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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

6 March 2019

Term 1  Week 5

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
WRS FunDay – We had a fantastic day yesterday learning new skills and challenging our limits in beautiful weather.  Great to see nearly every child with a hat, and covered in sunblock.  The day ran very smoothly, thanks to the detailed planning from Mrs Turner and Mrs Tyler, and the team commitment from the other people involved.  Our plan is to have one House event each term, encouraging the children to work with people outside of their normal team or class groups. It was really lovely to see the care shown towards our younger students by their bigger buddies.
Helping Out at School – We appreciate any help that we can get at school, as it allows us to broaden the opportunities we can offer your children.   There are many advantages to being involved in the events and activities that occur at school, most importantly it builds shared experiences and relationship with your own child.  When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school and have more self-confidence. Children of involved parents are more likely to feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected at home and at school.  When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building and feel more capable of helping their children learn. Involvement is easy. You don’t have to log hundreds of volunteer hours for your child to benefit. Even if you can only volunteer a few hours a year, every little bit counts.  There are LOTS of opportunities to help – volunteer as a helper  at a school event like athletics or cross country, be a coach or a manager for a sports team, come and listen to children read for half an hour once a week, offer to sharpen pencils or do laminating for busy teachers, take a lunchtime sports game, join in as a helper for Kapa Haka or Pacific Islands group.    Our biggest need at the moment is coaches and managers for our Sports teams.   Teams can only be entered in after school competitions if there are adult helpers to support them, and that needs to be parents or family members, as teachers often have after school meetings and commitments that mean they are unable to take this role.   If your child is registered for a sports team and you can help out please contact the Office urgently. 
Working Bee – Saturday March 23rd – We are looking for helpers to come and give us a hand on two big jobs.  Firstly we would like to build the sandpit for the junior playground, and the second project is clearing the fenceline behind Tui team classrooms. If you are able to help with either of these tasks, can you please contact the office and let us know.  Our plan is to work from 9.30 am on the 23rd, and people can come and go as their schedule allows them to help out. 
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:
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
March 23rd – School working bee
April 5th – Team Falcon Passion Day (April 6th if postponed)

KickStart Breakfast – The breakfast club is now running in the hall everyday from 8.30am to 8.50am, for any child who would like to have some weetbix, milk and fruit before school.


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Falcon Team Passion Day – Friday 5th April –  Falcon Team Passion Day
  • 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:   Week 6 – 15th March – Team Pukeko, Week 8 – 29th March – Team Fantail.  Week 10 – 12th April – All Teams, Inquiry Progress/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 
  • 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
  • Shore to Shore – “Shore to Shore is an excellent way to fundraise for your school, as a percentage of your entry fee goes to your school to purchase PE gear and facilitate sports in school.  Flyer   To register follow this link  – click on register then select our school and follow the instructions.




  • 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) Kindo Shop  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 provide this service 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 

Community News 
Where the Fairies Live – Kaipatiki





Glenfield Rovers AFC are looking for more midget footballers – aged 4(turning 5 this year) – 8 to join their midget football program.
Games are held on a Friday night with prizegivings afterwards in the social atmosphere of the clubrooms.
Training and skill development are Monday afternoons.
Everything is held at our grounds at McFetridge Park, Archers Rd, Glenfield.
The season starts in April and finishes late August with breaks over the school holidays.
Cost is $145 which includes the use of a club top for the season.  Players will also need black shorts, socks; boots & shinpads.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING –Exercise to lively music, make new friends.     

WHO:  Girls and Boys from 7 years   WHY:  Fun friendly group

WHEN:  Thursdays 4.45 to 5.30pm   WHERE: Senior Citizens Hall Milford (Behind New World)

COST:   $25 term (includes shoe hire)   START:  7 March 2019

CONTACT: Liz 027 405 3415  or Lois 440 5568 EMAIL:    


We do not accept any bookings from outside of these suburbs and this campaign is for cats only (sorry no dogs).

Spaying and neutering is good for your and your cat. A spayed or neutered cat:

  • Can be more affectionate and friendly
  • Is less likely to spray and mark their territory in your house
  • Is less likely to yowl loudly throughout the night
  • Is less likely to get into fights and require medical care
  • Can live a longer and healthier life
  • Has reduced risk of health problems such as cancer

We understand that sometimes families find it challenging to get their hands on a carry cage to take their cat to the vet, and this usually means that they miss out on using this free service.

To help with this, we have a very limited number of reusable cardboard carry cages available.  If you are in need of a carry cage for this campaign, please get in contact the office.


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
Glenfield Tennis Club & Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust
Friday 10th March, 3-5pm
Elliott Reserve (see the attached notice for more information)
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.   

Good news! 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. Marrzipan is a New Zealand renowned self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. 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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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.