Windy Ridge School Newsletter
January 2017 Update
School Bank Account: ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00
PTA Bank Account: ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00
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News from the Principal
First Day of term 1 – As usual our first day of the term starts at 9.10am with a powhiri assembly to welcome our new teachers, students and families. You are most welcome to attend if you wish.
School Zone, class sizes and roll growth We are all looking forward to 2017 and the challenges, celebrations and new learning it will bring. The school is certainly in good health, and our roll continues to grow with new enrolments over the holiday break. As you know our cohort or year group sizes are very uneven and this poses a challenge for us in organising students in to rooms each year. Experience and research tells us that class size does matter, and also that children do not need to be in rooms with their age peers in order to have positive relationships or academic success. The key factors in accelerating student achievement and progress are quality teaching, safe and happy classrooms, and positive professional relationships between teachers and students. These are things that WRS strives to achieve every year. Our mixed year level classrooms have been very successful, and while not new to education, are certainly becoming very common in schools around NZ. It also allows us to better place new students as they enrol during the year, without over crowding some year level rooms.
Our roll has increased dramatically in the last two years, requiring us to request extra classrooms from the Ministry of Education. As a result the Ministry has asked us to put a school zone in place to manage our school size in order to better manage our demand for property. I have received information and maps over the holiday that I will be sharing with the community early in term 1, for a Zone start in term 2 of this year. All of the implications and guidelines will be made clear in term 1, and a meeting held to offer opportunity for questions or concerns to be raised. I will let you know when the date for this had been confirmed.
Take care and enjoy the last few weeks of the break. Let’s hope the weather holds and we can all enjoy the sunshine, beaches and family fun.
- 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 2017
Term 1 Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017