners in it, including their prior knowledge.  Do learners believe their teachers know their individual strengths and passions?  Are their cultural backgrounds respected and utilised?
  5. Stretching all students – The learning environment devises programmes that demand hard work and challenge from all but without excessive overload.  Are all learners challenged and engaged in their learning?  Are learners able to make a contribution to their peers and to their community?  
  6. Assessment for learning – The learning environment operates with clarity of expectations  Do learners know what is expected?  Do learners know what quality looks like and how they are making progress with their own learning?  Are learners comfortable with both giving and receiving feedback?
  7. Building horizontal connections – The learning environment strongly promotes “horizontal connectedness ” across areas of knowledge and subjects as well as to the community and the wider world.  Can learners relate their learning to real life contexts?  Are there opportunities for learners to connect with and learn from their wider community and their environment?


Windy Ridge School Community Event:

Only five days until we get to hear Daniel.   We will hold tea/coffee and a light supper before hand, and draw spot prizes at the end of the evening.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! This is an event for parents and caregivers.

Come along and hear Daniel Birch, Principal of Hobsonville Point School

share the research and practice behind Collaborative Learning.

Monday 2nd July, 6.30 – 8.00 pm, WRS Hall.

Student Led Learning Conferences

This is an open and honest conversation between students, parents and teachers. Our learners are encouraged and supported to share their learning and voice in these conferences to support their growing understanding of themselves and their learning.

Student led conferences are scheduled for Week 2, Term 3 on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd August, a notice will be coming home next week with the online booking reference.

Swimming Team Falcon

Due to the closure of the Glenfield Leisure Centre pools for part of next term, we are unable to hold our swimming lessons in term 3.  We have been able to transfer our swim school booking for Team Falcon to term 4, the lessons will run every Thursday starting in week 1 on the 18th October until the 13th December.   The Glenfield Leisure Centre have indicated that they will be able to provide swimming lessons for the Pukeko children who will now miss their sessions this year early in 2019. This has yet to be confirmed as they cannot allocate their bookings for 2019 until later this year.

Tread Lightly Caravan  download (3)

The Tread Lightly Caravan has been at our school this week providing the children with fantastic hands on opportunities to discover how we can care for the future of our planet. If you were one of the parent helpers I am sure you would have been impressed with the discussions the activities provided around their learning.

The activities show the students how everyday choices such as what we buy, how we travel, what we eat, how we use energy in our homes and how we manage waste, can impact the natural environment. ‘Your choices have consequences’.

The key communication messages are:

  • Our actions and choices have an effect on our environment.
  • If we continue to use resources (water, materials, energy) as we do now, we will run out.
  • Small changes in the way we live will help save resources, prevent pollution and protect our plants, animals and their habitats.

The Tread Lightly Caravan teaches students to communicate sustainability to their families and communities in order to educate them and encourage better practice.

If you would like to find out more here is the link


School App – as we look for more ways to keep communication with our families quick and easy we now have a new tool.  The Windy Ridge School app – Skool Loop, this can easily been downloaded onto your mobile phones by simply following the below instructions.  You will be able to send absentee notes, view the newsletter, check our calendar and contact any staff member.   We are in the process of adding notices and permissions, we will also be able to send out alerts for reminders of upcoming events and important information.

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Health & Well Being – This term we have noticed an increase of students suffering from cases of Strep Throat, this can be contagious and can lead to more serious health issues we have shared the following information from the Ministry of Health website –

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Dance Lessons – Year 5 & 6 students will be participating in dance lessons next term. Dance for Tui Team  and the Year 4 students will be participating in Hip Hop lessons Hip Hop for Year 4
  • Tread Lightly Caravan –  will be visiting class this week, see attached notice for more information Tread Lightly Caravan All students will be attending classes in the hall during this week, please send your payment to the office as soon as possible.
  • 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
  • Assembly:    Week 10’s Assembly will be on Wednesday 4th July and starts at 9.30am, 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 10 – Leadership. The will be performances by some of the Star dance yr 2-4 group, Kapa Haka and Pacifica groups.
  • Pasifika & Kapa Haka Groups –  Junior Kapa Haka is held every Wednesday lunchtime from 1pm with Ms Bendall, this is for all year 0 to 2 students, year 3 to 6 students is on Friday afternoons from 1.45pm to 2.45pm.  The Pasifika group for all years is on every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm.
  • 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 – Regular Happenings and Groups
  • 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 Lost Property box on the hall deck 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 (School Closed)


PTA News 

  • PTA Sausage Sizzle – on Friday 6th July (last day or term) order forms coming home tomorrow
  • PTA Chocolate Fundraiser –  Thank you to all the families who have returned their money, if you are unable to or prefer not to sell the chocolates please return them to the school office.  Please return money to the school office by the 25th July after the holidays.  Any queries regarding the selling of the chocolates, please contact a PTA member through the school office.
  • 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!) Share far and wide – any purchase a % comes to the school ($14 from the Auckland ones)


Community News
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School Holiday Computer Classes for ages 5 – 15.

New class; Stop Motion Animation.  Also Minecraft, Learn to Code in Scratch, Python or Java, Create 3D Games, Web Design, Video Editing, Build a PC and if young, the Discovery Computer Class.  For further information call 488 0787 or visit

 North Shore Venue:

Westlake Boys High School


Book Fair 2018
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Holiday program, Netball & Football Skills Workshop for students 8-13 years.

North Shore Trampoline club are taking enrolments for the upcoming holiday programs.  Please visit to enrol.  Term 3 enrolments will also be opening up soon.”



The Holidays are fast approaching and we have some fantastic activities for your kids to do!

For more information please visit our website 


Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar
On now – 22 July
Aotea Square

Explore a winter wonderland in the city centre now the Aotea Square Ice Rink and the ever-popular Ice Slide are back for winter!

More information

Auckland Live Pick & Mix
30 June – 2 Sep
Various locations

Our popular series of free performances and workshops is back for 2018, and we’re celebrating our 10th birthday! Join us for ten action-packed weekends of free, family-friendly weekend performances and workshops.

More information and bookings at

The Owl & the Pussycat

12 – 15 July

Wintergarden, The Civic
A beloved winter lullaby for children and adults alike! A purrfectly charming pussycat falls for a lovelorn owl.

Venture into our vintage kids’ jazz club for a rambunctious and captivating classic, told by the light of the silvery moon.
More information

Big Bad Wolf
18 – 21 July
Bruce Mason Centre

Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Many are – he has incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and no friends. But a very brave girl strikes up an unlikely friendship with fairytale history’s most misunderstood character.

More information


Marrzipan Drama Holiday Workshops – developing self confidence and public speaking ability in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. 1-5 day courses available running 8.30am-5.00pm for $60 per day or $270 for the whole week. For more information check out our website. Spaces limited to 16 per group so your child gets the special attention they deserve! W: E: T: 0272170693  
“North Shore Sport Stacking Club
The North Shore Sport Stacking Club (cup stacking) – has set its meet up dates for the year. The meet ups are held at Bayswater School Hall, 181 Bayswater Avenue, Bayswater and are FREE for anyone, any age (3-60+), wanting to go along and learn to sport stack. Cups, mats and timers are provided for those that don’t have their own sets and free coaching is also given by current members of the NZ Black Stacks team. The dates are as follows:
Sunday 10 June, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 8 July, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 12 August, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 14 October, 2.00pm-4.00pm
We look forward to seeing you there. This is a fun-filled family afternoon.”
Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
Beach Haven Pocket Rockets
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!)


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.