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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

20 February 2019

Term 1  Week 3

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, Kamusta, Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei, Kia Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Meet the Teams  –  Tonight
A reminder that rooms will be open from 5pm for you to wander through and ‘read the walls’, seeing what is up and on display.  Our Learning support room will also be open for the evening for parents who want to know more about the English Language (ESOL) learning programme.
Team Presentations will be at:
5 pm        Fantail team – rooms 1 and 2
5.30pm   Pukeko team – rooms 5, 6, 7, 8
6 pm        Falcon team – rooms 9, 10, 11, 12
6.30pm   Tui team – rooms 13, 14, 15
We will also have the Families in Parks team here so your children can play on the field while you attend the presentations.  The PTA have cold drinks and frozen juicies for sale.
 Celebrate Windy Ridge School joining KickStart Breakfast!
Something very exciting is happening at WRS as we open our KickStart Breakfast club!
We’re proud to be offering a KickStart Breakfast of Sanitarium Weet-Bix & Anchor milk for all tamariki who would like to join the club before school.  Breakfast club will be in the Hall from 8.30am every morning.
Our first breakfast club is a very special celebration as we are the 1000th school to join the KickStart Breakfast programme.   To recognise this amazing milestone, we will have a number of guests and dignitaries joining us for the event.  We wish to invite anyone who wishes to join us for the morning; children, parents and whanau.
Join us on Friday 1st March at 7.45am in the school hall for a powhiri whakatau (led by our Kapa Haka students) to welcome our special guests and share some yummy breakfast kai!
As we will have media also attending to document the event, we will need to have a completed media release consent form for every child who participates. We will have these forms available later in the week.
We understand that some families may not want their children to use the Breakfast Club, so we will make sure this information is collected from you before we start in a few weeks.
We will also need some parent help with the running of this important club – we will be in touch soon to set up a roster of helpers.
Something I have been thinking about….
I will be adding something new every few weeks that is topical and worth sharing about children’s learning and development and challenges of childhood.  
Social and Emotional Learning is a key developmental goal for primary aged children.   It should be prioritised by every school, and understood by all parents.   It provides the foundation for children to feel safe and calm, allowing them to take risks with their learning and feel comfortable with challenge.  When children are not self-regulated and self-aware, they might struggle with their reactions to people and events in life.  An inability to feel capable of managing our own situations can lead to feelings of anxiety and fear.
I have recently been reading more about anxiety and resilience, as a follow up to the Keynote presentation at our conference in January.  Kathryn Berkett, psychologist, spoke to us about the rising levels of childhood anxiety and the corresponding decrease in unstructured child-designed play.  There has been a significant increase in the number of children who are participating in activities and events that are structured, pre-planned and regulated by adults.
She outlined the social learning opportunities that occur for children in unregulated play – conflict resolution, problem solving, compromise, empathy, disappointment, emotional self-regulation.  When the adult is not there to intervene before or once there is a problem, the children have to negotiate a satisfactory solution for themselves. It is in these times that children develop resilience as a result of being challenged in their understanding of their expectations of others and themselves.   While no-one is advocating unsafe or dangerous play, there is perhaps opportunity to relax our control and allow children greater independence, while still keeping them safe.
For example, tree climbing or playing in the park with a group of friends (without adult supervision) are things that have fallen out of favour because of the perceived risk in the activity.  Berkett would ask us to consider the value of the learning in the activity compared to the risk.
Anyway it is a topic that fascinates and challenges me, and that is a good thing.
If you are interested in reading more about this idea, here is a link that adds more ideas.
Token Amnesty – we are running very low on our house tokens, please take a look at home they are orange and purple square pieces of plastic which we use to acknowledge the children who are displaying the Windy Ridge Values – Respect, Kindness, Integrity and Resilience. If you find any please send them back to school tomorrow.
School Happenings
Please check the school calendar for term dates and information.  You can find it on the website and on Skool Loop.
Here are a few important dates for you to start with for the first few weeks:
Feb 20th  –  Meet the teams evening 5-7pm
March 11th – Team Fantail trip to The Science Room
March 13th & 14th – Team Tui are visiting Tiritiri Matangi Island, wildlife sanctuary
March 19th & 20th – Team Tui trip to Long Bay Regional Park


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Fantail Trip –  On March 11th the Fantails are visiting The Science Playroom, please read the attached notice for more information. Team Fantail Trip T1 2019
  • Assemblies for this term:  Team Falcon, Week 6 – 15th March – Team Pukeko, Week 8 – 29th March – Team Fantail.  Week 10 – 12th April – All Teams, Inquiry Progess/Wonderings.  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.
  • Swimming – Students from last years Team Pukeko will be having their swimming lessons this term.  Pukeko Swimming Notice 2019
  • Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Fantail Term 1 Newsletter –  Team Pukeko Term 1 Newsletter – Falcon Term 1 newsletter – Team Tui newsletter T1 2019 
  • Basketball Competition – This year we are entering teams into the North Harbour basketball competition for students in Years 2-6, please return the attached notice this week. Basketball notice    
  • EOTC – Team Tui students will be participating in Education Outside the Classroom this term with 2 trips to Tiritiri Matangi and Long Bay, please return the permission slip with payment to the office by the 15th March.  Team Tui EOTC Parent Help Notice –  EOTC Team Tui – Please fill in and the return the attached form to the office – EOTC Parent Consent, Risk Disclosure & Health Profile Form
  • Sunshine Online –  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • Head Lice – Please check your childs hair weekly as unfortunately head lice are very common in the community. We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information.  For advice on treatments – Will my child have to stay away from school? No, the school will not exclude your child or ask you to keep them at home because they have lice. You don’t need to keep your child at home while you’re treating lice either. We have combs available in the office, but also your local chemist and supermarket will sell products.
  • Walking School Bus – Hello, welcome to 2019 from your Walking School Buses.  We have 4 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, Stanley Road, Roberts Road and Hiwihau Place.  Most of them leave around 8.15am in the morning to get the students to school for 8.30am.  If you would like your child(ren) to come on the Walking School Bus AND are able to help just one morning or afternoon a week, see Mrs Boyce in the office for a form and she will pass your details on to the right person.  The Walking School Buses are solely run by awesome volunteers so your help is always appreciated.  The Roberts Road bus is not running at the minute as their aren’t enough drivers, so if you’d love to help, we’d greatly appreciate it.     Kind regards Caroline Hudson, WSB Coordinator
  • Sun Safety – All students will need their sunhats at school this term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Lost Property – Please remember to check our lost property bin on the hall deck for any lost items, please name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
  • Kindo – To avoid office queues in the heat please go online to make payments through your mykindo account.  If you haven’t used Kindo before, click this link to get started (all you need is the email address we have on record)…  If you already have a mykindo account, go to or via the link on our school website.   This site also  hosts our online lunch ordering system Ezlunch –  All orders must be made before 9am. Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE  Term 1 Menu
  • 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 telephone the office and leave an absence message or go online to the school website and use the Report an absence tab or use the Skool Loop app.  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.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – you need to request to be part of this page, we are only able to accept parents and caregivers to this page.  It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff.
  • School Library – The library is currently closed while we upgrade our software to new online system.
  • Music Lessons – John Casson from MusiqHub is now offering music lessons in Guitar & Ukulele at our school, see the attached notice for more information. John Casson Flyer
  • Before & After-School Care – The sKids organisation are now running this program from our school hall, please feel free to drop in and see them or register online through their website.

             Term dates             

School Terms 2019

Term 1    Monday 4/02 – Friday 12/04

Term 2    Monday 29/04 – Friday 05/07

Term 3    Monday 22/07 – Friday 27/09

Term 4    Monday 14/10 – TBC


PTA News 

  • Meet the Team Evening – Wednesday 20th February 5-7pm.  The PTA will be selling cold drinks and juicies during the evening.
Community News 
Kauri Park School, 16 McGlashen Place – End of Summertime Festival, Friday 8th March, 5 – 8pm
Kauri Park School’s annual End of Summertime Festival is coming up on the evening of Friday 8th March. There will be fun activities for the kids, food, music, raffles and a fantastic flea market. It’s a family-friendly event for the whole community, so come along from 5 – 8pm and see out the summer in style. EOST flyer A4
M Sports Football Kidz Skills Clinics at Windy Ridge School


M Sports are coming back to hold fun Football Kidz clinics at the school with our new inflatable pitch. Girls and boys from years 0-6 are welcome to participate. They’ll play fun games, learn exciting new skill techniques, play small matches and make new friends all under the guidance of our great team of qualified coaches.

When: 5 weekly sessions starting Thursday 7th March
Time: 3.10 – 3.55pm
Where: School Field
Cost: $64 per child, $32 per extra sibling

Register on more info please email Chris on



Bollywood Dance Classes

NZ’s Elite Bollywood Dance School

Marlborough Primary School Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am

Come for a free trial class today.

Ages 5-10 years, boys and girls.

From term 2, classes will be held at Birkenhead Dance Studios, Enterprise St, and ages will be streamlined, see website for more details.


Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk
Sunday March 24 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Put the date in your diary for 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 for more information and registration

Glenfield Rovers is open for registrations for the 2019 season of football.
Trials start from 18 February.  All players welcome.  Register now at
North Shore Trampoline club is taking enrolments for term 1 classes.  Learn from how to do flips, pass badges and maybe even enter competitions. See our website to enroll
Are you looking for a dance school in 2019? Studio 246 has been established for 20 years, and is opening a branch in Glenfield at 46 James St  this year. We offer Jazz, ballet, hip hop,  for boys and girls 5-16 and for students of  WINDY RIDGE we are offering  FREE trial classes from the 7th Feb to the 20th Feb,  Our prices are competitive, and our classes are amazing! Please contact Lenore on 0211849849, or, Check us out on facebook: Studio 246, or on our website for a timetable:
Registration Online
Summer Movies
Music in 19
Windy Ridge Newsletter
  • How to make your own fresh pasta following Italian traditional recipe and using pasta machine
  • How to make different cuts of pasta

For more information and bookings:

Call Cosimo on 021 08587326 or email

Facebook Page: “Handmade pasta with love” 


Welcome to the Home of Kids Party Entertainment. 

At Party At Yours we love to entertain your children with our super fun, innovative party ideas and

activities to suit birthday boys and girls of all ages.   

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 dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at schools, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. 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!)
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For more information about this program follow this link.
Yoga workshop for Mums and children
see the website link or attached brochure for more information
Takapuna & Red Beach Dual Flyer
 For more events coming up, please see our term four calendar.
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).
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List and sell your home with Pav Obradovic and mention Windy Ridge School,
and he will donate $1000 to the school.