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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

June 7th 2017

Term 2  Week 6

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 

How can we promote Social and Emotional learning?

There has been some discussion in the media lately about the increasing numbers of NZ children who are presenting with mental health issues.             (article NZHerald 7 June 2017)  It is alarming for both families and schools, as we all want our children to be happy, resilient and successful.  While the article suggests that the increase has more to do with awareness and people accessing support, there is an underlying concern that many of our young people are struggling to manage their own feelings and reactions.

At our school we are very aware of the need to provide opportunities for our children to develop as a whole person – not just with a narrow focus on academic skills in reading, writing and maths.   Our Positive Behavior for Learning (PB4L) framework helps us to do this as it provides a vehicle for teaching our school values, and how to relate to peers and adults. For example, we can’t expect children to act with empathy or resilience if they are never provided an opportunity to learn about it and practise it.

Emotional skills are all about learning how to manage and express our feelings appropriately. Social skills are about relating to other people. Social and emotional skills are critical to building and maintaining self-esteem and confidence. Social emotional learning (SEL) underpins positive mental health, which is as important as physical health for children when it comes to coping in the classroom and the playground. Children with good social and emotional skills are better placed to manage peer pressure, bullying, learning challenges, friendship strife, anxiety, boredom and failure.

How can we help – modelling social and emotional skills for children

  • Instill a sense of security and identity
  • Identify and name feelings
  • Recognise and acknowledge other people’s feelings and viewpoints
  • Show and encourage empathy
  • Demonstrate how to deal with strong feelings
  • Practise being calm and assertive when dealing with conflict
  • Identify who they can get help from and how to ask for it
  • Praise our children when they practise appropriate skills – tell them what they have done well, not just that they are ‘good’
  • Talk about taking turns, sharing, caring, getting on
  • Put things into perspective
  • Practise perseverance and resilience
  • Encourage and help them to problem solve their own issues – discuss options and choose a best solution.
  • Celebrate failure or challenge as a valuable step in new learning
  • Model setting goals, achieving goals, celebrating success
  • Teach strategies for time management and organisation

Without social and emotional skills, children can’t learn as effectively and can’t make the most of their learning. Children who have good feelings about themselves and about others and who know how to express their emotions and relate to others will be more effective learners and achievers.

While the vast majority of our students are confident and able to express their joys and concerns, for some of our children this is something they find challenging.  Please speak to your child’s classroom teacher if you are concerned or would like more information about how to support your child with this learning.  

For more information:  Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

Great Work Mr Walton!  

Our newly restored school sign at the front of the school.  matched by the one at the Valleyview entrance also.  Looking flash!!

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Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Matariki Celebrations – 19 – 23 June.  Hangi and Kapa Haka performances Friday 23rd June.
  • Team Pukeko  –  Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8 .    Team trip to Shakespeare Regional Park – Tuesday 20th June.  (Wet Weather plan – Tues 27th June)   Team Pukeko Trip to Shakespear Regional Park  For information about the sanctuary
  • Rippa Rugby Tournament – Reminder Notice: Tomorrow 8 June 2017.
  • Your child needs the following items:
    1. Black Shorts (above knee), Red Shirt will  be provided
    2. Full Lunch
    3. Full drink bottle
    4. A warm item
    5. MOUTH GUARD – they will not play if they do not have this.

    All those wonderful parents who offered transport please meet us in the hall at 8.45 so we can get there to warm up and get organised.

    Thank you for all of your support. Bernie Mahoney

  • Glenfield Intermediate School tours for Year 6 students and families have been offered for the following Tuesdays: 13, 20, 27 June at 9.30am, 11.30am or 2pm. Glenfield Intermediate Year 6 Information
  • Literacy Support for Adults – We are happy to be hosting an Adult Literacy class here at our school next term, on a Monday or Tuesday  from 9-11 am.  It is free help for NZ citizens and permanent residents, and offers help with literacy, numeracy, English language support and practical skills for managing everyday life.  We have information brochures and enrolment forms available at the office for anyone who is interested.  More information is available at this website.
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property– Please make sure all clothing and other items are named, we have a lost property box located in the Health Room at the back of the office.  Items will also be on display during Friday’s assemblies, on the deck area in front of the library.
  • 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.
  • 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 

School Terms 2017

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 

  • Cake Day – Room 9 is selling yummy cakes and biscuits this Friday 9th June, don’t forget to bring a $1.
  • Hell’s  Pizza Fundraiser Friday 16th June – A notice was sent home today, orders need to be returned to the office by  9am Wednesday 14th June. Hell’s Pizza Fundraiser
  • Arbonne Raffle:  Drop by the office to purchase a ticket in our beauty raffle kindly donated by ex parent Denise Callan.  For more information about these products see the below flyer for contact information.                         


 Community News

Edventure Great Outdoors Camp July 10-14
Calling all 8-13 yr olds! Based at Aongatete Lodge, Katikati, we have planned a range of activities including tramping, rock wall, archery, Martha Mine, Karangahake gorge, hot pools, orienteering, team building, camp cooking and other camp challenges. (kayaking and fishing weather dependent). $455 OSCAR available, pick ups Auckland- North Shore, Central and Papakura. this camp is going to be AWESOME!!! or 02102241576




ASB Good news! It’s not too late to join Marrzipan! Marrzipan is a revolutionary self-confidence programme aimed at bringing out the absolute best in students. We are looking for some awesome students to fill some parts in our play, which we will perform for parents and their peers at the end of term. Come along to a no-obligation Trial Lesson and see whether you like it! You can sign up for one directly via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)


The Kaipatiki Free Winter Fun “Preschool Play“  mornings, commences on Tuesday 9th May at Northcote War Memorial Hall and St Barnabas Church Hall and Thursdays Beach Haven Hall. 10am to Noon.  The two programmes on the Tuesday are similar but have a different approach to the other we hope you like what we have provided this season.  This activity is held every week from May to October on  those days in those locations.  The Free Sunday Family Playdates will be promoted at a later date when organised with venues. Information re the programme;      4848854    0274 834511  or watch our FB Pages.  Full Programme is on the website;

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Parenting Anxious Teens & Tweens course, starts Sunday 25th June (2 weeks) from 3.30-6.30pm at Raeburn House in Northcote. Cost $50 pp or $70 for couples.

Learn more about the causes, patterns and affects of anxiety in your tween or teen. Develop skills that you can use in the home to support their journey to overcome anxiety. Meet other parents who share some of your concerns and feel supported by the group and facilitator.

Confidence, Wellbeing & Employment Guidance, starts 13th June from 1pm to 2.30pm in Northcote (6 weeks) FREE to attend.

Improve your personal wellbeing and confidence, while increasing your employment prospects.

Learn to identify your strengths, discover what support is available in your community and receive coaching on job seeking skills.

To register, please call 441-8989, email, or

“Pressing The Right Buttons” Allison Moody

Saturday 17th June 7pm in the College Auditorium $15 tickets available from student finance or reservations by emailing with name, contact and ticket numbers.  Allie is a fun, entertaining speaker but most important she has a message that is informative and life changing, you will agree with her clients……  “vibrant, insightful, funny, engaging and relevant.”  You like to sit and think – but your partner likes to talk, non-stop.  Your daughter must have everything neat’n’tidy – but her brother couldn’t care less.  You’re a born ‘get-up-and-goer’ but you’ve married to someone who has never got up and gone anywhere without being pushed.   Why?  You declare in frustration that you’re opposites, that you’re like chalk and cheese and that you just can’t figure it out!  Come along and hear Allison speak about personality differences, how people are wired and what makes people tick.  Learn how to effectively press all the right buttons to create unity and harmony in your relationships with family, friends, workmates and neighbours.

 7pm Saturday 17th June in the Rangitoto College Auditorium