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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

September 21st 2016

Term 3  Week 9

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

Thanks everyone for a fabulous term.
So much has been achieved this term, both in our classrooms and within our local community.  We have had events such as Student Led Conferences, Gumbrella Day, School cross country, Community Clean Up day, Daffodil Day, Book Week, Rippa Rugby tournament days, Movie fundraiser, school discos and programmes of Hip Hop and Ballroom dance, Pubertal change, swimming – all over and above our normal classroom programmes.  Next term is looking just as busy, so hopefully everyone will have a good rest over the 2 week break.
Why the need for change in education? 
I have been looking for ways to share with you the challenges facing our schools and teachers, ways that were not full of political rhetoric from either side of the argument. It is important that schools respond to change in our society so that we can better prepare our students to live in a world that is likely to be different to the one we ourselves were raised in.  Our staff  have been grappling with these challenges for some time and many of the initiatives we have implemented are based on what we have seen, read and heard from experts both locally and internationally.
 Here are a couple of videos that put the change in context.  They both offer insight into the way the world and education are changing and give eloquent arguments for the need for that change.
Pearson. (2013, April 26). Global trends: The world is changing faster than at any time in human history.

The RSA.(2010, Oct 14). RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms.

I hope you enjoy these videos and am happy to talk more with anyone who has questions or ideas about the topic.
Parent Survey – For parents in Rooms 3, 8 and 11 only
I have asked for some feedback from a small group of parents via a very short survey regarding a potential new initiative we are considering. If your child is in Room 3, 8 or 11 and you have not yet completed the survey I’d appreciate if this could be done by the end of this week.
The survey is online at  Parent Portal Survey
Holiday checks for head lice please. 
Head lice are a common problem in childhood, transferred quickly and easily by children sitting with heads together (as they do).  Please can you have a good check of your children’s hair over the holidays and treat them if you find any headlice.    Treatment can be as simple as drenching hair in conditioner and combing using a nit comb, but it must be repeated every 3-5 days until no more eggs are found.  Thanks for your support in this as it takes all of us to check and treat to minimise the issue.
2016 Cluster Cross Country
Congratulations to all our students that represented Windy Ridge School at the annual Cluster Cross Country championships.
Our team consisted of the top five fastest finishers aged between 8 – 11 from our own cross country held earlier this term, and were up against the fastest runners in Glenfield.
They all did really well and we as a school are proud of your efforts. Also, thank you to all the parents for your support on the day. We couldn’t do it with out you.
Lastly, special congratulations to the children that received a first, second or third in their race.
Cluster Cross Country results:
1st Place –  Jake.      2nd Places – J.P. and Emily.      3rd Places – Lucy, Chris and Jaide.
Happy holidays everyone 
We finish for the term this Friday at 3pm.
We will have some building and property work being completed in the break so we ask that your children stay well away from these areas: specifically the  staff carpark and driveway from Valley View Rd.
If you see any concerning behaviour in or around the school please phone the Police.
Please have a safe and happy break with your children, and feel welcome to use the school grounds during the break.
School starts back at 8.30am on Monday the 10th October.


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.  If you are planning a holiday in term time please advise your child’s teacher and the office.
  • 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



WORKING BEE – Saturday 17 September


Community News


WIN a big garden for your school with Mother Earth

One lucky school is going to win all the equipment they need to turn their New World Little Garden into a big garden. The prize is worth $5,000 includes plants, gardening equipment, soil and vegetable beds.

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Your school’s garden will be installed by the Mother Earth Task Force, a special team of hard-working and enthusiastic builders and gardeners. They will arrive at your school and do all the hard work to get your garden up and running.

Any school in New Zealand can be nominated for this prize. Plus, everyone who enters the competition by nominating their school will be in with a chance to win one of 10 goody baskets from Mother Earth worth $100 each.    Competition Entry

It’s not too late to book for a Bubble Dome holiday course


Kids Drop in Craft Activity

Wednesday 28 September 2016 – Friday 30 September 2016 , 10:00 – 14:00

We love the uniqueness of Lake House Arts – being housed in historic buildings means we can celebrate all things vintage, in style! Visit us during the first week of the Sept/Oct school holidays with the kids and they can have a go at our vintage craft activities in the Becroft Gallery!
Parents: the cafe is next door to the gallery – perfect opportunity for you to take a breather!
(Gold coin donation appreciated)
Xtreme Rhythmix now has more exciting classes for beginners in rhythmic gymnastics in the North Shore Events Centre complex! Come along and learn fun skills with ropes, hoops, ball, clubs and ribbons. Pre-competitive classes available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Email for more information or to book in for a trial class.
ESOL Adult Coaching
SPEAK is for adults who want to work towards getting a job or using English in business.  For intermediate to advanced ESOL speakers.  Join us in Greenhithe, Friday mornings 9am, Sarah 027 333 7385.  Read more here.
Holiday Programmes:  In Greenhithe
3rd October: Take the Stage, 2-4pm, children 10-15 years
4th, 5th, 6th October: Imagination Soars, 9-3pm (extended hours), children 4-10 years
Join us for 1,2 or 3 days.  Fun drama games and activities that develop creativity and confidence.
Read more here.