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September 13th 2017

Term 3  Week 8

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 

Staffing News
We have the best team of dedicated people working at our school, and when we face challenges or celebrate successes we do it together.   So firstly, we have some wonderful family news to share with everyone.
Congratulations to Mrs Ogden on the birth of her first grandchild, Samuel, on the weekend.   Congratulations also to Mrs Ross-Thompson and her family on the news of their third child due early next year,  AND also to Ms Cook and her family as she is also expecting their 2nd child around the same time.
I would like to also acknowledge the staff we have that are working over and above to meet work expectations while also supporting family members facing serious health challenges, and on your behalf send support and best wishes to them.
WELCOME: We would like to welcome Mrs Jude Tabuteau to Pukeko team for the remainder of this term while Mrs Andrews is away attending to family matters.   Jude is a regular reliever in our school so will be a positive and familiar presence in the team.
On a far less exciting note I am travelling to the NZ Principals conference next week and so will be away from school from Tuesday to Friday.  Mrs Millard and Ms Maxwell will be capably running the school in my absence and have my complete confidence.  Please contact the office if there is something you need to speak to a Senior Leader about and one of them will be in touch.  I will be back for the last week of term.

Science Opportunity – Year 4 and 5 students and families 

For the first time at WRS we are excited to be offering selected Year 4 and 5 students and their parents the opportunity to participate in Family Science Workshops.  There is no cost involved.

The Term 4 workshops are aimed at creating an interest in science and science careers, and are facilitated by scientists and engineers, as well as university students who are studying STEM subjects.

We will be offering 12 students (in two groups of six), along with one of their parents/caregivers, the opportunity to participate in two science workshops, to be held on Wednesday evenings next term.  The workshops run from 5.45pm – 7.30pm, and  introduce topic-specific scientific concepts, with associated interactive games and role plays.  The evenings begin with pizza and a chance to chat with the scientists.   The two workshops that we will be offering in Term 4 are ‘DNA Extraction’ and ‘Electrical Energy’. 

The confirmed dates for each set of workshops are:

  • Group A (Wednesday 25th October and Wednesday 1st November)  or

  • Group B (Wednesday 8th November and Wednesday 15th November)

As part of the selection process, students must fill in the application form (including making sure a parent/caregiver will be available to accompany them) and return it to Miss Hurley by Monday the 18th of September.  This form was been sent home yesterday and is also on the school website. 

(Please note – Unfortunately this year we are limited to only twelve students, but if the workshops are successful we intend to continue running them next year, so other students may have a chance to participate in them in the future.)  

Quiz Night – PTA event
This Friday (15th September) at 7pm there is a Quiz night to fundraise for the school. Tickets cost $20. Many thanks to Tracee Mason and Rachel Stanaway from Aon Insurance for sponsoring this event, and to the many businesses that have supported it with prizes.  See this flyer for more information Quiz Night 
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Fantail Trip – The Pumphouse Threatre – Mrs Wishy Washy, Wednesday 27th September Team Fantail Trip – The Pumphouse Theatre 
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 8 Falcon team, Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • 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. Other 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, and also in the Hall Kitchen.
  • 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 

  • Calendar Art – students are currently creating an artwork for this fundraiser, the artwork will be displayed in their classrooms.  Sample calendars, cards, diaries, mouse pad and sketch pads can be viewed in the office.  Please return your order before the end of term. Calendar Art Order Form
  • Quiz Night – Friday 15th September at 7pm, tickets cost $20 see the attached flyer for more information Quiz Night
  • 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
 Community News
MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open golf tournament being held at Windross Farm. We are running a colouring competition for children aged 16 and under to celebrate our event allowing children under 16 to attend our event for free, there are also some awesome prizes up for grabs.
  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
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.

Poly Sports Beach Haven Holiday programme
To register please contact Patrice Senio, Pacific Community Coordinator

PH: 09 415 4653 | MOB: 027-7004018 | E:

FREE for Pacific Students 6-12 years
“Back By Popular Demand.
We present our Northcote Softball Club NZ’s “Have A Go Days” for new and exsisting players.
100% Free on Freeman Field @ Rosedale Park
10am – 12 Noon Saturday’s:
2nd September (Everyone)
16th September (Girls Only)
30th September (Everyone)
Open to anyone, you don’t have to play for Northcote just spreading the Love of Softball.
Suitable for 3-17 year olds:)
We will have very experienced Coaches taking skill specific sations for the kids, in age groups that they will rotate around.
Of course concluding in our massive Tug of War!!!!
Thankyou Softball New Zealand for their support.
So share away….. Let’s fill the Park with Kids.

Mini Chef School Holiday Programme


What to do during the short school holiday’s coming up?

We are pleased to offer another school holiday programme for the upcoming school holidays.  All of our courses are offered online, making them the perfect parent/child holiday experience!  Whilst learning and having lots of fun, students will gain some great kitchen skills and learn new recipes along the way!

There is no need to leave home, and at the end of the session, the Mini Chef’s are guaranteed to have learnt some exciting new techniques!

As a SPECIAL OFFER to each school that promotes the course to their students, either through their school newsletter or promoting to interested students, we will be offering the following:


For the school with the most student enrolments to our Mini Chef School Holiday Programme – Chef Andy will visit and do an exciting demonstration!


For every 10 students enrolled on the course, we will give 1 free course to the school in the form of a voucher.  You can use this for fundraising or give it to a deserving child!

There are two courses to choose from – Cooking or Baking!  Both courses cover Hygiene, Food Safety, Production Schedules and Recipe Costing.

COOKING – Students will learn to make FRESH Homemade Pasta and a sauce, Parmesan Twists, Mystery Basket ingredients to make a dip, a main course and a dessert!  They will also learn to make decorated Cupcakes and make their own Chocolate Moulds!

BAKING – This course will cover decorated Cakes, baking a Swiss Roll, create shaped, flavoured biscuits with decoration, Chocolate Mousse, Pavlova and/or Meringues and Parmesan Twists!

All information is available on our website at

If you have any questions, please email me at  


Save the Date! Sat 14th October Upper Harbour Eco Fun Day

We have some exciting news! We are hosting our first Eco Fun Day at Hobsonville Point on Saturday 14th October!

Kaipatiki Project is partnering with Homes Land Community (HLC), the Upper Harbour Ecology Network (UHEN), Good Health, the Upper Harbour Local Board and the Hobsonville Community Trust to bring you the Upper Harbour Eco Fun Day!  This event will combine family fun, learning, music, creativity, nature and sustainable living – all in a festival atmosphere at the fantastic Rifle Range facility at Hobsonville Point.

The Rifle Range facility is located adjacent to Bomb Point Park and the Coastal Walkway, so bring your walking shoes and cycles and explore the beautiful surroundings of Hobsonville Point.  Even better, leave your car at home and cycle or walk to the event as parking will be limited.  And while you’re there, pay a visit to the fantastic Farmers Market located on the waterfront too!

Sat 14th October 10am-2pm

Location: Rifle Range facility, Catalina Bay Drive, Hobsonville Point

More Information :

To register your interest as a food or drink vendor please complete this quick form: UH ECO FUN DAY 2017 – Form for Food and Drink Vendors

To register your interest as a general vendor, activity provider, community/environmental organisation or volunteer, please complete this quick form: UH ECO FUN DAY 2017 – Form for Vendors, Activity Providers, Community / Environmental Organisations and Volunteers

Spanish Lessons




Art classes for children ( ages 7 – 12yrs )

Kids that love drawing and painting keep coming back to these one-day workshops and after-school classes with step-by-step guidance from artist Eion Bryant.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: October 9th, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Birkenhead. Cost $50.

AFTER – SCHOOL ARTISTS: Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 5.00pm for 6 weeks starting October 31st. Cost $105.

BOOKINGS:, ph. 483 6703 




THE FLASH BANG SCIENCE CLUB – SPRING HOLIDAY SCIENCE WORKSHOPS (7yrs-16yrs) are open for bookings now and filling fast! Inspire your curious kids with practical, hands on experiments these holidays with classes available in Ponsonby and Pakuranga.  Learn about all things fizzy in FIZZING FRENZY and engineering feats in BUILDING BRIDGES. For more information and bookings please check out or email:



YOUNG AT ART – SPRING HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOPS (5yrs-16yrs) are open for bookings now and filling fast! We have  more fun and exciting projects on offer this holidays with classes available in Birkdale and other venues across Auckland. Inspire and encourage your young creative while they have fun learning technique and theory along the way.  For more information and bookings please check out or email: