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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

8 May 2019

Term 2  Week 2

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

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

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Stop Work Meetings and Industrial Action – This week all primary teachers in NZ are attending meetings to discuss the latest offer in our collective agreement negotiations.   At WRS we have chosen to stagger our attendance at a number of meetings so we do not have to disrupt the school or families by closing the school to attend.  The offer that has been made by the Ministry of Education does not adequately address the issues that we have raised; attracting and retaining staff, adequate release time to do the work we are required to do, adequate support for children with additional learning or behaviour needs. Teachers are voting this week on two things; whether to accept the latest offer, and whether to take industrial action (strike day).   If strike action is decided then the day that has been planned is WEDNESDAY 29th MAY.   We will know early next week if this has been confirmed.
We continue to be encouraged by the positive messages of support that we receive from our community.  We know that you appreciate how demanding the job is and that we are doing our best with limited resourcing and support.  We are forever hopeful that an agreement can be reached before the 29th May but if need be we will go out on strike because your kids are worth it.
Board of Trustees –  Calls for nominations 
This week we will be posting some election papers to all eligible parents and caregivers so you can nominate people with interest in standing for the Board of Trustees.  These need to be completed and returned to the school by noon on the 24th May.   At this point the returning officer will determine if we have enough nominations to hold an election, and then the voting forms will be sent out to families.
Goal Setting ConferencesMonday 20th and Tuesday 21st May
We have listened to the feedback from parents about wanting some time to meet with their child’s teacher and discuss their child’s learning and goals for the year.  These conferences include your child as they need to be part of the goal setting in order for it to be effective.
At the conference the teacher will provide you with assessment data, information about learning behaviours and social skills, and you will hear from your child about their strengths and goals.  At the conference you will contribute to a document designed to record the conversation, and then a copy will be kept at school and another copy sent home for you.
The conferences are running from 2pm until 7pm on Monday 20th May and again from 2pm until 5pm on Tuesday 21st May.  This means that school will be finishing early at 1.30pm on both of these days.  Please make alternative arrangements for your children on these afternoons as there will be no staff available to supervise them.
You can book your  15 minute conference time online at  using the booking code  bkz9b   Please see the office if you need help making a booking.
New Staff – We are delighted to welcome three new staff to our school.  Ms Sarah Fink has come on board to help run our Forest School programme, allowing Ms Maxwell to extend this to include other groups and classes in the school.  It is such a fun and engaging programme that we want all of our students to have an opportunity to participate and learn new skills.  We also have two new learning assistants working with us, Ms Rapeka Kitson and Mrs Michelle Riley, both supporting students in classes with their specific learning goals. Please make them feel welcome if you see them around the school.
Bullying Free NZ Week –  May 13th – 16th
We will be participating in the national Bullying Free NZ campaign being held next week.  This week is an opportunity for us to have some focussed conversations with our learners about the signs and impact of bullying behaviour in our lives.  This message fits very comfortable with our school values, and we are going to be having a specific focus around the ability of bystanders to make a difference.   All classes will have time spent in discussing these issues and talking about what they can do to become ‘Upstanders’ not bystanders.  The week finishes on Friday with a Pink Shirt Day, where we encourage everyone to wear something pink (shirt, socks, hat, whatever!) in support of these important messages.
Parent Education Event –  On  Wednesday 19th June, the Kaipatiki Kahui Ako is delighted to host an evening with Kathryn Berkett. Kathryn is a mother of two adolescents,
with a Masters in Educational Psychology.   There are two different sessions depending on the age of your child/ren. Come to one or both!  The first session “The Early Years – Ages 5-9” is from 5.30 – 7pm and the second session “The Adolescent Brain”starts at 7.30pm and ends at 9pm. And the best part is that it is FREE to attend. SEATS ARE LIMITED so please contact the school office to confirm your attendance.
Thanks to those people that have already indicated they will be attending – You will love it!
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:
May 14th – Junky Monkey Day
May 17th – Talent Show – 12.50pm in the hall
Found – in the school grounds last Thursday, please contact the office 

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.  We are looking for adults to help supervise the breakfast, if you have some free time in the morning contact the office.


Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****


  • Brake Road Safety Week – This week is Brake Road Safety Week. This years message is “Speak Up” about road safety. To promote this message, we are having a “Bright Day” on Friday. Everyone is encouraged to bring a gold coin donation and to wear something ‘crazily bright’ to raise awareness of the national tragedy of people killed on foot and bikes on NZ roads and the importance of driving slowly. We look forward to seeing everyone being ‘Bright’ and ‘Speaking up’ for road safety on Friday!
  • Rippa Rugby – We have our first Rippa Tournament day coming up in a few weeks time. All players who have signed up to play must also be registered to play according to the North Harbour Rugby please follow this link and register your child. Any questions please forward them to Mrs Turner.
  • Windy Ridge Talent Show – We are holding the talent show in the hall next Friday 17th May at 12.30pm
  • Team Falcon Trip – Team Falcon Trip – Chelsea Sugar Factory 
  • Assemblies for this term:  Our school assemblies are held every second Friday.  This Friday 10th May Team Tui are presenting at our assembly. Week 4 – 24th May – Team Falcon, Week 6 – 7th June – Team Pukeko, Week 8 – 21st June – Team Fantail.  Week 10 – 5th July – 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.
  • Term 2 Team Newsletters – Team Fantail Term 2 newsletter 2019Team Pukeko Term 2 NewsletterTeam Falcon Term 2 newsletter 2019Team Tui Term 2 newsletter 2019


  • Scholastic Book Orders – Please return book order forms to the office by this Thursday morning or order online  –
  • Head Lice – Please check your child’s 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.
  • Sunshine Online –  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • Walking School Bus –   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.
  • 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 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 2  Ezlunch T2 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 now open from 8.30am to 9.50am and at lunchtimes from 12.45pm to 1.25pm.
  • 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 

  • Jesters Pie Day – Tuesday 14th May, orders can be made online through the Kindo Shop – 
  • Kids Social Evening – Friday 7th June, 6pm – more information coming soon.
  • Parent Meet and Greet – Wednesday 12th June, from 6.30pm.  A social networking evening for all Windy Ridge parents
  • Entertainment Books – Order your book now – Orders  
Community News
Glenfield Early Learning Centre are holding a garage sale on Saturday 25th May see attached notice.

NZ Warbirds Association would like to invite you to ask your staff and students if they would like to join us in commemorating D-Day 75, Sunday 02 June 2019 at Ardmore Airport.  This year will see the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion which marked the start of the Battle of Normandy and the eventual liberation of occupied Europe. On 6 June 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history saw American, British and Canadian forces landed on the Normandy beaches, against ferocious opposition from the German forces and Luftwaffe. It was the major turning point of World War 2.

On Sunday 2 June, Queen’s Birthday weekend, NZ Warbirds at Ardmore will commemorate this momentous day with a special event at the Warbirds Ardmore base. Flying displays featuring classic WW2 fighters like the Spitfire and Mustang, mock air attacks and action on the ground by military enthusiasts, vintage military and classic aircraft from around the country, formation flying, and some heart-stopping aerobatics by both military and top civilian pilots will guarantee a great day out, not only for aircraft enthusiasts but the whole family. The RNZAF too will be there, subject to operational requirements.

We will also be welcoming some companies who will be showcasing careers in aviation, which should be of particular interest to students.
There will be lots to see between displays, with static aircraft, military vehicles, classic cars, food and refreshments and a range of gifts, apparel and aviation souvenirs at the Warbirds shop! There will be a kids’ zone with amusements for younger children.

NZWA D-Day75Poster2019
You can keep an eye on what aircraft will be attending and updates on our Facebook page event page:


Term 2 & 3 brochure

Parenting Courses for Parents of all Cultures

Effective Discipline is for parents of children aged 4 – 11 years

Effective Discipline in Korean each Tues evening begins 30th April

Effective Discipline in English each Wed morning begins 1st May

Effective Discipline in Mandarin each Thurs morning begins 2nd May

Positive Discipline for under 4’s in English each Tues morning begins 7th May      

Positive Discipline for under 4’s in Mandarin each Frid morning begins 10th May 

Parenting Adolescents in English each Wed evening begins 1st May

Positive Discipline – Basic Skills in Mandarin each Mon evening begins 6th May

for parents of children and teens 8 – 16 years       

You can enrol on line or phone Elizabeth 022 341 6212

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
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Kia ora,

Term two at Parenting Place is full of exciting events and we want to let you know what’s going on. We’d love for you to share the following events with people in your community.

Featured events – with nibbles and hot drinks
6 June – Behind the screens
Nathaniel Kandregula will help you to navigate the ups and downs of supporting your young person in the digital world. This presentation will cover social media, gaming, online safety, and supporting a healthy sense of self amidst it all.

We’ve made a poster for this that you can download here and print off. You can pop it on your school noticeboard or even insert it in your school newsletter. If you’ve got a Facebook page, feel free to share this link.

3 July – Big feelings
Join Joy Sluiters and Jenny Hale as they take a look at what’s going on beneath big emotions, and share ways to support our children when they’re struggling. Jenny Palmer, author of ‘Feel a Little’ will also join us as our special guest.

9 May to 20 June – Circle of Security
This will equip you with what you need to help your little one manage their emotions and grow their self-esteem. This seven week course is for parents of children zero to six years old.

9 May — Mums and sons with John Cowan
16 May — Nourishing the school aged child with Rachael Wilson and Lorren Hawkins. Check this out on Facebook here.
5 June — The highly sensitive child with Jenny Hale
19 June — Mums and daughters with Jenny Hale

For a digital copy of the current term calendar, click here. If you’d like us to send you a few hard copies to share around, you can email

For more information on all the events we have on offer, you can head to our website here.

Ngā mihi,
Parenting Place

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