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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

10 June 2020

Term 2 Week  9

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 

“Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu

Adorn this bird with feathers to enable it to fly”

Dear Whanau,

Woo-hoo – Level 1.  How absolutely amazing!  Haven’t we … as a nation and as a people … done so well.   I feel very proud of our country, and very proud of our community.  A big pat on the back to all of us for a job so well done.

Congratulations also for the way you’ve managed our Level 2 guidelines and procedures.  I know it was very strange to have to drop off and pick up your children at the school gate, but nevertheless you put aside any concerns you might have had and supported your children through this process.  In fact, as I mentioned last week, the drop off and pick up process has brought about some unexpected benefits. Children’s independence and resilience seem to have increased substantially, particularly amongst our younger students.  With parents having to relinquish the reigns at the gate we have observed many children whose confidence has grown day by day as we have worked through this period. Parents appear to have put more trust in their children and therefore the children have developed greater self management. It has also been wonderful to see some of our older children taking responsibility for their younger brothers or sisters. All in all, with parents dropping children at the gate many children appear to have been less anxious about coming in to school.

We have also noticed that without parents in our classrooms at 8.55 am in the mornings the children have settled very quickly and the transition into our lessons has been much smoother. Similarly in the afternoon the end of the day and the tidying up of our classrooms has gone more smoothly without the distraction of parents outside the classrooms during the last 30 minutes of school.

Now that we are back in Level 1, and are no longer required to keep contact tracing records, we are delighted to welcome you back on site.  But we would like to manage this return so as to retain some of the advantages we gained over the last three weeks.

  • The school bell will go at 8.30 to signal that learners may enter the grounds
  • If you are happy to continue dropping off at the school gate, we would encourage you to do so
  • If you are delivering your child to the classroom, we would ask that you leave when the 8.45am bell rings so that children can settle into class prior to the 8.55 am bell signalling the start of learning
  • Children will be allowed to play on the playgrounds between 8:30-8:45 
  • Children arriving late at school will return to checking in at the office and collecting a yellow card
  • The front office door will now be unlocked, but children will continue only to use the back office door only
  • The 3 pm bell will signal the end of school for all learners – no more early dismissal
  • If you are happy to continue picking up at the front gate, we would encourage you to do so
  • If you wish to come onto the school grounds to pick up your children, you may do so from 2.50 pm onwards
  • We would encourage all of our learners to go home as close to 3.00pm as possible.
  • We are continuing to trial our new break times – 10.30 – 11.10 and 12.50 – 1.30.

Other Level 1 Guidelines include:

  • All major injuries to the office, all minor issues will continue to be dealt with by teachers either in their teams or in the playground. Teams have their own 1st aid kit.
  • In light of Auckland’s water shortage, water fountains will not be turned back on, and we will continue to encourage children to bring their own water bottles. It is more water efficient to bring a water bottle and saves learning time if children are not lining up at the drinking fountains at the end of break time. Taps will be disinfected regularly
  • Children and staff are still expected to stay home if they are unwell.
  • Children and staff are still expected to maintain healthy hand hygiene, and coughing and sneezing etiquette.
  • Staff are encouraged to maintain clean and disinfected surfaces like bench tops and work tables
  • Break time clubs will recommence, including Dance and Aerobics on Mondays, Pokemon and Beyblades on Tuesday, Basketball on Wednesdays, Lego on Thursdays and Art and Wheels on Friday.
  • Library is open at both break times and the PE shed is also open 
  • Parents will be able to come to the office to sign children out if they need to leave school before 3 pm
  • Breakfast club will restart
  • Kapahaka will start up again
  • Parents need to make an appointment by email if they would like to speak with the teacher for longer than 5 minutes

We will implement all of theses guidelines on Monday 15th June.

Food Parcels

Thanks to one of our lovely mums, Verronie Marsters and the Salvation Army, we have been gifted a significant amount of canned and packaged food.  We would like to distribute this to families who may have suffered job losses or pay reductions during the lockdown.  If you are struggling at the moment, or know of a family who is, please let us know.


Nga mihi nui



Board of Trustees Vacancy:  If you are interested in joining our school board, the board are having a meet and greet on Thursday 18th June from 7pm to 8pm in the staffroom.  If you would like to know more about how our board works please feel free to approach one of our current board members.  Please rvsp your attendance to


Community Survey for Communication: We would like to streamline our forms of communication and would appreciate it if you would let us know which methods of communication you prefer to use with the school. Please follow this link to answer a few short questions.


Sports Update – Registrations are through your Kindo account. Please ensure you have completed the registration which includes making a payment.

Harbour Basketball:   We are now accepting enrollments for Basketball for Semester 2. That is due to begin in Term 3, likely August 4th. Teams are for year 1/2, year 3/4 and year 5/6.

Netball: We have more spaces in the Netball teams which will be playing in Term 3. We would STILL love some more year 5/6 players particularly, but also year 3/4 players too please.

Primary Netball Dates

All competitions               NNH, Westlake Girls & Glenfield sites

5 weeks grading               week starting  20/22/25 Jul – 17/19/22 Aug

5 week round robin         week starting 24/26/29 Aug – 21/23/26 Sept

Rippa Rugby: There are also plenty of spaces left for our Rippa Rugby, although the new dates are yet to be confirmed.

Please email Sarah Turner  if you have any questions regarding the sports teams.


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:

  • Board of Trustees Meet & Greet – Thursday 18th June from 7pm to 8pm in the staffroom.  Please rvsp your attendance to
  • Board of Trustees meeting, Monday 29th June at 6.30pm
  • Term 2 ends on Friday 3rd July






My Kindo Android & iPhone App now available

myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app! Access via the app store, searching “mykindo” or by using the links below – Android Google Play: iPhone App Store:



Upcoming Events and Trips
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  • 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.
  • 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 3 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, Stanley Road, 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  Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE   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.
  • 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.
  • 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

             Term dates             

School Terms 2020

Term 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07 (School Closed 1st June Queens Birthday)

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – Wednesday 16/12 (School Closed, 26th October – Labour Day & 27th October Teacher Only Day)


PTA News 




Community News


Whānau Mārama Parenting is a well established, community-based organisation who is fully committed to, and passionate about reducing the statistics of child abuse and family harm in Aotearoa New Zealand. We endeavour to achieve this goal by constantly working towards being a respected, dynamic organization through the development and delivery of non-punitive, extremely practical and highly effective courses for parents.

We believe that parents have the power to change our world for the better. To fulfill this vision we work consistently to empower parents with practical skills and strategies on how to effectively discipline their children without resorting to punishment, teach them how to establish mutually respectful loving parent-child relationships and give parents ways to successfully help their children learn what they wish to teach them.

We do this by delivering highly effective parenting courses each week. Our three core courses are specially designed for different age groups, from new-born through to teenage years. All these courses are created using a bi-cultural framework between Māori and Pakeha and illustrate how to parent in a positive Kiwi way. These courses are delivered in both English are and also Mandarin.   



Thunder Basketball

Thunder Basketball Yr3-6 sessions June 2020



Auckland Transport’s Safe Speeds programme

Kia ora

Speed limits are changing across Auckland

On the 30th of June this year speed limits will change on many of the high-risk roads across our local road network.

Why are the speed limits changing?

Auckland Transport is working through a multi-year programme (the ‘Safe Speeds Programme’) to review speed limits on roads across our local road network to ensure they have a speed limit that is safe and appropriate for the function, design and use of the road.  Safe and appropriate speed limits will support our transport network to move people and goods effectively, efficiently and safely across Auckland.

At the end of 2019 the Auckland Transport board passed a bylaw to set new safe and appropriate speed limits on approximately 10% of the network and the first of these changes will come into effect on 30 June 2020.

Where are speed limits changing?

Most of the changes in this first phase are in Rodney, Franklin and Waitemata, including the city centre.  Plus on 98 other roads across the region. A full list of the changes can be found at

What are the limits changing to?

The new limits vary according to the type of road. E.g. urban or rural. The city centre roads will have 30km/h and 40km/h speed limits. These new limits recognise there are a growing number of vulnerable road users like pedestrians and people on bikes in the city centre. Details of all the roads and changes can be found on our website.

What happens next?

New speed limit signs will be installed in the coming weeks and will be uncovered on 30 June 2020, the date from which the limits will be legally enforceable by NZ Police. From the 1st of June there will be a public information campaign letting people know of these changes.

This is the first phase of tranche one. This tranche will be completed by November 2021. We are in the process of planning the second tranche of roads to assess.

Background to the Safe Speeds programme

Auckland has had a growing problem with death and serious injuries on our roads and at Auckland Transport we’re serious about tackling that problem.  We’ve developed a Safe Speeds Programme to review speed limits as required under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 to support our transport network to move people and goods across our region effectively and efficiently, without compromising people’s safety.  We believe everyone deserves to get home safely.

We’ve also adopted a Vision Zero approach to support our target that no one dies or is seriously injured on our roads by 2050.  Setting safe and appropriate speed limits, particularly on our high-risk roads and intersections, is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of stopping unnecessary deaths or serious injuries occurring on our roads.

In March 2019, Auckland Transport consulted with the public on the then proposed speed limit changes. Close to 12,000 feedback submissions were carefully analysed over the following months. In October 2019, the Auckland Transport Board passed the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 to set new speed limits, including those coming into force on 30 June 2020. This first phase of changes targets high-risk roads where there has been a history of deadly crashes (extracting data from the Crash Analysis System maintained by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with input from NZ Police).

More information about the changes and the Safe Speed programme can be found at

If you would like to sign up for any future email updates around the Safe Speed programme Here’s a link to the form


We all have an important part to play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. For the latest information and advice from Auckland Transport go to
For Ministry of Health updates go to



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