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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

15 May 2019

Term 2  Week 3

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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.

Dear Parents and Whanau,

We have received confirmation that the teacher ‘mega’ strike is confirmed for May 29th. This means both primary and secondary teachers across the country will be on strike. The concerns continue to be resourcing, release and pay. I feel compelled to explain the concerns we have with the current offer from the Government in settling our collective agreements – both Teachers and Principals. The information being provided by the media is often incorrect and at times misleading, and the Government is refusing to negotiate in good faith, entering discussions with a pre-determined outcome decided.

Some of the issues that remain for us are:

  • Primary teachers get 1 hour a week release time. Secondary teachers get 5 hours a week. This is not fair.
  • Our Primary collective agreements expired on the 8th of June 2018. The Government is refusing to back pay us if/when an agreement is reached.
  • The Government offered primary teachers a $500 bonus to sign the agreement. They offered secondary teachers $1000. This is not fair.
  • The Government is refusing to commit to pay parity, meaning secondary teachers will be paid more for the same qualifications and responsibilities as primary teachers. Teachers should be paid the same for equal qualifications – regardless of the age of the students.

The minister likes to talk about offering a ten thousand dollar pay rise – but it is not $10,000 in the hand to every teacher on every pay grade straight away; it is an incremental increase over three years. Currently our beginning teachers spend a minimum of 3 years at university and then start on $47,980. This offer gives them a 3% increase straight away, so about $1400 before tax – or about $19 a week. Experienced teachers stand to get about $27 a week from this offer. Even if we accepted the $27 a week, teachers will have already lost somewhere in the vicinity of $2000 over the last year through this negotiation – both through unpaid strike days and the lack of an existing contract. So in fact – if we signed today, it would take over a year for us to even make up what we’ve lost.

The support for learners with special needs – both learning and behaviour – is not acceptable. Children with additional needs require specially designed programmes and resources, and these take time to prepare and implement. Limited release for primary teachers means they have no extra time to plan for these learners, attend meetings or support whanau, and so this is being done in weekends and evenings. The offer of a special coordinator role is encouraging, but it is not being offered within the contract – it is a budget inclusion. So there is nothing significant or binding being offered by the Government in relation to improving resourcing for special needs within our negotiations.

Despite the media commentary, we are not being unreasonable or greedy – the things we are asking for are central to our ability to provide a quality education for the children in our schools.  The reality of a staff shortage is hitting our schools hard – we struggle to get teachers  to choose and then stay in the profession. The reality of classrooms without trained teachers is already impacting many schools around NZ, both in full time and relieving roles.

I understand that strike action creates a disruption for you and your families, and for this we apologise. However if we do not take a stand now, our situation will only get worse and it may be your child in a room without a teacher, or in a class of 40 children.  If we fail to get a fair and equitable outcome from these negotiations, we will have to wait another 3 years to address our concerns, and I am not sure what will be left of our education system.

If you have concerns about the way the negotiations are being handled by the Government and manipulated by the media, then please make contact with your local MP, the Minister of Education or the Prime Minister. If you ask them a question they are required to provide you an answer.

We are being told that the public does not support our stand – I do not believe them. Parents want the best for their children, including an excellent education.  Thank you for your positive messages of support – it makes everything more bearable knowing you are standing with us.

Board of Trustees –  Calls for nominations 
Nomination forms 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
The conferences are running from 2pm until 7pm on Monday 20th May and again from 2pm until 5pm on Tuesday 21st May. Your child is an important part of this conversation so please bring them along.
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.  SKIDS is offering an option for families for both afternoons. Please see below for more information. 
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.
Skids Booking Information –  Skids Newsletter
Bullying Free NZ Week –  May 13th – 16th
This week finishes on Friday with a Pink Shirt Day, where we encourage everyone to wear something pink (shirt, socks, hat, whatever!) in support of the important messages received this week about standing up to bullying behaviour.
Talent quest – Friday at 12.30 in the Hall
We are holding our school talent quest this Friday and have been impressed with the number of children wanting to share their talents with the school.  Thanks to Mrs Lewis for organising this event, meeting with the children and helping them with some coaching.  We look forward to seeing what they bring!  You are welcome to come along and support the students in this event.
Intermediate schools – Enrollment Zones – We have set up a display in the office regarding the proposed zones for our 4 local intermediate schools; Glenfield, Wairau, Northcote and Birkdale.   The schools have asked for feedback regarding the proposed zones by Friday June 7th.  More information is available in the office or online at the individual schools websites.
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 at the Glenfield College Kapatiki Theatre. 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 and on our website and the Skool Loop.
Here are a few important dates for you:
May 17th – Talent Show – 12.30pm in the hall
        May 20th & 21st – Goal Setting Conferences – school closes at 1.30pm
May 22nd & 23rd – Team Falcon trip to Chelsea Sugar Factory
May 29th – School Closed for Teacher Strike
June 4th – Team Fantail trip to Tamahere Reserve
June 19th – Parent Education Event with Kathryn Berkett at Glenfield College Kaipatiki Theatre

KickStart Breakfast –  is held in the hall everyday from 8.30am to 8.50am, this is 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 please contact the office.  The weetbix and milk are donated by Sanitarium and Fonterra.  The canned fruit is an optional extra and we rely on donations to offer this, so if you would like to donate a can please drop them into the office. (PaknSave are selling canned fruit for 69cents this week)


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


  • Team Fantail Trip – This term the Fantails will make a trip to Tamahere Reserve for a picnic and a play on the recently completed new playground. 2019 T2 Fantail Field Trip
  • 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 this Friday 17th May from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Our school assemblies are held every second Friday.  Next Friday 24th May, Team Falcon are sharing at our assembly, 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
  • Harbour Sport Kiwi Squash program – Squash Auckland has developed a school program designed to introduce kids to squash. The program is being delivered to students in years 4-6 at Windy Ridge over two weeks. The children will be participating in four sessions. These sessions will involve an introduction to squash with basic skill development. The activities are designed to be enjoyable and fun while also testing student’s movement, hand eye coordination and ability to follow instructions. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for more children to become aware of Squash as a sport, the skills required to play, and that they have access to a local club where they can continue to play if they are interested.


  • 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 

  • 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.
Good news! We still have a couple of spaces in our Marrzipan Class on Thursdays in the Hall! This is a great opportunity for your child to come and give it a go! Marrzipan is a New Zealand renowned self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. Each child receives an individual progress report and certificate too! You can sign up for a no-obligation trial class directly via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!) See you there!

Northern Mystics vs Central Pulse

Doors Open:      6.30pm

Centre Pass:       7.40pm

Adult tickets start from just $15.00 each and kids tickets only $10 (across all price zones)

Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for $110 – great value as this averages at only $11 per ticket

Purchase tickets to this game and you automatically go in the draw to win:


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
download (1)
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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