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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

April 5th 2017

Term 1  Week 10

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

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


The Attendance Regulations (1951) require schools to maintain attendance records and the Education Act (1989) requires schools to ensure the attendance of the students on their rolls. This in turn raises issues around the responsibility of schools to minimise truancy and, under the NAGs, to provide a safe emotional environment for students.

We are vigilant in checking student attendance and mark the roll twice a day – at 9 am and again at 1.30 pm.  If a child is not in class and we have not received a message from a parent or guardian explaining their absence, we will phone home to see where the child is.  We are required to enter a code for all attendance records that then allows us to analyse attendance data both at school and nationally.    You can see the range of codes in this document –  AttendanceCode2015

In the next two weeks we will be sending out letters to families where we have identified some attendance concerns for some of our students for term 1 of this year.  These letters are to indicate our concern and to start a conversation about how we can support you to improve the attendance of your child.

While absence in primary schools may not be seen to be serious compared to secondary school, poor patterns of attendance for young children are very good predictors of frequent truancy and serious learning problems later on; children with poor patterns of attendance are often the very children who cannot afford to miss school.

How can a parent help?

  • Always try to advise the school of upcoming absence – you can email, phone or send an absence message from the website
  • Reinforce that attendance is the norm and a legal requirement for children aged 6—16
  • Communicate with the school early on if there is a problem getting your child to school
  • Don’t condone or allow truancy and don’t be the reason for truancy


  • Lateness is not acceptable (and is often not the fault of the child)
  • The child misses out on social interaction before school
  • The child misses out on the valuable “scene-setting” start to the day
  • The child often misses important learning material
  • The child is often embarrassed in front of the class when entering late
  • The class is interrupted

Please assist us in maximising your child’s learning time here at school by ensuring they arrive on time and are here every day they are well enough to attend.

Reporting to Families

On the last day of this term families will receive data reports for students in Years 4-6 summarising their assessment data at this point in the year.

SOME families will receive anniversary reports for those children in Years 1-3, depending on their start date at school. Anniversary reports are completed at 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months since starting school.  This means some children will be on a term 1 and term 3 cycle, while others are on a term 2 and term 4 cycle.

If, once you have received the report, you have specific questions about the information, you should make contact with your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance.  We don’t automatically arrange parent/teacher meetings to discuss reports; however we do have conferences later in the year to discuss progress, achievement and learning goals with you and your child.

Policy Review – Recognition of Cultural Diversity 

Our school policies are stored online in our SchoolDocs website.  Regular review of policies is a standard part of best practice, and the reviews are also completed online.  If you would like to contribute to the review of this policy please follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).


We are delighted to introduce Miss Rosie Cook who is joining Team Pukeko from next week. She is replacing Ms Maxwell who has been filling in on Thursdays and Fridays each week in Room 7.  She will be working with Mrs Angela Hall, who continues to teach in the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Miss Cook comes to us from Edendale School, and the United Kingdom before that. Rosie brings strengths in literacy, and a passion for dance, drama and ICT.  She has already been in school for a few days this week observing the programme and meeting the students, and is very motivated to get going from next Thursday.

On behalf of the community we welcome Rosie and her family to the school, and we look forward to having her on our team.  Please make her feel welcome.

Congratulations – Our congratulations go to Yun Zhou, an ex-WRS student who has been named as a Northcote College Prefect for this year.  She is in year 13 and plans to study engineering at Auckland University next year. We are very proud of Yun and know she will be an excellent leader at Northcote College, as she was here at Windy Ridge all those years ago.



**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****

  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that 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 am 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 is available all days of the week now. Please go to  to register and order.  More information available at the office.EASTER TREATS with ezlunchGo-deli, through ezlunch, have 230 Easter Eggs to give away! To be in to win an egg, simply place a go-deli lunch order on for Cold items or Snacks in the week leading up to Easter (10-13 April). Random bags will be selected for an egg – it could be yours! Good luck.
  • 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’

Term dates and Upcoming Events

School Terms 2017

Term 1      Wednesday 1st February – Thursday 13th April

Term 2      Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July

Term 3      Monday 24 July – Friday 29 Sept

Term 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec

PTA News

E A S T E R   R A F F L E
The PTA raffle will be drawn at assembly this Friday, stop by the office to see the wonderful prizes.
Cake Day
This Friday Room 14 are providing yummy cakes for sale, don’t forget to bring a $1

Community News

Please find attached information for the Baseball New Zealand National U13 Ripken Championship which is being held
at Rosedale Park diamonds this week 6-9 April. This is a free event and features the best 11 to 13 year old baseball players in the country. 
Your local North Shore City Baseball Club are two times defending champions and we invite all interested in baseball to come down to Rosedale Park during the weekend.
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The 13-Storey Treehouse

| $30 – $40


The 13-Storey Treehouse

*Please check website for exact times of this show*

Auckland audiences will have the chance to experience the stage adaptation of THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE, Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling children’s book, when it plays at the Bruce Mason Centre from 18 to 22 April 2017 as part of its premiere touring season of New Zealand.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-Storey Treehouse that has everything, including a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry.  Andy and Terry live there, create stories together and have a series of completely nutty adventures.

“It’s got the same feeling as the book, which is all the fun of inventing things and creating them and then them going out of control” says author Andy Griffiths, who has won over 50 children’s choice awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list. “There’s a lot of joy and fun.” 


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MOTAT’s Backyard Blockbusters these School Holidays

Open your eyes and ears to the world of amateur filmmaking this April with MOTAT’s Backyard Blockbusters Holiday Experience. Explore the art of filmmaking and discover some of the key skills, techniques and theories that go into making a movie. Return home with a “toolbox” of tips and tricks for your next DIY film. This holiday experience provides all the tools to start filming your very own backyard blockbuster. DIY movie making has never been easier! FIND OUT MORE


M Sports (Football Kidz) Easter Holiday Football Camps

M Sports holiday programmes are delivered by our team of highly qualified staff. The camps are suitable for all ability levels from beginner to competent. Each day will be varied, stimulating and enjoyable. 
Devonport Primary School, 18 Kerr Street, Devonport, 0624 (9-3pm or 9-12pm)
Birkenhead Primary School, 77 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead, 0626 (9-12pm only)

Week 1 of the Holidays: Tuesday 18th April to Friday 21st April 
Week 2 of the Holidays: Wednesday 26th April to Friday 28th April

Register Your Child:Go to, click ‘register your child’, ‘holiday programmes’, then ‘book now’ at the bottom of the page. Book your child’s place now as numbers are limited.
Queries: Contact or visit our website


“School Holiday Program”
Are you looking for some art and cooking fun in the holidays? The Little Well Beings Studio in Birkdale has some wonderful activities planned for kids. You can try your hand at making things like flower seed bombs, beaded bubble wands and mini glass terrariums. Check out  for more details
“Holiday Programme Directory: You can now find and book into hundreds of local holiday programmes and after school activities through a new website called
ENROLMY.COM  . It’s a free service to make booking into kid’s activities easier.”

Trampoline Holiday Programs Run at North Shore Trampoline

1 Day program 9am-3pm 21st or 24th April $60

3 Day program 9am-12pm 18th-20th or 26th 28th April $120 

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