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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

November 9th 2016

Term 4  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

Supporting our Community – Gutter Kitties and local SPCA

“It does not matter if an animal is old, unsocialised, blind, deaf, traumatized or has a treatable illness. All of these animals are worthy of our compassion, all of them can find homes, and all of them deserve to.”  We are collecting cans of cat food to support these important charities.  Please send your donations of animal food or old towels to the office.

Spring Walkers Week
 The news might have traveled to you by now – yes it is “Spring Walkers Week”. The weather gods want to test us with their specially assembled bouquet of rain, wind, more rain and a pinch of sunshine. Let’s celebrate all our walking, biking and scooting children and their parents who have been showing hardiness and dealt with the elements. Please support your child in collecting a leaf at the school gate from the Travelwise Student team. Leaves need to be hung on the Travelwise Tree in the school hall entry area. The Travelwise Team will choose some leaves and these will win small prizes.
Please remember that by walking, biking and scooting with your child you help ease the congestion in the school area, especially around the school gates. Thank you for helping to keep all our children safe.
Wheels Day Friday – Children are welcome to bring their scooters, bikes, skateboards, wheelies for a fun lunchtime Wheels day event this week.  They need to also have closed shoes and a helmet. Only those children with a bike licence can ride their bikes to and from school without an adult supervising.
Touch Draw for Today:
Year 1 & 2 against Bayview Stars on field 4B at 4pm
Year 3 & 4 against Beach Haven Breakers on field 6 at 5pm
Year 5 & 6 against Beach Haven Bulls on field 2 at 4:30
Scholastic Christmas Book Fair:
We are holding a Christmas Book Fair in the library from  this Friday 11th to Wednesday 16th .  The library will be open before school from 8.30-9.15am and in the afternoons from 2.45-3.30pm.  Purchases can be made by eftpos and cash.  The school will receive 30% of all sales to purchase new reading resources for next year.


School Notices are available on the school website.

  • Policy Review – Sun Protection and EOTC
    1. Visit the website
    2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that as we head into summer (hopefully) children will need sunhats at school every day.  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.  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.
  • School Athletics Day: Friday 25th November (Week 7) sava day Monday 28th November (Week 8). To run the events successfully we require parent help on the day.  If you are available please contact John Keoghan in Room 8.
  • Cluster Athletics Day: 2nd December, sava day  9th December
  • Chess:  Chess club day has been changed this term.  We will meet in the library on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  Everyone is welcome to come along and learn how to play.

Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2016/2017

Term 4     Monday 10th October – Wednesday 14th December

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

Term 1      Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017



Disco – An awesome night thanks to the PTA and parents.  The students looked great glowing in the black light.  A poignant farewell for our year 6 students.

Community News

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Lego Christmas Tree
Taller than a two-storey house and built from over half a million LEGO bricks, the LEGO Christmas Tree  will land in Auckland on 25 November to light up Aotea Square until 27 December.

Designed and built specially for kiwi LEGO fans, the jaw-dropping giant LEGO Christmas Tree stands over 10 metres tall, weighs 3.5 tonnes and took more than 1,200 hours to build.

Decorated with some distinctly kiwi-themed festive additions including a life-size Santa with a surfboard, a pukeko and a kiwi, the massive tree will come to life each evening at Aotea Square from 7 pm onwards with a spectacular light and sound show.

While you’re there pick up a copy of the Auckland Live Summer in the Squarebrochure. Packed full of FREE summer entertainment, activities and events happening from December to February, it’s your one-stop guide to summer fun.

With support from Auckland Council, LEGO, Heart of The City, The Hits and The New Zealand Herald.

See you there!

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes

All Stages Welcome Tuesdays 7pm Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead

Saturdays 10am Shuriken Gym 89A Wairau Rd, Glenfield (Entrance via Currys Lane)

First class free then $10 casual or $45 for 6 classes For more information contact Simone 021 128 3425


BECOME A STAR WITH NORTHERN PERFORMING ARTS!  We are a North Shore-based dance studio with passionate and highly-qualified teachers tutoring all ages in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and tap in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Whether your child wants to dance for exams, competitions, shows, troupes or just for fun, NPA has the classes for them. For more information and 2017 enrolments, please contact studio director Alicia on or visit


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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 Wednesdays and Saturdays. Email for more information or to book in for a trial class.