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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

August 24th 2016

Term 3  Week 5

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

Hello, Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal

Teachers Union Meeting to discuss the Funding Review

As mentioned in the last newsletter, there is a planned stop-work meeting on FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER for NZ teachers across all sectors (early childhood, primary and secondary) to find out more about the implications of the school funding review.   Primary school teachers do not take industrial action lightly as we know the impact it has on the families in our communities; however there are significant concerns and some possible misinformation about the proposals that need to be discussed before consultation surveys close.

There continues to be more press releases on this topic each week, none of which we are aware of in advance of the media coverage eg Communities of Online Learning, changes in special needs funding priorities.  Some of these proposals appear to have the potential to impact our schools in a negative may, with a stronger focus on finance and budgets than student needs and parent voice.  The funding review as it stands does not address the adequacy of funding to schools; it is about the mechanisms for distributing the existing funding.  Therefore there is potential for some schools to receive increased funding while others will have to lose funding to allow for that. The funding relates to both operating budgets and staffing provisions. For these reasons there is urgency in the sector having opportunity to discuss their concerns before any final decisions are made by the Minister of Education.

If you are able to organise it we would really appreciate you collecting your child early from school on the 9th at 12.30 pm, to enable staff to attend the meeting.  We will have a few staff here at school to supervise anyone who can’t be collected early.

We are still in discussions with the Glenfield Pools about re-arranging the Junior team swimming for that day.  More information to come once confirmed.

A notice will come home next week with a return slip to indicate what your plans are for your child on the day.  We really appreciate your support in this matter.

Daffodil day – This Friday

To show support for the Cancer Foundation and cancer research, we are fundraising for ‘Daffodil Day’. Please wear something yellow if you can, and bring a gold coin to donate.  We have daffodil flower pins available at the office for a separate donation.



A big thanks to all the families that joined us this week for Gumbrella Day Olympics.  The children had a fabulous afternoon, and particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get muddy and wet.   There are some fabulous photos on the school Facebook page.  We appreciate the support from parents on these days as its important for our children to see that school and home work together.

Chess Club

If you are interested in playing chess at lunch time come along on Thursdays in Room 8.



School Notices are available on the school website.

  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am each day. 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.
  • Banking day is Thursday – please send ASB envelopes to the office.
  • Ez Lunch available all days of the week now. Please go to to register and order.  More information available at the office.
  • PTA Facebook – Information about our fabulous PTA is available online on Facebook. Search ‘Windy Ridge School PTA’ for the page and join up for updates and information about events and news.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – you need to request to be part of this page. Search – Windy Ridge Parents. It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff’.
  • Parking: Parents please remember that our car parks are not available for parent pick ups and drop offs as they are for staff and disability parking only.  Also remember that when you are parking in Valley View Road there are signs limiting parking between 8.45-9.15am and 2.45-3.15pm.  Please park outside the designated area or be aware that this is a ticketable traffic offence.

Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2016

Term 3     Monday 25th July – Friday 23rd September

Term 4     Monday 10th October – Wednesday 14th December

School holidays during the term:  Labour Day – Mon 24 Oct

Team Fantail Swimming Term 3:  Every Friday from 29th July for 8 weeks.

Daffodil Day Fundraiser – Friday 26th August     To support the national cancer research fundraiser, we will be celebrating Daffodil Day by wearing something yellow and bringing a gold coin donation. We have a the daffodil donation box in the office if you would like to make a donation for a flower pin.

Early close – Sept 9th  – school closing at 12.30 pm to accommodate teachers union meeting.

Windy Ridge Cross Country
Date: Monday 5th September
Time 1:15pm approx start.
Children will run in races according to their age.
Order of races: 5 year olds run first, followed by 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 year olds run last.
Children will need to bring a change of clothes and a towel in a plastic bag in case they get too muddy. Running in bare feet is the best option, but not compulsory.
The top 5 places in race 8, 9, 10, & 11 year olds qualify for the Inter-school Cluster Cross Country race on Thursday 8th September at Kaipatiki Park.
Parents, if you can help out on the day please email


FATHERS DAY RAFFLE – Fathers day is coming up in early September so we would like to make up some hampers to raffle off to some give to some lucky dads.  If you would like to bring a donation into the office of chocolates, chips, snacks, alcohol or anything else mannish that would be awesome!!!  Raffle tickets will be out next week.


DISCO – Friday 2 September – 6-8pm – Olympic Theme

Come along dressed up as your favourite athlete, your favourite sport or your favourite country!

You will receive a flyer to order your tickets and your food combos.  We are having subway and sushi again so please see form as to when your orders need to be in by.


WORKING BEE – Saturday 17 September

We are wanting to hold a working bee at the site where the junior playground will be placed.  We want to clear plants, take out the chatter box and the wooden stage.  It will be held from 10am-till finished.  We would like you to bring along gardening gear, wheel barrows, hammers, spades etc!  More hands make light work so if you can help out please let Amanda Soper know by adding your name to the list in the office or emailing



Tickets are on sale now.  You would have received a flyer yesterday with information about the movie and also how you can purchase a ticket.  It’s on Sunday 18th September at 1.45pm at Hoyts Wairau to see the movie, before it’s even out to the public, A SECRET LIFE OF PETS!!  It’s going to be an awesome event to bring family and friends to.   Get your tickets quick as there are limited spaces.

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