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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

12 February 2021

Term 1 Week 1

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 

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai – If kindness/respect is sown, it will come back to you.


Tēnā koutou katoa, 

It’s Great to Be Back

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back to school this week.  We have loved hearing about how you all have spent your summer.  The children are settling in well to their new learning spaces, and everyone seems excited at the upgrades and improvements to our rooms that have been going on over the break.  Look out over the forthcoming weeks as Room 6-8 are finished and opened to our Kōtare iti (Year 3-4) learners.


Chinese New Year

Today marks the start of Chinese New Year today everyone at Windy Ridge would like to wish our Chinese community 恭喜發財 Gōngxǐ fācái  – Happy Chinese New Year. 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox and in dragon fortune, everyone looks forward to health and prosperity.

I have traveled to Ningbo China often and have cherished friendships with schools there through our visits when we have shared our cultures and school practices.  I wish my friends in Shanghai, Ningbo and Bejing, 恭喜發財 Gōngxǐ fācái.

Chinese New Year lasts for 16 days and concludes with the Spring Festival. Here in Auckland, we are lucky to be able to celebrate 元宵節 Yuánxiāo jié or the Lantern Festival, where colourful illuminated lanterns can be enjoyed by everyone between 25-28 February at Captain Cook Wharf in the City. In traditional Chinese culture hanging lanterns in houses and public places are said to be lucky charms that frighten evil spirits and welcome happiness and prosperity. 



Celebrating our Cultural Identity and Mana

As has been talked about in previous newsletters, we will be introducing the Mana Hiwihau programme this year.  Through the programme we will celebrate ‘who we are’ and validate the important aspects of our lives that shape our identities and gives us mana. Once we are able to recognise our own and others’ mana we are able to respect our friends and the people around us.

Piwakawaka (Year 1-2) will be asking our tamariki and whānau to complete a ‘getting to know you’ child profile form. We would really appreciate it if you could email or send to school a picture of your whānau to share and celebrate.


Kōtare (Year 3-6) will be sending a simple kete home for each tamariki to collect their taonga photos and items that are valued to them.  We are hoping through rich talk with their whānau and families they will be able to celebrate their mana.  We will be excited to see them bring their kete back to school to proudly share those aspects of their lives that are important in shaping who they are.




Sun Hats

I have been reflecting on my communication around wearing hats, and regret that I have unintentionally caused some angst and concerns within the community.  This was in no way my intention, rather I was concerned about keeping our children safe when out in the hot sun. Thank you to those parents who have already purchased a wide-brimmed hat –  I strongly believe such a hat is the best option for sun protection. For now, I recommend that when the time comes to replace your child’s current hat, you consider purchasing one with a wide brim. However, as long as your child has a sun hat each day during Terms 1 and 4, they will not need to play in the shade.”


Calling for Parent Helpers

We are asking for some parents to help our teachers and teacher aides in the Resource Room to help put readers and books away.  Even if you can only pop in for a couple of hours, we would love to hear from you.  We will train you up and show you what needs to be done.  If you think you can help, could you please contact our lovely Donna Walker



Have a great weekend everyone,

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Jonathan Lambert





Road Patrol – 

Desperately seeking lovely parents to supervise our road patrol wardens, either at the front gate or back.  No experience necessary – training will be provided.  Please contact Jenine on


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:

  • Back to School Family Picnic – Wednesday 24th February 4pm to 7pm





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




  • Sun Safety – All student are required to wear a sunhat 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.  Please phone the office to leave an absence message or online through the school website or use the Skool Loop app .  We do follow up lateness and absences 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 – please send a friend 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 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 Yiu 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
  • 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 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)




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