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September 27th 2017

Term 3  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)

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 

We are very sad to say that Mrs Harries will be leaving us early in Term 4 as she has won a position at Silverdale School, much closer to her home in Wainui.  We have been very lucky to have had Mrs harries here for 11 years, but we wish her all the very best as she moves on to her next adventure.  We are in the process of finding her replacement and will inform you as soon as we have someone confirmed.
And yet ANOTHER cause for celebration – our Mrs Tyler is expecting her second baby early next year, and we send our congratulations to her and her family.  The staff is certainly doing their part to maintain the school roll!
Year 6’s  Move to Intermediate School.
Just a reminder that you will need to enrol your Year 6 student at Intermediate school now if not already done.  Schools need to know well in advance of the first day who is coming so they can organise enough staffing and resources for their students.  You should not need to pay fees or donations in order to enrol.
Te Reo Whanau  –  Māori lessons for families
Our awesome Te Reo Māori tutor Whaea Keri will be running half hour Te Reo Maori lessons for parents and adult whanau for 6 weeks next term. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn alongside your children, and start to use Te Reo at home also.   Please complete the Survey Monkey below to register interest – completing this survey does not commit you to the lessons as we just need to gather interest and information to schedule the lessons. That said though there are only 25 spaces so the sooner you can confirm your place the better.  Please note that it is important that you attend as many as the 6 weekly sessions as possible as we will be evaluating how successful this programme is and how well it has been received by our school whānau.  We is hoped that we will be able to offer the programme for the school year in 2018 if this way of delivery ticks all the right boxes.  The lessons are open to all –  we ask only a gold coin koha (donation) to attend.               Survey to complete
NZ Principals Conference 2017
Last week I was privileged to attend the NZPF Conference in Queenstown. The conference theme was  Hauora (Wellbeing) and this was discussed in relation to both staff and students.  The speakers were varied and excellent; Sir Graham Henry (leadership under pressure), Mike King (youth suicide and resilience), Judge Andrew Becroft (child poverty and inequity),  Sven Hansen (the Resilience Institute), Steve Francis (high functioning teams).  With over 600 delegates there were may opportunities to discuss current practice and common stresses facing our schools.
Community Survey
The role of the Board of Trustees at Windy Ridge School is to ensure that all students have equitable access to education and are reaching their full potential as individuals.  We also have to ensure that we are providing a safe physical and emotional environment for students and employees.
It is important to us to connect with our community and to receive feedback.  We would appreciate it if you took the time to complete this survey.  Your answers are submitted anonymously direct to Stacey Anderson, Board Trustee.
Click on this link for the survey:
Reunion – 50 Years of WRS
On the 27th and 28th October we are celebrating our 50th birthday, as the school was officially opened in 1967.  The celebrations begin on Friday at 2 pm with a special assembly to welcome our visitors back to the school with a Powhiri, and the opening of the Time Capsule, closed at the last reunion 25 years ago.
On Saturday 28th the school will be open from 11 am until 3 pm for a Family Fun day.  There will be concert items, a photo booth, cake stall, sausage sizzle, Families in Parks games and equipment, and our classrooms will be open for viewing.
We will be sending home one cake box for each family to fill with something yummy that we can sell at the Reunion Fun day – this will come home early next term.
Current students do not need to register for the reunion, but we will need parents and past students to register at  Please see the WRS Parents page for more information.
Anniversary Reports 
Some children in Years 1-3 will be receiving their anniversary reports this Friday.  Depending on when they started school our children receive reports in either Term 1 & 3 or Term 2 & 4, with one being a progress report and the other an achievement report. If you received a report last term you will not get one this time.
Out of Zone Enrolments for 2018
Enrolment at Windy Ridge School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.  The Board has determined that there will be limited places available for out of zone new entrant students.  These will likely be filled by siblings of current students.  There may be limited places at other year levels.  The deadline for applications is 18th October 2017.  A ballot will be held on 24th October 2017. Ballot forms are available from the school office or  Parents of students who live within the school zone and intend on enrolling their children at any time next year, should notify the school as soon as possible to assist in planning appropriately for 2018. 
FINALLY – don’t forget that school closes for the term this Friday at 3pm.  You have two weeks with your children before we start back again on Monday 16th October for our final term of the year. 
Please take care and enjoy the holidays.  Feel free to use the school grounds and playgrounds during the break, and if you see anything of concern let Mr Walton, our caretaker, know or phone the Glenfield Police for concerns about property damage or dangerous behaviour.  (ph 4438039)
Happy Holidays everyone.
Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Assemblies for this term:  Week 10 All teams (Inquiry presentation)
  • Digital Citizenship WRS: Here are a couple of clips that may be helpful to watch with your family. Netsmartzkids RBS – The Movie and Brainpop Internet Safety Fun
  • PhotoLife Class & Portrait Photographs:  These photos will take place in week 1 of next term on Friday 20th October, all orders must handed into the office before this date.  Sibling photo envelopes are available at the office.
  • Team Tui EOTC: Year 5 & 6 students will be participating in education outside the classroom next term in week 3.  Team Tui Year 5 & 6 EOTC
  • School Reunion (50 Years) – 27 and 28 October – see the Facebook page for more information.
  • Sun Safety – Next term all children will need sunhats at school every day.  Please make sure they are named.
  • 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 – this is now displayed on the hall deck, please check before the holidays as we will be disposing of any left over items.
  • 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 23/10

PTA News 

  • Cake Day – Room 6 are providing yummy cakes and biscuits this Friday 29th September, don’t forget to bring $1 to make a purchase.
  • 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 orders before the end of this week, 29th September. Calendar Art Order Form
  • 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
Nadia Lim Book Launch – Thursday 26th October, Westlake Boys High School
“The All Star Cheerleaders School Holiday Programme is back for the Term 3 holidays!
The programme will be run in the second week of the holidays 9-13th October.
Ditch the iPad for 5 days of flips, fun, friendship and craft. Book NOW online: are strictly limited, secure yours today to avoid disappointment!
Please contact us on should you have any queries.”

Animates Holiday ProgramSchool holidays are just around the corner, and for the first time, Animates is partnering with ‘Kids Safe with Dogs’ to provide the perfect activity to help educate children how to behave around dogs. Your local Animates store will be hosting free seminars at 11am on Thursday 5th and 12th of October. Trained staff will use interactive real life scenarios, using a toy dog, to teach children how to behave around their own dog, and those that they encounter on the street.

Key points will include:

  •  How to approach a dog (when tied up, when eating, when in a car etc.)
  •  How and where to pat a dog
  •  How to make eye contact with a dog including best body language to use
  •  Learning the importance of always asking permission before approaching a dog
  • These sessions will also be beneficial you’re thinking about introducing a fluffy friend to the family.There will also be the opportunity to ask the in-store experts for advice, and children who complete the workshop will take home a free activity book and certificate to proudly display on their wall or fridge.Although bookings aren’t necessary, the events are usually well attended so it’s advisable to arrive early.


Join us at Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre in Long Bay

For an awesome experience in the October School Holidays

Dates: Monday 2nd October – 6th October

Monday 9th October – 13th October

Ages: 7—13 years (inclusive)

Cost: $40 per person/per day

Time: 9am—4.00pm


Early drop off from 7.30am $5 extra

Late pickup until 6pm $5 extra

For more information contact the MERC team on

Ph: (09) 473 0714 or  or

Sir Peter Blake MERC Holiday Program






  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

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: