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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

August 16th 2017

Term 3  Week 4

School Bank Account:  ASB 12 3072 033 4812 00

PTA Bank Account:   ASB 12 3072 038 4799 00

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Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Hello, Hola a todos, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana,  Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Maths Week

Last week your child brought home a Basic Fact practice sheet for the Mathathon. The Mathathon is a school wide campaign and the practice sheets are used across classrooms and teams.
Some children have done really well on their instructional stage sheet so they have been given the practice sheet for the next higher stage, as a challenge for themselves.  Subsequently. they may contain fact questions that haven’t been explicitly taught in a particular team, classroom or group.
One suggestion is that you could highlight with your child all the facts that they understand so they can memorise those ones.  Leave the ones that they do not know to the side. The focus is on added learning and improving from where we started.  Please remember that, we aim for children to recall these facts instantly, meaning within 3 seconds.
Children will be retested on their challenge sheets on Monday next week, and we look forward to seeing how many can accurately answer more than in their first attempt.

Consultation Evening – next week – Wednesday 23 August  6.30 pm – 8 pm

Next Wednesday evening we are hosting a consultation evening at school in the Hall.  There are so many things that we need feedback from our community on, and so we thought we would try and ‘knock a few off’ in one meeting, with short activities at different stations around the Hall.  The plan is that everyone will have a passport that will be stamped at each station, and completed passports will go in the draw for two $50 grocery vouchers.  It is really important that we get input that allows us to then formulate strategy for the school.  The topics for consultation are:

  • School Vision
  • Reporting to Parents
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
  • Cohort entry – New entrants enrollments
  • Collaborative Classrooms

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday evening.

Open Classroom mornings

We are going to have some Open mornings to give whanau an opportunity to see our classrooms in action.  Classrooms look very different to the ones we spent time in during our own primary years, and there is much more movement and choice now for our students.  The structure of a day may look different but the elements of good teaching practice are still there.  You will still see children engaged in one-on-one conversations with a teacher, small group work, teacher workshops for directed teaching, independent tasks and whole class discussions.

Teams will advertise these days and times, letting you now what is being taught at different points in the day.  It is not an opportunity to meet and discuss your child with the teachers; this can be arranged at a different time if needed.  It is however a chance to be an ‘observer’ in the room and watch how the children work and interact with their teachers and classmates.

Our first Open Morning is for Team Pukeko (Rms 5,6,7,and 8) on Thursday 24th August, starting at 9 am through until 12.30 pm (lunchtime).

Sickness and Relief staff

We are very challenged at the moment to find relievers when a teacher is sick and away.  We book up to 8 weeks in advance to get quality relief teachers in our rooms to cover teacher absence, but of course this is not possible when someone unexpectedly falls sick.  As a result many of our staff are soldiering on while feeling unwell, in order to keep routines and teaching programmes going in their rooms.  We are constantly being told that there is no overall teacher shortage in NZ, but  clearly in some regions the crisis is real.   Thank you for your patience as we get through the rest of the ‘flu season’, and we all wish for warmer weather.


I have attended a number of events and professional development opportunities recently where the discussion has worked its way around to resilience; how do we get it, how do we encourage it and why is it important.  It is one of our school values and discussed often in our classrooms, and the more I research and investigate about the factors that contribute to high student achievement, the more I keep reading about resilience.  There is an excellent TedTalk by  Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher turned psychologist in the States, who has determined that the most influential factor in whether a student will succeed or fail is not IQ but ‘grit’ (resilience).

Resilience is developed at the point of challenge and discomfort.  It allows us to persevere and achieve what we thought was otherwise impossible.  Sometimes it is about an academic challenge, but it equally could apply to a social or physical challenge.  Resilience is only developed when a person is given the opportunity to experience challenge, failure, or discomfort.  It is not something you can learn in theory and hope to get right when you need it.

While not advocating that a child is allowed to become overwhelmed by a situation, we are encouraged to give our children opportunities to develop resilience by letting them struggle with appropriate challenges before stepping in to support them.  We can coach them towards a solution by asking them what strategies they already have that might be useful or questioning them about what they have already tried.

The concept of GRIT or resilience and how it relates in an education context has shown up repeatedly in studies around the world as influential in determining success.  For this reason we are encouraged to develop it further with our students, and encourage you to discuss it at home also.

Concerns and Complaints. 

I have received a complaint from one of our neighbours who was unable to enter her driveway as someone had parked across it in order to collect a child from our school.  This is on the tail of a number of close-call incidents involving traffic behaviour around our school crossing and on the roads around our school.  We have reminded and requested in previous newsletters on numerous occasions and discuss traffic and parking rules when we induct a new family, but are not making significant headway in changing behaviours.

Please understand that traffic behaviour is regulated by laws and the Police – it is not our school making up the rules, nor is it our place to enforce them.   If you have a drivers licence then you should know your road rules and have no excuse for ignoring these simple rules:

  • Do not park within 6 metres of a corner
  • Do not park or stop in a bus stop
  • Do not park or stop on yellow lines
  • Do not park or stop across driveways
  • Use pedestrian crossings if one is provided
  • Drive at 40km around a school

None of us want to become vigilante traffic guards.  It is not in the interests of maintaining a positive community culture to ‘name, shame and blame’, nor is it the place of the staff at this school to become traffic wardens.  However there is considerable frustration around the illegal and careless behaviours seen daily, and this is causing friction within the community.

We have a simple expectation that all the adults in our school community have a personal investment in the safety of our children, and are committed to setting an example for their children and others that promotes the school values of Integrity, Respect, Kindness and Resilience.

 Community of Learning – Logo competition

As you are aware we are part of the Kaipātiki Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning). This involves nine local schools and three state kindergartens. We are currently working together to establish our common vision and one thing we want to create is a community logo which represents us.  To get an idea of who is in our Community of Learning – go to the Kaipatiki Kahui Ako blog.
Below is a poster advertising our logo design competition which is open to all members of the community (students/staff/parents/grandparents/family members).
If you are creative and want to submit a design all the details are on the attachment.
Good luck and I am sure we will have some amazing designs.

National Elections

Our school is an Election Voting site on the election day (23 September).  I encourage all eligible voters to register and take the time to vote on the day.  You can enrol by phoning the Electoral Office – 0800 367656 – and registrations close on the 23rd August.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • CAKE DAY – Rooms 3 and 4 will be providing cakes and biscuits for sale at morning tea this Friday. Don’t forget to bring a $1.
  • Maths Week 14th to 18th August – Maths Week
  • Science in a Van – 30th August  –  Science in a Van
  • Dance – Hip Hop Yr 4 Dance Hip Hop Year 4 starting yesterday and every Tuesday afternoon for the next 4 weeks.
  • Dance – Ballroom Yrs 5 & 6 Dance Ballroom Year 5 & 6 starting tomorrow and every Thursday afternoon for 4 weeks.
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 4 Fantail team, Week 6 Tui team, Week 8 Falcon team, Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • Team Falcon Trip –  Kelly Tartltons Friday 18th August Team Falcon – Kelly Tarltons Trip please return permission slips and payments to the office.
  • Cross Country – Monday 4th September, starting at 1.30pm
  • Reviewing school policies
    1. Visit the website SchoolDocs – WRS
    2. Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
    3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
    4. Read the policy.
    5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
    6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
    7. Enter your name (optional).
    8. Submit your ratings and comments.
  • THERE IS NO CAR-PARKING FOR PARENTS TO DROP OFF AND PICK UP CHILDREN FROM WITHIN THE SCHOOL GATES.  Please ensure you park sensibly and legally on the road outside the school. School carpark gates will be shut from 8.30am. Visitors to the school during school hours can park in the visitor parking in the back carpark between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm. (Mobility taxis use this space otherwise).
  • Online Learning Support – Sunshine Online; or iPad and android app (yellow).  Username : windyridge1     Password : windyridge
  • Lost Property- collected and stored in the Health Room.
  • 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. 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.  It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff.

Term dates 

School Terms 2017

Term 3      Monday 24 July – Friday 29 Sept

Term 4      Monday 16 October – Friday 15 Dec

                   Labour Day – Monday 23/10

School Terms 2018

Term 1     Thursday 1 February – Friday 13 April

                   EASTER: Friday 30/03 – Tuesday 3/04

Term 2     Monday 30/04 – Friday 6/07

                   Queens Birthday: Monday 4/06

Term 3     Monday 23/07 – Friday 28/09

Term 4     Monday 15/10 –  17th or 18th Dec (tbc)

                    Labour Day – Monday 22/10

PTA News 

  • CAKE DAY – Rooms 3 and 4 will be providing cakes and biscuits for sale at morning tea this Friday. Don’t forget to bring a $1.
  • Quiz Night – Friday 15th September at 7pm, tickets cost $20 see the attached flyer for more information Quiz Night
  • Chocolates –  REMINDER!!!! Thank you for the amazing support we have received in our Whittakers Chocolate fundraising project! Please bring your money into the school office as soon as possible
  • Entertainment Books – This month and next we are selling entertainment books as a fundraiser with $14 from each book being donated to the school.  We have a sample book in the office with order forms or see the attached link to order a book or digital membership online
  • Mindfulness & Yoga – We have the lovely ladies from Jayayoga Studio coming to give a Yoga Class at our Hall on Saturday 19th August 2-4pm it will be focused around Breath, Mindfulness and Gentle Movement. The PTA will be providing refreshments after the class. This is a great way for you to take some time out de-stress and unwind. Tickets are $10.  Mindfulness & Yoga Fundraiser
 Community News


Parents and any students who want to have a look around GIS are welcome to come for a tour.

Please call the school office (444-6582) to book your time.

Tuesday  22 August

9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm


Parents can enrol at the GIS school office at any time during the school day (8.30am-3.30pm).

Enrolment evenings – 12th and 14th September – office open until 7pm

Please help us plan effectively for 2018 by submitting your enrolment by 29th September at the latest.




Wairau Intermediate School will be holding open days during school hours on Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August and an open evening on Thursday 31 August from 7.00-8.30pmCurrent Year 6 children and their parents / caregivers are invited to visit the school during these times.  Enrolment packs will be available at the open days and evening and can also be obtained by phoning the Wairau Intermediate School Office on 410 7805.  Our enrolment week is Monday 4 – Friday 8 September during school hours.   Year 6 students from our main contributing schools will be attending transition days in August.   Should you wish your child to come along and join in on one of these visits, this can be arranged by phoning the school office.
Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at school, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to their peers. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website (we have contact numbers on there too, should you prefer to talk to a human!)
Raeburn House
Parenting Anxious Teens & Tweens
 YOUNG AT ART, AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASSES (5yrs-15yrs) are open for bookings. Available in Beach Haven and lots of other venues across Auckland. Inspire and encourage your youngcreative while they have fun learning technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings  or to talk to us about a FREE TRIAL please check out or email: 
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Kaipatiki community Bushcare Days
Mathematics with Numicon
Plastic Free K

Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust Sustainable Neighbourhood Project.

Boomerang Bags ` `made in Kaipatiki “ is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level through our KCFT Sustainable Neighbourhood Projects which is supported by the Birkenhead Licensing Trust.   The many dedicated volunteers get together to make re-usable bags using recycled materials as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags in Kaipatiki.

To set the scene, of Plastic Free Kaipatiki, we absolutely need your help!   Keen Volunteers needed to help with cutting  and sorting the materials, pinning, ironing, stamping and sewing at the planned sewing bees.
All ages welcome! No experience required – sewers non sewers…….churches, community sites………every one volunteer is exceptional……..if you’re keen please let us know,   or if you  can donate material for this programme…….or other ideas, we welcome contact   Let’s see how many sewing bees we can add to the existing  at Bayview Community Centre,   Chartwell Hub and Beach Haven Community House.  Our  two lovely project leads Tracey and Alana……would be keen to hear from you.

The Facebook Page  Boomerang Bags North Shore Auckland    Thank you.





The Little Mouse’s Tail Book Launch – Saturday 26th August, 11am at Glenfield Library. 

To order this book

Mouse launch poster


M Sports Football Kidz Skills Clinics at Windy Ridge School

M Sports are coming back to hold fun Football Kidz clinics at the school. Girls and boys from years 0-6 are welcome to participate. They’ll play fun games, learn exciting new skill techniques, play small matches and make new friends all under the guidance of our great team of qualified coaches.

When: 5 weekly sessions starting Tuesday 22nd August 
Time: 3.10 – 3.55pm
Where: School Field
Cost: $49 per child, $24 per extra sibling

Register on the website more info please email Chris on


Maths Craft Festival

Maths Craft 2017 – Auckland – final