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4 July 2018

Term 2  Week 10

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PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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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:
Play Based Learning:
Play is an essential part of a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. For many teachers and parents ‘play’ has attracted a negative ‘time wasting’ connotation but in reality play is a vital part of every child’s development. It allows them to test ideas, work through uncertainties, explore social interactions and make sense of the world around them.  Play has no predetermined outcome or time limit. It is not about an end product but about a process. It’s the exploration of ideas that is crucial. Play is children’s work.
It can be argued that children today have fewer opportunities to play and be active than in the past. There is less time spent exploring the natural world, less time ‘doing their own thing’, fewer opportunities to take risks and problem solve. There is more time in supervised, protected and confining activities that put boundaries on learning and creativity.
Discovery Time provides opportunities for children to be involved in a range of play based activities. These may be solitary or group activities and involve:
  • symbolic or pretend play activities
  • exploratory play activities
  • physical play activities

Symbolic or pretend play:

This may include: creating new rules, taking on different roles, using objects to symbolise real things, changing real life situations into make believe ones, safely exploring real world risks, acting out situations seen or experienced.

  • Students may be doing: puppet shows, dressing up, playing shops, having tea parties, building in the sand pit, transforming the playground or classroom, constructing and playing with – LEGO, train tracks, farms, zoos, cardboard boxes, sheets or blankets…
  • Teachers may be: following the children’s lead, taking part/playing a role, modelling different voices or expressions, extending language, providing resources, extending ideas, becoming the audience, encouraging persistence…
  • Teachers may be saying: have a go, try it out, keep going, what can I get for you? If you need me I’m here…

Exploratory Play – Experiential activities / exploring resources / experimenting with materials:

  • Students may be: building (obstacle courses, cities, marble tracks, creative structures, go carts, huts, bird feeders, rat traps…), exploring science equipment, working out how things operate, exploring different mediaums (dough, water, paint, clay, sand, mud…), exploring scientific principles (static electricity, condensation, density…), solving problems, exploring nature (plants, weeding, watering, identifying native plants, birds, insects…).
  • Teachers may be: asking clarifying questions.
  • Teachers may be saying: What would happen if? Why did that happen? What do you notice? What else could you try?

Physical play activities: 

These explore strength and dexterity without being hurt, find out about the properties of objects and places by manipulation and movement. Try activities that involve moving about, risk taking, mastery of skills, developing the skills that will allow them to achieve a desired end (tying knots and bows, hammering a nail, plaiting, pouring…)

  • Students may be: trying to master new apparatus (stilts, bicycles, musical instruments, PMP equipment…), target things, throwing and hitting balls, move over and around equipment
  • Teachers may be: providing materials, teaching safety skills, monitoring for safety, teaching specific skills as they are needed, suggesting additional equipment
  • Teachers may be saying: How can I help? What do you need? Keep trying you can nearly do it. How could you record this?

We want to educate the whole child; social, emotional, physical, as well as cognitive. We believe the best way to do this is to ensure that children have opportunities to play. We do this very well in preschool education but when a child enters more formal schooling often the focus shifts to the cognitive side of learning; to literacy and numeracy. Without the time to play children are given fewer opportunities to develop the broader skills and the social, emotional and physical skills are often not given enough time.

Play – some key readings that might set you thinking

New Zealand Ministry of Education

Leading and Learning for the 21st Century. Sadly the typical image of play is a single child sitting in front of a television set or on a video game or device. This is not play – play is an open ended experience initiated by children that involves pretence and spontaneous creative activity. It’s a time of wonder and sensory exploration.

Collaboration Workshop:

Many thanks to all of the parents and staff who came along to listen to Daniel Birch on Monday evening.  It was a great turnout and I’m sure everyone was suitably intrigued by his provocative presentation.  Thanks also to Caroline Hudson for organising the lovely supper spread.

Leadership Assembly:

Sir Peter Blake believed in the incredible potential of young Kiwis to achieve great things. He knew that inspiring leaders of any age could be found in every corner of New Zealand. Sir Peter showed all of us there are leaders and there are dreamers. Leaders make things happen. Dreamers have a vision. The truely special people do both. The first step to making these dreams happen is to believe in yourself, and to believe you can do it. We believe our Young Leaders can do it. This year in Leadership Week, students are challenged to believe you can! The propensity to dream wonderful adventures, the courage to pursue them, the ability to turn the vision into reality and the will to succeed.

This year the Sir Peter Blake and Westpac Young Leaders award went to Lucas Belcher,  for his great attitude to learning, relating well to students and teachers, inspiring others through his actions and friendly nature while still displaying a sense of fun! He is able to complete tasks to help make changes and listens to other students to gain student voice. Well done and congratulations to Lucas.

Our Assembly showed the leadership and participation of many of our students in their performances and through their confidence to perform in front of a large audience.  The students dressed in Red to celebrate Red Socks Day which remembers Sir Peter Blake and we had a gold coin donation to raise money for the Sir Peter Blake Trust to continue their work providing opportunities for young New Zealanders.


Dancing with the Stars:

It was great to see Jonny and Jess reach the finals and that they managed to stay in the competition for so long. Even though they were not the winning couple they managed to raise money for their charity which was the Children’s Cancer Foundation and inspire many with their dancing.  I am sure Jonny is now very excited and looking forward to coming to Windy Ridge next term to take the Windy Ridge version of Dancing with the Stars!!

Keeping Ourselves Safe:

Next term we are all revisiting the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme.  KOS aims to help our students to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.  With the support of Constable Steve Harwood, they learn to recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and develop strategies to keep themselves safe.

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.  To make a booking follow this link enter our code fcxdz and follow the instructions.  Please book a ten minute slot and allow an extra ten minutes (unbooked time slot) after this to meet with the teacher.


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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Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Pukeko – Tomorrow the students will be presenting a mini show and Matariki celebration at 11am followed by a shared lunch. Team Pukeko Updates
  • Team Falcon Swimming – The Falcon students will now be participating in swimming lessons in term 4 due to the closure of the Glenfield Pools next term.  Please see the updated notice with the changes. Updated Falcon Swimming Notice
  • 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
  • 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 – Next term our assemblies will return to Friday mornings.
  • 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 End of Term Sausage Sizzle –  This Friday 6th JulySausage Sizzle Order Form.docx
  • 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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We are needing groups to come along to the Bushcare Day so if you are interested as a group please email us on

Bushcare Day Sat 14th July

Glow Worm Walk Mon 16th July


SS2018 poster - with new deadline



Glenfield Holiday Program Flyer 2018


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InMotion Matariki Parade – fun for all the family! Saturday 21 July from 5.30pm, Silo Park

Decorate your wheels and/or yourself and head to Silo Park for the annual illuminated Matariki parade. Haka Fusion, exciting floats, Vector Lights and cool performances, entertain you as you travel to The Cloud for the spectacular aerial finale! Learn the dance moves to Wairua by Maimoa, for the grand mass dance-off in The Cloud. Touch Compass has ensured it’s free and fully accessible for all, including an audio-described tour. Part of Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival. See you there!


M Sports holiday programmes are suitable for children aged 5 to 12. The week is full of exciting games and tournaments. Enjoy our unique Inflatable Football pitches. Our team of highly qualified staff will ensure your kids have a ball!
Holiday Camp Details
Venue: Birkenhead Primary School
One week only:  9 to 13 July
– 9am to 12pm $24 per day, $99 for 5 days,
– 9am to 3pm $39 per day, $179 for 5 days

Register Your Child: Go to to enrol. Book your child’s place now as numbers are limited.
Queries: Contact


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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.
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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
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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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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.