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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

June 14th 2017

Term 2  Week 7

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 

Professional Reading –  Fourteen things that are obsolete in 21st century schools 

Education theory and research into best practice is a vast body of work that is being challenged by new ideas and understandings every day.  It is important that our schools reflect the world our children are moving into – not the one that we came from.  Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, sharing their ideas, successes and failures in order for all of us to improve.

It is not our intention just to make the current system better… we have the opportunity to change it into something else.  We need to ensure that we are giving our students the broadest curriculum we can, that allows them to develop academic, social, emotional and physical skills.   To do this, we will need to be innovative and try new things.

In a recent article by an educationalist blogger, they list 14 things that we could be doing differently (or not at all).  You can read more about each one on the blog.   Many of them we have already addressed but others are still a work in progress or a discussion we have yet to have.  Some don’t apply to us at all.

  1. Computer Rooms
  2. Isolated classrooms
  3. Schools that don’t have WiFi
  4. Banning phones and tablets
  5. Tech director with an administrator access
  6. Teachers that don’t share what they do
  7. Schools that don’t have Facebook or Twitter
  8. Unhealthy cafeteria food
  9. Starting school at 8 o’clock for teenagers
  10. Buying poster-, website- and pamphlet design for the school
  11. Traditional libraries
  12. All students get the same
  13. One-Professional development-workshop-fits-all
  14. Standardized tests to measure the quality of education


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. Matariki Festival Hangi Order Form   Please return order forms to the office as soon as possible.
  • 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
  • Pizza lunch on Friday – ORDERS HAVE CLOSED.  Pizzas will be delivered to the classrooms at lunchtime tomorrow.
  • Glenfield Intermediate School tours for Year 6 students and families have been offered for the following Tuesdays: 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.
  • Scholastic Lucky Book Order: Please return all orders to school by this Friday morning.

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 

  • Hell’s  Pizza Fundraiser Friday 16th June – Thank you to everyone who has supported this 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
Scratchpad Technology Learning Centre



July 1-day Holiday Programmes
Relieve school holiday boredom by booking your children into a full day of bouncy fun!

Monday 10thJuly
Friday 14thJuly
Monday 17thJuly
Friday 21st July

Cost: $60 per 1-day course

Times: 9am to 3pm

Holiday Prog Enrolment Form (1 day courses) July 2017


July 3-day Holiday Programmes
Come along to our popular 3-day courses to learn some new skills, make some new trampoline friends and have heaps of fun!

Tuesday 11th to 13th July
Tuesday 18th to 20th July

Cost: $120 per 3-day course

Times: 9am to 12pm each day

Holiday Prog Enrolment Form (3 day courses) July 2017 


Venue: North Shore Trampoline Club (based at North Shore Events Centre), Silverfield  (off Porana Rd), Wairau Valley

It’s almost time for our AUCKLAND HOLIDAY WORKSHOP with Zac and Jen!
The Marrzipan Holiday Workshop runs from 10am-4pm Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th July. Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day!
Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment.
For more information check out our website – Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!


Both weeks of the School Holidays Tuesday 11th July to Wednesday 19th July 2017 

Ages 9-13 Boys and GirlsThe cost is $115 for all 3 days of each week.  Thus $230 if you wanted to do all days of both weeks. Single days will cost $45 each.

Register online now at

  • Ages 8 – 9 Girls and Boys         Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 10 – 11 Girls                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 10 – 11 Boys                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 12 – 13 Girls                     Becroft Park 9am till midday
  • Ages 12 – 13 Boys                     Becroft Park 9am till midday


Tuesday 11th July                        Monday 17th July

Wednesday 12th July                 Tuesday 18th July

Thursday 13th July                    Wednesday 19th July

Enquiries If you have any questions regarding our Holiday Coaching Programme please feel free to contact Karyn Parle email Register online now at

Lost black mico scooter, left in school grounds over Queens Birthday weekend.
Contact  T Seuseu 021 988 033,  there will be a big box of Chocolates for a reward.

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





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