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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

4 December 2020

Term 4 Week 8

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.”


Tēnā koutou katoa, 

As we move towards the end of the school year, what a busy and exciting time we are having. This week alone we have celebrated huge successes at Cluster Athletics and enjoyed a Travelwise Wheels day.

Cluster Athletics

On Wednesday,  approx 56 children competed at the Takapuna Athletics Club in the Cluster Athletics Day; competing in the high jump, discus, shot put, 60m, 100m, 200m and long jump. Overall Windy Ridge came in 2nd place.  Children placed in the top 3: Caleb Wentworth – 3rd overall in 200m run, 2nd overall in high jump / Peter Pierzynski – 3rd equal overall in high jump / Akiro Funticha – 3rd equal overall in high jump, 3rd overall in long jump / Blake Kendall – 3rd overall in 400m run / Wesley Vakalahi – 3rd overall in Discus / Breigan Bishop – 1st overall in 100m run, 3rd overall in 200m run, 2nd overall in 400m run, 2nd overall in discus / Reggie Allen – 3rd overall in 200m run, 2nd overall in 400m run, 2nd overall in high jump / Mila Agnew – 3rd overall in 400m run / Charlotte Lilley – 2nd overall in Discus / Aleyna Nonu – 1st overall in Discus / HaSung Kim – 2nd overall in 200m run / Sadie Bishop – 1st overall in 200m run / Ambra Mazza – 3rd overall in 100m run, 1st overall in 400m run, 1st overall in long jump / Raina Mitev – 3rd overall in 200m run / Jackson Gerbes – 1st overall in 100m run, 1st overall in 200m run, 1st overall in 400m run / Jack Nicoll – 1st overall in high jump/Alex Piterskiey – 2nd overall in long jump/Kobe Thorburn – 3rd overall in long jump.  A special thanks to the teachers and parents who supported our children on Wednesday. 

Monitors Pool 

On Thursday, 50 Year 5 and 6s went to the Glenfield Pools and enjoyed a fun and exciting day including a sausage sizzle lunch.  They had great fun on the hydro-slide and in the pools. This event was to mark the contribution that the children have made to our school throughout this year. Thank you to Ms. Maxwell for organising this event.

Wheels Day

Today children had great fun on their scooters and bikes at school.  It was great to see bikes and scooters decorated in Christmas tinsel, with riders decked out in Santa hats and Elf costumes.  At lunchtime the whole school gathered for a parade of the best decorated bikes and scooters, with Aria C and Yasmin H, Kobe T and Alex P declared the winners. The event was run by our wonderful Travelwise Ambassadors: Sadie, Raina, Ina, Jirah, Max and Maggie with the help of Mila, Emanuel, Christian and Jackson.  A big thanks to Matt from Auckland Council who came along and Mrs Brown for organising such a great day.

Next Week

On Monday, we are looking forward to our Whole School Prizegiving at 11am in our newly renovated Hall. All parents are invited to attend.  Here the progress and achievement of our students will be celebrated.  We will also officially farewell our Year 6 students as they graduate and prepare to go onto intermediate school next year. 

On Tuesday afternoon in the Hall, our Tui students will participate in their dance competition which marks the conclusion of their Dancing with Johnny programme. We are looking forward to welcoming Year 5/6 students’ parents to watch their talented children for their performance.

On Friday, the Year 6s will have their leaving party organised by the PTA, where there will be fun games and activities as well as a PTA provided lunch.

Finally, on Friday afternoon the students will also get to meet their new teachers when they visit their new classes.  Parents will receive official notification of 2021 class placements when they receive their child’s end of year report.

Have a great weekend everyone, and between the madness and excitement of Christmas preparations, I hope that you will be able to have some rest and relaxation.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Jonathan Lambert



ESOL End of Year Celebration

Last Friday all the children who attend our ESOL classes had a fun morning playing games on the field. These included an egg and spoon race, sack races, skipping and a three legged race.  The events finished with a hot chip and pizza lunch and  New Zealand pavlova for dessert. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had lots of fun. I would like to thank our Year 6 ESOL students for leading the activities and also our ESOL team teachers for organising the event.

Team Tui’s Letter Boxes Have Been delivered to Mitre 10, Glenfield

‘Over the last few weeks pupils at Windy Ridge Primary School have been working hard with Grove Mitre 10 MEGA Glenfield on an upcoming project that will be featured at Mitre 10 MEGA Glenfield’s store throughout the month of December.

Pupils have designed letter boxes, which will be displayed at Mitre 10 MEGA Glenfield as part of a month long festive campaign. With a new surprise being revealed in store each day, alongside the letterboxes, you won’t want to miss this! To find out more about what’s happening in store each day throughout December text GLENFIELD to 3165.

Make sure you pop into the store from the 1st December to see what the pupils have been up to!


Ezlunch  Friday 11th December is the last day available to order online lunches for the year.


Lost Property – We are continuing to grow our pile of unclaimed clothing items, please take some time to look in our lost property box on the deck of the hall and inside your child’s classroom.   Any unclaimed items will be donated to the local charity store in the school holidays.  We do recommend you name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.



Sports Update

Cluster Athletics Day  – We had a very successful day at Takapuna Athletics Club on Wednesday under a clear blue sky. Our students demonstrated amazing sportsmanship, cheering on for their friends, and trying their best in their own events. As always, the students demonstrated our Windy Ridge values, and made us very proud as they represented our school. Windy Ridge came in Second Place overall with points for the day. Thank you so much to the parent helpers and to Ms. Fegan and Mrs. Smith for running the Long Jump event for the day.

Basketball – Remember to check the draw, the entire draw is available for the rest of the term. 

Touch Rugby – Remember to check the draw  


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:

  • Prize Giving & Year 6 Graduation Assembly – Monday 7th December
  • Team Tui Dance Finals – Tuesday 8th December at 1.30pm
  • 2021 Class Visits – Friday afternoon – 11th December
  • Last day of the year Tuesday 15th December at midday


sKids Summer Holiday Dates

Tuesday 15th December from 12pm to 6pm

Wednesday 16th December to Tuesday 22nd December 7am to 6pm

Monday 11th January 2021 to Friday 5th February 2021 7am to 6pm




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:

Skool Loop App



Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • PhotoLife – All photo orders have been sent home, please contact the office if you have not received your order.
  • Calendar Art – The final orders were sent home today.  
  • School Prizegiving & Year 6 Graduation Assembly – On Monday 7th December at 11am we will be holding our end of year assembly to celebrate our students achievements and farewell year 6 students.  This will take part in the hall.  We have completed the renovations of the main hall area, the toilet and other areas will be finished before Christmas.



  • Sun Safety – All student are required to wear sunhats this term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • 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. 11th December will be the last day to order online lunches for the year.
  • 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 2 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, 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.
  • 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 4     Monday 12/10 – Tuesday 15/12 at midday


School Terms 2021

Term 1     Tuesday 9th February – Friday 16th April (School Closed – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th April)

Term 2     Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July (School Closed – Queens Birthday Monday 7th June)

Term 3     Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October

Term 4     Monday 18th October – 16th December (School Closed – Labour Day Monday 25th October)


PTA News 

  • Christmas Raffle – There are extra tickets available in the office.  Look out for some of the exciting prizes on the parents Facebook page.  Thanks again for all your support.
  • Volunteers – We are always looking for more volunteers during school time to help with lunches. please email



Community News

Santa is coming to Glenfield Mall this Saturday 5th December! Head down to enjoy the dance performances by Patricia Rowley Dance Studio, Face Painting, Fancy Dress

competition and so much more!! The fun starts at 9.30 am! See for more details or to register.

























Glenfield Music Centre is a government-subsidized music school, funded by the MOE Out of Hours Music and Arts scheme. Part of our criteria is that we make these classes available to all local children. 
We are hosted by Glenfield Intermediate, but we have students attending from more than 40 local schools. Lessons are around $200 for the year and our enrolments are open soon.
We offer weekly group lessons in classical instruments to children from Year 3-Year 8.
Spaces are limited, but we don’t want anyone to miss out! We are hosting a free event at the end of this week (Saturday November 28th) which all students are welcome to come along
and try out the instruments we have on offer.













North Shore Youth Music is a community organisation which runs a variety of orchestras and choirs for young people. Applications are now being
accepted for 2021, and auditions will be held on Wednesday 16th December. See for an application form.
Stringalongs (5 – 8yrs), Junior Orchestra (9 – 13yrs), Youth Orchestra (14+yrs)
Songsters (5 – 8yrs), Children’s Choir (9 – 13yrs), Con Brio Choir (10 – 16yrs), Resound (14+yrs)


Newsletter 16-November-27












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