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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

25 September 2019

Term 3  Week 10

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

End of term – thank you to all the parents and whanau who have supported the school this term with your time and positive messages.  It has been an especially busy term, and our children have benefited from a huge range of events and activities, only made possible through the efforts and organisation of the adults at school and volunteers from home.  The weather has been especially challenging, and sickness has impacted on the school in a number of ways.  As we move to the end of the term, we are seeing a lot of very tired children (and teachers) who are in need of a few weeks of rest and relaxation.

Just a reminder that during the holidays there will not be adults around regularly to supervise children, so you will need to supervise your children if they come up to the school to play.  We are happy for you to be here and to enjoy the facilities that we have available.  The Hall, including toilets, will not be open for public use as it is hired over this period.  If you see any behaviour or damage that concerns you at the school, please make email contact with us, or you can phone the Police directly (111 for emergencies or 105 for non-emergencies).  Thanks for your help to keep our school safe for all to use sensibly.

School closes this FRIDAY at 3pm for the term 3 holiday break.  Term 4 starts on October 14th. 


Assembly – Our final assembly for the term this Friday will start a little earlier at 9.30am.


Wear your most colourful Loud Shirt this Friday in support of Hearing House.

We are collecting a gold coin donation for the Hearing House, which supports a number of our WRS families, both past and present.
Thank you to the PTA who are also donating their Juicies fundraising in support of this event.

News From The Board:

Kia ora Windy Ridge School community.

Before staff and students take a well deserved break over the holidays, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on some of the things that the Board will be looking at over the next month or two, as well as some other news.

As you may be aware, from 2020 onwards many schools in New Zealand will be eligible for funding through the Government’s school donations scheme. When a school opts into the scheme they will receive $150 per student which will be applied to the operations grant – schools that do so will not be able to ask the parents and guardians of students for the usual annual donation. These funds will then be available collectively to help run the school and some of the student activities. There are some finer points to this scheme which the Board is currently reviewing, but we will be communicating the outcome of these discussions with you shortly. If you’d like to read more, I’d encourage you to take a look at the release from the Ministry of Education – see link below:

In addition to the above the Board will shortly be embarking on a planning day in which we will be looking at the strategic direction of the school over the next 12, 24 and 36 months. We look forward to sharing the key focuses and direction as the plans come to fruition.

Finally, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that the new classroom build project now has a timeline. Many of you will know that there are plans in place to remove the Falcon block, and to replace this with a new building which will accommodate students in our growing school. In November of this year we can expect the initial design work to begin, with a start-date for the build being November 2020. All being well we should have our new classroom facilities available for use in September 2021.

Ngā manaakitanga

James Stuart

Measles Outbreak –  From 1 January 2019 to 25 September 2019 there have been 1474 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand. 1227 of these confirmed cases are in the Auckland region.    If you have not yet provided a copy of your child’s immunisation record to the school, we need you to do this as soon as you can as we need to update  our register in case we have a case confirmed in our community.

The symptoms of measles include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore and watery ‘pink eyes’
  • Rash

If you catch measles, you can infect others from five days before the rash appears until five days after the rash appears (counting the day of rash onset as day 1). The virus is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through the air.  If you or a family member suspect you have measles you should stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116. If you have measles, it’s really important to limit spreading it to others, so avoid waiting rooms and please stay at home. 

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:
Thursday 26th September – BOT meeting 6.30pm in the staffroom
Friday 27th September – Team Pukeko trip – Rooms 7 & 8
Friday 27th September – Loud Shirt Day – raising funds for deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids.
Friday 27th September – Last day of term 3
        Monday 14th October – First day of Term 4
Saturday 2nd November – Working Bee
Monday 4th November – PhotoLife Class Photos
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Yes it’s that time again. Frightening as it may seem, we are now just over 1 week before the end of term and the dreaded “We’re Bored” conversations begin again. We are therefore pleased to release our latest holiday programme and we’ve attached it to this message so you can take a closer look. It is chock full of activities and some really fun trip days as well. In week one we are heading off to TAPAC theatre for the live stage show of Alice in Wonderland and we’ll head over early so the kids can have lunch and a play in Western Springs Park. In week two we’ll be spending most of Thursday over at the Spring Carnival at Greenlane Expo center. This is an indoors carnival with tons of bouncy castles and rides, it’s going to be epic! We’ve also found Auckland’s largest indoor Playland and will be invading that in week two. As if that isn’t enough, there will also be Minecraft, Nerf Wars, Book days, Kids choice and yummy baking. As long as the weather plays nice, we will also have an explorer day where we track down the best local parks for play and picnic lunch. Oh and due to popular demand, the bouncy castle will be making an appearance again. On the last day, we’ll chill out with some big screen action.  As always, there are plenty of booking options, including full day 7.00-6pm, short day 8.30-3pm as well as half day sessions. There’s even an extra special full week discount and OSCAR subsidies are available for qualifying families.  Spaces are strictly limited on a couple of our big trip days this time due to venue restrictions (Alice in Wonderland & Carnival), so please get in quick to secure your space and to avoid disappointment.If you have any questions, please feel free to drop into the hall to talk to our friendly team. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you all on the 30th. Skids Holiday Programme
Kind regards
The sKids Windy Ridge team.

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 or complete the attached form.  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. Kickstart Breakfast Club Parent Volunteers

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Rippa Rugby – The children have been participating in some Rippa taster sessions this term. We will finish with a fun lunch time tournament at the end of the week. The teachers have handed out some forms to children who were interested in finding out more about club Rippa. These are expression of interest forms only. If you would like the club to contact you at the start of next year with more information please fill out the forms and return them to school this week.  NORTH HARBOUR RIPPA RUGBY SIGN UP FORM
  • Team Pukeko Trip – In our final week of this term the Pukeko’s will also be visiting the PumpHouse Theatre to see the Little Yellow Digger production. Friday 27th September Rooms 7 & 8.   Rooms 7 & 8 – PumpHouse Theatre Trip Letter 
  • Assembly Term 3:   This Friday – All Teams, Inquiry Progess/Wonderings.  Assembly will start at 9.30am, prior to this we have a coffee and chat for parents in the staffroom from 9am with our Principal Brenda McPherson.



  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that as we head into summer (hopefully) children will need sunhats at school every day next term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Spare Clothing –  We recommend the students always have a change of clothes in their bags.
  • 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   Ezlunch Term 3 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 8.50am 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 3    Monday 22/07 – Friday 27/09

Term 4    Monday 14/10 – Wednesday 18/12 (midday)

School Terms 2020

Term 1     Monday 03/02 – Thursday 09/04

Term 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – TBC


PTA News 

  • Calendar Art – Order forms will be sent home tomorrow, each student has been assigned a code to use for ordering online.  Please contact the office if you do not receive a notice for your child. Calendars $15, greeting cards $12.50, mouse pads $14, diaries $15 and sketch pads $13. Samples of these can be viewed in the office. Online ordering closes Monday 28th October.
Community News

After School programme Term 4 starting from October 15th. We will be organising some match play for the students, please see below:

Harcourts Cooper & Co North Harbour Badminton Centre,

47 Bond Crescent, Forrest Hill

3.30-5pm on every Tuesdays

3.30-5pm on every Thursdays

From Oct 15th – Dec 12th 2019.

Apollo Badminton Centre,

46 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay

3.30-5pm on every Tuesdays

From Oct 15th – Dec 10th 2019

Orewa Badminton Centre,

4-5.30pm on every Wednesdays

From Oct 16th – Dec 11th 2019.

Who: 7-17 years old

Cost: FREE

What to Bring: Just bring yourself (we will be providing racquets and shuttles)

Also, students will need to fill out an online form, see below:








Art in the Holidays (for ages 7 – 12 yrs.)

With step-by-step instruction children will draw then create a vibrant acrylic painting learning tips and techniques along the way. Fun and focused.

Venue: Beach Haven Community House, Wednesday 9th October, 

Highbury House Tuesday 1st October 10am – 3.00pm, $55

BOOKINGS:, ph 0211327033 or 0210606641




The Marrzipan Holiday Workshop runs from 10am-4pm Monday 7th – Friday 11th October at Birkdale Intermediate. Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day!


Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment.


For more information check out our website! Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!
W: E: T: 0275217352


Kaipātiki Local Board is preparing a local parks management plan to help it with the future management of local parks and reserves. The Kaipātiki Local Parks Management Plan will reflect what residents value about their parks now, and how they use them. It will also identify issues that should be considered as parks are managed and developed in the future, to make sure they meet the needs of future generations. Please visit to tell us what you love about parks now, and how you’d like to use them in the future.”


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. This term we are working on a play called “Monster Ball” and we’ll be performing it at the end of term! If you would like your child to come along for a non-obligatory Trial Lesson and experience Marrzipan first, please send an email to or call us on 0275217352. See you there!


You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 


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