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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

5th August 2020

Term 3 Week  3

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

Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

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

News from the Principal 

“Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao”The bird who eats the miro berry is from the forest; the bird who feasts on education is of the world.”


Kai orāna kotou,

Greetings to you all in  Cook Island Māori, Pē’ea koe – hoping that you are all well.

This week marks Cook Island Language Week and I believe it is important to celebrate the rich and diverse culture that our Pacific neighbours enjoy.  The theme for this year’s Cook Islands language week is “Kia pūāvai tō tātou Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani i Aotearoa”, which in English means “That the Cook Islands Māori language may blossom throughout New Zealand.”

Here are a couple of phrases for us to learn as a start to build an awareness of the language:  

  • Kia Orana” = Hello (Key-ah-o-raah-nah) …
  • “Aere Ra” = Goodbye (Eye-ray-raah) …
  • “Ka Kite” = See you later (Kah-kee-teh) …
  • “Meitaki” = Thank you (May-tah-key) …
  • “Ae” = Yes (Eye), “Kare” = No (Kah – ray) …
  • “Ko __ tòku ingoa.” = My name is __ (Koh-Toe-koo-eeh-noa)

The Cook Island archipelago shares a rich history reaching back to its original Polynesian settlers who were sophisticated navigators and seafarers. From New Zealand’s connection with the islands started around 1500 BC with the  early migration of Māori, who landed originally in their Vakas or magnificent giant double-hulled canoes. The entire sea area is made up of some two million square kilometres, stretching from Rarotonga to Tupua’i. Colonial connection with the Cook Islands has  involved Spanish explorers Alvaro de Mendana as well as British explorer extraordinaire Captain James Cook.  Today the Cooks remains a protectorate of New Zealand, trading in NZ dollars and enjoying close ties with us.


Cook Island Language Week                  Cook Island Traditional Song: Enua Manea



I am sad to announce that Mrs Sarah Huppler will be leaving our school at the end of this term. She has been an amazing teacher having worked in the Fantail, Pukeko and Falcon teams since 2018.  Sarah has also served as the Staff Representative on our Board of Trustees,  a role that I know she found stimulating and rewarding. Mrs Huppler and her partner are looking forward to doing some quality travel around our beautiful country, and have decided to walk the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.  Mrs Turner and Mrs Ogden will share the role of whānau room teacher to room 9 in Term 4.  We wish Sarah every success in her future endeavors.


Student Well-Being Survey

As has happened in previous years, we will be getting our Year 4-6 students to complete the N.Z.C.E.R. Primary School Well-being Survey.  The survey is completed by most schools across New Zealand. Findings will be shared with our Kāhui Ako and used by our own school to analyse and reflect on how our students feel about their personal well-being.  Students will be completing the surveys over the next week.  Once the data has been analysed it will be reported to our Board of Trustees, and I will share key findings with the community in due course.  The data will help to to decide how we need shape our strategic direction for the future. I would like to assure parents that student responses are not tagged to students’ names and comments are not traceable to individuals.


Have a great week everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Jonathan Lambert



Board of Trustees News

We would like to say thank you to those who came to our last Board of Trustees (BOT) meet and greet night in June. We are very grateful to all those parents and members of our community who were willing to offer their time. We would like you all to join us in welcoming Mei Anderson, who has joined our school BOT following a selection process. With James Stuart stepping down from our school board, we now have a new vacancy. If you are interested in joining our school board, we are having another meet and greet night on Thursday 13th August 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 RSVP your attendance to

Our next monthly BOT Meeting will be held on Monday 31st August at 6:30 pm in the Staff Room


Health & Wellbeing

Chickenpox – We have been advised of a case of chicken pox at school, to find out more information and advice about chickenpox – 


Sports Update


The draw is now up on the North Harbour Basketball website.
Games for August 11 are as follows:
Year 3 Wildcats – 5:10pm NSEC 3
Year 4 Wolverines – 5:35 NSEC 4
Year 5/6 Wasps – 7:05 NSEC 3
We still have a couple of spots left on our teams and there have been some students who have enjoyed joining in with our Rippa training’s at school but have not yet registered to join the tournament. This year there is just a one day tournament on Wednesday August 26th at Kaipatiki Field. We will be taking a bus and the cost is $15. Please sign your child up on Kindo if they are interested.

School Happenings – Dates for your Diaries

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:

  • Scholastic Book Fair – in the library from Monday 3rd August to Wednesday 12th August
  • Mobile Dental Van – onsite Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th August
  • BOT Meet & Greet at 7pm on Thursday 13th August in the Staffroom
  • BOT Meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday 31st August in the Staffroom 
  • School Fun Run/Colour Run Sept 15th





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:



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.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Road Patrol Training –  If you child would like to become a Road Patrol monitor we are holding a training session for year 5 students on the 10th August, please return the attached notice to the office by the 6th August. Road Patrol Training letter
  • Year 6 Glenfield Intermediate Visit – Trip to GF Int.docx 2020
  • Scholastic Book Fair – We are holding our annual book fair in the library from Monday 3rd August to Wednesday 12th August. The library will be open from 8.30 am – 9.00am  and 3.00am – 3.30pm for parents and students to view and purchase books.
  • Team Tui Dance – Next Tuesday the year 5 & 6 students will be participating in a series of weekly dance lessons.  Dance letter
  • Team Tui Camp – In term 4 from the 21st to 23rd October the year 5 & 6 students will be attending camp at Carey Park, this notice was sent home at the end of last term Carey Park Camp Information 2020  Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions. If you are interested in attending camp as a parent helper, please complete this form and return to the office by Friday Team Tui Camp Parent Help Notice
  • Term 3 Team Newsletters – Team Falcon Term 3 Newsletter – 2020Team Pukeko Term 3 Newsletter – 2020 Team Fantail Term 3 Newsletter 2020
  • School Assembly – Our school assemblies are held fortnightly on a Friday morning at 9.45am.  Our next assembly will be Friday 14th August, Team Falcon will be presenting and sharing their items.  Please feel free to join Jonathan Lambert our principal in the Staffroom for a coffee from 9am.
  • School Fun Run/Colour Run  – We will be holding a School Fundraiser through Fun Run. The school will be participating in a colour run obstacle course on September 15th. Fundraising information will be coming out soon. All children who raise over $10 will be eligible for a prize. 


  • 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.
  • 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. Ezlunch T3 Menu 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 2020

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – Tuesday 15/12 (School Closed, 26th October – Labour Day & 27th October Teacher Only Day)


PTA News 

  • Team Tui fundraiser – Order forms were sent home yesterday, please get your orders into the office by Thursday  Team Tui Sausage order form
  • Yummy Stickers fundraiser –  Yummy Sticker Sheet
  • Chocolate Fundraiser –  Please remember to return your box  if you are unable to sell it and we can pass it on to other families who can. This is our Big Fundraiser and we aim to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 to pass on to school for projects.
  • Volunteers – We are always looking for more volunteers during school time to help with lunches. please email



Community News




Don’t miss the Northern Mystics FIRST home game back at their home venue, The Trusts Arena –  against the Good Oil Tactix.

Match Day Partner Bhana Family Farms will be on site giving away bags of All Rounder potatoes at the end of the match.

Doors Open:      4pm

Centre Pass:       5pm

Team Ticket Pass:  10 tickets for only $130 – great value averaging at only $13 per ticket

Use Promo CODE: MYSTSCH20 and receive a $5 discount off Adult tickets

Tickets on sale now at:











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.   




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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