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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

November 16th 2016

Term 4  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

School Donations
School donations are voluntary, and greatly appreciated.  We take it as a vote of confidence in the school, but also realise that it comes from the discretionary spend that families have left after their living costs.  Thank you to those families that have been in a position to donate to the school this year.  If you’ve made a donation, you may be able to claim a tax credit.
To be eligible, you need to have made a receipted donation of $5 or more to:
• an approved donee organisation
• an approved New Zealand religious or educational organisation
• approved overseas aid funds
• kindergartens
• state schools, state integrated schools, other schools who have been approved as a donee organisation, school boards of trustees or parent teacher associations.
Assistance available for School uniform and stationery costs for 2017.
Since 25 October, changes made to the Ministry of Social Development’s online service ‘MyMSD’ allow some MSD clients to apply online for assistance with school uniform and stationery costs.  Applicants can upload and send verification of the cost, which will likely be a quote from the supplier. If the payment is approved, they will receive notification by text or by email and the approved amount will be loaded to their payment card. The card can only be used for the amount and supplier for which it was approved. Many of the applications that MSD approves for help with school uniforms and stationery are paid to schools.
Touch Draw for today:
Year 1 & 2 against Birkenhead 3 on field 3A at 4:30
Year 3 & 4 against Northcote No Fear on field 6 at 4pm
Year 5 & 6 against Onepoto on field 2 at 4:30


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.
  • Stocktake – Next week we will be asking for reading and library books to be returned to school so we can do our annual stocktake.


Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2016/2017

Term 4     Monday 10th October – Wednesday 14th December (school closes at 12.30 pm)

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

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



Christmas Raffle:
Tickets have gone home with your children so happy selling!  Be in to win some cool prize baskets.
Thanks to all who came along to our last disco of 2016, hope you all had a great time, we thought it was a great night.  To let you all know we made a profit of $1.611.70!  Awesome work PTA team and helpers!
Hot Dogs and Ice Creams for Athletics day.
Next Friday 25 November is school athletics day and we are hoping for sunshine!  We will be selling hot dogs and ice creams/ice blocks, order forms will come home tomorrow.

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.