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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

August 31st 2016

Term 3  Week 6

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


Last week we had two teams of four students represent us at the EPro8 Technology Challenge at Glenfield Intermediate.  The teams had to complete a series of challenges by designing and constructing using a range of simple machines and equipment: wheels, pulleys, weights, screws, switches etc.  We were very impressed with our two teams who represented the school extremely well, finishing 3rd and 5th out of 12 teams.  The 3rd placed team ‘ the Phoenix Brothers ‘ will now go to the regional finals. This is the first time we have competed in an event like this, and given how much fun everyone had, we will certainly do it again!

Well done to both teams: ‘The Eeveenators’: Ally, Harmony, Joshua, Chase B  and ‘The Phoenix Brothers’: Chase S, Tyler, JP and Jake.

Teachers Union Meeting to discuss the Funding Review – FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER  

An important notice is coming home tonight regarding the Union meeting next week.  We need EVERY CHILD to return a slip indicating whether they will be leaving at 12.30pm or staying until 3pm.  Please look in schoolbags for this bright green notice.

JUNIOR SWIMMING – The Glenfield Pools is unable to accommodate any change to the programme, so unfortunately the swimming session that week will be cancelled.  Once they have confirmed their decision about fees, we will let you know.

Windy Ridge Cross Country – Next Week –  Date: Monday 5th September    Time 1:15pm approx start.
We are looking forward to the annual school cross country run next week, and invite you along to share in the afternoons activity. 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
Year 4-5-6 Parent Meeting – CAMP and EOTC day – THURSDAY 8th September 6.30pm in Rm 13
In the last week of this term the Year 5 and 6 children are off to Piha for camp for three days, and they will be joined for one day by the Year 4 students.   The Board got a sneak peak of the programme last night, and on Thursday next week we are inviting parents to join us for a meeting to share the programme, the planning and expectations for the camp.
Furniture – Free to a good home
We have some old furniture that we need to get rid of; tables, desks, etc.  While it is no longer of use to us, it does still have a bit of life left, so if you would like it please let the office know and arrange to come and collect it.  Photos will be posted on Facebook later this week.
Help Needed for our Kauri Club reading programme – We need some more adult readers to help support the reading programme that runs in the mornings.  Please let us know if you can help.

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

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


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

Come along dressed up as your favourite athlete, your favourite sport or your favourite country!  Tickets available from the office.

WORKING BEE – Saturday 17 September

We are holding 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 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.

Community News

Northcote Softball Open Day – Northcote Softball

Northcote Softball Girls Skills Day


Glenfield Intermediate Enrolment Dates Advert

Kaipatiki Fun Day Out

Edventure 3-Day Outdoors Holiday Camp
Fishing, sailing, kayaking, gold mining, horse riding, tramping, camping, and more, this action filled 3-Day camp is designed to give kids 8-14 the best possible experience these holidays. $345, OSCAR, multiple pick up/drop off points. visit to enrol or for more info.