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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

12 June 2019

Term 2  Week 7

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
Board of Trustees Elections
Voting has now closed, on Thursday 13th June 2019 the votes will be counted and the results declared.
The duly elected board members will take office on the 14th June 2019.
Glenfield Talent Show – Saturday 15th June
Good luck to the students representing our school at the Glenfield Talent Show this weekend:
Luke R (rm 1), Charlotte L (rm 11), Yasmin H (rm 11) and Aisha N (rm 15).
Tickets are $10 and are still available online at iticket.   We are looking forward to a great evening, showcasing the talent we have in our local schools – primaries, intermediate and college.
Matariki Festival – June 28th 

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In 2019, from 25 to 28 June, Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky – signalling the start of the Māori New Year.      It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.   There is some great information and videos about Matariki  for families on this page –  Matariki, the Maori New Year 2019

We are very excited to be hosting the very first Glenfield Matariki Festival here on the 28th June.   It is a day where we welcome all the local schools to participate in a sharing of  Kapa haka performances.  There will be 8 schools performing over the day, and our fabulous PTA will have a range of foods available to purchase also.   Our very own Dave Ward has kindly accepted the call to be our MC for the day.

The day begins with a powhiri to welcome our visitors (local kaumatua, Local Board members, City Councillors and our Glenfield schools) at 9.30am, and WRS starts the performances at 10am.

We extend an invitation to everyone to come and join us on the day and help to celebrate Matariki.

Parent Education Event – Wednesday 19th June at Glenfield CollegeThe community parent evening is only a week away!  Remember that this is a FREE event and a wonderful opportunity to hear from an expert about how our children’s brains develop and the impact on how they learn.   We will have FREE CHILDCARE available on the evening also if you are unable to get away from the kids for the night.   Please contact the office to book a ticket for the evening.

Thanks to those people that have already indicated they will be attending – You will love it!
Glenfield Intermediate School visit
On the 21st June we will be hosting the GIS leadership team at our Parents coffee meeting before assembly (9am).  It is a great opportunity to the parents of our year 5 and 6 students to come along and hear directly from the experts about intermediate education.  Of course parents of younger students may also be interested and are welcome to attend too.  At the assembly that follows this meeting, students from GIS will be sharing some information and items with our school.
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:
June 12th – New entrant parent presentation 6.30pm in Room 1
June 12th – PTA parent meet and greet 7.30pm in the staffroom
June 13th – Kaipatiki Kahui Ako Cluster Sports Day – Glenfield College
June 13th – Scholastic Book orders close tomorrow, please order online or by cash at the office.
June 15th – Glenfield Talent Finale – Glenfield College 6.30pm
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.


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


  • Scholastic Book Orders – Please return orders to the office by tomorrow Thursday 13th June.
  • Chicken Pox – We have been advised of another case of chicken pox this week, to find out more information and advice about chicken pox – 
  • Strep Throat – We have recently had several cases of Strep Throat in the school, if your child has a fever and sore throat please check with your doctor. For more information and advice see  the Health Navigator NZ website.
  • 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 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 – Wednesday 18/12


PTA News 

  • Parents Meet and Greet – Tonight Wednesday 12th June, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the staffroom.  A social networking evening for all Windy Ridge parents – PTA Meet and Greet
  • Jesters Pie Lunch – Next Thursday 20th June, orders must be placed before Wednesday 19th at midday – Jesters Pie Lunch
  • Chocolate Fundraiser – Thanks for supporting this fundraiser.  There are still have some extra boxes to sell, contact the office.
  • Entertainment Books – Order your book now – Orders  
Community News
Celebrating Māori identity in Tāmaki Makaurau.
School Holiday Programmes
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!
Shepherds Park Squash Club
Our Year 4, 5 & 6 students have finished their Squash sessions today. They have enjoyed participating in the lessons which we were able to get through funding from North Harbour Sports.
If you or your child are interested the Shepherds Park Squash Club (who have been taking the lessons with our students) have some further sessions you may like to attend:
Free Have a Go sessions on Thursday 23 May and Sunday 26 May from 4:00pm-5:00pm
A free social night every Thursday – Juniors from 6:00pm. Adults from 7:00pm
Holiday Programme 8-11 July mornings $45
For further information visit


Bollywood Dance Classes

Marlborough Primary School Hall Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am, Term Time.

Come for a free trial class today.

Ages 5-12 years, boys and girls.

ph 0211259792


Life Changing Parenting Courses

for Parents of all Cultures

Parenting Adolescents in Mandarin (am) begins Tuesday 23rd July

Effective Discipline (am) in English begins Wednesday 24th July

Parenting Adolescents in English (pm) begins Wednesday 24th July

Effective Discipline (am) in Korean begins Thursday 25th July

Effective Discipline (am) in Mandarin begins Friday 26th July

Positive Discipline for under 4’s (am) in English begins Monday 29th July 

You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 


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.   

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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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